Thursday, March 29, 2007

Rainy Day MEME, me, me - - -drip, drop

1. What time did you get up this morning?

9:45 am...retirement is so good!

2. Diamonds or pearls?

Both...Raf got me a fresh water pearl ring right after we were married and a friend of Carolyn's stole it, so Christmas of 2005 he got me a diamond ring. What makes them special is that he got them for me.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?

The last Harry Potter movie...and the next one will be the next. We don't go to the movies. We wait and pay per view or rent them.

4. What is your favorite TV show?

Day time--As the World Turns and Jeopardy, Night time--Survivor

5. What did you have for breakfast?

Home made sour cream pancakes today.

6. What is your middle name?


7. What is your favorite cuisine?

Seafood and Italian

8. What foods do you dislike?

Cottage cheese, buttermilk, beer, and coffee

9. What are your favorite chips?

Ruffles have ridges!! With a good dip!

10. What is your favorite CD at the moment?

Guy Clark's newest one

11. What kind of car do you drive?

Ford Expedition...pulls the trailer beautifully, too

12. Favorite sandwich?

Hot pastrami

13. What are characteristics you can’t stand?


14. What are your favorite clothes?

casual...jeans, shorts, bare feet

15. If you could go anywhere on vacation where would you go?

UK...I would love to spend a couple of months in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales

Where is sixteen?

17. Where would you want to retire?

Since I am retired in North Central Texas, I guess that's where!

18. Favorite time of day?


19. Where were you born?

Stephenville, Texas, hospital

20. What is your favorite sport to watch?

Don't watch much sports. World's Strongest Man; Sumo Wrestling; Olympic sports for individuals

21. Coke or Pepsi?

Dublin, Texas, Dr. Pepper, of course!!

22. Beavers or ducks?

I like to see beavers swimming when we go up the creek to Lost Lake. Love to see Whistling Ducks in Rockport,, both

23. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

NIGHT OWL --who, who

24. Pedicure or manicure?

Having never had either, I prefer a full body massage!

25. What did you want to be when you were little?

Something to do with wildlife and animals...but girls weren't allowed then. Later, a Christian educator.

26. What is your best childhood memory?

Any memory with Daddy and horses

27. Ever been to Africa?

Haven't been...don't want to go!

28. Ever been toilet papering?

That was not a sport of the 1950', no.

29. Been in a car accident?

Several...for a while there in Nashville, Tennessee, I thought little old men were out to get me. One wreck broke my back.

30. Favorite day of the week?


31. Favorite restaurant?

Aventino's Italian Restaurant in Fort Worth...and we are going there tonight!!

32. Favorite flower?

Standing Cypress--a wild flower in Texas

33. Favorite ice-cream?

Braum's German Chocolate

34. Favorite fast food restaurant?

Don't do a lot of fast food...I guess right now, Baker's Ribs

35. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? see, my daddy was the friend of the tester. I knocked down the barrels when parallel parking, but he passed me!!

36. From whom did you get your last e-mail?

Father Phelps

37. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?

If I didn't have to pay it back...hummmm, probably Barnes and Noble or Joann's

38. Last person you went to dinner with?

Raf, or course. Tonight we are going out with Kate Phelps, Father has to give a talk at a church, so he can't go.

39. What are you listening to right now?

rain and thunder...beautiful!

40. What is your favorite color?


41. How many tattoos do you have?

none, I've been tempted, but no...

42. How many are you sending this Email to?

I am posting it on my blog for all to see!

43. What time did you finish this e-mail blog entry?

Well, it's 12:47 pm...electricity just came back on...but, I haven't finished yet!

44. Favorite magazine:

Cloth, Paper, Scissors

45. Coffee or tea?

Tea...chai tea, especially...can't stand coffee. Tried to learn to like it when I was a young adult, but I couldn't!

46. Do you tan easily or burn easily?

Burn...with this fair skin!!

47. Do you color your hair? If so, how often?

God does that for me...wish I had more gray, though. I have 7 grandchildren; I deserve it!!

48. What was the first car you ever purchased without the help of your parents?

I have never purchased a car on my own!

49. What is your most dreaded household chore?


50 Who do you tag to complete this meme?

Anyone who reads this blog and wants to meme, go for it!

