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March 4, 2015 and it is snowing again! Spring is just around the corner though and with spring comes the chance of scary weather! Lightning, thunder, and tornadoes, oh my! Today I thought I would tell a couple of tornado stories that took place in the little town of Cherokee City, Arkansas. The Howertons and the Shaws, both families on my Granddad Shermans side, settled there in the 1870’s and my Granddad lived there until he married Grandma, and they eventually moved to Siloam Springs.


Sherman Howerton

Granddad loved to tell the story of a tornado that passed through the little town and surrounding farmland when he was a boy. He remembered the sky getting dark and the family running for cover. The storm was over in a matter of minutes; the family was safe and sound, so they all went out to survey the damage. There were a few trees down, branches and debris strewn around, but the worst damage was to the henhouse. The roof was gone, along with other parts of the small building. As they got closer they saw an amazing site. A chicken still on her nest! But her feathers had been plucked clean by the wily tornado winds. Of course, that was one of our favorite stories to hear when we were kids.

I love looking at the old Gentry newspapers and there were plenty of storms that blew through the countryside. Most of the damage done was to roofs, trees, small buildings and after electricity became prevalent, power lines and poles were victims to the storms too. One article in the paper told of how the winds had damaged the electric lines and the housewives had to scurry around and find the old coal oil lamps that had been stored away after electricity came to town.
It’s no wonder that one of the weekly advertisements that ran for years was for tornado insurance!

tornado 5

In 1927, Cherokee City was hit by a tornado (could this be the one granddad remembered?) and it brought back memories to a man named W.R. Harper of a terrible storm that happened when he was a small boy. He wrote a letter to the Journal Advance in October of 1927 recalling the events. The Talbot Library and Museum reprinted that letter in 2001, in their publication TL&M Genealogy. Just click on the picture below to enlarge the image.


What an horrific experience to the little town and it’s residents! Even though we still have terrible instances of tornadoes and bad storms, what a blessing we have with all of the technology to warn of bad weather coming!
The recipe I want to share today from Grandma’s recipe box is called Egg in a Bacon Nest. A tribute to that hero chicken back in the day that stayed on her nest in the worst of weather! It’s from that old Table Talk Cookbook that Grandma loved so well.

Line muffin tins with strips of bacon. Drop a raw egg into each nest. Cook 15 minutes in a moderate oven at 350 degrees. Remove with fork and garnish with parsley.

We had these for breakfast this morning and I cooked them for much longer! When I googled the recipe there are all kinds of yummy recipes that are similar to this one. Adding cheese and hashbrowns, the ideas were endless. One great idea was to microwave the bacon till almost done and then use it to line the muffin cups. That’s what I will do next time and add some cheese too!

I’ve joined my friend Lisa Williams in a genealogy blog challenge called 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks where there’s a different theme every week. This weeks theme is called Stormy Weather.
Check out her interesting blog post about the Black Blizzards, the Second Dust Bowl that occured in Abeline, Texas in the 1950’s.


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