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Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 34
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)

I never knew that Abraham Lincoln almost fought a duel until I ran across a little paragraph about Sunflower Island.
Sunflower Island, in the Mississippi River just off the coast of Missouri and across from Alto, Illinois, was where Abraham Lincoln rowed in the fall of 1842 to fight a duel with James Shields, state Auditor of Illinois. The duel never took place as Lincoln chose swords as the weapon and the much shorter Shields saw his disadvantage and called the battle off.
The island was later known as Small Pox Island after Union and Confederate soldiers and civilian prisoners died from that disease and their bodies were taken to the island and buried side-by-side in trenches.
By now, you all know how much I love browsing in the pages of old newspapers and magazines! I was looking through some old papers this morning - after coming in from my morning "run," and looking at all of the tall grass everywhere in this lovely spring. I thought of the farmers getting ready to plant and of how their labor is easier today because of tractors and modern farming equipment.
So, when I was the ad for the "Brinly Rastus," I had to smile. The ad reads, "No sir! No weeds there. Lots of satisfaction to look over a clean field of tobacco and know tht you used a tool that made your work count. Thousands say it is the best cultivator they ever took to a tobacco patch. Brinly Rastus, The Weed Killer. One minute's plowing will make you its friend for life. Gets right up to the plants without injuring them. Shovels throw weeds to the center of the row and put a fine dust mulch to the plants. Leaves a smooth furrow bottom. Easy on man and horse. Brinly Rastus is sold under a positive guarantee from your dealer to give full satisfaction or your money refunded. $8.00, POB, Louisville, KY. Either wood or steel beam with shovels and fender as shown."
This ad was in the June 1925 edition of The Tobacco Planter magazine. Wonder if any of our Colquitt County farmers enjoyed the wonders of this wondrous invention?
Browsing amongst old papers brought treasure just now in the form of a recipe for Jam Cake that is more than 100 years old. Let's not let this get lost.
You take one cup of shortening and two cups of sugar with five cups of flour sifted four times and add two teaspoons of nutmeg and two teaspoons of cinnamon and two teaspoons of clove. Also add two teaspoons of allspice and two cups of jam along with six eggs, beaten separately, and one cup of buttermilk, one cup of broken nutmeats; one pound of raisins and two teaspoons of soda.
Mix soda in the buttermilk and let stand while mixing the rest of the batter.
Sift all of the dry ingredients together.
Bake in a moderate 300-degree oven, increasing to 350 degrees the last half-hour. (The recipe didn't say how long to bake the cake entirely.) Add small amounts of preserves to the cake.
This recipe will make a large cake and two small cakes.
Here's an interesting article that says that Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee were cousins! William E. Barton, the famous Lincoln biographer, has traced the families of the two leaders of opposing forces in the Civil War to the same distinguished ancestor, Colonel Richard Lee who arrived in Virginia in 1642 and died in 1664.
The genealogy of Col. Richard Lee's descendants is given as follows: Abraham Lincoln, son of Nancy Hanks Lincoln, daughter of Lucy Hanks, daughter of Anne Lee Hanks, daughter of William Lee, son of William Lee, son of William Lee, son of Colonel Richard Lee.
To trace the Lee side: Robert E. Lee, son of General Henry Lee, son of Henry Lee, son of Henry Lee, son of Richard Lee, son of Richard Lee, son of Colonel Richard Lee.

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