The Cameron Herald from Cameron, Texas on May 1, 1972 · Page 7
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The Cameron Herald from Cameron, Texas · Page 7

Cameron, Texas
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Monday, May 1, 1972
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Peace Corpsman Recalls Polynesian Choir Cameron, Texas, Herald, May 1, 1972 Page 7 The stage at Mr. Henry's bistro on Capitol Hill In Washington, D. C. is a long way from the church choir in the kingdom of Tonga in the * South Pacific. And Mr. Henry's sophis* Heated, young audience in the District of Columbia is a far 1 cry from the slower, gentle Islanders of Polynesia. Former Peace Corps Vol • unteer Marshall (Mike) ' Wimberly, Jr., 24, has just : traded one world for another • •and not without regrets. Wimberly, who sings and plays piano in a dimly-lit : corner of Mr. Henry's weekends, just completed a two- year tour of duty with the ; Peace Corps in Tonga, a cluster of 150 tiny tropical * islands. A native of Freer, t Tex., and frequent visitor in Milam County with his uncle R. J. Woodum in Cam ; eron and Hugh Wimberly of i Milano. Wimberly lived in ‘ Tonga 1 eleka, a village of thatched - roof huts near the > capital of Pangai on the '• island of Llfuka. Although his main job as a volunteer was to teach * English, music and physical v education to 340 primary ■ school students in Tongale- J leka, Wimberly will be re* * membered endearingly by * the people of Tongaleleka J and Pangai as the Peace * Corps volunteer who brought ; fame and fortune to their " island choir. 0 \ HEARD SINGING Wimberly was sitting in his hut on the ocean one , evening when singing from * the Westland Methodist : Church across the street : stirred the air. i Friendship Club Meets I At Rogers The Rogers Friendship Club met in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church Tuesday for the monthly covered-dish luncheon. The largest crowd yet attended the meeting, according to the chairman, the Reverend Shelby Jones, pastor of the Baptist Chuch Coleman Young of the staff of Central Texas Council of Governments was the speaker Young described the genera 1 work of the Council, centering mainly on the work in the field of Focus on Aging. the area of his work for the Council He pointed out many things that can be done even in a small community like Rogers. Reverend Jones stressed that the Rogers Friendship Club is nondenomination, not Baptist Most of the people in attendance Tuesday were Baptists, but Jones asked the audience to sfread the word that the Club is for all in the community as well. At the end of his speech Young opened the meeting for questions One of the questions discussed was the value a community building would be in a place like Rogers where meetings like this could be held. The church is the only place available at this time. The singing, in Tongan, was especially beautiful because it was all a cappella. The tiny island of Ltfuka, only 5 miles long and 3 miles wide has neither piano nor organ. Neither does it have electricity or plumbing. A 1960 music and history graduate of SamfordUniver­ sity in Birmingham, Ala., and a childhood member of church choirs and school bands in the United States, Wimberly was drawn to the music. Perhaps they would let him join. He was eager to participate more fully in the life of the village, and singing with the choir would be a perfect opportunity. Not only did the 50-member choir invite him to join, but the conductor, Na’asoni, was so impressed with his voice and knowledge of music that he asked him to direct the choir for an upcoming inter-island music contest. DIRECTING CHOIR In the U. S., directing a church choir is not cause for undue adulation, but in Tonga, where music Is the center of life -- every Tongan child can sing in three and four - part harmony, every adult can play a guitar -being asked to direct a church choir is a measure of high esteem. Wimberly, working closely with the conductor, began rehearsing the choir, giving a few pointers, demonstrating correct breathing, showing the choir how to achieve a rich tone. On the day of the contest, boats filled with people, food, and sleeping mats began arriving in Pangai. Then, the singing competition began, with choirs from one small island competing against choirs from other islands. At the end of the evening the winner was selected - the village of Tongaleleka, Island of Lifuka. FEAST HELD That weekend, in Wimberly’s honor, the church bells pealed, an inter-Island feast was held and a ceremonial pig roasted. Wimberly, more of a hero than any American sports figure, was garbed in layer upon layer of bamboo mats, a festive dress normally reserved for a Tongan bridegroom. Speeches of praise were made to him and toasts raised The following weekend a picnic was held, with the Joyous islanders taking turns throwing each other and Wimberly into the ocean. From that point, Wimberly became official director of the Westland Methodist Church choir. The choir entered and won one competition after