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PAGE 8A - The Malakoff News - Wednesday, December 5, 2001 Trinidad News Trinidad Cemetery improving continually by donated interests Several members of the first Trinidad Cemetery Association stand behind the newest structure at the entrance. From left to right is Cora Taylor, BUie Davis, Fran Estes, Larry Estes, Dick Sharp and Gertrude Stanfieid. By Emily G. Lundy Trinidad's main cemetery lies at the end of a symbolically nar- row road lined with thickness of trees. In a history of the Trinidad City Cemetery, some facts are well known; others are not. As accurately as anyone knows, the Airheart Cemetery, private, was the first recog- nized burial place for Trinidad. A marker for M.C. Airheart born in Bradley Tennessee in 1834 and buried in Trinidad in 1887 is the oldest adult burial known. M.C. and M.A. Airheart were parents of two: Theodore, born in 1876 and died in 1988, and Henneretta, 1884-1885. Nearby sits a grave for Theodore Airheart of a different family, marked Research has shown Calilhfi Henery Birt, born December 22, 1856, buried in the cemetery in 1891. Martin Lee Bayless, born in 1877, died in 1893, From talking to relatives, these records seem to be the best available. In 1920 Texas Power and Light Company purchased around 1700 acres of land south of the Cotton Belt Rail- road Depot with plans to build the first steam electric station to be used for rural distribution. Included in such a vast pur- chase was the Airheart private cemetery close to the Trinidad River. A deal was made that in blaying the Airheart Farm, including the small cemetery, the company would grant large acreage for a city cemetery for the town. After the operation of the plant went into action, one of the engineers was asked to make a blueprint plotting of the Trinidad Cemetery, recording all graves and burials inside it. As the years passed, several grave sites were used at night for burial of people too poor to afford help. Then the workload at the plant shifted the cemetery records. Lacy Childs andByron Jackson started this responsibility re- storing facts to memory. Then the cemetery numbers grew past .e memory mark. t 1 'ly and Gde I s'tarleld volunteered their time' to go to the Cemetery and com- pose a book, counting the rows and plots and recording all the names found on headstones at that time. Each new funeral had Gertrude recording the name and plot number to keep the books up to date. When the Stanfield's record book wore out, Gertrude re- placed all information in another spiral book. Cora Burton made a record of this second book into a third one. When Claude Jarrett Jackson became President of the Cem- Shown in the new right side structure at the entrance. Dona- tions came from many sources. Now a swinging gate is needed. etery Association, his wife Billie saw the need for an alphabeti- cal listing of family names by row and space for everyone in the cemetery. This continues today as additions are made for every funeral. In 1974 Clint Floyd, Chief Clerk for TP&L, gave addi- tional acreage to the cemetery and donations paid for fencing the new part. The drought of 1998 brought a need for the digging of a water well with labor and funds donated. Donations large and small have come from home folks and those out of town to give the cemetery many improve- ments and keep it in shape. Added in recent years in ad- dition to the well and grass work and sprinkling system brick gates. Next there is a need to add a new "kissing tree" in the turn-around area of the cem- etery since the old tree in that place finally had to be removed from existing past its lifespan. Dick Sharp is currently presi- dent of the Trinidad Cemetery Association. A quick check of the records reveals that the Johnston name is on 33 markers in the Trinidad Cemetery; the Bradleys on 28; the Airhearts on 26; the Stanfields on 25. (Perhaps women's maiden names on markers would help keep fami- lies' names alive.) The town's second cem- etery, Oak Lawn, lies just off Leagueline Road, placed on land donated by Sam Stanfield have been a cemented-floor in the early l00s and the aaviln and now impressive Tommy Stanfield family today. A unique display of reindeer carry a mean-looMng Santa Claus to brighten up McEntire Street. Trinidad tournament places Livingston and Bivens on all-tourney team Continuing on Friday, the Waco Methodists downed the Crossroad Bobcats 75-52. Leon's JV pounded the Malakoff JV (both girls' teams) 44-20. Methodist next took on Brookhill for an 84-81 close encounter. In girls' BB, Scurry Rosser whipped Can- yon 46-'31, In the last game Friday Cross Roads JV Boys fell to Canyon Creek 89 to 45. Saturday's finale began with the Leon JV Girls losing to Canyon 56-25. Brookhill lost to Canyorr Creek Boys' team 68-63. Warming up the court were the Scurry girls in crushing Leon JV 68-18. Next the Brookhill Boys' team pushed Crossroads JV down 73-35. Then the Malakoff JV girls could not stop Canyon in a 58- 19 Canyon victory. The Meth- odist Home took over the Canyon Boys 58-49, giving the Methodists the First Place Trophy. The Scurry girls easily won first place by putting the Lady Trojans away 83-32. Follow- ing this game, the Trojans took second place by rolling over the