From the Creaux’s Nest
HONOR THY MOTHER
Sunday is Mother’s Day. If you are fortunate enough to still have your mom, it should be a special day in your life. Mom is special year round, but on this one day, you can show all she has meant to you and thank her for her unending love. Years fly by and before long mom is gone and only the memories remain. You can make special memories this Sunday. If you do not have your mom, contact an elderly person who may not have anyone. Call the nursing homes and go visit a lonely mom on Mother’s Day. You will be amazed at how good you will feel and in some way it’s honoring your own late mother. Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, young and old. May you be blessed on your special day.*****I’ve got to move on. Please come along, I promise it won’t do you no harm.
YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FUTURE
I recall a newsflash, heard around the world, in 1954, that Roger Bannister had broken the four-minute mile in Oxford England. He ran the mile in 3:59.4 seconds. Today, the record is 3:4313 seconds, held by Hicham El Guerrouj. I don’t believe the three-minute mile will ever be broken. That’s 45 second laps. The women’s mile record 4:12.56 is held by Svetlana Masterkova.*****We have never seen the kind of money that will be spent in this election cycle. In the presidential races, with up to 25 Republican candidates and the Hillary campaign, $4 billion is expected to be spent. TheKoch brothers said last week they will spent $300 million in 2016. Right now, top Republican candidates are doing the puppet dance for the Koch brothers and casino owner Shelton Abelson. Most of the money to PACs will be spent on negative advertisements to bash Hillary and Bill Clinton as being untruthful and dishonest. The Clinton Foundation, Bill’s gig, has helped 400 million people around the world. President George H. Bush helped in several of those endeavors. From now on it will be wall-to-wall attacks on Hillary and Bill. You can book it.
We were sorry to learn of the unexpected death of Claude Huard, 93, on May 3. He was the brother-in-law of Phyllis and Roy Dunn, the husband of Ms. Phyl’s sister Jo Ann. They were residents of Hot Springs, Arkansas but former residents of this area and visited often. He was a quite-spoken and very intelligent person. A really good guy. A Navy veteran of World War II, he spent his life helping people and working with the YMCA. He eventually became the General Director of the Port Arthur YMCA. May he rest in peace. Please see obituary.
To the family of Peggy Joan Moore, 82, who passed away May 3. Funeral services will be Thursday, 1 p.m. at Claybar Funeral Home of Orange. She is survived by husband of 63 years, Jack Moore, children, grandchildren and their families.***We were sorry to hear of the death of Sandra Campbell, who died May 2. Services were held Tuesday at Claybar Funeral Home of Bridge City. Our condolences to James and his entire family.***Jack Cormier, Jr., 87, of Orangefield died May 3. Service was held May 5. We had known this good man for a longtime. He had spent his life working in the oilfields. He was the brother of the late Paul Cormier. Our condolences to his children and their families. Please see obituaries.
TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
10 Years Ago-2005
On May 14, attorney Wayne Peveto, former state representative, is giving Dennis Burch, the marshland cowboy, a big party at his Peveto Ranch. Burch was born Oct. 18, 1923, and for 50 years he and his wife Ruby lived on the famous Gray Ranch where Dennis was the head cowboy. His job took in many chores including trapping of otter and other skins. In a year’s time they usually caught and skinned at least 2,000 muskrats. Daily Ruby cooked for the cowboys. Breakfast was five pounds of bacon, four dozen eggs, several pans of homemade biscuits and a lot of fresh cow milk. Many of his old buddies will tell stories and swap tales. It will be a glance back into a time that will never exist again.*****Giacomo, a 50 to one long shot wins 131st Kentucky Derby.*****Margie Stephens is not a happy camper. Her Houston Astros are tied for the cellar in the central division., a under 400 winning percentage. (Editor’s note: Margie is happy with the play of the Astros today. Back then they were in the National League, now they are in the American.)*****City and school board elections were held throughout the county. Only 15 out of every 100 voters took time to vote in a very poor turnout. In Bridge City, the last two elections have drawn more early voters than election day. West Orange turned down term limits while Orange extended the terms.*****Former residents of Riverside will hold annual reunion May 14, at Claiborne West Park. (Editor’s note: Louis Dougas was one of the leaders who started the reunion. I’m not sure when the reunion stopped. I’m sure it was after Louis death.)