Trinidad Tales 10-21-11

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : October 21, 2011

By Emily Lundy

If you were not at TISD Homecoming, you missed loads of fun. People seemed happy everywhere I went. Out of 12 events I can count for the long weekend, I had to miss two to cook and nap. The rest I attended and saw people I’m glad to know. The best part about homecoming here has to do with our smallness in size as a community. We usually know the majority of people or can ask “Are you an ex? married to one?” or something else without embarrassment. Friendliness seems the key word. The Ex-Student Association made some modifications in starting times and directions, which went smoothly. Over 90 ate Sunday dinner together at the Methodist Church Sunday. People came who weren’t expected to be there. Nice!

Vernon Dunn, the class of 1941, was the lone representative of his class and the oldest present. His sister came with him. Someone wanted to mention David Clark was in that class but was killed that year in Pearl Harbor. War seems always to surround us.

Ex-student Gary Fleming was present but leaving for Louisiana Sunday afternoon to meet his son coming in from overseas to a Louisiana Port. This was really exciting news. The son will be stationed in Louisiana from now on, I think.

Tommy Perryman, speaker for Sunday, came to Trinidad from Rural Shade and kept his interest in our little town as he ventured into the world of entertainment. His memories are vivid. He knew many of country-western legends including Jim Reeves, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and others when Gladewater became his home, a hot spot once for live shows. His radio station out of Tyler plays religious music all day on Sundays. Perryman is 86, someone said, and he has shared life with wife Billie for 65 years. Billie says only Texas girls are named “Billie.”

Buddy and L. York Arnett lost their only daughter a few weeks ago in a truck accident. She was almost 50 and married. The Arnetts have three sons. The late A.L. Arnett and his wife raised Buddy and Margaret, their children, on McEntire Street, in a house still standing across from the Methodist Church.

Three of the late Jim and Mary Williams’ sons were in Trinidad this weekend, still handsome. I knew the names of Wayne and Harry. Charles was not present, the oldest, but he and several brothers made ministers. Other names slip by me. Betty and Deannie are the daughters.

I’m looking forward to that cooler weather this week. When the paper comes out, I wonder where the Rangers will be standing. I am trying to get strong again as I nearly collapsed during the Detroit match. Wow, what excitement, and I never enjoyed baseball much before.

Trinidad defeated Fruitvale by the 45-points ahead Saturday night, winning 51-6 in the third quarter. Trinidad hit first and hard on a kickoff fumble to Fruitvale, and the points kept coming. Fruitvale scored in the second quarter. District still has not kicked in. Every player had a chance to participate.

Betty Jane Hayes will receive news this week of how she will handle and be treated for her throat cancer. Mary Nell Renteria, her sister, is with her as well as husband Barry in Lakeway, out of Austin.

The Lawlers came out to a few homecoming activities over the weekend. Lauretta came home from therapy last Thursday.

It is this week that Barbara Ardoin goes to Yankee land for a visit in New York.

Esther Ruth Abbe and her sister Cathy Prnka have each had visits to Alaska in this summer or fall. Cathy has a son teaching school by Eagle Lake, Alaska. Both women have a brother Sam Jock and his wife living near Wok, Alaska. When Ester was there to enjoy Sam’s abundance of fruit he grows for his own pleasure, she fell in the house and hurt her left knee. Because of her diabetes, this was serious, and medical help is hard to find in our last frontier on land. A clinic drained her knee once; then Sam drove or flew-like in a pickup getting her to a Fairbank’s hospital where she underwent x-rays and more draining. She had to stay one or two nights in the hospital. She said this hospital dedicates itself to the “older” people. Almost every hour someone checked on her. She was queen for her stay. She wants to return if she has any other serious illness. The charges were not exorbitant either.

Barry Bryson has had a foot removed because of diabetes and is recuperating well.

Alfred Dunlap from the 1950’s exes died this year.

Reportedly, City Council made purchases at their meeting and gave one raise. Three new police vehicles replace three to be sold. The new ones get 22 miles to the gallon; the old ones, less than 10. The older cars had over 175,000 miles on each. A 3 percent cost of living raise went to employees.

Hopefully visitors to our community saw or noticed some of our improvements and noticed the remade road to the Trinidad Cemetery from donations; potholes, ditch problems and the road is somewhat wider, as much as possible with the boundaries. Maybe someday a miracle will occur and town will reappear. We have to think of what people need or want that we can make or produce and open something as a booth or store. Yes, it’s just that simple.
Food always seems to be popular, the already made kind. We still can find fish.

Remember to pray for all these and anyone else you remember: Raymond Tubbs, Geraldine Stanfield, Martha Perry, Ginger Frasier, Christopher Brown, Carol Ann Stevenson, Billie Taaffe, Don Wilbanks, Barry Bryson, Rosalee Colvin, Betty Hayes, Barbara Thompson, Joe Moser, Lawrence Moser, Mary Reppond, Branci Reece, Deanna Heickman, Jerry Cotton, James Looney, Lauretta and Norman Lawler, Winston Thornburg, Trojan exes who were too ill to come.
Our soldiers we want to remember in every way include Lauren Hebrank and new husband, Jeremy Roden and new wife, Mikey Warren, Miles Norris, Andre Anderson, Cord Smith, Tyler Norris, Weylon Hill, Louis Stanton, Chelsea Tapley, Johnathan Crocker, any we not have listed. Bless these people to Thy Glory.