“Remembering Denny H. McClarren Jr.”

Denny H. McClarren Jr.

Denny H. McClarren

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Denny H. McClarren

Died: August 09, 2015

U.S. VeteranDenny H. McClarren, 76, Holmes Beach, died August 9, 2015. Born in St. Louis, MO he moved to Holmes Beach in 2001 from Wheaton, IL, was a member of St. Bernards Catholic Church and was a Veteran of the US Army. Survived by wife, Judy of Holmes Beach, FL; sons, Tim (Sharon Vosmek) McClarren of San Francisco, CA and Mike (Desiree) McClarren of Porterfield, WI; daughter, Kelly Schultz of Winfield, MO; brother, Tom (Rose) McClarren of St. Louis, MO; sister, Mary Ellen Aldrich of Florissant, MO; grandchildren, Ashley, Kristina, David, Elizabeth, Kayla, Brandon and Jesse; great grandchildren, Ayden and Adisyn. Memorial Services will be at a later date. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org. Condolences to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

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This is for those who are not in Florida… but, for those that… would  still like to get in touch with my brother, Denny’s   wife, Judy and  their  family… as we all know… that sometime in this LIFE… our road and path closes  and we find that… we  have  become “citizens” of  HEAVEN.

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“Our Big Excitement Fifty-Three Years Ago”


Did You See Dinosaurs?

Dinosaurs 0011967 Dinosaurs come to South  St.Louis County!  

At the time we lived in this area… I remember a Bank, Grocery Store and Famous Barr Department store in the  corner of South Lindbergh and Lemay Ferry Roads.

Today everything has just simply expanded so much so that this area is highly congested in the Fall of the year…  trying to accomodate all of the people that find … this to be the best shopping area.

This section brings in more money than any other area of St.Louis County! …  That’s because this area welcomed the Dinosaurs!

******* Tallest Man*******

Tallest Man 001Tallest Man in 1967.  

 That is Al Aldrich and Lee Aldrich standing next to the  “Tallest Man”   and … recently,  Al said  that  he remembered this visit and everything we were doing this day!

This is the same year their father died,  and I did try to be  “Father and Mother” and everything else…  just to make up for  no longer having their  “DAD” … someone that they loved and were missing.

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“Remembering Fun Working So Many Years Ago”

“Dial ‘O’ for your local OPERATOR!”

Everyone knows that when you dial  ‘O’  for OPERATOR… you will receive a  “voice with a smile”  and just so you can put  that “voice” into a picture as to  maybe someone you know… just thought that I would post the photos I have  for three other young ladies and myself. 


The above PHOTO is of me and was taken within the first year of my learning to be a “Telephone Operator” and I do look fairly young, as when I started to work was not eighteen years old and did have to secure a worker’s permit and promise to not  quit,  when September rolled around to continue with the last  couple of months of High School.

The reason for taking this PHOTO… was that I had found this material with little telephones all over and just thought that I had to buy enough material … just to make a blouse that I could wear to work.

Of course lots of my friends at work liked the idea and the blouse and when wearing this blouse to places other than work… I could go into detail about working for the “Telephone Company.”

Just in case … you caught the PHOTO in the frame above the mirror, that is me as a baby.  My Mother told me that,  on this…  “One day…  I was playing outside and my Father came home in a  big hurry…  just grabbed me and rushed off in the car,  saying he had to hurry.”   Evidently there was a “BABY CONTEST” going on… and he wanted to have me,  entered in… by having my PHOTO taken.

When we return home,  later on… my Mother told  my DAD, “You could have at least let me clean  “Mary Ellen” up and put nice clothes on her!”  So… was my MOTHER, ever surprised… when the Photographers Store  called…  that  my parents, could pick up the “Blue Ribbon” for me.

Movie Stars 001This PHOTO, above is of  three of the other young ladies that started working for the “Telephone Co.”  with me,  there were two other girls, but… they  were not around when I was taking photos.

If I was to find and check my  old notebooks for the first four weeks of training, that we were in together, I might find the names of these girls  as we did have time to go to a couple of places to dance in the evening and we did have each other’s’ phone numbers.

One other memory … the young lady on the right of this PHOTO was not able to make dresses from patterns, but  as  I did like to sew and was able to make some of the clothes that she wanted… she  bought materials and  patterns for a variety of different  outfits, and I was happy to do the sewing… I was able to make use of the lessons I had  taken, and had fun just doing something different.

These were the days that we did not have “TV”  and were able to do lots of things, that people do not have time to do today … with the “TV’ occupying  all of our time.

If you think you know any of us  “OPERATORS”  just take the time and leave a message in the comment space.  Thanks!
Your friends will LOVE you!

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“Cherry Hand Pies From Scratch”

Cherry hand pies are just a classic cherry pie in a handheld form! It’s great for when you’re hosting a socially distant BBQ or if you have young ones who might bicker over which slice is the biggest. I find that they’re easier to serve, and a bonus is you get even more of that delicious, crispy pie crust to balance out the sweetness of the cherry pie filling. 

