THAYER -- Before even taking the oath of office Thayer Mayor Elect Merle Williams had first hand experience of what a mayor does -- he escorts the congresswoman around the town.
The original schedule was for former Mayor Allen Deckard to escort Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson when she arrived in Thayer April 10. The decision was made after the election results were in that Williams would have the honor.
He met Emerson and her aide, Darren Lingle from her Rolla office, at Thayer City Hall.
"We had a delightful afternoon," the new mayor said. He said he took her around town to three of the town's businesses.
"Our first stop was at Currier and Reeves on Front Street," he said.
The mayor said Sam Currier, one of the owners of the six employee, all woman business, explained to the official how the business worked.
Currier and Reeves has been in business about a year making grilling planks for cooking.
The next stop was at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Train Depot. The train master, Casey Estes, explained the depots job as the stop from Thayer to Memphis.
"They discussed the trains coming through town and what goods were on the trains," he said.
The mayor said the trio, accompanied by his wife Clara, looked around the town including the recent renovation of the block the old Beck Theater is on.
"This tour was not suppose to be a complete overview of the town. We were limited in time. We talked about some of the new and old businesses including the new elementary school," he said.
Something Special Bakery, located at 215 Chestnut Street was another stop on the rainy afternoon.
The business is owned and operated by James and Ann Beatty. Ann said the congresswoman was interested in how she made her butter cream and she shared that with her.
Williams said although her time in the city was limited to two hours, Emerson seemed to enjoy her visit here.
"It gave me a positive feeling about working closer with her and with her office," he said.