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 - Childhood Landmark Tree Felled, Cut, Carted Off...
Childhood Landmark Tree Felled, Cut, Carted Off By BOBBY BATSON Old timers and not-so-old timers lost another childhood landmark this past week as the last of the big oak trees on old West Side campus, once Hearne High School, was chopped down, cut up, and carted away for fire wood. "The tree doctor told us it was too far gone to save," says Charles Miller, president of the Hearne Building and Loan Association that is preparing to build their new offices there. "I went to school there, and hated to see it have to go," he added. If you are one of the many hundreds of Hearne students who passed through the halls of the old three-story school building that stood like a fortress protecting Magnolia Street, you will remember that tree. It stood behind the building—right in the middle of right field. We didn't always like it there, but it was too big to move. Many of us, as youngsters, rested our weary souls beneath that tree. We enjoyed its shade during those hot and dusty days of school. Outside of the building, there just weren't that many places to rest. And if you played right field, you could always stand in the shade. In our day at the old school, the grounds never knew the like of grass. Whoever did the landscaping back then must have felt that red dirt, gravel, goatheads, and grass burrs were items of everlasting beauty. They were in great abundance there. Probably more than parents and teachers, those things of "beauty" forced us to wear shoes to school. It was just too rough on the soles to stomp around in bare feet. Only the tougher kids did that. I wasn't one of them. These surroundings were less than adequate. The trees were one of the few places a student could pause and relax in some kind of comfort. But time and progress have combined to force change on the school and its surroundings. The old building was first logo, back in 1963. It shouldn't have taken much to do it in. Your parents, and grandparents, probably spent some time there. It's time was due. Several of the more than 100-year-old trees were felled to make room for the new road and overpass. Roads are not the friends of trees. Quietly, they passed unnoticed by the wayside. Now, the last of the old ones has been felled because of lack of attention and disease, but there is still a touch of pride left in its old hunks. When the bitter blows of Texas northers come this winter, it will be still adding comfort. What once gave children relief from the hot Texas summer, will be giving them warmth from the cold Texas northers. That seems to be fair. I've got my chunk—even though I don't have a fireplace. I just think maybe some barbecue would taste mighty good cooked over a piece of that tree. A ray of future hope still remains. The cluster of younger trees on the northwest corner have weathered the storms. Building plans call for them to stay. That was the most popular sitting spot when we were there. Maybe the new owners will build some benches there so we can sit in the shade some summer afternoon and tell our children we used to go to school here and sit under these same trees to relax and keep cool. WITH LEAVES WITHERING, and trunk uprooted, the last of the huge old oak trees on the former West Side School campus off Magnolia Street is now just a memory. Wheelock News L.K.J. The July oratory has been spoken, folded and laid away, but it was due those faithful men who fought, bled and died to make this an independent nation—from a foreign country. Wonder what they would think about it now, judging from cops, highway police, ambulance workers, over crowded hospitals, etc. when a celebration is held. As the story goes two men were talking and one said, "Do you think God would have made this world if he had known how it was turning out?" The other replied, "If he hadn't known he wouldn't have made it. God doesn't balance the books until the year is gone." There is a song, "Everyone Needs A Rainbow." We would settle for a rain for it is really dry, dry over here. We listen from five o'clock to six o'clock every morning to hear what the weather man has to say. For the past week he has predicted 20 percent rain in this area. We are going to try to figure out in what area we mont and both of these ladies visited with Mrs. Ruddle. This was the first time to have had them in the home since her parents passed away. These ladies will be remembered as sisters of her father, C. P. Duncan. Such a short visit but many memories and good times were relived with their visit and we hope that soon this can be done again. Mrs. May belle Loosier passed away on July 2 at her home in Calvert. Funeral services were held on July 5 at First Baptist Church at Wheelock with the Rev. Clifton Barnett and the Rev. Paldrack of McAllen in charge. The Melton reunion was held Sunday in the beautiful back yard of the Jesse Miller home at Wheelock. The oldest Melton surviving is Mrs. Myrtle Melton Cobb of Denton. She was present along with many descendants of the early Melton family. People from Dallas, Denton, Clute, Baytown, Waco, Killeen, Hearne, Franklin, Houston and other places attended. Brazos Bottom Bits Mrs. M. M. Ottea Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Foyt Jr., of Houston were recent guests of his mother, Mrs. Frances Foyt. Our sincerest congratulations' to Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Collier, who on July 3, observed their fifty-seventh wedding anniversary. Both are a joy to the community and we love them! Yes, Mr. Collier was in his usual place, in the office of the Collier's Store, early Wednesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Ami Kol of Israel, presently living in Louisiana where Mr. Kol is studying farming practices, were overnight guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Nigliazzo on Tuesday of last week. The group toured the A&M University farm and observed farming practices while Mr. Kol gained some knowledge of these practices through "in field" study. Mrs. John Saunders and son, John Michael, of El Paso have been visiting in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. Merka, for the past two weeks. The Stak-Pacs, the newest in hay storing, can be seen all along the highway. They look a little like a yellow igloo and are stacked in neat rows. Maize is maturing and harvesting can be expected by the end of the month, if all goes well. Rain is badly needed as farmers continue the irrigation process in the cotton fields. Many of us are concerned about the state of the world. Well, we could start by doing what we can in our own small way in the world about us, our own little part of the world. By doing the good things and helping others. Yes, by cleaning out our own little corner, ridding it of all that is especially displeasing to God. We can do it. What are we afraid of?—and pray that, Dear God, let it start with me. So much can be done with this one little thought and some persistence. In an average year Texas has 1,850 forest fires which burn 26,000 acres. James McCreary DANCE FIREMAN'S HALL

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  1. The Hearne Democrat,
  2. 11 Jul 1974, Thu,
  3. Page 6

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