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Page Two—CHEROKEEAN/HERALD of Rusk, Texas—Thursday, August 5,1993
with Marie Whitehead
Cherokee Historical Commission
builds archives of oral histories
It was Cicero who wrote, "There
are gem of thought that are ageless
and eternal." A true statement, don't
you think? And the incredible put
of this...now...stems from the fact
that he lived from 106 to 43 B.C. He
was born Marcus Tullius Cicero, and
became a distinguished Roman ora-
tor and statesman.
You can see he didn't live too
long. Sixty three yean. But one
didn't expect to live long in those
days...if one happened to be on
the wrong side of the political
fence. And he was. And he was
"slain," according to my refer-
ence book...more than 2,000
years ago now.
The point here is that he said
"gems of thought are ageless, eter-
nal." So, let me share a few of these
in the hope that with me, you will
find temporary release from the
more agonising problems of the day.
"Words are things, and a email
drop of ink, falling like dewupon
a thought, produces that which
thousands, perhaps mil-
lions, think." -Lord Byron.
"Moat of us have collections of
sayings we live by.. .Whenever words
fly up at me from the printed page as
I read, I intercept them instantly,
knowing they are for me. I turn
them over carefully in iny mind and
cling to them hard." -David Grayson.
"A word spoken in due season,
how good it is." -Proverbs 15:23
"Who is a wise man? He who learns
of all men." -Talmud.
"Time is of no accouxlt with
great thoughts. They are as fresh
today as when they first passed
through their aurthors' minds,
ages ago." -Samuel Smiles.
"Who can mistake great thoughts?
They seize upon the mind; arrest
and search, and shake it; bow the
tall soul as by wind; rush over it like
a river over reeds." -Philip James
"If I can line up the people
who, back through the ages,
have gone at life in ways I greatly
admire, then I can feel all their
strength supporting me, all their
standards and values pointing
the way in which I am to go." -
Bonaro W. Overstreet.
"It is not how much you know
about life but how you live your life
that counts. Those who can avoid
mistakes by observing the mistakes
of others are most apt to keep free
' from sorrow. Ina world hill of uncer-
tainties, the record of what has gone
I I before-human experience-is a sure
and reliable as anything of which we
know." -Ray Lyman Wilbuy.
"The men who have gone be-
fore us have taught us how to
live and how to die. We are the
heirs of the ages." -Sidney Dark.
Just a small serving of what we
call "food for thought" around our
office. In the midst of today's worri-
When in the course of times
there comes an Individual
who through service to his
fellow citizens and the length
of his life, one stops and rec-
ognizes such a man - Dr. J.C.
Through one hundred years
of life given to service and
enterprise, Dr. Hill has given
manning to citizenship both
in his own city and to his
Let it be known near, far and
wide, that time will record
August 8, 1993 as Dr. J.C.
Hill Day within the limits of
the City of Alto and to the
boundaries of the Commu-
nity of Alto.
Proclaimed this 2nd day of
August, 1993 that August 8
be set aside and remembered
for the life of Dr. James C.
James M. Grammer,
Mayor of the City of Alto
All great discoveries are
made by men whose feelings
run ahead of their thinking.
What nappens when you
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some anxieties, concerns for all
people everywhere who are living
through great conflicts, it is helpful
to "take a break" and read some-
thing of long lasting, uplifting value.
Such reading won't solve any of life's
problems...won't stop wars, keep
rain from falling or even renew
drought parched lands, but just per-
haps these thoughts will refuel our
systems for the living of these
days...days which cause us to think,
"the more things change, the more
they remain the same."
Until next week? -mw
By John Allen Templeton
Cherokee County Historical Com-
mission members have begun build-
ing an archive of oral history re-
views as part of a program to pre-
serve history via that medium, ac-
cording to Dr. Jane Purtle, chair-
man of the project.
Two interviews have been re-
corded in July, Dr. Purtle reported
to the Commission in its July meet-
ing. One covered early history of
the plant growing-shipping indus-
try in the county. The other covered
the history of sacred harp singing
in the area and was a follow-up of an
Letters to the Editor.
