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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 - The Malakoff News - PAGE 7 A city of widows By Emily G. Lundy Trinidad has often been called a city of widows because of its large widow population. No one has statistics, but wid- ows definitely outnumber wid- owers in this small community, almost at an alarming rate. Experts attest to the fact women usually outlive men, and it is not because as the joke says about men's dying first, "They want to." Possibly the power plant with its use of asbestos anff other materials has contributed in some negative way to the many men's health employed there. However, not all de- ceased men in this area worked for the plant. Having watched as one by one my mother and her friends became widows, I now notice it acutely. In my dad's large family, with seven boys and three girls, only one girl re- mains, Wretha Barfoot, and she is a widow herself. Of the Stanfield men, Johnny Stanfield died first, in the early seventies and in his early six- ties, Of an aneurysm, followed by his older brother Jimmie Stanfield a decade or so later from years of stroke paralysis. In 1984 my dad died sud- denly of congested heart fail- ure; my mother Juanita Stanfield survives. Then in 1989 it was Tommy who lived here with his wife Gertrude. Uncle Tommy had a stroke and lived one day. Sammy from Houston died the next year, suc- cumbing to years of suffering from a stroke. His wife Cindy lived several years more. Joe developed pulmonary prob- lems, went to Baylor in 1996 for treatment, under- went not very promising surgery and never awak- ened. He and Aunt A recent widow, Skip Rankin, has learned Geraldine lived in ,the difficulty of dealing wiCh the Veterans Trinidad. That left Administration. Alton (Jiggs) who TISD Board reorganizes Following May 4 elections and the first meeting May 20, the board elected Pat Hamm as President: Jay Tart, vice-presi- dent; Sam Ramsey, secretary. The next board meeting will be June 17, 7 p.m. in the Board Room on the TISD campus. TAAS scores have climbed again in the final year for the TAAS exam as it will be re- placed next year by the TAKS. Third Grade: Math-95: Read- ing-79; fourth grade: Math-83;  Reading 91: Writing, 70; fifth Grade: Math-89; Reading-90; sixth grade: Math-96; Reading- 82; seventh grade: Math-93; Reading -87; ighth grade: Math-100; Reading-100. The eighth grade also pulled in a 96 on the Science exam and a 78 on social studies, two tests still in the exploratory stage. According to high school principal Larry Robinson, "The new Taks test that will begin next year will be more rigor- ous than any test we have seen to this point. I have no doubt in my mind that our children and teachers are capable of reaching this new level and conquering it. We hope par- ents will help us in making sure all our children meet this chal- lenge." Also. any seniors inter- ested in funding can use websites for their benefit: www.collegefortexans.com; w w w e d g o v : www.fastweb .com; www.collegeboard.com; www.adventuresineducation.org; www.fafsa.ed.gov. According to assistant prin- cipal Cory Jenkins, on August 19, 2002, "the rubber meets the road. and No child left behind becomes a reality. Intense preparation has already begun." Sandra McElroy Lohman, widowed in 2001, has leaned heavily on her faith to sustain trying times. lived in Houston with his wife Virginia. Jiggs had two heart attacks close together and died in a hospital. My granddad had a stroke while working in the garden in 1950. He lived three days in a coma before dying. Each son inherited a coronary or pulmo- nary ailment, but all made it to their seventies except for Johnny and my dad. Now the widows, none who have remarried, remain close and carry on traditions and plans of their spouses. Those in Trinidad include Gertrude Stanfield, Juanita Stanfield, and formerly Geraldine Stanfield, who lives in an assisted living facility in Texarkana. Virginia Stanfield comes up often from Houston.. Three widows are deceased., In a rough count I can think of these many other women who have lived on after their husbands' deaths: Margaret French, Jolea Miller, Helen Beaver, Helen Airheart, Royce Heickman. Cleora Fleming, Continued on page 11 Trinidad Lake of work day This is a picture of a hidden jewel in Trinidad, the Trinidad Lake behind the water plant, just waiting for activity and summer fun. Volunteers will meet Satur- day morning early with any equipment they have to im- prove the appearance and ac- cessibility to the Trinidad City Lake for fishing and picnic ar- eas. The lake lies on the north side of Highway 31 at the last turnoff of the City as one trav- els east. Leagueline Road turns south, and the route to the lake is across the highway to the north. This lake is about a mile down the road on the right. Trinidad's water treatment plant is located at this area, too. In 1955 when Trinidad in- corporated, a small lake al- ready in the area was enlarged to accommodate the water supply for the City. Steve Land was the first Water Su- perintendent, working here un- til his retirement. Occasion- ally