Cherokeean Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 162, No. 46, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Page: 3 of 15

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■ Cljerokeeaij Herald ■
■ Wednesday, January 11, 2012
publisher editor
^^■oday, an automobile
I road trip across East
I Texas is a delight
I for many families,
largely because roads are
well-paved, signs mark
the towns and distances,
and there are ample gas
stations and eating places.
But in 1912, Woodson
Nash and C.G. Smith,
accompanied by their
wives, three Nash
sons and a friend, Sam
Krauss, hopped in Nash’s
touring car — a seven-
passenger Abbott Detroit
40-horsepower vehicle
- in Dallas and started
to Galveston, a distance
of 288 miles by way of
Terrell, Marlin and other
small towns.
Nash had contemplated
making the trip in his
Chalmers touring car, but
decided that it might not
be up to the task.
The party stopped at
Sanger’s, a store in the
Dallas area, where Nash
bought a cap because his
western hat kept blowing
Mrs. Nash wore a large
Queen Victoria hat, held
A three-day tour
on with a heavy veil.
In 1912, roads were
often impassable and ran
across farms and ranches.
The Nash-Smith party
stopped frequently to open
and close gates, some
of which were made of
barbed wire.
“On the second day,
leaving Marlin, we began
having lots of sand, and
I had to lower the tires’
pressure down to 45
pounds which helped
some,” said Smith.
Only two cars passed the
party on the way south -
a Marton Hanley and a
Pierce Arrow. They were
enroute to automobile
races on the Galveston
East Texas
On the second day, the
Nash and Smith party
stopped at Navasosta and
spent the night in a small
brick hotel.
“It was hot and the
mosquitoes and bedbugs
made sleeping, or trying to
sleep, pretty miserable,”
said Smith.
On the third day, the
party reached a white
shell road out of Houston,
but, like all the other
roads, it was one-way and
“we lost time in passing.”
The bridges, observed
Smith, were also one-way.
The party rolled into
Galveston on the evening
of the third day “with
everyone tired but happy.”
The return trip to Dallas
also took three days.
Bob Bowman of Lufkin
is the author of more than
50 books about East Texas
history and folklore. He
can be reached at bob-
Thanks to Andy Bergfield
for clippings from a 1912
ver the past week,
I I’ve learned that
sometimes, you just
want to get away.
In this space, we’ve dis-
cussed just how many words
I — and you — go through in
a day. We talk to coworkers,
we talk to family, we talk
to friends, we talk to our
favorite sports teams when
they’re frustrating us even
though we know they can’t
hear us - we talk. A lot.
Sometimes, though, the
best thing in the world is quiet.
Twice last week - once by choice and
once in the interest of medicine — I found
myself in the midst of quiet.
No television, no radio, no people around
me — just me and my thoughts.
The first time was in the interest of
medicine — I managed to get a migraine
and needed peace and quiet to let the
aspirin work. So, I sat alone in the dark
with no sound other than my fan and let
the medicine run through my system.
I remember my only thought was,
“Please let this migraine go away, never to
The second time was where I collected
my thoughts. It was a calm Thursday
night, following the radio show, and I was
just pensive. I remember thinking about
short stories I wanted to write and asking
myself how I should go about them.
I thought about sticking to my workout
regimen, and even increasing it now that
the change isn’t so obvious to me anymore.
I thought about the
things I needed, ticking off
groceries and a few things
for my car.
I ended up thinking
through a lot of various
things that I may feel I
can’t tell others about
simply because they’re per-
sonal. It was a huge weight
off my shoulders because I
didn’t know just how much
I was holding in until I
had this time to reflect and
process what was going
through my mind.
The fact was, in the midst of all that
quiet, my mind was as loud as it would
have been if I had been watching a
football game or listening to my favorite
It’s amazing to me what triggers
thoughts and memories in the human
In all that quiet, I managed to think
of life at home, when I was back in high
school, where I loved relaxing with the
family and enjoyed just going outside
and watching life pass by. I’d sit outside
and watch our dogs play or watch cars fly
down the road. I’d listen to the wind rustle
the trees. It was all very peaceful, and it’s
something I do even now when I go home.
Admittedly, the career I’ve chosen
doesn’t allow a lot of time to get away
sometimes, but I can escape through my
thoughts, my hopes and my dreams.
If I didn’t have those, it would be a very
lonely life.
THE Ql /
The quiet life
Hold your investments where taxes will be lowest
I ow much does it
matter whether
I you hold your
I stock and bond
investments in a taxable
account or a retirement
Conventional thinking
is that you should shelter
the annual income from
bond funds and high-
dividend stock funds by
keeping them in your
tax-deferred accounts,
such as IRAs or 401 (k)s.
Meanwhile you keep your
growth stock funds, where
the return comes mostly
from capital appreciation,
in your taxable accounts.
There you can take ad-
vantage of the lower tax
rates on long-term capital
But these rules don’t
always apply. For ex-
ample, if you frequently
buy and sell stocks, you’ll
tend to generate short-
term capital gains that
are taxable at ordinary
income rates. In this case,
you may be better off in
a tax-deferred account.
