Logging On Nearby Tract Has Begun

Logging on the non-ATCO tract of land between Hill’s Ditch and River Road has begun.  I received an email from Mike M. today on 5/21/18:

“They are starting the logging this week, moving equipment today maybe start tomorrow. They’ll start in the pond tract first.”

Then today, 5/23/18, I got a text from Clyde who was at the camp at his place on Hill Rd:

“Met two loads of huge logs on the way down and another just came out of Hill Rd by our cabin.”

Clyde’s text pretty well tells us that since the log truck was coming out of Hill rd that they must be on what we call “Daisy’s Garden” or what Mike referred to in his email as the “pond tract”.

I bring this up to just let folks know but also we may need to re-think the location of our meeting on June 9.  The timing looks like they might be on the inner tract, East of Hill’s Ditch, by then which means they will be coming through the camp or at least using the camp road.  A meeting at the camp could be a very dusty, noisy and potentially dangerous affair with logging trucks running by ever so often.  Considering the heat and humidity along with these new hostile factors, we might consider punting on the camp  and finding another venue.

Stay tuned.



No More Duck Dressing

The wife of Ragsdale’s longest serving camp president,  Margaret Harrison, passed away May 19.   For those of you who knew Mrs. Harrison she was an incredibly sweet person.  Will, our camp president, met her in England during WWII, as I understand.

She was a delightful lady.  I will never forget when she met my mother-in-law at the camp fish fry.   My mother-in-law married an American serviceman overseas also, but she is not English, she is German.   My father-in-law was stationed in Munich, Germany after the war had ended when he met my mother-in-law, Renate’.  She also had experienced the war first-hand, as a young teenage girl.  In case you are wondering, the two got along great.  I especially remember the contrast of the English accent of Mrs. Harrison and the thick German accent of Mrs. Murphy as they chatted.

Mrs. Harrison’s wood duck dressing was absolutely delicious.   I remember when we gave Will a plaque for his many years of service as our president.  She sent Will back to the camp with a giant tin of the dressing.  It was hunting season and there were plenty of hungry hunters.  That big tin of dressing didn’t last thirty minutes.

Rest in peace Mrs. Harrison.

Obituary from the Clarion-Ledger:

Margaret Harrison

Utica – Seven Angels escorted a white dove home on May 19, 2018.

Mrs. Margaret Harrison was welcomed home into the open arms of Jesus Christ surrounded by family and friends.

Born in Aldershot, England on July 18, 1927, the fourth of six children. She came to America as a war bride.

She goes ahead of her brother Terry (Enid) Hubbard of Ramsey, England; son Martin Harrison; daughter Charlene (Donnie) Newman; grandson Brian Woodrick; grandaughter Renee (Keith) Wilkins; sister-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends with memories and smiles.

Visitation will be Monday, May 21, 2018 at Glenwood Funeral Home in Utica from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and an hour prior to the service. The service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Utica Baptist Church with burial in Utica Cemetery. Dr. Rocky Henriques will lead the Life Celebration.

Pallbearers will be Lancer Harrison, Danny Harrison, Billy Dane Newman, Roy Cessna, Dennis Franklin and Ken Mitchell.

Tentative date for Camp Meeting

Tentatively we are looking to set our camp meeting for June 9.  Please let us know if this will work or if you have conflicts.  Boo won’t be back until June 5.  This the first weekend that our other weekend workers will have off. We are thinking about meeting at the camp.  Give Brian or myself a call or email if you have a conflict.