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A Stitch in Time

Carlon 'Boots' Howard looks over mementos of his life Sunday at a celebration of his 90th birthday.

He feels like he 'ought to be 69,' says Howard, who operated a store in Dycusburg for many years.

He remembers helping people leave their homes during the flood of 1937 and his days playing baseball for Dycusburg against teams from Salem, Smithland and Princeton.

"We had some good times in this little town -- we played a baseball game every Sunday...we played a team from the prison one time that had some ex-big leaguers on it,' said Howard, laughing. 'They made us ashamed of ourselves.'

Howard, who now makes his home at Hilltop Nursing Home in Kuttawa, moved to Dycusburg from Hebron when he was six years old. In addition to several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Howard has a daughter Ann Howard Stoehr (right) and a son, John Howard, left, who both reside in Eddyville.

Source: The Crittenden Press, Feb. 13, 2003