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July 9, 2008 Issue
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
Thursday July 10th County Roping 7:00 p.m. Books open @ 5:30 Close @ 6:30 Friday July 11th 4th Annual 4D Mason Open Barrel Race Youth 4D with $350 added Sponsored by Ranchland Western Wear OPEN 4D with $2000 added Exhibitions 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday July 12th Arts & Crafts Show This annual event has become the centerpiece of Roundup, and even more so during this Sesquicentennial year.
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A sobering piece of Mason’s violent early history will make its public debut on Saturday, July 12: the Indian spearhead that killed the county’s first sheriff, Tom Milligan. The unveiling will take place at the Mason Square Museum immediately after the Roundup parade. A second presentation will follow at 2 p.m.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
Roll ‘em, roll ‘em, roll ‘em. Keep them dogies rollin.’ Round Up! Round Up Weekend is comin’ up. This coming Friday and Saturday to be exact. So roll on out and have some fun. Bring your jackass. The four-legged one, that is. (All others please stay home.) Race your ass around the square. Enjoy the music. Enjoy the food. Create and make something special. Sell it on the Courthouse lawn. Or browse around. And buy those handcrafted items. Round ‘em up. Head ‘em out. ...
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The Story of Forgetting By Stefan Merrill Block Published by Random House (2008) $25.00 Hardback Previously in this space I have described how great writers and novels either inspire me or make me feel like a complete schlep (FYI, I just looked that word up and it means “a person of no importance” which sort of has a nice ring to it).
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Dolores Costello Barrymore, Gretta Garbo, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Meg Ryan, and the 1.6 million bats at the Eckert James River Bat Cave—What do all of these have in common? You got it…they are all female actresses, movie stars, gals of the bright lights of Hollywood. Our tiny entertainers at the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve put on quite a performance for the Fox TV crew from Dallas/Fort Worth that came out to film the show a couple of weeks a ...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
We continue to have hot days with widely scattered showers. Pray for a great general rain. Uncle William Willmann’s surgery was successful and he is doing great. Continue to pray for Tina Carter as she continues radiation and chemo. Continue your prayers for Carlita Jordan, Jan Jordan, Carolyn Vater and Marilyn Kahan. Our condolences go to the family of Brucene Norton after her death on July 4th in San Antonio.
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"Expect the best, but prepare for the worst" should be the official traveler's motto as we pack our bags for travel. A few ways to do this include having a traveler's health kit prepared and available at all times, and having appropriate documentation and medications for pre-existing conditions. A traveler's health kit is simply a small bag that can be carried on airline flights, outings, and excursions; it can help travelers avoid ill health or treat unforeseen illnesses or injuries.
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Few songs in the world of music have “held on” like the theme from the movie, New York, New York. The familiar tune holds classic status thanks to a trio of vocalists. Liza Minnelli was the high-energy star in the movie, and recordings by Tony Bennett and the late Frank Sinatra also made it big. Whatever, I want to focus on a couple of lines in the lyrics: “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.” Perhaps it is a cynical New Yorker, weary of the influx of visitors overwhelmin ...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
This week, I would like to discuss, or maybe cuss BB’s! Not talking about those cute little infant children. Nope, it’s the Daisy BB gun type of BB’s. My boys had BB guns and my vacuum would go into cardiac arrest with each BB it sucked up. Legos were bad enough, but at least I could see the Lego prior to vacuuming it up.
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Despite serious flooding in the Midwest, raging forest fires in California, and the danger every American faces of contracting athlete’s foot, the recent Independence Day celebration was a huge success. Bottle rockets were outlawed this year, for fear that someone might actually shoot a bottle rocket, but mortars were sold in abundance.
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I am now 97 years old but I ask you to walk with me as boy of 12 in the year 1923 takes a nostalgic stroll through memory from his home on College and 12th to the Wagon Yard:........................... Leaving the house with a stick in my hand I cross College St., and take the trail running slantwise across the vacant lot in front of our house to 11th St.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
The quest for health is universal. Throughout the ages there has been a desire to find the one pill or potion that would restore our health and hopefully our youth – at least some of it. Think of the resources and effort behind our modern health care system. Think of the “miracle” drugs that have been developed.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
Sometimes it’s hard to know what kind of gift to get for someone, whether it’s for a birthday, Christmas, or other occasion. In that case, the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library has a suggestion for your consideration. The library’s Junior collection has some classic and favorites that are very worn and need replacing.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
For months, I knew that it was coming, and we kept preparing all the little things that we knew we wanted to include. There were the current feature articles. There were the old photos. There were the historical articles taken directly from the 1958 Centennial edition. Then, for the last two months, we started getting family and business tribute advertisements from folks.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
The Tarleton Alumni Association, Hill Country Chapter, will be hosting an alumni meeting and freshman send-off on Friday, July 18th at the home of Mike and Deborah Lange, in downtown Art. Happy hour begins at 6:00 p.m., and a fajita supper will be served at 7:30 p.m. All Tarleton alumni, students, and their families are invited.