*****Bridge City tennis star Koby Duplechin won the quarter-final tennis match Monday, 6-0 and 6-1, against Austin Maples, from Van, in West Texas. He advanced to semi-finals where he lost to last year’s state champ Luke Hawk, of Clyde High.*****For the second straight year Bridge City Cardinal distant runner, Aaron Brannen, will run in both the 3200 meter and 1600 in the UIL class 3-A state track meet in Austin, at Texas Myers Stadium.*****The number one state ranked B.C. Lady Cardinals advanced to 3-A regional quarterfinals. They take on Shepherd in a best of three. In the defeat of the Shepherd Lady Pirates standouts were Meagan Godwin, Christina Jacques, Lauren Angelle and Shea Brown.*****GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Easuel Clark, Jr., 82, of Orange, died Sunday, May 8. A service was beheld May 11, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with Rev. Joseph Daleo. Burial at St. Mary Cemetery. Junior, as he was known, was born Oct. 18, 1922, in Fairmont, Texas. He was a 60-year resident of Orange. He was an expert finishing carpenter. He is survived by his wife Lillie Klekar Clark, son Judge Patrick Clark and wife Rosalie,grandchildren Mary Ann, Beth Ann, Pat Jr. and their families. Pallbearers were Daniel Ray Clark, Charles Miller, Wayne Peveto, John Scofield, Jim Sharon Bearden and Joe Alford. (Editor’s note: We had known and been friends with Junior Clark since 1950. What a guy. In my mind I can still hear that distinct East Texas accent. I knew all of his brothers and sister Mozelle and am proud to have been a friend of Judge Pat and Rosalie all these many years.)***Joe M. Coleman, 78, of Bridge City, died May 6. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Birtie, sons and daughters. He retired form Firestone after 25 years, then retired from Wal-Mart after 15 years. He also was an Army Korean veteran.***Carylon Richardson Trahan, 60, of Bridge City, died May 8. She is survived by her mother Ruby, son Keith, daughter Jennifer and their families.***Mable Adrian Stansbury, 83, of Orange, died May 4. She is survived by husband Howard, sons James, Howard, Jr.,daughters Linda, Peggy and their families.*****Gwinda Handley McInnis Bounds, 91, of Orange, died May 6. She was born in Buck Texas and had lived in Orange since 1970. She is survived by husband Horris Bounds, daughters Mary Lou, Karen, Ruth and son John Bounds, six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
40 Years Ago-1975
Don Burgess is back at work after being off with a good case of measles.*****Joan and Ed Lovelace are in the Bahamas this week.*****Wayne Morse goes on another diet.*****Security Abstract and title Co. leases part of Hoyt building, the old chamber office, on 6th St. and Front.*****Connie and Curtis are selling the famous Bamboo Club in Bridge City. There have been many matches, mismatches and divorces made in that place.*****The “Under the Bridge” supper club meets under the IH-10 Sabine River bridge. Fun loving Cajuns, a few mixed breeds and one Italian have been cooking out for eight years. Master chef, D.P. Fuselier, fed over 30 members, most Levingston employees, and a few guests. They cooked 40 pounds of catfish. The Thursday gathering was in honor of employee Randy Beeson, who is leaving to join another company in Florida. A few in attendance were Jerry Reid, A.I. Guillory, Ronald Trahan, Gary Browning, Verlin Fontenot, Mike Crawford, Lester Kelly, LeRoy Ogen, Art Abshier, Robert Ewing, David Bergeron, Dan Johnson, Carl Haley, Frank Laudano, Bill Threlkeld and guests Dr. Terry Fontenot and Roy Dunn,OVN publisher, who worked at Levingston as a teenager.*****David Smith was burned when gasoline exploded while he was cleaning his garden tractor. He faces six weeks in the hospital. He is now in intensive care at John Sealy in Galveston.*****Pretty Margo Cockrill, upon graduation from high school, will marry Eddie Cone, her boss at Village Squire. The DE student will marry the boss in June.*****Another DE student, lovely Donna Hinton who works for PS Tire and Supply, will become Mrs. William Riley on June 21. (Editor’s note: Donna, our buddy, is a longtime employee of BCIS.)*****Mauriceville junior high presents “Broadcaster of the Year” award to Bill Clark. Bill said he was expecting the “Broad Chaser” award. Barry Burton made the presentation.*****The first black man in the diocese is ordained a Catholic priest on April 26. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Port Arthur. Louis Delarue has been with St. Theresa’s in Orange. Father Delarue an Orange native, is an Air Force veteran and has a long list of accomplishments. His mother, Ethel Walker Delarue, joins her son for an interfaith service at St. Theresa’s on Sunday.
