On the evening of Oct. 17, there was a program complete with old time pictures, on the history of Doubleday Field, presented by Tom Heitz, former librarian of the Baseball Hall of Fame and a member of the Society for American Research. It was very informative. Interestingly, he said that it was only in 2003 that the HOF, formally acknowledged the legend that Gen. Abner Doubleday invented baseball here on the pasture which is now Doubleday Field, is just that, a legend. Historians have long known this, as has the HOF, but it was to Cooperstown’s advantage to perpetuate the myth.
Our Bill Bowes was chosen to go on a Veteran’s Honor Flight to Washington, DC to visit the Veteran’s Monument and to be feted all day. He left Cooperstown Saturday, Oct. 19 at 6 a.m. and returned home Sunday at 1 a.m. Bowes, who served in the Navy, says this was the most memorable experience of his life. He was accompanied on the trip by David Rees, who is Margaret Rees’ son.
On Oct. 24, Phil Bresee’s family came and taught us a game, called “Mexican Train”. It is played with 91 dominos and doesn’t resemble any game of dominos that I ever played, except that you do match the dots. Those who tried to learn the game were, Laurie Blatt, Janet Gorman, Bill Bowes, Lois Warrell, Jeanette Hansen and I. You notice that I said, tried. It’s a good game, but somewhat complicated. The ladies generously donated the game to us, and some of us have been playing and are now beginning to get it.
The weather is getting colder and we’ve already had a hard frost and a few snow flurries, which makes us think ahead to Thanksgiving. So to get a jump on the holiday, Dee Bouck, one of our wonderful Personal Care aides, who has been doing this every year for lots of years, got a group of us together to make tray favors for the 168 patients expected to be in Bassett Hospital on Thanksgiving. Those who participated were Jeanette Hansen, Janet Gorman, Wanda Noyes, Gene Dietz, Nancy Waller and I. Mary Butler, another one of our wonderful PC ladies worked with us also.