by Maxine Deeter
A voice message on the answering machine was from former La Salian Janice Larsen Ames.
Janice taught school in La Sal nearly three decades ago. The message said. “Hey, I think you might have found my son’s long, lost turtle.”
The story goes like this: Janice’s son David and his three friends, the Stocks boys, were outside playing with the turtle.
At the time Janice and David were living in The Trailer Court in La Sal. The boys got distracted from the turtle in their play and when they went back to take the pet into the house, he was gone.
Sometime later, Janice and David moved their mobile home out of the trailer court. They expected to find that the turtle had been living under their home all this time, but when the skirting was removed – no turtle. They never saw hide nor hair of him again. (Okay, so turtles don’t have hair, as far as I know.)
The trailer court in La Sal is located near the “T” where Markle Road meets Copper Mill Road. Stevee Wilcox’s photo of the turtle on Facebook looks like she spotted him on Copper Mill near the “T”. Perhaps this is David’s long, lost turtle.
When lost, he was about four inches in diameter. He looks much larger now from the photos. Guess living in the wilds of La Sal has been a good life for him.
Is this really David’s turtle? Seems like it could be but suppose we’ll never know. He did have a distinctive marking but seems to be rather elusive.
Watch out for turtles – there are no marked turtle crossings on Copper Mill Road.
Word was received this week of the passing of a former La Salian Kathy Newman Lefler, who was killed last week in a tragic accident while with her family harvesting firewood. Kathy and Jim and their five sons lived in La Sal for several years before moving to Tabiona, UT. She was the daughter of Wes and Minnie Newman and spent time here as she was growing up. Her children were all grown at the time of her passing.
Don’t forget the annual community wood harvesting party this Saturday. A caravan will leave the LDS church parking lot at 8 a.m. so you won’t get lost. The location of the woodcutting will be somewhere along the road to Medicine Lake. The location is still up in the air as the site originally selected where there was a lot of good wood to harvest has recently been closed by the Forest Service with “road closed” signs. Too bad they didn’t wait until the wood was all cut in that location.
A potluck lunch will be served at noonish. Bring food, friends, chainsaws, wedges – whatever. This wood will be stockpiled for any in need who are in need this winter. It should be a fun time.
I hate to think it, but cooler fall weather is just around the corner.