RECALLING THE GREAT WAR
In 1945, 70 years ago., President Harry S. Truman announced, in a radio address to the American people, that World War II had ended in Europe. (That was way before television.) Ironically, it wasHarry S. Truman’s birthday. He was born May 8, 1884, in Lamar Missouri. He was 59 years old when the war, that created the Greatest Generation, ended. Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Texas born, Kansas raised farm boy and five-star general, announced in a simple message. “The mission of the Allied force was fulfilled at 3 a.m. local time, May 7, 1945. Many great men we know or have known, served in that war, started under the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Truman ended the war by dropping a couple of mushroom clouds on Japan.
A FEW HAPPENINGS
Two men are in stable condition following a plane crash Saturday morning off Hwy. 87 near FM 105. The single engine Beechcraft 35 plane, had taken off from Orange County Airport just minutes before crashing. The pilot, Larry Webb, 64, from Bridge City, was flown by medical helicopter to UTMB in Galveston where he is now in good condition. The passenger, Ron Jackson, 66, from Beaumont, was flown to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont and is in stable condition. We have known Larry since he first came to Bridge City as an accountant many years ago. We wish both of these men God‘s speed and are glad to hear they are much improved.*****Julie Kahia, of Bridge City, was in on a lucky drawing at the Golden Nugget recently. Eleven names were drawn, 10 won $500.00 each and one lucky person won a truck. When Julie‘s name was drawn she won a brand new 2015 Chevy Silverado 4X4. What a lucky gal. *****Attorney Sharon Bearden can usually be found in his office on Saturday, but not last Saturday. He attended a very important T-Ball game in Tomball. His four-year-old grandson, Beckett Bearden, was playing. He has the Bearden curse, “short legs” but he might have his other granddad Brad Roy’s blazing speed. Beckett is the son of Tyler and Ashley Roy Bearden. They won the game and of course, according to Sharon, Beckettwas the best player on the field.*****Despite Floyd Mayweather being only one win away from tying Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record, I don’t believe he’s what he claims to be. His win againstManny Pacquiao Saturday wasn’t spectacular. Many fighters in my opinion were better than Floyd. Willie Pep, Duran, Hearn, Sugar Ray Robinson, Leonard and both of the Spink boys, just to name a few. *****Roy says “Thanks to Beverly Perry for the nice Relay for Life tee-shirt. As a survivor he will wear it proudly.“ Bev And those fine people do a great job.*****As expected, the favorite American Pharaoh won the 141st. Kentucky Derby. He edged out Firing Line, ridden by the oldest jockey Gary Stevens, age 52. The odds are against any horse winning the Triple Crown butAmerican Pharoah seems to have a shot. He should win two out of the three anyway.*****A few folks we know celebrating birthdays. On May 6, our longtime buddy, former Orange mayor, councilperson, Essie Bellfield, the gal from Rayne, Louisiana, celebrates. Also a very nice lady, Bridge City art teacher Deborah “Debbie” Gregg, has a birthday. They join actor George Clooney, 53, Dallas Cowboy Jason Witten, 32, TV personality Tom Bergeron, 59 and Willie Mays turns 83. Hard to believe.*****On May 7, our own star, NFL super star, Earl Thomas, III, turns 25. Also longtime friend Joe Chenella celebrates as does Connie Angelle, Sherri Thompson and Josh Sanders celebrate. Celebrity birthdays beside Earl, Kansas City Chief Alex Smith, 30, and actor Peter Reckell, 50. On this day, 11 years ago, in 2004, everyone‘s buddy, Judge Grover Halliburton died.*****On May 8, WWII ended in 1945. Celebrating birthdays are pretty Debra Truncale, Arlon Fields, Patty Cook and Ginger Hogden. They join comedian Don Rickles, 88, singer Enrique Iglesias, 39 and actress Melissa Gilbert, 50.*****May 9, finds Lynn Scales, Justin Dupuis, Mary Callahan, Lee Legate, Dalton Gilliam and Anna Hughes celebrating. They join singer Billy Joel, 65 and actress Candice Bergen, 68.