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The Clifton Record
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
By Marc Johnson
Ain’t this weather sorta amaz-
ing; and strange??? Good gra-
cious. Eighty plus
degrees one day^^^^^^^
and thirty three de-
grees the next.
What a wild swing. I
Winds blowin’ lakl
we was in west I
Texas or some|
place similar. A1
Gore says we can blame “global
warming.” Reckon? Anybody got
a better explanation? Weather
folks these days got some amaz-
ing graphics to help explain what’s
happenin’ and what they think
gonna happen. Some of the time,
they right. Spring done sprung so
mebbe this crazy weather
straighten up and mebbe even
bless us with a good rain.
I’m thinking this sorta crazy
weather might even be affecting
the habits of a bunch of the birds.
I still don’t got no “Purple Mar-
tins.” Jerry Reesing may have had
the explanation fer the lack of
Martins. He said the houses need
to be plumb out in the open; not
close to no buildings or trees. My
Martin house been on a 14’ pole in
the same place fer years. No Mar-
tins this year or last. I do have a
tree What’s growin’ fairly fast
purty close to this house. Limbs
probably growed to about 10 to 12
feet from this house. I ain’t got no
good place to put it unless I can
talk Betty into diggin’ a hole to ce-
ment this pole in to. I don’t think
this gonna happen. Well, to heck
with ya Martins, find another
place to live.
Hummingbirds did finally show
up. Three so far; hopin' fer bunch
more. They a hoot to watch.
Haven’t seen no trace of “Robin
Red Breasts." Got a world of beau-
tiful Cardinals. Did see one of
them Western Blue Birds couple
of days. Haven’t seen any Mock-
ingbirds, Scissortails, Blue Jays
fer several days. Got many of all
three or four species of dove.
Many of the l’il Chi-Chi birds;
some with black heads and some
just sorta plain grey. None of ’em
interested in the Martin house.
They usta be; several years ago.
Now it just sits there plumb empty.
We keep out two bird seed feed-
ers and two hummingbird feeders.
Dad-burn coons try to git in to the
bird feeders and tear ’em down.
One of 'em climbs a pipe fence to
git to it. I got to where I take ’em
in the house every night and put
’em back out in the morning.
Them rascals can cut out quick if
they hear me cock my B-B gun.
They don’t like that one bit; but
they still keep cornin’ back. We go
through a 25 pound sack of feed
per week but they seem to like it;
and we enjoy watchin’ ’em.
Got a new bidness in town.
“Victoria’s Beauty Lane” is lo-
cated next to The Station between
3rd and 4th streets on Hwy. 22.
She’ll give Men’s haircuts as well
as whatever you ladies need to
keep y’all lookin’ shiny. Ya know;
Hope y’all all registered to vote.
If not, too late fer this May 9 elec-
tion. No city election needs to be
held. Mayor David Witte is not
gonna run again for Mayor and
Ron Hubbard is the only candi-
date. Kenneth Wiese is not gonna
run again fer council and Rick
Cartena will run unopposed fer
School elections a little differ-
ent; four candidates runnin’ fer
two places. The candidates are; in
no particular order are Diana
Stokely, Kathie Witte (inc), Leslie
Sorenson, & Tanya McFatridge.
Another item on the ballot is
about the Groundwater District.
Our Farm Bureau folks have re-
searched this out and highly rec-
ommend that we vote to join the
Middle Bosque District. NOT the
McClennan County District.
Check local papers fer more info
and meeting times where this will
be discussed and questions an-
swered. Main thing is; git out and
vote. It do count.
Ain’t been but a year since out
Post Office was wrecked. Ain’t
heard nothing else about when it
might reopen. Don't seem to be no
way to rush ’em. I reckon we might
be lucky they even put a trailer out
here fer us to use. Thank good-
ness; they didn’t completely forget
I mentioned here while back
about most folks reading “arrest
reports” and “grand jury indict-
ments” and wanted to know if any
body was interested in the final
disposition of any of these cases.
Not a soul mentioned it so I reckon
nobody else gives a rip. I’d still lak
President Obama done been to
Iraq. Hopes to git a bunch of our
troops back home and turn the
country over to them Iraqi’s. Hope
to heck he can make it work. Keep
See ya next week,
More at the Gap
LBJ Comes From Behind To Win Seat In Congress
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While voters in 10 Texas coun-
ties went to the polls on April 10,
1937, to pick a new congressman,
the youngest candidate on the
ballot spent the day in a hospital
After working his way through
college at San Marcos and teach-
ing school at Houston, Lyndon
Baines Johnson joined the staff of
Rep. Richard Kleberg. Three
years later, he returned to the
Lone Star State as administrator
of the National Youth Administra-
tion, a New Deal Program.
