Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, April 30, 2002
Happy Birthday to David Gonzales
Happy 5th Birthday to Delyla Esquivel
Happy 1st Birthday to Andrew Rene Galindo
Belated Happy Birthday to Lindsay Ornelas
Fernandes presents book review for club
A Texas History Department Program planned by Joyce Morton, department
chairman was held recently by The Modern Study Club in the Donald and Joyce
Morton home, 2004 South Hackberry, Pecos.
Following the call to order by President Catherine Travland, Doris Moorman
led the Club Collect and the pledges to the United States of America flag
and the Texas flag were led by Paula Fuller, as those in attendance repeated
all in unison.
Emily Fernandes was then introduced by Texas Heritage Chairman Morton.
She presented a book review of The Village Horse Doctor by Ben K. Green.
Mrs. Fernandes, dressed in a soiled Stetson hat, work jacket and frayed cuffed
shirt, introduced herself as Dr. Green and proceeded to give a delightful
Doc Green took us back with him to the deep Southwest and the "never a
dull moment years" he spent as a practicing horse doctor _ working out of
Fort Stockton Texas _ along the Pecos and the Rio Grande, in one of the last
big "horse countries" of North America. He came to West Texas about the time
World War II began. He had stopped in Fort Stockton overnight on his way
to set up a practice in California. Local cattlemen heard of his presence
in town and convinced him to stay in this area to practice.
Hence, Dr. Green became the first to hang up a shingle out in the Trans-Pecos
country. And he didn't start small! The territory he had for his practice
was 420 miles north and south by 360 miles east and west.
And he covered that territory by all means known to man _ shank's mare,
horseback, buckboard, and (his stand-by for long hauls) a beat-up old coupe
on whose body panels he kept his books in chalk.
To go with Doc on his rounds visiting his "patients," is a nostalgic and
hilarious journey into a spacious yesterday _ and a liberal education in
the kind of horse and cow savvy of which precious little remains in the modern
world. As a horseman it was a savvy he came by naturally. But perhaps he
leaned most from his own research: his own book on horse conformation, privately
published in several printings, is still a bible among practical horsemen;
his research in his own laboratory on horse colors and pigmentation has made
him an expert on what make a "strawberry roan" or a "coyote dun."
But the gist of Ben Green's books is his yarns. To hear him tell tales
of his struggles _ is a 100-proof old-time pleasure.
Following the program the minutes of the previous meeting were read by
Joyce Morton, secretary and treasurer Pearl Gustafson gave a report concerning
Correspondence was read and Joyce Morton was presented with certificates
of Award from TFWC for her efforts in sending donations valued at $3,758
from the Western District of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, the Pecos
Valley Baptist Churches and the Methodist and Presbyterian Women's Groups
Doris Moorman, Ways and Means Chairman, reported on the success of the
Fund Raiser Bake Sale to raise funds for the club's annual scholarship to
a PHS Senior. She also reported that the children's books for the Newborn
Baby Packets had arrived for distribution.
It was voted to donate $25 to the Alma Van Sickle Scholarship Fund as
a memorial in honor of Max Stool.
Convention delegates were selected and other pertinent information was
The thought-quote for the meeting was _ "A cowboy didn't judge too harshly
and he wanted to be judged the same. He believed that the best of men would
do to ride with anywhere on earth and the worst weren't all bad. Oh, that
we could think of others in this way." The American Cowboy" _ Pirtle- TCA.
Roll call was answered by naming a fact about `the Goodnight Trail' or
a cowboy you have known or know.
The project for this bi-monthly meeting is to participate in Community
Hostesses were Etta Sullivan, Paula Fuller and Tessie Cam. Nine members
and two guests were in attendance.
Arts and crafts expo set
The 12th annual Southern New Mexico Arts and Crafts Expo will
be held May 4-5 in the Carlsbad Civic Center. Artists and crafters from throughout
the Southwest will fill the foyer and exhibit hall with original art, limited
edition prints and handcrafted items. Hours for the festival are Saturday
from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
There is no admission charge.
Mel Prather, organizer for the two-day event, said the expo would feature
a number of newcomers to the Carlsbad area.
A variety of items will be for sale at the arts and crafts expo.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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