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Sec. B: Society ~ The Gilmer's Social Scenes & Other News f The groundhog that wouldn t die The Glenvllle Democrat and other 'Groundhog Stories' Volume 105. Number 25 Glenville, West Virginia 26351 Thurs., June 18, 200 By: Jeanette Riffle grease all over her chin." He would say the new dog on it. They were digging French Creek Freddie did not see his shadow on February 2, 2009. Does that mean that spring will come early? Or, just exactly how many more weeks of winter do we have left? Most people are really anxious lbr spring. We have had winter since the middle of November. How about a break'? We can dream and look forward to spring, though. The groundhog came in handy in the Jean years. It put meat on many a farm table. My grandma on Mom's side par- boiled them and put them in a roasting pan with ketchup and slivered onions and baked them until they were tender. I remember eating them in the spring along with lettuce and onions from the garden, boiled buttered potatoes and homemade light bread. She made a cooked yellow dressing to wilt the let- tuce. It was good. For dessert, she baked a homemade yellow cake with a sugar glaze drizzled over the top. Even ifI had already eaten at home, I had to have some of that meal when I visited them. A couple of my brothers set a trap for a groundhog one time and when they went to check it, the oldest one told the middle one to reach back in the hole and get that groundhog out of the trap. He did and got sprayed bad by a skunk. Evidently, it was just walking around in there and he didn't see it until it was too late. Oh! Right in the face! He came home sick as a dog, and Mom went to the cellar after tomamiuice andDut him in the bathtub. She poured tomato juice all over him and washed him with cloth and juice. She washed and washed with that juice and he just kept gagging. She tried every soap in the house, baking soda, and everything she could think of to get a person clean, but it didn't do any good. She said that it would just have to wear off. Poor boy had to go to school like that and the other kids shunned him and told him that he smelled awful. He would come home from school crying and I felt so sorry for him. I said that maybe we could lind a soap that was strong enough to cover up that odor, but we never did and it took several weeks for it to completely fade away. Dad teased us with a little rhyme that went like this. "Here comes Jeanette with a snigger and a grin, groundhog each one of our names and go through that rhyme until we started laughing. I didn't know it at the time, but there was a song similar to Dad's rhyme. It went like this: "Shoulder up your gun and whistle up your dogs, we're off to the woods to catch a groundhog. Here comes Granny walking on a cane, says she's gonna eat that groundhog's brain. Here comes Sal with a great long pole, twist that groundhog outta his hole. Here comes Sal with a snigger and a grin, groundhog grease all over her chin. I dug down but I didn't dig deep, there lay a whistle pig fast asleep. Run here, Mama and run here quick, this ground- hog has made me sick. I cut a long pole for to twist him out, great God a"mighty, what a groundhog snout. You eat up the meat and you save up the hide, makes the best shoe strings you ever tied. Chil- dren all around they screemed and cried, they love groundhog both stewed and fried. I skinned him, I washed him, I put him on to bile, I thought by golly I would smell him half a mile. Little piece of combread laying on a shelf, if you want any more, you can sing it yourself." The groundhog has also been called a whistle pig or a woodchuck and has been more than a weather prophet. He has been the main dish at mealtime in many farm kitchens. My husband's aunt used to parboil young groundhogs and roll them in a mixtnre of flour and Lee & Perrins Sausage Seasoning. She browned them in lard on both sides and then steamed them by adding water to the skillet and then made a gravy out of the drippings. It tasted like fried chicken. There was another rhyme that Dad used to say to us. It was a tongue twister and we could never get through it with- out messing up. It went like this: "If a woodchuck could chuck, would chuck wood, how much wood would a wood- chuck chuck'?" He had us say that as fast as we could and then we all broke out in laughter. Mom took in a stray dog one time that she tried to train to kill groundhogs. She had seen one across the road in her garden. She told my middle brother to come with a shovel and dig down where she had seen the hole, and she would sic and Mom saw something and yelled, "Get him!" And my brother yelled, "Dumb dog, not me!" While he was trying to shake the dog offhis pants leg, Morn couldn't call him off for laughing so hard, which only made my brother more angry. That dog got told in so many words that if he didn't do any better than that he wouldn't last long. Well, sometime later, Dad saw a groundhog standing up in the garden out by the house. He yelled for Mom to bring him his gun. She did, and he fired. Nothing happened. He fired again and again. Mom said, "Shoot him, Pappy!" He said, "I am shootin him, but he isn't dyin!" He told her to go out there and see what the thunder was going on. She did and yelled back that someone had staked hi to a pole and he was already dead and stinking The neighbor boy up the road got the blame as he and Dad were always play- ing tricks on each other. My youngest brother didn't dare tell who did it until Dad went on to Glory Then the coast was clear, and he told me. I asked him where he found a dead groundhog, and he said that it was just laying by the side of the road down from the gardens. I said that maybe that stray dog got the message after all. ************************ Recipe Grandma Warner's Boiled Dressing 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon mustard 2 Tablespoons sugar 2 1/2 Tablespoonsflour 2 Tablespoons melted butter A few grains of Cayenne Pepper 2 egg yolks or I egg 3/4 cup milk 1 to 2 Tablespoons vinegar to taste Mix the dry ingrediants and slightly beaten egg yolks, butter, milk and vin- egar slowly in top of double boiler. Cook until mixture thickens. If cooked too long, it will curdle. Cool slightly before serving. 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