17 Healing Foods: Basil, Berries & Beyond

Basil especially fresh basil lowers blood pressure and is an anti-inflammatory which eases rheumatism.

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Blackberries ease upset stomachs, slow diarrhea, relieve joint inflammation, heal bleeding gums and strengthen the immune system.

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Black peppercorn prevents colds, retards breast cancer, reduces inflammation and slows tumor growth.

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Cranberries ease inflammation, assist with kidney function, help with the prevention of e coli and staff infection.  Sweeten with Stevia and not sugar as Stevia helps control blood sugar.

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Dandelions cut the blossoms, bread and fry in sesame oil like in the deep south or snip in salads. The greens are good also. They provide vitamins A, B, C & D. They aide with eye health, liver and kidney function, fluid retention, nasal inflammation, blood sugar levels and diarrhea.

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Garlic fresh minced or otherwise. Chopped fights inflammation, improves the immune function and is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. It improves heart health, circulation and breaks down lipids. Garlic also lowers blood pressure and is a cancer blocker.

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Ginger root lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, reduces flatulence, eases rheumatism, diarrhea and joint inflammation.

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Green Peas especially raw in salads provide vitamins A, C & K, manganese, fiber, thiamine and folate (a salt or ester of folic acid.)

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Kale may be eaten blossoms and all. Kale provides calcium, iron, vitamins C & K and high fiber.

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Marjoram fresh flowers, leaves, stems and all snipped or powdered aides with heart health, brain health, blood pressure and is a vasodilator (blood vessel opener.)

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Okra besides using just the okra pod also chop the blossoms in salads. Okra may be eaten raw. Okra provides high fiber, potassium, vitamins B & C, folic acid and calcium.

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Radish blossoms and all are great in salads and provide vitamins A B6, C, E & K, copper, chromium, potassium, zinc and high fiber.

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Raspberry reduces nasal inflammation and nausea.

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Spirulina is an underwater algae which improves the immune system.

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Stevia relieves diabetes, flatulence and high blood pressure.

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Thyme reduces fat content in cells (brain, heart & kidney) and provides vitamin A & C, iron, manganese and copper. It improves heart health and prevents premature aging. Thyme oil rubbed into a clean scalp reduces hair loss.

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Turmeric fights infection, reduces inflammation, blocks cancer, Alzheimer’s and arthritis pain. It strengthens the heart and is a diabetes type II preventing agent.

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Natural antibiotics include apple cider vinegar, raw hot peppers , raw garlic, raw onion, Spirulina, fresh ginger and ginger root.

http://inspireportal.com/eating-for-energy-foods-to-eat-for-vitality/

https://www.aging.com/elderly-nutrition-101-10-foods-to-keep-you-healthy/

https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/fruits-vegetables-provide-nutrients-8895.html

 

 

 

The Dr.’s In The Kitchen From Apples to Vinegar & In Between

WHATS’ IN YOUR KITCHEN?

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APPLES

Apples in all forms but especially raw regulate the bowels.

AVOCADO

Good because it is rich in potassium

BANANAS

Regulate blood pressure because they are loaded with potassium.

BLACK PEPPER

Black pepper is a medicinal spice. It must be used as directed. Excess or overuse can cause a burning effect. Used properly it is phenomenally healthy.

Black pepper is an antioxidant curbing free radicals. It is an anti-inflammatory agent. The potassium content in black pepper lowers blood pressure. It is an antibacterial. Ground and used sparingly as a face rub (not scrub) black pepper exfoliates and removes dead skin and reduces acne. Because of its antibacterial qualities it aids digestion, reduces bad breath & flatulence (gas) and prevents some gastronomical disease also relieving colic, constipation and diarrhea. Its piperine content acts as a mild laxative. Piperine definition; noun. a crystalline insoluble alkaloid that is the active ingredient of pepper, used as a flavoring and as an insecticide. The vitamin C content in black pepper works as an antibiotic fighting tooth decay and diminishing cold symptoms such as coughing and other respiratory disorders. Its combined properties ease congestion, cleanse the intestinal tract, stimulates urination and sweating, removes uric acid from the blood and aids the production and distribution of skin pigmentation.

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Black pepper intake improves skin & hair. It has been responsible for slowing cancer progression and is proven to slow the development of skin cancer brought on by exposure to UV radiation. Other benefits include slowing premature aging, boosting metabolism and burning calories especially reducing belly fat.

