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April 2016 Letters

TCP Talk

Letters and comments from our readers

Tadd Myers

Dig This Story

Martha Deeringer’s article The First Texans? [February 2016] was most interesting. I always enjoy and learn from her articles.

I’m always looking for places to find arrowheads. Cooper, in East Texas, had a neat place to hunt arrowheads.

Glenn Snyder | Blue Ridge
Fannin County EC

Editor’s note: Picking up arrowheads on public land is illegal. Be sure you know the law before you begin your search.

A Crooner and His Crony

Gene Austin’s family connections gave us another great musician [The Original Crooner, February 2016]. Austin gave his much younger cousin, Tommy Overstreet, the opportunity to perform with him when the famous crooner came to perform in Houston in the ’50s, when Overstreet was a teen-ager. This experience, Austin’s mentoring and Overstreet’snatural talent allowed him to bloom into a great entertainer and Music Row executive.

Overstreet was a true Texas treasure. His story is told in his autobiography, A Road Less Traveled (Roots and Branches, 2013).

Scott Cameron | Lago Vista
Pedernales EC

Reader Knows Kolache

I just read East Texas Outdoors [January 2016] by Melissa Gaskill and was bothered by her use of the term “kolach” as a sausage wrapped in yeasty bread. She ate a pig in a blanket, not a kolach.

My husband is Czech, and he knows his kolache. They are always filled with fruit. Prune is traditional. Sometimes they are filled with cottage or cream cheese, but they’re never savory. I remember a very good article in Texas Co-op Power devoted to kolache [The Kolach Trail, January 2014].

Daniella Spann | Hondo
Medina EC

Flooded With Memories

I live in Alvin, and we were in the process of having our house built when the rains hit [Alvin’s Deluge: It Reigns, October 2015]. No water came into the house, but we had to chase down lumber and materials that had floated away. We had built 2 feet above the road grade, which probably saved us. Later, the county decided to build the road up 2 feet, so we have had water in our house twice. I don’t wish that on anybody—no fun.

Donna Amerson | Alvin
Sam Houston EC

Pride in the Military

The September Pick of the Month [Around Texas, September 2015] was Remember Our Fallen, a display of 600 photos in Cameron honoring Texans who died in the wars on terrorism. The pictures of the men and women who lost their lives for our freedom were overwhelming.

This exhibit is traveling through Texas, and I would encourage everyone to see it. Your heart for our military will never be the same again.

Lorena Hadley | Schertz
Guadalupe Valley EC