Well, the rains finally came and according to Neighbor Cox most of the county averaged nearly two-and-a-half inches. Some got more, some less. It was to late to help the fig crop and most folks have abandoned their gardens a couple of week ago.*****Right after midnight on Tuesday, July 21, our longtime friend Cal Broussard passed away. He had fought a long, tough battle and defied the odds. He survived many surgeries, and seven months without food or drink. Several times he beat the doctor’s prediction and got to enjoy some quality time before chemotherapy and radiation knocked him down again. Visitation will be at Claybar Funeral Home on Thursday, services will be Friday. Please see obit and Down’s Life’s Highway where Roy has written a column on his special friend. He says Cal’s full life can’t be covered in just one column.*****Baxter Black at this point would say, “Put out the fire, call in the dogs.” Hop on board and come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.

Walter Cronkite, 92, died Friday, July 17, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, July 20, 1969. As the landing was complete Cronkite could only say, “Oh Boy, oh boy,” remove his glasses and say to astronaut Wally Schirra, “Wally, say something, I’m speechless.” The moon landing was the greatest event of that era. Think about it, less than 20 years earlier we were driving crops to the mill in a mule drawn wagon. Space ships and the moon had been science fiction. Weekdays at 5:30 p.m. throughout the 1960s and 1970s, people stopped whatever they were doing to watch Walter’s daily news. He earned the title, “Most trusted man in America.” He was the voice of every major event during that period in our lives. The Kennedy assassinations, Jack and Bobby, Jack Ruby killing Lee Harvey Oswald, the Nixon years etc. He was 10 when he moved to Houston. He graduated from San Jacinto High. In the late 1960’, Cronkite hosted “The 21st Century” the voice of the space age. A private funeral will be Thursday, July 23, in New York. His ashes will be buried next to Betsy, his wife of 60 years, in Kansas City, Mo. A memorial for the public will take place next month.

85 Years Ago-1924

Mrs. Miriam “Ma” Ferguson could become the first woman governor in the United States. She ran second and will meet Felix Robertson in a runoff. He is the Ku Klux Klan candidate. “Ma” is the wife of “Farmer Jim,” impeached as governor of Texas in 1917. There were nine candidates, six were hostile to the KKK. Ma Ferguson’s chance looks good.*****Charles Banks, a Negro accused of killing Frank Dominick, awaits a decision from a higher court on whether to serve a 99-year sentence, is the only prisoner in the brand new Orange county jail.*****J.W. Helton elected sheriff over Joe Tolbert. D.C. Bennett, elected county judge over H.A. Watts, L.F. Branum chosen district clerk over F.E. Moss, A.H. Coale, county clerk over Monroe Bland and Hollis Kinard, county attorney over R.Lee Davis.

 60 Years Ago-1949

According to trainer Ellis Landry, Orange paperweight fighters who take part in the Boy’s Haven benefit fight are Sharon Bearden, (say what! Paperweight?),  Francis Tucker, Phillip Kowle, Morris Dyson, Rod Tolar, Marvin Willey, J.R. Hollis, C.V. Hudnall, Richard Stanfield, Logan Harris and Henry and Mark Griffith. (Editor’s note: I wonder how many are still living.)

 35 Years Ago-1974

John Connally has been indicted. The main witness against him is his old friend Jake Jacobson. Both were together with LBJ for many years. They saw many deals go down. Jake sold John out to save himself. That’s what is bad about immunity. Jake goes scott-free. ***** Kay Runnels Harris and Joe Dan Harris are the proud parents of their third boy in a row.

30 Years Ago-1979
Recently joining the U.S. Air Force was James H. Cole.*****Visiting with Pete Sterling are sons Dean and Scott.*****A swimming party was held at Sunset Grove for Chris Culpepper, son of Gloria and Ben Culpepper.*****Gary White, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas White, died Saturday, July 21, of injuries from an auto accident. Injured also were Benjamin and Carl Winters, Jr, who is in critical condition.*****Birdie Ferguson is elected president of ABWA chapter. Donna Frederick, vice-president, Alice Coulter, Mary Hodgson and Irene Garrett, secretary / treasurer. Speakers at banquet were State Rep. Wayne Peveto and Billye Minter.

