Since 2010, Cauli Le Chat, feline roving reporter for Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana), has reported all things interesting to cats (and humans) happening at the library. Related stories from across the state (and beyond) are also included.
There are a surprising number of famous folks from my hometown. The most notorious is John Dillinger, bank robber during the early 1930s, whose family moved to Mooresville when he was a child (technically, just north of town, on a farm along Old State Road 67). The Dillingers were well-liked. John was a friendly fellow. The Dillingers shopped at the West End Grocery, owned by Frank Morgan, at 135 West High Street in town. It was probably quite a shock when Johnny and a friend, Ed Singleton, attempted to rob Mr. Morgan on Saturday, September 6, 1924, just a block from my library. Scowl-Face made a local history video about it.
John Dillinger's Hometown Holdup (Mooresville Moments #7) by Mooresville Public Library
You can read Scowl-Face's blog post (if you can stand it) for more details. For moi, I was curious if the Dillinger gang had any felines. Apparently so, but that wasn't the biggest surprise. One of my distant relatives worked for the F.B.I. as an undercover feline on the Dillinger case.
Special Feline Agent Sylvester Rhodes
F.B.I. (Furry Bureau of Investigation)
In 1933, Sylvester Rhodes, who lived near Camby, Indiana, became a special feline agent for the F.B.I. (Furry Bureau of Investigation). Sylvester's director, Jedgar Whover, assigned Sylvester to the Mooresville area to monitor the movements of any cats that John Dillinger might bring along during visits home. Along with two human F.B.I. agents, Sylvester was stationed on the Hensley farm to observe the Dillinger farm across the road to see if they could catch Dillinger (and his cat). But nothing came of this stakeout.
Later, Sylvester was with the law enforcement team that arrested Dillinger (and his gang's cat) in Tucson, Arizona (January 25, 1934). Sylvester took furry felon "Kitty Face" Nelson into custody without incident.
"Kitty Face" Nelson incarcerated
(Officer McRuff guarding jail cell)
In 1937 Sylvester retired from the Furry Bureau of Investigation will full pension (canned tuna-in-oil for life) and honors.
Earlier today, my blog reached half a million views.
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If that doesn't deserve some canned tuna-in-oil, I don't know what would. Minions, make with the can openers.
That's What I'm Talking About
Thanks so much to all my loyal readers for helping us reach a half mill. That's quite a milestone for a small township public library like mine. If you missed the recent article about it in my hometown newspaper, take a peek here.
Humans are always so behind the wave. We felines have been celebrating National Napping Day on a daily basis forever. If there's one thing cats know how to do, it's celebrate sleeping.
My advice is simple: Embrace your inner ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzs. You'll be glad you did.
Disturbing My Sleep, But a Headscratch is Kinda Nice
Having trouble napping? Maybe you're a parent whose little human is having trouble catching those Zs. We've got several sleep-help books available to checkout. Naturally, we have book trailers, too (click below to play videos).
The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight, by Kim West
(MPL Book Trailer #21)
Nighty-Night, Sleep Tight, by Jennifer Berne & David Walker
(MPL Book Trailer #169)
Of course, you could always listen to Scowl-Face talking about whatever. That should put anyone to sleep straight away.
Here's 23 Minutes of Ol' Scowlly Droning On and On
Just to be clear, the video's about Samuel Moore, founder of my hometown, Mooresville, Indiana. Scowl-Face is narrating. That's the soporific component working, there, so you have to keep the sound turned on. You've been fairly warned. Here, you'll definitely need this later, when you're trying to stay awake.
If you've read Scowl-Face's local history blog and survived to tell the tale, you may have seen his articles about Mooresville's new Bicentennial Park downtown. It looks like this (it may look blurry, but it will be in focus when you play it):
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What's that big silver thing in the middle? Actually, there are three silver things. Is this a new place for moi to hangout and set my supper dish?
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Moi Sitting Next to the Silver Things
I don't see a place to sleep on these silver things. The edges are too small and aren't flat enough. It does make an excellent scratching post, as you can see from the marks there. I wonder if most of my feline friends from around town have already visited here?
Scowl-Face just told moi that the silver things represent the flames atop the torch on the Indiana State Flag. Funny--I don't feel any heat, and they're not orange or red like fire. Maybe it's some kind of cool flame. Let's compare it to the state flag. What do you think?
Same Shapes as the Torch Flame, For Sure
Scowl-Face also says that it's a sculpture, not real flames. Since Mooresville is the home of the Indiana State Flag, I guess that sculpture makes sense.
Drop by for a visit. There's a nice park to walk around in. See? I'll "borrow" some photos from Scowl-Face's December blog post.
Anthony Woodside wrote a wonderful article about moi and my blog in today's edition of the Mooresville-Decatur Times (Wednesday, February 28, 2018, pp. A1-A7). There's even my photo and everything! Honestly, I'm quite excited about it.
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Much of the article has Scowl-Face droning endlessly, as he is wont to do, about statistics and such like, but the bits about moi are really interesting. I'm chuffed to be featured in a newspaper story, which is a bit of a twist, since I'm a feline roving reporter and usually do the reporting rather than be reported upon. But it's pretty cool, to say the least.
There's also a nice article introducing CatPro to our patrons.
By the way, does my press hat make moi look fat? Just wondering.
Because of this fine media coverage, I've decided (wait for it . . .) to retire from my retirement! I'm going to once again be an active, full-fledged feline roving reporter for Mooresville Public Library. Since I don't actually leave my house much anymore (I'm a senior kitty now and spend my time indoors), I'll have my minions (or my feline friends or "Flat" Caulis, all of whom you've met in my blog posts) do any roaming around that may be necessary to gather news stories about the library or whatever I'm reporting about. I'll still dictate all the copy, however, and my minions will type it for moi. My time is valuable, after all, and my minions have to be kept busy or they'll wander off into traffic. We've already had several close calls with Scowl-Face at the intersection where our outdoor sign stands. I just can't leave minions unsupervised!
As for my welcome back party, remember to stock-up on the canned tuna-in-oil, minions. Just saying.
Your (Reactivated) Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat
P.S. John Sebastian wrote "Welcome Back" (released as a single in 1976, reaching #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 pop charts in May), which was the theme song to the television series Welcome Back, Kotter (1975-1979).