The Cherokeean. (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 134, No. 47, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 5, 1984 Page: 2 of 18
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PAGE TWO-THE CHEROKEEAN OF RUSK, TEXAS, THURSDAY, JANUARY S, 1984
Point of View
It's Gonna Be Cold
Are we actually heading for another
10,000 years of ice? Many scientists think
that perhaps that's what is going on. Our
10,000 years of interglacials (a period of
more comfortable temperatures) may be
coming to an end. Scientists say that
during the past million years, there have
been several ice ages lasting some 10,000
years each. In between there has been
10,000 years of warmer temperatures.
Most of us may feel that we have returned
to the Great lee Age. Especially after the
subfreezing temperatures that the entire
state experienced during the past couple of
Reports were that this cold spell was
caused from Artie air normally intended for
Canada. They say this may mean that we
are on the edge of another lee Age. But
many feel that when it does hit it will ac-
tually be Another Little lee Age, like the one
we had from 1450 to 1850. But, whatever, it
certainly has been cold.
Rusk folks bundled up and turned up the
heat but for many of our citizens it was
terrible. Many were without water for the
full time - others lost dogs, cats and cattle.
These animals just couldn't stand what was
termed as abnormal weather.
Thom Marshall, staff writer for the
Dallas Times Herald says there's a book out
written by four British scientists called
"The Weather Book" (Little, Brown,
$24.95), that explains the weather in
layman's terms. He says the book explains
that the world's weather picture depends on
a number of factors such a continental drift,
complex cyclic wobbles and tilts of the
planet, the varying amount of heat put out
by the sun, volcano activity, changes in the
earth's magnetic field and etc.
Marshall says that more immediately af-
fecting our weather are solar activities and
frequency and scope of volcano eruptions.
These volcano eruptions cause sun blocking
particles to go into the stratosphere me' ng
lower temperatures. He says this has í jen
apparent throughout the 20th century when
we have had such mild winters and no great
Marshall says no one knows for sure what
the sun or volcanoes will do. The increase in
volcanic activity in recent years is obvious
with Mount St. Helens in Washington and El
Chichón in Mexico, he notes.
Geologist Stephen Self of The University
of Texas at Arlington is a volcano specialist.
and co-author of an article in the January
issue of Scientific American magazine
ab >ut the 1982 El Chichón eruption, accor-
ding to Marshall. The article says the El
Chichón eruption produced the densest
cloud seen in the Northern Hemisphere sin-
ce the eruption of Krakatau in Indonesia in
1883. The volume of ash from El Chichón
has been compared to Mount St. Helens, but
the stratospheric cloud it created was about
100 times denser.
Marshall says that Self presents the
question of what would it be if there was an
eruption comparable to El Chichón every
two or three years with decreases in cold
temperatures building on top of each other?
Self has explained that ice ages can start
quickly, likely within a few decades. A run
of bad winters, with each one accumulating
so much snow and ice that cannot melt off
during the summer.
During the period of 1450 to 1850, there
were winters so cold that the Thames River
froze solid. The frozen river site in London
was used for frost fairs, with the last one in
1813-14 - the last time the river froze solid.
Marshall relates that what we consider
normal weather is really abnormal of the
past 1,000 years. Temperatures since 1950
have dropped halfway back to the level of
the early 1800s, like the time when Napoleon
and his army got so cold in Russia.
So, as it gets colder in East Texas, we can
purchase extra insulation for our homes
and businesses. Might not be so bad to
provide better shelter for our cattle and
outside animals. Then, too, we might put in
electric heaters in our garages and carport
to warm our car engines. It looks like it's
time to make preparations for the cold.
Let's be ready and not be left out in the cold.
by E. B, Musick/ Jr,
Medicine is not always easy to take
One of our paunchy Lions got some
pills from his doctor the other day.
The instructions on the bottle read:
"Spill on floor three times a day and
pick them up one at a time! "
Lion President Richard Johnson
started the meeting last week by ap-
pointing Lion George Dodd the song
leader. Then after poor Lion George
finished he said that this was pretty
good singing considering the leader
We know that Lion George ap-
preciated these kind words
Our guest last Thursday was Mr. J.
L. Hasseli. Lion Dodd made a report
on the power situation in our area and
said that the low voltage was not only
here in Rusk but was state-wide It
seems that some of the electric plan-
ts use lignite and the belts that convey
the lignite to the furnace were frozen
and cut the production causing low
Lion James Campbell presented
Mr. Sonny Hasseli as our speaker Mr.
Hasseli graduated from Rusk High
School in 1981 and now works with his
father in the J. L. Hasseli Timber Co.
