Monday December 17, 2012

Harriette Leidich

I always read Today's History column in the Banner every day to learn about what has happened in the past. Imagine my surprise to find an item about a happening at which I was there.

The item was a 1954 happening when Ann Elizabeth Hodges of Oak Grove, Ala., was slightly injured when an 8-1/2 pound chunk of meteorite crashed through the roof of her house, hit a radio cabinet and then hit her as she lay sleeping on a couch. It is not quite how I remember the incident but the woman was brought to the hospital where my husband was the administrator and was admitted for observation. My husband interviewed her. It was noted that she had a bad bruise on her chest and was not in great pain. She was discharged after a few hours.

My recollection of that day was of many people looking skyward wondering what was going on with so many planes circling our little town.

I believe the meteorite was recovered and sent to the Smithsonion museum where it is on display.

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"It it's Tuesday it's Morey" is the title of a familiar book written by a Manchester author. I can also apply that to a happening for me, because Tuesday is a special time for me. But its "If it's Tuesday, it's Mary."

Mary is a business woman who comes to my home every Tuesday after work to sit and chat with me. We are ages apart but somehow we find topics of conversation that keep us chatting away.

I am amazed at how much we can share in a friendly visit after her working day is over.

So, "if it's Tuesday it's Mary" is my mantra these days.

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Cooking for one is not always an easy task. One evening when I was thinking about an easy meal my thoughts ran to a simple hamburger. But I wanted something more than just ground meat in a bun, so I turned to my Joy cookbook. I not only found a recipe that was different but also a history of how the hamburger came into existence.

"Merchants of the German port of Hamburg in their trading with their neighbors had acquired the taste for scraped raw meat. However it was not until the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904 that broiled, bunned beef was introduced to the rest of the world by the Germans of South St. Louis as hamburger. Americans love the hamburger because it offered a convenient, economical and tasty nourishment.

My supper was a nice juicy hamburger with accompanying salad and fruit.

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GLEANINGS: "The words left his lips and hung there." "Fists as big as bowling balls." "The wind hooted in the chimney." "He was as tall and angular as a shadow."

Harriette Leidich is a Banner columnist who lives in North Bennington.