And I will leave you today with the words of St. Francis from my devotion today:

Blessed is the servant who loves and respects his brother as much when he is far away from him as when he is with him, and who would not say anything behind his back he would not say with charity in his presence.

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for so many things, my life, my family, my church family, my friends, our retirement, our home...God has blessed me. But I am especially thankful for this blessed season of Lent...a time to stop, to pray, to meditate, to begin again in Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A Trip Around Texas -- and a Meme from Pea

Today we took a drive around North Central Texas. I needed to go to see my nurse practitioner in Gordon, Texas, and it is an absolutely beautiful drive down Texas Highway 919. It goes right through the Pinto Hills and the prettiest part of the North Texas Hill Country.

As you can see the Texas Bluebonnets were in bloom. This is a drought, but recently we have had some rain, and the wild flowers are abundant.

This is downtown Gordon, Texas. It is a tiny, village with wonderful old buildings and loads of nice people.

Here are some more shots of the wild beauty of the area. We have juniper trees, but we call them cedars. There are no natural cedars here, only the juniper. The prickly pear cactus are looking good, and the mesquite trees are beginning to leaf out.

Many people in this neck-of-the-woods use cedar poles as fencing. Here's one up close.

Here's a meme I found on PEA's blog: I saw this fun meme over at Flip Flop Floozie and decided to give it a try:-) Here are the rules if you would like to play:

1) Go to Wikipedia
2) In the search box, type your birth month and day but not the year
3) List three events that happened on your birthday
4) List two important birthdays and one death
5) One holiday or observance (if any)

1) December 18
2) 1352 - Innocent VI is elected Pope.
1787 - New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the United States Constitution.
1892 - The first performance of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker is held at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
3) Births: 1886 - Ty Cobb, American baseball player (d. 1961) and 1916 - Betty Grable, American actress (d. 1973)
Death: 2006 - Ruth Bernhard, American photographer (1905)
4) Observance: Roman Catholic Saints - Gatianus of Tours, O Adonai

I'm going to take some time to visit other and kisses and hugs to all you, my friends.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Saturday Night at H2JO's and other Weekly Blessings

And a nice time was had by can see it on their faces. Raf was playing at H2JO last night. Many of our church friends, other friends, our priest and his wife, family, including my cousin John and his wife Mary Ann and my friend, Louise, all three of whom I didn't take photos of..."old age creeping up," as Mother would say.

Raf played three sets. Lots of kids came and went, and Joey, our grandson, played between the first two sets.

Today was a beautiful day in church. Our attendance grows each Sunday! There is a threat of rain...been threatening for a few days, hope it follows through. Both Carolyn and John were in church with us. That makes us extremely happy. Carolyn is coming most every Sunday now, and she's helping me in the Altar Guild, too.

For anyone who might be interested, we are having a Seder on April 3. It is a beautiful time of fellowship and worship, as we share the Passover meal.

So, all-in-all, life is GOOD! Hope you enjoy the photos.
This has got to be called "movin' & groovin'."

Oh, Joey, don't hit him!! At least not too hard!

This is a blessed Lent:
Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. Mark 1:15

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Girl Friends Around the World

Holding Hands
in a Circle of Friendship
Keep it Going!!

This picture shows a line of little girls holding hands facing the immensity of ocean waves.

Alone they might be washed away, but together they stand strong.

Thank you for holding my hand somewhere along the way when I was facing a wave of my own. I hope you will reach for my hand when your own wave threatens.

All of us girls...

Old and young...

Near and far...

Hold special memories of good times we've shared.

We've had our share of hard times when our friends were there to make us feel better.

We've shared...

our hearts

our time

our secrets

our fears

our hopes

and our dreams.

Let us never break the chain of friends!

This came from Robin, through Velda and Michelle by way of Pea's Corner.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Friday's Feast

Who is your favorite news anchor/reporter? Why?

Really, I don't have one. I don't watch the news or read the paper. Anything in most papers and on television is so one-sided, it just isn't acceptable.

Name 3 foods that are currently in your freezer.

Lima beans, hash brown potatoes, several meals--it's Lent, Wednesday and Thursday have little time to prepare food.

If you were to have the opportunity to name a new town or city, what would you call it?

