I’ve been working on my clean-ups and throw-aways. It was with reluctance that I was about to toss my “Johnny Fry – First Rider of the Pony Express” material. For one thing it was the last speech I presented to Toastmaster’s in November, 2018. Another chapter of my life being laid aside.
Then I saw that Linda G. Hill suggested “yes” used in any form as a prompt for today’s SOCS. Yes, my solution! Use “yesteryear” as a prompt. So I present excerpts from my yesteryear’s speech.
Johnny Fry quickly gained a reputation for never failing to deliver the mail, regardless of weather or danger, and as a fast rider averaging a speed of 12.5 miles an hour including all tops. Local lore says that the donut was invented as a cake for Fry to eat while speeding by young girl’s homes near Troy, Kansas.
Pony Express ended in 1861. Fry then worked with the Union Army as a messenger and scout. In October , 1863, he was ttacked and killed by Confederate guerrillas in a hand-to-hand fight, during which he killed five of his assailants. He is buried in Baxter Springs, Kansas.
At this point my “consciousness” is leading me to the unofficial creed of today’s mail carrier: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”
Great reminder of the yesteryear when ‘service’ was a priority. 🙂
It took a lot of grit and grind to provide our luxuries of today. Wish the young folks would appreciate that. While I’m wishing I might as well wish the older folks would too. 😀
Maybe “neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” but their own bureaucracy does a pretty good job of undermining them.They seem not to realize that portions of the country still depend on the U.S. mail — not everyone is paying bills online or texting within an inch of their life.
Ahh Shucks, you yanked me right back into real life.
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BUT THAT JOHNNY FRY SURE COULD FLY! 😀