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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Turkey Brine

Brining Your Turkey

Salt changes the structure of the muscle tissues in the meat, allowing it to swell and absorb water and flavorings. It also breaks down the proteins, resulting in a tender-seeming turkey. This means that--despite the moisture loss during roasting and the long cooking time--the end result is a juicier bird. When buying a turkey for brining, choose a natural turkey, not a self-basted bird that's been injected with a solution of salt and other flavorings. Look for the words "natural", "no additives", and "minimally processed" on the label. Brine should be cold before adding the turkey or the meat will absorb too much salt.

Vegetable Broth Brine (Read the instructions on this one so you see how to use the brine for all the other Brine recipes that follow)

1 gallon vegetable broth
1 cup sea salt
1 tablespoon crushed dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried sage
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried savory
1 gallon ice water

In a large stock pot, combine the vegetable broth, sea salt, rosemary, sage, thyme, and savory. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently to be sure salt is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature. When the broth mixture is cool, pour it into a clean 5 gallon bucket. Stir in the ice water. Wash and pat dry your turkey with paper towels. Make sure you have removed the innards. Place the turkey, breast down, into the brine. Make sure that the cavity gets filled. Place the bucket in the refrigerator overnight. Remove the turkey carefully draining off the excess brine and pat dry. Discard excess brine. Cook the turkey as desired reserving the drippings for gravy. Keep in mind that brined turkeys cook 20 to 30 minutes faster so watch the temperature gauge. Place a gallon of frozen water in a large cooler (freeze in a water bottles) or ice bags (ice in Ziplocs) and brine the turkey and brine in the cooler while it marinates overnight. Or use a big bucket and put the iced water, turkey and brine in the bucket. Most refrigerators won't hold it so use the ice to keep your turkey safe while it marinates. Watch out for the cooking time on this as a brined bird cooks much faster - especially if you're using a roasting bag (which I did). A 22 lber can cook in only 2 1/2 hours!!

Citrus Brine

1 cup salt
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1 orange, cut into wedges
1 medium onion, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic
4 bay leaves
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 gallons cold water

Rub salt onto your turkey, and place remaining salt, lemons, oranges, onion, garlic, bay leaves, thyme and pepper into a large pot. Place the turkey in the pot, and fill with water. Refrigerate overnight. Discard brine after removing turkey. This is a good one to use if you are smoking your turkey.

Brine With Garlic

2 gallons water
1 1/2 cups canning salt
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar

In a large bucket or container large enough to hold your turkey, mix together the water, salt, garlic, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Store in a refrigerator, and soak turkey for 2 days before smoking or roasting.

Sweet Brine

4 quarts water (24 cups)
3 1/2 cups kosher or sea salt
4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cracked peppercorns
7-8 cloves garlic
5 bay leaves, crumbled coarsely

Prepare brine by combining ingredients in a stainless steel or enamel pan (do not use aluminum). Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until all of the sugar and salt are dissolved. Allow brine too cool.

Smoked Turkey Brine

1/2 c. pickling salt
1 c. Morton's tender quick (found in spices near salt)
4 to 5 tbsp. liquid smoke (1 to 3 oz. bottle for 2 gal. brine)

Sage Brine

Toast about 2 tablespoons of the chopped dried sage (best using fresh sage that you have dried)
Put the sage into a pot of water with two parts kosher salt and one part sugar. Bring to a boil and then let it cool.

Cranberry Brine

2 medium onions, roughly diced
5 stalks celery, roughly chopped
5 medium carrots, roughly chopped
14 garlic cloves, unpeeled and smashed
6 bay leaves
6 sprigs fresh rosemary
6 sprigs fresh thyme
6 sprigs fresh sage
12 sprigs fresh Italian Parsley
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 cup kosher salt
2 quarts cranberry juice

Mix together in a large pot 1 of the onions, 2 stalks celery, 2 carrots, 6 garlic cloves, peppercorns, 3 sprigs each of the rosemary, thyme and sage, 6 sprigs of the parsley, kosher salt and the cranberry juice; heat and stir until the salt disolves and mixture begins to simmer; remove and let cool to room temperature.

Apple Brine

1 1/2 cups, KOSHER salt (not regular, use Kosher)
1 1/4 cups, brown sugar
10 whole cloves
3 teaspoons, black peppercorns
1 1/2 gallons (6 quarts) apple juice or cider (non-alcoholic)
The peel from oneor two orange or one tangerine (colored part only - not white pith)
Optional: 3 teaspoons, dried thyme and/or 3 teaspoons, dried sage

Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive pot, bring mixture to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes (partly covered). Allow brine to cool completely.

Brining A Turkey

Why brine a turkey? How do you do it? What do you include in a brine solution? When do you brine? This answers these questions.

You can use a 5 gallon bucket, a large cooler, the super large plastic bags, etc. for brining. I don't have room in my refrigerator to hold that large of a container so I keep ice (in plastic bags) or frozen cold packs in the container. Check your ice regularly to make sure you are keeping the turkey cold enough.

Do a Google search for brining solutions. You can add all kinds of things to give you the taste you want such as citrus, spices, onions, garlic, etc. I used Martha Stewart's recipe last year.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

In This Political Atmosphere Keep Out Envy And Strife

James 3:16-18 (Modern King James Version - MKJV) For where envying and strife are, there is confusion and every foul deed. (17) But the wisdom that is from above is first truly pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. (18) And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

In a couple of days we will be voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for President of the United States (POTUS). It's been a strange election because somehow these two candidates beat out the other more moderate candidates so we are stuck with voting for, what I call, the lesser of two evils. You have Clinton who has been a powerful part of the political elite class for decades and has a slew of scandals that go back to her young years. But she has made it as the Democratic candidate for POTUS. Then you have Donald Trump who is very arrogant and disturbing in his own right and who has worked the economic system to his advantage to make billions. But he has made it as the Republican candidate for POTUS. Personally, I'm not happy with either of them and have been fighting down fear no matter who wins. But I have prayed for months that God would lead me to do the right thing. I take my citizenship as an American very seriously and have voted in all major elections since I turned 18 yrs old (49 years ago)! I prayed that God would lead me to do the right thing. I tried to honestly be willing to do whatever God told me to do whether it was to NOT vote at all, write in a candidate, vote for any of the ones on the ticket (Dem, Rep, Ind, Lib). I wanted to submit to God's wisdom because my knowledge is so limited and my wisdom so faulty. I have no knowledge of the future and I can't possibly take into account all the variables so I have to trust God will know what needs to be done and, as His child, and as I pray and submit, He will lead me to do the right thing. If I vote for Candidate A, but Candidate B wins, did I do something wrong? No, because I prayed and tried to do what I felt was right. God may be showing me that Candidate B is a tool He will use to accomplish His purposes. I voted for the Republican in the last POTUS election but the Democrat won. Does that mean I voted wrong? No. I prayed, I tried to do the right thing as I felt led. Which is what I'm responsible for. But I learned that, although I did as I felt led to do, the opposing candidate can still be used by God as a tool to work His Will in America. Maybe that was the lesson I was suppose to learn. Obama may or may not be saved, may or may not pray for God's wisdom, but God can still use him whether or not Obama accepts God as his leader. God used pagan kings in the Old Testament and Roman governors in the New Testament to accomplish His purposes. For instance, Jesus had to be crucified on the cross in order to pay the price for our sins and offer us salvation. The Jewish Sanhedrin was a religious authority for the Jews in Israel at the time. But they didn't have the authority to put someone to death. Only the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, could authorize that. God's Will was to sacrifice Jesus on our behalf and He used the Sanhedrin and Pontius Pilate to accomplish that purpose. Neither the members of the Sanhedrin, nor the Roman ruler, Pilate, were Christians but God used them as tools to accomplish His larger plan.

Where does that leave me today? It means I should pray and seek God about how I should vote. Then I vote the best I know how. And then I release the results to God and let Him be in control, trusting Him.

But our scripture today is about "strife and envy", what does that have to do with politics? Well, let's look at this scripture in more detail and find out.

Envy, in the original Greek, is zelos. It's where we get the English word, zeal and zealot, from. In a good way, the word means ardor, fervent in spirit, defending something with zeal. In a bad way it means indignation, jealousy; zeal in behalf of, for a person or thing; fierceness of indignation, punitive zeal; an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy. It connotes a fierce desire to promote one's own ideas and convictions to the exclusion of everyone else. A person so fixated, obsessed and fanatical that they are considered extremist, even militant. Someone who is willing to try to force another person into their way of thinking. If it was used in the context of a jealous man, it would mean this man is obsessed, fixated and willing to force his object of "love" into submission.

In the context of politics, it's one who is so sure his ideas and beliefs are right and therefore he must debate, argue, harangue and force his way of thinking on others.

Strife, in the original Greek, is eritheia. It means to put one’s self forward, a partisan and fractious spirit; partisanship, fractiousness; contentiousness. It is used for political parties and is often translated as "party spirit". Pushing an agenda and developing strategies in order to become the ruling party in the government and gain the power necessary to do what they want to do.

Political parties are made of people who share the same values, beliefs, views, ideas.

The party is formed and their ideas on the issues form the party platform. A party platform is a document stating the aims and principles of a political party. I.e., where they stand on major issues. The definition of a party platform is a set of beliefs that are accepted as characteristic of a particular political party and presented to the public to help the public know the principles and values for which that party stands.

For instance, the Republican Party Platform for 2016 contains this plank, (pg 11) "Traditional marriage and family, based on marriage between one man and one woman, is the foundation for a free society and has for millennia been entrusted with rearing children and instilling cultural values...We, therefore, support the appointment of justices and judges who respect the constitutional limits on their power and respect the authority of the states to decide such fundamental social questions."

As you can see, there is a vast difference in opinion on how to make America great and keep America safe. We all know religion and politics are hot button issues for everyone. It's best to avoid these subjects in polite society. Because we take sides and begin trying to convert other people to our way of thinking. They become defensive. When we are unable to convince them, we get hot under the collar and before you know it, everyone is shouting. It can completely destroy relationships.