Fickeville...after my Ficke family

Main Course
What will most likely be the next book you read?

I am just opening Randy Wayne White's Dark Light.

What's the first thing you notice about the opposite gender?


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Marriage Meme

I've see this on several blogs. Very interesting, so I thought I'd do it, too.

Marriage meme

1. Where/How did you meet?

I was working in the Upper Room as a tour guide, in Nashville. Raf was a city tour guide and brought in a group. We eyed each other, and I think the first thing we said to each other is, "I'm divorced and I never want to marry again." So a year later we were.

2. How long have you known each other?

31 years

3. How long after you met did you start dating?

Within the week

4. How long did you date before you were engaged?

We never were engaged. We just decided to get married one day and did about a week later. I never had an engagement ring until a year ago last Christmas.

5. How long was your engagement?

Less than a week

6. How long have you been married?

It will be 30 years on May 5, 2007.

7. What is your anniversary?

May 5--it was his mother's birthday, the next day is our second grandson's birthday and our oldest daughter's anniversary

8. How many people came to your wedding reception?

Reception...did you say, reception? We had anyone who wanted to meet us at TGI Fridays after the service. Quite a few did, and each bought a bottle of champaign.

9. What kind of cake did you serve?

No cake...each person ordered from the menu and paid for their supper! Remember this was the hippie period...but we didn't get married in the woods.

10. Where was your wedding?

The Upper Room Chapel's little chapel/side chapel..very, very tiny chapel

11. What did you serve for your meal?

As stated above, each person ate whatever they wanted...and drank, as well.

12. How many people were in your wedding party?

Yvonne Glien was my maid-of-honor and Eric Thoreson and Owen Davis stood up for Raf...stood being a relative term. They both got drunk before the service, as neither of them was particularly pro-marriage. Raf gave them each a bottle of Scotch after the ceremony, and neither made it to Fridays'! Yvonne did, and the three of us sat at a table in front of the door welcoming everyone.

13. Are you still friends with them all?

We found Yvonne a couple of years ago, but she hasn't kept contact. We have talked to Owen and Eric about once each. I wish we were in contact with all three of them!!

14.Did your spouse cry during the ceremony?

No, I think we were both shell shocked, though.

15. Most special moment of your wedding day?

Raf wasn't into flowers, etc., so my boss Helen picked roses from her garden and made a bouquet, she and Janice, a co-worker, and several other friends, stood in the door during the ceremony...did I say it was a tiny room. My other boss, Rev. James Alexander, married us.

16.Any funny moments?

As I said, Owen and Eric got drunk before the wedding, well, with all that champaign, Raf got drunk at Fridays'. He kept taking the keys out of his suit coat pocket and laying them on the table. Yvonne would pick them up and put them back in the pocket...this happened many, many times that evening.

17. Any big disasters? was a wonderful day.

18. Where did you go on your honeymoon?

The day after the wedding we went to Daddy's Creek in the Katoosa Wildlife Management area in East Tennessee with two other men and two little boys, and the men white water canoed...I didn't. Oh, and it rained heavily, and our tent floated away down the river. Also, one of the men, Mike Foster, kept trying to help me with my fire by kicking it, and I about had a piece of him! I CAN make a good fire, thank you!

19. How long were you gone?

Just over the weekend...we had to work.

20. If you were to do your wedding over, what would you change?

Not a thing.

21. What side of the bed do you sleep on?

The right side is mine...and the right chair in the blue room and the passenger side (right) in the car. I am right!!

22. What size is your bed? King...we little people need lots of room!

23. Greatest strength as a couple?

Our faith in God and our strong will to work through whatever needs working through.

24. Greatest challenge as a couple?

As a young couple it was children and it's health.

25. Who literally pays the bills?

I did for years, but now with online paying, Raf does.

26. What is your song?

A Little Bit More by Dr. Hook...and being in Nashville and part of the music scene, we got to see these guys around town and hear them. Fun times!!

27. What did you dance your first dance to?

We don't dance much, and neither of us remembers.

28. Describe your wedding dress:

Yvonne insisted that we both get new clothes. Raf got a light tan suit, and I got a cream Sunday dress with some dark brown trim.

29. What kind of flowers did you have at your wedding?

As I said above, we wouldn't have had flowers except Helen picked some from her garden...roses.

