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Wednesday, December 5, 2001 - The Malakoff News . PAGE 7A C11 imn00,' y swec." p .... edfi page 1A Poet0000.00ner Cotti nu 'om .... aTrinidad subdivision to do this the area. Arid he suggested someone is working the other the chimney as proof that there ; story about the chimney sweep, McGehee might want to inves- end of the flue, cleaning out the tigate starting his own business. With a loan and a little training, McGehee joined the ranks of quaint historical characters do- ing a job some might find unap- pealing. Much like the chimney sweeps of old, the trade has become a McGehee family enterprise. This day, he is accompanied by two other generations of sweeps, his son James and grandson Jo- seph. His wife and two daugh- ters have also worked at the trade in various roles in the past. They are a smoothly operating team, part of the group atop the roof bearing long wire brushes and other implements to knock loose the offending grime and caked material. Meanwhile we passed a burned out home, As it turned out, a faulty clogged chimney was probably the cause of that fire. The at- tentions of a chimney sweep might have prevented it. The story of that family's trial by fire is elsewhere on the front page.) Jerry McGehee is a school teacher by training. But 22 years ago, he stumbled into the chimney cleaning business out of necessity. He had just in- stalled a fireplace in his Corsicana home and wanted to locate a chimney cleaner when the need arose. When he asked his cousin, the Corsicana fire chief, if he knew of anyone who did that kind of work the man replied there was none in firebox and the lower part of the chimney. Much of the 'r/ature of the cleaning job depends on the kind of wood that was burned. Green timber makes for a smoky fire, and woods like ce- dar emit oily particles which build up residue. A fireplace is a more powerful source of en- ergy than most people assume, says McGehee. Temperatures inside a firebox within the fire- place can reach 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, :' : i As often:happens, this day McGehee and crew start out to do two houses in the neighbor- hood. Before the day is over, they will do six'. The realiza- tion that a chimney had prob- ably caused the fire that de- stroyed a neighbor's home was probably responsible for the sudden increase in business. For a one story house the cleaning usually takes about a half hour and costs about eighty dollars. The team found the chimney in the house they were working on when w' photographed them was badly blocked. "They would have had a serious prob- lem if they'd tried to use this," he said of the new owners who have not moved in yet. McGehee had inspected the burned house as he entered the subdivision and said it had the earmarks of a chimney fire. He pointed to the gaping hole in "Full Line Of Supplies For All Your Horse ,Needs" weoffer:ihe I top brands in the industry! [ until Christmas! 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McGehee says he was in a car wreck from which he was lucky to have emerged alive. He jok- ingly credits his lucky job with bringing him through the acci- dent. There's no evidence to sup- port the good luck claim, but there's little doubt the Tumage family down the street would have profited from a visit by this top-hatted holdover from another era. WHAT WILL THEY REMEMBER By Jay Jay Monroe What's to become of this world as we know it? Why must we feel so much fear? What will our children remember the most? The horror, the sadness, the tears? The thousands of lives that were lost so unfairly? The moment they first heard the news? The child who will never again hug his mother? The arguments and different views? The emptiness felt as they laid down their heads? The terrible loss felt by all? The next morning they awoke and realized it wasn't a dream after all? Or will they remember the counky that met at flagpoles for miles around at churches and homes and courthouse yards to hold handsand pray aloud? Will they remember the teachers who taught them with tears welling up in their eyes? The words of encouragement pouring out of their hearts "Go ahead, it's alright to cry." The soldiers who fought for our freedom and justice as they rushed to save all our lives? Will they remember our President praying not ashamed of the tears in his eyes? Surely the day will come in the future when the memories will all start to fade, but when we remember September 1 lth, I will hope and I will pray, that our children will remember our country united, the way we all took a stand, as we prayed together and fought the fight that it took to take care of our land? So when asked what will become of the world as we know it, the answer will never be clear. 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