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Monday, May 24, 1999

Modern Study Club hears book review

The Modern Study club met on April 28, in the home of Joyce and Donald Morton, 2004 Alamo at 3:30 p.m. Thought-quote for the meeting was "The best shortening for any job enthusiasm makes heavy work light." unknown.

Joyce Morton introduced Betty Smith who presented a review on the book entitled, "Clay Allison Portrait of a Shootist." Clay Allison was considered a gentleman gunfighter by men like Bill Hickock and Batt Masterson. Allison fought in the Civil War and then moved west. He had four sisters and six brothers and his father was a Presbyterian Circuit Rider. Smith described the gunfighter six feet tall, weighing about 170 pounds and having wavy black hair and dark blue eyes, according to the book.

She continued, Allison was a spy and scout for the Confederacy and after the war he went to the Brazos River area with a brother and two sisters. Later he traveled to the Cimmeron, New Mexico area where he became proficient with a gun. Allison married Dora on Feb. 15, 1881 and became a gentell rancher. The Allisons had their first daughter Patty Dora on Aug. 9, 1895, a second daughter Clay Pearl was born Feb. 10, 1888.

Clay Allison met his death on July 3, 1887 when he fell from his wagon and was run over. He was buried in the old Pioneer Cemetery on July 4. The grave was moved in 1975 to its present location and is the only person known around here to have his own graveyard. Clay Allison was known for his honesty and his kindness to children.

President Lena Harpham conducted the business meeting. The Club Collect was led by Juracy McCalle and the Pledges to the United States Flag and the Texas Flag were led by Laura Teal. Members repeated all three in unison.

The minutes of the previous meeting was read by Bobby Lang, secretary, and Pearl Gustafson, treasurer, presented a report of club finances.

Nan Cate reported that TFWC has pledged $150,000 for "Operation Smile" for missions in Ecuador and that 240 children and adults were helped in 1998. The Modern Study Club will continue to support this effort with final donations for this club year being taken at the May meeting.

Margie Williamson, Scholarship chairman, reported that the Western District Federation of Women's Clubs, told of 80 entries at the 39th Annual Spring Convention held in Monahans. Winners from Pecos were Doris Moorman, Hazel Barmore, Laura Teal, Margie Williamson, Pearl Gustafson and Joyce Morton.

Etta Sullivan was named as a District Life Member of the Western District Executive Board of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, a very elite honor.

Roll Call was answered with the name of a favorite female author.

The refreshment table was decorated in a western motif featuring colors of red, white and blue. An old tin bucket from the Historic Fullingen Hotel in Crosbyton, which held tulips, blue bonnets and several kinds of filler flower in white centered the table. Solid Blue napkins and red bandanas accented areas of the serving table which was draped in white. Velvet and Prince Albert tobacco cans, a cowbell, a pocket size snuff can, and old tin coffee cups completed the table decor. Paper goods patterned in denis with white buttons and patches of red, carried out the western theme.

Hostesses Pearl Gustafson and Margie Williamson served chicken salad, fruit salad, assorted crackers, nuts, olives, pickles, cookies, punch and coffee to members Hazel Barmore, Nan Cate, Lena Harpham, Bobbie Lang, Juracy McCall, Doris Moorman, Joyce Morton, Iris Reddick, Betty Smith, Etta Sullivan, Laura Teal and Catherine Travland.

Lujan takes photography workshop

Nancy Lujan, of Pecos, has completed a week long concentrated workshop in "Principles of Commercial Photography" conducted by the Texas School of Professional Photography at Sam Houston State University.

Lujan studied with Joe Glyda, a nationally recognized specialist in commercial photography. Completion of this workshop earns Lujan one achievement merit toward the Master of Photography Degree awarded by the Professional Photographers of America, the 116 year old international organization which is the oldest and largest association of professional photographers in the world.

This is the 22nd annual Texas School of Professional Photography, and the 24th school co-sponosred by Sam Houston State University. Dr. Emmette Jackson, SHSU photography program coordinator, reported that over 527 professional photographers from 24 states took part in this year's program.



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