Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Irene Etheredge funeral set for Friday

Irene Etheredge died this morning at the Fisher County Hospital. Visitation will be Thursday night 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. The funeral will be Friday, 10 a.m at the First United Methodist Church in Rotan. Mrs. Etheredge was well-known as a teacher at the Hobbs School for many years.

Mayor of Camp Springs dies at age 71

Neighbor Glen Ray Williamson died yesterday at his home. Visitation is tonight 6-7:30 p.m. at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral home in Rotan. The funeral will be tomorrow at Cross Roads Baptist Church at 11:30 a.m. Please keep the family and friends in your thoughts.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Kind thoughts for our friends

Jerry Etheredge just came by and told me that Irene (Brown) Etheredge is not doing well. She's in the Fisher County Hospital in Rotan and recently had hip surgery.

Glen Williamson up towards Camp Springs way has also been quite ill. He is at home with his wife, Madeline, and daughter, Becky.

Please keep these people and their families in mind as you go through your day and give a kind word if you should have a chance to see them.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Woo-oodmen, come out to pla-ay

I went to see the damage at the Dowell Cemetery done by the groundskeeper, as was written to the Rotan Newspaper in a letter to the editor, but I got it in my head it was Sardis Cemetery, for some reason, so I went there.

There was no damage, since I was at the wrong cemetery, but I did find a Woodmen of the World Memorial marking the grave of H.W. Germany. I have been looking for one for a while, since reading on the Handbook of Texas website that at one time there was a Woodmen of the World Lodge at Hobbs.

Which I guess really has nothing to do with the marker, since the tombstone tree stump was part of the insurance award for anyone who purchased a policy. Still, the stones are rare because the company discontinued the issuance of the tree stump monuments after 1920, due to high cost. There is a tree stump marker in the Hobbs cemetery, but there's no indication that it's a Woodmen memorial. Anyway, I'm glad to have finally seen one.

I saw a great documentary on Ovation TV, Old, Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of Folk Music. Mr. Smith was an eccentric fellow, and basically this show is about a record collection he put together in the 1940's. When I first saw the commercial for it, I thought it would include songs such as This Land is Your Land and There's a Hole in the Bucket, but then I heard that eerie mountain music and I knew that this was something different.

To get a taste of what the album (cd) contains, you can go to amazon.com and click on the sampler. I think this is the most important music collection I've ever heard or read about. Oh, and it is equally important to have the program recorded, because it has modern interpretations by David Johansen and such, and you'll just want to skip right past that. The only current artist I enjoyed was Steve Earle, but they didn't even play the whole song he sang. He gave a lot of commentary, though, and I liked that.

I didn't have any luck on the Hobbs Senior Ring front. It must have been some other Panther. It was a ladies ring from 1973, and only guys graduated that year from our school. I appreciate the finder trying to find the owner, though. It still might make a good story for someone else.

By the way, we're looking to add a Guinea pig to the family, and if any of you out there have a lead on where to get one, let me know. I prefer to get one that is already in a home instead of a pet store. Maybe one of you have a colony of Guinea pigs that you'd like to reduce. That is the correct term for a group of GP's, incidentally.

Yays: Drivers License office in Roby; rain

Nays: A wasp in the grass when you're walking barefoot