Monroe County Observer, (Monroe Co. TN) May 14, 1975, Page 3:
“Former Monroe Resident Loses Friends; Subscribed To Observer---‘I would like to subscribe to your newspaper,’ W.C. Meehan, 204 North Third Street, Danville, Kentucky, told The Observer in a letter dated May 3. [Dan Hicks, Editor]
Portions of the letter follow:
‘For over six years I lived in retirement in the hills of Monroe County and I made a few friends and acquaintances, and I would like to keep up with them.’
‘When I moved up there I only had a friend and his dog. My friend and I lived together for more than five years and then he died--unexpectedly. I was left with the dog, a large boxer, Caesar. And I lived with him and took care of him for a long time thereafter. Finally, I had to give up the house where I was living, and as I could not take the dog with me, I gave him to friends. He died several weeks ago. A little bit of me died with him.’
‘I know that all this sounds sort of non-sensical to you, but I would have you know how I feel. I loved the country, as I loved the dog. The dog is dead now, but I still love the country.’
‘Madisonville is a good town and Monroe is a good county. I wish that there was something that I could do to help ameliorate the strife that continues.’
‘What I started to write about is now at hand. I want to get the newspaper. Please send me The Observer on a basis of six months. I am almost 72 years old and do not attempt to indulge myself more than that into the future.’
‘Personally, I admire your “guts” in the local situation. I also want to apologize for a letter I once wrote you regarding your rule about obituaries. I notice that the Knight Newspapers in Lexington now charge for them, although they give mention in their death column.’ ---W.C. Meehan.
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