While visiting my mom this week I had a special treat. I found several old letters she had saved that my grandfather Russell had written to the Public Forum section of the Decatur Daily newspaper in 1969-1970.
I want to share them with you, but first let me tell you a little about my grandfather. His name was Benjamin Harrison Russell. He was born in Morgan County, AL, April 21, 1889 and died there November 11, 1987 at the age of 98. He married my grandmother in 1910. Because they were divorced when my mother was about four years of age, I never got to know him very well so these letters helped me know the man.
Here is one thing he had to say:
Do You Remember When?
We paid all our taxes at tax collectors office? Farmers planted as many acres as he pleased of anything he pleased? Got his weather report from Lady’s Birthday Almanac? Our government believed the philosophy of Abe Lincoln –
”No work, no eat” was a good deterrent against any would-be parasite? We were taught the best way to prevent hunger was more work and less waste?
All this was before our present Robin Hood style government that taxes the working men and women to pay for food and pay an army of people to hand it out to many who have no right to receive it.
B.H.Russell – 1969
Sounds as if he could have written this about the current administration, doesn’t it?
Next post will be a letter he wrote with ‘tongue in cheek’ – How the moon affects life on earth.
- Fond Memories of My Grandfather (randysmusings.com)