(Group #-10-Letters published in the 1980s by Edna Drexler)

Group #-10-Letters
published in the 1980s
by Edna Drexler

After my aunt, Ruth Komis, died in the fall of 2002, I found that she had collected and pasted so now very faded news clippings from the The Jimplicute, Scott City, MO, and pasted them on pages which she was keeping writings of her mother, Edna Drexler.
These documents are very difficult to read because they are so faded.
However, I have been retyping them into documents and making them available to other family members by posting them on this Internet page.
Many include memories from the very early 1900s of Scott City.
Submitted by Donald L Williams Poster-#-25-

Group #-10-Letters published in the 1980s by Edna Drexler

  • Sheet 10

    The Editor

    Scott County Democrat

    Benton, Missouri


    All the people and landowners of North Scott County, I am sure, do appreciate your editorial and your interest in what we think as your readers. I wish to say the ridiculous thing that ever could happen to a clean and respectable community is the landfill. Do the authorities not consider the health of the people, the cattle, wildlife, and vegetation and other damage to the land?

    Our nearby towns will not even allow septic tanks for fear of water contamination. Why do we have to have a landfill of trash from another county for our roadside view? Do we want a home with such surroundings? No! I think not. I would not sell my land for such purchase, no matter how big the offer. To keep such problems as these from disturbing our short lives, we need a brain. Someone should help us. We do not want our lives disturbed in such a way. Best wishes to all, except Mississippi County who caused it all.

    A disturbed one for our county,

    Edna Drexler



    I am living in a cabin that Abe Lincoln passed by.

    It makes me so unhappy I almost cry.

    I have very high ambitions but am without hope

    Unless some kind benefactor comes along with the dope.

    Reading by the fireplace is alright through the day,

    But at night I prefer the real modern way.

    I am not interested in cattle, clover, or pea hay,

    But it seems that in this latter, I haven’t much to say.

    Way out here in the country; yes, it is me,

    But I am making plans you will see

    Sitting and sighing all the long day

    People may think that I should stay

    But I don’t like it and I am not going to try

    For you can be quiet after you die

    Stand at the window; look out in vain

    All one ever sees is sunshine or rain

    Living in the country upon a hill

    Is a very remote idea of getting a thrill

    The crowing of the rooster and the squeaking of the goose

    Oh Lord, please let me be footloose

    That I don’t like the country is what I am trying to tell

    And soon I shall say, “Goodbye, old Farm, farewell.”


    The Editor

    The Scott County Democrat

    Benton, Missouri


    Dear Editor,

    I have always been very interested in history. I was interested in a recent writer’s story about the slave traders. I looked up this account in the Pictorial History of Negroes in America. On page 8 in the second column of this book which can be obtained from any library, it states that the black market trading of Negroes was led by the Spanish in American waters. A few ship captains who sold African slaves at top price was one John Hawkins and his captain Francis Drake carried such a cargo in his ship, “Jesus of Lubeck” in the year 1619. Also there was a Dutch ship which dropped anchor at Jamestown, Virginia, with a cargo of African slaves. It was the first slaves brought to this country.

    Edna Drexler

    A Democrat reader



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