He has umpired for us many times in
our little league program and is plan-
ning to go to an umpires school within
the next few months. He tola us about
how to buy timber and the process
that they use. Many people are em-
ployed in the timber business from the
buyers, the people that cut the timber
and get it out of the woods and the saw-
They are looking for timber to buy
at all times and when they find a tract
they either buy land and all or just the
timber. When they buy the land, they
usually cut the timber and then sell
the land. The first thing is to establish
the corners of the land to be cut so that
you are sure to stay on just your own
Then they have crusers estimate the
amount of timber - this is before they
buy same, draw plots from one fence
to the other, and come up with the
amount of timber that should be cut
from this particular plot.
A timber deed is drawn or land deed
if they are to buy land, and timber and
presented to the land owner for his
signature. Then the title is checked by
the abstract company and if in good
order then the timber can be cut. The
Hasseli's recently bought 300 acres of
hardwood timber on Bagley Road and
have started cutting that.
Someone asked the question about
the different colors of paint used on
the timber that we see in going down
the highway. We were told that dif-
ferent companies use different colors
for their timber.
Most timber is bought in bulk but
some is still bought by the foot. After
timber is cut many come back and
replant. In 14 to 15 years, you can
start thinning and make some money
from the timber then in 25 years you
should have saw logs. When buying a
tract of timber it is stated in the deed
the length of time they have to remove
it.,usually from one to one and a half
They are now trying out a machine
that will climb a tree and cut off all of
the limbs and then come down and cut
the tree. Maybe we will see this in our
area in the near future. So good to
have Mr. Hasseli visit with us and
look forward to another visit in the
very near future
Lion Allen B. Gilchrest is Program
Chairman for the month of December.
Lion President Johnson is going to
take care of the program for this
Thursday. We are sure that this is not
from a Lion - "Make Love, Not War."
Marry my ex-wife and have both.
See You Thursday Noon Southern
Governor Tells Of Year
By GOV. MARK WHITE
AUSTIN — As we begin the new
year, I would like to take this oppor-
tunity to review some of the highlights
and major concerns of 1983.
I have been fortunate during the fir-
st year of my administration to
receive the advice of thousands of
Texans who have taken the time and
effort to write me about their opinions
on important issues.
By July, my office had received
more letters than the previous ad-
Twilight Years Dogged By Inner Youth
By BEVERIjY FLETCllÉR
President Ronald Reagan spoke to
the masses the other day to admit
responsibility for the deaths of
Marines in Beirut.
"You know," my mother cogitated,
"Reagan said he would step down
from office if he ever went senile."
"Of course, the thing about being
senile is that you're always the last
one to know it," she finished. Mom
studied gerontology for her master's
degree in psychology.
Brother Alan stole a glance at her,
then gave me a knowing look.
"Yeah...ain't that the truth."
"Yep," I said, "dirty shame, isn't
She caught the insinuation in both
our voices and smirked, "yeah...poor
With the family gathered at home
for Christmas, Mom and Dad caught
quite a lot of ribbing about their ad-
vancing years. Both are in their 40s.
The jokes followed them about the
holidays like a magnet. When they
floundered at their new computer toy
we accused, "senility is being unable
to cope with the changing world." If,
in the hubbub of holiday revelry Mom
didn't hear us talking to her, senility
was "being out of touch with your
Perhaps the joking was our asser-
tment of the promise of youth. Or
perhaps we joked about their age
because we knew the holiday spirit
prevailed so as to keep them from
giving us a good, swift backhand.
Actually my parents are upbeat,
with it people—there is a certain
youthfulness to their maturity.
Our holidays were tinted however
with the increasing realization that
we may soon lose a very treasured
Our ancient chihuahua, Danny, has
aged not so gracefully. He's 12 years
old, that's 84 in people years.
He's looked like an overstuffed
sausage since the.er, operation. His
anatomy protrudes grotesquely from
an inflamed hernia. His eyes are
clouded over with some weird dog
glaucoma. He snarls in crotchety
assertiveness if you dump him out of
his warm spot on the couch.
Once he was very obedient. Now
when we give him orders he looks at
us in amazement that we would even
suggest such a thing, and goes on with
his business. His careful potty
training seems of no avail now with
his weakened kidneys and other
eratic body functions. He's not em-
barrassed about it though—he seems
to have bestowed quite faithfully upon
us the honor of taking care of him in
his old age.
He awakens Dad at night out of his
own high volume snoring with his
raspy sleep-wheezing. Dad doesn't
mind though—it reassures him that
Danny is still with us.
For Danny, the hardest part of
growing old is that he can no longer
jump up on the bed, or into our laps as
we sit around lazily in the easy chairs.
