Thoughts From a Good Egg


My friend from the far north, Robert Mackreth, is known for his widespread collection of cats, Newfoundland dogs and odd facts about the Lake Superior country. I was not at all surprised, then, when he e-mailed me the following dispatch from the Ashland (WI) Daily Press on Feb. 9, 1931.

Iron River Hen Lays Freak Egg

Iron River, Wisconsin – Mrs. Olive Thieverge , who lives a few miles south of the city was the owner of a freak egg. It was a brown color, about 7 inches in circumference. Thinking it to be a double yolk egg, Mrs. Thieverge decided to blow out the contents. The egg white came through in fine shape, but the balance refused to come. She then tried to prick the enclosed yolk but struck a hard surface. Carefully breaking the shell, she discovered a full-size egg within the large shell. The egg is the first of this kind that anyone in this vicinity has even seen and it is arousing quite a bit of interest.
The news item disturbed me, so much that I immediately sent my friend this response:

Is this some kind of a yolk?


Published by Jim Merkel

Reedy Press published four of my books, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2010; Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, 2012; The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, The Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch; and the Second Edition of Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, 2014. They're available in bookstores and online. For an autographed copy, send a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel, to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis, MO 63116.

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