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-Page 8A - The MalakoffNews - Friday, January 21, 2011 I When ! was a t?eshman in high school, I met a man .whose first name 1 can't re- member, but his last name was Shelton. He was a ped- ,diet, that is he had a team of horses that he would hitch to a wagon, go into the Farmer's Market in down- .town Houston and buy veg- etables, fruit and some times a few live chickens. He .would then ride all around north Houston, especially through the colored parts of town. You could hear him coming down the street cry- ing out loud: "Apples, or- anges, peaches, and maybe a plum; buy them now, or you are very dumb. Peas and beans and a chicken or two, come on out, I'll send them to you." People would come out of their houses and stop him to buy his produce. When his goods were about about half gone, Mr. Shelton' would go over a :few blocks and start back toward his house, selling whatever he had left. He seldom got home with anything left in the wagon. We lived on East Eighth Street, and Mr. Shelton lived just off East Sixth Street and one day as he was passing Clayton 'Buddy' Hazell Memones and Tales our house, I ran out and asked him if I could go home and help with the horses. He pulled the horses up and said. "Go ask your mother." Mother had bought a few vegetables from him and they had talked some, so she told me it was OK. 1 climbed up on the wagon, and we rode on down to his house. tits house wa across the rail- road tracks just off East Sixth Street and I had never seen it before. Behind his house was Buffalo Bayou, and the train trestle was right there. I helped Mr. Shelton unhitch the team, put up the harness, and feed the horses. Mr. Shelton told me not to call him Mister, just Old Man Shelton would do. From that day, he was just Old Man Shelton. ! began to ride with Old Man Shelton on Saturdays, helping with the horses and sometimes with the selling. He would laugh when I call out, "Apples, tur- they had never had a rope or for about an hour, and unsad- for two hours. By Friday mustard and lay- saddle on them. The Olddied him. tied him to a tree morning, Paint never jumped ing hens." He would correct Man got on Old Gray, rode and fed and watered him. nor bucked when I got on. saying, "Put your fruit into the pen and got the paint The next morning, we had Saturday afternoon, the vegetables into separate horse in a chute and put a to snub the paint tip again in Old Man told me to ride and if you are selling halter on it. Getting back on order to get a saddle on him. Paint a lot harder Sunday put a couple of Old Gray, the Old Man took Once saddled, we let him morning and then give him a in the cage with them." the halter rope and pulled buck around in the lot tbr a bath and dr2,' him off good When fall came ~md pro- and wrapped it around the while, then caught him and and rub him down with min- got scarce, Old Man saddle horn until he had the the Old Man held him and I eral oil. When I asked him ,helton turned to selling paint's head up in his lap. got on. It was a good show why, he said, "I want him to and ponies. I would Then he told me to get the for a little while, but I kept be tired and to shine; I have ride to the sale barn with him other saddle and put it on the his head up the best I could run an ad in the Sunday pa- and if he bought a horse, 1 paint and cinch it up tight, and he soon quit jumping, pers to sell him as a kid would ride it back to his "Chat paint horse didn't like The Old Man said, "I'm pony" house. He had a big ~ay that at all. He pitched, he going to open the gate, take "He's not ready for a kid to horse that no one beside reared, he fought, he even him down to the bayou and ride," l replied. himself ever rode ,and one tried to climb into the Old ride him up and down the "You ride them, I'll sell Sunday he told me to be at Man's lap. Finally, be settled banks for a couple of hours." them," he said, "and don't his house by daylight the down and I snapped another I took the paint up and down tell me how to run my bust- next morning. I was going to rope to the halter, just to the banks of Buffalo Bayou ness." ride Old Gray about 15 miles have something to hold on for about two hours, riding That was my last day with to the Rendering Plant. This to. Then the Old Man said, in deep sand and water up to Mister Shelton. was a place where they "I've got him, get on." I did his knees. After about two -- killed and butchered horses and the real war took place, hours, I said, "Well Paint, Clayton "Buddy" ttazell for dog tbod, glue and other We t'ode through the you now have a name, lets was, born almost 80 years things. When I got there, he streets of Houston just like you and me go to the lot." I ago, at home, in a small and his wife met me and he they did in the days of the let him get a drink mad up Texas town. He has been in took another saddle out of Old West. There we rode, an the bank we went, and when Malakoffsince 1973 and is the car and she left and went old man riding an old gray we got to the Old Man'srecently retired as pastor of home. This was to be a new snubbing a horse, leading a yard, Paint was so tired, he Parkview Baptist Church. experience for me. fighting paint horse with a didn't fight, kick or nothing. His column is excerpted from A truck load of wild horses teenage boy so scared that he I unsaddled him and led him his book, "Memories, Tales had just arrived from Okla- was about to wet his pants, to the lot. That surprised and Special Events of My homa and Old Man Shelton By the time we got to Old everyone, including me.Life. "lfyou are interested in had picked out a pretty paint Man Shelton's house, the Ever), day after this, morning a cop)' of the book, contact horse and bought it. These paint had settled down a lot. and evening, Paint and I rode The MalakoffNews at 903- horses were not only wild, I rode him around in the lot the banks of Buffalo Bayou 489-0531. fills ke ; blessed to Last week was a good week, had a good rain, hope the lakes fill up some. They were really getting low. 1 want to say thank you to friends that thought I need some money two weeks ago. Clara Jo Davis Cross Roads News pear,: boeatme I Loia in a nursini rim out of cash money for my .... inch, I was trying to make a home for two years. Our s,wm. oint! We have so much, and #ant more; I have learned to lot want so much, and be appy with what you have. ! o have my needs, all the time. m happier giving money to ~eip others. I love to give and ~o good things to help others. ',Someone sent me money, the * rst was a $20 bill with no ~me. OK I put it plus my of- ~ering into our church. The ~(,econd note had two $5 bills, iagain; thank you! ; I'm glad our dear friend ~Mary Reppond was able to ~write her news in the Malakoff ,'paper. Mar)' and I started chool together; she is the 'Lady with the Hat." My new friend Laura Roberts got her four teeth ~ulled last week, she is doing ;~vell. I cheek on her. :i My sister Bobble Matthews, :from Rusk called tonight, told :the another friend died, Lola .:iDay) Fineher, Goodwin, we ;knew her before she married :first husband long years ago. I :think she went to school at Q~ :Cross Roads. One of her :daughters, Yvonne Fincher "Bass was buried last week. v~ For Gold & Diamond Jewelry, Silver, Rolex Watches ... Anything Of Value!!! - Jewelry and Watch Batteries - I Jl I pathy to the family Robert Miller, with so much pie with them by us. I miss not sales that my daughter Bobble Mary Ruth, one of my driv- bad health, had kidney re- having a garden. My cousin Karen and l use to have at ers has been on a cruise, got moved, fell and broke his and neighbor C.W. Harten, Cross Roads, said she got home Sunday, late, drove in back, got to come home last used to plow mine and plant it, some "Burble" dolls from the rain all the way. Had a week, is back in ICU in Tyler. ! had extra land ans he had the Bobble, that has been so long good time! He is a member at Landmark, tractor, also used part for an ago. It's good to get these The widows will eat lunch in we all have him in our extra garage. 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