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Wed
04
Apr
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Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell

April 11, 1997 is the day Mansfield made the Guinness World Record Book. A downtown parade got underway with eleven Parade marshals of Veteran, longtime residents whose ages totaled 930 years. They were Evans Calvert, Ralph Fraser, Roger Silver, Hughes Jordan, R.U. Johnson, Cecil Flanders, Jack Lowery, J.C. McLaurin, P.E. Dixon, R.C. Bridges and W.T. “Billy” Pegues. Records reveal that Calvert and Fraser were the senior members among the longtime citizens. This writer has wondered down through the years how Claude Roberts was not included as one of the Parade Marshalls. The only logical conclusion is that Claude didn’t want to be put in the same group of “Old Men”!

 

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Wed
04
Apr
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You Too Can Survive Alone

By Peter Funt

Why on earth would anyone bother to make the bed when his wife is out of town?

My wife Amy is on a birthday trip to Paris - and my gift to her is that I'm not tagging along to complain as she visits at least two museums, five boutiques and one opera house each day.

I'm home with our Shih Tzu Dorothy, who is savvy enough to understand that when Amy's away the routine is a bit different. For instance, the coffee I'm drinking as I write this was brewed yesterday and reheated this morning in the microwave. That's eight minutes saved right there.

 

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Wed
28
Mar
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By: Raymond Powell

Much has been written about “America’s Pastor”, Billy Graham, since his recent death on Feb. 21, 2018. He was born and reared on a dairy farm and he was accustomed to milking cows and hard work. Having Christian parents he became saved at an early age. Billy Graham has influenced millions of lives all over the world and thousands have been lead to Christ through his preaching. Many are reminiscing on the spiritual counsel he provided 6 Presidents of the United States. Others are remembering his impeccable character, especially during the 80’s, when ministry failures seemed all too common.

 

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Wed
28
Mar
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The Business Doctor

By Dr.Raymond Youngblood Jr.

About to enter the job market after school. So, let me tell you a few things that can help you not make a fool of yourself, set you straight, and help you not get fired so fast as I did. Yep, I was "let go" several times before I started my own business.

One firing I deserve, the second, was way above my pay-grade, and the other was, let's just say I refuse to perform a personal task for my boss not in my job description. I was also a model employee with many promotions.

 

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Wed
21
Mar
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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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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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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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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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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.

 

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