Generally, you should
keep stock investments
in a tax-deferred account
if you trade actively, if
you’re relatively young
and have many years for
your investments to grow,
or if you invest in funds
that generate a high
proportion of short-term
capital gains or current
income. Keeping stocks
in a taxable account may
be favored if you invest
mainly in index funds,
which produce relatively
few capital gains, or if you
trade your investments
The rules for Roth IRAs
are different, because
all earnings in these
accounts are tax-free if
you meet certain re-
quirements. So keep
those investments which
generate the greatest
total earnings, such as
aggressive growth funds,
in your Roth IRA.
One rule is clear,
though. Never put tax-de-
ferred investments such
as annuities or tax-free
municipal bonds in a tax-
sheltered IRA or 401(k).
Not only are you duplicat-
ing the tax-deferral, but
with tax-exempt bonds
you’ll earn a lower return
and convert what would
be tax-free income into a
taxable distribution.
For guidance on how
taxes affect your invest-
ments, contact our office.
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U|QU POINTS | fromReal
oiks along El Camino
Real were hit with
springtime weather
this past weekend
that had some of us won-
dering if we shouldn’t think
about getting our gardens
broken up. The warmer
weather will give us a little
relief on our gas and elec-
tric bills, which is always a
welcome thing after Christ-
They’ve fixed it where
you can’t get your six bits
for free off the Internet anymore, so now
you’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way
or buy a subscription. Times do change.
When I started writing this column, I only
had to give you two bits’ worth.
We have had a crop of new babies in
Alto over the past few weeks. I’m doing
my best to get them all announced, so
bear with me if I miss a couple. Nowa-
days they take a few pictures with their
cell phones, send them to everybody they
know, and then put it all on Facebook.
It’s like when they used to put lost kids’
pictures on milk cartons. Everybody
didn’t drink milk. Somebody needs to
give me a call.
I missed Amanda Collie at the drive-
through at Bancorp South the other day.
I knew that baby wasn’t going to be long
in coming when I saw her before Christ-
mas. Working in that drive-through
window at the bank allowed many of us
to keep up with Amanda’s pregnancy like
you’d watch a hermit crab in an aquari-
um. I’ve watched some of those ladies in
that drive-through since I was old enough
to go to the bank. It must be the special
lighting, or maybe they just get fed better
at the bank.
Anyway, Jason and Amanda Collie have
a new baby boy. Knox Collie was born on
Jan. 2. The little fellow had a problem
with his heart and they had to do heart
surgery last Thursday. He was doing
really well on Sunday, so we’ll pray he
will be on his way home real soon. Little
Knox will be welcomed home by his big
brother Conner, who will no doubt break
him in on the rough and tumble world of
being a boy. Congratulations to the Col-
lies on their new bundle of joy.
Shannon and Jonathan Black had a
new baby boy last week. Reagan Wade
Black was born on Jan. 7. It sounds like
he was named after his great-grandfa-
ther, Joe Reagan King. He was a fine fel-
low and a good namesake. The new baby
will be welcomed home by his brother
Rhett and sister Ashley. I just hope his
grandmother Pansy doesn’t spend so
much time playing with the new grand
baby that she neglects her regular job of
tending to Olan. Congratulations to the
Blacks on their third addition.
Our Alto High School principal Kerry
Birdwell was named interim superinten-
dent last week by the Alto School Board.
It ought to make it easier on everybody
not having to break in
somebody new in the
middle of the school year.
Mr. Birdwell has been here
long enough to know what
makes Alto tick.
Good luck and best
wishes to Kerry Birdwell in
his new job as “supe.” Your
first job is to ensure us
another state championship
in football and make all the
cheeerleader moms happy.
The Alto Buyers Group
will host their Fourth An-
nual Chili Cook-off Supper and Dessert
Auction on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Alto
Volunteer Fire Department. The chili
judging will start at 5:30 p.m. and the
supper will start at 6 p.m.
The price to enjoy some great chili is $5
and this includes drinks, crackers, chips
and all the rest of the fixin’s for a good
chili supper. The dessert auction will
follow the supper. If you are planning
on entering your chili in the contest, you
need to make enough to feed 20 people.
You can enter your chili for free or you
can pay $20 and split the pot with the
buyers group if you win. Costumes and
decorations are encouraged to promote
the theme of your chili. The dessert auc-
tion produced some outstanding entries
last year, so I expect an even better
selection for this year’s dessert auction.
We’ve got some great cooks in Alto, and
they really show out for this. You can get
a complete list of rules for the contest at
the Alto Ag shop. All proceeds help our
FFA, Junior FFA, and 4-H kids with their
projects at the county show. This is fun
you don’t want to miss, so be sure and
mark your calendar.
Many of us are feeling a touch of the
empty nest syndrome this week as our
college students head back to school.
Our middle son, Grant, went back to
College Station late last week. It’s an aw-
ful lonely feeling to walk by his room and
it’s always clean.
Clayton Scott flew to Denver to drive
his girlfriend back to College Station
and he got to attend the Denver Broncos/
Pittsburgh Steelers game. I would have
driven his girlfriend and bought the gas
to see Tebow make that one pass in over-
If your college student left home this
week, I feel your pain and I pray that
pain doesn’t travel to your wallet like
mine did. Good luck to all our college
kids on a new semester.
The rains are coming more regularly
than the news has been here lately. Ever
once in a while, y’all are going to have
to leave your comfort zone and make a
little news so I’ll have something to write
about. I guess I’m going to have to travel
across the river and start writing about
what’s going on in Weches and Belott. I’ll
see ya next week! And remember, If you
lose your left arm, then your right
one will be left.

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