Bastrop Advertiser (Bastrop, Tex.), Vol. Includes supplement., No. 21, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 10, 1979 Page: 2 of 14
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Thursday, May 10.1979
Issues and Opinions
Yours, Theirs, and Ours
"I disapprove of what you nay but I will
defend to the death your right to say it."
Grass roots: People band
together for protection
1-akc Bastrop Volunteer Fire Department members and officers stand in front of 1,100
gallon tanker truck before planning May 20 fund-raising Spring Festival: Front row, Mary
and David Samson. Second row, from left: Gretchen Mrozinski, Frances O'Brien, Dorothy
Crawford, Judy Miller, Willie Samson, Grant Samson, Steve Samson. Back row, from left:
Carroll Burnes, one of the founders in 1972, Bill Crawford, Tom Miller, Frank Sawyer, Mel
Reaves, Eulala Bussa, another founder, Rick Mrozinski, president; Leroy Beck, Zelma
Beck, Tiny O'Brien, Phyllis Hestilow and Chief Buddy Hestilow.
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Elizabeth Juarez of Bas^
trop was among the 66 art
majors and minors at
Southwest Texas State
University recently honored
during Art Department
Awards Day 1979 at San
Ms. Juarez, B.S. with a
major in secondary educa-
tion, was recognized for her
It started in 1972 when
Lake Bastrop Acres resi-
dents got "a feeling of
helplessness" over fire dan-
gers in their fast growing
Today the Lake Bastrop
Acres Volunteer Fire De-
partment is one of the
strongest of the grass roots
fire companies that blanket
Bastrop County. Because of
the volunteer fire depart-
ments, less than $40,000 a
year in local tax money is
going to protect over 30,000
"Hiat condition may not
last too much longer with the
demands of growth but for
the present Lake Bastrop
Acres and the other VFDs
are carrying on.
Sunday, May 20, Lake
Bastrop Acres' group will
hold its one big annual fund
raising event, a spring
festival with bar-b-que din-
ner at 11:30 a.m., a country
store, fish pond, dish toss,
grab bag, raffle, arts and
crafts booths and other food
and drink. Events are
expected to last until around
It takes place at Lake
Bastrop Acres Park, some-
times called Tuck Park,
which is reached off High-
way 95, approximately five
miles from Bastrop. Signs
from the entrance to Lake
Bastrop Acres will direct
visitors to the fund raiser.
The department operates
on an annual budget of
around $4,000. According to
President Richard F. Mroz-
insty money is needed this
yearv to enlarge the fire
station to house an ambul-
ance, jeep, tanker truck and
radio equipment expected to
be added soon.
"Our department is small,
but a lot of fun," says Carroll
H. Burnes, one of the
The department provides
protection for at least 500
families and probably many
more, in Lake Bastrop
A<res, Lake Bastrop Ranch-
ettes, Lake Bastrop Club,
Lake Bastrop Estates, plus
portions of Circle D, Holiday
Hills, the Jack Ash area,
Sayers, Phelan and Oak Hills
Last year the department
put out some 28 fires.
The combined bands of
Bastrop Junior High will
present a spring concert
Monday, may 14 at 7:30 p.m.
in the Junior High Gym. The
band will feature solo and
ensemble members who will
compete in competition held
in Taylor. The public is
invited. There is no charge.
Started in late 1971 by
Dutch Schultz, Burnes, Joy
Vandervort, Cliff Levrett,
Hubert Linen berger and
Eulala Bussa and chartered
in 1972, the department's
first chief was Max Champie.
The first equipment, a
trailer and water pump, was
donated by Schultz.
Later equipment was
given by Linenberger, Ver
non Tuck, the Ladies
Auxiliary and others. Tuck
donated the department's
land and building, located
next to a large water tank.
Today, the department is
able to roll 2,500 gallons of
water to any fire in its
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AUThomzeD DeALei! of James Avercy |ewel.Ry
Will the Social Security system run out of money before
we get our share? How can we pay $1 a gallon for gas? $2.50?
Why can't we get our national budget under control, stop
inflation, motivate all able bodied persons to work and get
the U.S.A. moving again?
Because we don't know the outcome of these and other
vexing questions, most of us don't like to think too much
about the future.
Our thoughts turn to the past.
Hiat's one of the reasons given for the greater than
expected success of the Celebration of the Frontier last
month at Bastrop High School's cafeteria. Families set up
tables to show items from their past as well as tell the story
of communities, institutions and even racial groups. The
affair was so successful that it's a sure bet for a repeat.
On Mother's Day 1979, we'd like to think about the past of
one woman who lived through times even more perilous than
the present. We don't have to go as far back as the 1830s or
turn of the century to find a story of bravery and resolution.
We first knew her with clarity when we were about two
but looking at old snap shots, dairies, records, programs and
talking with friends, our mother comes into sharper focus as
a personal history as we grow older.
She was a child of the 20's, the most exuberant, richest era
in the history of the U.S. with sky's-the-limit great
expectations, until 1929 and the Great Depression struck.
She was a beautiful young woman, with touches of Ava
Gardner or Ingrid Bergman, the daughter of a newspaper
publisher who died before she could have a role on the paper.
After the Depression, came World War II and she worked
as a telephone operator in Corpus Christi and other cities to
supplement the income of a young Naval officer husband.
When he went overseas, she took charge of the family.
After the war, she lived through the personal crisis of
identification that hit many men who returned. Eventually,
she returned to college at age 45 and obtained a teaching
certificate against competition from much younger students.
She worked three jobs for 10 years to keep her family
The 60's brought new misfortune and difficulty as the
rebellion of a gifted youth caused first, bewilderment and
then grief. Later she left her secure job to care for her own
mother and find a new occupational career in her 50's.
Through it all she kept going, telling us once "There's
something within me that tells me I need to be of service. If I
can help others, I am fulfilled."
The greatest triumph of this gallant lady has come after
age 65 when she stands alone, independent, still vigorous,
teaching foreigners English and taking on other volunteer
She never crossed the plains on a stage coach. But she
could have done it if she had been needed.
We like to think she represents well the mothers who've
lived through the past 70 years. And like the others, she's
Best love always.
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Children in need of caring
parents will meet prospect-
ive mothers and fathers
Saturday in an informal
"Fun Fair" in Austin.
Hie Adoption Unit of the
Texas Department of Hu-
man Resources and the
Black Adoption Task Force
are sponsoring the May 12
Hiere have been several
public inquiry meetings in
the Central Texas area
resulting in some applica-
tions, however, the Depart-
ment continues to need
additional Black parents for
Most of these children are
between five and twelve
years of age.
As a part of a recruitment
drive, the two groups are
sponsoring the Fun Fair for
children available for adop-
tion and for prospective
liiere will be organized
games, hot dogs, and
opportunities for adults to
Adults interested in pn>
viding a permanent home to
a Ulack child are urged to
call (512) 447 9955 for
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