Monthly Archives: September 2015

Remembering Hendrix’s first 2 weeks: September 4, 2015



This was before Labor Day weekend. . .

Not full of snails or tails of puppy dogs

quite yet.

Sister in law, Great Aunt Susan declared

him a “ginger” baby,

While his siblings giggled and said,

“We’ll eat you up, baby H!”

He studied their faces

and looked


Then Hendrix half-smiled

and puckered

his lips

To whisper,


Photo from Robin’s collection,
Story family collaboration.

More tractors, Neck and Neck.


~2 Tractors~

“Shooting the Breeze”

Side by side,
Silver and red,
Stories of work,
Full Harvest Moons.
Hard times, late nights,
Rows of corn, soybeans,
Hay squares and barrels.
Not put out to pasture yet.

Smiles from, Robin O. Cochran
September, 2015


This red tractor is called
McCormick Farmall Cub,
It has been around the farm of
John and Joyce Stutter from
Marengo, Ohio
Since 1948.

It’s silver neighbor is called
“Silver King,”
There is almost a motto
Written on its side,
“Fate – Root – Heath.”

Let’s look closer. . .

J. D. Fate who was first
Brick maker and layer,
had “gumption”
and dreams.

A real entrepreneur,
Fate built brick company
In Plymouth, Ohio,
in the 1800’s.

He joined friend,
Using clay extruding machinery
from the earth to make bricks.

Along comes Charles Heath,
Whose part of Root – Heath company.

When Fate joined Root – Heath,
It was 1919.
They became recognized~
Clay machinery,
Yard locomotives,
Sharpening equipment for
Reel-type lawn mowers.

Unfortunately, 1929,
Business market crashed.
Charles Heath suggested
Manufacturing tractors
To keep the rural market
And their company
Up and running.

Engineers needed jobs,
Came full of new ideas.

Luke Biggs thought of
Using rubber tires.

Prior to this time,
Tractors had heavy
Steel wheels.

The Plymouth company,
Originally organized
by J.D. Fate,
began with trucks,
So much more.

He used the name “Plymouth”
although Chrysler beat their
Time to patent the name by
A few years.

Have I lost you yet?

The “Plymouth Silver King”
Is a beautiful and unique part
Of farming history.

“yard locomotives”
were very important
World War II.

A little off to their side is a
“young whippersnapper,”
Green with yellow details-
The brand “new” John Deere.

Delaware County Fair tractors display


This is the Minnesota visitor-
The Minneapolis Moline tractor,
A company made of 3 companies, Joining together in 1929,
Moline Plow.

☆Owned by Barry Evans,
☆Made in 1952.

Golden yellow,
Red tractor neighbor,
The exhibition hall
In the background.
You can see the
Colorful ferris wheel
On a glorious, cool
September early evening.


Sometimes the Corner Perspective is Best


~photo by reocochran (9/27/15)

Kathleen Norris:
“None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner waiting a few months or a few years to change all the tenor of our lives.”

~K. Norris wrote 58 books.
Lived from 1880 until 1966.

Mark Twain,
Samuel Clemens:
“Broad, wholesome charitable views can not be acquired by vegetation in one’s own corner of the world.”

~M. Twain wrote 28 books, many newspaper and magazine articles.
Lived from 1835 until 1910.

Taking the straight walk across the Dam


Kyah walks carefully
one hand on rail.
When wants to cross
over the grated “floor”
Of bridge across the dam,
She squeals as
her hand reaches
For fingers outstretched
By sister, Marley.


“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”
~ Helen Keller, (1917 – 2012).

“People create their own questions because they are afraid to look straight.
All you have to do is look straight and see the road and when you see it, don’t sit looking at it. Walk.”
~ Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982).

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”
~ Phyllis Diller (1917 – 2012).

Thursday’s Doors~ September 24, 2015



If you didn’t know better, you would assume this door was by a salty sea, where it had left “bleached” spots. This door has weathered many storms.

Delaware State Park has numerous areas for picnics, along with boating, camping, swimming and fishing.

When my children were young, we would invite a few children, pack up a supper picnic and go sit in the camping “movie theater” area.

Every Saturday night, all summer long, campers and “townies” join together to watch classics like “Back to the Future,” “Toy Story,”and “The Goonies.”

I have posted about a few beach parties on posts. My coworker, Darryl and his wife Samantha, used to ask us to join birthday parties on the beach by the playground end. I see his mother in law, Brenda, who works night shift at the warehouse. She reassured me recently she will keep us “in the loop.”

Lastly, how much the kids like it there at Delaware Lake. The “grandies” enjoy building muddy sand castles with drippy turrets. “Decorating” with feathers, rocks and a few little shells. Digging trenches and meeting new “friends,” while sharing buckets and shovels.

I like looking at the docks where boats are moored. There is a snack bar there where delicious flavors of ice cream are sold. Once in awhile, an elderly fisherman will be sitting on the steps yo the dock, sharing old, good memories and spinning “fish tales” with one of his cronies.

Our family has hiked several of the paths in different parts of the area. One favorite hiking path, which runs along the tributaries and inlets of water, is called the Mink Trail.

This Doors post is in conjunction with
Norm Frampton’s Thursday’s Doors.
You may enjoy the links found on Norm 2.0 blog of other widely diverse and interesting doors at:

Delaware Dam reservoir, 1.


Delaware State Park
Reservoir building
1 day to Doors post.


Reflections of pink hues,
Neat lamp atop the building.
The sculpted letters read:
“D E L A W A R E.”

The Olentangy and Ohio River Basins
Flood Control Act of 1938 was created for flood reduction, low flow control for pollution reduction, water supply, recreational, fish and wildlife management. The dam was built between 1947 through 1951. This is operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
The water passes through 5 gated sluices, there are six 25 feet by 32 feet “tainter radial gates.” The body of water called the lake covers 386 square miles.