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Welcome to Borger's Booker T. Washington School and Alumni website. Visit the photo galleries and enjoy remembering our old School, friends and families of the old community aka "The Flats".

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  May 26 Happy Birthday LaWanda Coffer Loftis!!
  May 28 Happy Birthday Marvin Branch!!!
  May 29 lynne's Birthday
  May 29 fannie's Birthday
  May 29 Happy Memorial Day
  May 29 Happy birthday Lyn (Wilson) Ransom.
  May 29 Happy Birthday Fannie L. Sauls
  June 18 Happy Father's Day
  June 19 Happy Juneteenth.
  June 21 Happy Birthday James Wesley Taylor
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 The B. T. W. Gazette newsletter # 81
                                       THE B.T.W. GAZETTE 
                                   Home of the BTW Dragons 
                                          and the Dragonets
VOLUME NO. 81                                                              MAY 2017

                      Borger's Booker T. Washington school 
                 Historical Marker Dedicated on June 14, 2013 
                                             May 24, 2017
                        Borger BTW School website closing
It is with deep regrets that I have to report the following: We received notice from the FamilyLobby group yesterday that as of September 24, 2017 all FamilyLobby websites will close. The reason given is that the sites no longer generate enough income to maintain the cost of running them.
We wish to express our appreciation to all of you who have supported the Borger Booker T. Washington (BTW) School website over the past 8+ years. We thank you for your 1,321,309 visits to date. 
We are in the process of securing all of the information from this website and searching for another company to re-establish the the BTW school website. If you are interested in being notified when the new BTW website will be back on line; please send your e-mail address to We will notify you as soon as the new site is up and running. 
Thanks again for your support.
BTW Site Administrator
Forrest L. Craig  
                                     Happy Memorial Day
                                           May 29, 2017
                                          May 14, 2017
                                            Her Hands 
                                     * Maggie Pittman 
                              Published on February 2006 
Her hands held me gently from the day I took my first breath. Her hands helped to guide me as I took my first step. Her hands held me close when the tears would start to fall. Her hands were quick to show me that she would take care of it all. 
Her hands were there to brush my hair, or straighten a wayward bow. Her hands were often there to comfort the hurts that didn't always show. Her hands helped hold the stars in place, and encouraged me to reach. Her hands would clap and cheer and praise when I captured them at length. 
Her hands would also push me, though not down or in harm's way. Her hands would punctuate the words, just do what I say. Her hands sometimes had to discipline, to help bend this young tree. Her hands would shape and mold me into all she knew I could be. 
Her hands are now twisting with age and years of work, Her hand now needs my gentle touch to rub away the hurt. Her hands are more beautiful than anything can be. Her hands are the reason I am me.
                                       Mr. Curtis Clement
                                June 2, 1941 - May 5, 2017
Curtis Clement Sr., 75, of Borger, passed away in Amarillo, Friday, May 5, 2017. 
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Minton Memorial Chapel with Carl Taylor of Borger officiating. Burial will follow in the Garden of Love at Westlawn Memorial Park. Services are under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger. 
Curtis Clement was born June 2, 1941 to Oliver and Irene English Clement in Cooper, Texas. He was a longtime resident of Borger, and a member of the Jim Hall St. Church of Christ. Curtis retired from Agrium and loved to fish but never could catch one, he also wanted to swim but couldn't. Curtis was a great auto mechanic, and hard worker. Another one of his favorite things to do, was drawing. He also loved his children and grandchildren dearly. 
He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters Betty Graves, Glenda Clement Beech; a brother Aubrey Clement, and a nephew Darrell Clement. 
Survivors include four sons Curtis Clement Jr. of The Colony, Dale Clement of Paris, Paul Clement of Cincinnati, Billy Clement of Borger; two daughters Elizabeth Dennis and husband Kimothy of Lewisville, Kay Clement of Irving; six brothers Oliver Clement Jr. and wife Linda of Oklahoma City, W C Clement and wife Pat of Lubbock, Archie Green and wife Dorthy of Pampa, Joe Clement and wife Carla, Waldo Green, Matthew ''Pete'' Clement all of Borger, and a host of grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
                                             May 5, 2017
Ms. LaTasha Clement-Monroe reported on Facebook yesterday that her grandfdather Mr. Curtis Clement passed away on May 5, 2017 in Amarillo, Texas. She gave the approval to post this information in the BTW Gazette newsletter. 
Funeral service will take place on May 13, 2017 at the Minton Memorial Chapel at 11:00 am located at 314 S Hedgecoke, Borger, Texas.
Curtis is an Alumnus of Borger's Booker T. Washington School. The thoughts and prayers of the BTW Alumni go out to the Clement, Patterson, Green, Dennis and Ainsworth families. RIP Curtis.
                                              April 25, 2017
                        2017 BTW Reunion Information update
From: Stephanie hughes   
To: Forrest L. Craig 
Hi Forrest - can you post on BTW webpage? Registration has been very SLOW coming in, so to spice up things - the Committee is having a contest: Get your registration and money in by Friday, May 19 and have your name put in a drawing for $$ there will be three (3) prizes to give away, who knows what the amount will be!! Get that registration in!!
