The Future of Tolk

Rumors started circulating a while back that Tolk Station would be closing. I jumped to the conclusion, as I suspect other people also did, that the government was behind this because Tolk is coal-powered. But rather than assuming I knew what was going on, I decided...

May This Keep You Safe from Harm

While visiting with Betty Jennings for the story “G.O. Jennings had a Grocery Store,” February 20, 2021, she shared with me a story about a New Testament Bible given to her husband Jim Jennings when he entered  military service in 1942. I was unaware of this...

G.O. Jennings had a Grocery Store

During the Depression, and probably even before, Saturday was a big day, the day families went to town. Saturday was looked forward to, the day to shop, visit, be entertained.  Jennings Grocery Store was one place in Muleshoe to do all three. Groceries were bought;...

Mule Medix

If you read the blog about Chad’s flag pole from February 9th, you might remember Mule Medix mentioned as being instrumental in the completion and dedication of that memorial. This is their story.For about twenty years, the Bailey County EMS Organization was a group...

Chad’s Flag Pole

The Muleshoe and surrounding Bailey County community gathered Sunday afternoon,  February 7th, to pay homage to the  service of LCpl Chad E. Bales with the dedication of a flag pole in his honor and memory. The son of Kem and Lori Bales, and a former junior English...

Small Town Nurses and COVID-19

I have written four other stories about how COVID-19 has changed the American way of life, most likely forever. I am aware of the toll the virus is taking on health care workers, doctors, and nurses all over America, but the focus has been on how hospitals and nurses...

A Snow Pictorial

We finally had snow! Since we have had precious little rain or snow all through 2020, this two and a half inches of snow at our house were more than welcome. There was no pretty sky for a backdrop, nor unusual formations of snow caused by wind, but I did dutifully...

St. Mary’s and the POWs

In 1910 St. Mary’s Parish was founded in the tiny town of Umbarger, Texas. The first church building St. Mary’s had was a wooden structure  on the south side of the railroad. In 1929 the present structure was built on the other side of the railroad in town and...

Pecan Cake is Our Answer to Fruitcake

You may like fruitcake; we don’t, particularly. So a Christmas tradition at our house is Sito’s pecan cake instead. Sito was my aunt, Mother’s sister, whose real name was Gladys Tate Drum Gearheart. Have no idea where we nieces and nephews came up with Sito, and those...

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