Crossroads JV team 66-45. Unknown soldier needs identification Michelle Livingston and Paul Bivens won places on the All- . Tournament team following last weekends BB Tournament. For the three-day marathon of basketball games, winners in the high school boys' and girls' competition were de- cided in close contests and in not so close games. Trinidad placed two on the all-tourna- ment team: Michelle Livingston and Paul Bivens. Methodist Home Boys' won first; the Scurry-Rosser Lady Cats won first. Trinidad Tro- jans took 2nd; Canyon Creek Girls took 2nd. Brookhill Boys won third; i the Lady Trojans took third. Canyon Creek captured fourth as did the Leon Girls' JV squad. Cross Roads' JV boys won consolation along with the Malakoff JV girls' five. In play action, Thursday, Scurry Rosser Girls defeated the Malakoff JV 63-8. The Methodist Boys began their upward climb by down- ing Cross Roads JV 75-52. Next the Lady Trojans won over Leon JV 40-37, then took a loss from Canyon 61-35. The Trojans lost to Brookhill 68-61, then defeated Canyon Creek 72-68. On Friday, the Trojans lost to the Methodist team by 81- 74. But the Lady Trojans de- feated Malakoff's JV 56-32. This soldier is not exactly unknown as a plaque bearing his name, Robert R. Wolf, is in the hands of a Malakoff veteran, but does anyone know any of his family mem- bers? Wolf was killed, in WWII and received recognition from the governor of the time. The plaque made its way to Malakoff. For some reason, it was believed Robert Wolf lived in Trinidad. The Wolf family did live in Trinidad at one time on Lawrence Street and had three children, Jack, Tommy, and Lila. Anyone knowing about Robert Wolf please call me 778-4173. Trinidad- Trivial., and Tantamount By Emily G. Lundy Forget my words of assur- ance about a slower paced, less materialistic Christmas.This is the first week of December, and it is PANIC time. I am further behind than ever. In fact, I haven't fully recovered from Thanksgiv- ing. Five grandchildren spent the night with us last night; this will probably hurt my Christmas efforts too. The children stay up late, late but still rise early. They don't nap during the day either. Since there is some maturity creep- ing in among the next genera- tion, they are really beginning to enjoy one another's com- pany. Often an out-of-town phone will ring with this ques- tion: "Grammy, who's there?" If I reply in the negative, but the television set can be heard in the background, the caller does not believe me. Claud and Billie Jackson are on the mending list. Sharon Hoskins is having to teach from a wheel chair again. Remember the nurs ing home list: Lucille Banks, Lucille Warren, Johnnie Bell Martin, Vera Johnston, Hazel Johnston, Geraldine Stanfield, Pinkie Carter, Faye Heryla, Bennie Miller, Fred Svoboda, L. Hoskins and many others you may know. Still not well are Ballou Hines, Charles Sh- part of the body becomes wingspans. It's like being a flying squirrel in disgui. Great things are happening at Trinidad ISD. Soon, some of the students will contrib- ute to this page, hopefully by bext week. Basketball sea- son is fully upon us. Catch a game. The cold weather did come. We did not have to receive the slush along with it, to the disappointment of the young. One small town I know past Abilene called into the radio station reporting it, Aspermont, had nine inches of snow. In the "good old days" when we didn't have central air, all our beds were equipped with electric blan- kets. Ever so often, I recall the coziness of sleeping in a cold bedroom underneath solid warmth. Sometime our young Children would have "acciden.ts" in the night and crawl into our bed, not wak- ing us up, sleeping the remain- ing hours in wet pj's. My mother-in-law worried we would One night be electro- cured. Whoever invited the electric blankets is right up there with remote controls. I've been told that in a fea- ture about Larry Russell ; annon,in Tubbs, lrtik, ; (an 0kbthc3ma cousin) Gibbs, Vicki WaRj'Vernon when I wrote his hiccup cure Jock, Sonny Bradley, etc. E-mail chuckle of the week: After mid-life, women don't have upper arms. This had not been approved by the FDA, I was incorrect. He has now approval for his product that should help thou- sands. Jeff Martin prepares for in- creased shoppers where he works. Jeff is the son of Sharon and Richard Martin and attends TVCC. Trinidad to participate in parade When the Greater Cedar Lake Chamber holds its an- nual parade in Gun Barrel City Saturday, December 8, Trinidad will be represented by a float. The float, with a theme of patriotism and Christmas, will be decorated this week at the home of Mary Helen Covey- Carter on Boatwright Road. All interested people are welcome to drop by and help with the float. This is the pa- rade that officially opens the lake area to the Christmas Season and will cover a large area of roads and streets. Call City Hall for more in- formation at 778-2525. Added to the All.District.Teams of District 15 Football are more players from Trinidad, Left to right, Aaron Colvin, 2nd Team QB; Quincy Jenkins, 1st team defense and 2nd team offense; Judde Martin, 1st team end and 2nd team defense; Mike Johnson, honorable mention and Dillon Tart, Honor- able Mention. Not shown is Donnie Tart, 2nd team LB.