30. Are your wedding bands engraved?


31. How old were you when you got married?

Remember this was a second marriage for both of us.
We were both 34.

Fun! Anyone else want to play? If so, you're IT!


Just wanted to upload some photos. I FINALLY got photos of our grandchildren who live in Trophy Club, Texas. Our daughter, Kat, took these two photos of Dani, age 13, and Tim, age 11. Then Kat called yesterday to say Tim had chipped a front tooth playing tether ball. So the smile has changed. I chipped a tooth at that age. At least, in both cases, the root is intact. He can have it capped when he is older
This is Bethy, age 11, and our adopted grandson Perry, also 11. They come over each week to feed the birds.
And, finally, a photo of Turtle not looking quite so Stephen Kingesque!
Hope you all have a great Tuesday!!

Monday, March 19, 2007

BC (Turtle), Good Food, & Spring! and Stupidity!

Well, to begin with Turtle is a BC...BAD CAT! As you can see, I have proof!!
After being BAD, she exhausted herself, and went to sleep...
for a while, and then she woke up wondering what she could do one of my plants, knock things off a table, break glass...just the usual.

As for yummy food, we ate at Kincaid's in Fort Worth last Friday. Best hamburgers in this part of the world!
Then we went to Central food store in the area...and got these rainbow trout. Yummmmm.....

Several people have been posting spring photos, so I went out and took these:
Weeds in bloom
New wild onions
The wisteria is going to be blooming all over...and smelling lovely!
Redbuds are leafing out. We're hoping to plant some more in the back yard...native ones. These are oriental, and we are going to go with native plants from now on.

Even new leaves are bursting forth.
Even juniper leaves are growing anew.
Don't know what this plant is, but it has blossoms. It's a native plant, and it grows all over our property. Nice fragrance, too.

OK, now for the stupidity. I fell again. I haven't fallen twice in two weeks in years, but I hurt all over. I don't think I did any real harm, but I'm going in the the doctor tomorrow. I am sooooo tired to these little medical crises!!!!! I don't know if I have no balance or what. I am walking 14 minutes now each day, but this is just stupid!!!

Now, I will leave you with something I read in my Lenten devotional today:

By faith we accept as real what we cannot prove nor see; we not only accept but we even rish our life and our eternity on the conviction that the purpose of our earthly life lies beyond the present form of our earthly existence. Faith consists in doing our best, and then surrendering this best that God may take it beyond our power and dreams.
--Carroll Stuhlmueller

Peace and light be unto you all.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Carol Hall, Golden Deeds Award

This is my cousin, Gary Hall's, wife, Carol Hall. Carol was just honored with the Midland, Texas, Exchange Club's Golden Deeds Award. She was their 54th recipient. Our aunt, Fay Gwyn, was their 3rd in 1955. This award is given for outstanding community service. The following is from the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

As a young girl, Carol Hall was admonished by her mother that Biblical scripture says, "If you don't share your talents, you will lose them.

" Hall, now a former Midland public school music teacher and current community volunteer, says, "That exchange became my early motivation to develop and use my gifts and to share my love of music for the benefit and enjoyment of others."

Over a 46-year residency in Midland, Hall has shared her musical gifts with thousands of former students and others. This evening, Carol Hall will be recognized with the Midland Exchange Club's Golden Deeds Award for the service she has rendered to public schools, arts and human service need organizations, and other community endeavors. The award is presented annually and has been presented to 54 previous local recipients as part of a national program that "honors the quiet, good deeds of America's unsung heroes."

Growing up in Gainesville, Hall's father was a Sinclair service station owner and later served as assistant postmaster for the community. At age 5, while her dad was off serving in the military during World War II, her mother pulled together $15 and bought an upright piano that had survived a house fire. By age 12, she had her first job playing the organ at the Presbyterian church in Gainesville.

Hall recalls, "Church kept me pretty busy. I attended the Methodist church with my family, I played the organ at the Presbyterian church, and I sang in the choir at the Episcopal church, and I loved every minute of it. I was surrounded by a giving family and I just did what was expected of me."

Hall, one of three daughters, recalled Gainesville as a wonderful place to grow up and the fun shared within her family. She said, "Mom and Dad were full of mischief and were always pulling shenanigans on us and on each other. My grandparents helped a lot while Dad was in the war. I couldn't have been more blessed by a family."

