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Trader Jakes – Issue 950- July 9, 2021

Page 12 “Thank You For Reading Trader Jakes”

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-con-

tractor of his plans to leave the house-building business and live a

more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family.

Hewould miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get

by. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if

he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The car-

penter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not

in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior

materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.

When the carpenter finished his work the employer came to inspect

the house. He handed the front-door key to the carpenter. "This is

your house," he said, "my gift to you." The carpenter was shocked!

What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house,

he would have done it all so differently. So it is with


build our

lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the build-

ing. Then with a shock we realize we have to live in the house we

have built. If we could do it over, we'd do it much differently. But we

cannot go back. You are the carpenter. Each day you hammer a nail,

place a board, or erect a wall. "Life is a do-it-yourself project,"

someone has said. Your attitudes and the choices you make today,

build the "house" you live in tomorrow. Build wisely!

The Carpenter

Pennsylvania Ave. 1910-1917

Pennsylvania Ave. St. Cloud 1915

Women of St. Cloud 1914

Paul Weaver’s house. St. Cloud St. Cloud 1914

St. Cloud...Just like it was!

Wabasso...Just like it was!

View of Wabvasso - 1915 - Florida Historical Archives

Ox & Cart Wabasso


New York Avenue, St.

Cloud 1914