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Forney’s John Brown and his CHUCKWAGON Adventures

In 1996, at a chuckwagon competition in Amarillo, Texas, a small group of OLD WEST enthusiasts and wagon masters talked about an association, whose mission would be to preserve the heritage of the chuck wagon and its use in the short, but significant, era of the cattle drives. In 1997, in Bryson, Texas, by-laws and articles of operation were adopted.

Forney’s John Brown and his CHUCKWAGON Adventures
Forney’s John Brown and his CHUCKWAGON Adventures

Forney’s John Brown and his CHUCKWAGON Adventures

At the end of last week’s article, I stated that the CHUCKWAGON picked up its name because Cowboys called their meals by the name of “chuck,” which is an English (British) term for “good, hearty food.”

What about photos of some of those schools..... that we did not know existed?
What about photos of some of those schools..... that we did not know existed?

Wilson Chapel School, 1926-1927

What about photos of some of those schools..... that we did not know existed?

Kemp - The Academy of Learning, 1867

What about photos of some of those schools..... that we did not know existed?

Kemp’s Third School, 1892

What about photos of some of those schools..... that we did not know existed?

Pyle Prairie School, 1917

What about photos of some of those schools..... that we did not know existed?

South Buie School, 1918

What about photos of some of those schools..... that we did not know existed?

Tolosa School, 1915

What about photos of some of those schools..... that we did not know existed?
What about photos of some of those schools..... that we did not know existed?

Tolosa School became Tolosa Community Center in 1950

What about photos of some of those schools..... that we did not know existed?

Liberty School - Peel Town, 1919. One-half for a “Church House” and one-half for a “Teacherage”

What about photos of some of those schools..... that we did not know existed?

*Last week (June 17 issue) concluded the historical series about early schools in Texas and especially in Kaufman County. It did not take long for me to see a Forney historian or two, who asked why I did not have photos of all, or at least some, of the schools. My answer was that the material I was presenting did not lend itself very well to coordination with laws, Board edicts, legislative pronouncements, tax laws, and long listings of names in photo form and that many of the photos I might find would be very old and often indistinct! That satisfied the questioners not at all, so I will have photos of the schools for the openings of this column the next two or four issues. I have asked Mr. Cannon to “work his magic” with the old pictures I can provide.*

PERMITLESS CARRY—I Did Not Know!
PERMITLESS CARRY—I Did Not Know!

PERMITLESS CARRY—I Did Not Know!

I did not at first pay much attention to the fact that Texas is about to see the passage of a law that will permit Texans to obtain and carry handguns, openly or concealed, without any type of special license—UN- LESS THEY are prohibited from possessing a handgun by a state or federal law that applies specifically to them! But, I keep hearing and seeing more and more about this change each day as I watch television and listen to the radio!

IN THE HEIGHTS

IN THE HEIGHTS

Kherington Themer (12 years) said after seeing this production, “I think this is now my ‘all-time favorite movie,’ and I never once lost interest or got bored during the entire show!”

Southeastern Names 4,154 to SpringHonors List

Reflections

As sunlight shines on the water, the reflection dances on the ceiling. The constant movement of the reflection says it is windy outside and the movement of treetops visible through the window confirms this fact. Many times we, too, are moved by outside forces; forces we have no control over but impact us nonetheless. Since summer is upon us fully now, the dedicated educational professionals in Forney ISD, and other districts as well, are in the golden part of summertime--not July yet, continuing education classes/seminars still in the future, and school starting back up

“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”

“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”

I think I was at a “sock-hop” after another Forney High School Jackrabbit victory in about 1966 or 1967 when I first heard this song played over the loudspeaker. I don’t remember with whom I was dancing, but I remember I was a little self-conscious with girls in those days and was always glad for the times that one of the dance chaperones (parents and/or teachers) would announce that the next dance would be a “John Paul Jones,” during which boys in an outer circle would go around in one direction, and girls in an inner circle would go in the opposite. At a pausein-the-song signal the circling stopped, and “you would dance with whoever was immediately across from you in the other circle.” If you were fortunate, it would be someone you considered GREAT and vice-versa, and if you were not so lucky, well, you both still danced and “made the best of it!”

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United States Flag Facts and Handling Etiquette

The United States flag was first imagined after the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The Continental Congress authorized creation of the first national flag on June 14, 1777. It was decided that the flag should have 13 stripes, alternating red and white, to represent the original 13 colonies, and that the new union be represented by 13 white stars in a blue field to signify a “new constellation.” Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, is most often credited with the original design.

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