Colored Rock Map of Texas at I-20 in Pecos. Link to Travel Page

Pecos Enterprise

Site Map
Pecos Gab


Economic Development

Area Papers
West Texas

News Archive
News Photos

Smokey Briggs
Jon Fulbright
Peggy McCracken
Rosie Flores


Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas


Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Peggy McCracken


By Peggy McCracken

Ex-teacher stays young

while working with kids

Elizabeth Schmidt wields a telephone like soldiers of old wielded the sword. She calls in the troops when something needs to be done, or someone needs prayer.

Over the 30+ years I have been in the news business, Elizabeth has called me numerous times with story tips or suggestions on news coverage. Her ideas are always fresh and forward-looking, though she is now in her 84th year.

This past year, Elizabeth was the spark that kept God's Army meeting every week. They say an Army travels on its stomach, and Elizabeth saw to it that the soldiers had food in their stomachs as they marched and memorized Bible verses. She was always at the unity prayer meeting to support and encourage the Army and other projects of local churches.

Not only did Elizabeth and Birdie Slack provide refreshments, they helped the children with their memory work and encouraged other workers in the unique program. Both are retired teachers, and their help and advice was invaluable. Elizabeth is already planning next year's program.

Last week, Elizabeth was still in harness, working with preschoolers in Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church. Like any good teacher, she scouted out visual aids to make the lessons come to life. I believe she also teaches preschoolers in Sunday school, and helps with Mission Friends on Wednesday nights. Anytime the church meets, Elizabeth is there, doing her part to liven up the proceedings.

Church is not her only interest, though. She is active in the retired teachers' association and women's clubs. I haven't caught her playing cards at the Senior Center, but I'll bet she livens up that place, too.

I knew her twin brothers, Charles and James Titus, long before I knew Elizabeth. And of course, their father, Ira Titus, worked for the Texas Highway Department for years. He was the Pecos resident engineer, and is best known for the "Titus Triangle" at the intersection of Texas Highway 17 and old Highway 80. The late Alton Hughes described Titus in his book, "Pecos: a History of the Pioneer West," as a great practical engineer. When Titus was unable to design the needed traffic island on paper, he sacked up some sand and set the sacks out on the intersection to make a pattern on the ground. Then he transferred the pattern to paper. There still is a triangle at that intersection, and I think of Mr. Titus every time I make a turn there.

Elizabeth and her family are the type of people who build a community and keep it vigorous. And if you are listed in the phone book, she may enlist you to help.

"You are my portion, O Lord; I have promised to obey your words." Psalm 119:52

EDITOR'S NOTE: Peggy McCracken is Enterprise business manager and webmaster. Contact her at

Return to top

Search Entire Site:

Pecos Enterprise
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.

324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321

Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium.
We support Newspapers in Education
Copyright 2002 by Pecos Enterprise