REMEMBER WHEN: Helion Motes reflects on parents, grandparents teachings

first_imgLatest Stories Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Messenger Photo/Scottie BrownHelion Motes looks at pictures from the past and reflects on memories of her parents and grandparents and how their times in the Great Depression had an impact on how they raised her.As the country celebrates its independence this weekend, many senior Americans will look back and remember a time when it seemed as if there was little hope for better times. Even with the turmoil that is sweeping the country today, older Americans know that America is a blessed country and that, even with all of its problems, it is still the greatest country in the world.For they are products of those hard times. Their families lived through the Great Depression and survived to become the Greatest Generation this country has ever known.The Great Depression began in Aug. 1929 when the United States went into an economic recession. Then, the Wall Street Crash in October marked the beginning of a decade of high unemployment, poverty, plunging farm incomes and lost opportunities for economic growth and personal advancement. Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) By Blood Sugar Blaster Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration That decade and the times that followed crafted a lifestyle for Americans that was passed down through several generations.Helion Motes’ grandparents and parents were products of those times and their ways of life helped shaped her attitudes and outlook on life.Motes’ grandmother died when her mother was only six months old. Her grandfather was left with an infant and four other young children. By Jaine Treadwell “The story is that my granddaddy ‘needed’ a wife so he went out looking for one,” Motes said, with a smile. “Someone told him about an old maid, who lived over in Honoraville. By that time, the baby was 11 months old. My grandfather asked Mary Lee Davidson if she would marry him and she said, yes. So, she went home to him and five children.”The couple had five more children. The former old maid was a good mother to all 10 of the children and became “Granny” to Motes and the other grandchildren in the family.When Motes’ grandfather died, her Granny broke up house keeping and went to live “around” with the children.“She would stay a certain length of time with each of their 10 children,” Motes said. “Five of the children didn’t have any children of their own. Each of the others had several children.  Granny liked to stay longer at the houses where there were no children. “There were seven of us children, five girls and two boys. We loved Granny being at our house. Mama made more of an effort to fix better things to eat. We had a lot more pies when Granny was there.”Motes’ dad, Thomas Wilson Craft was 15 years older than her mother, Eula Idell Amanda Head.“To me, Daddy was always an old man,” Motes said. “He was as old or older than most of my friends’ granddaddies.”Motes’ said her daddy was as funny as could be but her mother was the serious kind and she handled all the discipline.“If we were playing out in the yard and got to cutting up, Daddy could be sitting right there on the porch and he’d call Mama to ‘come see about the children.’”Motes said her dad only whipped her two times.“Both times, because Mama told him to,” she said, laughing. “But, Mama spanked me on my behind 10 times a day.”Motes said, as with most men of those times, her dad did nothing around the house.“But I never heard my parents fuss about anything,” she said. “I’m sure they didn’t always agree but they never fussed around us. Sometimes, Daddy would do something that Mama didn’t like and she would say, ‘Tommy, be ashamed.’ But that was the most disagreeable thing I ever heard between them.”Motes said her daddy and mama met at a dance and Daddy wanted to court her mom but her granddaddy wouldn’t allow it.“He said Mama was too young. She was only 22,” Motes said. “Daddy went away but came back two years later when she was 24. My granddaddy said she was old enough and they got married and we to live with him until they had two children. Then, they moved to their own home and Mama said moving came way too late.”Tom Craft was a farmer and, “from the word go,” his bride was a part of it.“Whatever needed to be done, Mama did it. From feeding the animals to working in the fields, Mama didn’t back away from anything that had to be done.”From the day their first baby was born, Idell Craft got up a four o’clock every day. She cooked breakfast and got an early start to a long day.“Mama would go to the field and work just like Daddy,” Motes said. “She would take a quilt and spread it out at the edge of the field near where she would be picking cotton or doing whatever kind of field work. She would put the baby on the quilt and go to the field.“Mama was a fast worker and she picked two rows of cotton at a time. If the rows were long, she would pick halfway down and go back up. That way she could keep an eye on the baby. When it was time, she would leave the field and go nurse the baby and then go back to the field. As more children came along, the older children would be assigned to watch the baby while Mama worked.”Before dinnertime, Idell Craft would leave the field and go home to cook dinner.“Mama could stop along the road and pick blackberries and put them in her hat,” Motes said. “She would have berries to make pie for dinner. She would go to the garden and gather whatever vegetable she wanted to cook for dinner. She would shell the pea or beans and get everything done by time Daddy and the older children got to the house.”While his wife got the dinner put away and the children tended to, Tom Craft would take a straight chair, turn it upside down, lean it against the porch wall and put a pillow on the back. Then he would stretch out and take a nap before going back to the field.“Mama would put what was left from dinner in the oven and go back to the field, too,” Motes said. “Just before it got dark, Mama would go to the house to milk the cow and feed the chickens and get supper out.”When Motes was 11 years old, her family moved from Ansley to a house in downtown Shellhorn. She liked living in town, but Tom Craft had always wanted a place of his own and, finally, he got the chance.“My brothers, Vernon and Robert, had been in the Army and they had sent their allotment home to Mama to help her out but she never spent a penny of their money. When they got home, she had their money in the bank for them. That’s how they had money to help Daddy buy the house and land in Russell County. 
I’d never seen a house as beautiful as the one Daddy and the boys bought,” Motes said. “I thought we were rich. The walls were tongue and groove. Every room had a fireplace. We had bedrooms and a living room and a dining room and kitchen – with a sink. A sink for goodness sake. But we didn’t have a bathroom. Not until I got married to Boy Motes.”When Tom Craft got too old to farm, he and Idell moved to Auburn and later back to Pike County.“Their house in Auburn was right were the stadium is today,” Motes said. “Can you believe that? Right where the stadium is.”Tom Craft died in 1969, and Idell Craft died in 1987.“Mama never had a car and she never learned to drive, but she never missed church. Someone would always pick her up and take her. She never wanted for more than she had and she was devoted to her husband.“Daddy didn’t take a bath but once a week,” Motes said. “Every night, Mama would wet a rag and take it to him so he could wash his feet. She would turn back the cover on the bed every night for him. If for some reason, he got ready for bed before she had turned the cover back, he would call for her to ‘come make my bed.’ Daddy died when he was 89 years old and not one night since he got married had he turned back the cover on his bed. My mama was an amazing woman.” Print Article Email the author You Might Like A JOYOUS EXCHANGE: Artists combine talents for artistic project Messenger Photo/Scottie BrownThe Art of Collaboration: A Joyous Exchange was displayed at the Johnson Center for the Arts on Thursday… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel REMEMBER WHEN: Helion Motes reflects on parents, grandparents teachings Skip Published 2:00 am Saturday, July 4, 2015 Book Nook to reopenlast_img read more