As a Christian, a true believer in Jesus Christ, not just a cultural christian, I know there are times when we must stand for Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved. I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, He was born of a virgin, He was sinless, He was crucified and rose to life 3 days later. I believe the Holy Bible is the inerrant Word of God. I believe that there is no unpardonable sin except the sin of refusing to accept Jesus as your Savior and when we repent and ask Him to be our Savior, we are born again. The Holy Spirit comes to live within us along with your new spirit in order to grow and mature us in the faith. These are the tenets of my faith and I will not give in on these beliefs.

I also know there are times when I must stand strong on doing right. For instance, if I see someone murder another person, I can't overlook it by thinking, "They have the right to their opinion. If they wanted to murder someone, it's their right to do what they want to do." NO! I must stand up and do the right thing. We can't let murderers get away with it in order to respect their desire to murder. It's why I'm Pro-Life. A woman has a right to control her body but when she's pregnant, her right to control ends when it means taking the life of another human being, her baby. That baby has a right to protection and the right to life that supersedes her right to have control over her body. In most cases, men and women have the choice to participate, or not, in sexual concourse. Abstinence is the one way of knowing you will not get pregnant. And birth control is easy and affordable (although not a guarantee). That's where the choices should start. But once a human life is started, the choices are over because you can't kill someone else for your own convenience.

But lets get back to our verse. When we can, we should be peacemakers. We need to treat others with respect. But where there is a fierce desire to promote one's own ideas, it produces conflict and division.

James 3:16 (MKJV) For where envying and strife are, there is confusion and every foul deed.
James 3:16 (Easy To Read Version = ERV) Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there will be confusion and every kind of evil.
James 3:16 (Young's Literal Translation - YLT) for where zeal and rivalry are, there is insurrection and every evil matter;
James 3:16 (American Standard Version - ASV) For where jealousy and faction are, there is confusion and every vile deed.

I.e., For where there is envying, jealousy, zeal and strife, selfishness, rivalry, faction there will be confusion.

Confusion in the original Greek, is akatastasia, which means instability, disorder; commotion, confusion, tumult. We should avoid controversial topics as it leads to this type of conflict. Rational thinking is too easily replaced by anger and people getting hurt.

Evil in the original Greek, is phaulos, which means foul, wicked, vile.

So if we take this altogether we see that when we get into a debate, argue and try to force others to believe the same way we do, we are causing strife and conflict that leads to confusion, disorder and all kinds of vile behavior.

We don't have to live in strife, or cause strife and conflict. Arguments and debates, shouting matches and hurt feelings cause disruption and destroy relationships. Wherever we can, we should be peacemakers as Christ was.  When someone tries to goad you into an angry reply, don't lose control over yourself and don't participate in it.

We must remember all human beings were created by God, in His Image, and with His breath of life in them. We are so valuable and precious to God that He sacrificed His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay for our sins and in order to offer us the free gift of salvation. For no other reason, human beings should be treated with a degree of respect. Every human being deserves a modicum of respect because God created them and died to save them. So we should be cautious and careful about falling into disrespectful attitudes, conversations, arguments or behaviors.

God made us very diverse and we need that diversity. I need someone who is more creative and they need someone like me who is more organized. I need someone who is able to be a first responder in emergency situations and they need someone like me who has a tender heart and sensitive spirit. We need liberal media to keep conservative politicians in line. We need conservative media to keep the liberal politicians straight. We need each other. So, where we can, we should appreciate what others bring to the table. We can value another person's point of view.

Even if we disagree, and can never agree on a subject, we can still treat someone with respect. And we should try to cultivate a humble spirit. When we think we have all the answers and that the world would run smoothly if everyone did what we said, we have a proud spirit. We are NOT God and we don't have all the answers. So we need to keep that in mind and remain humble.

Practice communicating in a clear but non-threatening way. Once someone feels attacked, they go into defense mode and little can be accomplished when that happens. So keep your voice level, keep your words polite and respectful and watch your body language. You may be saying something non-threatening such as "The grass is green", but if your voice is raised, your arms are crossed and your face is a stony mask of hate then you have communicated anger and threat even though your words are benign.

As I said, there are times when you make a stand. It's called for. Jesus entered the Temple and found the money changers in the Temple cheating the Jews who were coming to worship God. He reacted in righteous anger and chased them out of the Temple. He was angry and He acted but He did not act in sin. He did not sin in His anger. When there are times we have to make a stand, we should strive to do it without sin as Christ did. Whenever possible, we should be peacemakers as He was.

What about those who have broken the law? Do we just pat them on the head and walk away in order to avoid conflict? No. Society needs laws to keep us safe and to keep order. But we should punish law breakers in the right way. For instance, a man murders someone. We must treat them with respect but that doesn't mean letting them off the hook. How do we do it? How do we strike that balance? We make sure they are arrested and treated as a human being while incarcerated. We don't beat them up or torture them in jail. We make sure they have access to the legal system which is in place to attempt fairness. Once they are convicted, we should apply the death penalty in a humane way. There are consequences to breaking the law. We have laws for the protection of society and innocent people. But that doesn't mean those who break the law should be treated like animals. There should be reasonable protection while incarcerated, humane punishments, and, equality and fairness in the legal system. That doesn't mean color TV, napping all day, eating T bone steaks while jailed. But it also doesn't mean beatings, torture, rapes, inhumane and cruel punishments, and neglect either. There are commonsense balances. A prison should be a place of punishment but not a place of torture.

What about politicians who are making crazy laws that are destroying America? Within the law, and according to our legal system, we should pursue a way of settling the issue. It means voting, being politically active, contacting our representatives, working for a resolution. But it doesn't give us a license to call someone names, make threats, assassinate, etc. We must be careful to keep our attitude right and to be careful how we communicate.

What about those politicians who are corrupt? Within the law and according to our legal system, we should pursue a way of settling the issue. We must stand up for right and never condone wrong. When Bill Clinton perjured himself on the stand and said, "I did not have sex with that woman", he was revealed as a liar and a perjurer. What he did was against the law. What he did to women and with women, revealed him as morally corrupt. His wife and daughter were humiliated in public and he certainly had not kept his marriage vows to Hillary. That doesn't take into account any of the many shady areas that came up during his presidency. Just these facts alone made him a poor choice for President of the United States. He was a philanderer, had poor judgment, was a liar and was willing to use anyone and anything to cover up his sins. But he was elected for a second term.

I'm not trying to do anything but state what we know to be true and how I think he didn't meet the requirements for being President. Breaking the law was ignored (he never faced charges or was impeached) and people still voted for him. Where does that leave me? I was angry and I've struggled over the anger. But is there anything I can do about it? Not really. I did NOT vote for him. I wrote my representatives when I felt strongly about something. But what else is there? So I learned that I have no control over the situation and does no good to stew, get angry, and keep it stirred up. I did what I could do but beyond that, it's in God's hands, not mine. This was a valuable lesson for me. I needed to learn the lessons of relinquishing, letting go, trusting God and not the government.

I have some family that see things very differently than I do in politics. This has led to some heated discussions. I'm trying to avoid those conversations. When it's unavoidable, I try to my best to keep my cool and show respect. We have to end the conversation with, "I have to agree to disagree with you". I've gotten out of balance and I confess I have really struggled with this. But it's why I'm praying and studying the Bible about it today. When I can feel my blood pressure rising and angry words wanting to pop out, I know I'm getting out of balance and losing control and I need to back off.

This verse has helped me to strive for that balance again. I will do what I can do, which is to pray about it, be willing to obey God and to vote. The results are in God's hands after that. I don't want to get anxious, angry, worried, or fall into "envy and strife". I don't want to be obsessed, fixated or fanatical about politics. I don't want to stir up controversy, conflict and cause anger. I don't need all those negative things in my life. I don't want to do irreparable damage to relationships.

James 3: 17-18 (MKJV) But the wisdom that is from above is first truly pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. (18) And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
James 3:17-18 (Contemporary English Version - CEV) But the wisdom that comes from above leads us to be pure, friendly, gentle, sensible, kind, helpful, genuine, and sincere. (18) When peacemakers plant seeds of peace, they will harvest justice.
James 3:17-18 (ERV) But the wisdom that comes from God is like this: First, it is pure. It is also peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help people who have trouble and to do good for others. This wisdom is always fair and honest. (18) People who work for peace in a peaceful way get the blessings that come from right living.

I know what I don't want in my heart - envy and strife, confusion and every vile work.

In verses 17-18, I want to be - pure, friendly, gentle, easy to please, sensible, kind, merciful, helpful, genuine, sincere, peaceful.

So, here I am on the eve of an election where my choices are Trump and Clinton. Voting for the other candidates is really giving your vote away and allowing Trump or Clinton to win. Writing in a candidate is the same, it's throwing away a vote. No vote is also a vote. I don't think either candidate has the moral high road. I cannot defend Trump or Clinton against accusations of impropriety and maybe even corrupt and illegal activities. So I cannot endorse anyone. But I can encourage you to pray and be willing to submit to God's Will no matter what He tells you to do. If you insist on voting Democrat no matter what God says, then don't bother praying. But if you are conflicted and worried, pray with an open and obedient heart. Then do the best you can according to how you feel God is leading.

Then determine to accept the results and keep a civil and respectful tongue as political conversations crop up this week. You may not can stand the person who becomes President but you need to deal with that because hatred eats you up and doesn't hurt the person you hate. God calls us to be forgiving in order for us to have healthy life. Holding onto anger, unforgiveness and bitterness hurts YOU. Let it go.

Also pray for whoever is elected. This helps us forgive. There are three things you can pray that are God's Will. 1) Pray that the President accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and is saved, 2) Pray that God will use the President to accomplish His good and perfect Will in our nation, and 3) Pray for them to have wisdom.

