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April 30, 2012

Just another big bass from Toledo Bend Lake

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:36 am

A really nice Toledo Bend Lake black bass

was released after this photo.

April 29, 2012








The summer of 1956 was an interesting one for me.  Charlie Lawrence hired me to work at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home as a general flunky.  I did whatever needed to be done at the time.  It was a great summer job between semesters at college.  It was here that I met an unusual and talented man.

Bobby Selden was the band director at Hemphill High School from 1954 through 1958.  He was an in-law of Charlie and occasionally helped out at the funeral home in the summer.

One summer morning Bobby and I were dispatched to the cemetery at Liberty Hill Baptist church to erect a grave tent for a funeral that afternoon.  This was not a regular task for us, so we must have been very busy.

The grave had already been dug, so we began working on the erection of the tent which was a two-man job.  One of the first things to be done was to drive into the ground large metal corner stakes on which to anchor the canvas tent.

Bobby retrieved a large sledge hammer and four stakes and began hammering away at a strategically placed stake.  I was busy unloading the panel truck.  The sound of metal striking metal reminded me of the old song, I’ve Been Working On the Railroad”.  I was interrupted by a loud “OUCH” from Bobby.  I turned to see him throw down the hammer and grab his left forearm.  I rushed over to him asking “What happened, Bobby?”  He was obviously in pain and I noted blood running down his hand.

“I’m not sure, but it feels like I’ve been shot”, he grimaced an answer.  I noted blood seeping from a wound about half-way up his left forearm.  “You better drive me to the emergency room”, he instructed as he wrapped a handkerchief  around the wound.

On the way to the hospital in the panel truck we discussed what might have caused his injury and concluded that a sliver of metal from either the stake or the hammer flew off and punctured his arm.  Our diagnosis was later confirmed by x-ray.  The doctor said that a sliver of metal was resting on the bone in his arm but removing it was not necessary.  He said that the wound should heal without any problems.  So his wound was dressed and he was given a tetanus shot.

I figured Bobby would take the rest of the day off, however such was not the case.  We drove back to the cemetery and completed our job.  Bobby was dedicated to the task at hand and a puncture wound did not hinder him.  Such was the case with his professional life.

Bobby Selden was born in Palestine, Texas.  He was interested in music and became a drummer. He married Claudine Sparks in 1949 after he graduated from Stephen F. Austin University in 1948.  Bobby was hired as the band director at Kennedy, Texas high school the same year.

Over the next years Bobby worked at several other Texas schools as band director, including Joaquin, DeSoto, and West Sabine.  All these school bands were transformed into “award winners” under his tutelage. He was hired as the band director at Hemphill in 1954.  My future wife, Clara, was a member of his band during these years.  I was impressed with his turning the Hemphill band into the Tri-State champion marching band of 1957 in Enid, Oklahoma.

During Bobby’s musical career he played drums for several “big time” bands.  He was in the Marine Corps Band, which was only a “warm up”. He played drums in the Clyde McCoy Orchestra.  Clyde was a jazz trumpeter who made famous his rendition of  the song “Sugar Blues”.

Later he played with the Gene Krupa Band which entertained America from 1920 to 1960.  Krupa was a famous drummer himself, but as he aged he needed relief on the drums, so Bobby filled in for him on many occasions.  Bobby wrote most of his drum routines himself.

In September of 1956 I returned to college.  Bobby continued his music teaching in Hemphill.  I lost contact with him for many years.  It was my pleasure to have known him for even a short time.  I assume the metal remained in his arm for the rest of his life, and did not hinder his drum playing – a wound sustained under a grave situation.


April 28, 2012

a couple of friends

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 6:05 am

Nanna and Lukie enjoying each others company.

April 27, 2012

This may not be legal in August!

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:17 am

A grandson doing a chore in our garden.


Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores

The Daily CallerBy Patrick Richardson | The Daily Caller – Wed, Apr 25, 2012

A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district member of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.

The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.

Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”

“Prohibited places of employment,” a Department press release read, “would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.”

The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course.

Rossie Blinson, a 21-year-old college student from Buis Creek, N.C., told The Daily Caller that the federal government’s plan will do far more harm than good.

“The main concern I have is that it would prevent kids from doing 4-H and FFA projects if they’re not at their parents’ house,” said Blinson.

“I started showing sheep when I was four years old. I started with cattle around 8. It’s been very important. I learned a lot of responsibility being a farm kid.”

In Kansas, Cherokee County Farm Bureau president Jeff Clark was out in the field — literally on a tractor — when TheDC reached him. He said if Solis’s regulations are implemented, farming families’ labor losses from their children will only be part of the problem.

