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AUGUST RED RIVER FLOAT TRIP –  AUGUST 27, 2015
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AUGUST RED RIVER FLOAT TRIP – AUGUST 27, 2015

1398 AUGUST RED RIVER FLOAT TRIP AUGUST 27, 2015 Last week I asked for information about Smoky, or Smokey, Road. Why was it given the name? It’s FM 2716 that cuts across from the Country Club Road, 1529, over to Highway 24. Up about Walker and Echols country. Thomas Peters said he thought it was because it used to be a lot of small farms up that road. Lots of little houses beside the road. They all burned firewood and therefore the...

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JOSE CAN YOU SEE, BY THE DONZERLY LIGHT – AUGUST 20, 2015
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JOSE CAN YOU SEE, BY THE DONZERLY LIGHT – AUGUST 20, 2015

JOSE CAN YOU SEE, BY THE DONZERLY LIGHT – AUGUST 20, 2015       You may remember the old story about the teacher that had her elementary class draw a picture about Christmas. Several drew Santa Claus and others portrayed Nativity scenes. One little boy had baby Jesus, the donkey, Joseph, Mary, the manger and sheep. The teacher was really bragging on his art work but had a question about a little fat man off to one side. She...

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ALUMINUM BATS – AUGUST 13, 2015
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ALUMINUM BATS – AUGUST 13, 2015

Due to the heat a few of us are staying inside more lately. That requires watching extra television and that means more baseball. Every few games a wooden bat breaks and folks go to dodging. Somebody will say, “Why don’t they use aluminum bats and stop that problem?” It seems solving “that problem” would create many more. The most important reason is safety for fans and players. The player in most danger is the pitcher. Maybe you have...

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HOWZAT JULY 30, 2015 by Eddie Trapp
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HOWZAT JULY 30, 2015 by Eddie Trapp

HOWZAT JULY 30, 2015 by Eddie Trapp   Recently the phrase “hat trick” was mentioned and I remembered it had something to do with an exceptional play in sports. From the trusty internet I found the term was first used in 1858 in a game of cricket when H.H. Stephenson took three wickets with three consecutive delivers. Since that feat was rarely accomplished the fans took up a collection and bought him a hat. Taking three wickets...

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THE HANGING JUDGE – JULY 23, 2015 by Eddie Trapp
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THE HANGING JUDGE – JULY 23, 2015 by Eddie Trapp

From my ledger. Thursday, July 30, 1987. Our youngest, Greg, is in the Boy Scouts and the troop is camping at Camp Pioneer near Mena, Arkansas. I got on my 750 Honda and drove that way to help Scoutmaster Marion Miller. On the way I stopped at a store north of Clarksville near Red River and asked some of the older men if they knew any Trapp’s in the area. They directed me back toward Clarksville a few miles to a fire tower and Sidney...

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ORANGE BEACH PIER –  JULY 16, 2015
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ORANGE BEACH PIER –  JULY 16, 2015

Two or three times a year we go to the Gulf Coast near Galveston to sight see and fish. In August, 2012 we decided to try to find some new country and turned east toward Mobile, Alabama. (See article 1244.) At many beaches in Texas you are allowed to drive right out on the beach, set up camp, and fish. On the 2012 trip along the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coasts we were disappointed to see the rules were a lot more strict....

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SPORTATORIUM – JULY 9, 2015 by Eddie Trapp
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SPORTATORIUM – JULY 9, 2015 by Eddie Trapp

  A little history. Stepfather Thomas “Tookie” Peters (Our clan calls him Papa) recently told of going to the Dallas Sportatorium sometime back in the Forties. That’s where Fritz von Eric and many other wrestling greats performed. The show that night was not wrestling, but a concert by singing great, Eddy Arnold. James Williams Peters, and his fiancée, Charlene, were along with Papa. James Williams was Papa’s nephew although...

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 CATS. BIRDS, AND YELLOWSTONE by Eddie Trapp
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 CATS. BIRDS, AND YELLOWSTONE by Eddie Trapp

For hundreds of years humans have had to deal with stray cats. Some are tamed and become pets. Others roam the streets, carrying disease and killing birds. Granted, they help by killing rats and mice, but the war between bird lovers and cat lovers continues. A house cat that is running wild is referred to as a feral cat. Anything that is supposed to be domesticated but reverts to the wild is considered feral. Nowhere does the war rage...

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JAKE LEG – JUNE 25, 2015 by Eddie Trapp
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JAKE LEG – JUNE 25, 2015 by Eddie Trapp

While in Galveston riding around with the Glossup’s a while back we saw a man limping across a parking lot. Ronny said his dad, Weldon, referred to people like that as having a “jake leg.” I wondered where in the world that phrase came from. When we got home in a few days I did some research. Throughout history, many men (and women) have resorted to occasionally “taking a nip” of alcohol for various reasons. I remember several older...

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Graduation and Galveston June 18, 2015 by Eddie Trapp
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Graduation and Galveston June 18, 2015 by Eddie Trapp

The high school graduation season is finally over. Saturday, June 6, Jean and I attended the Cooper High ceremony to shake hands with grandson Casey Williams and great nephew Travis Darden. Congrats to all the graduates. At the reception I talked with long ago student of mine, Charley Jackson. During track season Coach Silman and I would carry the boys to Liberty Grove near where Coach Falls now lives and have them run to our...

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