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Did You Know?

Since my arrival in Mansfield on Jan. 1, 1948 it has been my pleasure to meet many interesting people, and good people, who need to be remembered. The history of our parish and town has been made by many of these people and their relatives and acquaintances. The person in this article is Hall Peyton – a person I admired and respected.

He was born in Keatchie in the 1800’s and as a young man came here to work in the First National Bank. In one of our early religious revivals here he felt the call to the Baptist Ministry. He served for many years and after retiring from the Pastor ship at Lake Arthur Baptist Church in southwest Louisiana he and Mrs. Peyton returned to Mansfield in the early 1960’s. His wife soon thereafter died and several years later he married Mrs. Lightfoot who was a wonderful Christian lady.

 

 

Wed
06
Mar
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The Farm Wife

By: Julie Murphree

One of the biggest issues we have with Life is that it costs too much to live. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather spend my money on things I need and want that will last. I don’t want to waste my money on material things that won’t last, need an upgrade every six months, or won’t stay together after the first few uses.

To cut your expenses, ask yourself if it is truly necessary. If you are truly honest with yourself, 85% of the things you buy are not necessities. They are wants. It can be difficult to tell the difference. Learn to distinguish the difference. A ‘need’ is defined as ‘absolutely necessary for life’. Water, food, shelter, clean air and clothing all fall into that category. A new MP3 player, cell phone, X-Box and Louboutin shoes do not.

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06
Mar
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Did You Know?

By Raymond Powell

Many of us local history buffs have had questions about the strip of land east of the Sabine River to the Gulf of Mexico known as the Neutral Strip or Ground or Territory but most famously known as “No Man’s Land”. Just how did this area become disputed land and how it was finally settled? After a great deal of research the following should settle the questions.

Back in 1740 Spain and France were in dispute concerning their exact boundaries. The French moved their Natchitoches post from the east side of Red River to the west side. The Red River was still flowing through Natchitoches at that time and has since changed course to the east. That remnant is now known as Cane River. The Spanish Governor of Texas was reprimanded for this move. It was determined that Arroyo Hondo (small creek west of Natchitoches near present day Rob Pine was the boundary). In 1864 the point became moot when France ceded the Louisiana Colony to Spain.

Wed
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Feb
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Hey, Let’s Talk! Your Mama’s Oatmeal

By Van Reech

As a Baby Boomer growing up in the Fifties I was subject to all those Saturday morning ads on TV for sugar packed cereals. Back then we only had three channels 3, 6, and 12. That meant you were kinda trapped into what you watched. Back then and even today I like those Looney Tunes cartoons like The Roadrunner, Sylvester the Cat, Bugs Bunny and others – I know you remember the Saturday morning lineup. AND they all advertised Frosted Flakes, Cocoa Krispies (or Count Chockula!), Fruit Loops, Sugar Smacks, Captain Crunch and other sugar laden cereals. I even remember sprinkling more sugar on top of Frosted Flakes! The best part of a bowl of cereal was the sugar sludge mixed with a little milk and debris at the bottom of the bowl. – It makes my heart rate race now to even think about it.

Wed
27
Feb
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By Raymond Powell

As this writer has stated many times in the past – History can take many forms. Today’s article primarily concerns a man that few in DeSoto Parish know or remember, Travis Spears. He and his wife were born here in the early 1900’s and he went to work in the oil fields in the 1930’s for the Standard Oil Co. After working in the drilling or production end for 15 years he was sent to Standard Oil’s South American Division in Venezuela. There he worked his way up to management in production. He and Mrs. Spears moved back to Mansfield with their 5th grade son, Travis, Jr. and they built a nice home on Hwy. 84 West near where Jeff and Jill Heard presently live. Travis, Jr. later became an M.D.

Wed
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Feb
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The Farm Wife

How to Have a Conversation

Are you ready to have a real conversation with your loved ones? Try a few of these tips:

1. Did you know that a child engaged in an activity will open up and talk more? Try taking him or her for a walk. Go fishing, or participate in a quiet activity. You might be surprised how much you learn.

2. Before you speak, learn to listen. Look a person in the eye. Hear the words they are saying. Do NOT allow your mind to try and answer before you hear everything. Before you respond, briefly rephrase what they have just said, so they know you heard them.

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Did You Know?

Probably most individuals that read this column weekly consider themselves a s Americans who love our constitution and the freedoms which it insures. Let’s review or consider some of the facts of our constitution and freedoms.

1. What does our constitution do? It sets up the government, defines the government, and protects the basic rights of Americans.

2. What did the Declaration of Independence do? Announced our independence from Great Britain.

3. What are the Rights in our Constitution? Life, liberty, pursuit of happiness.

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Herb Gardening

One of my goals for 2019 is to establish an herb garden that I can use for culinary, creative and medicinal purposes. I do grow a few simple herbs, such as basil, rosemary and bay leaf, and have grown others, such as parsley and oregano, but I want to grow a larger variety. Since I don’t know all I need to about growing herbs, the first thing I did was head to my bookshelf. On it, I found this book by Melissa Snyder.

As the sub-title suggests, this book does help you with all aspects of herb gardening. I especially enjoy the section on the different types of herb gardens. She gives a brief description of type – such as tea, dye, medicinal, cosmetic, fragrance and cutting – and also gives you a list of the herbs to grow for each category.

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Did You Know?

From time to time the towns of DeSoto Parish have been mentioned but several have asked that an article just on these towns be compiled. The history of the towns of DeSoto is interesting and this writer thinks you will enjoy.

Mansfield, the parish seat if government, was determined by the La. legislature in 1843 and incorporated April 15, 1847. Several names were suggested such as Jackson and Ferdinand however, Thomas Abington gave a very interesting speech for the name Mansfield. Lord Mansfield of England, the only British leader that supported the original 13 colonies, was chosen as the name for our parish capital. The first post office was in 1844, a few months after the Keatchie post office. Mansfield’s most noted historical happenings were the Mansfield Female College that was open from 1854 to 1930 and the April 8, 1864 Battle of Mansfield.

Wed
06
Feb
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Hey, Let’s Talk! Ketchup or Catsup?

How do you pronounce this famous American condiment? It probably depends on where you’re from – kinda like the different pronunciations of ‘Pee-Can’, ‘Pa-Con’, or ‘Pee-cOn’ . AND we Louisianans love to make fun of Yankees saying ‘Cray-fish’ instead of ‘CRAW-Fish’ as God intended.

Anyway, February’s National Geographic had a big article on “How Ketchup Made Food Safer” by Deborah Blum. She belives that we don’t really know where the name came from but, perhaps, from a 6th century Asian sauce made from fermented fish and called “Ke-Tsiap” (Ga- Aaak!). She reports that our “Ketchup” first came on the market in the late 19th century but it was a thin sauce made from tomato scraps and thickened with anything from ground pumpkin rinds to apple pumace and dyed a deceptive red or put in colored glass containers to hide the appearance and condition of the contents.

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