Looks like we’ve finally got some welcome news to air around our fair Valley of the Pecan as most folks in the County received some sort of precipitation this past weekend. Most reports seemed to list a total of the rain received Sat. afternoon and Sunday evening. Our end of town got about .4" Saturday afternoon, while the better rain came in Sunday evening with close to nine tenths. Anyhow, Tony’s gauge on the fence between Lady Z’s and Onliwon registered a total for the two days right at 1.40" with one bug in the barrel. Our gauges on the fence at the Garvin toward 4-mile Hill were both dry cracked showing a mere .2", but Emmitt Lee said he measured right at four tenths just off Johnny Brown Lane. Robert Trujillo turned in 1.5" out at Algerita, but Mark Martin said he got about a half an inch on up the road at Harkeyville. I visited with Jr. Goode Monday and he said Peggy got 2" on the ol’ Smith Homeplace, but he had a bit less. T. Noel admitted only a half inch up on Richland Creek next to the Gaddy Place and Rick McKinnerny got about an inch up at Lakeview, north of Richland. We also heard that it rained about an inch up around Skeeterville. We haven’t heard anything from the Bend Store Bunch, but Miss Margie said they got a light shower at Holland Hill close to the Colony. Any rain is a good rain, but I’d say we are all ready for the next one. Hopefully, the County crews have enough moisture to be able to maintain some of the rub-board sections of our County lanes.
The big news around our parts this past weekend was concerning the train wreck out at Harkeyville. The Gulf, Colorado & San Saba encountered a major de-railment on the tracks just west of the River there on the trestle bridge. It appeared that 12-13 cars came off the tracks and were scattered all over the Taylor Bottom close to Roger Edmondson’s. from what we could gather, it looked like a wheel might have come off one of the cars up around Aunt Virgie’s ol’ place as the track was pretty well messed up along the way to where the cars came off the rail way. I visited with Linda Sue Hooten in town the next day and she indicated that it sounded like a tornado came through. I kept checking with the National News service, but never heard any report of a major rail incident in Harkeyville. Maybe there are some pictures of the wreck in the "News" this issue.
It was a good weekend for football around the Harkey House this past weekend. The Armadillos got back on the winning track this past weekend up in Hamilton, while the ‘Horns & the Aggies both notched wins. I’d have to admit that the Longhorns beat a bit more worthy opponent than did the Aggies. Son, Will flew out to L.A. and was at the Rose Bowl with several of his Longhorn buddies for the game. Lady Z & I watched the game on T.V. but were never sure we saw Will in the crowd. I had to resort to Radio for the A&M game, as mighty Idaho does not necessarily warrant television coverage, but Dave South’s humor & Play-by-Play can be quite entertaining. The Cowboys finally eked out a win over the ‘Niners, while Kubiak’s Texans proved a bit more convincing in their encounter.
The ol’ George B. Walker thermometer on the back porch at Daddy’s was at 57 degrees tues. a.m., and it surely felt good. The dew was heavy enough that it was dripping off the roof and had the birds happy, too. I take it as a positive sign when we get a rain in September as I recall some
dry years when it didn’t. The Mayor and yrs. truly haven’t had a chance to visit this week, but maybe we will be due another rain somewhere out around——————————Harkeyville!!!!!!!!!!!!!