Tidbits -August 27, 2020

TIDBITS by RALPH SHEALY


CHALLENGES
    I’ve been writing this column for over 40 years, and most of my material comes from something that happened during the week.
  In normal times, this week’s column would be about Saluda’s football game on Friday night.
  A year ago Friday, Saluda pulled off a miraculous two-day win over Strom Thurmond. Here are some of the highlights from my August 29, 2019, column:
  Saluda’s 22-21, last second win over Strom Thurmond Saturday morning will long be remembered as one of the Tigers’ greatest wins ever.
What the Tigers did was remarkable. They moved 73 yards in just a few seconds against one of the best defenses in the state.
  With the ball at the 33, with 1.2 seconds to go, Noah Bell threw a touchdown pass to Dallan Wright. Then, he threw to Jervon Whitt for the two-point play and the win. They literally “snatched victory from the joys of defeat.”
    Ironically, the win came on the one year anniversary of Fulton Winn’s miraculous touchdown catch against Ridge Spring-Monetta. The  television story about the autistic Saluda player catching a touchdown pass went all over the country.
  As far as I know, this was the first time Saluda has started a game on Friday night, and concluded it on Saturday morning.
  Here’s another one for the record books. Friday night, the Tigers wore white pants. Saturday morning, they came out in black pants.
  So, Dallan Wright is the first player in Saluda history to score one touchdown wearing white pants, and one touchdown wearing black pants in the same game, and Noah Bell threw touchdown passes wearing white and black!!!”
  That certainly was a fun game to watch, and so few saw it in person.
  Last Friday, I watched Netflix.
  We still have nearly a month before the first high school game of the year on September 25. The SEC will start its season the next day.
  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that football gets played.
  As I’ve said many times, I’ve missed only two Saluda football games since 1977. I don’t know what to do with empty Fridays!
  The other day, I saw this clipping:
SCHOOLS MAY REOPEN BEFORE JAN. 1,
THEN AGAIN THEY MAY NOT
   “The report circulated yesterday to the effect that the city schools might not reopen until January 1 was true only in a sense. Commissioner Wade stated at the commissioners’ meeting Wednesday night that he was in favor of keeping the schools closed until the first of the year, but the discussion which followed was carried on in an informal manner and no official action was taken.
  The duration of the quarantine will, of course, depend upon developments. Subsequent developments may force the extension of quarantine to January 1, or even beyond that date. But the quarantine will be lifted just as soon as the city commissioners and the board of health feel justified in taking such action. This many be inside of two weeks; then again it may not be for two or three months.”
  This sounds like a modern article, but is was written during the flu pandemic of 1918. It would work today.
  You think we had it  bad now and in 1918?
  Doing research on Ancecestry.com, I came across this account on my Kaiser ancestors:
“There were Kaisers living in Mockmuhl, a Dukedom/Duchy of Wurttemberg, during the 30 Years War (1618-1648). Mockmuhl was particularly hard hit when 80% of the population perished due to the 30 Years War and the Black Plague that hit the region. In 1635 there were 709 deaths listed in the Church registry. The Kaisers were among the survivors. The general results were a tremendous decrease in the population, devastation of agriculture, ruin of commerce and industry and the breakup of the Holy Roman Empire, and decline of German greatness. The terrible sufferings of the German people are remembered to this day. But then, as if War and the plague were not enough, witchcraft trials became a plague in Germany just as they were in Salem, Massachusetts.”
  Now, that is devastating. Our current pandemic is bad, but the world has been through much worse. We are so much better off medically today.
 
REMEMBERING
  Bill Riser was a giant of a man in more ways that one.
  Standing 6-7, you couldn’t miss him in a crowd, and he was a hall of famer in farm leadership, from  4-H kids to adults.
  Saluda County youth of my generation thank him for making 4-H a fun and learning experience. Many of his judging teams did well nationally.
  He was elevated to the lead county agent job here when Bill Craven moved on to Georgia and he served our county citizens well until he got  named Richland County agent.
  He may have moved up on to the big city, but Bill Riser loved Saluda County and never forgot her people.
  I first met Rama McCarty as the mother of my classmate, Wanda Wheeler Kalb. Her other daughter Vickie was a year ahead of us.
  Years later I got to know her better as a devoted member of our Emory-Nazareth Christmas Cantata Choir.
  She was a wonderful lady.
  Pat Jeffcoat started coming to Emory Church several years ago, with her son Billy Allen and his wife Judy.
  She loved the old hymns of the church, and once asked me if the choir could sing her favorite song one Sunday.
  We obliged. The song also happened to be my father’s favorite hymn, “What a Day That Will Be.”
  “What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see....”
  Bill, Rama and Pat have seen that glorious day. They will be missed.