he had help from different men, especially Ves Maynard. Matt Booker presently man- ages the water plant. Before 1955, Trinidad's wa- ter came from individual, wells and a water system off McEntire Street behind the former Chester Bradley Home, at the first curve on McEntire. going south. Dora Peebles remembers how the water service was be- fore the City had a lake and plant. "If we wanted a bath, we had to start running water at noon to have enough to bathe in after supper." Those supporting the open- ing of the City lake to the pub- lic plan to make the area a place for families, a safe place with no inappropriate behavior. Present at the Stanfield reunion were these Dallasites: Myrtle Wilson, K.K. Stanfield, his daughter, Shelly Ward, his son Kenneth Stanfield and OUie Stanfield (K.K. 's brother). K.K's wife Dorothy is not shown. Refuge General Store I We're now serving breakfast & We offer a Lunch Biaffet Tools Gifts Animal Feed We are a general store that carries most "generally" everything.t I Hwy 31 E. Trinidad. 778-2781 A pristine drive takes one away or to nostalgia on the route to Trinidad's Lake. Trinidad - Trivial and Tantamount By Emily G. Lundy Something tells me the coot mornings are on the wane. June 1 felt like a July day. We'll be sorry that we ever complained, if we did, about rain. Not I. I love the rain and wish I had a tin roof that would enhance the sound. That thunderstorm last week was "something else," though, as Texans say. From my spouse comes this wisL dom about lightning and thun- der. "As long as you can still hear the thunder, you know you are all right." Margaret Miller:s death June 1 really shocked the community. Margaret was a part of this community for many years and helped nu- merous people as she struggled to make a living, doing a variety of jobs and chores. She is believed to have been ill Thursday. When she went to the hospital later in Athens that day, she was diagnosed with appendicitis. According to reports, early Friday mopaing, before her surgery, her appendix rup- tured. Following Friday's surgery, she was in intensive care Sat- urday, but showing improve- ment. With a doctor and nurse talking to her at bed- side, she apparently had a massive heart attack and died. She was resuscitated once and then collapsed again. East Monday would have been her 57th birthday. Her mother is Mary Alice Ingram who now lives in the Kerens Housing Authority. Margaret has a daughter Angie who lives in Arizona. Margaret's one brother was killed in an accident many years ago. Those on the prayer list of churches in the area include these and others: Thirlo Dann, Harden Airheart, Pat Airheart, Helen Airheart, Estelle Bradley, Ballou Hines, Nadine Johnston, Josh Davis, Vicky and Alyssa Waite, Johnnie Bell Martin, Vera Johnston, Myrtle Wil- son, Carolyn Hemby and Evelyn Beavers. How nice it was to chat with Markie Bradley Dubose Sat- urday about her dad, Chester. She had some fun stories to share and some impressive war stories just now coming to light from WW II. More later. Rev. Charles Williams will be the speaker for homecom- ing at the United Methodist Church this fall which com- pletes Trinidad's three-day homecoming weekend. Bill Parks is being asked to pro- vide music. 00doin reunion big success Sixty people showed up for the Ardoin reunion at the Trinidad Community Center Saturday, June 1. All the ten children came. all 31 grand- children minus 2, and all of the great grandchildren. The event lasted most of the day. Robert, the second oldest of the children of Joel and Bar- bara Ardoin of Trinidad, came from Louisiana with 100 pounds of crayfish. (Bobbie Jo is the oldest.) The children live mostly in Louisiana, Trinidad, Athens, and other cities in Texas.. One of the sons is named Joel. The youngest, Jimmy, lives here as do his older sisters Terri Hawkins and Judy Colvin. Lisa Foster, with the twin boys, Cash and Kerry, lives in Athens. Chris Quinn attended as a guest. Police report light week Everything remained calm Otherwise summer is just be- last week in Trinidad as far as ginning. Everyone is reminded the Police Department is con- to be on watch for the children cerned. Chief Steve Higgins who will be walking, running, reports one arrest of a young playing, and bicycling more man for a DWI and DWSL. than ever. School news in general Chris Countryman is one of contact Larry Robinson at 778-' 75 students selected to partici- pate in the E=MC2G/T camp at Lake Tyler this summer from July 7 through the 13. Anyone who is having diffi- cult in reading, writing or math can attend summer school for a strengthening program for 19 days beginning June 10. Please :': A Fred and Lynn Dupont stopped at the DQ Monday in their motor home, car in-tow, on their way to attend a religious retreat in Weatherwood; Lynn is an evangelist and their home is on this side of Cedar Creek Lake. 2415. Also the weight room will be open this summer under ne.w UIL rules that allow students to lift weights while coaches are on campus. Coach Miller and Coach Bradley will keep the weight room open for six weeks form 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.