How To Make Cherry Hand Pies

If you aren’t ready to try your hand at a traditional cherry pie (You should be! It’s easier than you think!), then cherry hand pies won’t only give you some baking confidence, they’ll give you a delicious treat you’ll turn to again and again. And don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below:

  1. First, make the filling. In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine your sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and water. Let this simmer for 2-3 minutes until it has thickened.
  2. Remove this from the heat and stir in your pitted and halved cherries. Set aside to cool.
  3. As the filling cools, roll out your pie crusts and cut them into 5-inch (12.5 cm) circles.
  4. Spoon a small amount of the cherry filling into the center of your cut out crust. Moisten the edge with egg wash and fold over to create a half-moon shape. Press down with your fingers or use a fork to seal.
  5. Place your assembled pies onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper and place it into the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 
  6. When you are ready to bake, cut a few slits into the top of the crusts of the pies and brush with the egg wash. 
  7. Bake the pies for about 20-25 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown, in a preheated 375°F (190°C) oven.
  8. As the pies are baking, make the glaze. In a bowl, mix powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until blended. It should be pourable, but thick — if it is too thick, add more milk.
  9. Remove the pies from the oven, let them cool, and pour the glaze over them, which will create a beautiful “shell.”

Pie Crust Recipe

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Learn How to Make Pie Crust from my step-by-step recipe so you’ll have the best-ever pies this holiday season or anytime of year!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 pie crust


  • 1 ⅓ cups (7½oz/213g) all purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 7 tablespoons (3 ½ oz/100g) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 egg yolk*
  • 2- 3 tablespoons cold water


  • Put flour, butter, icing sugar, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until fine crumbs form.
  • Mix together the egg yolks and water and add to the dry ingredients.
  • Pulse until a dough forms, around 10 seconds.
  • Wrap the pastry in cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the gluten to relax before rolling.
  • Roll on a floured surface to fit your tin or pie dish. A good thickness is 1/4 inch.
  • Bake at 180C/350F depending on how you are using it, as per recipe.

Recipe Notes

The pastry can be frozen for up to 8 weeks

if you don’t eat eggs then leave the egg yolk out and add 2 tablespoons of cold water instead.

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“A Million Dollar Photo of King William”

“When small children are being photographed for some very special  occasion… like this … the selection for being chosen “KING of Fenton” for a whole year… what do you look for?”

Just going through some  of the older Photos,  that I had recently posted… and just could not take my eyes off  of this one!

It is a very hard struggle to get a young small child to get the understanding of what you want him or her to do… much less be able to have them understand … as this is all new and foreign as nothing like this  came up on the calendar… in this first year of LIFE!

This is all new to the Parents, too… something appears in the Jefferson Journal… and sounds like a FUN day in the  County PARK.  We never thought about  “Contests for Children”  and do not know anything about, nor what you need to do?  This event is coming up too soon…  we will do  everything and anything that we can,  and just maybe  we will have something  extra special and exciting  to talk about.

Parents want for their children to “WIN CONTESTS”  and  what the parents  may see in their child and what others see.. that is complete strangers at  some PARK in the County… offering Prizes for those children,  that may be selected to WIN… will others  and even anyone  other than a Family member…think your child is a WINNER… as you the parents see the child?

“Just now looking at this PHOTO and some of  the others in the Family… and…  If I didn’t know better… I do believe that  “Little William” is really  true “KING” material!”

Looking at the “KING”  above … he is smiling and wearing his Crown just right… while holding his gifts  just received in the left hand close to the body… and his  “King’s Scepter”   just so so in his right hand… ready to great awards to all his Subjects!

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National Watermelon Day on August 3rd recognizes the refreshing summertime treat enjoyed at picnics and fairs!  And since watermelon is 92% water, it is very satisfying in the summer heat.

This vine-like flowering plant originated from southern Africa. While the word watermelon refers to both the fruit and the plant to botanists, the plant is a pepo. The pepo is a berry with a thick rind and fleshy center. Interestingly, pepos develop from an inferior ovary. They are also characteristic of the Cucurbitaceae, a scientific term for the gourd family.

While the watermelon fruit is loosely considered a type of melon, unlike other melons, it’s not in the genus Cucumis. The smooth exterior usually produces a dark green rind with stripes or yellow spots. Watermelons produce a juicy, sweet interior flesh ranging from deep red to pink. However, sometimes it comes in orange, yellow, or white. 

While melon holds plentiful water, wild melons were bitter and tasteless. This clue suggests that desert dwellers likely cultivated the first melon. Additional evidence of the watermelon’s value is supplied in the seeds and art found in tombs of Pharaohs. Over time, cultivation and breeding brought out the better qualities of the sweet and tender fruit we enjoy today. 

With proper growing conditions, watermelons grow to enormous sizes. Around the world, competitions award prizes each year for the largest one. The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more refreshing watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWatermelonDay

While you’re celebrating the day, spread the joy! Visit a pick your own watermelon patch or pick one up from your local farmer’s market. Then, slice it up and invite the neighborhood over to share. Make a fruit salad or cut it into wedges. What are your favorite watermelon memories? Try these other fun ways to celebrate the day, too!

  • Host a seed-spitting contest.
  • Create a new watermelon recipe.
  • Enjoy watermelon flavored candies or beverages.
  • Create a frozen watermelon dessert.
  • Learn how to pick a ripe watermelon.

Post on social media using #NationalWatermelonDay.

Parents and educators, check out more ways to #CelebrateEveryDay by visiting the National Day Calendar Classroom


While our research did not uncover the creator and origin of National Watermelon Day, we do offer you many more ways to celebrate fresh fruits and veggies.

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