Rural Missouri - February 2013 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 8 Departments 4 Comments National and statewide news A lasting tribute Slater taxidermy studio helps pet owners memorialize their loved ones 12 5 Columns Hart to heart Preparing for the worst 8 The Sperry-Piltz Accumulation Index helps co-ops predict ice storm damage 14 16 Out of the Way Eats Gordonville Grill Whittling wildlife 24 Hearth and Home Sweets for my sweet Henley woodcarver finds inspiration in his backyard 19 Our history with Missouri’s future leaders Missouri’s electric cooperatives help kids develop leadership skills 26 30 Around Missouri Missouri happenings 19 34 Marketplace Classified ads 36 Neighbors Blessed from birth The cowboy way of life Don Collop keeps the Western spirit alive with his portrayal of ‘Cookie’ 28 14 Outdoors Whittling wildlife 38 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy Co-ops care Central Power employees support some special kids 28 About our cover B orn a slave on the Moses and Susan Carver farm in Diamond Grove around 1864, George Washington Carver found himself caught up in the turmoil of the Civil War. As an infant, outlaws kidnapped him and his mother, Mary. He was eventually found in Arkansas and returned to the Carver family as an orphan nearly dead from whooping cough. Growing up, his frail health freed George from many chores, giving him time to explore outside. The rest is history. Many days, young George would gather plant and flower samples and place them in a little garden that he hid in the brush. It wouldn’t take long for the community to nickname him “The Plant Doctor.” The Boy Carver Statue, featured on the cover, was sculpted in 1960 by Robert Amendola. It can be found on the paved Carver Nature trail, a 1-mile, self-guided loop behind the Cover and photo at left by Heather Berry George Washington Carver National Monument visitor’s center in Diamond. The trail is surrounded by a beautiful wooded area much like George explored as a boy and where his inquisitiveness about nature propelled him into an historic career as a scientist, teacher, artist and humanitarian. The 1881 Moses Carver House, left, was built after a tornado demolished several dwellings on the farm, including the cabin where George was born. Other displays in the visitor’s center include exhibits interpreting George Washington Carver’s life and offer hands-on interaction for all ages. The visitor’s center, which is free to visit, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the exception of New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The center is located at 5646 Carver Road in Diamond. For more details, call 417-325-4151 or log on to To order prints of the cover, see page 30. FEBRUARY 2013 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - February 2013

Rural Missouri - February 2013
Table of Contents
A lasting tribute
Preparing for the worst
Whittling wildlife
Out of the Way Eats
Our history with Missouri’s future leaders
Hearth and Home
The cowboy way of life
Co-ops care
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - February 2013