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February 2013 Letters

TCP Talk

Letters and comments from our readers

Woody Welch

Angels on Earth

If there was ever a doubt that God created angels, all you have to do is look at the December cover of Texas Co-op Power.

I’m 72 years old, and when I saw April Schmucker’s picture, my heart leaped in joy that God does, indeed, have angels here on Earth.

Have someone hug her for me.

Carl Comstock | Sam Houston EC

Spotlight on Nazareth

What a lovely surprise on opening my December magazine—seeing my small hometown of Nazareth making headlines [“Oh, Little Town of Nazareth”]. I left there 50-plus years ago but have many relatives living there so still go back for reunions.

One of my nieces is married to Jim Hoelting. We do live in a small world. Thanks for making my day.

Jean Bell | United EC

What a nice Christmas picture of the “little angel” on your December cover. I so enjoyed seeing the Christmas season celebrated with a story on the Nativity.

Gloria Ramirez | Nueces EC

Lots Know Lucy

I am going to take you up on your bet that I don’t know who Lucy Holcombe Pickens was [“Know Your Currency Events,” December 2012]. She was the sister-in-law of Elkannah Bracken Greer, who was my first cousin four times removed. As a colonel in the Confederate Army, Greer mustered the 3rd Texas Cavalry Regiment into service in 1861. He was married to Anna Eliza Holcombe, Lucy’s sister.

Strain Hilton Armstrong | Pedernales EC

I did know about Lucy Holcombe Pickens. My mother had told me about her and had me do some Internet searches about 10 years ago. I am not a direct descendant of her, but I believe she was a cousin of my grandmother, Minnie Frances Holcombe Franklin. If my mother were still alive, I could ask what the relationship was.

Do I win 100 Confederate dollars?

Frances Peterson | Bandera EC

Your story on Lucy Holcombe Pickens brought back memories. I grew up and went to high school in Marshall. In my 1968 graduating class was a Henry Holcombe, a direct descendent of “Miss Lucy’s” family. While we were in school together, the history class was able to take a private tour of the Holcombe Plantation Home just prior to its demolition.

And thanks for the heads-up on Lady Bird Johnson’s 100th birthday celebration. While we lived in Marshall, my father used to drive by the old Taylor homesite on his way to work in Karnack.

J. Steven Grainger | Pedernales EC

We have Lucy Holcombe Pickens’ piano and other artifacts that belonged to her in our Canton Plaza Museum in Canton. An interesting fact, among many, is that she is credited with serving iced tea for the first time in Texas. The ice was brought from Jefferson for the party. Also, our East Texas sweet potatoes were introduced in Russia by Lucy—“The Queen of the Confederacy” and a very beautiful lady.

Annette H. Plemmons | Wood County EC

Eternally Grateful

Thank you for the wonderful article on the World War II veterans. I was very moved by their stories. We need to be reminded of what these brave men sacrificed so that we can live in freedom. We owe them more than we can ever repay. I will be eternally grateful for their bravery.

Mary Lou Schmucker | Deaf Smith EC