Black pepper essential oil provides a warming effect improving circulation and relieving the pain symptoms from arthritis, rheumatism and gout.

Black pepper contains: Choline ( 1 of the 8 main B complex group), folic acid (Folate B9), niacin B3, Pyridoxine B6, riboflavin (B2), thiamine B1, carotene, Vitamins A-C-K-E, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and contains zero cholesterol.

A great salad dressing contains ¼ cup olive oil, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, ¼ tsp turmeric, 1 tsp stevia.

CHERRIES

This tasty fruit lessens arthritis pain

CINNAMON

Eases arthritis pain and lower cholesterol for heart health.

CRANBERRY JUICE & SAUCE

Both lower cholesterol.

COFFEE Dark Roast

Has been discovered to provide brain health.

EGGS

Eating eggs aids in the prevention of Alzheimer disease and stroke. Eggs also deplete artery plaque besides providing beneficial amounts of protein and amino acid. Eggs are rich in needed nutrients. Eggs contain vitamins A, B2, B5, B6, B12, D, E and K. Eggs also provide calcium, choline (which builds cell membranes), copper folate, iron, potassium selenium and zinc.

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Eggs increase high-density lipoproteins (HDL) the good cholesterol and antioxidants that benefit eye health.

FLOUR

Made into a paste stops bleeding. It sets up like a cast

GARLIC

Regulates blood pressure, fights dementia, strengthens bones and lessens belly fat.

GINGER

controls inflammation and lessens joint & muscle pain. Add ginger to food & tea

GRAPES, RED

fight Alzheimer & dementia

GREEN TEA preferably fresh brewed

creates bone density, heart health, eases allergic reactions and is thought to be an anti cancer aid.

LEMON

Slices or juice rubbed on age spots lighten & reduce them

OLIVE OIL

eases arthritis pain & fights heart disease

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ORANGES & JUICE

Besides being a good source of vitamin C prevents macular (eye) degeneration.

PEPPERMINT

Eases stomach disturbance & gas symptoms.

TUNA

Tuna improves eye sight & lessens inflammation.

VINEGAR

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As far back as Hippocrates vinegar in water with honey was used to treat the symptoms of the common cold. One of today’s popular recipes is 1 tbsp of vinegar in 8 oz water with 2 tbsp of honey and an option of 1 tbsp lemon juice served hot or on ice. The Probiotics and alkaline content in vinegar reduce the symptoms of the common cold and allergic sinus conditions diminishing mucous and congestion. The alkaline content kills viruses. During a cold or sinus allergy attack drink 16 ounces of the water, vinegar and honey mixture daily. Vinegar is an antibacterial. As a medicinal option vinegar regulates blood sugar by using the anticlerical action of the acetic acid it contains. It lessons the possibility of the development of pre-diabetic conditions.

Vinegar’s acetic acid lowers blood pressure by eliminating cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides aiding in the prevention of coronary artery disease (the thickening, hardening and narrowing of arteries) which leads to heart attacks. Vinegar is an anti-oxidant. The enzymes in vinegar’s acetic acid detoxifies and stimulates the liver altering the glycolysis procedure and allowing proper functioning and lymphatic drainage by binding together with toxic materials. The acetic acid and Probiotics in vinegar aids in digestion by the break down and utilization of starches, nutrients and vitamins. It actually improves the natural Probiotic and HDL content in the stomach and intestinal tract.

The alkaline enzymes and Probiotics in vinegar balance the bodies acid-base levels (PH) which needs to lean toward the alkaline at 7.35% to 7.45%. Proper PH levels eliminates acid reflux. The acetic acid in vinegar kills candida which is a fungal yeast which often appears as an infection on the skin and mucous membranes like the mouth, throat, vagina and the quick under the nails. Candida can cause bad breath, sugar cravings and fatigue.

Vinegar has prevented DNA mutation and is thought to be a cancer preventative. The manganese in vinegar provides good bone structure restricting osteoporosis. The combined components in vinegar strengthen metabolic activity providing energy. 1 to 2 tablespoons of vinegar should be ingested in a diluted form daily for optimal benefits to be obtained. 3 tbsp of vinegar in 16 oz of warm water used as a final hair rinse, corrects the PH balance, exfoliates dead skin and prevents dandruff. Its compounds kill bacterial pathogens, viruses and other contaminants. Leaving it in helps long hair to stay untangled.