Thanks, BTW Reunion Committee
                                            April 20, 2017
                                 2017 BTW School reunion
                                        Hotel information
BTW 2017 Reunion - Hotels 
From: Stephanie Hughes 
to: Forrest L. Craig 
Hi Forrest - Hope all is well with you and Sugar Baby - Regarding hotels and rates, No body wants to wheel and deal due to contractors and turnarounds in the area The best I could find: Ambassador Hotel - $70.00 for a King and $80.00 for a double checking in on June 9 and checking out June 11. A lot of people use their booking points, so they can go directly to the hotel site,,, etc Some more information will be coming forward around last of April regarding the reunion. 

                       2017 BTW School Reunion message 
                 received from Reunion Committee Member 
                                     Ms. Georgia Hughes 
                                        February 21, 2017
BTW 2017 Reunion 
From: stephanie hughes 
To: Forrest L. Craig
Hey Forrest, hope all is well with you and Sugar Baby - as you well know we have been planning the BTW reunion before we get everything nailed down, the committee would like to reach out to the alumni and see if there is anything you would like to have at the reunion (within reason-smile), please have your suggestions sent to by March 1. Please post on BTW site. 
                                          January 4, 2017
                    The 2017 BTW School Reunion update
I received the following message today from Mrs. Georgia Sauls Hughes concerning the 2017 BTW School reunion:
Hi Forrest, Happy New Year The reunion committee is proud to announce the BTW 2017 Reunion to be held Friday and Saturday, June 9 & 10 at the Cofield Community Center - Borger, Texas Registration forms will be mailed out around the 23rd of January. 
Theme: "What's Going On" 
Reunion Price $50/person 
Events will be announced at a later date. The committee is working hard!! If there has been some address changes please get those to Lawanda Loftis 806-662-6508 ASAP!! 
If someone would like to volunteer to be our guest speaker, please give us a call/text at 806-898-1467 by February 28, 2017 Please post on BTW site. Pass the word!! 
Georgia Sauls Hughes 
                                             June 6, 2016
                                       Notice for the 2017
                     Booker T. Washington School Reunion
I received a message today from Mrs. Georgia Sauls Hughes concerning the 2017 BTW School reunion. She asked me to post the following information in The BTW Gazette newsletter: She said that the dates for the 2017 Booker T. Washington School reunion are June 9 & 10, 2017 and she asked us to mark our calendars.  
         The 2017 Borger Booker T. Washington School Reunion 
                                              May 26, 2016 
At our 2015 Booker T. Washington (BTW) School reunion we voted to continue having the reunions in Borger. Well it’s time for us to start planning for the 2017 reunion because we have about 12 months before it’s that time again. 
I've noticed that In recent years when I start planning to attend a BTW reunion, I immediately start to think about how it won’t be the same without those BTW Dragons/Dragonets, and teaching staff who are no longer with us. I have to quickly check myself and remember the main purpose for having reunions of the past and future is to celebrate the history of Borger’s Booker T. Washington School, the Alumni, an opportunity for us to contribute to the scholarship fund and to remember the old African American community in Borger, Texas. 
This event also offers an opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth while we are at it. 
I feel that those BTW Dragons/Dragonets, BTW teachers and members of the old community who are no longer here would want us to continue celebrating our history. As long as the Lord blesses us with health that will allow us to travel, we plan to be in attendance. 
With that being said, we would like to encourage everyone to come on out and join the 2017 BTW reunion celebration. We’ll probably start hearing from the BTW Reunion Committee soon. I’m sure there will be enough on the agenda to keep us plenty busy for those two or three days in June. We are looking forward to seeing every one in 12 months in Borger if it’s the Lord’s will. 
                                       November 15, 2016
                               5 Reasons To Attend Your 
                    June 9 & 10, 2017  School Reunion
Even if you hated school, you don’t want to miss the excitement and renewed camaraderie that could result from attending the reunion. Here are five reasons to go. 
1. it’s nice to see the popular people living ordinary lives. Now, the Student Body President runs a small eldercare facility, the Homecoming Queen works part-time in the Post Office, and the athletic star lives in a rehab center somewhere in the Midwest. The worthless class clown, however, flew to the reunion in a private jet. 
2. The 10th reunion is High School Part II. The same people still try to organize, direct, and cheer-lead the group. But by then, the others can drink alcohol so the orchestrated program is more tolerable. 
3. The 20th Reunion encourages interesting liaisons. For those still single, divorced, or looking, suddenly the frumpy girl from History 301 looks cute or the nerd from English Class learned how to dress without white socks. Sparks fly and couples are holding hands and promising to stay in touch. There’s only a 10 percent chance these flings will last after the sun rises the next morning. 
4. The 30th Reunion is why Spanx was invented. Middle-age classmates have lost hair and gained bellies. They pull out reading glasses and show photos of their children. Some have grandchildren. The party is over by 10:00 pm. 
