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How poor are the
Last week, I reported on a slight increase in
demand on the local food bank and some in-
formation on Jack County in regards to food-
stamp benefit use and poverty levels.
The US Census data shows that of the eight
surrounding counties, Jack County has the
third highest incidence of poverty, yet has a
relatively low percentage of residents that re-
ceive SNAP food benefits.
What I wonder is how does that measure-
ment of poverty really stack up? The Cen-
sus Bureau states that the same income level
thresholds apply throughout the country.
They do not vary geographically.
But a dollar in Jack County can go a bit far-
ther than a dollar in some of the cities in coun-
ties surrounding us — especially in terms of
housing — and can go way farther than a dol-
lar in any metropolitan area or say Alaska or
On the Census website, for 2011, the latest
poverty thresholds I saw, showed that a fam-
ily of five with three kids is considered poor
with an income of or below $26,844.
OK, so that’s not a whole lot to work with.
But it’s not impossible to live off of $2,237 a
month. It also doesn’t take into account any
assets like savings and capital gains or losses
What I don’t understand is some of the
choices that poor people make that keep them
in a perpetual cycle of desperation.
My husband and I were returning to New-
castle from Wichita Falls one evening a
couple of years ago. We were stopped at the
red light on Highway 79 by Walmart off of
By Cherry Rushin
We were rear-ended by a car that just didn’t
stop. The driver was driving a not exactly new,
but not particularly old sedan that looked like
it had been in good shape before the accident
and he had no insurance.
Yet, he whips out his new iPhone to call
his girlfriend for a ride. Why pay hundreds
of dollars for a phone with an additional hun-
dred dollars per month for a voice and data
plan and not shell out the minimal cost for
liability insurance each month?
I was speaking with a friend recently who
works for a county attorney. She’s been pro-
cessing hot check cases that are being pros-
I asked her what businesses were the checks
typically for. She said a lot of them are for
grocery stores, but a lot of them are also for
expensive boutiques, restaurants and nail sa-
I’m a thrifty person. Being able to sleep
soundly every night in a comfortable home
with a pantry full of food and secure in the
knowledge that our health and home are in-
sured against disaster — is something I have
readily and frequently sacraficed for. But it’s
not even like sacrificing when I think about
There are others who have thought our life-
style a little odd because for example — I
don’t have a smartphone. I have a flip phone
paid for by the company.
See PICKED page 8
Old treasures may
be just junk
I would love to be on Antiques Roadshow.
The show revolves around ordinary people
bringing in family treasurers (and some junk)
for appraisal. Some walk away with millions
... and some just walk away.
Of course, there is something about getting
to meet the very handsome host Mark Wal-
berg. Not once in the 10 years has he laughed
at someone for bringing in something they
dug out of a dumpster or a painting which has
been hanging under the bed for several years.
Not once has he told someone to calm down
when she screamed at the value of a piece of
art from grandma’s attic.
I have a feeling that the producers of this
show provide a sound-proof room where the
appraisers can hoot and howl at the really bad
items which are brought in. To their credit,
they don’t tell people they have a worthless
item ... on the air.
Like I said, I would love to go see the show
live. Therefore, I took a trip through my junk
to see what I’d take. I have an old print which
I bought at an auction for $5. It was framed
nicely, sealed from the element, numbered
and signed. It’s a picture of a very old Arabic
man. His green hat matched the paint I used
in the guest room, so that’s where it hangs.
My daughter says he looks like a terrorist.
I’ve got a set of silverware. Some of the
pieces are missing. They belonged to my
great grandmother. Grandpa Krebs took them
out to the garage and sharpened the knives
the day after they were bought. “Knives were
meant to be sharp.” I have a feeling that little
trip to the barn cost me several hundred dol-
lars in value, but those knives will still cut a
I think my old buffet is well over a hundred
years old. It’s very heavy. That may be the
reason I’m not going to make it on the air.
Even if I could find someone to drag that old
buffet in, the appraisers might consider that
replacement, plywood door as a deal breaker.
The snuff can, that has to go under the back
leg, isn’t very attractive, but it is old, too.
I searched through my jewelry, but most of
it is fake. I do have an old cigar box that my
grandmother covered in costume jewelry, but
when I pried those ear-clips and broaches out
of the dried Elmer’s glue, I was disappointed.
None of them bore Tiffany’s mark. One of the
pieces which looked like gold left its painted
finish on the box. So I moved on.
Once I made a sampler ... one of those
hand-stitched wall hangings. That was back
in the late ‘50s, so it’s old, but the one they
featured a few months ago was made with silk
thread by some little rich girl while she was
in boarding school in Boston ... in the 1830s.
Also, my mama used mine for a cup towel so
many times, that the edges are frayed and the
background is a little stained. It doesn’t say
“Happy is as happy does” anymore. A couple
of the letters are frayed. Now, it says “Happy
is as noppy do.”
Most of my antiques are probably worthless.
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Last pioneer killed
by Indians in 1873
Last pioneer killed by Indians in 1873
Jesse Veale was the last pioneer killed by In-
dians in Palo Pinto County.
In 1873, ranchers discovered Jesse’s arrow-
riddled body near the mouth of Ioni Creek,
five miles west of the tiny town of Palo Pinto.