1 Timothy 2:2 (ERV) Pray for kings and others in power, so that we may live quiet and peaceful lives as we worship and honor God.

If you have read this far, then maybe you are prepared for Tuesdays elections. Let's try to keep in balance this week and keep our mouths under control. Let's try to trust God and pray for those newly elected.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pride and Humility

The Christian church has listed pride as one of the seven deadly sins.

Pride - Pride is a feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people; a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.; a feeling that you are more important or better than other people; inordinate self-esteem; ostentatious display.

Humility - a modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance; the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people; has a humble opinion of oneself.

Humble - not proud, arrogant, haughty; not thinking yourself as better than others; reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission; ranking low in a hierarchy of scale; not costly or luxurious

Uriah Heep is a fictional character created by Charles Dickens in his novel David Copperfield. The character is notable for his cloying humility, obsequiousness, and insincerity. He was a slimy, oily, insincere, calculating villain under a veneer of false humility. His name has become synonymous with a sycophant. A sycophant is a parasite, toady, leech, sponge; an obsequious flatterer or self-seeker. A parasite who clings to a person of wealth, power, or influence to use that person to better themselves. A person who attempts to gain advantage by flattering influential people or behaving in a servile manner. A sycophant is a person who tries to win favor from wealthy or influential people by flattering them.
Heep was described as ugly and repulsive- tall, cadaverous, pale with red hair and lashless eyes; with jerking and writhing movements (like a snake). He is motivated by greed and resentment. His ambitions thwarted, he seeks to arrange matters to his advantage. He hates all those whom he sees as "above" him and lives to see them humiliated as he feels humiliated. Always plotting behind the scenes. A hypocrit of hypocrits. He wants to force Agnes Wickfield into marriage and gain control over her father's fortune and he uses treachery and blackmail. Throughout the book, Heep obsessively and compulsively calls himself "'umble". He is totally obsessed with maintaining the appearance of humility. "I am well aware that I am the 'umblest person going... My mother is likewise a very 'umble person." He cannot seem to say a complete sentence without referring to himself as being 'umble in some way.

Of course, what stands out about Uriah Heep is that no matter how humble he thinks himself and no matter how humble he tells others he is, he is consumed with pride. He is the very antithesis of humility!

My point is how very upside down we can become when it comes to the matter of pride and humility. When we congratulate ourselves for being humble we have just crossed over into pride! We are proud that we are humble!?!

Pride is the real sneaky snake of sins.

We can have a good feeling of pride over some accomplishment by ourself or others. But it doesn't take much for a human being to cross the line and fall into the sin of pride.

"According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind… it is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began." -C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Simon and Schuster Touchstone edition, 1996), 109, 111.

What happened to satan? How did he fall from heaven? Let's look at the biblical texts that deal with the fall of satan and 1/3 of the angels:

Ezekiel 28:1-17 (Easy to Read Version - ERV) The word of the LORD came to me. He said, (2) "Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, 'This is what the Lord GOD says: "'You are very proud! And you say, "I am a god! I sit on the seat of gods in the middle of the seas." "'But you are a man and not God! You only think you are a god. (3) You think you are wiser than Daniel and no secret is hidden from you. (4) Through your wisdom and understanding you have gotten riches for yourself. And you put gold and silver in your treasuries. (5) Through your great wisdom and trade, you have made your riches grow. And now you are proud because of those riches. (6) "'So this is what the Lord GOD says: Tyre, you thought you were like a god. (7) I will bring strangers to fight against you. They are most terrible among the nations! They will pull out their swords and use them against the beautiful things your wisdom brought you. They will ruin your glory. (8) They will bring you down to the grave. You will be like a sailor who died at sea. (9) That person will kill you. Will you still say, "I am a god"? No, he will have you in his power! You will see that you are a man, not God! (10) Strangers will treat you like a foreigner and kill you, because I gave the command!'" This is what the Lord GOD said. (11) The word of the LORD came to me. He said, (12) "Son of man, sing this sad song about the king of Tyre. Say to him, 'This is what the Lord GOD says: "'You were the perfect man-- so full of wisdom and perfectly handsome. (13) You were in Eden, the garden of God. You had every precious stone-- rubies, topaz, and diamonds, beryls, onyx, and jasper, sapphires, turquoise, and emeralds. And each of these stones was set in gold. You were given this beauty on the day you were created. God made you strong. (14) You were one of the chosen Cherubs who spread your wings over my throne. I put you on the holy mountain of God. You walked among the jewels that sparkled like fire. (15) You were good and honest when I created you, but then you became evil. (16) Your business brought you many riches. But they also put cruelty inside you, and you sinned. So I treated you like something unclean and threw you off the mountain of God. You were one of the chosen Cherubs who spread your wings over my throne. But I forced you to leave the jewels that sparkled like fire. (17) Your beauty made you proud. Your glory ruined your wisdom. So I threw you down to the ground, and now other kings stare at you.

The King of Tyre was Ethbaal, or Ithobal and was a real ruler. But this prophesy is not just about Ethbaal. It goes beyond a record in human history, but includes satan and his fall. Though there was a human “ruler” of Tyre, the real “king” of Tyre was satan.

Isaiah 14:9-17 (ERV) The place of death is excited that you are coming. Sheol is waking the spirits of all the leaders of the earth for you. Sheol is making the kings stand up from their thrones to meet you. (10) They will make fun of you, saying, "Now you are as dead as we are. Now you are just like us." (11) Your pride has been sent down to Sheol. The music from your harps announces the coming of your proud spirit. Maggots will be the bed you lie on, and other worms will cover your body like a blanket. (12) You were like the morning star, but you have fallen from the sky. In the past, all the nations on earth bowed down before you, but now you have been cut down. (13) You always told yourself, "I will go to the skies above. I will put my throne above God's stars. I will sit on Zaphon, the holy mountain where the gods meet. (14) I will go up to the altar above the tops of the clouds. I will be like God Most High." (15) But that did not happen. You were brought down to the deep pit--Sheol, the place of death. (16) People will come to look at your dead body. They will think about you and say, "Is this the same man who caused great fear in all the kingdoms on earth, (17) who destroyed cities and turned the land into a desert, who captured people in war and would not let them go home?"

This angel is the highest creature the Lord ever created. Satan wanted to be God. His pride led him to think he could be like God! His sin of pride cost him his position as a cherub around the throne of God. Satan was a CHERUB and his position was to guard the throne of God, protecting the holiness of God. Satan had the highest of all positions. But he no longer wanted to be a servant of God, he wanted to BE God. God cast him out of his place of authority. As a result of his sin against God, Lucifer was banished from living in heaven. He became corrupt, and his name changed from Lucifer (“morning star”) to satan (“adversary”). His power became completely perverted and his destiny is everlasting fire and torment.

Now let's look at Adam and Eve. How did satan tempt them to sin?

Genesis 3:1-7 (Modern King James Version - MKJV) Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which Jehovah God had made. And he said to the woman, Is it so that God has said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (2) And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden. (3) But of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. (4) And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die, (5) for God knows that in the day you eat of it, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as God, knowing good and evil. (6) And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasing to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make wise, she took of its fruit, and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (7) And the eyes of both of them were opened. And they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made girdles for themselves.

He tempted them with the same temptation he fell from - the desire to be God!

Proverbs 16:18-19 (ERV) Pride is the first step toward destruction. Proud thoughts will lead you to defeat. (19) It is better to be a humble person living among the poor than to share the wealth among the proud.

Philippians 2:3 (ERV) In whatever you do, don't let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves.

1 Timothy 3:6 (ERV) An elder must not be a new believer. It might make him too proud of himself. Then he would be condemned for his pride the same as the devil was.

Have you read Hans Christian Andersen tale of the Emperor's New Clothes? A vain Emperor who only cares about his new clothes hires two weavers who promise him the finest suit of clothes made from an invisible fabric. The Emperor's ministers cannot see the clothes themselves, but pretend they can for fear of insulting the Emperor (who does the same). The weavers pretend to dress him in this new exotic suit and the Emperor marches in procession before his subjects to show off. The townspeople play along and pretend to see the suit of clothes so they won't be considered stupid. Finally, a child, in his innocence, declares the truth by saying, "But the emperor is wearing no clothes!"

This tale speaks, on the one hand, about the Emperor's pride, his pompous arrogance. An emperor "whose only worry in life was to dress in elegant clothes. He changed clothes almost every hour and loved to show them off to his people." He was consumed with himself and he thought others ought to be as well. It is also a tale of the pandering of the public who played along with the delusion.

Whether we are so arrogant as to think we know it all or we are the sycophant who bows and scrapes around those we think have it all, we are so wrong.

Pride seeks to be independent of God, to be God rather than to be dependent on God. We want to take care of ourselves. We think we know it all and if everyone listened to our fount of wisdom, this world would go places. We would much rather tell God what to do and have Him obey us! We tend to think that God surely has no idea what He's doing and we know so much better than He does. We want to wrest our lives out of His Hands as though He were incompetent. We want to make our decisions, thank you very much. And we want everyone around us to think we are something too! Yes, everyone should do what we say and this world would be a better place! Pride is the idolatry of self! We want to be the center of the universe.

If you go around like Uriah Heep, and put yourself down all the time and moan and groan about how ugly, fat, stupid you are... that is false humility. Why? You don't like yourself so how is that pride? Because every waking moment, you are obsessed with yourself even if it's hating yourself! All your energy, all your thoughts, all your actions are me, Me, ME! By saying, "I wish I had never been born", we are really saying, "God, You didn't know what You were doing when You made me. You made a mistake. I know better than You do and I proclaim myself a big mistake."

I have seen anorexics on TV. They think they are so fat when we can all see they are dangerously cadaverous! Like the Emperor's new clothes. Every moment they count calories, stare at themselves in the mirror, moan and groan about how fat they are. They demand everyone in the household to pander to their sickness. They spend hours exercising. They damage their bodies to the point of death and it's all pride.