5. The 40th Reunion brings the Memory Wall. Photos of smiling faces beam from a poster showing those who have died. It’s a stark reminder that we’re not invincible. The crowd that cheered together and stomped to the beat of “We are the Champions” is missing several members. We hug each other with intention and share photos of grandkids.
                                        November 15, 2016
This will be our 12th all class Borger Booker T. Washington (BTW) school reunion. It has been approximately 89 years since the school was established. So please plan to attend and help celebrate the history of our beloved BTW School, It's teachers, it's Alumni, the old African American community (The Flats) and Juneteenth. We are looking forward to seeing every one on June 9 & 10th 2017 if it's the Lord's will.
                                            September 10, 2015 
                        Mr. Thomas Wilson's Facebook BTW page
Check out Mr. Thomas Wilson's Facebook page that he started on June 1, 2015 "Booker T. Washington School, Borger Texas, your memories." Thomas started the page to get us talking about our memories of growing up in Borger, Texas and attending school at BTW. He said "We all have memories of BTW in Borger. We should share them before they are lost forever." 
It's a fun page to visit; so go ahead, check it out and share your memories while you still can. 
Thanks Thom for such a fun page to visit. 
Click on the following link to go to Thom's page:
                                            February 19, 2015 
                 Where was the first African American Settlement 
                                       located in Borger, Texas? 
I posted the following information on this site in June of 2013 in the " Early African Americans in Hutchinson County/Borger" section. I discovered today that I forgot to include the 1928 Sanborn map of Borger that shows the location of the African American community at that time. 
The first community where African Americans lived in Borger was on the West side. I've seen it written that "Due to demands for development and expansion of the West side by the Borger School District", most of the African American community was forced to move to the North side in 1929 to an area known as "The Flats." The following statement was provided by Mrs. Cleo Morrison on 6/14/2013 concerning where the original African American community in Borger was located: "Look at Sheet # 1 of the 1928 Sanborn Map of Borger. I had to enlarge it to 400% to be able to read the wording but that is the corner of 10th and Cedar where the Edward Jones building is today. That is just across highway #207 where the old Davis Chevorlet Business use to be". 
Sheet # 1 of the 1928 Sanborn Map of Borger was provided by Mrs. Cleo Morrison and is posted below. Click on the PDF below to see the map. Enlarge it to 400% and look to the far left, you will see a section of town listed as "Colored Settlement." As Mrs. Morrison stated; this was across the road from the old Davis Chevrolet company. 
This information is also posted in the "Early African Americans in Hutchinson County/Borger", click on the link in the above directory to go there. 
                                           THE WAY WE WERE 
                          Let me remember the trees and laughter 
                                             On a day in Spring 
                     I see a painted Canvas of loved one’s dancing 
                                At Holiday’s so giving and caring 
                                    Wedding’s so gay and happy 
                                    Those were the way we were
                                    I remember a voice so gentle 
                      And a spirit with wonder so heartfelt and true 
           I can see with my eyes, brothers, sisters and a family too 
                                   I sat on the porch or firescape 
                          Watching the rain or birds flying through 
                                    Those were the way we were 
                 When the clouds look as though they are moving 
                                  And trees whisper in the breeze 
                                     God’s Art always follows me 
                          As six hands play ring-around-the-rosey 
                                      And when we all fall down 
                            This moment in time will stay with us 
                                Into the twilight I look at the stars 
                           They seem to go on forever, so very far 
                                          This is the way we were 
                                 Never forget how we once lived 
                               God has taken the one’s who died 
                              Always remember the happy times 
                             And through them, we see ourselves 
                                     Then into butterflies we fly. 
                                            by Linda Ann Henry 
Click on The B.T.W. newsletter archives above to catch up on what you may have missed. 
Donate to build a gazebo at Cofield Park/Com Cntr. Contact Mr. Raymond Loftis or Ms. Estella Willis for information at: Donate to the Scholarship fund; contact Mrs. Georgia Hughes at the following e-mail address for more information:
                                       NOTICE March 10, 2014 
Copy the following link (the familylobby link) and save it in case you are unable to enter the Borger BTW school website at the link listed at the bottom; we recommend the use of the familylobby link at all times: ;
The following link will not always take you to the BTW website; use the above link should that happen: Thanks, 
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Happy birthday to the Borger, Texas Booker T. Washington School website. Today is it's 8th birthday. Thanks to everyone for your 1,239,040 plus visits as of today. Thanks for dropping by!
Forrest Craig - Jul 13, 2016
Thanks James Wilson!!
James Wilson - Jul 13, 2016
WOW now thats impressive 1,000,000 visits to a site for a small black school in Texas. keep visiting the site. good job Forrest
Forrest Craig - May 26, 2016

Our 2017 Borger Booker T. Washington School reunion is just right around the corner. Would you believe that we have a little over 12 months before it's that time again if it's the Lord's will. So start planning to be in attendance in June 2017. It probably won't be long before we start hearing from the BTW Alumni school reunion committee. We are praying that the Lord blesses us with good health that will allow us to travel to Borger and attend the reunion. We are looking forward to seeing all of our friends and family. Drop us a note here in the guestbook section and let us know what your plans for attending the reunion are.
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