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December 25
The Apple Doesn't Roll Far From the Tree

(2008) I looked for this article for years:

The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., January 8, 1937, page 1

FARMHAND FAINTS IN PEN AND HOGS PICK BONES CLEAN

BICKLETON, Wash., Dec. 31 – Christmas was something less than merry for Lloyd Crider, 45, employed on the McCredie ranch near here. He fell in a pigpen and was devoured by hogs.

Noble McCredie and his family made the discovery of Crider’s skeleton when they returned from their Christmas vacation. They concluded the tragedy occurred after they left home, as snow which fell Christmas day was without tracks.

Crider was subject to fainting spells, and it is believed that he fainted while feeding the swine and the animals ate him.

Saints celebrating feast days on December 25th include Alburga, Anastasia of Sirmium, Eugenia, and the Martyrs of Nicomedia.
Celebrating Christmas birthdays: Jimmy Buffett (1946, Pascagoula, MS), Annie Lennox (1954, Aberdeen, Scotland), Sissy Spacek (1949, Quitman, TX: "Big Bass Capital of Texas" and home of the Miss Ima Hogg Museum).

Here's the story as I wrote it first to the White Salmon Enterprise and then to the White Salmon Public Library:

When I was a child, we had a memorable Christmas tradition.  My late father carried a little tattered clipping that he thought was from the Toledo edition of the Portland Oregonian, but it turns out it was from your paper.  Father would pull out the clipping and read it aloud in his best dramatic voice and we would all fall on the floor laughing.  I know, I know...we were warped. 

No family is perfect.  Here's what it said:

"Christmas was something less than merry for Lloyd Crider, 45, employed on the McCredie ranch near here. He fell in a pigpen and was devoured by hogs."

Because of the amazing amount of work done by genealogists on the internet, I was able to find the story and the date--it was printed on January 8, 1937, on the front page.  The clipping itself had turned to dust long before and so did Father, but I remembered the first part perfectly and found the internet story by doing a search for "Christmas was something less than merry."  It was, apparently, a unique way to start a story because that was the only thing that came up!

If you could send me a photocopy of the story as a jpg I would be eternally grateful, as would my sister.  I want to use it for my Christmas cards this year and will give your paper credit, of course.

Thanks SO much!

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