There are those who spend every spare minute at the gym, watching themselves in the mirrors as they bulk up. They arrange their diets around protein drinks and vitamin shakes. They spend all their money on work out clothes, work out shoes, sports equipment. They live, breath, eat physical fitness and they can't understand anyone who doesn't. It's pride.

Jeremiah 17:5 This is what the LORD says: "Bad things will happen to those who put their trust in people. Bad things will happen to those who depend on human strength. That is because they have stopped trusting the LORD.

There are those who spend all their money on clothes, accessories, fancy shoes, hair styles, makeup and cosmetic surgeries. Everything must look perfect in order to project the right image to... who? The world? Get over yourself! It's pride and arrogance.

Proverbs 30:12-13 (King James Version - KJV) There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. (13) There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.

Proverbs 30:12-13 (Contemporary English Version - CEV) others think they are perfect, but they are stained by sin. (13) Some people are stuck-up and act like snobs;

Proverbs 30:12-13 (ERV) Some people think they are pure, but they have done nothing to remove the filth of their sin. (13) Some people are so proud of themselves, and they look down on everyone else.

There are those who go about with a hang dog look and morosely cite all the reasons they should kill themselves. Every moment is spent on hating themselves and hating their lives and blaming others for what's happened to them. They constantly make bad decisions which increase their problems (taking drugs, hanging out with the wrong people, smoking, drinking, wearing ridiculous outfits and proclaiming to others that they are "outsiders"). They write poetry of pity and hate. They listen to music that panders to that self destructive weakness inside. How is this pride? Because everything is about me, me, me. You think you are the center of the universe and it's all about you. Those of us with suicidal ideations are really obsessing on taking control of our lives and taking the easy way out. We think God has really messed up and is too weak to do anything to fix our situation so we will just take the bull by the horns and jump off a bridge. It's selfish pride!

There are those who make fun of others as sport. They bully, mock, and ridicule others. They think they are superior and anyone they consider inferior has one purpose in the world - to be the laughing stock. How much pride and arrogance does it take to think you are superior above everyone else and that it gives you permission to make fun of those who are different? It's something so ugly, no matter how beautiful/handsome you may be on the outside, your ugly heart ruins your image. Looking down your nose at someone else is the worst sort of pride. You may have been born with beautiful teeth and someone else was not born with beautiful teeth. It has absolutely nothing to do with you. You were born that way, they were born their way. You have no control over having good teeth and they have no control over having bad teeth. So to think you are superior and they are inferior based on something neither one of you had control over is more than absurd. Maybe your parents can afford good clothes but their parents can't. You aren't special because you have good clothes. It's just the way of life. Let me be the first to tell you that one day, your little perfect world, will disappear like fog. You will age. You will gain weight. You will lose hair. Your teeth will fall out. You will get weak. Your money could disappear overnight. Your group of friends will evaporate. It will be YOU one day depending on someone else to help you. If you live long enough, there is no ifs about it. It will happen. So don't rely on your beauty, your strength, your money, your parents' power, your big career. You may think you are a Master of the Universe but it will topple like a toddler's blocks. "Oh, how the mighty have fallen."

Proverbs 3:34 (ERV) He will humiliate those who make fun of others, but he is kind to those who are humble.

Some of the newer black movies fall into a lot of pride. If you'll notice the black men have big name careers, are physically perfect, they drive svelt cars, wear expensive suits and have big houses. Believe me, this kind of pride is not a black issue, it's just that I've noticed the black movies are over doing it. (And so called white movies have done it forever too.) They take what the world considers as success, and add to it. Instead of a nice pair of dress shoes they have a $500 pair of dress shoes. Instead of a good car, they have a $150,000 sports car. I mean, you might as well hand print a sign and paste it to your forehead... "I made it, Look what I have and you don't!" From the outside, when you see this kind of pride on someone, it's ridiculous. It's like the Emperor's New Clothes.

1 Corinthians 4:7-8 (ERV) Who do you think you are? Everything you have was given to you. So, if everything you have was given to you, why do you act as if you got it all by your own power? (8) You think you have everything you need. You think you are rich. You think you have become kings without us. I wish you really were kings. Then we could rule together with you.

I don't care who you are, white, black, young, old, male, female, we fall into pride big time. I'm just as bad as you are. We can show off in pride or we can show out in pride, but whenever it's all about ME, it's pride! We can look at ourselves in the mirror all day long and not see it, that's how deceptive it can be. Others see it, like the Emperor's subjects. But we don't seem to see it in ourselves. We don't see the self worship.

At this particular time, we are about to vote for president and the two candidates are Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Neither one exhibits humility. Neither one indicates that they have any nobility of purpose and both seem to think their poop doesn't stink! Hillary Clinton has a decades long list of scandals and corruption but she acts totally oblivious to it. We are all suppose to NOT SEE it, like the Emperor's subjects. Everyone is suppose to say what beautiful new clothes she's wearing when she's naked! Donald Trump is a self proclaimed "rock star" who thinks he can get away with anything because of the money and power he has. But he's not wearing any clothes either. All of us see them for the naked Emperors they really are. How they got to be our candidates is complicated. I pray they will be humbled. It is for our good that we are humbled. I'm not saying anything ugly or mean. We all need humbling. We all need to learn about humility. It would serve us all well to learn it so I can pray that Trump and Clinton learn true humility and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Let's talk about humility. We have a good grasp on pride and we've seen false humility. But what is true humility?

As a human being, it's very hard to understand true humility. It goes against our basic instinct. We come into the world thinking we are the center of the universe. A baby cries and expects someone to feed it, change it, make it feel better. It's just who we are.

But let's see what God says. Humility is the recognition of our total dependence upon God. We must realize and acknowledge our sinfulness and our need of a Savior. From birth to death, we are totally dependent on God. We cannot build ourselves in our mother's womb. God plans us, forms us and breathes life into us. We cannot take our first breath in this world but God created this world to sustain us. He provided the oxygen, gravity, sunshine, water, the meat and plants for us to eat. We cannot learn but God gave us our brains and intelligence. We cannot save ourselves from our own sins. God provided the way to save us by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to be the sacrifice for our sins. The fact that I live, breath and have my being is because God so ordained it. The fact that I will spend eternity in Heaven with Him is based not on my good works but on what Jesus did for me. I can boast about nothing for I can do nothing to birth myself, sustain myself, or save myself.

1 Timothy 1:15 (ERV) Here is a true statement that should be accepted without question: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and I am the worst of them.

True humility is understanding God as the giver and sustainer of everything and seeing ourselves as sinful and needy. We must trust totally in Him and not in ourselves.

Romans 11:36 (Tree of Life Version - TLV) For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.

Humility does not mean we castigate ourselves. For, as we've talked about above, this can be just as much pride. We become self righteous in our pride. I've seen pictures of people who bloody themselves with whips or by crawling on their hands and knees in some sort of religious pilgrimage or ritual. But then they are so proud of their wounds and their self sacrifice! We can think we are holier than thou when we do such things.

2 Corinthians 3:5 (ERV) I don't mean that we are able to do anything good ourselves. It is God who makes us able to do all that we do.

Humility means that we sincerely recognize our dependence on God. It is a voluntarily submissive heart. It also means we are not always thinking about ourself but of others. We are not selfish, we aren't trying to show off, we aren't overly concerned about what others think of us and we look for ways to serve others rather than ourselves.

Philippians 2:1-18 (CEV) Christ encourages you, and his love comforts you. God's Spirit unites you, and you are concerned for others. (2) Now make me completely happy! Live in harmony by showing love for each other. Be united in what you think, as if you were only one person. (3) Don't be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves. (4) Care about them as much as you care about yourselves (5) and think the same way that Christ Jesus thought: (6) Christ was truly God. But he did not try to remain equal with God. (7) Instead he gave up everything and became a slave, when he became like one of us. (8) Christ was humble. He obeyed God and even died on a cross. (9) Then God gave Christ the highest place and honored his name above all others. (10) So at the name of Jesus everyone will bow down, those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. (11) And to the glory of God the Father everyone will openly agree, "Jesus Christ is Lord!" (12) My dear friends, you always obeyed when I was with you. Now that I am away, you should obey even more. So work with fear and trembling to discover what it really means to be saved. (13) God is working in you to make you willing and able to obey him. (14) Do everything without grumbling or arguing. (15) Then you will be the pure and innocent children of God. You live among people who are crooked and evil, but you must not do anything that they can say is wrong. Try to shine as lights among the people of this world, (16) as you hold firmly to the message that gives life. Then on the day when Christ returns, I can take pride in you. I can also know that my work and efforts were not useless. (17) Your faith in the Lord and your service are like a sacrifice offered to him. And my own blood may have to be poured out with the sacrifice. If this happens, I will be glad and rejoice with you. (18) In the same way, you should be glad and rejoice with me.

Matthew 23:12 (ERV) People who think they are better than others will be made humble. But people who humble themselves will be made great.

Jesus Christ was the model of true humility. He was God. And yet He lowered Himself to become a man in order to save us.

Philippians 2:5-9 (ERV) In your life together, think the way Christ Jesus thought. (6) He was like God in every way, but he did not think that his being equal with God was something to use for his own benefit. (7) Instead, he gave up everything, even his place with God. He accepted the role of a servant, appearing in human form. During his life as a man, (8) he humbled himself by being fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death--death on a cross. (9) So God raised him up to the most important place and gave him the name that is greater than any other name.

Matthew 11:29 (ERV) Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest.

As true Christians, believers and disciples of Jesus Christ, we are to follow Him. And He was humble and had a servant's heart. May we strive to be like Him. Humility is self denial. It is NOT giving in and being subservient to the world and obsequence to the ways of the world. It is being submissive to God and denying self. Two things that go against our sinful grain. But for it to be true humility, it must be sincere and spontaneous out of our love for God. It takes great inner strength and confidence to be humble. It is an attitude of heart that believes we owe all to God and we show our love and gratitude by trusting and obeying Him.

