Tri-County Library in Mabank
is staying busy
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The weekly Central Elementary story hour at the
Tri-County Library invited the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department
educational clowns to finish the October Fire Prevention Classes. About
83 children and eight adults participated.
Higby and Q-2 reminded the children the rules of
getting out of their home or building safely and Halloween safety
reminders. In turn, the children sang their Halloween songs for the
clowns. A good, safe time was had by all.
The children heard a fire safety book and will come back later to check
out fire prevention books, Halloween stories and see all the new books
that have arrived.
The library has new best sellers in for grown-up patrons also.
There is the new Sparks book, Kingsbury books, Robert Fulghum’s “What On
Earth Have I Done” stories, “Silence of the Songbirds,” “Songs Without
Words,” Philip Roth’s “Exit Ghost” and many more.
The Basic Computer class with John McLaughlin, Spread Sheet using EXCEL,
with Carol Halliday are going nicely.
For those who missed these classes, more will be coming soon.
Keep watching the newspaper and look for sign-up sheets in the library.
It’s not too early to put the Mabank Christmas Tour of Homes, Saturday,
Dec. 1, on your calendar.
Start here for a delicious brunch.
Watch for ticket information. This is a Mabank Garden Club project, and
they have really been working on some outstanding decorations and
centerpieces to sell also.
The Mabank Garden Club also puts the beautiful flower arrangements in
the library front window. Thank you Mary Ann Odom and group.
Put Feb. 16, 2008, on your calendar for a fun time at the library.
Rootseekers meet in the library each Tuesday morning to help with
genealogy research and would welcome your membership in their third
Monday, 7 p.m. meeting.
The Lion’s Club Civic League, Delta Kappa Gamma, Friendship Club, UDC,
Gun Barrel Quilt Guild, Colonial Dames and Friends of the Library are
always looking for new members.
Kay Robinson is here 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday for individual GED
instruction. No cost, but she’s worth a million. Come see for yourself.
The library mission statement is “Learning from the past, living in the
present and looking to the future.
For additional information or questions, call (903) 887-9622, or better
still, come in a see us at 132 E. Market Street in downtown Mabank.
We don’t have a website, but we are working on it.
Kaufman County hay show winners
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–About 150 of the county’s best hay producers met to hear who
ranks the “cream of the crop” in the annual Kaufman County Hay Show.
The winners received trophies at the show’s dinner Tuesday.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Kaufman County Hay Show first place winners
accepted trophies at a recent dinner. Pictured are (from left, front
row) Clyde Whittemore of Forney and Janis Poor (accepting for Frank
Green of Kemp); (back row) Bobby Jack Talbot of Scurry, Daryl Hawkins of
Kaufman, Harvey Chitty of Terrell and Floyd Archer of Scurry.
First place winners of each of seven categories are:
• Archer Farms of Scurry for coastal Bermudagrass,
• Harvey Chitty of Terrell, for other Bermudagrass.
• Green Quarter Horses of Kemp for other perennials,
• Daryl Hawkins of Kaufman for mixed grasses,
• Gerald Jedlicka of Kemp for summer annuals,
• Bobby Jack Talbot of Scurry for winter annuals, and
• Clyde Whittemore of Forney for legumes.
Sponsored by the Texas Cooperative Extension and the Livestock-Forage
Committee, the event includes in a lively auction, which raises money
for next year’s show.
About 50 bidders competed for the single bales of hay entered by
contestants, sometimes paying up to $300 for one small square bale.
Among the biders were: Taliaferro Auction, KC Sheriff David Byrnes,
District Attorney Rick Harrison, Clemmo Feed and Tack, Judge Wayne Gent,
Rep. Betty Brown, Texas Bank & Trust and Legacy Ag Credit.
About 100 entries (including out-of-county producers) submitted entries
that were sent to the A&M Extension services for analysis.
It was their analysis of crude protein and other specifics that
determined the winners.
Hay – a $15M business
Hay is a thriving business in north Texas in general and in Kaufman
County in particular, forming a $15 million industry.
However, the agriculture industry reported drought losses estimated at
80 percent in 2006, which listed only $3 million in production,
Extension Service agent Ralph Davis said.
The heavy spring rains this year lasting into July was a boon to hay
producers, though final figures for 2007 are yet to be gathered.
