Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, November 14, 2001
Davis, Exum plan wedding in December
Mr. and Mrs. Rickey Exum, of Pecos, announce the engagement of their daughter,
Lindsey Dee, to Audie Dale Davis of Stephenville. Davis is the son of Billie
and John Cox of Stephenville and Harold Davis of Lubbock.
Lindsey graduated from Pecos High School in 1995, is a senior at Tarleton
State University majoring in Agriculture Business, and is employed at Stephenville
Medical and Surgical Clinic.
Audie graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1990, earned an associate's
degree in Agriculture Business in 1994 from Tyler Junior College, and is
employed at Timmons Exterminating in Dublin.
The couple will be married Dec. 29, in Ruidoso, N.M. and will make their
home in Stephenville.
Art department program held by study club
The Modern Study Club met recently in the home of Etta Sullivan for an
Art Department Program, chaired by Paula Fuller, department chairman, which
was presented by author Paul Patterson.
The thought-quote for the gathering was _ "Everyone can write if you put
your mind to it." _ Paul Patterson.
Fuller introduced Paterson telling he was born in 1909, was a 1935 graduate
of Sul Ross State University, did graduate work in Geneva, Switzerland, at
the University of Texas, Utah State University, the National University of
New Mexico, the University of Madrid and the University of Buffalo, New York.
She continued, stating that he had been a teacher for 40 years and claims
that perhaps his most famous student is Elmer Kelton, who has been known
to say, "Paul taught me everything I know…and everything I write has
a little bit of Paul Patterson in it."
In his presentation, the author of seven published and one yet unpublished
book, stated that writing has to do with words _ the writer must have a vast
vocabulary and use words no harder than third grade level. Patterson stated
that all writing is re-writing, but one must use the right word in precisely
the right place. He continued, use short, simple words and short, simple
sentences and write about what you like and where you live.
Patterson attributes his "yearning for learning" to a big, gray, A.C.
Hoover horse who threw him into a hillside in 1931 and "knocked some sense"
into him. A teacher for over 40 years the speaker is a past president of
The Texas Folklore Society. He encourages young people to study folklore
and according to the Cow-Hill press is known as one of the foremost folk
humorists in the U.S. today.
In perhaps the highest of accolades given to any person of Texas letters,
Patterson has often been proclaimed, "The Poet Lariat of Texas."
President Catherine Travland presided during opening ceremonies and the
business meeting. Phyllis Stool led the club collect and Etta Sullivan led
the pledges to the United States of America and the Texas flags, as members
repeated all in unison.
Doris Moorman, interim secretary, in the absence of Joyce Morton, read
the minutes of the previous meeting. Bobbi Lang, treasurer, presented a statement
of club finances.
During correspondence a letter was read from Nancy Williams, president
of the Tau Lambda Club in Monahans, inviting club members to attend their
field trip to view the Wind Turbine Farm at 2 p.m. Earlier in the day a visit
was made to the Beverly Rowin Hartman Ranch at Girvin-Bakersfield at 10 a.m.
and the gathering for lunch was at Benoits in McCamey at 12:30 p.m.
Lena Harpham, Federation Counselor, spoke concerning how America is changing.
She told about the J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia, which
opened in 1959 with virtually all Anglo-American students. Immigration to
the United States, which has reached a near-record level of a million people
per year, has effects this school, as well as all others. In the National
Geographic Magazine article Changing America, numerous students told of their
feelings concerning opportunities in America. The article continued _ The
great melting pot of America, the place where we are all made Americans,
is the public schools, where men of every race and of every origin and of
every station of life send their children, or ought to send their children,
and where being mixed together they are all infused with America Spirit and
develop into the America man and the America woman.
Plans were finalized for the TFWC Western District Fall Board Meeting
to be held in Pecos. All members were asked to furnish a door prize and it
was announced that several businesses had promised door prizes, also.
Roll call was to be answered by answering the question, "What would you
like to write about?"
Hostesses Phylllis Stool, Lena Harpham and Dorothy Barton served lovely
refreshments to guests Paul Patterson and Sib Higginbotham and 11 members.
Elementary school plans presentation
Bessie Haynes Elementary School will be having a special presentation
titled, "Shh! We're Writing the Constitution," at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19,
in the school cafeteria.
Parents and community members are invited to attend and join the school
students as they celebrate the nation's history.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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