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Pat Shingleton: "It's Not the creeks, but the Creeks"

3 years 4 months 3 weeks ago January 03, 2014 Jan 3, 2014 Friday, January 03 2014 January 03, 2014 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

We nudged the 30 degree mark this morning and prepare for a brief thaw-out with a sun-cloud combination and a high of 58 degrees. Partly Clear tonight with overnight clouds and 51 for the low. Years ago, my favorite Brother-in-Law, Frank Kean, forwarded historical expressions. The list of "sayings" were compiled by Benny Lopoo. One "Weather News" expression was, "God willing, the creeks don't rise;" seemingly referring to an episode of flooding. Benjamin Hawkins was a politician and a diplomat who handled "Indian Affairs." His encounters with a particular tribe of Native Americans, is the basis for the expression. When the President of the United States abruptly ordered Hawkins to Washington during an Indian rebellion, Hawkins wrote the saying to his wife anticipating safe passage through hostile territory and capitalized the word "Creek." Hawkins was referring to the Creek Indian tribe not a possible episode of rising water.

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