Wednesday May 06 2009
By: Bud Pisarek, Loomis News Correspondent
Former editor remembered
Pat Jones would be celebrating her birthday this week. I remember her often, but especially this time of year. Pat was my editor of the Colfax Record in the 1970s. Her editing and column writing were of the best. Pat was a history buff and authored several books on the history of Colfax and Chicago Park. Another publication I helped her publish was a selection of her “Lint Baler” weekly columns. One of her those columns caught my eye recently and I would like to reprint it, in part, this week in her memory. She titled it, “There will never be a Pat Jones Square.” “’Write from your own experience.’” That advice is offered budding writers. Those of us, who have never had experience that could be stretched to cover more than a postcard, let alone an article for the Ladies Home Journal, are out of luck. “Material or great articles cannot be gathered at a 4-H Exhibit Day or at Tupperware parties. “Years ago writers did much of their creating in cafés. Jack London hung around the First and Last Chance on the Oakland waterfront. Now a big complex of restaurants and shops line the colorful spot. It is called Jack London Square. “Ernest Hemingway and other writers who came into prominence in the 20s hung around Paris. They hopped around Europe as casually as I’d travel between Peardale and Rough and Read. They existed on excitement, love, wine, bread and cheese. "These writers sat by the hour, sipping wine and writing copy, at the tables of various Paris cafes. As the coherency of my writing suffers on wine diet, I lately considered establishing a headquarters in a local coffee shop. I phoned the café. “’How much is your coffee a cup?' I asked as a conversation opener. “’Fifteen cents a cup, five cents for refills and we don’t open until 11:00,’” snapped the voice. During a visit to the café to which I intended to bring fame I learned that the charge for refills was to discourage people from dawdling in the joint all afternoon. "Hemingway couldn’t have made it sipping coffee at 15 cents a cup with five-cent refills. Alas, a Pat Jones Square will never develop on our main street.” There may not be a public square named for Pat, but a mining artifact was dedicated in her honor in front of the old Colfax Record office on Church Street in Colfax.