Do not drink straight vinegar. It is too strong undiluted. It may be used directly on greens such as spinach and others in moderation ( 1 tbsp or less per serving.) With water, olive oil and seasonings it makes a wonderful green salad dressing.

Do not put vinegar directly on skin or hair. It is too strong undiluted. Do not use straight undiluted vinegar as a mouth wash. It will damage, even remove the enamel from teeth.

Remember vitamin deficiency causes pain, muscle weakness & osteoarthritis.

Works Cited:

http://ethnogardens.com/21-amazing-benefits-of-black-pepper-for-skin-hair-ahttps://simplyhealth.io/21-benefits-apple-cider-vinegar/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-health-benefits-of-eggs#section11

 

About Me : My Cherokee-German Heritage

Sixty nine years of living have gifted me with ample experiences to write about. My heart is filled with Native American culture.

Grandpa Zeno Merritt Cox & Grandma EmmaJane Beck-Cox & my brother Cork

My dad’s parents were Zeno Merritt Cox of English and Cherokee Indian heritage. He built and opened the 1st general store and gasoline station in Estella, Oklahoma. As postmaster he established his store as a general delivery mail drop and pickup site and also as the voting place for the district. He and James Casto built and ran the first area school. Dad’s mother was Emma Jane Beck-Cox a Cherokee medicine woman who could make 1 trip into the woods and come home with roots, bark and berries capable of curing everything from colic to pneumonia.

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My mother’s maiden name was Reiter originally Von Reuter but changed when her father’s ancestors crossed the ocean from Germany to America.  Her dad, William Raymond Reiter was an architect, fresh water “well witcher” and dry cellar builder. Her mother Hilda Henrietta Gerdes-Reiter was from the German Morgenstern’s (morning star). Her parents both spoke fluent German and provided my youth with rich stories of immigrant heritage. My 5 grandchildren have provided a countless treasury of tales. With my history, writing comes easy! So where should I start today?

Longing For Those Enlisted In Serving America/ A Yearning Rhyme

Too far, too many miles away,

As night falls my heart makes itself known.

Friends say, You can hear their voice,”

“You can see their face on your phone.”

Yet without that human touch,

There is no spark to strike a flame.

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How I long for the day,

When that airplane sets you down.

Missing you is agony.

Seconds stretch into eternity.

My arms reach out.

The distance is too far.

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Home For The Holidays/ A Rhyme

 

 

a holiday 2When I was young and a holiday came round,

We chose a loved one’s home and all filed in,

Aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and beyond.

There was food to feed a nation,

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Mushy, hankie called for kisses

And breathtaking, rib squeezing, too tight hugs.

Yet what everyone remembered upon returning home,

Was the kinship, the sharing.

Bringing one another up to date,

On spotlighted and tender moments within individual lives,

And the blessing of family connections.

Today there are new faces, joined with the old,

All giving thanks for tightly woven bonds.

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Eating To Correct And Maintain Good Health

 

 

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It is so easy in today’s micro-second, instant, fast food world to assist our health in failure and not realize we’re doing it. So much frozen food, canned soup, fast food drive-through goodies, sugary drinks, and packaged desserts like candy-bars, cupcakes, cookies and ice cream sandwiches that we have forgotten how good a fresh peach tastes as the juice runs down our cheeks.  Look at the health issues listed below and get ready to restock the kitchen with foods that aren’t just good but are good for the body.

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Group 1 enhances healing, builds red blood cells and fights anemia. This life renewing group consists of lemons & limes, oranges, grapefruits, apricots, mango, papaya, cantaloupe, watermelons, green meated melons, strawberries, wheat germ, green, red and yellow peppers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.Make lots of fresh lemon and limeade with stevia as a sweetener. Make fruit plates filled with raw orange and grapefruit sections.

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Make fruit plates full of fresh apricots, mango and papaya bits, melon plates are a great salad replacement. Strawberries are wonderful garnishments for a plate of food. Wheat germ is great added to cereal and take a celery stalk fill it with peanut butter and top it with wheat germ “Yummy”.Roast all 3 colors of peppers with potatoes and yams. Take raw Brussels sprouts and chop them up in your salad. They are wonderful and broccoli is good raw, steamed and fried with low sodium soy sauce.

