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Cooper Review Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Issue 132 Volume 19

Serving Delta County Since 1880

A new honor will bestowed Heroes of Delta County with the commencement of the Portraits of Valor program for Delta County.

Roger Moore reminisces while looking over his Staff photo by Cindy Roller array of military honors.

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Roger Moore of Cooper was chosen to be honored, for he holds two Purple Hearts, an Army Commendation Medal, and a Medal for Military Merit and honors for overseas service including Republic of Vietnam Service and National Defense Medal. Moore spent six years serving this country, retiring in 1971. Moore was originally born and raised in Sulphur Springs but has resided the last 10 years in Delta County. During his service Moore recalled seeing many occurrences that were difficult to recover from, some resulting in nightmares. Moore said it wasn’t until about two years ago that he has been able to even speak about his time in the service. “We are hoping and praying this new endeavor brings out more Veterans and more awareness,” said Pat Egert, coordinating the program. “I remember pulling scout on patrol and telling the driver to stay on these tracks,” recalled Moore on his injury while in the line of duty. “I

was told the bomb blew me so high into the air by a nurse who sat by my side for three days. I suffered serious internal injuries and was in a body cast from the chest down.” Moore spent the next six and half months in the cast and three more months in traction. He said he remained in contact with his “guardian angel” nurse, Linda Moss of Wisconsin until her recent death. Ironically, Moore went on to marry a nurse. “I feel so blessed,” said Moore. “The Lord saved me to do [greater] things.” Moore now pays his fortune forward by mowing lawns for the elderly. “That’s what being a Veteran is all about,” said Moore. “We are looking forward to making these Veterans, Heroes again,” said Egert on her latest mission to collect pennies to fund the monuments to preserve these Veterans’ names in history in the Medals of Valor campaign.

Editor's Note: First of a series of features focusing on Our Heroes

One Nation Under God By Cindy Roller Editor

Marcus Remi Salazar sends up his little prayer during Thursday's event on the Courthouse steps. Staff photo by Cindy Roller

Where were you when the siren sounded noon on the Square in Cooper last Thursday, May 3? A gathering of about 50 Delta County citizens joined together under the clear skies on the steps of the Courthouse to show their respect and honor for the National Day of Prayer. It was in 1954 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized the addition of two powerful words to the Pledge of Allegiance, “Under God,” stating: “In this way we are affirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource in peace and war.” During the brief but moving presentation in Cooper, locals were welcomed by Pacio Baptist Church Pastor Eugene Adams. Together the group recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the National Anthem.

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Royal Couple

Bradee Curtis and Jalen Roberts were crowned Cooper High School's Prom Queen & King on Saturday. It was held at The Lodge in Sulphur Springs with a theme of elegance. As tradition, the sophomore class performed skits and dances as part of the entertainment. For more school events and honor rolls see Courtesy Photo inside this edition.

Main Street Reception: History in the Making

whole story. What would it be like to have a weds the bride and groom ding reception on the Square? Recently, the City of Sulphur Springs answered were introduced at their outdoor recep- this question, making Hopkins County tion under the twinkling stars history. Brad and Holly Massey proposed this and a canopy of lights, the idea to Sulphur Springs City Manager smiles on their faces told the Marc Maxwell. To their benefit, everyone involved was very receptive to the Main Street Reception prospect. Their daughter Meredith had always dreamed of having an elegant old-fashioned street dance reception. In her marriage to Jim Daniels on Saturday, April 21, the fantasy came true. As the clouds parted on Friday, “I said, ‘OK God, it is all up to you’,” said Holly Massey on the weather, “We got to have the street [without the tents]. The lights made it – it was perfect. It couldn’t have been better.”

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Uncovering the Past

Portraits of Valor

By Cindy Roller Editor

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Sports

Lainey Huie signs a letter of intent to play at Murray State College See inside

Museum curator reveals local history, true and false By Mitzi Y'Barbo Cooper Review Intern

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ichard Duncan, curator at the Clara Foster Slough Museum in Enloe, says they are currently working in the Cedar Creek area.

These skeletal remains found in a shallow grave south of the North Sulphur River in 1983 have been in the Cooper School for over 25 years. Staff photo by intern Mitzi Y'Barbo

“I can go there and stand, and just imagine these kids walking down the road back in the 1840s and 50s,” Duncan said. “There were hundreds of kids in that area.” It is where it all happened; the old roads and bridges are still there. Duncan said “Sometimes when you’re there you get that weird feeling and swear up and down there’s a ghost of one of them there.” “Back when my parents were alive,” Duncan said, “there wasn’t a part of this area that someone couldn’t recall; grandparents had told them about it.” A lot of them are dead and no longer around to tell you anything. Duncan worries. He said, “All of a sudden there’s no one to talk to; we’ve got to get it written down or it’s just going to be lost.” “The people of this area that live here now and have been here all their lives don’t care much about this because they don’t miss it,” Duncan said. “It’s the ones who moved off who desire to know where they came from. I’m really surprised at the number of young people who are interested in this stuff. “ In the Cedar Creek/Daisy Mission area used to be an old mill. In Oak Lawn cemetery, a guy has a 36” millstone as his headstone. No one knows exactly why, but it’s said he was married to the mill owner’s daughter. “When State Highways 24 and 19 were built and people got better cars, they didn’t come through this way anymore and it was cheaper to go to Paris to buy things and have a wider selection to choose from. That’s the story of all small towns,” Duncan said. The museum is now the home of what is thought to be the last Indian living in the area, nicknamed “The Lone Indian.” The old-timers used to tell about the old Indian killed in the area. Earlier this year another grave was found in the area with Indian remains. The story goes that the old man had gotten to where he couldn’t farm for himself anymore and had taken to stealing food from farmers in the area. It’s said that a couple of young boys were out shooting one day and accidentally shot the Indian. When the boys told a neighbor, he decided it was best to bury him. There’s no absolute proof of this story, but research and discoveries seem to support this story. There was a round-bale cotton gin in the area. Pictures were found on the internet, no one around had a photos of it. It was built by some people from Liverpool, England. The museum has a written history of every gin in the area, GPS coordinates and some remains when it changed hand. The trains were so heavy they sunk on the tracks into the earth. The museum is generally open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Many times people passing through the area will call about the museum. Duncan is happy to come open it up and show off the treasures inside. “If anyone has any information or has heard any rumors, if they will just tell us about it, we’ll be glad to check it out,” Duncan said. “That’s what we do.” NOTE: Gay James, a retired doctor from Houston should have been Gay Janes in last week's series. t Editor's Note: This is the final story of a three part series involving the Museum.

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