March 6, 2014
Extra! Extra! Auburn finally got the storm that had been forecast all winter. Beginning Sunday evening with rain then ice, then snow, all of which iced over again. It would take a jackhammer to clear a path from my door to the car and then a daredevil to try to drive anywhere.
The schools have safely remained closed. Those who are employed have risked their lives daily to keep their job. So far we have not had many power outages. Those of us who have no alternative source of heat are lucky to have family and friends who clear a space to accommodate the elderly and infirm.
The county schools had already set aside March 24 - 28 as snow makeup days, which is the first week of spring break. And now we have the deepest and most dangerous show yet.
Speaking of schools, Auburn present and former residents have much to brag about. Our eighth graders from Auburn are ranked thirteenth in the state, out of 323 middle schools, placing them in the top 4 percent. While we are proud of our children, don’t forget to thank a teacher or school administrator. It really does “take a village to raise a child.”
Auburn, first known as Black Lick (according to postal routes in 1801), got it’s name from a school teacher. In the late 1850’s or early 1860’s, Captain Harrison Wood built a two room academy beside his home. This school soon became a fine institute of learning in this part of the country.
A well educated man and his wife from New York, Mr. & Mrs. A. J. Corning were hired as the professors. It was Mr. Corning who suggested the laying out of a town site.
He was employed to do the surveying. He laid off the town limits one-half square mile, and then named the streets. He made a map of the town plat and placed it in the train depot. He called the new town sight Auburn after his native city in New York.
Unfortunately that plat was destroyed by fire along with the railroad depot during the Civil War.
Earlier names for the community were, Federal Grove, Hadenville, Woodland, Woodville and Black Lick. Who knows what the Native American Mound Builders and Woodland tribes that first lived here called this place.
So much for today’s history lesson. Sorry the senior center has been closed so far this week due to weather, so I don’t have their upcoming schedule. Suggest you either listen to WRUS for updates or check out the Auburn Merchants facebook page.
Although my health is an issue at present, my daughter surprised me with a birthday cake and all the trimmings this past week at the Auburn Restaurant and Pool Room. We celebrated my having reached the three score and fourteen mark. That cake from the Country Side Bakery was the best carrot cake to ever pass my lips. That Esther can bake cakes. Everything else was wonderful as usual, compliments to the chef Brenda.
Don’t forget to check on you family, neighbors, and friends during this inclimate weather. Boy will I be glad to see that little “Robin, bob bob bobin’ along.” Be sure to set you clocks forward tomorrow night before taking to you bed. Daylight saving time is here again.
Take care, keep warm and have a blessed day.