Roy Booker

Roy Booker

Hi, I am Roy Booker, the Quad-City Times librarian/database manager. I'm looking forward to your questions and working on Ask the Times. I am a lifelong resident of the Quad-Cities. At Marycrest College, I majored in journalism and history. The part of the job I enjoy the most is finding information. Like a good mystery novel, each clue leads to a new one. I've always had a fascination with history, especially the people and the motivations behind the events. I enjoy rummaging through attics, courthouses and libraries, walking through old cemeteries, combing through old photo albums and sharing stories, especially with older members of our community.

Here are the lyrics for ‘Over the River’

2012-11-22T03:30:00Z 2012-11-22T07:30:47Z Here are the lyrics for ‘Over the River’Times staff The Quad-City Times
November 22, 2012 3:30 am  • 

Q: Could you print the words to “Over the River and Through the Wood”? I think it would be very nice to have it in the paper for Thanksgiving.

— Henry, Davenport

A: The popular holiday song originally appeared as a poem written by Lydia Maria Child in “Flowers for Children, Vol. 2” in 1844. For your Thanksgiving treat, here are the words:

“Over the river, and through the wood,

to Grandfather’s house we go;

the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh

through the white and drifted snow.

“Over the river, and through the wood,

to Grandfather’s house away!

We would not stop for doll or top,

for ’tis Thanksgiving Day.

“Over the river, and through the wood,

oh, how the wind does blow!

It stings the toes and bites the nose,

as over the ground we go.

“Over the river, and through the wood

and straight through the barnyard gate.

We seem to go extremely slow,

it is so hard to wait!

“Over the river, and through the wood,

when Grandmother sees us come,

She will say, ‘O, dear, the children are here,

bring a pie for every one.’

“Over the river, and through the wood,

now Grandmother’s cap I spy!

Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?

Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!”

Q: What’s the different between broasted chicken and fried chicken?

— Reader

A: Broasting is a trademark of the Broaster Co., which invented the cooking method that combines deep frying and pressure cooking. To qualify as broasted, chicken must be cooked using proprietary marinades, seasonings and pressure fryers. The company claims this process makes chicken more tender and flavorful with fewer carbohydrates.

Followup file

Regarding the difference between a hill and a mountain, a reader tells us that he was recently in Poteau, Okla., population 8,300, in southeastern Oklahoma. The city’s chamber of commerce touts it as “home of the world’s highest hill.” That would be Cavanal Hill, measuring 1,999 feet above the surrounding terrain. The name comes from the French word meaning “cave.” On a clear day, visitors can see Mt. Magazine in Arkansas from the top of the hill.

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