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September 2017 Letters

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Letters and comments from our readers

Tracking Raiders

The article [The Mystery of Sain-toh-oodie Goombi, July 2017] also mentions Britt Johnson, who tracked raiders into Indian Territory and rescued his family. San Antonio author Paulette Jiles tells a fictionalized version of Britt Johnson’s story in The Color of Lightning. In News of the World, Jiles writes about a young Kiowa captive who is reluctant to return to “civilization.” Stories of this part of Texas history deserve to be told.

Pamala Nelson | Buda
Pedernales EC

A Home Unburdened

Home Made by Brenda Kissko [June 2017] was a delightful surprise and a sentimental journey. The house she wrote of was a favorite summer destination for my family and me. Her mother, my college roommate, and I gathered in the summer at the ranch to catch up after a year of visiting only in letters and by phone.

Morning coffee on the porch, the quiet of the landscape, the cool of the swamp cooler in the afternoon. Every child should be so fortunate to grow up without the burden of so much technology.

Marlene Tucker | Axtell
Navasota Valley EC

Another Poetry Whiz

Thanks to the reader from Port Lavaca for submitting this rhyme [So Far By Car, Letters, July 2017]. However, the true rhyme should be as follows:

The sun has riz,
the sun has set,
and here we is,
in Texas yet.

Elvis Gilmore | Greenville
Farmers EC

Resurgence in Childress

I spent every summer in Childress [Panhandle Prosperity, July 2017] in the ’50s and early ’60s with my great-grandparents, Jake and Edna Swafford, and my great-aunt. My great-grandfather was the oldest citizen in Childress for several years and always was acknowledged at the Old Settlers Reunion.

I traveled to Childress last year to check on our family gravesite and just drove around, remembering the bustling little town it was when I was growing up. So glad businesses are be-ginning to pop up again there.

Linda Price | Katy
Southwest Rural Electric Association

Books in the Barn

My book find was in a barn [Blue Highway Literature, June 2017]. Our son bought a homestead from an elderly couple, and in the barn we found many plastic containers full of books.

The woman who lived there read extensively. Among the books was a 1938 publication of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, a collection of 75 Zane Grey books and a brown leatherette collection of 37 Louis L’Amour books. Of course, no book collection in Texas would be complete without Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove and Comanche Moon.

Myra Blount | Lamar County
Lamar Electric

The Best Chicken

The Strawberry, Basil & Goat Cheese Grilled Chicken [Recipes, April 2017] was wonderful. Thank you for your excellent recipes. We always enjoy them, but that chicken was the best.

Sharon Flournoy | Rosanky
Bluebonnet EC