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Wed
10
Feb

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Will Rogers made the statement a number of years ago that all he knew was what he read in the papers. After having been retired from the DeSoto School System since January 1, 1980 about all I know about the DeSoto Schools is what I read in the paper – and it sure sounds good!

Being a history buff it is challenging to look back over some DeSoto School history and find DeSoto was innovative and excelling in education through the years. The first public high school in Mansfield where attendance was required by law was Central High School built in 1895 at the southeast corner of Crosby St. and Louisiana St. directly across the street from the present DeSoto School Board Office.

Wed
03
Feb

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

DeSoto Parish has produced many outstanding ladies through the years – some of whom I’ve written about. The lady in this article, Kate Tomkies Beard, is one of those that should be remembered down through the generations.

Kate was the wife of the battle of Mansfield hero, Col. James H. Beard. She was born July 4, 1835 in Lincoln County, North Carolina, the 4th child of John F. and Margaret Hoyle Tomkies. Like many other families the Tomkies started out in Virginia, moved to N. Carolina, then to Alabama and Mississippi and then on to DeSoto Parish. The family arrived in Kingston, La. in the late 1840’s. Mrs. Tomkies was related to C.E. Edwards, one of the wealthiest men in DeSoto Parish.

 

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Wed
03
Feb

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

Scott and Meagan Chisholm of Zionsville, Indiana, were visiting friends last November when their 23- month-old twins, Levi and Lainey, were involved in a near-fatal drowning.

Miraculously, Lainey made what doctors have called a “truly miraculous” recovery. But MRI results showed that Levi has extensive brain damage and will have a long road to recovery.

Immediately, Meagan began clinging to her unwavering faith in Christ. She and Scott set up a Facebook page called “Light for Levi and Lainey” to chronicle their journey, share their faith, and ask for the prayers and encouragement of others.

 

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Wed
27
Jan

Kim’s Korner: News from Mansfield Nursing Center

Kim’s Korner: News from Mansfield Nursing Center

Ok, family members, church organizations, schools, anybody out there that can help, we need you! You’re needed to help us put a smile back on our residents face. This mean ole Covid has turned our smiles to frowns. Putting a smile back on a residents face is so easy!

Let’s talk about how You could write a letter. It doesn’t have to be addressed to a certain person; just a letter telling someone what a beautiful day it is, or letting someone know you love them. Just some positive words of Love, Joy, and Hope. Make or buy a get well or thinking about you card; doesn’t have to be all fancy just filled with love will do. It’s the little things that mean so much.

 

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Wed
27
Jan

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

Sometimes it’s the little things in our day that bring just enough joy or relaxation to refresh us and keep us focused on the positive.

I’ll share some of those random little things from my perspective:

A steaming afternoon cup of vanilla chai tea with a splash of half-and-half (these Bigalow brand tea bags can be bought at almost any grocery store).

An extra-hot, extra-long shower.

Twenty good minutes on the treadmill.

The Gospel of John.

Planning a trip, even if it’s months away.

 

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Wed
20
Jan

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

When it started snowing the night of January 10, I was concerned for my husband and son Reece who were on their way back from crane hunting in Lubbock, Texas.

It had started snowing in Lubbock the day before, and the roads were not great. I figured they would stay in a hotel instead of leaving around 5 p.m. to drive all the way home, as planned.

My dad, my two brothers-in-law, and my 12-year-old nephew were also with them.

“Well, we’ve decided to drive straight through,” my husband told me. “We’ll be careful, I promise.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
20
Jan

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!
Hey, Let’s Talk!

Snow On Snow

I sure enjoyed the big snow we had last week! I loved the anticipation of waiting for it to start, the surprise when I first saw the falling flakes and the quiet joy of seeing it accumulate and continue into the early morning hours. I understand that we had over 5 inches and the white morning had me thinking of snows past when my family lived over on Pegues Street in this same neighborhood.

Wed
20
Jan

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
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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 Tenaha, Timpson, Bobo and Blair.” By the way, those are actually communities just west of Logansport, La.

Now if you don’t have anything “Better To Do” here are some memories to bore you to sleep:

Acquaintances we’ve howdied but not met;

Appearance so ugly flies want to light on him; So fat it takes 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
13
Jan

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

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. On the lighter side of the Depression years was the intense interest in Mansfield of the Summer Baseball games between the merchant’s baseball teams. The game between Townsend Grocery & West Bros. Department Store was the thriller of the week with one team leading then the other team taking the lead.

Wed
13
Jan

Yankee Shrimp Creole

Yankee Shrimp Creole
Yankee Shrimp Creole

Sounds like a title with conflicting words but if you just add sugar you get the idea. Shrimp Creole is one of my favorite Cajuns dishes not only because it originated right here in Louisiana but because you can substitute almost any seafood or meat for the shrimp. My Dad’s Grandmother from Dutchtown, La. had a dish called Grillades which is like Shrimp Creole but uses squirrel or deer. But when the NYT Cooking Section came out with a version of Shrimp Creole by Vallery Lomas I just had to check it out -“Hey, Let’s Talk Style”.

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