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Wed
21
Mar
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Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell

Several people mentioned Hendrix Manufacturing Co. and wished they knew the history of the plant. Piecing together bits of information from various people finds that the plant has more than a 125 year history in Mansfield. Brothers Fred and Frank Kavanaugh chartered the DeSoto Foundry and Machine Co. on March 13, 1906. The purpose of the company was to establish and conduct a general foundry to make and sell parts for sawmills. The first board of directors for the DeSoto Foundry listed Frank Kavanaugh as president, Walter Perkins as sec/treasurer, Joe R. Brown and O.V. Sample. Stock holders were S.G. Sample, S.A. Kidd, C.W. Elam, M. Ricks, J.W. Porter and Hollingsworth. The first agreement was with DeSoto Land Co. to rent 3 ½ acres on Railroad St. and to provide parts and machines for the sawmill there.

 

Wed
21
Mar
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Are Supermarkets Becoming the Center of Your Life?

By Danny Tyree

I guess those shoppers were ahead of their time.

My mother stumbled across some yellowing editions of our local newspaper from 1976 and 1977. One issue featured a front-page story about an elderly man who walked to a neighborhood grocery store every day with his faithful dog, just to hang out all day. (The dog kept up the routine even when his master took ill and was temporarily placed in a nursing home.)

Flash forward to 2018. According to the Wall Street Journal article "Finding Love in the Frozen Food Aisle," supermarkets have emerged as Americans' new hub for face-to-face socializing.

 

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Wed
14
Mar
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Did you know?

By Raymond Powell

Women have helped defend the United States since the birth of our nation. Some women donned men’s clothing – passing as soldiers to serve our country long before being allowed to vote. March is Women’s History Month and very little publicity is given this event but they deserve our homage and recognition. 

During the Revolutionary War the Continental Army and Colonial Militia did not allow women to enlist. Women served as cooks, seamstresses and nurses while accompanying men on battle campaigns. More than 20,000 women assisted in the above ways and down through the years women served in other ways.

 

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Wed
07
Mar
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Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell

Some of you older readers can remember “old sayings” that had underlying meanings. Of course, many sayings had no significant meaning. For example all over the world in WWII in every bathroom someone had scribbled “Kilroy Was Here” and in every G.I. crap game where a hard point was attempted the dice roller would say, “Com’on Teneha, Timpson, Bobo and Blair.” By the way, those are actually communities just west of Logansport, La.

 

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Wed
28
Feb
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Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell

Josh Logan, world famous Playwright, Broadway Producer and Director, is one of the world’s most renowned persons yet one of the least understood. He was born in Texarkana, Texas but lived there only a short time. James Lockwood Logan, Josh’s father, died under mysterious conditions which Josh was never fully aware of. His mother, Susan McHenry Nabors, moved back to Mansfield to Polk Street to live with her mother and father.

 

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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.

 

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