THE B.T.W. GAZETTE
Home of the BTW Dragons
and the Dragonettes
VOLUME NO. 67 SEPTEMBER 2015
Borger's Booker T. Washington school
Historical Marker Dedicated on June 14, 2013
CALGIN (CAG YOGI) SLONE
October 26, 1956 - September 29, 2015
Calgin Slone, 58, of Indianapolis went home to be with the Lord on September 29, 2015.Calgin accepted Christ at an early age at the Church of Christ in Borger, TX.
Cag (Yogi) was a happy go lucky person. He was a free spirit and was a friend to all he met. In his early days, Calgin loved to travel. Throughout his lifetime he visited many cities and states and could pretty much make any place he landed his home. He returned to Indianapolis in the year 200 where he resided the remainder of his life.
Calgin enjoyed fishing, playing card games with family and friends and Cag loved his groceries.
Calgin is preceded in death by his step-father, William L. Smith Jr.; sisters, Gwendolyn A. Slone and Darlene Davis; brothers, Lacey T. Smith Sr. and Richard L. Smith.
Calgin is survived by his father, L.D. Slone; mother Barbara J. Smith; eight brothers, Russell Slone of Borger, TX, Marvin (Janet) Cunningham of Pittsburg, PA, Vernon (Janice) Smith Sr., Leonard (Wanda) Smith, Edward Smith, Dwayne Hopkins, Dwight Hopkins and Eugene Smith Jr.; seven sisters, Doris Smith, Nora (Wayne) Watts, Joy (James) Upton of Cincinnati, OH, Karen Smith, Jeanne Walton, Ruth Smith and Floris (Milton) Jenkins of Bradenton, FL; fiancé, Sophie Brooks and a very special Aunt who was like his second mother, Sharon Walker; and a host of other family, nephews, nieces and friends.
September 30, 2015
Mr. Calgin Slone
I was informed today that Mr. Calgin Slone of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away yesterday September 29, 2015. Mr. Calgin Slone is the son of Mrs. Bobbie Jean Smith-Cunningham of Indianapolis, In and Mr. L. D. Slone of Wichita, Kansas. Bobbie Jean and L. D. are Alumni of Borger's Booker T. Washington school.
The thoughts and prayers of the BTW Alumni go out to the Smith, Cunningham and Slone families. RIP Calgin.
November 17, 1959 - September 20, 2015
Mr. Earnest Ray Royal
Earnest Ray Royal of Alpharetta, GA passed away suddenly on Sunday September 20th 2015. Beloved Husband of 29 year to Kathy, Father to Danny, Jerome & Danielle, Grandfather to Dwayne. Born November 17th 1959 in Hutchinson, TX, the fourth child of Earnest Roy and Vassie Lee Royal.
Upon graduating from Borgor High School, Earnest enlisted in the United States Air Force where he proudly served his beloved country from 1979 until his retirement in December 1999. Earnest went on to achieve his Associates Degree from Georgia Perimeter College and was looking forward to graduating from GSU in 2016 with his Bachelors in Business Science.
While Earnest maintained a busy and devoted home and school life, he also had the pleasure of spending the last 15 years serving as a security office for The Northsore community where his loving smile and caring demeanor extended far beyond the gates that he protected.
Earnest’s easy and warm personality gained him many friends who ultimately became his extended family. Earnest will be sadly missed and longed for always by all who knew and loved him. A graveisde service will be held on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 2:30pm at Georgia National Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 3:00 until 6:00pm at Northside Chapel Funeral Directors. In Lieu of flowers the family welcome memorial contributions.
To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mr. Earnest Ray Royal please visit ourSympathy Store.
The thoughts and prayers of the BTW Alumni go out to the Royal family. RIP Earnest.
September 11, 2001
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.
September 7, 2015
~ Edgar Guest~
No one is beat till he quits,
No one is through till he stops,
No matter how hard Failure hits,
No matter how often he drops,
A fellow's not down till he lies
In the dust and refuses to rise.
Fate can slam him and bang him
around And batter his frame till he's sore,
But she never can say that he's downed
While he bobs up serenely for more.
A fellow's not dead till he dies.
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.
Please continue to keep Mrs. Ruby Lee Meekins and Mr. James Martin Meekins in your prayers. Ruby is back in the Rehab Facility. Also keep Ruby's son Wade Craig in your prayers for his health concerns.
Please continue to pray for healing for Mr. Austine Embers.
Please keep Mr. Marvin Branch in your prayers for healing.
Please keep Mr. L. C. Stoker (Little Buddy) in your prayers.
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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Where's the Music??
If you enjoyed listening to music from Oldie 1s Playlists’ that were previously posted on this web site at the bottom of the page, you will enjoy hearing this news!
Until I can return the Oldie 1s Play Stations to the bottom of the page, I have selected several You Tube oldie music videos for your listening pleasure. As you know, you can click on the title of the video at the top and it will appear as a separate page from the BTW web site. You will then be able to listen to the music while cruising around the BTW web site. Try it!!
Thanks for your patience!
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|A FEW BTW DRAGONS HAVING FUN ON Mr. & Mrs. THOMAS WILSON'S BOAT, THE "YACHTA YACHTA YACHTA" AT MORENO DELRAY, CALIFORNIA IN DECEMBER OF 2002. |
|A few members of the community. |
Sign our guestbook
|Forrest Craig - Jun 2|
|Thanks Mrs. Clara Brown Trimble for your message. I'm going to enter it in the Guestbook of our web site so that others can also enjoy your message. Look forward to hearing from you again. Please give our regards to your uncle. |
|Clara Brown Trimble - Jun 2|
|Thanks you Mr. Craig, My 84 years old uncle that told me the story, was excited to know he was correct about the school. We're going to record his stories, about BTW history, he's the oldest male living. I attached our logo reunion pin, it will be placed in the registration bags. It's BT Washington, our Red Brick School Building & Black Panther, school colors Purple & Gold. Thank you again, I am also excited to tell the other panthers about our connection. We will be |
honoring the Basketball team and Uncle Jack will be the Homecoming "King". I will be keeping in touch, blessings to you.
|Forrest Craig - Jun 1|
|Hello DeLana. It's always good hearing from you. We are wishing you the best with your career change. We are looking forward to seeing all of you guys also. Praying that we all have a safe trip to and from Borger. See you soon. |
|R. DeLana Cofield - Jun 1|
|Hi Forrest, Just read the entry from Ms. Trimble (Wellington) & your response! It's always so heartwarming to read & hear references to "Professor Cofield" and realize that's also the man I called "Daddy"!! The memories you guys have before I was born or was too young are so valuable and I'm bringing a tape recorder this June because I'm finally taking a sabbatical to change careers, get my non-profit under way (that will, hopefully benefit Borger & Hutchinson County along with the County where I now live) and write Momma & Daddy's story. |
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU'VE ALREADY DONE!! See you in 2 weeks!! Traveling Gracie's & Arriving Mercies for you & your dear wife......Blessings!!! - DeLana
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"It is always the best policy to speak the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar."
Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,
who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.
Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
who has left the partner of her youth
and ignored the covenant she made before God.
Surely her house leads down to death
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