Hospital Rag and Ice Cream Cones

When I think of my hometown as it used to be--and I do that often--two people immediately come to mind. I've written before about Dr. Francis Carlton Luckett, who practiced medicine in my hometown of Fentress, Texas from 1917 until shortly before his death in 1965. I won't repeat myself here except to say he … Continue reading Hospital Rag and Ice Cream Cones

More Memories of June 19: What the Angels Eat

Yesterday I shared a Juneteenth memory--roasting ears. Today I'm sharing memories of two more foods that made June special. The first is even better than roasting ears: watermelon, which is grown around Luling, ten miles from my hometown. Corn could be frozen for use any time, but when I was a child, watermelon made you w-a-i-t. … Continue reading More Memories of June 19: What the Angels Eat

Prairie Lea High School Class of 1966 Senior Will

The following Senior Will, excerpted from Prairie Lea High School's May 1966 War Whoop, was presented at that spring's Junior-Senior banquet and prom. Because I had not yet reached the alpine heights of junior-senior-hood, my name doesn't appear in the list. I do, however, remember the students whose names do appear there. I also remember most of the circumstances leading … Continue reading Prairie Lea High School Class of 1966 Senior Will

Sycamore

By this time tomorrow, the sycamore tree in my front yard will be gone. Sycamores need a lot of water, and over the past few years, Texas, like the rest of the Southwest, has suffered a severe drought. The tree was one of its casualties. So tomorrow it has to go. I'll be there when it … Continue reading Sycamore

Petting Zoos, Methodists, and Misbehavior

The petting zoo has come to BookPeople! Consequently, the average age in the coffee shop--aka my office--is considerably lower than usual. I estimate it at approximately two. Normally I filter out noise and activity to concentrate on writing. The ability to hyperfocus is a gift. Today, however, what's going on around me is more interesting than … Continue reading Petting Zoos, Methodists, and Misbehavior

The House

Only Day 2, and I'm already tempted to drop out of Writing 101. Yesterday I had all day. I started early, ignored the instructions and wrote what and how I wanted, and took my time doing it. Fine. Today I had both morning and afternoon meetings, and now I'm as tired as I was when … Continue reading The House

Billie

My father would have been ninety-nine years old today. In September, he'll have been gone for thirty-one years. It's easier to imagine him as the child in this picture than to imagine him at ninety-nine. Of two things, however, I'm certain: If here were here today, his blue eyes would still be twinkling, and  he … Continue reading Billie

Billie

My father would have been ninety-eight years old today. In September, he'll have been gone for thirty years. It's easier to imagine him as the child in this picture than to imagine him at ninety-eight. Of two things, however, I'm certain: If here were here today, his blue eyes would still be twinkling, and  he … Continue reading Billie

Veterans Day 2012: The Waller Boys

Five Sons of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Waller Are Servicemen The Record is glad to present in its Service Men's Corner this week another group of five fine young men, all brothers, now in the service of their country. These are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Waller of Fentress. An interesting and significant feature … Continue reading Veterans Day 2012: The Waller Boys

Cottonwood School Reunion at the Fentress Resort

The Cottonwood community lay along Cottonwood Creek, Guadalupe County, across the San Marcos River from Fentress, Texas. The photograph above was taken at the Cottonwood School Reunion in--I believe--the 1930s. The people I know are identified in the caption. Some of the other surnames represented are probably Gregg, Rector, Daniels, Ward, and Fleming. I would … Continue reading Cottonwood School Reunion at the Fentress Resort

Memorial Day 2012

A number of men from Fentress, Texas, served in World War II. Two did not return. Marshall Langley was the son of Will and Essie Langley, my family's very good neighbors. Marshall graduated from Texas A & M,  which commissioned more officers during World War II than West Point did. His name appears in Texas Aggies … Continue reading Memorial Day 2012

ROW80 01.25.12 & Fentress Memories

I returned Sunday from four days in Higginsville, Missouri. I had accompanied my cousin Mary Veazey to see her brother, Wray, and his family. Wray has been in the hospital in Kansas City for the past couple of weeks. He's doing much better now and will be released from captivity in another couple of weeks … Continue reading ROW80 01.25.12 & Fentress Memories