Ida Roberts put up a great fight to stick with her family for quite awhile, but passed away on June 27, eight days after turning 90 years old. Her services were held at 10 a.m. on July 1 at the Lawson Memorial Chapel in Walnut Springs. Her family and friends will miss her and they are in our prayers.

Red and Sherron Thomas are new great grandparents. Their new grandson, Pilot Ramirez was born in Weatherford, weighing 6 lb. 14 oz. and was 18 inches long. Pilot and mom are doing great and both at home. Parents are Angie and Ernie Ramirez of Millsap. Congratulations to each of you, spoil him rotten.

Sherron also told me that Zach is back in Iraq. Please keep him in your prayers along with all our service men and women. They all love to hear from us all, so write and send care packages.

Betty Keller sent me a piece out of the paper telling about Joseph Nathaniel Carr passing away July 3 in Fort Worth at the age of 85. It told of him being born in Walnut Springs in 1922 and also graduating from this high school and serving in the Army during World War II. Jerry didn’t remember this Carr family but some of you may. Our thoughts and prayers go to all his friends and family.

A big “Happy birthday” goes out to Shonda Howard for July 11. May you have many, many more to come and your special day was great!

Dave Keller had a little episode this past week with what he describes as a little short somewhere. After being rushed to the Hugley Hospital, they zapped him and sent him home.

Jerry and I went to see the Bennetts this past weekend and they seemed to be doing fine, but I am betting that they would love to have you come by and sit for a spell. R.T. Townley, Harlos Bohannan, and Naomi Stueben are also in Cherokee Rose Nursing Home at Glen Rose. Jennie and Otis miss all the folks in Walnut and would really love to come home to visit, but that is just not in the cards for now. So stop in and visit, they would all love to see ya’ll.

Several weeks ago Diane was telling me about a TV show she watched telling about the “Largest Land Rush” ever. It was so interesting, I thought ya’ll would like to hear about it. The funny thing was, that the same day she told me about it she was also looking at a Postal magazine I get once a month and it was telling basically about the same thing that she saw on TV. Now let’s get back to the land rush story where over 40,000 people from everywhere you can imagine came to be a part of it. It was the year 1889 and they came in covered wagons, on horses, on donkeys, and on foot. They were looking to get some land to make a living on. They were all lined up and when that pistol went off, all those bodies began to run, knocking each other over and running each other down. It was crazy, but it was necessary to get the 160 acres they were promised, before someone else got the piece of land they wanted. The day before the rush took place there were those unsavory folks who sneaked in on the land and hid until the next day. When someone came close to the land they had picked the day before, they jumped up and said they were there first. So there lies the start of the “Oklahoma Sooner’s.” The people who were cheated out of land by those that got there “sooner” than the others, or just got there “sooner” than anyone else, started calling these people the “Sooner’s.”

When football took over the state many years later, they named them “The Sooner’s.” The state of Oklahoma had their Centennial in 2007, marking 100 years since President Teddy Roosevelt signed the papers making Oklahoma the 46th state in the nation on November 16, 1907. There have been stone tablets found with carved writing indicating the Scandinavian Vikings found their way into Oklahoma long before Columbus discovered America. If you visit the Runestone State Park, near Heavener, OK, you will want to see the accounts of these slabs of recorded history. These slabs of stone have been found as far west into the state as Shawnee.

Well that’s about it for this week, have a great one, and remember that courtesy is the shortest distance between two people and we want to keep that distance as short as possible by treating each other with respect.

Now, like the farmer said when he fell off the wagon, I gotta hit the road. Call 254-797-8200 with your news or e-mail rah991@valornet.com.