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PAC, E 4A - The Malakoff News - Wednesday, May 2, 2001 Community REPPOND' S ROUND-UP If I can't think of enough words to make a complete column this week, I might as well take down my sign. I made the trip to the Harris Family Reunion with Tommy and Bernice, in a new pickup. That in itself was a first in many years. When the kids were small, and even years after, we al- ways went in a pickup. That was the only way to go! Mary I think at one time they called them Texas Cadilacs. We always had a time we went before cotton planting time, and there was a huge field of dark, lush spinach. I really think I have told this before, but here it is again. They had no fences along this long strip of highway, so when the farmer was planting his crop they could drive the tractor out on the road to turn around to make another row. This spinach was right up to the edge of the road- way, so we stopped" ad helped our selves to fresh spinach - a sack of it. Oh, I know we were trespassing, I guess, but we didn't get on the farmer's property! Both Tommy and Margaret, hid in the floorboard, afraid some- one would come by and see us picking spinach. I don't think they especially liked spinach anyway. We had enough for Tom's mother to cook a big pot for all the family that came. They say that forbidden fruit is the sweetest, and I believe it because tha.t was the best spinach I have ever eaten. This all happened about 45 years ago. At the reunion we saw all of Tommy's aunts (my sis- ters-in-law). The oldest is 91 and lives in Corpus Christi. The youngest sister is older than/am, and there are four of them between Reppond's Roundup I the oldest and youngest. Tom was the only son and he was in the middle. Three girls, a boy, and three more girls. Of course Tom has died and all of the sister's spouses except one. But chil- dren continue to be born into the family but no more Harris' Tommy was the only grandson of the original fam- Reppond ily and he has two daughters; no sons. There are some grandchildren of Tom that are named Harris, but they belong to Mmgaret's daugh- ter who married a Harris from a different Tribe. Now that you are totally con- fused, I am going to take a coffee break and see if I can calm my brain down. I confuse easily ! After taking a twelve hour coffee break I am back. When I stopped t3/ping yes- terday I found other things that needed to be done. I know now that it pays to ask for information in my col- umn, sometimes. A few weeks back asked for a recipe and lo, and behold, I got it. I asked for the Wyatts Cafeteria Eggplant recipe, and when I got back from the reunion, Loretta had left me a message with a num- ber to call. I did and it was Potsy Foster. Not only did I get the recipe, but in the course of our conversation I learned that her husband was Charles Foster. He an4 I both grew up in the coun- try south of Malakoff. He is only a few years older that me now, but back then he was so much older than me, that he didn't have time to fool with me! I always thought that he was surely a good looking young man. Isn't it funny how time is such an equalizer? Also we have a small world. The Fosters live in Malakoff and I had not even heard or thought about Charles since I grew up. I am so happy they read my column, and glad Potsy called me. Look for the recipe, not in this is- sue, but in the next one. This week I have a delicious cole slaw dressing recipe. I just too another break and went to Margaret's for a few minutes, just to visit. When I started to leave, she gave me a container of poke salad. It was just blanched so I am cooking it now, also some pinto beans. I didn't get a mess of poke salad last year, but Marga- ret has a mother stalk that grows in her back yard, coming up in the same spot every year and growing very large. She leaves it there for the birds to harvest the juicy, black berries and spread them around. She doesn't usually pick any to eat, but this year there was enough for a nice size serv- ing for both of us. Now my spring will get back on track and go right! I love poke salad. So many people think it is poison, but not if you cook it right. I have eaten it each spring for as long as I have lived, with the excep- tion of a few times I could not find any, and I think I am still alive! I feel like my body needs at least one good dose of the wild greens to set everything right. One other important thing occurred while we were at the reunion. My youngest granddaughter's boyfriend asked Tommy (her dad) for permission to marry her. We all knew it was going to hal- pen, but we didn't know when. They haven't decided on the time for the wedding, yet. Rae Brown called me last night to tell me she was get- ting two Malakoff News. That is a switch. I told her BY MARY REPPOND I would try to help her stop one of them. She has had the flu and Clyde has had pneumonia. Both are better now. Of course, Clyde is in the nursing home. Our best to both of them. I did go to the center Wednesday, but I didn' t stay to eat. I wasn't dancing much, and I had about got- ten all the news I could dig up, so I left. Those chairs sorta get hard. We had a couple there whom I had not met before. They were Gene Bonsai'from Mabank, and his dancing partner, Olean Thomas from Malakoff. They were at the center twice before I was not there. Hope the continue to come out. John and Gertie Alderman were there, and I asked John if he had his suitcase all packed and ready to go to the hospital. He said he surely did. He will have sur- gery Monday the 30th of April in the hospital here in Athens. Our prayers go with him. Harold Saunders was back after missing a couple of weeks. First he had a cat-scan and the next Wednesday he had to go back for a bone scan. There is something about doctors and their tests - they always want to do them on Wednes- day! Our little Juanita Frazier first had a skin cancer re- moved from her hand and the sane day, she was caught up in the door at Wal-Mart aad fell and broke'several ribs. She is frail enough without any more aches and breaks. Please. say a prayer for her. Corky King is in the nurs- ing home in Athens, he has had pneumonia. Our prayers go to him and Florine, his wife. I believe I have used all of my space and all the time you can spare. See you next time. CROSS ROADS NEWS BY CLARA Jo DAvis With the weather so nice last week, hard to believe that just a few days ago didn't know if it would ever stop raining! Saturday, while