I’m home again and the flood waters are receding. They have left a big mess to clean up. It’s still too early to know just how much of a loss it will be.
On a happier note, I missed the Laura Days in Burr Oak, but they went on as scheduled. Bad weather didn’t really hit until mid-afternoon on Sunday, so I don’t think it caused too much trouble.
As many of you may know, the Burr Oak Laura museum lost one of its best friends last summer. Bob Brimacomb was the husband of Ferneva Brimacomb, the former director of the site, who did such an outstanding job. Bob was with her every step of the way. He always helped them with the Days celebration and often lent a hammer or an idea when something was needed around the museum. He traveled with Ferneva to many Laura events, including the big DeSmet event of a couple of years ago where some of you may have met him. He was a Laura fan and a local historian. He was a big loss to the Burr Oak bus trip out to Malone last year and to the community every day since. To honor Bob ,the Burr Oak Laura Days parade this year featured a riderless horse, with backwards boots in the stir-ups, a symbol of a rider lost. A similar tribute was part of the JFK Presidential funeral procession. I’m sure Bob appreciated it. Ferneva shared this photo with me and gave me permission to share it.
Last updated: June 23 2017: I added my current signature block and made the photo larger. Sending Bob good thoughts and respect.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.