Article from the Southeast Missourian Newspaper, late 2001

From the insert, "T.B.Y." [The Best Years]

Henry says: 
"A few months ago a woman whose brother I knew wrote an article about the north end of town we were raised in and she mentioned people and places that I remembered very well. I enjoyed her article a lot and called her and told her so and we reminisced about items of common knowledge and experiences between us and I didn't think any more of it. Then Sunday she wrote another bit about our end of town and I was surprised to be mentioned in it. Most of the people involved in this interest are ones brought up during the depression and like to tell stories about those times and how they made do with what they had and eked out a good time or cheap way of doing things on a shoestring."




The article reads:

"As I take pen in hand, I've come to the realization that our world is indeed a different place than it was seven short weeks ago. Although we've sustained a horrific blow to our feelings of safety and well-being, this magnificent country of ours will rise above it.

The unparalleled patriotism being demonstrated nationwide shows that we are a free and truly united nation. All across this country of ours people are feeling the same sorrows and fears, but they're coming together as never before. These past weeks I've listened to the intelligent leaders of our government tell us that our nation will survive this attack and become even stronger. Also, we are encouraged to get on with our lives, and that's what we should do in order to heal.

So, on that note, I shall take you back to Red Star. One of the most enjoyable things about writing these articles is hearing from people who enjoy and relate to them. They call and tell me about their experiences in the same areas.

One such call was from Henry Phelps, a very nice 83-year-old gentleman. His family owned several acres around Sloan's Creek and Brune and Eaker's filling station on Main Street. They owned the largest, most imposing, two-story brick house in the neighborhood.

Behind the station were several vacant lots, and they were used for ball fields, carnivals and even traveling medicine show. Some of you will remember those. On a makeshift stage, excited salesmen would hawk their magical elixirs. In order to attract a crowd, there would be music and entertainment. I will never forget the talent show I entered and sang a song.

How I got up enough courage to do that will always be a source of amazement to me. What was I thinking! .............."

The article continues on, but for all intents and purposes would be irrelevant to continue.