 

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Group 2 fights anemia, produces antibodies, reduces fluid retention, regulates blood sugar and insulin levels and fights stress, depression and fatigue. This health renewal group contains  lean pork, eggs, turkey ham, sunflower seeds, vegetable oils, cider vinegar, peanut butter, whole grains, wheat germ, bran, soy, pecans, walnuts, peanuts,

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raw green leafy vegetables including cabbage, spinach, greens. sweet potatoes, yams. potatoes, potato skins, asparagus, avocado, raisins, apples, oranges, peaches and bananas.Pork loin roasts are great cooked in the crock pot and served as roast or pulled and barbecue sauce added for a great tasting sandwich, or chopped and chow mien made. Eggs are great deviled, turkey ham makes a wonderful sandwich on wheat bread with lettuce. Sunflower seeds are good in salad or as a snack. vegetable oils like soy and sunflower make great oil and cider vinegar dressings for salads. Raisin Bran cereal is great. A handful of nuts in a bowl with lunch or dinner is a healthy addition. Make salad. Make slaw. A baked sweet potato with butter is a delight. Potato skins are always good. Sliced avocado or guacamole is wonderful.  Asparagus raw chopped in a salad is delightful. Apple slices with orange segments, sliced peaches and chopped banana with a spoon full of whipped topping is a great dessert.

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Group 3 helps regulate blood pressure, builds and maintains healthy bones and prevents insomnia.  Think oysters, smoked salmon, cheesecake, cocoa, almonds, yogurt, cheese, green vegetables, whole grains, milk and garlic. How about oyster stew, salmon steaks, salmon mixed with cream cheese, pimento, celery, drained picante on whole grain crackers is a true delight. A slice of cheesecake or custard is a treat. Cocoa and dark chocolate (sparingly) breaks the monotony. A cheese tray with grainy crackers brings smiles. Garlic is so healthy so have Italian food once a week with lean meat and tomato or Alfredo. Drink a glass of milk on occasion. Green vegetables include green beans, fried okra. Change it up for variety.

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Group 4  aids with respiratory issues making breathing easier.  Eat pickles, vegetable juice, tomato juice, pickle juice, cider vinegar, bananas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, spinach and watercress. Pickles are a great garnish for any plate. V8 juice is a great drink to go . with a meal or as a snack. People with asthma often crave pickle juice and vinegar. It’s the potassium and magnesium.

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Group 5  aids with disease resistance. Think alfalfa, cabbage, spinach, kale. lettuce and egg yolk.  Alfalfa sprouts are good in salad so is sliced hard boiled eggs, fresh spinach and kale. Cabbage is good steamed, fried and fresh in slaw.

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Group 6  regulates hair color and health. Desiccated liver capsules cause new hair to come in with colored pigment. also good are yeast, wheat germ, whole grains, citrus fruit and pineapple.  Fresh yeasty breads are wonderful. Make a biscuit batter and for the liquid add yeast. 1/4 cup warm water with 1 package dry yeast & 1tsp sugar. Let rise then add to biscuit recipe. Fresh pineapple is always good. Fresh squeezed orange juice at breakfast is a wonderful addition.

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Group 7  promotes healthy eyes and vision. The sight givers are chicken, honey, lemon, chives, carrots. milk, yams, sweet potatoes, squash, cod liver oil, citrus fruits, Smoke a chicken or a turkey make a honey lemon glaze. Roast carrots, yams and squash and sprinkle with chives. Have a glass of milk to take that cod liver oil pill with or make some lemon pudding for a change.

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Group 8  helps maintain the immune system. and prevents hemorrhoids. Start with cranberries, plums and prunes. Cranberry muffins and sauce are great on any day and not just holidays. Prune juice is good when heated and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Fresh plums always make a good garnish.

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Group 9  aids in fighting infection.They include white albacore tuna, eggs, green vegetables, sweet potatoes, yams, squash, carrots, pumpkin, papaya, cantaloupe, mango, strawberries, grapefruit. lemons, oranges and limes. Tuna salad with diced hard boiled eggs, pimento, sweet pickle relish and celery is yummy. Add some lettuce leaves & a slice or two of tomato.

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Pumpkin pies are also good in July and all other months. Lunch tuna salad sand fresh strawberry garnish, pumpkin pie and a limeade.

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It’s easy to grab an orange instead of a candy bar or a salad instead of an order of french fries. Think Healthy. Enjoy.