“What would be more of a blow,” he said, “is not teaching our kids the values of working on a farm.”

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average age of the American farmer is now over 50.

“Losing that work-ethic — it’s so hard to pick this up later in life,” Clark said. “There’s other ways to learn how to farm, but it’s so hard. You can learn so much more working on the farm when you’re 12, 13, 14 years old.”

John Weber, 19, understands this. The Minneapolis native grew up in suburbia and learned the livestock business working summers on his relatives’ farm.

He’s now a college Agriculture major.

“I started working on my grandparent’s and uncle’s farms for a couple of weeks in the summer when I was 12,” Weber told TheDC. “I started spending full summers there when I was 13.”

“The work ethic is a huge part of it. It gave me a lot of direction and opportunity in my life. If they do this it will prevent a lot of interest in agriculture. It’s harder to get a 16 year-old interested in farming than a 12 year old.”

Weber is also a small businessman. In high school, he said, he took out a loan and bought a few steers to raise for income. “Under these regulations,” he explained, “I wouldn’t be allowed to do that.”

In February the Labor Department seemingly backed away from what many had called an unrealistic reach into farmers’ families, reopening the public comment period on a section of the regulations designed to give parents an exemption for their own children.

But U.S. farmers’ largest trade group is unimpressed.

“American Farm Bureau does not view that as a victory,” said Kristi Boswell, a labor specialist with the American Farm Bureau Federation. “It’s a misconception that they have backed off on the parental exemption.”

Boswell chafed at the government’s rationale for bringing farms strictly into line with child-labor laws.

“They have said the number of injuries are higher for children than in non-ag industries,” she said. But everyone in agriculture, Boswell insisted, “makes sure youth work in tasks that are age-appropriate.”

The safety training requirements strike many in agriculture as particularly strange, given an injury rate among young people that is already falling rapidly.

According to a United States Department of Agriculture study, farm accidents among youth fell nearly 40 percent between 2001 and 2009, to 7.2 injuries per 1,000 farms.

Clark said the regulations are vague and meddlesome.

“It’s so far-reaching,” he exclaimed, “kids would be prohibited from working on anything ‘power take-off’ driven, and anything with a work-height over six feet — which would include the tractor I’m on now.”

The way the regulations are currently written, he added, would prohibit children under 16 from using battery powered screwdrivers, since their motors, like those of a tractor, are defined as “power take-off driven.”

And jobs that could “inflict pain on an animal” would also be off-limits for kids. But “inflicting pain,” Clark explained, is left undefined: If it included something like putting a halter on a steer, 4-H and FFA animal shows would be a thing of the past.

In a letter to The Department of Labor in December, Montana Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg complained that the animal provision would also mean young people couldn’t “see veterinary medicine in practice … including a veterinarian’s own children accompanying him or her to a farm or ranch.”

Boswell told TheDC that the new farming regulations could go into effect as early as August. She claimed farmers could soon find The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division inspectors on their land, citing them for violations.

“In the last three years that division has grown 30 to 40 percent,” Boswell said. Some Farm Bureau members, she added, have had inspectors on their land checking on conditions for migrant workers, only to be cited for allowing their own children to perform chores that the Labor Department didn’t think were age-appropriate.

It’s something Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran believes simply shouldn’t happen.

During a March 14 hearing, Moran blasted Hilda Solis for getting between rural parents and their children.

“The consequences of the things that you put in your regulations lack common sense,” Moran said.

“And in my view, if the federal government can regulate the kind of relationship between parents and their children on their own family’s farm, there is almost nothing off-limits in which we see the federal government intruding in a way of life.”

The Department of Labor did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

April 26, 2012

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – April 25, 2012

Filed under: Hemphill Care Center,Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:34 am