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Tickets are now available for the Young at Heart Fundraiser to be held on the evening of Saturday, August 9th. In its tenth year, the annual event is sponsored by the Site Council of the Mason Senior Center, to benefit various programs at the local center. Tickets are $10.00 when purchased in advance, with a limited number available at the door for $15.00 each.
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For information on the use of prescribed fire for vegetation management on your ranch, plan to participate in the field day and ranch tour on the M.M. Kothmann ranch on Friday, July 25, 2008. There will be presentations about prescribed burning for vegetation management for livestock and wildlife. We will discuss how to start a prescribed burning program on your ranch.
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The Mason Post Office will have a Temporary Philatelic Station from 11:00am-1:00 pm on July 12, 2008 on the courthouse lawn. The cancellation at this station will be honoring the Mason Sesquicentennial. How to order pictorial cancellation if unable to come to special station. Customers have 30 days to obtain Sesquicentennial Station postmark by mail.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
Tee-shirts for the famous Great American Jackass Race are for sale at the Mason Chamber of Commerce for $15 each. You can pick from two designs and tank-tops are available this year. Shirt colors are teal, lime green, white, and new colors for the ‘08 race are red and hot pink.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
Raffle tickets for a 2008 Kawasaki Mule with trailer will be on sale at the Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday, July 12th during Roundup Rodeo Weekend. Tickets are $10 each and you need not be present to win. The raffle is sponsored by the Mason Chamber of Commerce and the winner will be announced at Mason’s Wild Game Dinner on November 8th.
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Popular country and western singer Jody Nix and his band The Texas Cowboys will be the featured performers at the “Western Swing Night” at the Llano Country Opry on Saturday, July 12. The performance will be at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano, Texas. Advance tickets are now on sale at the Llano and Kingsland Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank or by calling (325) 247-5354.
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All golfers are invited to the fifth annual Red & Black Golf Classic sponsored by the Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Tech Alumni Association. The tournament will be held Saturday, September 6 at Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course, Fredericksburg TX. Registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.
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Tommy & Joyce Durst announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Delyn, to Patrick Boyd, son of Larry & Loretta Boyd of Christoval. Delyn is a graduate of Mason High School and received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Texas Tech University. She is currently employed by West Texas Rehabilitation Center in San Angelo. Patrick graduated from Christoval High School and received a Bachelors in Natural Resource Management from Angelo State University.
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Ryan Henrich, a native of Mason, Texas will be returning home on July 17th after spending a year in Germany with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX). The CBYX program is a government-sponsored study-abroad and work-abroad scholarship for young professionals between the ages of 18 and 24, administered by CDS International, a nonprofit organization based in New York.
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The descendants of Frederick and Katherine Schmidt celebrated the 100th reunion of the Schmidt Family, June 7, 2008. The reunion was held at the Schmidt Home Place, currently the home of Bonnie Schmidt, the great-grand-daughter and Jim Bob Smith the great, great, grandson of Frederick and Katherine. Jim Bob’s daughters, Steeley and Sterling, are the 7th generation to live on the Home Place Schmidt Ranch. The reunion was hosted by all of the Schmidt families.
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Descendants of John Adam and Eva (Deschinger) Schuessler gathered on June 28 for their 29th annual reunion in Mason. Recognition was given to the following family member: Oldest Man-Arthur D. Kothmann Mason Tx Oldest Women- Johnita Schuessler Bohmfalk Mason Tx Youngest Boy- Seth Ballenger San Angelo Tx Youngest Girl- Kaitlyn Prather Burnet, Tx Couple Married Longest- Ted & Dot Smith Spur Tx Travel Farthest- Gus and Leola Gikas Baton Rouge Louisiana Eight deceased family members were rem ...
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San Angelo – Attending the Texas Farm Bureau’s 45th Annual Youth Leadership Conference held at Angelo State University June 23-27, 2008 were (left to right): Hillary Bibb, Joaquin Mejia and Gerardo Perez. The students were sponsored by the Mason County Farm Bureau. They joined more than 300 high school juniors and seniors from over 150 counties across the state. The purpose of the conference is to provide the students with a better understanding of their American heritage and the capitalis ...
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On April 11-12, the 2008 Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame, an organization dedicated to the sport of rodeo and the recognition of Texas’ contribution to that sport, inducted their newest members. Among the six contestants inducted was Logan Stevens. This is an annual event, which started in 1975. The Hall of Fame is housed in the Bell County Expo Center in Belton, Texas.
