If you were like me, you didn’t know if you whether or not you were hallucinating when you heard the sound of something falling and hitting the roof when you awoke this morning. Suddenly, I heard some thunder and knew that it was actually raining outside. It had been so long since I had heard it, I thought I must be dreaming.
It continued to rain all the way to work, and more was predicted throughout the day, so we might receive some much-needed moisture for our drought-starved area.
Interestingly, I was busy this week looking up some historical facts about the beginnings of the Reilly Springs Jamboree in the fall of 1956, and we were in the grips of another drought that year. The cotton crop in our community was “stunted and not looking good,” and local farmers, who had embraced the dairy industry were out “seeking forage for their cattle” in the autumn of 1956. Sound familiar?
We survived the drought of 1956, and I guess we’ll survive this one somehow.
Enola Gay has visited with me several times this past week concerning Saturday night’s 55th anniversary of the Reilly Springs Jamboree. She reports a number of those original members who appeared on the Jamboree as local talent are making plans to return on Saturday night. Look for an outstanding show that will bring back memories of when many of us were children. Enola said there will be a cake auction, a cake walk, plenty of food, and a great show for everyone to enjoy. Mark you calendar and make plans to be in Reilly Springs on Saturday night for a historic event.
This year’s 42nd Annual World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest is planned for Saturday, Oct. 22. Many Reilly Springs residents were at the Southwest Dairy Center Tuesday afternoon, to receive instructions and pick up their ingredients checks. Chamber of Commerce Director Meredith Caddell said this would be a record-breaking contest, with 139 cooks already signed up. “It’s going to be the largest contest ever, and they are promising great weather for everyone to enjoy,” Caddell said. “And we have a wonderful T-shirt to commemorate this year’s contest that was designed by winner Allison Lott.”
Get those stew recipes out and begin perfecting them and you might just be declared this year’s winner? Or, if you’re like me and don’t have time to cook, make plans to come out and sample this year’s offerings at Buford Park on Saturday morning, Oct. 22.
I visited with Marilee Fisher for a few minutes this morning, and all she could talk about was the rain “It’s been so long since we’ve seen any rain like this that I had to check to be sure that I wasn’t imagining it.” related Marilee. “It started raining here at 4 a.m. and it’s still raining. We haven’t seen this much rain in months.”
Marilee said Bryant was in Knoxville, Tenn., at a Dairy Farmers of America meeting. She said he wasn’t going to know how to act if he sees a little bit of mud when he comes home tonight. “He’s liable to think that he’s in the wrong place,” said Marilee.
Marilee also reported a large number of deer being harvested and processed, as hunters are getting a record number in the woods during bow season.
Speaking of deer hunting, have you heard about the monster deer that Kyle Koon killed? Kyle is quite the celebrity as he’s making newspapers and magazines all across the state and nation with the Boone & Crockett score of 193 and a 20-point buck. (A full story will be in the News-Telegram’s Outdoors page in the Weekend edition.) Congratulations to Kyle.
Mary Koon called me to make certain that I had heard about Kyle’s deer and reported that a large picture and article had appeared in the Lufkin paper. Mary reported that she was making butter beans and cornbread for lunch Tuesday, and she and Brody were doing well.
The word being circulated around the Vera Harrington farm this morning, was about the rain. “I went out and just watched it and let it fall on my face,” Vera said. “It’s such a blessing from above.”
Vera said she hadn’t had time to look at her rain gauge but there was some rain caught in a bucket that was more than she’d seen in months.
Vera reported that she and Joyce Melton Buckholt were helping Enola Gay post signs for Saturday night’s 55th Anniversary Jamboree when Joyce broke her foot. “I went to check on her last night, and she’s getting old and crippled, just like me,” Vera said. “I think we’ll live, but it is no fun getting old.”
Speaking of feeling old, I had lunch on Tuesday with Donna Gail Gregory Edgar and Sandi Wallace, and we all got to telling about our recent trips to the doctor. The conversation finally got so intense that I had to remind them of how many times we had commented that all the “old people” talk about is their medications and ailments. “Is this a sign that we’re getting old?” I asked.
On a much more depressing note, sympathy is extended to the Mike Swindell family on the passing of his son, Tony Gene Swindell. Tony passed away Sunday morning in an automobile accident in Sulphur Springs. Tony visited his grandparents, the Cyril Swindells, in the Reilly Springs community and grew up coming to this community. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date for Tony. Our thoughts and prayers are with this family in their time of loss.
I also got a call from Jay Shearer this week, and he and Greg Price are about ready to move the historic house from the Black Oak community to Sulphur Springs. They have purchased the house and have plans to restore the 1870s house to its original state on property owned by Greg. The historic house has square nails and a number of historic features that will be preserved. Congratulations to Jay and Greg on this preservation project.
Many from this community have reported attending the State Fair of Texas and making an enjoyable day of visiting booths, exhibits and livestock shows. The Kris Koon family exhibited their registered Jersey cattle in this year’s State Fair of Texas Dairy Show and reports are that they did well.
A number of Reilly Springs residents were in Sulphur Springs on Tuesday, to attend the Senior Expo. They reported a wonderful day filled with information on topics of interest to them and the great convenience of having all of the information in one place. Congratulations to Senior Citizens Center Activities Director Karon Weatherman and her volunteers for hosting the senior fair.
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