Although eager to launch his
own elective career, Johnson re-
fused to start at the bottom with a
local or state office. The ambitious
bureaucrat would settle for noth-
ing less than a seat in the United
States House of Representatives,
which invincible incumbents in
one-party Texas usually held for
The sudden death of Rep.
James P Buchanan in February
1937 opened the door but only a
crack. By leaving his name off the
list of possible replacements, the
Austin Statesman gave Johnson
credit for showing good sense. A
28-year-old unknown from the
smallest county in the Tenth Con-
gressional District would have to
be crazy to challenge the political
heavyweights sure to seek the
As Alvin Wirtz listened to
Johnson make the case for enter-
ing the race, he realized it would
be a waste of time and breath to
tell him to wait his turn. The
former lawmaker and veteran lob-
byist offered his assistance and a
piece of advice. For the underdog
to have even a ghost of chance, he
had to turn the election into a ref-
erendum on the New Deal.
Money was no problem. Wirtz
put the bite on a few corporate
contributors, who gave gener-
By Jim Parks
SPECIAL TO THE RECORD
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: Let me introduce you to the Militia!
That’s right, I’m talking about the one you read about in the Second
Read all about it at - <http://oath-keepers.blogspot.com/>
Peace officers, veterans of the Armed Forces, active duty soldiers,
sailors, Marines and Airmen have united to declare that their first loy-
alty is to the United States Constitution, a document representative of
a nation and its
JOIN, or DIE.
This engraving appeared in publications through
out the American colonies prior to the outbreak ol
Revolution in 1775. It is said that this graphic was de-
they are sworn
to uphold and
all enemies for-
eign and do-
and women are
about this. They
affirm that their
loyalty is not to a
politician, a party
or any group of
are sworn to de-
fend their nation
and their consti-
ton°GreLenX1snite ment as “A rePubllc’ " You can keeP “ ”
of the first shots fired in the American Revolution, “We oath keepers
will be mustering, gathering forces for the first time, on April 19,2009
to read aloud declaration of orders.
“OATH KEEPERS: ORDERS WE WILL NOT OBEY !
“1. We will NOT obey orders to disarm the American people.
2. We will NOT obey orders to conduct warrantless searches of the
3. We will NOT obey orders to detain American citizens as "unlaw-
ful enemy combatants” or to subject them to military tribunal.
4. We will NOT obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emer-
gency" on a state.
5. We will NOT obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that
asserts its sovereignty.
6. We will NOT obey any order to blockade American cities, thus
turning them into giant concentration camps.
7. We will NOT obey any order to force American citizens into any
form of detention camps under any pretext.
8. We will NOT obey orders to assist or support the use of any for-
eign troops on U S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace"
or to “maintain control."
9. We will NOT obey any orders to confiscate the property of the
American people, including food and other essential supplies.
10. We will NOT obey any orders which infringe on the right of the
people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, ana to petition their gov-
ernment for a redress of grievances.”
Their stated goal is not to overthrow any part or parcel of any gov-
ernment, federal, state or local, but to insist upon a strict interpreta-
tion of the Constitutional underpinnings of anysuch government.
Hear me out and understand me well when I say that I cast my lot
with theirs long, long ago in a nation many thought fell apart and died.
We have news for them.
At the rifle range recently, I signalled a fellow shooter on the one hundred
yard benches that the range was cold. I wanted to put up a target. Was he in
I used the universal hand sign of circling the thumb and forefinger
and extending the other three fingers. “OK?”
An ex-Marine, he began to quiz me about my past, my weapon, which
is my father’s old Ml Carbine, a firing piece issued to senior Marine
and Army Non-Coms and officers during World War II and the Korean
Where was it manufactured, he;
, he asked.
Why, in Ohio at the Inland Motor Divsion of General Motors, I replied, You
can tell by the serial number Others were turned out by IBM and Smith-Co-
He complimented me on my groups while firing from a position un-
assisted except by the sling. I admired his AR-15 M4.
We got to talking and agreed we are the militia. We don’t need anyone’s
permission to stand four square for the Constitution and defend it and
our people against all enemies foreign and domestic. Unarmed people,
we agreed, are slaves of the state or any invader who may choose to put
them in harm’s way.
Finally, he asked me if I am one of the Oath Keepers. I said no. He
wrote out the blog address and told me I had better read up on it before
I used the OK hand signal in the future.
You may be assured that if I don’t make it to Lexington on April 19,
and I am in a state of Liberty, I will be in attendance at any meet-up
they may schedule here in Texas. Anywhere. Any time.
This is a historically correct emulation of the American revolutionary
Committees of Safety and Committees of Correspondence. Read your his-
God Save The United States Of America.
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ously to the long-shot cause, and
Johnson’s wealthy father-in-law
kicked in another 10 grand.
Acknowledging the unwritten
right of the widow to take her dead
husband’s place, the other contes-
tants graciously deferred to Mrs.