another for the next year and a half. It sang at every music festival on the islands, was invited to attend two church meetings, won one radio contest and even won the prestigious Westland Church Annual Conference, a 10-day festival on the northern-most island In addition, the choir was requested, on separate occasions, to sing for King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV of Tonga, his brother Tu’ipelehake, the premier, and Nikolasi, acting governor of Ha’apai, the central island group of Tonga. ESTEEM GREW With each contest, the esteem for Peace Corps Volunteer Wimberly grew. By the end of his two-year tour of duty in December, Wimberly had had three private audiences with the king, made friends with many of the islands’ nobles, and had received one of the highest honors that can be bestowed - - Governor Nikolasi named his won after Wimberly The child is now called “Masolo,” Tongan for Marshall. When the day of Wimberly's departure from Tonga arrived, the islanders of Li­ fuka threw a farewell feast for him that attracted nobles from the island, and showered him with gifts. Now, sitting amidst the early American memorabilia at one of Mr. Henry’s checkered cloth tables, sipping a cup of tea between sets, Wimberly remarks: Wimberly was drawn to Mr. Henry's because it was the starting point for many successful singers, including Roberta Flack. “1 want to pick up where I left off on my music an copyright some songs I wrote and may be do some recording,’’ Wimberly remarks "On my last night in Tonga the choir sang everything we knew I tried to teach the choir the principles of music so they wouldn’t have to depend on me. I hope I succeeded." Wimberly’s repertoire at Mr Henry’s is varied -Motown, rock, English ballads, some "Georgia on My Mind." And he always sihgs a number or two in Tongan FAREWELL PARTY - Mr*. Helen Nachlinger and Marvin Petty, Veterans Service Officer, were honored at an informal reception at the courthouse Thursday afternoon. Petty and Mrs, Nachlinger, Veterans Office secretary, are retiring from the office. Farmers Union Board Commends Congressmen Burlington News By Mrs. Gerald Foshea Safeway Announces Expansion The Initial phase of i $49.5 million building and expansion program begun in 1969 by the Dallas Division of Safeway Stores, Inc., has resulted in the addition of 31 new locations, 34 replacement stores and the creation of approximately 1,000 new jobs, according to vice president and Division Manager Horace Justice. The program, encompassing 17 cities within a 300- mile radius of Dallas, included entry of Safeway Into the Houston area market in 1970. "All store facilities affected by the program were designed for much greater space in order to accommodate more products and provide greater shopping convenience for customers," Justice said. The second phase of the expansion program, covering 1972 throujtfi 1974 calls for 86 additional new or replacement stores at projected expenditures of $64.8 million, according to Justice, and projected increase of some 4,300 employees. Mr. and Mrs. RaySchoen- hoeft attended the funeral service of her uncle, Martin Craft at Temple on Saturday, April 15 and was buried at Beifslls Mrs. Hattie Benesh returned home Sunday after ■pending several days at Halbert Vardiman Hospital of Rosebud for treatment Mr. and Mrs. Henry Davenport, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Davenport, Mr. and Mrs Arthur Davenport and Mr and Mrs. A. C Parker of Hewett went to their deer lease on the August Schmidt ranch near Johnson City last Friday and returned home on Saturday Mrs. Rosie Buegeler, Mrs. Aleta Marek and Mrs Jo Hengatter visited Mrs Johanna Wied on Friday night. Mr and Mrs Phil Krause spent several days over the weekend of April 16 with Mr and Mrs James Bostick and girls of Wichita Falls Mr. and Mrs Billy Jack Kilpatrick and Mr and Mrs Lynn Hengatter of Temple visited Mr and Mrs W G Marek and Charles during the weekend. Mr. and Mrs. Jerone Schiller, Kenneth, David and Marsha of Houston visited her parents, Mr and Mrs Henry Lltzman Sr during the weekend. Mr. and Mrs. H J Litz- msn Jr of Cameron visited Mr and Mrs H H Litz- msn Sr on Monday night Mr. and Mrs O A Folschinsky of Cameron, Mrs Bernice Folz of Ben Arnold and Mrs Herman Dorner Sr visited Mr. and Mrs. Aug ust Neuman of Brenham last Tuesday Mrs Herman Dorner Sr visited her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs Will Knuppel at Cameron Nursing Home during last week Mrs Annie Barker of Austin and Mrs Adolph Gresak and Don of Buckholts visited Mrs Henrietta Hag erty and Kathleen recently Mrs. Winston Churchill and Barbara Dianne of Waco, Mr and Mrs Henry Lee Hagerty of Sugarland and Mr and Mrs W C Hagerty of Cameron visited Mrs. Henrietta Hagerty, Kathleen and Hrrry during the weekend. Mrs J. T Prescott and Jake visited Mr, and Mrs Robert McCollum and girls of Waco on Monday evening Mrs George Pool and Mr and Mrs. Dan Prescott of Waco and Mr and Mrs Roy Lee Franklin of Bryan visited Mrs J T Prescott and Jake during last week Mr and Mrs Joe