2 Corinthians 5:9 (ERV) Our only goal is to always please the Lord, whether we are living here in this body or there with him.

Our reward?
Matthew 20:16 (ERV) So the last shall be first, and the first last, for many are called, but few are chosen.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Going To The Fair

Our county Fair this year was last week. Most of my husband's family got together to take the grandchildren (our grandnieces and grandnephews). I didn't get to go because I wasn't up to it. But Stan took the camera and took photos for me and I made these digital scrapbook pages from his photos of the Fair.

This layout is the only one I didn't do from scratch. This was a nice quickpage. I added the picture and made some tweaks (for instance the titles were in French so I had to adjust that).

These are photos that our niece, Jenny, made of her three when they went to the Fair (they live in California so they didn't get to go with us).

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thriller Thursday - Murder Of A Beauty Queen

Thriller Thursday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers on Geneabloggers.com to help them post content on their sites. Are there murders, bizarre accidents or other thrilling stories among your family history? Tell us about them through words and pictures during Thriller Thursday.

Albert Matthew Ricker was born 3/1/1914 in Madison County, NC to William "Bill" Callaway Ricker (DOB Abt 1864 in Greene County, TN; DOD 1/1/1938 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC) and Martha Hudson (DOB 9/13/1889 in NC; DOD 6/1975 in Marshall, Madison County, NC). They were married 2/27/1910 in Greene County, TN. Martha Hudson Ricker had 2 sons with Bill Ricker, Albert and John Ricker. She also had a son by unknown father, David Hudson.

Bill Callaway Ricker had been married first to Nan Roberts and they had 2 children: Bessie Susan Ricker and David Rover Ricker.

Nancy C. Roberts (aka Nan or Nannie) was born about 1859 in TN. Her parentage is vague but I will attempt to show what I have on her family. Her parents were James A. Roberts (DOB 1832-1835 in TN; DOD After 1870 in ) and Martha Lashly (DOB Abt 1835 in TN; DOD After 1860 in TN).

1850 U.S. Census of Division 9, Greene County, Tennessee; Roll: M432_880; Page: 164A; Image: 333, Family #381, Lines 28-30, "James Roberts"
James Roberts, 66 yrs old (DOB 1784), M(ale), W(hite), Tenant, $0 Real Estate Value, Born in VA, Cannot read or write
Margaret Roberts, 60 yrs old (DOB 1790), F, W, Born in TN, Cannot read or write
James Roberts, 18 yrs old (DOB 1832), M, W, Labor, Born in TN, Attended school

Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
Name James A Roberts
Gender Male
Marriage Date 24 Jan 1856
Marriage Place Greene, Tennessee, USA
Spouse Martha Lashley
Household Members
James A Roberts
Martha Lashley

1860 U.S. Census of District 10, Greene County, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1252; Page: 279; Image: 168; Family History Library Film: 805252, Family 505, Lines 31-36, "James Roberts"
James Roberts, 25 yrs old (DOB 1835), M(ale), W(hite), Master Painter, $1,000 Real Estate Value, $200 Personal estate value, Born in TN
Martha Roberts, 25 yrs old (DOB 1835), F, W, Born in TN
Sarah V. Roberts, 3 yrs old (DOB 1857), F, W, Born in TN
Nancy C. Roberts, 1 yr old (DOB 1859), F, W, Born in TN
Martha Roberts, 1/12 mos old (DOB 1860), F, W, Born in TN
Margaret Roberts, 73 yrs old (DOB 1787), F, W, Born in TN

In 1870, John Roberts is living separate from his children and his children are living with a Mary and Martha McAlister.

1870 U.S. Census of District 10, Greene County, Tennessee; Roll: M593_1531; Page: 282B; Image: 328123; Family History Library, Film: 553030, Family 45, Lines 22-33, "? Reeves", a blacksmith with whom James Roberts is living with
Line 33 James Roberts, 34 yrs old (DOB 1836), M(ale), W(hite), Painter, $0 Real estate value, $0 Personal estate value, Born in TN

1870 U.S. Census of District 10, Greene County, Tennessee; Roll: M593_1531; Page: 283B; Image: 328185; Family History Library Film: 553030, Family 55, Lines 12-16, "Mary McColister" (sic)
Mary McColister, 45 yrs old (DOB 1835), F(emale), W(hite), Keeping house, Born in TN
Martha McColister, 21 yrs old (DOB 1849), F, W, At home, Born in TN
Sarah V. Roberts, 12 yrs old (DOB 1859), F, W, At home, Born in TN, Attends school
Nancy C. Roberts, 10 yrs old (DOB 1860), F, W, At home, Born in TN, Attends school
Charles McColister, 4 yrs old (DOB 1866), M, W, At home, Born in TN

But this Martha McAlister is too young to have had the children. Her age is 21 yrs old (DOB 1849) so this can't be Martha Lashly Roberts. Evidently little Martha Roberts didn't survive to the next census. Who is the McAlister family to John Roberts and his children? Were the children just being boarded there? Did John marry Martha McAlister? I did find a Mattie S. Roberts (11/9/1848-7/1/1911) of the right age, buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Greeneville, Greene County, TN. Is this Martha McAlister? If so, that indicates they did marry. Who was Charles McAlister to James and the girls?

Nan Roberts' sister, Sarah Virginia Roberts, was born 10/1861 in TN. She married Jacob Robert Hickam (DOB Abt 1862 in Madison County, NC; DOD 2/4/1935 in Knoxville, Knox County, TN). They had 6 children: Laura Noda Hickam, George Cleveland Hickam, Ernest or Emory or Emert Stone Hickam, Hattie Jane Hickam, Cora Mae Hickam, and Daniel Robert Hickam. I couldn't find an exact date of death for Sarah Virginia Roberts Hickam although she was in the 1920 U.S. Census but her husband was living with their daughter Hattie Jane Hickam Goforth in the 1930 U.S. Census so she must have died between 1920-1930. There should be a death certificate but I didn't find one.

TN Death Certificate #3475, Registration district #24801, File #168, Robert Jacob Hickam, DOD 2/4/1935 in O.K. Parking Lot, Oxford St, Knoxville, Knox County, TN
Usual residence: 310 S. Leslie St, Knoxville, Knox County, TN
Male, White, Married to Mrs. Sallie Hickam, DOB (blank) in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC, 73 yrs old (DOB 1862)
Occupation: Retired farmer, date deceased last worked at occupation was "about 20 yrs"
Father: Robert Hickam, born in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC
Mother: - Plemmons, born in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC
Informant: Mrs. Hattie Goforth, 310 S. Leslie St, Knoxville, TN
DOD 2/4/1935 at 12 noon
Cause of death: Died suddenly in O.K. Parking Lot. Cause of death undetermined, no signs of foul play
Buried: 2/6/1935 in Valley Grove Cemetery

Back to Nan Roberts, we find her working as a domestic servant for a lady and her mentally handicapped granddaughter in 1880.

1880 U.S. Census of Greenville, Greene County, Tennessee; Roll: 1258; Family History Film: 1255258; Page: 168D; Enumeration District: 052, Family #192, Lines 16-18, "Sarah Howell"
Sarah Howell, W(hite), F(emale), 59 yrs old, Head, Widowed, Keeping house, Cannot read or write, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Annie Rector, W, F, 13 yrs old (DOB 1867), Granddaughter, Single, At home, "Idiotic", "Disabled-Crippled, Bedridden or otherwise disabled, Cannot read or write, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN
Nannie Roberts, W, F, 20 yrs old (DOB 1860), Servant, Single, Domestic servant, Can read and write, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN

I'm afraid this is all I know about Nannie Roberts Ricker's early life and her family. There are still questions to be answered and if you have any further information or corrections, please contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com.

The next record I find of her, she's married to William Calloway Ricker.

Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
Name Nan Roberts
Gender Female
Marriage Date 8 Feb 1882
Marriage Place Greene, Tennessee, USA
Spouse William Ricker
Household Members
William Ricker
Nan Roberts

They had 2 children:

1) Susan Bessie Ricker (DOB 5/12/1882 in Greene County, TN; DOD 2/2/1944 in Toledo, Lucas County, OH) married Charles Columbus Graham (DOB 3/3/1882 in NC; DOD 4/13/1933 in Toledo, Lucas County, OH). They had 4 known children: Stacy D. Graham, Kate E. Graham, David I. Graham, and Emma C. Graham.

2) David "Dave" Rover Ricker (DOB 10/17/1884 in Madison County, NC; DOD 8/5/1959 in Black Mountain, Buncombe County, NC) married Jesse Berdell "Birdie" Ricker (DOB 6/14/1893 in TN; DOD 4/19/1977 in Buncombe County, NC). They had 2 known children: Sylvester Roosevelt Ricker and Ralph J. Ricker.

William Callaway Ricker and his brother, David Fleenor Ricker murdered their first cousins, Thomas Greely Jennings and Marshall Jennings in 1896. W.C. and D.F. Ricker and Hester Naulty are indicted for murder of two of the men's first cousins in 1896. That's basically all I know about that story. I don't know if they were convicted and served any time or not.

I could not find Nan Roberts Ricker in the 1900 U.S. Census. But I found William Ricker living in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC. He had married his 3rd wife, Hester Norton (DOB Abt 1874 in NC; DOD 1/27/1945 in Madison County, NC). Hester had already been married once before to James R. Naulty (or James R. Naulta) (1874-1/27/1945). Hester Naulty had a son named Benjamin Naulty in 1893 with him. She married Bill Ricker about 1896 according to the 1900 U.S. Census. This is the Hester Naulty Ricker indicted with the brothers for the murder of the men's cousins.

