Meanderings – April 3, 2019

Among wildflowers brightening the landscape are my favorite, those with the name of “Sweet Kate by the Garden Gate” Spiderwort. Plants can be purchased at this season of the year; however, mine are voluntary and range in hue from purple to fuchsia. Among native flora along the byways are the Bluebonnets and yellow Huisache Daisies.
Kimble County Historical Commission is still basking in the success of the grand opening of its museum of history. Volunteer docents and/or historical commission members are on duty each weekday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30 and other times by appointment.
Kimble County Historical Museum gratefully acknowledges recent monetary contributions. The three latest donations in the “Pathfinder” category have been from Billie F. Meckley, Dr. Arnold H. Meckley Estate, and Lynn Ann Meckley Estate.
Contributions in memory of Billy Lee “Dooker” Ragsdale have been received from Monty and Judy Hasse Barker of Corpus Christi and from Charles and Teena Hagood. Daedalian Study Club has donated in honor of Kitty Syfan Cowden, who was a recent presenter of a program for the Club.
During the week preceding the opening ceremony, two former Junction residents and members of their families toured the museum. Helen Bethel Williams of Denton was accompanied by her son, John of Dallas, and her daughter of Georgetown. Also in the group were Helen’s sister, Peggy Beth Wheeler of Arlington and her son, Kendon of Villa Nueva, Guatemala. Helen was a junior in JHS during my senior year, and it was a pleasure to recall memories. Peggy visited with Jo Ella Bolt and received an update on a former classmate, Sandra Spiller Wolfe. Helen and Peggy are akin to Ann Patton, as the trio descends from Thomas Milligan, the first sheriff of Mason County. The latter was killed by Indians in 1860.
Attendees who missed the museum’s opening have since registered and were visibly impressed. Locales listed include Dublin, Levelland, and Junction.
Jo Ella Bolt relayed news that her grandson, William Whitworth, is home from Tokyo, Japan, after attending a student-exchange program. William was privileged to visit university sites and learn of advances being developed in the dentistry field.
The public is invited to a Texas Ranger cross ceremony honoring the late William D. Felps in the Junction Cemetery. The event will be Saturday, April 13, beginning at 12:00 noon. A reception will follow at Kimble Historical Museum.
Saturday, April 27, is the date for the annual outing at Seven Hundred Springs on the Lee Pfluger ranch 21 miles southwest of Junction. No advance reservations are required, and participants are to gather at the Courthouse in Junction before 10:00 that morning. More details are available from Frederica Wyatt.
Jacob Maarse, a Rotarian from North Gower, Ontario, Canada, was a visitor at Thursday’s meeting of Junction Rotary Club. Recent presenters of Rotary programs have included Jesse Saucedo, Jr. (introduced by Patty Colvin) and John Contrucci (introduced by Mike Carter.)
In more somber news, we pause to extend sympathy to those who are grieving the loss of loved ones. Lorena Wahl Lemon of Long Beach, California, passed to Greater Heights on Sunday, March 10. A 1939 graduate of Junction High School, Lorena was one of five daughters of Edwin and Meta Ranselben Wahl, late of Junction. One sister, Jeneva Bryant of Junction, is among Lorena’s survivors. The other sisters were the late Veola (Schneider), Zella (Crabtree) and Helen (Kirkpatrick).
David King Akers passed away Tuesday, March 19, and a memorial service is scheduled Saturday, April 13. His wife, the former Margaret Farmer (daughter of J. Sayers and Cornelia Horner Farmer), preceded David in death.
Ruth Mansfield Gibbs of San Angelo, daughter of the late Cecil and Bea Mansfield, died March 19. Ruth was a 1955 graduate of London High School.
Funeral services of Isidro Esquivel, who died Thursday, March 21, were Monday, March 25, with burial in the Junction Cemetery. Among his survivors are his widow, Rosa, and other members of the family.
A memorial service for Judy Tinney was Saturday, March 30, in Junction. She passed away Monday, March 25.
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