Monk demands reaction from Swans

first_img Swansea sit 12th in the standings after last weekend’s battling 4-3 loss at Liverpool, but just four points separate the club from the relegation zone, with Palace two points worse off in 16th. A win for either side would represent a massive step towards safety, and Monk hopes some good can come from the pain of Naples. “The idea is to take the disappointment from going out of the competition into Sunday’s game,” said Monk, whose team will earn a welcome break after Sunday’s game with their next scheduled opponents, Arsenal, on FA Cup duty the following weekend. “Hopefully we will get the reaction that we want after our disappointment. “I will request my players give one last mammoth effort before we get a two-week break.” Although a welcome rest period is on the horizon, Monk has not ruled out making several changes for the clash with the Eagles as he looks to keep his squad fresh. “I based my selection for the game against Napoli a little bit on the Palace match because you have to,” he said. “As I’ve said before, it’s impossible for me to play the same 11 players every single game in this period. We’ve had a lot of games, with the Palace game it will be seven games in 21 days, which is a lot to take on for a player, physically. Swansea boss Garry Monk has called on his players to channel the hurt of their Europa League elimination into their performance against Crystal Palace on Sunday. The Swans bowed out of Europe at the last-32 stage on Thursday after a fighting 3-1 reverse at Napoli, a game which remained in the balance until added time when Gokhan Inler’s strike finally killed the tie off. The end of their European ambitions has come as a bitter disappointment to Swansea’s players, but one positive to take is that they are now free to focus solely on their battle for Barclays Premier League survival. “What I’m asking them to do is very demanding. As a coach you have to bear that in mind.” Monk expects Nathan Dyer to be fit for Sunday despite picking up an injury in Naples. Dyer came off shortly after the hour mark on Thursday night but Monk said: “Nathan landed on his heel, he had some pain but he will be okay.” Fellow midfielder Leon Britton was rested from the game as a precaution following a knock to his knee but he is expected to return, while Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring) and Michu (ankle) remain notable absentees. Tony Pulis has been left frustrated by a fixture pile-up that could see Crystal Palace’s international players feature in three matches in just six days. The Eagles do not face Swansea until Sunday, and mid-week international fixtures follow, with a number of Pulis’ squad looking at playing another 90 minutes when Southampton visit Selhurst Park next Saturday. With 12 Barclays Premier League games remaining, Pulis does not want to be left counting the cost of fatigue. “I’m not pleased that we are playing late Sunday,” he said. “Then the lads go off to play on Wednesday and then come back to play Saturday. “I don’t think that is what we need at the present moment, but it isn’t just this football club, it is every football club where managers will be concerned about their players.” One thing that has pleased Pulis in the last week has been his squad’s reaction to their 2-0 defeat against Manchester United. Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney scored the goals for the reigning champions at Selhurst Park, but Pulis has been happy with the efforts in training. “The players have been very good,” he said. “You have runs in the Premier League where you can go three, four or five games without winning. It is important that they understand that and recognise that and keep going. But they have been very good this week, they have worked hard.” Glenn Murray made his first start in nine months against United as he finally looks to put a serious knee injury behind him. The forward’s goals propelled Palace into the play-offs last season and Pulis has backed the 30-year-old to play a big part in the Eagles’ fight for top-flight survival. “I think it was a good game for him to play in in respect it was the champions of England coming to Selhurst,” Pulis added. “The crowd, the atmosphere and everything else I knew would push him on and that is what it has done. “We desperately need a fit Glenn Murray to be playing in games this year because we think he will score us the goals that will help keep us in the Premier League.” Murray was a slight doubt for Sunday’s trip to south Wales but, having been eased back from a knock suffered against United, will be fit and available at the Liberty Stadium. Jerome Thomas has also returned from a back injury, meaning Pulis has a fully-fit squad to choose from as he looks to pick up a third away win of the season to move further clear of the bottom three. Press Associationlast_img read more