1900 U.S. Census of N. Main St, Asheville Ward 2, Buncombe County, North Carolina; Roll: 1184; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 0135; FHL microfilm: 1241184, Family 172, Line 64-83, "Charles W. Wilson" (boarding house)
Line 75-77 William Ricker, Boarder, W(hite), M(ale), Born Apr, 1863, 37 yrs old, Married 4 yrs (DOM 1896), Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Carpenter (house), Can read and write
Hester Ricker, Boarder, W, F, Born Sept, 1874, 25 yrs old, Married 4 yrs, 1 child with 0 living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Cannot read or write
Philetus Ricker, Boarder, W, M, BornMch, 1869, 30 yrs old, Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Carpenter (house), Cannot read or write

1910 U.S. Census of Hot Springs, Madison County, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1107; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0080; FHL microfilm: 1375120, Family #122, Lines 60-63, "James Roberts"
James Roberts, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 21 yrs old (DOB 1889), 1st marriage, Married 1 yr (DOM 1909), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Laborer in logging camp, Can read and write, Rented home
Sallie Roberts, Wife, F, W, 19 yrs old (DOB 1891), 1st marriage, Married 1 yrs, 0 children, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN
William Ricker, Father-in-law, M, W, 47 yrs old (DOB 1863), 3rd marriage, Married 10 yrs (DOM 1900), Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Carpenter (house), Can read and write
Hester Ricker, Step mother-in-law, F, W, 36 yrs old (DOB 1874), 1st marriage, Married 10 yrs, 0 children, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read and write

Then she ran off with Luther Brazille.

Spartanburg Herald Journal, Spartanburg, SC, Spartanburg Herald Journal, 2/21/1911, last page (back of main section)
Couple Are Extradited
Deputy Sheriff Comes From Tennessee To Take Back Man And Woman In Jail
Deputy Sheriff W.C. Ricker, of Greeneville, Greene Count. Tenn., arrived here yesterday with extradition papers for Luther Brazille, charged with larceny and Mrs. Hester Naulty, who is charged with criminal trespass. They have been in jail for some time, arrested by Sheriff White at the Spartan Mill village, where they had been living as man and wife. Mrs. Naulty declared to a Herald reporter that a mistake had been made in the arrest of herself and Brazille. She said they came from North Carolina and were married, and she felt no fear as to the outcome of the case.

Hester remained with Luther Brazil the rest of her life while William Callaway Ricker married Martha Hudson (we will continue his story later). Hester and Luther had a son named Johnson Clois Brazille in 1917.

We began talking about Albert Ricker, so why did I get off on Bill Ricker and his wife, Nan Roberts? Because the next time I find Nan Roberts Ricker and her son, Dave Ricker, they are being sentenced to the penitentiary for killing a man named Waddell.

Asheville Citizens-Times, Asheville, Buncombe County, NC, 10/29/1902, Pg 4, "Woman And Boy Are Sentenced To Penitentiary"
Marshall, N.C., Oct 29 - Superior court adjourned yesterday for the term and Judge Council left for home last night. The most important case disposed of this week was the case of State vs. Nan Ricker and Dave Ricker, charged with the murder of Waddell near Paint Rock last summer. The defendants were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to the penitentiary, the woman for 18 years and the boy for ten years. Quite a number of misdemeanor cases were disposed of by jury trials and submissions.

Madison County Record, Marshall, Madison County, NC, 5/6/1905, Pg 4, "Notice Of Application For Pardon"
Notice is hereby given to the public that application will be made to the Governor of North Carolina for the pardon of Dave Ricker, who submitted guilty of murder in the second degree at the October term, 1902, of the Superior Court of Madison County.
Moore Rollins

The Morning Post, Raleigh, NC, 8/25/1905, Pg 5 Hon. T.S. Rollins Here Came To Appeal To Governor Glenn For A Pardon Wants a 15 year old Boy Released From Pen-Says Industrial News Will Be Out Oct. 1st-Howard Banks and Associate Editorship Hon. Thomas S. Rollins, chairman of the North Carolina Republican executive committee, arrived in the city yesterday afternoon and spent last evening in in conference with a number of prominent local Republicans, including Internal Revenue Collector E.C. Duncan and Postmaster C.T. Bailey. Judge Timberlake was also here from Louisburg. However Chairman Rollins said that there is no political significance whatever in his presence at the state capital. And that he was here solely for the purpose of appearing before Governor Glenn in an effort to secure a pardon for a young white boy, Dave Ricker, who is serving a ten-year sentence for aiding and abetting his mother in the murder of a man in Madison County about four years ago. Ricker is fifteen years old and has served three years of the ten years' sentence. It is claimed that the boy really took very little part in the killing for which the mother is serving a life sentence. A great number of the citizens of the county are interested in the case and have signed petitions to the governor urging that the pardon be granted. It is expected that Governor Glenn will return to the city of Roberson "home coming" today and on his arrival Mr. Rollins will lay the matter of the pardon before him.

1910 U.S. Census of Morgan St, The State Prison, Raleigh Ward 4, Wake County, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1136; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0112; FHL microfilm: 1375149, Line 69, "Nannie Ricker"
Nannie Ricker, Prisoner, F(emale), W(hite), 41 yrs old (DOB 1859), Married, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Prisoner in state prison, Cannot read or write

Madison County Record, Marshall, Madison County, NC, 12/2/1910, Pg 5, "Application For Pardon"
Application For Pardon of Nannie Ricker
Application will be made to the Governor of North Carolina for the pardon of Nannie Ricker convicted at the Oct. Term of Superior Court of Madison County of the crime of manslaughter and sentenced to the penitentiary for a term of eighteen years. All persons who oppose the granting of said pardon are invited to forward their protests to the Governor without delay.
This the 22nd, day of Nov. 1910,
David Ricker

1920 U.S. Census of Hot Springs, Madison County, North Carolina; Roll: T625_1294; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 116; Image: 790, Family #47, Lines 23-28, "Sallie Graham"
Sallie Graham, Head, Rented house, F(emale), W(hite), 38 yrs old (DOB 1882), Widowed, Cannot read or write, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, No occupation
Violet Graham, Daughter, F, W, 9 yrs old (DOB 1911), Single, Attends school, Born in NC, Both parents born in TN
Albert Graham, Son, M, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1913), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in TN
Kelly Graham, Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1915), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in TN
Oscar Graham, Son, M, W, 3 yrs old (DOB 1917), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in TN
Nan Ricker, Boarder, F, W, 52 yrs old (DOB 1868), Divorced, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, No occupation

1940 U.S. Census of Limestone, Buncombe County, North Carolina; Roll: T627_2879; Page: 22A-22B; Enumeration District: 11-78, Family #438, Lines 39-40 next page Lines , "David R. Ricker"
David R. Ricker, Head, Rents home for $6, M(ale), W(hite), 58 yrs old (DOB 1882), Married, Never attended school, Born in TN, Lived in Rural Buncombe County, NC in 1935, Painter houses, $800 Income
Jessie Ricker, Wife, F, W, 48 yrs old (DOB 1892), Married, Attended school thru 8th grade, Born in TN, Lived in Rural Buncombe County, NC in 1935, Hand craft worker hand weaver whop, $300 Income
Sylvester R. Ricker, Son, M, W, 22 yrs old (DOB 1918), Single, Attended high school 4 yrs, Born in TN, Lived in Rural Buncombe County, NC in 1935, Painter houses, $800 Income
Nannie Ricker, Mother, F, W, 74 yrs old (DOB 1866), Wiodwed (sic), Never attended school, Born in TN, Lived in Rural Buncombe County, NC in 1935

Nan Roberts Ricker died some time after 1940 U.S. Census. I would assume she died in Buncombe County, NC but I didn't find a record of her death. If you know any further information or have any corrections, please contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com.

To go back to William Callaway Ricker, he married Martha Hudson in 1910, after Hester Norton Naulty.

Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
Name William Ricker
Gender Male
Marriage Date 27 Feb 1910
Marriage Place Greene, Tennessee, USA
Spouse Martha Hudson
Household Members
William Ricker
Martha Hudson

He and Martha Hudson had two children, Albert Matthew Ricker and John Ricker in the 1930 U.S. Census. So we've finally come back around to who we started out with... Albert Matthew Ricker.

1920 U.S. Census of Hot Springs, Madison County, North Carolina; Roll: T625_1294; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 116; Image: 813, Family 12, Lines 51-53, "William C. Ricker"
William C. Ricker, Head, Rented home, M(ale), W(hite), 56 yrs old (DOB 1864), Married, Can read, Cannot write, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Carpenter house
Martha Ricker, Wife, F, W, 34 yrs old (DOB 1886), Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Housewife in home
Albert Ricker, Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1915), Single, Born in NC, Father born in TN, Mother born in NC

1930 U.S. Census of Hot Springs, Madison, North Carolina; Roll: 1704; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0006; Image: 699.0; FHL microfilm: 2341438, Family #10, Lines 46-50, "Bill Rucker" (sic, Bill Ricker)
Bill Rucker, Head, Rented home for $4, M(ale), W(hite), 67 yrs old (DOB 1863), Married 28 yrs (DOM 1902), Cannot read or write, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Carpener (sic) house
Martha Rucker, Wife, F, W, 46 yrs old (DOB 1884), Married 28 yrs, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Albert Rucker, Son, M, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1914), Single, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, No occupation
John Rucker, Son, M, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1923), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

William Ricker died 1/1/1938 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC at the age of 76 yrs old.

NC Death Certificate #335, Registration District #58-30, Certificate #2, William Ricker, DOD 1/1/1938 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC
Male, White, Married to Martha Ricker, DOB 4/7/1861 (sic), 76 yrs old
Occupation: Cabinet maker, carpentry
Father: David Ricker, Greeneville, Greene County, TN
Mother: Martha Mars (sic), born in Greeneville, Greene County, TN
Informant: David Ricker, Arden, NC
DOD 1/1/1938 at 2:30pm
Cause of death: Coronary sclerosis, high blood pressure
Buried: 1/2/1938 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC

I don't know where David Hudson and John Ricker were in the 1930 U.S. Census. But they show up here with their mother in 1940.

