I have really been enjoying this cooler weather (below 100 degrees is cooler to me!). It seems like there is a little hint of autumn in the air. I’m sure we still have a few hot days ahead,but maybe we will see some small cool fronts in the coming weeks. I think we will be feeling a little relief as fall starts to creep into our community, as well as the county.
Happy birthday to Maymie (English) Burns on Aug. 30, Donald Sparks on Sept. 3, Nathan Petty and Vicki (Lennon) Weaver on Sept. 4, and Virginia Bishop on Sept. 5. Mrs. Maymie celebrated her 101st birthday, being born in 1908. Most of you know her son, H.C. Burns, who lives on FM 275. A special birthday wish to my twin aunts who are so sweet, Margaret (Millsap) Ragan and Mary (Millsap) Smith. Their birthday was Tuesday, Sept. 1. They are just about like second grandmothers to me.
Happy anniversary to my uncle and aunt, Ronny and Kathy Darrow, on Aug. 30. They were married 20 years ago in Las Vegas, Nev. Patsy (Johnson) and Leon Hallman celebrated their 29th anniversary on Aug. 31. Johnny and Joni Burns will be married 27 years on Sept. 5.
Last week, I mentioned that if anyone happened to know anything about the roaming buffalo in Miller Grove to please pass along the information. After last Wednesday night’s paper came out, I received several e-mails and phone calls about the mysterious buffalo. One person said that they came from a place between Miller Grove and Lone Oak, near the Hammericks’ home. Another mentioned that Rodney Lennon was hired to wrangle the two massive mammals and return them to their home in Brashear.
A phone call that I received from Frank Burns was probably the most interesting. Frank told me that at one time there were several buffalo north of Miller Grove in the Palestine community. As one thing led to another, our conversation drifted to Miller Grove in the old days, and then to the Burns family. Frank related a surprising story about how he came to have the name Frank Moody Burns. He said that his father, James “Jim” Burns, didn’t give him a name until he was 5 years old. When he was born his father wanted to name him Dwight, after Dwight Moody, a traveling preacher/evangelist. But before he named Frank, a relative had a son and named him Dwight. Mr. Burns later settled on Frank for the first name and gave him the middle name of Moody after the famous preacher.
Congratulations to my cousin, Justin Darrow, who graduated from DPS school last week! If I had known in time I would have gone to the graduation ceremony. I know he has worked very hard to get through the training.
Faye Tipps and R.A. Long, along with Randall and Dottie Long, went to Dallas this week to see R.A.’s sister (Jean Akins). She is still in a rehab and isn’t doing as well as her family had hoped. Please remember her in your prayers.
This week I was able to take the information issued on Miller Grove Cemetery by the Texas Historical Commission to the County Clerk’s office for filing in the deed records. We are inching our way closer and closer to obtaining a Historical Cemetery Marker.
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