THE B.T.W. GAZETTE
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VOLUME NO. 72 MARCH-MAY 2016
Borger's Booker T. Washington school
Historical Marker Dedicated on June 14, 2013
May 8, 2016
Sonnet for My Mother
by Christina Rossetti
Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome
Has many sonnets: so here now shall be
One sonnet more, a love sonnet, from me
To her whose heart is my heart's quiet home,
To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee
I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome;
Whose service is my special dignity,
And she my loadstar while I go and come
And so because you love me, and because
I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath
Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honored name:
In you not fourscore years can dim the flame
Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws
Of time and change and mortal life and death.
March 27, 2016
This Life on Earth
Easter means that this life on earth
is not all there is.
Jesus went "to prepare a place for us"
in His Father’s heavenly mansions
for all eternity.
Jesus died for our sins,
paying our penalty,
so that we could be forgiven.
He was resurrected, to prove
that death has no hold
on those who repent
and accept Him as Savior.
This life on earth is a prelude
to eternal joy with our Lord.
Easter is a celebration
of our eternal destiny.
By Joanna Fuchs
. January 22, 2016
On December 14, 2010 Mrs.Cleo Morrison of Borger, Texas shared with me a discovery that she and her sister had made several years earlier when they transcribed the 1910 Census (for the Hutchinson County area) at which time she noted that there was only one Black Person listed on the Census. I posted this information on the BTW web site at that time. Her name is Ms. E. L. Henderson and she was 80 years old and was listed as a servant her place of birth was listed as unknown. She was listed in the household of Mr. Edward J. Moore age 34 from Missouri. There were two other persons listed in the household Edward’s mother age 64 from Tennessee and an employee Mr. Glen Hamby age 16. Mrs. Morrison stated that she was assuming that Ms. Henderson was the first person of color to reside in Hutchinson County.
I received additional information about Ms. E. L. Henderson from Mrs. Cleo Morrison on January 22, 2016. I have placed this information in the “Early African Americans in Hutchinson County/Borger” section of this website. Click on the link above to go to that section of the site and enjoy reading the rest of this story.
Mrs. Morrison stated that a memorial service for Ms. E. L. Henderson is scheduled for February 6, 2016 at the Hutchinson County Historical Museum in Borger, Texas at 2:00 PM. Ms. Stella Saul will be the soloist. I will post additional information about this event at a later date.
Thanks to Mrs. Cleo Morrison for providing this research on Ms. E. L. Henderson to the Borger Booker T. Washington School web site.
September 10, 2015
Mr. Thomas Wilson's Facebook
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.
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 show 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.
Borger Aug. 1928, Sheet 1.pdf
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
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