She graduated with a degree in music education from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce) in three years and began teaching music. After three years teaching in the Gainesville area, she took the encouraging advice of her uncle, Midland High School Principal Ralph Slagle, to come to Midland where she could count on great support and where teaching salaries were better. Hall became known for the "over-the-top" musical and variety show extravaganzas performed by her students. The multiple performance runs were always sellouts.

Many of her programs centered around historical periods such as the Renaissance and World War II, and she would typically require her students, working with other teachers, to become immersed in a complete knowledge of the events and their importance to shaping the world.

Her teaching career included stints at Sam Houston Elementary, Travis Elementary, Goddard Junior High, Alamo Junior High, Lee Freshman High and Lee High School. She was honored by MISD multiple times as a merit teacher.

Hall has worked with people who have gone on to enjoy major professional music careers including mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, composer/conductor Randol Bass and stage vocalist Eddie Pleasant. Her conducting and accompanist roles have led her across the U.S. and performances in numerous foreign countries.

In 2000, she helped organize and chaired Artwalk Midland which led to performing arts programs, art exhibits in the community, and a graffiti removal program. Many of the former grafittied walls are now colorful murals which have given vibrancy to pockets of the community.

She has served on the boards and in leadership roles with Samaritan Counseling Center of West Texas, Midland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, American Guild of Organists, the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum and Hall of Fame, Hospice of Midland, and with her church, First United Methodist Church of Midland. She currently serves on the Mayoral Community Center Feasibility Study Group which is assessing the possibilities for new facilities for visitor event space for the city.

Married for almost 43 years to Gary Hall, a petroleum engineer, she is a mother of three daughters, Becky Billingsley and Carrie Adams of Midland, and Kristin Hall of Traverse City, Mich., and a grandmother of four.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Another Sadness...for the Church

The Very Rev. Mark J. Lawrence elected Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina on September 16.

Breaking News: From Titus One Nine Consents Ruled Insufficient even Though South Carolina Standing Committee Heard from more than a Majority of Standing Committees that they voted yes; Election declared Null and Void, Options for the Future Being Mulled

From here:

I received a phone call late this afternoon from the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori giving notification that she was declaring null and void the election of The Very Rev. Mark Lawrence to be bishop of The Diocese of South Carolina. Although more than a majority of dioceses had voted to consent to Fr. Mark’s election, there were canonical deficiencies in the written responses sent to us. Several dioceses, both on and off American soil, thought that electronic permission was sufficient as had been their past accepted practice. The canons which apply are III.11.4(b), pp. 101-102 in the newly published 2006 Constitutions and Canons that require the prescribed testimonial to the consent be signed by a majority of each standing committee.

I have also notified Fr. Mark of her decision. We offer our deepest condolences to Fr. Mark and his wife Allison who have navigated this time of process with class, dignity and courage. I know that it is toughest on Allison who has had to watch her beloved spouse suffer so many indignities. We hope that they will agree to continue to be a part of the Diocese of South Carolina’s pursuit of securing our next Diocesan. Fr. Lawrence has modeled exemplary patience and calmness by enduring a level of scrutiny and persecution that is without precedent in The Episcopal Church (TEC).

Our Chancelor, Nick Ziegler has been suffering with bad health for several months. Currently our acting Chancellor, Wade Logan, is out of the country. He is scheduled to return within ten days. Upon his return we will convene both the Chancellor and acting Chancellor to discuss our options within the canons of TEC. The Standing Committee will then plot a course of action for the near future. In the meantime the Standing Committee will continue our partnership with our acting Bishop, the Right Rev. Edward Lloyd Salmon in tending to the needs of our diocese as we have for over the past 8 months. Bishop Salmon will represent us this week at the House of Bishop’s meeting to be held in Camp Allen, Texas.

I hope that this tragic outcome will be a wake up call to both clergy and lay through out TEC as to the conditions in our church. I have been blessed and encouraged by the many clergy and lay people throughout the world that have worked tirelessly on Fr. Mark’s behalf making phone calls and communicating through the electronic media in an effort to secure a majority of consents.