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The second Playday of the Mason Rodeo Association series was held Saturday, July 5th at the Mason Rodeo Arena. Ridin’ For the Brand Ministries sponsored the event and is excited about hosting the Finals which are scheduled “for July 26th. At the Finals, All Around Buckles will be awarded for each division for a Boy and a Girl.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
Voluntary water conservation for residents of the City of Mason is now in effect. Water users should limit their watering to the hours of 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. If your house faces North or East you should water on even numbered calendar days. If your house faces South or West, you should water on odd numbered calendar days.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
Mason County Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce that applications will soon be open for another family to partner with the affiliate in owning their own home. The next build will be the seventh Habitat home to be built in the Mason community, which is considered an exemplary feat, given the size of the community and that the local affiliate has just passed the sixth anniversary of affiliation! The schedule for the application workshops is as follows: Saturday July 26 from 10 a.m.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
Friends of the Library would like to remind everyone about the Historic Personal Desk of Old Yeller author Fred Gipson offered at a silent auction until Friday at 6:00 p.m. at the Mason County Library. Included with the desk is an original letter of authenticity from T. Beck Gipson, son of Fred Gipson.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
The band calendars can be picked up on Saturday, July 12th, at the Band Boosters booth set up on the courthouse lawn during the Round-Up festivities. For those of you who are unable to get your calendar during this time, they can be picked up at Hemphill Insurance Agency beginning Monday, July 14th.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
The Victory Bell has long been a part of the tradition of Mason Puncher football. For years she was a permanent fixture under the bright lights of Friday night. She would ring proudly as the Punchers entered the stadium, she would ring again when the Punchers scored a touchdown and she would ring one more time as the Punchers secured a victory. As years passed the old girl lost her luster and was soon no longer a part of the most important night of the week, Friday night!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
How many post offices have there been in Mason County since its inception one hundred and fifty years ago? Where were they located? Who “put up” the mail? The answers to these questions are found in the latest publication of the Mason County Historical Commission. Julius DeVos, longtime commission member and historical researcher, has compiled the history of Mason County’s various post offices into a newbook entitled Mail’s Up!
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Through a partnership between Texas Nature Project and St. Mary’s University, seniors from San Antonio visit Mason to find out about the natural world and their relationship to it in a philosophy course called “Critical Inquiry into Humans and Nature.” Aldo Leopold argued in the 1940’s that, “There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm.
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Texas AgriLife Extension in McCulloch County plans to offer Master Gardener training again this fall. Classes are scheduled to begin September 9 and will meet on Tuesdays through November 4. There will be two sessions per day, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Most sessions will meet at the Heart of Texas Museum building, but some field trips are scheduled. The Master Gardener program offers a minimum of 50 hours of training and in exchange participants agree to donate a ...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
The Hilda Community Club will be meeting on Friday, July 11th (one week early) at 5:30 p.m. to work on our float for the Roundup Sesquicentennial Parade on July 12th. We will have a “surprise” supper at 7:00 p.m. by hosts Herbert & Debi Loeffler.
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Brucene Catherine (Cox) Norton, age 76 after a lengthy illness died peacefully on July 4th in San Antonio. At her side were her loving son Joel Norton and adoring daughter in law Rebecca Jean Norton. She was preceded in death by her cherished parents Bruce and Ruby Cox, her cherished mother and father in law Ernest and Elizabeth Norton.
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Eddie R. (Johnnie) Tedder, 102, of Brady, died Friday, June 27, 2008 in Brady. Funeral services were held at 10a.m., Monday, June 30, at Brady Presbyterian Church with Rev. Brian Wiggins officiating. Burial followed at Fife Cemetery with services under the direction of Leatherwood Memorial Chapels. She was born July 30, 1905, in Rochelle, to Frank and Bertha (Cox) Ranne.
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Mrs. Nell Vann MacKinnon, a native of Vidalia, GA, passed away on July 1, 2008, at age 90. Mrs. MacKinnon, a retired-school teacher, spent many years at Dickerson Elementary School in Vidalia, GA. After retiring, she was a substitute teacher for Vidalia City Schools. Mrs. MacKinnon graduated from Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, GA, with a degree in education.
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Wilford Leon Mogford passed away July 3, 2008. He was born Sept 1, 1925, in the Long Mountain Community of Mason Co., TX. During WWII he served as a corporal in the USMC. He graduated from SW Texas State Teachers College in 1951. In 1983 after 32 years of civil service he retired from Kelly AFB were he worked in the Radio Radar Maintenance Division.