going to Mexia, my daughter, Bobbie Karan Feagins, told us she might have a surprise. Well we rode on and she didn't say any- more. When we came back from lunch and started setting up our demo tables, Bobbie came down to where I was, said, "Mother, I want you to meet some one." The pretty young lady and her good looking husband was our friend Michael Westmoreland, Bobbie and Harold baby sat with the three Westmoreland children fourteen years ago. The youngest was only two, Paige, William was maybe five and Michael about six. We loved these children so much, since my daughter doesn't have children, you couldn't help but love them. Michael was over 20 years old. Is married, seems to be very happy, her husband is named Kevin. They prom- ised to come visit soon, they want to buy a house. They live in Waco. My peas that C.W. Harton planted are up about three inches. Get your pick- ing buckets ready. Leon Johnson from Athens saw me three weeks ago, asked if I was going to plant peas again? He and Margaret came down and picked maybe two bushel, we had lots of peas that year. Bill Cogdell of Athens, husband to Naomi (Harton) has come home from a Dal- las hospital. Still weak from surgery. Jimmy Price, whose mother is Katie Price of I Athens is in a Palestine hos- pital had surgery for 4 an- eurysms, very serious. Has another one but will have to wait until he gets Cross Floads better. News Notes Mark Davis had to get his heart back in motion, maybe he is bet- ter. Fish fry time again! David Hall is our fish catcher, he told Bro. Frank that if the Baptist Church didn't have a fish fry soon, he would have to stop fishing. He has every freezer full of nice catfish. David wifl be sick if he can't go fishing. The time will be Saturday, May 19th at the Cross Roads Baptist Church. Will start frying about 4:00 p.m. Come and bring a friend! Mrs. Mimi Yeasa, a neigh- bor I have not met, died last week. They lived on the Wathen Place down close to us. She will be buried at Post Oak Cemetery. Had a good 5th Sunday night singing at the Cross Roads Baptist Church. T.C. Williams didn't get to go be- cause the Willow Springs Baptist Church had one at their church. Pearl Williams is getting ready for one of her big ga- rage sales soon. You know we have a good time at her house! School is nearly over, the kids had six week test last week, so it won't be but a month. Joan Surls sent me my Blue Ribbon, for my 1st place Cornbread cooking. Since it had been a month, didn't know there would be anything besides the apron. We are thinking about next year with something new to cook. Thanks for reading! Clara Jo Davis ON THIS MEMORIAL , DAY THANK YOU to the brave men and women who served and sacrificed for our freedom. Jeanie Seely, Agent 214 N Terry Malakoff, TX 903-489'2266 STATE FARM Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there." INSURANCE Sta Farm insurance Companies * Home Offices: Bloomington, Illinois olf with JACK NICKLAUS _ / 5u0 tNG -rH / /7 / PU'TF_R, HERD PIUJY FROI //TI,=,L .SLtI-tT 'OI:Z, EUR,O PR.SS //I I [..:,COULD HEL.I YOU DVILOP -- = PAYNE SPRINGS NEWS BY JoANN ADCOCK It was a true blessing to see Dan Ford out and about. Please keep Dan on your prayer list. The Cedar Creek Lake Area Crimestoppers will have a semiannual pancake breakfast fundraiser on May 12 at Brawner Hall. Thanks to the Monitor, Cozy Cor- ner Cafe and Pop's Honey Fried Chicken for their donations. Please pray for our great grandson. He has been ill and hospitalized. Margaret Ward has gone back to work so her visits to McDonalds with her grand- daughter Kelsey will be limited to weekends. Both Margaret Ward and Dea Barnes are very pleased with their new kitchen floors. Congratulations to the Malakoff Area on the great success of their recent annual Cornbread Festival. More great events are just tround the corner so be watching the newspapers for announce- ments. Margaret and Troy Compton recently tool another trip to Midland and Margaret reports that she did not feel well for several days after returning home. Margaret did begin to feel better in time to host a large family gathering in honor of Troy's birthday. Thanks to P a t Unterkercher for a beautiful note and card of appreciation. Pat's husband Jack recently passed away and she reports that at'ter Bo Hyde wit- nessed to Jack and prayed for/ with him, Jack had a very sweet and relaxed smile on his face. I have shared this note with Bo. God is so good! I recently saw a lady that I had hired to clean my house and I immediately informed her that I wanted my money back. Of course, she asked "why" and I told here because my house got dirty again. Need- less to say, this lady informed me that I was not due a re- fund. Who can blame me for trying? We all need to pray for the PSVFD as we all know well that we need a fire department but seems there are always problems. We hope that our Fire Dept. does not "go up in smoke" due to heated words/ attitudes and arguments within. Praise the Lord and God bless Linda Napps for caring enough to take time to write a letter to Joe. This was a great letter and straight to the point. I understood that Marge Puck had "served her time" and would not run again for a seat on City Council of GBC but signs appear all over the City. A large portion of Payne Springs is in the Eustace School District and should vote in the school board election. Anything going on anywhere in the lake area in many ways can affect most of us. A very special and thought- ful gift was mailed to me this week. There was no return ad- dress on the package but it took a very short time to fig- ure out who the special friend is who sent the gift. Betty Reeves is the special lady and all who know her are aware that she quietly does much for many and her kindness comes from her heart and not for rec- ognition. Thanks Betty. Vernon and Zara Cook are at present feeling some better. Zara has recently spent twelve days in the hospital and" it is truly a miracle that her legs did not have to be amputated. Vernon reports that Zara is now enjoying her new shoes and says "They feel real good." Please keep both Vernon and Zara on your prayer list. Donna Power has undergone still another back surgery and it is reported that she is doing well. Thanks to Groom and Sons for their donation of two beau- tiful outside lamps to be auc- tioned at the Cedar Creek Lake Area Crimestoppers pancake breakfast/fundraiser to be held at Brawner Hall May 12th. When ! recently reported Continued on page 7A