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My Husband Owes Me

October 12th, 2014 at 11:46 pm

My husband owes me. Big time.

You see, yesterday we decided to be tourists in our own state and go on the Spoon River scenic drive. Every year during the first two full weekends in October, the little towns around Spoon River have food and crafts and goodies to buy. I've never been and since I'm a fan of Edgar Lee Masters who penned "Spoon River Anthology" I thought this would be a treat.

My husband mentioned that when he went over 30 years ago, he and his mom took the tour and saw a remnant of Camp Ellis. During World War II, Camp Ellis was a training camp, a German POW camp, as well as having major telephone lines running through there. His mom was a telephone operator for a number of months. From what we've read, it was like a small city with a hospital, movie theatre as well as other places normally found in a camp like this. When I asked him previously if he wanted to try and find more of Camp Ellis, he said no, but yesterday, as we were driving down a back road we found some large concrete structures and he immediately was drawn to them.

Knowing my husband's fondness of anything World War II and the fact his mom worked there, I figured if we came anywhere near Camp Ellis, we would be stopping. Sure enough, he pulled off the road and we walked around the concrete structures that were crumbling in some areas. There are no signs so we had no idea what we were seeing.

My husband said he thought it might be a water plant for the camp since there are two large round tank like structures. But, what about the walls across the road?

After our little jaunt and we were home, I did some research on the Internet. I found a map and I remember the location of where we ventured. Was it a water treatment plant? A prison? A firing range?

Nope. It was, at the time, a state of the art sewage treatment plant.

See, some husbands take their wives on romantic outings -- mine on the other hand takes me to a World War II sewage treatment plant.

Like I said, he owes me!

8 Responses to “My Husband Owes Me”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Ha-ha-ha! yep, he owes you. Big Grin Believe it or not, that looks familiar. I have been to Dickson Mounds in Fulton County, so do you suppose it's possible we drove by this? We always take the roads closest to the rivers.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Yes, it is very close to Dickson Mounds so you may have driven by it. It is between Ipava and Bernadotte. Small world, Joan, small world.

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    HAHA! Big Grin

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Too funny! I love that you were right about stopping if you got him near there. Smile

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Great story! Ah, spouses and their foibles.

  6. Buendia Says:

    That's funny! And... I just looked up Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive on the internet - wow, it's beautiful! I wish we lived near there.... F doesn't have school on Friday or the following Monday and Tuesday... but D can't get off work. This would a perfect day trip!

  7. Tightwad Kitty Says:


  8. mary montessori Says:

    You not only deserve another trip, but another day off from school to enjoy it. Hope the drive was pretty.

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