A big shout out to Bonnie Swift for her hard work in helping to keep Silerton looking good by weed eating and mowing around the welcome signs.
Joe Neal and Jean Cox hosted a small birthday celebration for Mrs. Bessie Harris at their home. Mrs. Harris was 99. She was born May 27, 1920.
On Thursday, May 30, a few Silerton residents attended the monthly Solid Waste Committee Meeting. The Solid Waste Committee voted unanimously to move forward with the plans to reinstate the convenient site in the Silerton and Piney Grove area.
Gilbert and Frances Stack spent 10 days vacationing in the Shenandoah Valley, Va., area. From the Massanutten Resort, they traveled to Washington D.C, and visited the Martin Luther King, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Lincoln and the Jefferson memorials. They enjoyed a tour of the U.S. capitol building, the Library of Congress and a “peek” inside the Supreme Court. The war memorials, WWII, Vietnam, and Korean, were especially meaningful. They also enjoyed the historical town of Harrisonburg, Va., with visits to the Quilt Museum, the Hardesty Higgins House, the VA museum of the Civil War, the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and a drive through the Shenandoah National Park with its many scenic overlooks.
Bill and Vonda Siler recently were surprised to meet a very distant cousin from Fort Worth, Texas. Shelly Clements is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Spencer Siler, one of the original settlers in Silerton. Shelly has a son in the Army stationed in Virginia, and she had driven there for a visit. On her return trip to Texas, she decided to drive through Silerton. She saw a farmer standing beside his tractor. She walked over and asked him if there were any Silers living in Silerton. He directed her to the home of Bill and Vonda Siler. After introductions, Bill drove her over to the Jones Cemetery in the Piney Grove community. She was delighted to get pictures of his tombstone. When she was leaving their home, she asked for recommendations on a good motel in Bolivar. Vonda with all her charm and southern hospitality invited her to spend the night with them. She accepted, and they enjoyed the evening getting acquainted.
Bill Siler received a call from Doug Siler from Puxico, Mo. He is a nephew of the late Dr. Siler. Dr. Siler’s father John Quincy Siler, who was one of the original settlers of Silerton, is his great-grandfather. Bill stated that he enjoyed talking with him. It is Doug’s desire to visit Silerton in the future. He told Bill about his last visit to Silerton 60 years ago, when he was 11 years old.
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