Thursday, September 1,
To the Editor
The Jimplicute, Scott
City, MO 63754
When I was ten years old, I took my pencils and papers and went
to sit under the shade of a big cherry tree to write stories and poems. The cherry tree was located in a quiet spot
behind our barn in the middle of the field.
It was there I began doing what I wanted to do more than anything else
in my life – write.
My interest was great in reading stories but I cared little for
the fiction kind; the real life stories were my favorites. Reading was fun, but I wanted to write my
own stories. The stories of early
history in Scott County was more interesting to me. It was under the cool shade of the cherry tree that I began
writing these stories.
One day I decided to send a story to the county newspaper, The
Scott Democrat. As a result, I began
writing a series of stories which appeared in the paper. My mother was very interested in what I was
doing and could hardly wait for each paper to see what I had written. My uncle commented that I was pretty young
to be writing for a paper, but said he liked what I had written. He especially liked a poem.
Years afterward when I was married, my interest was still in
writing about Scott County. I wrote
stories for the Scott Democrat.
Finally, I reached the end of my stories, and Mr. Alden Pinney, the
editor of the newspaper, asked why I had not sent any more stories. I had to say that everything had been told
up to date and I would wait until something else happened.