He stares up at us with solemn brown
eyes, as if he remembers the days
when he used to amaze us all with his
joyous gymnastics. He growls at the
indignity of having to be physically
raised to his time-honored per-
ches—not a formidable growl, a growl
aimed more at himself than anyone
Dad keeps Danny by his side
always. Dad is the one who whisks
Danny away to the vet in the middle of
the night when he cries out in his old
age infirmity. Dad is the one who
pounds on the vet's door to arrouse him
from sleep. But it is Dad and Mom
together who talk to Danny in gentle
love tones, caress him to ease the
aches and pains.
Danny was my dog as I grew up, but
the college years swept me away from
him. His only entrance into my new
life came in a wild party-spent
weekend we shared at my place when
the folks were out of town. But Mom
and Dad have been apt successors in
the business of loving Danny. They
handle the dog as preciously as if they
were holding their own youth.
For a fleeting moment during the
holidays, the years dropped off Danny
as he enjoyed a sudden burst of
energy. He chased me around the
house and I chased him in a frenzied
game of tag that we used to play when
I was a kid. I watched him as he
crouched on the ground waiting for
my next move—His flabby muscles
were somehow pulled taught and
hard, his ears perked high into the air,
his eyes miraculously lost the
glaucoma-cloud and opened into the
wide-eyed, intelligent, brown-
splashed, spark-filled wonders I
always associated with the in-
domitable spirit of his youth days.
He raced in youth-captured vigor,
just as he used to do after we gave him
a bath, when he wallered on the fur-
niture as if he could somehow wipe it
And when we finished our tag game,
he made the big jump onto the couch,
then onto the back and hung there in a
caricature of Snoopy's vulture
imitations. He drew back his lips and
seemed to smile and giggle as if it
sank into him that he had made the
jump by himself.
Of course later, his bones creaked
again, his eyes grew old again, and I
think he lost the dinner scraps given
to him at the Christmas feast.
Seems like he is forever paying the
fiddler now that he's old.
I think that's the real tragedy of
aging—the deterioration of the body,
the frustration of not being able to
function at the level once exalted and
preened upon in the prime of life.
But I caught a glimpse of the truth
of humanity through Danny this
Christmas. The promise of youth is
that it stays with us always. Not as a
memory—there is forever buried
within us an 18-year-old.
ministration did during its entire four-
year term. At the end of 1983, we had
logged in well over 50,000 letters.
Most of my mail registered concern
about the quality of education offered
by Texas public schools. I began 1983
calling for improved public education
for our students and better salaries
for our teachers. Through the
hearings of the Governor's Select
Committee on Education, we have
achieved the most constructive and
thorough public dialogue about our
educational system in recent history.
As the new year begins, that commit-
tee will compile its final recommen-
dation for the Legislature to consider
in a special session in 1984.
During the past year, we also began
an aggressive campaign to strengthen
our economy and provide needed jobs.
As the recession deepened, it became
painfully clear that we have depended
too heavily on the oil and gas industry
and that future economic strength
depends on diversifying Texas' job
Highlighting this new campaign is
the Office of Economic Development
created within the Governor's Office
to provide technical assistance to
communities trying to attract new
businesses. It is also helping Texas
businesses expand into out-of-state
and foreign markets.
Utility customers were the focus of
considerable attention in 1983, helping
to enact the most comprehensive
regulatory reforms since the creation
of the Public Utility Commission. I
appointed three new commissioners
dedicated to the task of requiring that
utility companies be efficient energy
We succeeded in passing legislation
creating the Office of Public Council
to represent consumers in rate cases
before the PUC. Utilities can no
longer automatically pass higher fuel
costs to consumers in their monthlv
Consumers also benefitted from a
compromise we forged in the
Legislature on the issue of bank credit
cards. When consumer groups and
bankers failed to reach an agreeable
formula for interest rates, I called all
parties into my office and helped work
out an acceptable plan that provides
Texans With the lowest interest rates
in the nation.
Our state should take pride in the
Legislature's voting in 1983 to in-
crease monthly welfare benefits un-
der the Aid to Families with Depen-
dent Children program - the first such
increase in 14 years. I joined with a
majority of Texas voters in suppor-
ting passage of a constitutional
amendment that, for the first time,
gives Texas courts the option of or-
dering an automatic deduction of up
to one-third of a parent's paycheck to
cover child support obligations.
These are only a few of the
significant measures we have taken to
help make our state a good place to
live and work. With your continued
advice and help, I look forward to
even greater accomplishments in
By PEGGY McARTHUR
Nacogdoches, Texas 75961
With the Magna Charla coming to
Nacogdoches in January, I am sure
that everyone will be interested in
"The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215"
by Frederick Lewis Weis and Arthur
Adams This is the third edition which
has been published by the
Genealogical Publishing Company,
111 Water Street, Baltimore,
Maryland 21202. This book was prin-
ted originally in IMS.