Buchanan and refrained from de-
claring their intentions. But
Johnson knocked her out of the
race by announcing his candidacy
on March 1 and informing the
press that he would step aside for
Johnson hit the ground running
the very next morning. With seven
weeks until the winner-take-all
special election on April 10, he had
to make every day count.
That was how the novice got the
jump on the complacent competi-
tion. C.N. Avery, Buchanan’s cam-
paign manager and presumed
successor, kicked off his low-key
bid a week later. Assistant attorney
general Merton Harris finally got
into the act on March 18, while
state senator Houghton Brownlee
waited until the legislature ad-
journed on the 27th.
Conceding Austin and a third of
the electorate to Avery, the early
favorite, Johnson concentrated on
the countryside. From daylight un-
til well after dark, he canvassed
the small towns and crossroads
pausing to shake hands and poli-
tick at every general store and gas
station along the way.
A poor public speaker in a for-
mal setting, Johnson came to life
in one-on-one electioneering. His
folksy style and amazing ability to
connect names with faces trans-
formed strangers into lifelong ad-
Rattling along back roads
hardly more than wagon trails,
Johnson would order his driver to
stop for no apparent reason. He
would then scale a barbed-wire
fence and tromp through ankle-
deep mud to solicit the support of
a single startled farmer.
Johnson’s standard stump
speech in 1937 was simple and
powerful. “The eyes of the nation
are on us right here. The whole
country’s watching what you do
on April 10. This is the first and
only test at the polls in all of the
United States of the President’s
In other words, a vote for
Lyndon Johnson was a vote for
Franklin Roosevelt. And by cast-
ing that vote, humble Texans
hand the opportunity to shape his-
Nevertheless, as late as March
25, LBJ trailed badly in the news-
paper opinion polls. The surveys
showed Avery comfortably ahead
of the pack with Johnson no bet-
ter than a distant third.
The surprise endorsement of
Albert Sidney Burleson made a
dramatic difference. The former
congressman and postmaster
general in the Wilson administra-
tion turned Johnson’s youth into
an asset when he said, “To elect
an old man is for the people to
throw the office away.”
Digging deep into his $100,000
war chest, Johnson saturated the
airwaves with 15-minute commer
cials. Politicians that had previ-
ously balked at speaking on his
behalf jumped at the chance to
read rousing testimonials on the
Thirty-six hours before the polls
opened, Johnson was rushed to an
Austin hospital with an acute case
of appendicitis. On Election Day
the recovering candidate was con-
fined to bed.
While less than a third of the
electorate preferred the brash
upstart, the best any of his oppo
nents could manage was a mea-
ger 18 percent. Lyndon Johnson
had pulled off a miracle and
started his historic rise to power
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By Our Staff And Our Readers
IN BOSQUE COUNTY
Just after the annexation of
Texas by the United States in
the winter of
asked to re-
cruit fifty vol-
u n t e e r
serve for the(
U. S. govern-
captain of this
frontier defense which pa-
trolled the area between the
San Gabriel and Little Rivers.
R.S. Barnes joined the S.P.
Ross volunteers in 1846 for six
months. After serving his time,
he was mustered out at Bushy
Barnes later enlisted with
the S.P Ross Company in 1847.
They moved to a new station 15
miles northwest of Waco Vil-
lage and patrolled the hills and
valleys of Bosque and Hill
Counties. Barnes was dis-
charged from the rangers in
1848 and joined the United
States Dragoons stationed at
Fort Graham, established
March 27, 1849, on the east
banks of the Brazos River.
Robert Barnes purchased a
league of land on Steele Creek
in Bosque Territory in 1851,
(Bosque County Deed
Records, Book D, p. 8384, from
Lee Davis (cousin of Barnes
who accompanied him to
Texas) to Robert Samuel
Barnes, out of the Bowen Sur-
vey, Feb. 18, 1851. Barnes built
a cabin on his land.
In 1852, he married Eliza-
beth Oaks Barton, the widow of
(Albert and Elizabeth
Barton and their children
moved to Bosque Territory in
early 1850, settling on the west
banks of the Brazos across the
river from Fort Graham. They
were thought to be the first
permanent settlers in what
later became Bosque County
They built a cabin and planted
crops. Albert operated a ferry
to Fort Graham. Unfortunately,
his ferry sank and he was
drowned in June, 1850. His wife
and children continued to live
on their farm.)
