School will start back before we know it, and I guess it is a good thing, because as hot as it is, you can’t get anything done outside.
Remember to pray for rain. This has been one of the driest and hottest summers I can remember. When I was little, my grandparents and great-grandparents didn’t have air conditioners, and we made it just fine when I would go to their houses. They did have fans stationed through the house to help stir the air, but that’s not like the good old A.C. running. But as a kid the heat really didn’t bother me. I don’t know if I was just too young to care about the heat or if I have just totally blocked it out of my memory.
Happy birthday this week to Bailey Penny on Aug. 1 and Butch Hall on Aug. 4.
Happy first anniversary to Blake and Kendra Fisher on July 31. I also have two 53rd wedding anniversaries to report this week. One is that of my aunt and uncle, Mary and Kenneth Smith (on Aug. 2). The other couple are two of my good friends, Jerry and Betty McGowan (on Aug. 1). Congratulations to all three of these couples!
Historical Note: So many times we don’t realize that our families were (and are) involved in the history of the United States. We have all sat through boring lectures about the Civil War in our high school history classes, and we all know how the fighting was so bad and so many young men were killed fighting in one of the bloodiest wars that the nation has seen. But what so many people don’t realize is that, more than likely, someone in your own family was involved in the fighting.
Quite a few men from Miller Grove served in the militia during the 1860s. A company was formed from boys in our area of Hopkins County. Many of them saw quite a bit of action, and some, unfortunately, never saw the end of the war. Memories of these young men have slipped from the minds of many older people, and many families never passed down this type of fact in their family heritage.
Company K was organized from boys in the western section of Hopkins County. They were part of the 9th Texas Cavalry and proudly served the South until the close of the war. Two of the young men were in my family. Richard and William Proctor both enlisted in this company. Richard lost his life in battle in the small town of Elkhorn, Ark., in the year of 1862. William, his younger brother, fought beside Richard as a private in the Confederate States of America. At one time, he was sent home during the war because he was stricken with sickness. He returned home to Miller Grove, and after recovering eventually made his way back to where his company was fighting and rejoined the unit until the end of the war.
Next week, I will try to list a few of the soldiers who were Confederate veterans from Miller Grove and how they tie in to so many local families.
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