In July 1976, Dr. Albert Pugh took over the Bridge City Animal Clinic. On July 25, the clinic will celebrate its 35th anniversary with special activities starting at 1 p.m. The event will feature “Best Dressed Pet,” “Ugliest Dog,” a “Best Trick” contest, plus the annual “Wiener” dog race and much more. Pugh and his able staff welcome all animal lovers for a fun animal house time. They can be found in their newly-remolded hospital at 2832 Texas Ave. in Bridge City. *****Let us run a correction. Our friend H.H. Kirkpatrick didn’t retire from Firestone, he was a Spencer / Chevron / Phillips employee. We understand he is doing quite well after having heart surgery last week and went home Tuesday. *****Robert Carpenter, Orange native and descendant of the pioneer Carpenter family, which there are many, is quite a talented guy. Robert was born to sing now has a new CD recorded, “Reflections from the Past,” Two of the five songs were written by Robert. “Life Ain’t Worth Livin,” is a great song about the adversities life can bring. It is serious but has a comic aspect to it. “Road to the Top,” is a feel good story. Both feature Robert’s great voice. The album also features three of Ray Price’s best songs. To get your copy call (409) 594-1087 or pick up a copy at Harmon’s pre-owned cars on the corner of MacArthur and Henrietta.***** For more than 30-years, Richard Corder and the late Sue Bailey had been pushing for fishing piers on the Lake off Bailey Road. Commissioner John Dubose promised when he was a candidate that he would work to have piers installed. Last week, Richard and Sue’s dream came true with the ribbon-cutting of the facility. Commissioner Dubose said the road improvements, drainage tanks under the road and other improvements were the effort of many and he thanks them all. *****I had a special treat this weekend at Tuffy’s. I had been craving barbecue crabs, the kind the old Sartin’s in Sabine Pass used to serve in the ‘50s and ‘60s. I have found no one prepares them better than Van Choate’s Tuffy’s Restaurant. I’ve eaten them in many places but they are closer to Sartin’s than any other. Cathy Clark and her crew do a great job of making you feel welcome and seeing that you have an enjoyable outing and meal. Treat yourself to great seafood in the all-new Tuffy’s. The restaurant also features a good luncheon buffet, fresh vegetables and meats prepared country style. *****It was somewhat of a surprise to see the AMA endorsed President Obama’s health plan. I think everyone agrees that something must be done. The hang up seems to be how to go about it. Our health care in the world’s richest country is really pitiful. A friend of mine, 59 years old, lost his job of 10 years when his company had a 1,400 employee cut back. He has had heart bypass, his wife has had cancer, both now fully recovered. In a few days his insurance will run out. A new insurer won’t cover them for pre-existing conditions. Losing his job is a double “whammy.” Private health coverage for both would be $1,600 and $500 per month plus $3,000 out-of-pocket. What do they do with no insurance? *****The Harmon boys, who are known for fairness, are moving a lot of cars. Because of their low overhead, buyers are getting good transportation at great prices. With small profit, they work on volume and will finance. Don Harmon has just got off the road buying. Come in and see the new low price merchandise. We guarantee you can’t beat a Harmon pre-owned car deal. *****Special thanks to Ms. Margaret Louvier, a wonderful lady who has sent us some of her delicious pumpkin bread. I hid one and we enjoyed the other with fresh brewed Seaport. *****Many states have closed their rest stops. Louisiana has closed 24 of it’s 34. Texas meanwhile, is upgrading its 98 stops and adding Internet KIOSK’s and WiFi access. *****Jim, in answer to your question, financier R. Allen Stanford and his $7 billion Ponzi scheme, along with Ken Lay and Madoff were all Republicans, so beware what stones you throw. *****Celebrity birthdays. July 22, Albert Brooks, 62; Don Hanley, 62; Danny Glover, 63; Orson Bean, 81; and Bob Dole, 86. Rose Kennedy, the mother who suffered so much, would be 119. *****July 23, Monica Lewinsky, 36; Woody Harrelson, 48; Don Imus, 69; Harold “Peewee” Reese, 91. *****July 24, Jennifer Lopez, 39; Barry Bonds, 45; Lynda Carter, 58. *****July 5, Walter “Sweetness” Payton, 55 and Walter Brennan would be 115. *****July 26, Kevin Spacey, 50; Mick Jagger, 66, Blake Edwards, 87. Had she lived, Gracie Allen would be 107. *****July 27, Alex “A Rod” Rodriguez, 34, Maureen McGovern, 60; Bobbie Gentry, 64; Jerry VanDyke, 78, Norman Lear, 87. *****July 28, Sally Struthers, 61; Bill Bradley, 66. Jackie Kennedy Onassis would be only 80 and Rudy Vallee would be 108. *****Special birthdays: Our recipe writer Von Broussard celebrated on July 21. *****Celebrating this week, Ryan Kimbrough, Jeff Anderson, Marie Slaton and Linda Brinson. Best wishes. *****Don’t tell Dr. Pugh, but when I finally get aggravated I like to whistle. It makes my neighbors constantly barking dog run to the end of his chain and gag himself. *****A great organization. Our local Hospice, the folks who do so much to help people in their final days, will celebrate their 30th anniversary, Thursday, July 23. The ceremonies will be at St. Mary Parish Hall, 4-6 p.m. Please come by and show how much you appreciate these good people.*****Economist reports Monday that the recession may soon be ended. “The government stimulus efforts will gain traction in the coming months and lift the economy from the worst slump since the Great Depression.” When Obama took over Jan. 20, 2009, the U.S. economy was in a free fall. In just over six months, he’s on the verge of reversing the Bush Recession plus gas prices at the pump are down $2 a gallon, lifting the load of the poor and middle-class.*****Forget Michael Jackson ever being buried at Neverland. It will never be a Jackson tourist attraction. Never at Neverland.*****Sheriff Keith Merritt is attending the sheriff’s convention in Corpus. Two-hundred-sixty-five sheriffs all under the same roof. Some of those West Texas sheriffs still wear a tied-down holster with a big hog leg, like the Colt Peacemaker, inside. Sheriffs come in all sizes and weights. Many walk around looking over their shoulder with guns cocked. I hope Merritt takes pictures.*****We have heard some good things about the Bayou Trading Co. on Texas Ave. in Bridge City. Their showroom is loaded with unique, one-of-a-kind items at reasonable prices. Stop by and look them over. Tell ‘um we sent you.*****You can bet if Simon Cowell wants Paula Abdul back on American Idol she’ll be there. Simon carries a big stick.*****David Letterman’s Late Show leads Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show in the ratings. Letterman picked up many of Jay Leno’s fans.*****Within 10 years, for the first time in human history, there will be more people in the world 65 and older than children under age 5. The USA’s population of over 65 will increase 107 percent by 2040.*****Congrats to Bridge City Little League 12-year-olds who just keep on winning. With a Tuesday night win they will advance to the big time. Meanwhile, the 13-14 year olds need wins Tuesday and Wednesday to move on. They lost their first game and are trying to get back to the top through the loser’s bracket.*****Monday, July 20, President Barack Obama met with the three Apollo II astronauts of 40 years ago, Buzz Aldren, the second man to walk on the moon, Michael Collins, the command module pilot and Neil Armstrong, who took the first small step on the moon. The President said, “The touchstone for excellence and discovery is always going to be represented by the men of Apollo II.”*****Forty-four years ago, July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare laws and boy, has that helped.*****David and Patsy Peck flew to Odessa over the weekend where they attended David’s daughter’s wedding. He’s a Canadian and that’s not all bad, a little French blood in the family will improve the bloodline. David’s daughter Amber married Pascal Bernart July 18. It was an outside wedding with about 100 in attendance. Her husband is from Montreal and a professional hockey player. Amber is a flight attendant with Southwest Airlines. They plan to make their home in Odessa.


