May 20 • 11:06 AM

Book of seasons is well worth reading

August 27, 2008
Do you have books that are favorites and you reread every once in a while? One such book of mine is "Stillwater Sampler'' by Gladys Taber. It is divided into chapters, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. I feel that she must have thought the same as I that our year should start in Spring, possibly in March with its first day of Spring around the 21st. In Maymie Krythe's book, "All About the Months,'' she mentions that in many countries beginning the year in March prevailed for centuries. France, for example, made a change in 1564, when Charles IX decreed that the French year should start on January 1. Great Britain and her colonies continued to use March 25, until 1752, when an act of Parliament changed the first day of a new year to January 1. She goes on to say, "Strange to say, in some communities, the old idea persisted; and homes or farms were leased yearly, beginning on March 25.''

In my Abstract of Title the Warranty Deed reads that Everet W. Ferguson sold the 125 acres to Samuel Park, recorded January 24, 1927. First parties reserve possession until March 1, 1927 when we moved there.

My parents moved into Almont, on West St. Clair in March of 1944 and Red, I and Lee started renting the farm. There were lots of farm auction sales in March of every year back then. That was a farmer's social time, even if they didn't intend to buy or, wanted to see what their machinery was worth.

Back to Gladys Taber's "Stillwater Sampler'' and her summer chapter. She writes, "As August draws to a close, evenings are cool. Autumn is already in the air. (I was chilly down at the pond last evening.) The signs are small, but a country eye sees them. The grass no longer seems to grow overnight and need mowing. The peppers begin to turn rosy in the vegetable garden, and the tomatoes ripen. The lettuce begins to run out.

"The silk on the corn is darker, too. (As I drive along John Patterson's cornfield back of Alan's I notice that and...that the raccoons have been helping themselves.) Some of the broccoli shows yellow florets in the heads. But the whole garden still bears luxuriously and the squash is all over everything.''

How true. I have no garden of my own but, thanks to Jerry and Sherrie Campbell, Alan and Pauline...and Don and Carol Heim, I fare very well.

— Country Cousin

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