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4/8/2014 9:57:00 AM
Letter: Williams needs a rainmaker, literally

To the editor:

We all know of our water crisis here in Williams. I am not a newcomer here in Williams, but I remember a few years back, I think it was in 1969 or 1970, we had a dry year and we were short of water. Our water supply was really low.

The rest of the story is we had a man going through Williams who had heard of our water shortage so he went to our city fathers and said he was a rainmaker. He had ways of making rain. I think he came from California. He had an old truck with stuff in the back...whatever was in the back could make it rain.

I guess the city people believed him. He also said it would rain by the day the city paid him money. I guess that was the deal. He started driving that truck around town at night. He would build a fire on the back of the truck and the equipment he had in the back of the truck, of course he would stop outside the bars and have some spirits. Well, I guess he heard of the famous Sultana, so he parked his truck outside and went into the bar. I guess he thought he was going to be famous and make it rain.

I think he forgot his truck and equipment outside. Oh! That fire and stuff in the back was supposed to have something to do with the clouds? Well he had too many spirits and the truck caught on fire, they had to call the fire department. Well we hear you get your kicks on Route 66. The man got his kicks in Williams and was gone, but guess what? It rained like heck a few days later.

Maybe we can find that man and bring him back?

Perico Avila

Williams, Ariz.

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