*****May 10 is Mother’s Day. Those celebrating is retired Bridge City teacher Sharon Woolley, Katie Hubbard, Preslea Thibodaux, Janice Wilkinson, Stacie Dryden and Gerald Taylor. They join singers Bono and Donavan, 68 and actor Kenan Thompson, 36.*****On May 11, Pat Collins, Sherry Walles, Sarah Moreland and Scott Andes celebrate. They join NFL quarterback Cam Newton, 25 and activist Louis Farrakhan, 81.*****OnMay 12, long ago ski club member “Demon” Charlie Webb celebrates. We hear he has been under the weather lately. Our prayers are with him. Also celebrating is 1978 B.C. High grads Jerry Hardee and Justin Roberts. They are joined by baseball player Yogi Berra, 89, country singer Kix Brooks, 59 and actor Emilio Estavez, 52.*****World’s most famous Charlotte, Britain’s Prince William and Duchess Kate welcomed a princess Saturday, May 2. She weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces. They named the little princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Did you know that Chelsea and Marc named their seven month old daughter Charlotte? She is the granddaughter of Hillary and former President Bill Clinton. If grandmother is elected United States president, Chelsea’s Charlottewould also become famous. The most famous Charlotte I know is Charlotte Anderson, Dow Gene’s longtime princess.*****Texas is the laughing stock of the nation. The United States military is holding training exercises in the Southwest U.S., it’s called “Jade Helm 15” To throw red meat to the weak-minded, Gov. Abbott is fear mongering and has the state guard monitoring our own military. The far right wing nuts have taken to social media spreading the fear of military take over, “Anarchist” or “Marshal Law.” Can you believe people are stupid enough to believe that garbage? Behind closed doors I bet Cruz and Abbott are even laughing.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
The Texas lawmakers pushed a new proposal on the heels of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Gay marriage. The Texas bill would allow preachers to refuse officiating such marriages. Democrats felt blindsided, prompting Rep. Trey Martinez Fisher to make the following quote, “It’s like equivalent of giving the legislative middle finger.”
CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK
The following was told as a true story around the Abbeville pool hall years ago.
Judge Marcus Broussard faced opposition in da upcoming election, but first he would be presiding over a case involving a lot of money. Da judge summoned da opposing lawyers, Oris Comeaux and Jude Perry to his chambers. Staring directly at boat the lawyers, Judge Broussard said, with a stern voice, “So, I have been presented by boat of you wit a white envelope wit a bribe.”
Boat dem lawyers squirmed uncomfortably.
“You Oris gave me $15,000 and you Jude gave me $10,000.”
Da Judge him, reached into his desk drawer and pulled out some money and handed it to da attorney Oris Comeaux.
“Now den, I’m returning $5,000 of the money dat I’m sure you intended for my re-election campaign and I’ll tell you two turds something, we gonna decide dis case solely on its merits.”
Forty years have gone by since Vietnam War. Last Thursday, April 30, Vietnam celebrated the fall of Saigon in 1975. That war left more than three million Vietnamese and 60,000 American troops dead and many more GI’s scarred for life. Right now, Vietnam is seeing very interesting and surprising changes in its political culture. Millions of Vietnamese refugees made their way to the United States. Today, they are productive citizens who contribute to the American way of life. They don’t cause problems and have a strong work ethic.*****Don’t forget the big Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo Fridayand Saturday, 8 p.m., Highway 105 Arena. Plenty of wild action, special events for kids and adults. It’s an Orange County tradition. See you at the rodeo.*****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch dines atRobert’s this week and next week also. Everyone always welcome.*****You don’t want to miss next week’s special issue. If you don’t get one, extra copies will be available at our offices in Orange and Bridge City.*****Shop our family of advertisers. You will find great Mother’s Day gifts, also good places to take Mom for lunch or dinner.*****Thanks for your time, mine is up. Take care and God bless.