THE B.T.W. GAZETTE
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VOLUME NO. 50 NOVEMBER &
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Historical Marker Dedicated on June 14, 2013
Remembering President Nelson Mandela
July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013
Former South African President Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013 at age 95.
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, about the death of Nelson Mandela. Obama says the world has lost an influential, courageous and 'profoundly good' man with the death of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
He further stated "today, the United States has lost a close friend, South Africa has lost an incomparable liberator, and the world has lost an inspiration for freedom, justice, and human dignity -- Nelson Mandela is no longer with us, he belongs to the ages."
Prsident Barack Obama on Thursday ordered flags to fly at half-staff at the White House and public buildings, with the US in morning over the death of "close friend" and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela.
Remembering JFK 50 Years Later
November 22, 2013
President Obama has ordered flags be flown at half-staff today, on the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
Special memorials are taking place in Dallas and D.C.
It’s a moment in history that still resonates so strongly with Americans.
November 28, 2013
(John Charles McNeill, 1874-1907)
Cows in the stall and sheep in the fold;
Clouds in the west, deep crimson and gold;
A heron's far flight to a roost somewhere;
The twitter of killdees keen in the air;
The noise of a wagon that jolts through the gloam
On the last load home.
There are lights in the windows; a blue spire of smoke
Climbs from the grange grove of elm and oak.
The smell of the Earth, where the night pours to her
Its dewy libation, is sweeter than myrrh,
And an incense to Toil is the smell of the loam
On the last load home
November 11, 2013
Message from Ms. DeLana Cofield
November 6, 2013
Forrest L. Craig
Thanks DeLana for the update on your mother's health (Mrs. Maye D. Cofield former Borger BTW Teacher). I'm going to post your message in the BTW Gazette newsletter on the home page of the site. Tell your mother that we said hello and happy belated 89th birthday!! We are wishing you guys a wonderful Thanksgiving as well.
Hello BTW & Borger family. Update on Mom; she is doing extremely well...I'm having a hard time keeping up with her.... She gets great check-ups; doesn't have to see her Drs as often and is staying basically by herself with my checking on her throughout the day. This past Sun. - 11/3, she celebrated her 89th BD with a champagne brunch with her daughters and other lady friends; she gave away her Mimosa... She gave it an A+ rating for a BD celebration; keep us in your prayers and don't forget to call, send cards OR COME TO MCKINNEY on your way to visit family down this way. Love, Peace and Blessings to all & Have a Great & Grateful Thanksgiving - DeLana
October 31, 2011
REMEMBERING HALLOWEEN IN THE FLATS IN THE 1950S
Speaking of Halloween; I can remember one Halloween in particular in the Flats in the early 1950s.
First of all I know that everyone who is old enough can remember how we would soap car windows and throw eggs at cars and houses on Halloween; man we were terrible kids on Halloween.
A bunch of us kids were up on Jim Hall Street on this one Halloween night turning over trash cans. I was in the process of turning over Mrs. Mag’s trash can when she opened her front door. She was holding something that looked like a long gun. I hid behind her trash can at which time she said, “I see you behind that can. Straighten my can back up and come on out before I shoot.” Boy was I scared. I came out with my hands in the air and said to her, “don’t shoot Mrs. Mag, this is Forrest Lee.” She talked with me for a minute and told me that the gun wasn’t real. It was an old broken B. B. gun.
I don’t think that my mother and Mrs. Mag ever finished laughing about that; those were the days; RIP Mrs. Mag and Mother, (this is also posted in the Discussion section of this site).
Happy Halloween and be SAFE!!
October 25, 2013
I received a call on the morning of October 25, 2013 from Mr. L. C. Stoker (Little Buddy) of Borger, Texas. Little Buddy called to let us know that an air plane had just crashed in the Cofield Community Park. Little Buddy didn't know much more about it at that time. I found out later from Mr. James and Mrs. Ruby Meekins and their son Mr. Wade Craig that the plane did not hit the Cofield Center and that the two people on board are safe. Wade said that he took photos of the plane and will send them to me later. I understand that the small aircraft was on its way to land at the Hutchinson County Airport.
The above photo was provided by Mrs. Virginia Jones daughter, Ms. Vanessa Jones of Borger, Texas. Thanks to all of you who provided information for the B. T. W. Gazette newsletter.
I copied the following information from the web:
A Memphis, Tenn. couple were hospitalized for minor injuries today after the 1976 Cessna they were flying crashed at a public park in Borger.
Pilot Joe Max Shelton, 74, and his wife Sally, 71, were transported to Golden Plains Community Hospital in Borger, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
At approximately 7 a.m. Friday morning, the couple left Memphis, Tenn. on their way to Santa Fe, N.M. They stopped in Weatherford, Okla. for fuel and continued on their trip.
As they were approaching the Borger area, they began to experience mechanical trouble with the engine of their aircraft.
Max Shelton, the pilot, made contact with authorities explaining his trouble and tried to land at the Borger airport but lost power, according to DPS.
At 11:40 a.m. the aircraft crashed into a recreational park at the Cofield Community Center. During the crash, the plane struck power poles causing some residents in Borger to lose electricity.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted.
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
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Donate to build a gazebo at Cofield Park/Com Cntr. Contact Mr. Raymond Loftis at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Estellillis for information at: email@example.com Estella says that so far they have collected several hundred dollars and welcome additional donations. I would like to encourage every one to be ready to donate to the BTW scholarship fund that DeLana Cofield is working to establish. You'll hear more about this at a lated date.
Family members showed up in force to attend the 2012 Family Reunion for the Craig, Young, Mills, Branch, Lewis, Hooks and other related families. The reunion took place at the Cofield Community Center in Borger, Texas on August 16 - 18, 2012. The next reunion will take place in Seattle, WA in August of 2014.
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