On The Bright Side
April 25, 2012

The month of April have brought joy and sorrow to the resident of Hemphill Care Center.
Sunday April 1st we were blessed to have Bethel Chapel Baptist Church Choir present their Easter Cantata “Oh What A Savior”. The following day we enjoyed having the Lakes Area Hospice clowns come sing with us. We also had fun playing bingo with our friends from Hemphill Church of Christ.
Other activities during the first week of April includes, worship services with Fairdale Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church, Community Fellowship Church and Hemphill First Baptist Church. The rest of the week we enjoyed all of our Easter festivities. We had fun fill Easter eggs with candy and dying real eggs to hide for all the children to hunt on Good Friday afternoon during our Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny made a surprise visit, which really made the children happy.
We worshiped with our friends from Hemphill First Baptist Church on Easter Sunday morning, which concluded our Easter activities. During the rest of April we were blessed with services and gospel singing  sponsored by: Hemphill Church of Christ, Parkway Baptist Church, Bethany Baptist church, Quincy from Odyssey Hospice and Bro. G from Heart to Heart Hospice.
Lively bingo games were hosted by Hemphill Church of Christ, Carletta from Texas Medical Enterprises, Parkway Baptist Church, Texas Home Health  and American Legion Post 197.
We enjoyed visits with our friends from the Garden Club, we made beautiful topiaries for our rooms. Sandy Trahan helped us make beautiful jewelry one afternoon.
We also look forward to Tuesday afternoons when we turn our dining room into a movie theater complete with soda and popcorn. We would like to thank hornet Express Video for loaning us great movies every week. Last week we watched “ War Horse”. It was thrilling and very touching.
Our resident council selected Jerry Fields as our resident of the month, Carletta Cramer as our volunteer of the month and Felisha Parks and Julia White as our employees of the month.
Happy  Birthday wishes are expressed to: Connie White, Harrietta Selby, Mandie Odom, Patsy Hardy, Rose Sherron, Joanna Maida, Margaret Davis, Vermell Matthews, Jack Winn and Joyce Lacoste.
We would like to express our love and sympathy to the family and friends of Mary King and my dear friend  David Ener. David had made the Care Center his home for the last 13 years and he will surely be missed.
Monday April 16th we honored our faithful, wonderful volunteers with an appreciation party. The afternoon was enjoyed by all who attended.
We are looking forward to our annual fishing trip on Friday.  I will let you know who caught the biggest fish! Also C.J. the One Man Band will be here Friday afternoon. We would love it if any of our friends and family would like to come enjoy the music with us.
We express our special appreciation to Rene’ Hyden who has served as our Activity Director since January 2009. She has given us many days “On the Bright Side”.

April 25, 2012

I promised her a popsicle for a smile

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:50 am

Turns out, the smile was worth a lot more than a popsicle.

No one will notice her Nanna or the cat fish.

April 24, 2012

Big Man ::: Small Fish


This small black bass was released.

April 23, 2012

What beautiful views on Toledo Bend Lake

Martha caught this sunrise on Toledo Bend Lake


and I caught this Toledo Bend Sunset

April 22, 2012


Filed under: Neal Murphy — Freddie Keel @ 6:26 am
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Who among you have NOT sung the little four-line ditty to honor someone’s birthday:  “Happy Birthday To You;  Happy Birthday To You;  Happy Birthday Dear ( fill in name);  Happy Birthday To You.”  According to the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records, this song is the most recognized tune in the English language, followed by “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”, and “Auld Lang Syne”, the three most popular songs in the English language.  The song’s base lyrics have been translated into at least eighteen languages.


Who would have thought that this little tune would be so famous?  I have sung it all my life, so far.  I did not realize that the melody actually comes from the song Good Morning To All,  which was written and composed by American siblings Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill in 1893.  Patty was a kindergarten principal in Louisville, Kentucky developing various teaching methods at what is now the Little Loom house.  Mildred was a pianist and composer.  The sisters created “Good Morning To All” as a song that would  be easy to be sung  by young children.


The song first appeared in print in 1912, and probably existed much earlier.  None of these early appearances included credits or copyright notices.  However The Summy Company registered it for a copyright in 1935, crediting authors Preston Ware Orem and Mrs. R. R.  Forman with the “Happy Birthday” song.


In 1990, Warner Chappell purchased the company owning the copyright for $15 million, with the value of “Happy Birthday” estimated at $5 million.  Based on the 1935 copyright registration, Warner claims that the United States copyright will not expire until 2030. So, unauthorized public performances of the song are technically illegal unless royalties are paid to it.  In one specific instance on February 2010, these royalties were said to amount to $700.00.


In 1988 Birch Tree Group, Ltd. Sold the rights of the song to Warner Communications, along with all other assets, for an estimated $25 million dollars.  American law professor Robert Brauneis, who has heavily researched the song, has expressed strong doubts that it is still under copyright.  Whatever the case may be, this little simple song “Happy Birthday To You” continues to bring in approximately $2 million dollars in licensing revenue each year according to Warner Communications.


It seems that the singing of the song “Happy Birthday To You” at a person’s birthday party could be subject to copyright laws.  Who would have thunk it?  I suppose I will just have to take my chances on this as I will continue to wish my friends a Happy Birthday by singing this song.  Just in case, may I borrow bail money from someone?
























April 21, 2012

It fun time catching blue catfish on flagging jugs

Sandy is our lake neighbor.

She is holding one nice blue catfish

caught on a flagging jug using live perch for bait.

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