Happy National Paperclip Day! Yes, even the lowly paperclip has its own day of honor. It is about that well-known piece of curved wire that keeps our papers together and helps keep us organized. While there are much earlier claims to the invention of the paperclip, according to the Early Office Museum, the first patent for a “bent wire paper clip” was presented to Samuel B. Fay in the United States in 1867. The original intention of Fay’s clip was to attach tickets to fabric. However, U.S. patent 64088 recognized that it could also be used to attach papers together.

There were as many as 50 others that received patents for similar designs prior to 1899. One other notable name receiving a patent for his paperclip design in the United States was Erlman J. Wright in 1877. At that time, his clip was advertised for use in fastening newspapers.

The Gem paperclip, which was most likely in production in Britain in the early 1870s by the Gem Manufacturing Company, was never patented. It is the most common type of wire paper clip and is still in use today. It was introduced to the U.S. around 1892 and, in 1904, Cushman & Denison registered a trademark for the “Gem” name in connection with paper clips. Paperclips are still sometimes called “Gem clips”.

Today, paperclips come in various sizes, shapes and colors, and can be used for more than holding papers together. They can be used to replace a zipper tab, unclog a spray bottle and single-serve coffee makers; it can be a hem holder, an emergency hook for a broken necklace. Or the big one, used in bartering!

In July 2005, Kyle MacDonald traded a red paper clip for a fish shaped pen, he continued to trade up 13 more times until he traded an acting role in a movie for a two-story farmhouse in June 2006. For the rest of the “Red Paperclip” story, see “Timeline of one red paperclip” online.

Did you enjoy the Memorial Day weekend? The weather was about the same as last weekend. I enjoyed watching the Memorial Services featured on TV. It so important to remember our military that gave their lives for our freedom and to thank our veterans and active military for their service.

Don and I went to the Sacramento County Fair on Sunday to watch the students sell their projects and market animals. They all seemed to do very well and were happy with the outcome.

The Doug Reece Memorial Market Hog sale was deeply touching and a wonderful tribute to a very special man. It warmed my heart to see the community come together to do what they could to lift up the family.

Father’s Day will be here before you know it. Food. Food is always a good gift for the dads in our lives. And time. Just spend time with them. Listen to their stories, go fishing, help them mend a fence, etc., or a homemade meal with lots of carnivore and carb dishes. And don’t forget the pasta, it is a must. And, of course, desserts.

In our family of men, pies top the chart with cream puffs a close second. And then there is See’s Candy, always a favorite. Yes, it is going to be a good day. I am sure glad our dads share, or there would be some unhappy mamas. I believe the saying goes – “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Pardon the grammar.

Countdown: six school days left and 210 shopping days until Christmas.

Dates to remember:

Wednesday, June 5 – Herald Community Club meeting, Hendrickson Training Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 6 – 75 years ago on this date, D-Day: 156,000 Allied troops invaded the beaches of Normandy to begin Operation Overlord.

Thursday, June 6 – High school graduations: Liberty Ranch at 3 p.m. and Galt High at 7 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento. Admittance by ticket only.

Friday, June 14 – Flag Day

Sunday, June 16 – Father’s Day

Thursday, June 20 – Summer Solstice

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous, and make a memory.