1940 U.S. Census of Hot Springs, Madison County, North Carolina; Roll: T627_2939; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 58-6, Family #183, Lines 20-23, "Martha Ricker"
Martha Ricker, Head, Rented home for $4, F(emale), W(hite), 56 yrs old (DOB 1886), Widowed, Attended school thru 3rd grade, Born in NC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Seamstress in sewing room, Income $225
David Hudson, Son, M, W, 34 yrs old (DOB 1906), Single, Never attended school, Born in TN, Lived in the same place in 1935, Laborer on farm
Albert Ricker, Son, M, W, 26 yrs old (DOB 1914), Single, Attended school thru 7th grade, Born in NC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Truck driver for Retail Coal, $350 Income
John Ricker, Son, M, W, 17 yrs old (DOB 1923), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 7th grade, Born in NC, Lived in the same place in 1935, No occupation

NC Death Certificate #19943, Registration district #-011-95, Martha Ricker, DOD 6/27/1975 in Monterey Nursing Inn, Asheville, Buncombe County, NC
Usual residence: Rt 6, Big Laurel Rd, Marshall, Madison County, NC
Female, White, Widowed, DOB 9/13/1894 in TN, 80 yrs old
Father: Jake Hudson, Mother: Unknown, Informant: Albert Ricker, Rt 6, Marshall, NC
DOD 6/27/1975 at 10:30pm
Cause of death: Generalized arteriosclerosis due to arteriosclerotic heart disease, other contributing factors were cataract of eyes with ? rt eye
Buried: 6/30/1975 in Bowman Rector Cemetery

It looks like Albert Matthew Ricker was born into a very complicated family life. Now let's concentrate now on Albert Ricker.

Albert Matthew Ricker was born 3/1/1914 in Madison County, NC.

North Carolina, Birth Indexes, 1800-2000
Name: Albert M Ricker
Event Type: Birth
Birth Date: 1 Mar 1914
Birth County: Madison County, NC
Roll Number: NCVR_B_C062_66001
Volume: 2
Page: 573

I find two marriage records for Albert Ricker to the same woman, Daisy Lee Ramsey.

North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011
Name Albert Mattew Ricker
Gender Male
Race White
Age 26
Birth Year abt 1915
Marriage Date 29 Nov 1941
Marriage Place Craven, North Carolina, USA
Spouse Gender Female
Spouse Race White
Spouse Age 25
Event Type Marriage
Household Members
Albert Mattew Ricker
Daisy Lee Ramsey

North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011
Name Albert Matthew Ricker
Gender Male
Marriage Date 29 Sep 1948
Marriage Place Greenville, North Carolina, USA
Spouse Gender Female
Event Type Marriage
Household Members
Albert Matthew Ricker
Daisy Lee Ramsey

Between the two marriages to Daisy Lee Ramsey, Albert Matthew Ricker served during World War II.

U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947
Record Group: RG 147, Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Box: 311, Serial #1291, Order #324, Albert Matthew Ricker, DOB 3/1/1916
Serial #1291, Albert Matthew Ricker, Order #324
Address: Hot Springs, Madison County, NC
24 yrs old, DOB 3/1/1916 in Madison County, NC
Name of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: Mrs. Martha Ricker, Hot Springs, Madison County, NC
Employer: Houston Bros, Marshall, Madison County, NC
White, 5'11", 155 lbs, Blue Eyes, Brown Hair, Light Complexion
Signed by him 10/16/1940 in Madison County, NC

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Name Albert M Ricker
Birth Year 1916
Race White, citizen
Nativity State or Country North Carolina
State of Residence North Carolina
Enlistment Date 20 Jun 1942
Enlistment State South Carolina
Enlistment City Fort Jackson Columbia
Branch Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade Private
Grade Code Private
Term of Enlistment Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source Civil Life
Education 1 year of high school
Civil Occupation Salespersons
Marital Status Married
Height 71
Weight 162

Meanwhile Daisy Lee Ramsey was born 3/4/1921 in Marshall, Madison County, NC to Crawford Ramsey (1894-1974) and Texana Texie Lunsford (1898-1978). Texie Lunsford was married 4 times: Crawford Ramsey, Charles Presley, Charles Rector and Frederick Lacy Caldwell.

1930 U.S. Census of Cotton Mill Hill, Marshall, Madison County, North Carolina; Roll: 1704; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0011; Image: 804.0; FHL microfilm: 2341438, Family 217, Lines 92-100, "Fred Colwell" (sic, Fred Caldwell)
Fred Colwell, Head, Rented home for $4, M(ale), W(hite), 40 yrs old (DOB 1890), Married at age 25 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Laborer for odd jobs
Texie Colwell, Wife, M, W, 30 yrs old, Married at age 15 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Pearl Colwell, Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1924), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Blanche Colwell, Daughter, F, W, 0/12 mos old (DOB 1930), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Mollie Ramsey, Stepdaughter, F, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1914), Single, Does not attend school, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Seamstress for garment factory
Nevada Ramsey, Stepdaughter, F, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1916), Single, Attends school, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Nina B. Ramsey, Stepdaughter, F, W, 12 yrs old (DOB 1918), Single, Attends school, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Edith Ramsey, Stepdaughter, F, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1920), Single, Attends school, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Daisy L. Ramsey, Stepdaughter, F, W, 8 yrs old (DOB 1922), Single, Attends school, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

1940 U.S. Census of Cotton Mill Hill, Marshall, Madison County, North Carolina; Roll: T627_2939; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 58-10, Family #236, Lines 31-37, "Charlie Presley"
Charlie Presley, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 36 yrs old (DOB 1904), Married, Attended school through 4th grade, Born in NC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Frame spinner in cotton mill, $300 Income
Lexie Presley, Wife, F, W, 39 yrs old (DOB 1901), Married, Attended school through 4th grade, Born in NC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Edith Presley (sic), Stepdaughter, F, W, 20 yrs old (DOB 1920), Single, Attended school through 7th grade, Born in NC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Frame spinner in cotton mill, $180 Income
Daisy Presley (sic), Stepdaughter, F, W, 18 yrs old (DOB 1922), Single, Attended school through 7th grade, Born in NC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Blanche Presley (sic), Stepdaughter, F, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1930), Single, Does not attend school, Attended school thru 2nd grade, Born in NC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Floyd Presley Jr., Son, M, W, 8 yrs old (DOB 1932), Does not attend school, Attended school thru 1st grade, Born in NC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Helen Presley, Daughter, F, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1935), Does not attend school, Born in NC, Lived in the same place in 1935

Albert Matthew Ricker and Daisy Lee Ramsey had two children during their marriages, Billy Ricker and Jerry Ricker.

We have set the stage for the murder. You know all about the family history that I could find. Now for the story.

Man Wounded, Wife Jailed
Ex-Beauty Queen Slain In Marshall
Marshall - A pretty 19-year-old former mountain beauty queen was slain and the father of two children wounded in Sunday afternoon shooting on Marshall's main street.
Holiday customers in a Marshall drug store saw Miss Lorraine Rector shot in the mouth, slump to the floor and die shortly after Albert Ricker, about 38, was shot three times as he sat in his automobile about half a block away.
Madison County Sheriff E.Y. Ponder said Mrs. Albert Ricker, Ricker's 30-year-old wife, sobbing, surrendered to two Marshall policemen who had been across the street from the drug store when the tragedy occurred.
Ponder said Mrs. Ricker was being held in jail on a charge of murder. He said Miss Rector died shortly after she was truck by a .38 calibre pistol bullet. Ricker was reported in "fair" condition in an Asheville hospital with gunshot wounds in both arms and his right chest.
Ponder said Mrs. Ricker made no statement.
Sheriff Ponder said Mr. and Mrs. Ricker had been separated legally about two years.
The officer added Miss Rector and Ricker earlier had gone to the Brush Creek section where they had taken the Ricker's two sons, Billy and Jerry, home from Sunday School.
The sheriff said they stopped in Marshall, and the girl went to the drug store just before the shooting.
Policeman Fred McDevitt was on duty on a corner and Policeman Charles Rector - no relation to the dead girl - was sitting in front of the Madison County Courthouse, off duty, when they heard the shots pumped into the automobile. They said things happened so fast neither could reach the drug store in time to prevent the girl's dying.
Ponder said Miss Rector was struck by a bullet fired through the screen door of the drug store just as she was leaving.
Ponder said four fired shells and one cartridge that had been struck but had not fired were found in the five shot pistol.
The officers said Mrs. Ricker surrendered as the officers rushed up.
Miss Rector, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rector of Redman, was queen of the 1948 Asheville Tobacco Festival.
Ricker, employed by the H.E. Ramsey Construction Co., recently returned from Morganton where he had been working for the firm. Mrs. Ricker is employed by Martel Mills of Elk Mountain.
(under photo) This section of Marshall's main street was the scene of yesterday's doubleshooting which took the life of 19-year-old Lorraine Rector. The girl was killed as she was leaving Robert's Pharmacy. Albert Ricker shortly before was shot three times as he sat in his auto. His car was parked in front of the Ramsey Department Store. Ricker's wife is held on a murder charges.