Jesse and his brothers — William Penn,
Henry and James — were famous hunters and
well-known cowmen, who were wealthy in
cattle and horses. Thanks to open-range graz-
ing, the Veale brothers claimed and branded
the wild Longhorns that roamed in North
Texas (if they were not already marked).
Since the vast acres of grassland surround-
ing the Brazos River were not yet laced with
barbed wire fences, there was plenty of grass,
even though they were not landowners.
On the day of his death, Feb. 22, 1873,
Jesse, two of his brothers and cowboy Joe
Corbin were camping out along the Brazos
River where they were hunting and fishing.
All the pioneers in the area depended upon
hunting to put meat on the table, and the
Veales brought home more than enough game
to share with their neighbors. Plentiful game
animals and birds lived in the cedar-breaks
and thick underbrush along the river and its
many branches. However, the hunter’s para-
dise also provided the perfect cover for Indian
According to “West Texas Frontiers,” writ-
ten by Carroll McConnell, on the morning
of Feb. 22, 1873, the hunters found and took
some Indian saddles and ponies in the woods.
J.W. Wilbarger in “Indian Depredations in
Texas” argues that this was a grave mistake,
which virtually guaranteed the Indians would
Before the attack, the three hunters split up
when William Penn Veale returned to look for
his lost powder hom while Jesse and Corbin
went to check their trot lines on the river.
Suddenly, six to eight Indians charged out
from the underbrush near the mouth of Ioni
Creek. As arrows flew around them, Corbin
asked Jesse what they should do. Because of
the noise and confusion, Corbin thought Jesse
answered, “Run out,” but he had said, “Fight
it out.” Corbin was doubly distracted when an
Indian tried to grab the reins of his horse. But
the cowboy drew his pistol and managed to
escape certain death. During those split sec-
onds, an arrow punctured Jesse’s knee, and
his nervous horse threw him. Alone and crip-
pled by the wound, Jesse faced his attackers,
sitting with his back against an elm tree, and
that is where a rescue party found his body.
Judging from all the arrows in and around
his body, the men who found him knew that
Jesse had fought hard despite the improbable
odds. The dead man’s hat and gun were miss-
ing, but fortunately, he had not been scalped.
Before his brothers could be warned of the
tragic news, they rode up to the bloody scene.
Wild with grief, his brothers were determined
to track down the Indians, who were most
likely Comanche. The posse of cowboys and
ranchers trailed the Indians in the rugged,
hilly country, slowed down by the thick juni-
per trees and slippery limestone trails.
As they were going through a little canyon
toward the crest of Crawford Mountain, they
saw some of the Indians. Even though the
rest of the posse tried to discouraged them,
the Veale brothers, yelling and screaming and
firing their guns, stormed a cave where they
thought the Indians were hiding. The Indians
See TALES page 8
On the matter of
Goldilocks didn’t realize it at the time, of
course, but she had it comparatively easy-
lucky beyond measure - to find the “just
right” bed on the third try. Within mere sec-
onds of trying out The Three Bears’ beds, she
nestled comfortably, thinking—albeit errone-
ously—that all was right with her world.
Today we are challenged by dozens of eye-
crossing choices offered by many firms, some
with big ads proclaiming whatever day it is to
be the best day ever to purchase a new mat-
Our first one served us well for nigh onto 40
years—until it buckled 14 years ago. When
they removed the mattress, a card fell out:
“Re-Elect LBJ to the US Senate.”...
My wife and I thought we were careful
shoppers back there at century’s turn, hop-
ing to buy another king mattress to take us to
2040 or so. After all, we bought from a repu-
table company that made good on warranties.
They replaced our mattress twice in a single
Authorities say that the average life of mat-
tresses now is seven to nine years.
And young adults are largely to blame. Back
when, mattresses were constructed with dura-
bility in mind; comfort was a distant second.
Nowadays, it’s all about comfort, bells, whis-
tles and miscellaneous technology. Durability
concerns rarely come up____
During my youth, family mattresses-al-
ways “used”-were cotton-filled. When they
sprang leaks, we called Elmo Letbetter, who
reconditioned with cotton refills.
There were no warranties to deal with, since
the mattresses—like clothes—were hand-me-
By Don Newbury
‘Course most folks did far more physical
labor in those days, so we could sleep any-
where - on pallets, cots, air mattresses and
curled up in a wheelbarrow. Creek bank sleep-
ing was fine should fishing be involved....
A few weeks back, we discovered mattress-
sagging on both sides. Yep, it was time to shop
for a new one—our fourth try since 2000. (I
can live with my “matted hair,” but not if it is
caused by a bad mattress.)
Brenda “deaf-eared” my suggestion that we
consider a gently-used, $17.50 mattress listed
on Craigslist. So, we watched ads, read Con-
sumer Reports and called various stores to
find a king mattress that was “just right.”
We “lucked out” on the first store we vis-
I never thought I would admit this, but here
goes: A computer was our best friend. We
were escorted to a computer-assisted mattress
that provided important data, thus simplifying
our search. All we had to do was lie down and
follow instructions. Within five minutes, the
“Expert Match”™ had spit out information
on our sleeping contortions, movement and
more stuff, and then the nice salesman sug-
gested mattresses that came closest to meet-
ing our needs.
There was no pressure. He asked us to try a
few, and we made an almost iron-clad deci-
sion on one we liked and could afford.
We then visited a couple of other stores, both
of which fell short—not only because they
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