Davis introduced the speaker for the evening. He credited Dr. Barron
Rector, Associate Professor & Extension Range Specialist with A&M, for
explaining things in terms the average producer can understand.
Growing a better hay crop
Rector’s talk and slide show explored the things landowners often do
A somewhat frightening example concerned the mesquite tree, which he
said should not be bulldozed down or brush hogged out.
“In the beginning you had one stem (small trunk) and now you have made
it mad. You now have 18 stems coming at you,” he said, describing the
thriving bush that comes up from the cut out stem,” he said.
Rector talked about the seeds of common weeds being stored in the ground
for 100 years and how to control them.
He also spoke of the settlers coming into Texas and plowing up the
“It was what they knew at the time,” Rector said, as he explained the
loss of topsoil all across the state.
The inability of rivers and streams to recover from droughts is a result
of the removal of topsoil (almost 24 inches down).
Other action included:
• a cake auction, which raised $450 for the Texas Cooperative Extension
Leadership Advisory Board.
The money earned helps pay for the “Thank You” lunch for county
commissioners and officials in the spring.
• hay judging contest so attendees could see how close they came to the
Winners in the adult category were first place Sharlie Davis, second
Clifton McLean and third David Crawford.
In the junior division, first place winner was Kayliegh Page, second was
Chelsea Page and third, Jeff Baum.
For info, call the Extension Office at (972) 932-9069.
speaks to Rootseekers
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Rootseekers Genealogy Society’s workshop was a big success.
All who came seemed to have a good time and learned a lot. Those who
could not make it really missed some fun.
Rootseekers vice president Grace Donovan worked hard to make the
workshop run smoothly.
She is also a member of the Sarah Maples Daughters of the American
Revolution and Colonial Dames.
Other members who were on the workshop committee were Geneice Morris,
Betty Foster, Helen Preston, Nell Walker and Nina Hendricks.
Lloyd Bockstruck is currently head of the genealogy section at the
Dallas Public Library.
He is a walking dictionary of knowledge pertaining to researching your
ancestors. He is the person we go to when we hit that brick wall.
When Bockstruck put Onomatology on his agenda, most of us had never
heard the word before.
Now we know it is foreign versions of English names or foreign
It makes sense when our ancestors arrived here 400 years ago, depending
on where you came from, your name would be written in the records by
whatever language was being used in the town you moved to.
He spoke about a man from Ireland who sold himself to the ship captain
for passage to America.
The captain sold him to a German for seven years bondage as an
The German took him to upstate New York where the language was mostly
German, so his name was changed to the German version.
Then he moved to Pennsylvania, where the British had a version, then he
moved to New Orleans where the Spanish and the French changed it yet
Another topic of Bockstruck’s was legal terminology.
Old documents are really hard to translate. If you know what some of the
terminology means, it makes it easier. For example, quit rent means an
annual tax to keep you out of the King’s army.
Tithable is a tax for the church and a capitation tax is a tax per head
of males 16 years and older.
Relic is your spouse. An infant was anyone under 21 years of age.
Rootseekers wishes to express our sincere thanks to sponsors who donated
gifts for our door prizes.
They make the icing on our cake, so to speak, and everyone loves the
Donations were provided by Wal-Mart, Ole West Bean and Burger, McClain’s
Restaurant, Chili’s, Bluebonnet Emporium, Video 7 Production Co., Chuck
Wagon, Autozone, Rootseekers and Woodforest National Bank.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Hazer. I am a
beautiful male Lab mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I am now current on all of my
shots, but I need to be fixed. I am a good boy looking for my
new forever home.
My name is Ben. I am a beautiful
male Yellow Lab mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal
control so I have no history. So far I am a very friendly boy
and I seem to walk okay on a leash. I am current on my shots. I
am a good kid looking for my new forever home.
My name is MeMe. I am a beautiful
female Heeler. I was dropped off at the Shelter with no history
except for the five pups that were with me. I am a beautiful
girl with lots of love. I also smile when I see you. I am a very
good girl in need of a loving new forever home.
My name is Tanner. I am a
beautiful male Chocolate Lab. I was brought to the Shelter by
animal control so I have no history. I am a beautiful playful
boy with a good personality. I am looking for my new forever
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at