 

Works Cited;

https://unclewileys.com/index.php/content/view/37/34/

https://www.rd.com/health/healthy-eating/foods-that-fight-disease/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pimento And Cheese 2020

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Grate 1 lb Colby or sharp cheddar cheese

add 1 1/2 cup mayonnaise or miracle whip your choice

add 1/2 cup diced pimento and mix well

Choose the bread of your choice toasted or fresh

spread with cheese mixture

add your choice:

crisp bacon slices or crumbles

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tomato slices

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fried green tomato slices

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avocado slices

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lettuce or watercress

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snipped green onion

1 tbsp drained picante

sliced fresh or grilled peppers

sliced black olives

bread & butter or garlic pickle slices

My favorite: bacon, avocado, black olive, sliced tomato and lettuce on seeded cracked wheat toast.

 

Zeno Merritt Sr. & Emma Jane Beck- Cox

 

 

Grandpa Zeno Merritt Cox & Grandma EmmaJane Beck-Cox & my brother CorkIntroducing myself: I was a Tulsa/Claremore/Chelsea/ NE Oklahoma real estate agent from 1987- 2004,  a home mortgage lender from 2005-2009, semi-retiring to Chelsea as a police and ambulance dispatcher until fully retiring in 2012. I loved new construction sales selling homes in Marlar Farms, Rose Glenn and many other subdivisions. My childhood readied me for a job in sales. My Grandmother was a Cherokee Medicine woman Emma Jane Beck-Cox. My father Bob Cox was an auctioneer and grocery store owner. Now I live in a new senior development called Claremore Village. It is the perfect retirement village with pool, exercise gym and fishing pond. All apartments are ground floor with all the amenities you could ask for including lovely large front porches. I enjoy keeping up with the real estate, mortgage & law enforcement industries. I hope you enjoy my posts and articles. Feel free to ask my opinion on anything that I’m knowledgeable about including flower and vegetable gardening, fishing, canning, old recipes, candy & cookie making, crocheting, religion, the Cherokee Nation, et al.   Photo of my Grandparents Zeno Merritt Cox & Emma Jane Beck-Cox. The child is my brother E.W.  Corky Cox

The Big Piney/ My Heritage

 

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On January 16, 1852 Zeno Merritt Cox Sr. was born in Illinois. As a young adult he set out for the “Big Piney” which is what Arkansas was called back before statehood. Huge pines lined the banks of the Big Piney River. He dug in and built and operated a water wheel lumber mill in a spot where the trees were the densest. Over the next few years he developed mills all along the river. As a middle aged man he sold his mills and settled in Estella, Oklahoma.

Estella is a small rural community half way between Vinita and Nowata. Accurately 21.9 miles northwest of Vinita on Highway 60. Estella then was predominantly Indian with the Cherokees holding the majority populace. There was a small black community there and heirs of German and Irish immigrants rounded out the makings of the community. Zeno was predominately English and had not 1 prejudice bone in his body. His wife Emma Jane Beck-Cox was a Cherokee medicine woman who went into the countryside with a pail and a trowel and returned with roots and bark capable of treating everything from warts to pneumonia.

Zeno built a rural grocery store and became the local postmaster. His store had gas pumps and a sweet water well. It housed the local voting precinct and general delivery mail drop. He built the most beautiful wooden post office box cabinet ever seen. He was gone before I came into the world as the youngest daughter of one of his 5 sons. I grew up in that store and was afforded life experience that I could never have received elsewhere.

There was a large coal excavation site with many employees close by so one of the things we did was provide breakfast and lunch, beside offering the best variety of fresh lunch meats and Wisconsin barrel cheeses. My mom and both grandmothers cooked. Dad paid to have electricity ran out from Vinita so we were set. We had water coolers, television and indoor plumbing. The rural water lines weren’t established yet but dad and grandpa ran water for washing up from the ponds through hundreds of feet of buried charcoal filled pipe. Drinking water came from a well witched by Grandpa Reiter (mom’s father) with a peach tree bough just a few feet behind the house.

The circus came from Nowata on its way to Vinita right in front of the store stopping to water animals and I had a 1st hand view of the elephants and lions. Every July fourth it was dad’s habit to take customers and a couple dozen eggs to the highway right out front, after it had been paved where he put on a 1 man display of how the pavement was hot enough to fry eggs. People driving by would stop and watch in awe. A six foot tall (from the English side) Cherokee man bent over scrambling inedible eggs as a hobby.

Of course, really nothing unusual there….after all it was Oklahoma.

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