At the start of the budget process
I was informed by the County Audi-
tor that the Historical Commission
had $31,000.00 in a certificate of
deposit. I felt the taxpayers should
get some benefit from these funds.
In my preliminary budget I re-
quested that the historical commis-
sion pay its way this coming fiscal
year. Last year we spent about
$8,000.00 of tax monies on the his-
Mr. John Allen Templeton came
to the budget workshop last Friday
and questioned the authority of the
Commissioners' Court over monies
that the historical commission had
obtained by the sale of books.
Immediately after the meeting I
called the Texas Historical Com-
mission and spoke to the woman
whose name Mr. Templeton pro-
vided to me in the meeting, Ms.
Frances Rickard. She said she would
send me a copy of the Attorney
General's opinion that dealt with
this issue. I have attached a copy of
it to this letter so anyone who wants
to read it can come to your office or
mine to do so.
In summary, the Attorney Gen-
eral says as follows:
"The acquistion and control of the
property and finances of a county
historical commission íb an author-
ity to be excercised by the county
commissioners court. Donated prop-
erty must be approved by the com-
missioners court and any funds re-
( alized by the commission must be
deposited with the county trea-
The County Commissioners have
the ultimate authority over these
I want the historical commission
to remain in operation and continue
doing the outstanding job it does. I
also feel the taxpayers should get
the benefit of the $31,000.00 that is
not being used. The commissioners
disagree with me on this.
I am looking for a better managed
county government. I am not sure
what they are after.
Craig D. Caldwell
At A Glance...
HAY SHOW-The annual Chero-
kee County Hay Show will be held
in October. Deadline for entries is
August 27. For more information
contact Jack White at (903) 683-
ONARECENTTRIP to the village of Villa Linda deYaxachen,
in Yucatan, RayCryer, and Steve Brigman of Dallas, handed
the town officials $900 to complete a 15,000, a 12,000 gallon
water tank, and a facility for grinding corn. Ray's contribu-
tion was largely funded by the International Committee of
Rusk Rotary, local psychologist Richard Trent, Houston
White and Stephanie Caveness. Pictured to the right is Jan
Van Ee, a Dutch minister, who is a frequent visitor in the
Cryer home. The trip included Wayne and Cathy Davis of
Rusk, Mary Lou Higgins of Jacksonville, Dianne Haw* of
Grapeland, Stan Swingle, formerly of Rusk, and Marion
Holland of Lufkin.
earlier interview on the same sub-
ject. Interviewees for those record-
ings were Mrs. Bert Haws of New
Summerfield and Dr. C. Barnwell
Anderson of Jacksonville College's
faculty. Grady Singletary has con-
ducted two interviews related to
the timber-sawmilling business,
which will supplement two earlier
ones on the same subject including
the Fast rill lumber town reunion.
Preceding these tapingB, the Com-
mission conducted two workshops
on oral history interviewing and
recording. Specialists in the field
conducted the workshops arranged
by Dr. Purtle. Project participants
have also had special training in
Oral history recording interviews
gathers county history which might
be lost otherwise and is done usu-
ally in conversational style as an
interviewer and interviewee talk
about "old times" in a community
or an industry or about an event, it
The oral history project helped
the Commission to earn another
Distinguished Service Award from
the Texas Historical Commission
Firemen were called to two grass
fires last week, one on July 29, and
one on July 31.
On July 31, firemen also re-
sponded to a garage fire and an
airplane crash. The airplane was
part of an air show that was being
held at the Cherokee County Air-
port. Two people were injured in the
crash and both were flown by heli-
copter to Tyler area hospitals.
On August 1, firemen responded
to an air one assist.
The Texas A&M University an-
nual Firemen's Training School was
attended last week by Chris Hoover,
David Parsons, Jack Woody and
When the printed word fails to
get results for change and there is
no hope for same, then it is time to
put the pen away for good.
I hope that someone will wake
the people up before it is too late for
I fear it may be too already.
Hypocrisy in any form is Hypoc-
Our Nation's competitive, capi-
talistic system historically has at-
tempted to insure that the best quali-
fied segment of our society performed
the task at hand. This approach has
advanced OPPORTUNITIES and
common interests to the benefit of
ALL segments of our diverse soci-
ety. It was designed to recognise
contrasts in skills, effort and initia-
tive. The success of this plan has
made the United States the envy of
In the guise of fairness and equal-
ity, incompetence is now mandated
and rewarded to the clear detriment
of our nation's economic viability.