As I write this release I am reminded of Christ’s words in Luke 9:62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Our hand is to the plow, and in faithfulness to our Christ, we will not look back.

–The Rev. J. Haden McCormick
President of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


This afternoon, just an hour ago, we had to have Sadie put to sleep. It is so sad. She was such a good dog. Our vet said she was one of the best dogs she had ever worked with. Sadie was 14. We got her at the Graham, Texas, animal shelter when she was about 6 months old. She was beautiful and loving, a good dog for boys. John sat with her while the vet put her to sleep, and now he and Raf are digging her a grave. She was the best dog I ever had. She was my old brown Sadie Mae, and I loved her very much.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Raf -- Photographer and Musician

Raf took this photo of my cousin Bill's wife Corala and daughter Amy. Check out Raf's photos.

Raf will be singing at H2JO Coffeehouse on March 24 at 7:30 pm.

Chasing Our Tales: A Hangin' in Young County

The historical marker at the Young County Jail in Graham, Texas, states the following:

“This jail was built with two stories in 1878. The jailer lived downstairs, and above were two cells--one with a steel cage for maximum security. There were many dramatic jailbreaks, with lives lost on both sides of the law. In 1881, killer Jack Post, the only man legally hanged in this county, rode from the jail astride his coffin. The five Marlow brothers broke out in 1888, causing a major shootout and manhunt. The property was phased out as a jail in 1921, and saw many changes in use and appearance before being bought by Kelley B. King in 1975.”

Young County was part of our wild and wooly frontier days in Texas, and although the Indian fights were on the down turn in 1881, Jack Post was hung for the murder of G. B. McDermott. He and his brother, Nelson (Nels), were accused of murdering G.B. McDermot, who was found with a crushed skull in a ravine. Nelson Post was given a life term, and Jack Post was given the death penalty. Jack Post made several attempts to break out of jail.

On 28 October 1881, it was estimated that over one thousand people, one of the largest crowds ever to assemble in Graham, watched. Jack Post rode on his coffin in the back of a wagon to the scaffold on the bank of Salt Creek, near the Rock Hole crossing. He appealed to his lawyer, C.W. Johnson, to help him, but Johnson just replied, “Go to hell, Jack. We’ve gone as far as we can go.”

When Jack Post arrived at the scaffold, he was in store for yet more bad luck because of a greenhorn hangman. He refused to make a last-minute statement, always asserting his innocence. The hangman’s rope broke, and Post had to be hung twice.

His brother, Nelson, contracted tuberculosis in prison and was pardoned. He confessed that it was he who was the murderer, not Jack. Too late they discovered that they had hanged the wrong man.

Jack was then buried in an unmarked grave in the old Eastside cemetery, also known as Boot Hill, in eastern Graham. While he was the only man legally hung in Young County, there may have been other hanging not brought about by legal means.

In June 1881, the McDonald brothers, Dee and Nick, and their cousin Pete were apprehended for the murder of J.E. Martin, Postmaster and merchant of Belknap. On 1 January 1882, all three unsuccessfully attempted to escape from the Young County Jail and were killed in a shootout in the alley behind the jail. All three are buried in unmarked graves in the old Eastside Cemetery, as well.

One of the most sensational outlaw incidents in Young County was that of the Marlow Brothers, 1888-1890. There are at least four published books and a movie, The Sons of Katie Elder, based on this incident.

Marlow, Oklahoma, was named for Dr. William W. Marlow, the father of these illustrious Marlow Brothers, George, Charley, Alfred, Lewelleyn (Epp), and Boone who moved from western Oklahoma to Fort Sill due to a rough winter. An Indian accused one of the brothers, George, of stealing a horse. The story soon escalated and an arrest warrant was issued for all the brothers. The warrant was issued by the Northwest Federal District Court in Graham and was to be served by Federal Deputy Marshal E.W. Johnson, who brought all the brothers, but George, in to stand trial.

George went into Graham to visit his brothers. He was arrested, and all but Boone then bonded out. However, later Boone was bonded out, but soon Sheriff Marion D. Wallace and Tom Collier, Deputy Sherif,f went to take him back in. At that point, Boone killed Wallace.

Charley, George, Alfred, and Epp were once more arrested, and in January of 1889 a mob attempted to break the brothers out of jail to hang them. This attempt was thwarted.

