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Dresden Duplicate Club News

Dresden Duplicate Club News

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 4:24 pm
By: By Toni Pritchett

Dresden Duplicate Bridge Club came to order Wednesday afternoon, and after 24 players found their way to north/south and east/west positions, the six tables started play. We had a very extra special guest to play with us today, and she had come all the way from Hot Springs, Ark. Joyce Freemeyer was the guest of Freddye Oliver of Union City. Joyce used to live in Jackson, and she and her husband used to play in Dresden. For 15 years they drove every week to join us here at our games and were frequent winners. After her husband died, Joyce moved back to where her family lived. Besides her delightful appearance, we celebrated two birthdays, Linda Jennings and Joni Martin. We missed Carolyn Rogers from Paris who has been at home recuperating from surgery. Everyone else was in good spirits and challenging one another in this game called Duplicate Bridge. Beautiful roses decorated our table of delicious nourishment for the hours ahead. They were provided by Lynda Shannon and Sara Alexander. For our pleasure there were dips of shrimp pâté, chicken salad, hot jalapeno corn bread with pimento, fresh sweet pickles, pickle rollups, assorted crackers, cold drinks and a very very special strawberry shortcake cake with fresh strawberries. North/south winners were Joyce Freemeyer of Little Rock and Toni Pritchett, first place; Roberta Meyer of Puryear and Sue Thompson of Paris, second; Jackye Hohman and Carol Ehlers, both of Paris, third place. East/west winners were Tom Beard and Sarah Pentecost, of Dresden, first place; Minnie Bess Williams, Paris and Lois Harbour of Union City, second place; and winning third and fourth were Joni and Ruthie of Paris and Lynda Shannon of Dresden and Sarah Alexander of Martin. Excitement is in the air with the presidential race. There is good and bad advertisements for both sides. On TV this week I heard a guest, Kerwin C. Spint, a Ph.D. professor of political science at Kennesaw University, who said, “There is nothing like the politic campaigns that were in the 1800s.” My views and his are not views of this paper or any other. I have ordered his book “The 25 Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Times” Just something to read. (I wonder if he plays bridge?) Did you all know that Franklin Pierce was our 14th president? He followed Millard Fillmore. President Pierce had a sad life. However, he has been considered the most handsome president. President Pierce married Jane Appleton in 1834. Their first child Franklin Pierce died in infancy and their second, Frank Pierce, having died at four, the Pierces focused their attention on their sole surviving offspring, Bennie. On January 6, 1853, barely two months before his inauguration as president, a tragedy occurred as the family traveled by train from Andover, Mass., to Concord, N.H., where they had planned to attend the funeral of a friend. Minutes after departure, their passenger car broke loose from the train and rolled down an embankment. The only fatality was Bennie Pierce. His sudden death worked a crushing, enduring psychological hardship on President-elect Pierce and Mrs. Pierce. No direct descendant of Franklin Pierce survives. He gave his inaugural address on March 1853, just two month after the death of his son. He must have concentrated on nothing but his address, for he recited his inaugural address from memory without even a single note.wcp 10-30-08


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