With one exception, we have lost our
competitive edge. In most respects
OUR COUNTRY continues to domi-
nate the world in competitive ath-
letics. When we elect to watch a
sporting event we are afforded a
rare opportunity to view the very
best athletes doing what they are
best suited to do. No one seems to
note the physical characteristics of
the participants. Instead we marvel
at their remarkable abilities. We
ALL profit from this approach. No
one shouts and runs about insisting
that the most talented be replaced
by the less proficient in order to
satisfy some vague sense of perfor-
mance defeating equality of oppor-
Rt. 3 Box 228JR
AWARDS: "LIONS AND TIGERS AND BOOKS-OH MY" Top Readers received
awards at Singletary Memorial Library. leading their age groups are pictured
Rhett Smith, Tiffany Corley, John Kyle Smith, Jacob Crowley, Brittany McCreary,
Christ! Moore, Jeremy King, Katie King. Not pictured are Jena Garbutt, John
Garbutt and Mandy Cobb. John Kyle Smith was the top reader overall. Brittany
McCreary and John Kyle 8mith also received recognition for top Bird Watcher
Logs. A visiting lion handed out awards. -staff photo
YOUTH CAR WASH—Hilltop
Baptist Church youth will hold a car
wash from 9 to 2 on Friday. The
Church is located one block east off
Hwy 69 S. of Alto.
v By Peggy McArthur
LIBRARY HOURS: Monday - 2
to 7. Tuesday - noon to 5. Wednes-
day -10 to 3. Thursday and Friday -
noon to 6.
SUMMER READING PRO-
GRAM: Certificates and awards
were handed out July 28 to the par-
ticipants. We enrolled 141 children,
had a total attendence of 584 at the
various programs, and awarded 59
certificates. We had as a guest, a
lion, who handed out programs and
awards. Refreshments were served
to the young readers.
STORY TIME: Story Time for
pre-schoolers three + will resume on
Wednesday, Sept 8,10:30. Programs
will follow each week on the same
day and time. We invite you to bring
your children I
RECENT MEMORIALS: In
memory of : Mary Turner by the
George Goldsberrys; Rachel Butler
by the George Goldsberrys; Ralph
Johnston by the George Goldsberrys;
Rosemary Aiken Rowley by Carolyn
P. Benner; Fred Buchanan by Su-
san and Brian Porter, Roland
McArthurs, Jack and Louise Morriss
and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sinclair;
Dorothy Guinn Chastain by Leland
A Guinn; and Gladys Guinn Allen
and Joel Allen.
NEW BOOKS: Anna '• Book, Bar-
bara Vine. A sixty-year diary does
not contain an identity and a mys-
"LIONS AND TIGERS AND BOOKS—OH MYP
Summer Reading Program concluded July 28 with
awards, certificates and refreshments at Singletary
Memorial Library. A friendly lion handed out the
awards and parents treated the children to cookies
and punch. Some 141 young readers participated
throughout the summer and 89 earned certificates.
Rusk reserve football
ticket holder sales begin
Rusk Eagle season football ticket holders can exercise their
option to purchase reserve seats by contacting Ricky Hassell at
Rusk High School by Aug. 9.
Persons who have already made a commitment, can pick up
tickets at the high school office, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday
through Thursday after Aug. 9. Cost of tickets is $15 for five
Reserve seat tickets will go on sale to the general public on
Thursday, Sept. 1. For additional information interested persons
can contact Hassell at 903/683-5401.
Rusk High School Home Games are Sept 10 against Trinity in
homecoming activities; Sept. 24. White Oak; Oct. 8, Corrigan-
Camden; Oct. 13, Huntington; and Oct. 29, Center. All home
games begin at 7:30 this year.
of Laredo, Larry
McMurtry. Captain Call, in this se-
quel to Loiutsome Dove, must follow
a desparado over the Ttoaa frontier.
The Night Manager, John
LeCarre-Thomaa. A spy threatens
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