The law in Graham decided to move the brothers to Dallas by way of Weatherford. The four Marlow brothers, along with two other prisoners, were transferred during the dark of night. They were held by Deputy Marshal Johnson and several other guards.

The group was ambushed by a mob, and a gun battle began. Alfred and Epp Marlow were killed, andt Charley and George were each chained to a dead brother. They cut off the feet of the corpses with their pocketknives and escaped. According to accounts from the incident "thirteen men, killed and wounded were lying along the road."

Boone, who was murdered in Oklahoma Territory (he was first poisoned and then his body shot), along with his brothers Llewellen (Epp) and Alfred Marlow are buried in Finis Cemetery.

Young County certainly has a colorful past!

Now for some correspondence:

“I have finally found the webpages about our ancestors: , with pictures of some. Mainly Jesse and Mary Crow Garland, their daughter, Moriah Jane Garland Horton, her husband on the second page, William Batts Horton, a plantation owner of South Carolina. Lon Outen wrote a lot of the history about this family, the Hortons, from whom he descends. He still lives in Kershaw, SC, and when one talks to him those old magnolia blossoms just drop off his way of talking, sounding like the true "Southern Gentleman" that I know he is. Ralph Avery Phillips, another cousin of the old South, in Charlotte, NC, sounds somewhat similar when you talk to him.

“In the pictures of the ladies in the first page, notice their hair style that seems to be maintained their entire life. Pictures of Rochella Blair Horton, if all are she, were taken when she was younger, the other three pictures on the first page somehow don’t appear to be the same person. A word of warning to the young male swains in the family, when you fall for a pretty young maiden, be sure to check out the mother, for that’s what your blushing bride may look like in 30 years.

“There is another website somewhere out there that tells of Jesse and Mary Crow, and that Jesse was a slave owner, as was Moriah Jane Horton, in her day. Lots of interesting history about the war of the rebellion and how it affected the Hortons, Blairs and about Sherman's march to the sea…Noel Garland,”

“I am searching for Sarah Ann Post (age 69) widow of Martin Post is listed in the 1880 Young county/Graham census . Listed with her is daughter Mary Francis age 30. In July 1885 Mary F Post and E H Wheeler applied for a marriage license, but it was never used. What happened to Sarah Ann and her daughter Mary Francis? M. H. Shearer”

“The Rodgers family and the Chick family lived in and around Young County, Texas. Anyone having info on them, please send it. Also am looking for books..."Possum Kingdom Country" copyright 1978 and "History of Palo Pinto County (Word of Mouth Family History)" copyright 1978. Have a copy of "Scrapbook of Young County A Pictorial History", "History of Palo Pinto County Texas" copyright 1986 and "Possum Kingdom Journal Vol.1". Does anyone know the history of Chick Bend that was (is?) on the Brazos River? Chick, “

The Little Rock Schoolhouse Museum in Mineral Wells is looking for information on Christine Barker Blackerby Donald, wife of J. M. Donald. If you have information, please let us know!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Weekly Blessings

We got back yesterday evening from Midland, Texas, and the memorial service of my first cousin, Bob Dillard. The whole experience was odd. It was so sad that Bob died so young, but as I told another cousin, Ron, after listening to the obituary, I don't think I knew Bob at all. It was a blessing today to be home and at church. Here are photos I took in Midland. Hope you enjoy them.

This is our daughter Christi working on the usual family puzzle...this one was shaped like a fish with fish-shaped pieces.

These are my cousin Gary and his wife, Carol. She is being honored this Thursday for all she has given to the community of Midland over the years. These photos were all taken at their home.

Raf, cousin Ron, Uncle Elmer (Bob's father)

Gary and Carol's back yard.

Elmer's wife, Doris.

Our daughter, Kathi, is sitting in the middle of this group.

Cousin Bill (Bob's younger brother) with his daughters Amy and Amber.

Old man tree looks on.

Raf, Tracy (Bob's daughter), Vickie (Bob's widow), and Carol

Carol, Elmer, Bill



Christi, Kathi, and Ron

Bill's wife, Carola, with Amy and Amber

Looking at the pool from the house.

Yesterday was Bill's 57th birthday. Tomorrow is Ron's 63rd.


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