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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Memories

Snowflakes falling,
Friends come calling,
Decorations in green and red.
Smells enticing,
Bowls of icing,
For cookies and gingerbread.

Candles glowing,
Goodwill flowing,
The Christmas story is read.
Yule log burning,
Wishful yearning
As children dream in bed.

Stockings hung
Carols sung,
Hope and Peace, the common thread.
Families near,
Memories dear,
As Christmas blessings are spread.

~ Nancy Hughes ~


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Schilling Farms

From Farm Land to Major Development, Smith Has Seen Progress of Schilling Farms
By Daisy Fontaine
- The Collierville Herald - 

Schilling Farms has a long and beautiful history, starting in 1929, when owner Neal Schilling worked for Ford. Schilling delivered Ford vehicles to Arkansas and his business was called Dealer’s Transport. The drivers had to ride back home on the bus.

The current president of Schilling Enterprises, Harry Smith, said Schilling was one of the first to realize that flat beds were the best for carrying the vehicles and this idea spread out from Memphis.

The entrepreneur spread out and, in 1958, he became the owner of the first Lincoln-Mercury dealership and his finances increased, an event that caused him to start buying small farm tracts in Collierville in the early ‘50's, which eventually became Schilling Farms.

At this point Schilling decided he would become a Ford tractor distributor, the first of his businesses which began on the farm. He urged tractor dealers to come and see demonstrations. This was quite lucrative until around 1962 when Ford bought the company out.

By that time there were visitors walking around the farm -- Hereford cattle. The cattle farm was taken care of by a Mississippi State University graduate who was an excellent farm man. Another excellent director had also arrived. Smith had come on the scene, keeping books, directing the Dealers Transport, and generally seeing that things were going right. There were two training centers, one in Georgia and another in Texas, that were showing the tractors and other equipment.

Mr. Schilling had died sometime in 1970.

Smith came to Memphis to stay around 1982. He had been president and CEO of Schilling Farms for some time. “Five or six years ago Ford tractor was merged with New Holland. Four years ago Fiat bought them out. We closed the center here. We did it just at the right time,” he said.

The right time for Smith was the time to stop and pray. A goodly amount of Schilling Farms had been sold in tracts. Smith said, “Eleven or 12 years ago I knew a long term plan was needed. We needed to sell it, hire some people to help develop it or someone to joint venture with us - like Boyle Investment. I’m thankful that I found them.

“I’ve always considered this was God’s ground. I wanted the land to be used in a way that God wanted, a real testimony where people can live, work, play, go to school and church."

Smith said he really wanted to have some authority. “A relationship with Boyle popped up. It was good. We seemed to have the same thoughts. Things began to go right,” he said.

Today Schilling Farms has completed 30 single family homes, 600 apartment units, 10 office buildings, including Helena Chemical Co.’s office building, still in construction and the largest of the office buildings, two restaurants and two churches. Life Church has bought 44 acres for future expansion. Methodist Hospitals are preparing to build doctors’ offices and a hotel will be built on Schilling Farms this year, Smith said.

“Bayard Boyle mentioned to me once that the white fence should remain at Schilling Farms and the mystique that goes with it. I can’t over emphasize the relationship with Boyle Investment. We have enjoyed this wonderful relationship that is making Schilling Farms so much as we would have it.” Smith said.

Smith, a quiet gentlemen who tries to study out the Godly way to do things, was born in Florence, Ala., where he lived for 37 years. During those years he was graduated from the University of North Alabama and became a CPA. He worked 16 years in public accounting before coming to Memphis. His family includes, his wife, Beth, and a daughter, Leslie, and her husband Rex Jones, who is involved with Schilling Enterprises. The Smiths have three grandchildren.

Neal F Schilling

Born on 31 Aug 1897 to Friedrick W Schilling and Amanda Wolf. Neal F married Nettie Walton. He passed away on 14 Jun 1970 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Murphy's Laws And Others

Law of Mechanical Repair 

After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.

Law of Gravity

Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible place in the universe.

Law of Probability

The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

Law of Random Numbers 

If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal; someone always answers.

Variation Law 

If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now.

Law of the Bath 

When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

Law of Close Encounters 

The probability of meeting someone you know INCREASES dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

Law of the Result 

When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, IT WILL!!!

Law of Biomechanics

The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

Law of the Theater & Hockey Arena

At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.

The Coffee Law 

As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

Murphy's Law of Lockers

If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

Law of Physical Surfaces

The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor,
are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy 

As soon as you find a product that you really like,
they will stop making it, OR the store will stop selling it!!

Doctors' Law 

If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you'll feel better..  But don't make an appointment, and you'll stay sick.

Why English Is Hard to Learn

We will begin with box; the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox is oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, and two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose is never called meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a house full of mice;
But the plural of house is houses, not hice.
The plural of man is always men,
But the plural of pan is never pen.

If I speak of a foot, and you show me two feet,
And I give you a book, would a pair be a beek?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't two booths be called a beeth?

If the singular's this and the plural is these,
Should the plural of kiss be ever called keese?

We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his, and him;
But imagine the feminine...she, shis, and shim.
Got it?

Old Age Symptoms

When you like to be in a crowd because they keep you from falling down.

When the parts with arthritis are the parts that feel the best.

When your favorite section of the newspaper is "25 Years Ago today."

When a big evening with your friends is sitting around comparing living wills.

When your knees buckle but your belt won't.

When your clothes go into your overnight bag so you can fill your suitcase with pills.

When somebody you consider an old-timer calls you and old-timer.

When your idea of a change of scenery is looking to the right or left.

When your back goes out more than you do.

When you want to be nostalgic and you can't remember anything.

When you don't care where your spouse goes, as long as you don't have to go along.

When it takes longer to rest than get tired.

When getting "a little action" means you don't have to take a laxative.

There are three signs of old age.

The first is your loss of memory, the other two I forget.