This book contains a briel introduc-
tion to the Magna Charta and tells
what it to. The remainder of the book
contains ancestry of various colonists
in America who descend from those
Barons who forcod King John to sign
the Magna Charta
Some of the colonists who ancuatry
to discussed are: Gov. Thomas Wsat
ol Virginia, Gov Francis Weal. Go*.
John Wsat and Nathaniel Weal, all of
Virginia. Gov John Winlhrop of
, George Klktngton of New Jar
Edward Mana WmgfMd ana
WtagMI af Vtrgfctoa Jatai
Drake ef Masa . Samuel PaatoaMaar ef
New Hampshire; Capt. William Poole
of Mass., John Washington of
Virginia; Gov. Thomas Lloyd of Pen-
nsylvania; Edward Jeffreys of
Virginia; Hon. Robert Wright of South
Carolina, Gov. John Cranston of
Rhode Island; Col. Robert Livingston
of New York; Rev. David Lindsay of
Virginia; Gov. Maj. Gen. Alexander
Spotswood of Virginia; Maj Richard
Staltonstali of Mass.,; William Torrey
of Mass,, Col. William Bernard of
Virginia; Thomas Culpeper of
Virginia; Gov. Edward Digges, Gov.
Thomas Dudley of Virginia. Simon
Lynde of Mass , Henry Wyche of
Virginia; John Norwood of Marylund.
Thomas Ligon of Virginia. Rev.
Hewte Wyall of Virginia. William
Fairfax of Virginia; Elder William
Wuntworth of New Hampshire. Gov
Robert Barclay of East New Jersey.
Sir Patrick Houstoon of Georgia. Dr.
John Irvine of Georgia. Capt Jeremy
Clarke of Rhode Island. Joshua Owen
of New Jersey. Cap! Menrv Halle of
Virginia. John I reacolt of Masa.
John throckmorton of Ktodr Island.
Rev John Davenport ef Mass . Col
Richard Lee of Virginia, ( apt
Charles Barham and a number of
This volume contains 125 pages,
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Cost is $12.50 plus $1.00 postage and
handling. If you are trying to establish
a line for Magna Charta. I am sure
you will want to purchase a copy of
this book Order your book from The
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Ill Water Street, Baltimore,
Seeking information on the THOM-
PSON family. William B THOM
PSON was born in Maury County.
Tenn in 1804 He was married three
times William B was the son of John
A. and Elizabeth tEDMONDS >
THOMPSON John A was born I July
1781 in South Carolina Who were his
parnts John married Eluubeth ED
MONDS 17 November I7DH in
Darlington. S C by Rev Mr Wood
William If THOMPSON was the fir
si elected Ta* Assessor and Collector
of Smith County. Tesas The first
etertion being ■ August IMS I have
been unahk- la find any marriage
retmrds for William H so I dwn l kms
if his last three children were by his
last two wives or his first wife. I would
appreciate any help on this THOM-
PSON family. I will be happy to share
any data I have
—Rosalie Thompson Curry, 1710
45th Street, Lubbock, Texas 7Ü4I4.
Start the new year off right - send in
your query and perhaps we cah help
you find your Kissin Kuzzin!
Parents, lively stories are what
you need to get beginning readers
interested in good literature. The
library has a new collection of
books by such outstanding authors
as Bennett Cerf, the Berenstains,
Theo. LeSieg (a pen name for Dr
Seuss), P.D. Eastman and many
others. These books have been
favorites for years and have star-
ted many youngsters on their
Your child will love Duke, the
city dog that must be taught how to
dig and becomes "The Digging-est
Walter Farley's "Little Black, A
Pony" is written that beginners
will want to read and re-read it for
In "Are You My Mother," a baby
bird hatches while his mother is
away He suffers through an iden-
tity crisis until he finally locates
Does your child come up with
wild-preposterous wishes1 "I Wish
That I Had Duck Feet" is a fan-
tastic adventure that takes place in
the mind of one boy who out wishes
any child on record.
The above books are only a few
in this collection. Bring your child
to the library! They must not miss
out on reading and even you will
find these books irresistible!
A book for parents written about
the problem of crimes against
children is "Your Children Should
Know," by Flora Colao. A training
program that helps your child pin-
point suspicious behavior and
safely escape it is presented.
Techniques are given that enable
your children to better protect
themselves from assault, threats,
manipulation, physical danger,
abduction, and abusive peers and
adults. Several of you have asked
for a book on this order. I think you
will find this book to be useful.
Happy New Year! Make A
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