THE B.T.W. GAZETTE
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VOLUME NO. 66 August 2015
Borger's Booker T. Washington school
Historical Marker Dedicated on June 14, 2013
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.
Pray for Mrs. Margarett Tillmon for healing.
I was informed this week that Mrs. Ruby Lee Meekins and Mr. James Martin Meekins are home from the Rehab Facility. Please continue to keep Ruby and James Martin in your prayers. Also keep Ruby's son Wade Craig in your prayers also for his health concerns.
7/5/2014: I just finished takling with Ms. Rosetta Williams (Bailey); she said that Frankie is doing well and that she's been home now for a few months. Let's keep our prayers going.
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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