A case of ‘Murder, they said’

Here’s a true story from our “True Crimes, More or Less” file:

Vernon Yielding says, “About 60 years ago I was at my cousin’s, who lived in the country, for the summer.

“We were walking down a gravel road to visit his grandparents.

“As we approached the house, they were in a heated debate.

“We heard Grandpa say, ‘I don’t care what you say, I know that no-good rascal shot him!’

“Grandma said, ‘I’m telling you, she did the shooting!’

“We ran to the house and asked, ‘Was it someone here who was shot?’

“Grandma replied, ‘No, we were listening to a soap opera on the radio.’ ”

Hard times blues

You think things are tough now?

Joe Guilbeau, of Plaquemine, tells of the time he was working in Baton Rouge and went to a bank on Scenic Highway to borrow the down payment on a $1,400 used car:

“The branch manager turned me down with the remark, ‘Listen, Guilbeau, you have to understand — we are not your grandmother!’ ”

Calling Grandma

Robert Day says, “The tales about rural telephone service made me remember the telephone service when I was a child living in the country north of Zachary in the late 1940s.

“I would turn the crank on the wooden box on the wall that was the telephone.

“This would bring the operator in Zachary on the line, and all I had to do was say, ‘Miss Ruth, please ring my Grandma Day in Baton Rouge.’ ”

Dog-gone good deal

Faye Talbot says, “I stopped to get gas the other day and it was $3.31.

“People were lined up like they were giving away puppies.

“I’m old enough to remember when it was just 31 cents — and that didn’t include a puppy.”

(But it included Green Stamps, didn’t it?)

Happy returns

Margo Kennedy, of Hammond, was on a tour of Italy led by Dr. Marchita Mauck, Father Tom Ranzino and Father Don Neumann when she left her purse in a truck stop restroom near Cosenza.

She thanks the two Cosenza policewomen who found her purse, and Angela Woods of the U.S. Consulate in Naples, who contacted her daughter in the U.S. to find Margo’s itinerary.

She also thanks her fellow travelers for their support, and especially for agreeing to get up at 5 a.m. to leave Messina so they could arrive in Cosenza before the office at the police station closed.

Artistic endeavor

“SMArt Melt” is a project of the law firm of McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton to display art from local schools on a monthly basis.

From Wednesday through Oct. 31, art from Belaire High School students will be displayed at the law offices, 340 Florida St. downtown, during normal business hours for view and/or purchase.

Contact McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton at (225) 344-3555 or chris@mcglynnglisson.com.

Looking for people

A reader admires a 1984 crawfish poster by artist Charles A. Lemoine and wants contact information on him. Call (225) 658-5872.

Special People Dept.

• Opal McCrory celebrates her 101st birthday Monday.

e_SBlt Margie and Mayner Fontenot, of Ville Platte, celebrate their 65th anniversary Monday.

e_SBlt Roland and Stella Ourso, of Donaldsonville, celebrate their 63rd anniversary Monday.

It’s whatever for dinner

“I’m sure most wives can relate to this,” says Algie Petrere.

“I have my own system for labeling homemade freezer meals.

“Forget calling them ‘Veal Parmigiana’ or ‘Meat Loaf’ or ‘Beef Pot Pie.’

“If you look in my freezer you’ll see ‘Whatever,’ ‘Anything,’ ‘I Don’t Know’ and my favorite, ‘Food.’

“That way when I ask my husband what he wants for dinner, I’m certain to have what he wants.”

This ain’t Bethlehem

World traveler Marsha Reichle says she once visited the countries on the Arabian Gulf, including Muscat and Oman where the incense caravans started.

As gifts to friends she brought back packets of lavender, sandalwood, frankincense and myrrh.

Among the gift recipients was Gerald Hubenak and his wife, Lucy.

Says Marsha, “When Lucy showed him the jar, Gerald sniffed, ‘Frankincense? Myrrh? Where’s the gold?’ ”

She says Lucy was quick to tell him he was a long way from resembling the recipient of that gift. …

Write Smiley at Smiley@theadvocate.com. He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.