This week, I have been doing some sewing. I bought a Bedspread but I didn’t like the curtains and bed skirt that went with it so I decided to make my own. As I was sewing, I thought about how worthless these pieces of material were until they were sewn together. As long as it was just pieces of material, even though it was cut out to make the bed skirt, until it was sewn together it was useless. I thought about, sometimes we are just pieces of material laying around not serving any purpose, but when we get up and knit ourselves to God and start doing what he wants us to, then and only then are we becoming a beautiful garment in his eyes. I had to sew the bed skirt to another piece of material and it also took thread to knit it all together. The thread was just a small item but without it, the big pieces of material were useless.
The 2020 football season may be in doubt because of the pandemic, but college sports are still beloved by Arkansans. But Arkansas did not always cheer for the same teams. Imagine a time when Arkansas called the Cardinals and Arkansas State University cheered on the Gorillas. This is part of the colorful story of college mascots in Arkansas.
Another artifact from the collection of Rex Means (1934-2014) that can be seen at the CalCo Museum is a portable hanging scale courtesy of Ms. Betty Means. It is 1 ¼” by 4 ⅜” with a hanging ring and a hook. A brass plate will indicate the weight on a scale from zero to twenty-four pounds. There were several manufacturers of this same spring scale design of the same time-period. This one was made by Peck, Stow & Wilcox Co (1870-1950) a company formed in 1870 in Southington Connecticut. They were known for wellmade tools and held several patents, one for a ratcheting brace & bit and one for an adjustable end wrench I call a “monkey wrench.” The attached photo has two of their brand logos. This scale circa 1910 could be suspended by the ring or held by hand. Would make a handy fish scale unless you were Benny Alexander of El Dorado who netted a 56-pound Bigmouth Buffalo at Calion Lake in April 2000. Or the person who caught a 70.31-pound Bigmouth Buffalo at Bussy Brake, LA (south of Crossett). It would work fine for me; I will never tie into a monster like that. I am curious how these scales were commonly used. They are not as accurate as a balance scale but are more portable and expedient. According to wise old Wikipedia they are not intended to determine the weight of an item for sale. Invented in 1770 by Richard Salter of England and patented in 1838 by him, they are still around.
Last week’s announcement from Governor Hutchinson about Monday’s mask mandate seemed counter to previous positions on dealing with the current virus situation. It goes further than the Federal in mask requirements. There is, currently, no Federal mask mandate.
Dr. Benjamin Rush was a scientist, physician, reformer, and co-signer of the Declaration of Independence. His life would take him across the world and into the pages of history.