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Wed
21
Feb
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Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell

Early settling of our area and further west is interesting in that the mode was very crude and difficult. There were two primary methods. The main way was by boat to New Orleans and up the Mississippi to the Red River by water. The other was overland from the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama by mule or Oxen drawn wagons. The water route was less difficult but much more expensive and that eliminated most of our ancestors. Overland was cheaper but was a very slow and tedious method.

Transporting family, necessary household items, laborers, animals, and etc. was almost prohibitive for everyone except the most wealthy and if the family was that wealthy the desire to move westward was not very enticing. Therefore, almost everyone came in groups of wagons with the wife driving the wagon and only the small children and girls riding with her.

 

Wed
21
Feb
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It’s Still Not About Guns

By Michael Regan

During the intense media coverage of Wednesday's tragic events in Parkland, Fla., I was shocked to hear it was the 18thschool shooting so far this year.

18. In 45 days.

That sounds terrible.

That sounds like a huge American crisis that needs to be ad dressed immediately by our great leaders in Washington.

 

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Wed
14
Feb
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Is Your House A Home Yet?

By Danny Tyree

“It takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home." - Edgar Albert Guest.

It's hard to believe, but this month marks 25 years since my wife and I moved into our small-but-affordable country house.

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Wed
14
Feb
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Aging Population

By Jerry Pierce

There was an editorial in a daily newspaper not long ago that stressed the importance of senior citizens in our society. It said the wisdom and collective knowledge of older people is a national asset worth cultivating and appreciating.

The piece quoted a Yale professor who said, “We need more older people talking publicly about themselves and their lives.” That would help preserve memories of a simpler time in our history and make aging folks more relevant.

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Wed
07
Feb
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Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell

It is interesting to take a few minutes and peruse through the old Mansfield Enterprise Newspapers at the Mansfield Female College Museum. Newspapers from the 1930’s to the 1960’s are available for your inspection. The 1951 issues reveal some items that many of you probably have forgotten. The DeSoto Hospital Fund Drive to add to the original facility was kicked off for the $100,000 expansion in 1950 with J.C. McLauren, Sr. and J.W. Caraway as Co- Chairman and Mrs. B.W. Goss, Vice Chairperson. Roger H. Silver, General Gifts Chairman, built an organization of 77 to serve as Division Chairman. The Big Gifts group was headed up by Oliver H.P. Sample, Claude Roberts, P.E.Dixon and Marshall Calhoun. Team Captains were H.L.Wiggins, Raymond Powell, Ned W. Jenkins and Riemer Calhoun, Sr. Special Gifts group consisted of Hartwell Smith, Floyd Knott, R.U. Johnson, A. N. Latham and Sam Murray.

 

Wed
07
Feb
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How to Survive a Southern Snowpocalypse

By Jase Graves

Snow in East Texas is only slightly less rare than a parade of CNN reporters wearing red "Make America Great Again" caps while singing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" in downtown Pyongyang. This year, though, the impossible happened, and East Texas was blanketed with a couple of inches of powder. Only this time, it wasn't the usual dunes of yellow pollen from a bunch of turned on pine trees that need to get a room.

For those unfamiliar with the experience of a snow day in the South, I offer a brief primer on the subject that will surely invoke such rigorous eye-rolling from readers north of Texarkana that they may blow a gasket in their optic nerves.

 

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Wed
31
Jan
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Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell

DeSoto Parish and Mansfield have supplied their share of notable people over the years such as ex-presidents of large oil companies, generals, doctors, educators and etc. Today’s article will deal with financial institutional leaders of the past, especially of the Commercial National Bank of Shreveport.

The Commercial National bank of Shreveport was chartered in 1886 growing out of several earlier banks dating back to 1852. Its greatest growth resulted during the tenure of Capt. Peter Youree who served as president from 1892- 1914. Capt. Youree married Bettie Rose Scott from Scottsville just east of Marshall, Texas. Bettie Youree was very active in the U.D.C. and purchased three acres of land to start the Mansfield Battle Park Museum and worked closely with Lana Jenkins to erect three large monuments at the park.

 

Wed
31
Jan
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World Food Crisis (Political Cartoon by Patrick Chappatte, The International Herald Tribune)

By Tom Purcell

My back is sore from shoveling snow - and it's the federal government's fault.

Maybe I'd better explain. We've been getting lots of snow in Pittsburgh of late. When it snows, I need to clear two driveways: mine, which is 50 yards long, and my father's, which is almost as big.

 

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Wed
24
Jan
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Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell

At the height of the Great Depression – June 23, 1933 – what was life like in Mansfield? Of course, most of the front page of the Mansfield Enterprise dealt with cotton acreage cut for the farmers and a few other discouraging things but there was a big front page article announcing 200 young people registering for the Epworth League held at the Mansfield Female College. The Epworth League was for young people 16 to 23 years of age. The program for the meeting at the three story building next to and adjoining the College Administration building was “Thy Kingdom Come”. This was one of the largest attendances for a League meeting.

 

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Wed
24
Jan
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Road Tax Plan

By Jerry Pierce

Legislators who have been pushing for a gasoline tax hike to provide funding for improvements to Louisiana roads and bridges have not abandoned those efforts, but this will be a difficult year to muster support for taxes and increased spending on infrastructure.

For one thing, the state will face a $1 billion revenue shortfall when a one-cent sales tax expires on June 30. Gov. John Bel Edwards and the legislature are likely to be scrambling in a special session before then just to replace that income.

 

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