Von Broussard, Rocky DeCuir, Jeff Anderson, Keazie Cappel, Paige Dohmann, Travis Estes, Albert Bates, Daniel Peet, Jim Reves, Linda Brinson, Ralph Rucker, Renee Newson, James Rucker, Judy Batchelor, Lee Harris, Madge Fontenot, Marie Burns, Marsha Brown, Misty Cappel, Mutt Eason, Ryan Kimbrough, Bobby Batchelor, Evelyn Toney, Allison LeLeux, Larry Wingate, Laura Berman, Lisa Simmons, Marie Slaton, Bruce Perkins, Doug Richter, Helen Philen, Joseph Whitehead, Paula Richey, Regina Cameron, Allison Donnell, Angela Rhodes and Chaelynn Wilson.


Cussin Sostan’s little granddaughter Cookie got in trouble at school again. The teacher, Miss Badeaux, was giving a lesson on da circulation of da blood. To make her point, Miss Badeaux said, “Now class, if I stood on my head me, da blood would run into my head and my face, it would turn red.”
Most of da class said, “Yes teacher.”
Den Miss Badeaux axe, “Why den, while I am standing, da blood don’t all run to my feets?”
Sostan’s “Little Cookie,” raise her hand and say, “Cause your feet ain’t empty.”
Da next day, the chilluns were lined up in da cafeteria for lunch. At da front of da table was a large pile of big, red apples. Miss Badeaux had put a big note on da tray wat said, “Take one, only one, God is watching. At da utta end of da table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. So Sostan’s “Little Angel” wrote a note, “Take all you want, God him is watching da apples.”

I’m about ready to run far away. Here’s a suggestion for you. If you’re ready for a long drive and time spent recalling the past you might consider attending the Mule Days Celebration Aug. 15 in Muleshoe, Texas with a mule parade, (Burton would like that), fish fry, historic village tours etc. For more info call (806) 272-4248. *****A new Texas law says those with severe war wounds will owe no property taxes.*****If you want to get rich, you might consider hunting down 10 leaders of the Mexican cartel. The U.S. is offering $50 million for their capture. If interested in putting your life on the line, the DEA has set up an e-mail address. GULFTF@USDOJ.GOV. *****Check our Web site daily for all the latest news.*****Please read us cover to cover and patronize those in our advertising family. Good-bye Cal, good-bye Walter, “And that’s the way it is.” God bless.