Ralston Bobby, and Carla of Little River, Mr and Mrs Thomas Polk and boys of Rosebud, William Foshea of Corpus Christ! and Shirley Tumi8 of Temple had Sunday dinner with Mr anfiMrff*’ Gerald Foshea At a meeting in Waco Saturday, the state Farmers Union Board commended members of Congress for efforts to shed light on the "ever widening spread in food costs between the farm gate and the super market ’ The resolution supported congressional efforts to 11 mit further entry of food processors into farming and ranching and called on President Nixon to instruct the Price Commission to continue the exemption of raw agricultural products from price controls The statewide general farm organization Board of Directors urged Governor Preston Smith to include changes in the trailer safety legislation in the call for the next special legislative session The resolution pointed out that the present rules of the road being administered by the Department of Public Safety are costly and difficult to administer. Turning its attention to farm taxes, the farm organ ization leaders called on candidates for Governor and Lt Governor to direct their campaigning to specific solutions for the state’s tax problems It called on all candidates that are concerned about the welfare of the rural areas of the state to support state tax reform and advocate a corporate profits tax. The farm leaders took a position on the Administration’s proposal to transfer certain programs and agen cies out of the United Sta tes Department of Agriculture into a proposed Department of Community Devel opment, and asked modifie« tion of a bill that has been proposed to establish a Wheat and Wheat Foods Research, Education and F>ro- motion Program A resolution was passed opposing the "fragmentation" of the Department of Agriculture, and stating that the Administration’s plan would cause a costly •duplication of effort, lack of coordination, and shifting of responsibility.” The resolution on the new ly introduced Wheat Promotion Bill stated that the program should be amended to "provide for two-thirds wheat producer membership on the Wheat and Wheat foods Board with provision for a redferendum each two years" Let’s Put A Stop To Half Truths IT RiAUY MATTERS! For Tested and Proven Leadership. ^ JOHN C. VmrrE FOR TEXAS COMMISSIONER Here's What You Can Rent at Gaither's... BY THE HOUR, DAY, WEEK OR MONTH /H ew and used carsN m VICKUPS AND TRUCKS/ . FORD TRACTORS. DISCS. SHREDDERS. AND ALL FARM IMPLEMENTS . CAMPERS. TRAILERS. BULLDOZER TYPE TRACTORS. We are part of the largest car and truck dealer leaaing organization in the world. Because of this, we can lease you cars and trucks at rock-bottom prices. You get the best prices on used cars. too. In addition, factory-trained technicians will keep your leased vehicle in top condition. This latest charge by my opponent that I voted for a bill to unionize tarm labor la another example of the half truths my opponent is using It is another example of the disortion of truth and is an out-and-out desperate attempt to discredit me He is referring to a simple resolution welcoming some farm workers to Texas which has no affect whatsoever As a member of the AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, I will continue to fight for the family farmer I will continue to fight to modify the controversial TRAILER BRAKE AND LIGHT LAW On the crucial amendment to defeat the TRAILER BRAKE AND LIGHT LAW, my opponent was absent (Page 1851, April 15, 1971, House Journal) He has been absent on numerous key votes during his tenure in office As a former teacher and mem her of the Teacher Retirement System, I supported the temporary trans ter of funds to the Welfare Depart ment, (Blind, Disabled, Old Aged, Handicapped) so that their checks would not stop and to prevent an unnecessary tax bill Those funds, have all been returned. The teachers demonstrated their generousity by accepting this tern porary transfer as a necessary act of benevolence. This saved the tax payers thousands of dollars I would also like to point out that I have a 31 for and 0 against re cord in the field of education I AM ALSO A CO AUTHOR OF THE TEA CHER RETIREMENT BILL 1 will continue to fight the rising cost of automobile insurance until a solution is found I have tried to run a clean campaign based upon my record of service during my past two terms in the House pf Representatives. My stand for reform and my past record of achievement are the issues I present to you for your consideration. It is my policy to continue to run a clean campaign and I will not resort to half truths as my opponent has done. RE-ELECT fJICAHO! OF TEXACO TRAVEL CARD Gaither Motor Co. Phone 44G-34Q3 — Rockdale Dan Kubiak STATE REPRESENTATIVE FALLS, MILAM & WILLIAMSON COUNTY A Man Who Has The Courage And The Conviction To Do What Is Right MAY 6 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY fat. A*> téi W WW» PD. POU/DV. PI). FOP BY THE COMMITTEE IX) RE-ELECT REPRESENTA UVE DAN KUBIAK /ANA Kl BÏAK, CHAIRMAN

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