Wife Shoots Husband And Beauty Queen
Marshall, N.C. - A jealous wife wounded her estranged husband with three pistol shots and then killed his beauty queen girlfriend, Sheriff E.Y. Ponder said today.
Miss Lorraine Rector, 20, queen of the 1948 Asheville Tobacco Festival, was killed as she walked from a drug store yesterday afternoon.
Albert Ricker was wounded as he sat about half a block away waiting for Miss Rector.
Mrs. Albert Ricker, 30, mother of Ricker's two sons, surrendered to officers immediately after the shooting. Sheriff Ponder said the woman is in a "very nervous condition" was held in jail on a murder charge.
Ponder said he questioned Mrs. Ricker again today but that she continued to make no statement whatsoever concerning the shooting. However, the sheriff said jealousy "apparently was at the bottom of it".
He said Ricker and the pretty Miss Rector had been dating for about a year. Ricker and his wife had been legally separated for about two years, the sheriff said.
Ponder said Ricker told him he picked up his boys, Jerry and Bill, at church after Sunday School and drove them to the home of their mother.
Ricker said he went to Miss Rector's home after and drove her into town. Seeing his wife on a street corner, Ricker said he then drove about the  and out of town and turned around and came back.
He said he found a parking place about half a block from the drug store and Miss Rector went in for a soft drink and a pint of ice cream.
Ricker said he was sitting in the car reading a paper when his wife stepped up to the front window. "She said something, I don't know what, and started shooting" he said.
After firing three shots at Ricker, Ponder said the woman walked calmly to the front of the drug store. She fired one shot through the woman's face and it struck Miss Rector in the mouth.
The former beauty queen slumped to the floor and died before police could assist her.
The sheriff said Mrs. Ricker, sobbing hysterically, surrendered to two policemen who witnessed the shootings but who said it happened too fast for them to stop her.
Ponder said Mrs. Ricker, who had just been to church, was carrying the .38 caliber pistol in her purse and had been "apparently looking for" her husband and Miss Rector.
Ricker was taken in to Asheville Hospital, where his condition was stated as fair.

Former Asheville Beauty Queen Is Shot On Street
Marshall, N.C. - A burst of gunfire on the main street of Marshall yesterday afternoon cut down two people killing a former Asheville beauty queen and seriously wounding the father of two children.
Weekend crowds saw pretty 19-year-old Lorraine Rector slump to the floor of the Marshall Pharmacy and die after being shot in the mouth with a .38 caliber pistol. A few minutes earlier, Albert Ricker, 38, was shot three times as he sat in his car, parked half a block from the drugstore.
Police are holding 30-year-old Mrs. Albert Ricker, wife of the injured man, on a charge of murder, Madison County Sheriff E.Y. Ponder said the Rickers had been legally separated two years.

Wife On Trial For Killing Rival
Mrs. Ricker Pleads "Insanity" As Reason For Shooting Girl
Marshall, N.C. - A "very religious" mother pleaded not guilty by reason of temporary insanity yesterday in the fatal shouting of a former beauty queen who had become the sweetheart of her estranged husband.
Mrs. Daisy Ramsey Ricker entered the plea at her arraignment on first degree murder charges here yesterday after a Madison county grand jury had returned an indictment against her.
Judge Allen H. Gwyn of Greensboro, N.C. turned down a prosecution mention that the jury be selected from outside the county because of "widespread interest" in the case.
Ruled Against The State
After hearing about 30 minutes of argument on the point, Gwyn ruled against the state and ordered a venire of 125 persons to appear for jury duty today when Mrs. Ricker's trial is expected to begin.
The 30-year-old woman is accused of firing a pistol shot that struck Miss Lorraine Rector, 19-year-old queen of the 1948 Asheville Tobacco Festival in the mouth as she walked out of a drug store here on a quiet Sunday afternoon last Oct. 12.
Husband Wounded
Mrs. Ricker's 38-year-old husband, Albert, was wounded as he sat in his car a short distance away waiting for Miss Rector to return with a pint of ice cream.
He had been dating Miss Rector for about a year.

Wife Shoots Husband And Beauty Queen
Marshall, N.C. - A jealous wife wounded her estranged husband with three pistol shots and then killed his beauty queen girlfriend, Sheriff E.Y. Ponder said today.
Miss Lorriane Rector, 19, queen of the 1948 Asheville Tobacco Festival, was killed as she walked from a drug store yesterday afternoon. Albert Ricker, 38, was wounded as he sat in his car half a block away waiting for Miss Rector.
Mrs. Albert Ricker, 30, mother of Ricker's two sons, surrendered to town officers immediately after the shooting. Sheriff Ponder said the woman, in a "very nervous condition" was held in a jail on a murder charge.
Ponder said he questioned Mrs. Ricker again today but that she declined to make "any statement whatsoever" concerning the shooting. However, the sheriff said, jealousy "apparently was at the bottom of it".

Witnesses Still Being Quizzed In Marshall Case
Marshall, N.C. - The defense offered more witnesses here today in the trial of Mrs. Daisy Ramsey Ricker, charged with murder in the Oct. 12 pistol slaying of 19-year-old Lorraine Rector.
Mrs. Ricker, 30-year-old mother of two, took the stand yesterday to tell her story of events leading up to the shooting of Miss Rector. The victim, a former Asheville Tobacco Festival beauty queen, was struck in the mouth by a pistol bullet as she left a Marshall drug store.
The defendant testified she was informed last year that her husband, Albert Ricker, was "having an affair" with Miss Rector. She said she received letters from Detroit saying that Ricker and Miss Rector were together in Michigan at that time.
Mrs. Ricker told the court she went to Detroit and confronted her husband who denied having an affair.
One the day of  the shooting, Miss Rector "made a face at her", Mrs. Ricker said. Then she "blanked out" and didn't remember shooting anyone. She said her mind was blank until she became aware of events while in a jail cell following the shooting.

Beauty Queen's Slayer Turned Loose By Jury
Marshall, N.C. - A frail mother fainted in a bedlam of cheers when a jury acquitted her in the pistol slaying of her estranged huband's sweetheart, a teen aged beauty queen.
Mrs. Daisy Ricker, 30, charged with first-degree murder, collapsed late yesterday when the jury found her innocent in the Main Street shooting of the 1948 Asheville Tobacco Festival.
A throng of spectators, mostly housewives, cheered and milled about the tiny courtroom, preventing unconscious woman from being removed until nearly 20 minutes later.
The jury of three women and nine men found Mrs. Ricker "innocent by reason of temporary insanity" after deliberating an hour and 10 minutes.
Judge H. Allen Gwyn had ordered the spectators jammed into the courtroom to "make no demonstration", but a wave of cheering swept the room when the verdict was announced.
Dr. W.A. Sams, Mrs. Ricker's family physician, finally carried the unconscious woman from the courtroom and placed her under observation at her home.
Mrs. Ricker, mother of two children, had fainted once before during the day as her lawyer told the jury Miss Rector had publicly taunted the slender, brown-haired woman about a relationship with Albert Ricker, 38.
After a recess of an hour and 15 minutes Mrs. Ricker was returned, but had to be removed again while defense attorney James H. Baley, Jr. summed up his case.
He reviewed claims that Miss Rector and Ricker had shared a "one-bed" apartment before the accused woman wounded her husband with three shots and then killed the blonde beauty at a drug store last Oct. 12.
"How many women could have stood it as long as she did?" Baley asked.
Many women in the room wiped their eyes with handkerchiefs. Beads of sweat appeared on Mrs. Ricker's forehead.
Prosecutor George M. Prichard charged that Mrs. Ricker "knew what she was doing" and "allowed emotionalism to take the place of law."

Albert Matthew Ricker had a son named Jerry Alan Ricker in 1943. He married a second time to a woman named Christine Rice on 9/30/1961 in Greene County, TN.

Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
Name Albert Matthew Ricker
Gender Male
Marriage Date 30 Sep 1961
Marriage Place Greene, Tennessee, USA
Spouse Christine Rice
Household Members
Albert Matthew Ricker
Christine Rice

Albert Ricker died 11/22/1990 and is buried in Bowman-Rector Cemetery, Marshall, Madison County, NC. His second wife, Christine Rice Ricker died 1/21/2003 and is buried at the Cook Farm Cemetery, Madison County, NC.

Albert Matthew Ricker
Birth: 1914
Death: 1990
Family links: Spouse: Christine Rice Ricker (1930 - 2003)
Children: Jerry Alan Ricker (1943 - 2015)
Burial: Bowman-Rector Cemetery, Marshall, Madison County, North Carolina, USA
Created by: Mike Gahagan
Record added: Dec 07, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 121384950

Daisy Lee Ramsey Ricker died 7/28/1996 in Madison County, NC and is buried in the City Cemetery, Marshall, Madison County, NC.

U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
Name Daisy R. Ricker
SSN 246-**-****
Last Residence Asheville, 28806, Buncombe, North Carolina, USA
Born 4 Mar 1922
Died 1 Aug 1996
State (Year) SSN issued North Carolina - Before 1951

Christine Rice Ricker
Birth: Jun. 3, 1930
Death: Jan. 21, 2003
Family links:
James Edmund Rice (1870 - 1964)
Eliza Jane Cook Rice (1887 - 1961)
Spouse: Albert Matthew Ricker (1914 - 1990)
Lodusky Rice Buckner (1892 - 1948)
Andy Rice (1895 - 1981)
Henry Rice (1896 - 1996)
Sarah Rice Bishop (1900 - 1968)
Dewey Talmadge Rice (1900 - 1987)
Cora Lee Rice Kilpatrick (1904 - 1979)
Earl Rice (1906 - 1992)
Everett Rice (1909 - 2009)
Oliver Rice (1914 - 1988)
John Nealon Cook (1918 - 1988)
Burial: Cook Farm Cemetery, Madison County, North Carolina, USA
Created by: North Carolina Roots
Record added: Jan 15, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103601963

MARSHALL - Christine Rice Ricker, 72, of Big Laurel Road, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at Elderberry Health Care facility. A native and lifelong resident of Madison County, Mrs. Ricker was a loving wife and mother. She enjoyed taking care of her family and friends. She also enjoyed gardening and raising rose bushes. Mrs. Ricker was preceded in death by her parents, James E. Rice and Eliza Cook Rice; husband, Albert Ricker, who passed away in 1990; and several brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son, John Kenneth Ricker and his wife, Tereasa, of the home; stepsons, Jerry Alan Ricker of Hendersonville and William "Bill" Ricker and his wife, Judy, of Mars Hill; brothers, Everett Rice and Kenneth Rice, both of Marshall; five stepgrandchildren and three step-great- grandchildren. The funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Madison Funeral Home. The Revs. Raymond Cantrell and Harry Culbertson Jr. will officiate. Interment will follow in Cook Farm Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Services are being provided by: Madison Funeral Home

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