The Reilly Springs Community continues to “swelter” beneath the heat wave that has gripped Hopkins County and most of the state of Texas for the last couple of weeks. However, we had somewhat of a relief on Monday, when many in the area received a nice rain!
But, most of us in Reilly Springs had to settle for simply cooler weather, as we got no measurable rainfall in our community. “We got a drop here and a drop there, but nothing like it rained in town,” advised Yvonne King. “Roy and I were so disappointed when we arrived home from work and hadn’t received any, when we’d witnessed the downpour in Sulphur Springs!”
Joyce McDonald and the folks over on State Highway 154 got a nice rain, so it was “mighty close” but just didn’t develop in our area. “I thought we were paying the preacher enough!” quipped Yvonne, on Tuesday. “But, I guess somebody is slacking up!”
Blake Fisher reported that he had been digging some post-holes this week and that it was dry on top, but about eight inches down, the moisture remains good. So, that’s some good news for local gardeners and livestock producers.
The Reilly Spring Supper Club met at Pizza Inn on Monday night and of course, the rain was one of the main topics of discussions, or the “lack thereof,” any moisture. J.R. Fisher reported that his crops are doing well and they have loads of okra, beans, tomatoes and that the peas are beginning to be ready to harvest. If you need any good produce, give J.R. a call and he can schedule when it will be available.
The Fishers reported a “very hot” Farmer’s Market on Saturday in Sulphur Springs. I thing everyone nearly “melted,” as Saturday was one of the hottest days we’d experienced.
I “spied” several from our community on Friday night at the Main Street Music Festival. And, the show was wonderful, once the sun set and temperatures began to “cool off.”
Then, on Saturday night, there were loads of folks from Reilly Springs that braved the heat and made their way to the downtown square for the annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Show. It was warm, but a great music presentation and a spectacular fireworks show to get everyone in the mood for celebrating our nation’s independence. I had the opportunity to visit with Tye Boatman for a few minutes and she related that she had already made her dentist appointment with Dr. Lawrence. Danny and Shannon have been moving into their new home on College Street this week as they attempt to “round up” their belongings from storage. Word is that they’ve received some good moving help from Brent and Lacey McClendon, Kyle Koon and Misty Moss.
I had a brief visit with Mary Koon on Sunday, and she allowed that she was anticipating the mid-week arrival of Jandi and Landri Lawrence from Muleshoe. They are coming for the long 4th of July weekend and Mary was “saving up some spoiling for Landri.”
Mary also reported that her niece, Jorene, made a safe trip back to her home in Canada, and reported enjoying the cooler weather. However, Jorene wanted to express how much she enjoyed visiting with all of her cousins and family members in Hopkins County and warm hospitality she received while visiting for approximately two weeks. Of course, she got to enjoy the Hopkins County Dairy Festival, several shopping trips and meeting probably more cousins than she even knew that she had.
I think that most folks in our community are counting the hours until time for the 4th of July holiday begins. Everyone is about ready for a break, even though most outdoor activities will be rather hot. Maybe, it’s a great time to go to the lake.
I also received my “quarterly” publication this week from the Hopkins County Genealogical Society. If you haven’t read it, it has a world of information about Hopkins County history in it. There is a wonderful story about the old “Bankhead Highway,” or as we called it here in Hopkins County “Highway 67.” The article traces some of the historic businesses and establishments located on 67 and the downtown square. You’ll definitely be “taken down memory lane” as you read the article, and remember some of the old businesses that you once patronized.
Another article in the Genealogical Quarterly dealt with patents that have been applied for from Hopkins County. The patents involved everything from cotton planters and harvesters, peanut planters, wire tighteners, wagon tongue supports, and bonnets for the fashionable lady. Among the list of patents was one applied for on May 10, 1892, by Mr. William Brown, of Reilly Springs. Mr. Brown most likely only lived in our community for a short period and moved to Como, as another patent was applied for from that community in 1898.
The 1892 patent was for a “gate latch” and Mr. Brown’s 1898 patent was for the wire tightener, that he had designed. Of course, this was the beginning of fencing laws in Hopkins County, so the device may have been in “heavy demand” where the “open range” livestock methods were quickly coming to an end.
Interestingly, there were applications for cotton-choppers, bale ties, and spring wheels, that reflected the early influence of cotton production in all areas of Hopkins County.
And, speaking of early times in Hopkins County, while visiting with J.R. Fisher on Monday night the subject of the “Spook House Ghost” was mentioned. J.R. mentioned that several have reported hearing “a woman’s voice” in the house and that on a couple of times he’d heard something that sounded like her talking.
J.R. and Blake also mentioned the “grid” that is located in the back yard of the McKay house. This is something buried beneath the soil and could have possibly have been an underground irrigation system that Mr. Jewel McKay installed for his gardens or crops. Does anyone know or remember something like this, being on the place or installed? It would be interesting to learn about.
I received many, many comments from folks last wee, about my remembering the way we kept cool during the summers before the wide use of air conditioning in our homes and automobiles.
Dorothy Hinton called and related that Wayne worked at the Old Ice House on Oak Avenue Street, back in the 1940s for $3 a week. Of course, he had to lift the heavy blocks of ice and wrap them in burlap for delivery from the dock. Does anyone have any pictures of the Ice House on Oak Avenue? If you do, I’d love to see them.
Other summertime memories included the “window unit” fans that we all used in our homes. Do you remember going outside and “watering down” the fan? You sweated so when you went outside to wet it down, it certainly felt cooler when you came back inside and stood in front of the fan.
Certainly, it has been hot the last few days, but nothing compared to what we experienced in our younger years. Have we really gotten that “soft?”
Meanwhile, until next week, enjoy a wonderful and safe 4th of July holiday. Be careful with any fireworks that you plan to discharge and remember our troops who make all of the celebrations possible. Ask for them an extra measure of safety and a safe return trip home. Pray for love in our hearts, harmony in our community, and peace in our land. God bless Reilly Springs, Hopkins County and America. Happy 4th of July.
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