(To Be Continued)
Sources of research: Bosque
Territory, W. C. Pool; Bosque
County -.Land and People; A His-
tory of Texas. Pennybacker;
Albert Barnes Papers, Bosque
fmmm m ■
Meet the Jetsons
I was thinking the other day
about what we imagined when
we were younger. The first mi-
raculous real thing I remember,
other than telephones, automo-
biles, and airplanes (which I
probably took for granted, never
knowing a time when they
weren’t around) was probably
television. I don’t remember the
actual event of the TV delivery,
but I was probably a year or two
old. It must have been quite a
day in our house. I do remem-
ber that huge television set in
our den. (It must have weighed
a thousand pounds and was the
only one we had for years and
years. Back then, it was a bit
extravagant to have more than
one car or TV.) A real, live repair-
man came to the house to
change tubes periodically and do
other maintenance. Things back
then were built to last. We re-
ceived two to three channels, de-
pending on the weather or the
way you turned your antenna —
or maybe where you personally
stood in the room, in relation to
the TV, maybe the way you held
your mouth. I’m too young to re-
member when people had only
radios to entertain them, but I
heard my folks discuss that by-
gone era when I was younger.
We had the “funny papers”
back then, too, and once a week,
the Sunday comic page. One of
the cartoons was Dick Tracy. He
wasn’t a big favorite of mine, so
I skimmed right over the two-
way wrist radio idea. Zack re-
members it. (I think Dick Tracy
was more of a boy’s cartoon. Or
maybe it was too sophisticated
for me.) The idea of a two-way
wrist radio was so fantastic back
then, so farfetched. No one I
knew seriously imagined having
something like that. We were
lucky to have AM radios in our
cars. Now we have cell phones.
Who’d a thunk it? Before long, they’ll
probably implant keypads and com-
munications chips in our wrists so
we can’ drop our phones in pastures
or run over them with our trucks.
fVfes, I did both.)
I remember hearing about
World’s Fair expositions that
showcased products of the fu-
ture. It would be fun to go back
and view those items, see how
close imagination came to what
is now commonplace. There are
actually a few “shorts” on the
Classic Movie Channel that
filmed highlights of those exhib-
When the TV show “The
Jetsons” aired, we saw cartoons
of ovens that would cook food in
seconds, instead of minutes or
hours. It was a silly notion. But
now we have microwave ovens.
Mrs. Jetson had a robot that
vacuumed her floor. Such a thing
now exists, and for a fairly rea-
sonable price. Judging from its
lack of wild success, I expect it’s
even less effective than the
Jetson’s sassy robot. (Extra
points if you remember the
robot’s name. If you Google it,
Sci-fi movies and TV shows
hinted that one day folks might
survive on a pill instead of nu-
tritious food grown from natural
sources. I’ve watched my son
drink protein shakes and my
By Dr. Gene Ellis
daughter eat power bars instead
of “real food.” I’ve seen her use
“spray butter” to fry an egg
white. It isn’t butter at all. I’m
not certain exactly what it is. I
refuse to eat artificial food for
the most part. It might keep my
weight down, but I’m leery of it.
Some of the ingredients are so
mysterious. I’m not sure what
I’d be ingesting. That’s why I like
to keep things simple and avoid
most processed foods Sugar
and butter might be bad for my
weight or cholesterol, but at
least I know where they come
from. Maybe I should just prac-
Writers of both the James
Bond movies and the original
Star Trek TV series came up
with ideas that appeared later as
real inventions. Other movies
gave us ideas, and time gave us
reality. On the small and large
screen, with literary license, we
were able to imagine these
things years before they ap-
peared and became available
(to, first the wealthy and then to
the general public). Inventors
were inspired by these outra-
geous ideas, and they produced.
Years later, many of the items
are reality Imagine a camera so
tiny it could be hidden easily
Imagine a flip-phone communi-
cator. (My son is still awaiting
the hover board/skateboard of
“Back to the Future.” I’d be
happy with a personal jet pack.
In the meantime, I’d like a Segue
please. And that “Beam me up,
Scotty” thing would be handy,
Several mainstream items
came to us indirectly through
the space program. Teflon is the
one that comes to mind, but I be-
lieve I read somewhere that it
had been invented before that or
was to be used for a different
purpose. I may have dreamed it.
Don’t quote me.
And things like CT scans,
needle-free injections, ultra-
sounds, laparoscopic surgery la-
ser technology — these were all
ideas of fertile brains before years
and years of work and technologi-
cal advances turned them into re-
ality. Remember Bones on Star
TVek with his noninvasive operat-
ing techniques? Back then they
were science fiction. How about
“Frankenstein” or the “Six Million
Dollar Man” with transplanted
body parts? The human intellect
is truly amazing, for this is where
it all begins, in the imaginations
of the very gifted. How lucky we
are that there are minds among
us able to fathom such possibili
ties, then other talented individu-
als to create them.
To be continued.
(Gene Ellis, Ed.D is a Bosque
County resident who returned
to the family farm after years
of living in New Orleans, New
York, and Florida. She is an art-
ist who holds a doctoral degree
from New York University and
is writing a book about the mi-
nor catastrophes of life.)
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