Novomatic reach Sportradar betting solutions agreement

first_img Share Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Sports betting solutions provider Sportradar is to develop a line of sports betting products and services, as part of a new partnership with Novomatic Gaming Industries (NGI).The agreement is to see Novomatic initially focus upon the development of a turnkey solution for retail and other channels.Detailing that the solution is to be built around Sportradar’s Managed Trading Services (MTS), and includes cash desks, in addition to Self-Service Betting Terminals (SSBTs) with intuitive player environments, that will be first rolled out in the Italian market.Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz, Managing Director at NGI, commented: “It has become clear that sports betting is a growing opportunity that we are making serious inroads into. “We offer a platform with distribution channels that is unrivalled, therefore, we found in Sportradar a company highly established in the sports betting space that complements and supercharges our mutual offering.We look forward to this collaboration in order to provide leading sports betting products and services worldwide.”Carsten Koerl, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sportradar, added: “Today‘s announcement is great news for the betting industry. “Novomatic needs no introduction to anyone with any interest in the betting and gaming space, and the confluence of the group’s hardware, technology and reach, with Sportradar’s credentials in odds, data and risk management should pique the interest of all retail and digital operators around the world. “Our initial focus will be products focused on the Italian market, and we will work tirelessly to support Novomatic in terms of future product development and geographic expansion.” Related Articles Submit Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020last_img read more

Underwater remotely operated vehicle robotics tournament held at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, MICH — Robotics competitions made their way back to Alpena this weekend, as the Mate Remotely Operated Vehicles tournament consumed Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.Students from across the state organized to show off their robots in the water. Each of the machines is designed to accomplish real–world tasks and are scored within categories based on complexity.Building on knowledge from competitions like this one will be beneficial to students, opening doors to careers in marine biology, forensics, environmental preservation and more. Students from St. Francis Xavier in Petosky say they hope their efforts will lead to futures in engineering.Director of the sanctuary, Katie Wolf, says the academic and technical aspect of the competition are clear, but the work teaches more than just a book smarts.“This is just an incredible experience because it teaches them so many different skill sets. I mean it involves the science, the engineering, the math. They have to figure out how to build these robots, and then they have to be able to repair them when things don’t go as smoothly, which is pretty much real life .”Winners from this competition will go on to compete for recognition at the international level.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Robotics, robots, ROV, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, underwaterContinue ReadingPrevious Police respond to reports of shots fired near Decorative Panels InternationalNext Photo of the Day for Monday, May 13last_img read more