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The day Bowden fell GARY MODGLING

Firefighters battle the fire which destroyed the Bowden building in April of 1980.


The building once stood on the corner of Dallas and York Ave.

Longtime residents still recall the blaze 39 years ago

by Rick Mauch Hoopla Correspondent

Even now, after almost four decades, Patricia Bane can’t think of that April day in 1980 without a tear coming to her eye. It was a day she and many from Parker County will never forget, the day the legendary W.H. Bowden Department Store building burned to the ground. Today, a parking lot exists at the corner of York and Dallas avenues where the tallest building in the county once towered with three floors overlooking the downtown where folks would flock for that week’s specials. “You’ve got me crying, just thinking about it, but then, I think about it every day,” Patricia said. “We (she and her nephew) still own some neighboring

stores, and I look out that window all the time and think about the many great days we had there. I literally grew up in that building.” Patricia was 34 when arguably the most memorable fire in Parker County took down a landmark structure which has stood for almost a century. Her father, Ed Bowden, along with his brothers Elmer and Andy, shared ownership of the store started by their father W.H. in 1930. Though the building had been sold to Roger Barker and was largely vacant at the time of the fire (there was an auction of contents earlier in preparation for the final closing), it nonetheless was filled with precious memories from Patricia and the rest of the Bowden family. She and her cousin, Gail Lasiter (Elmer’s daughter) grew up playing in the building.

“There was an old elevator that was scary,” Gail recalled. “The basement of the building was dirt, and the floors above the first floor were mostly for storage. The top floor still had buggy whips hanging on the wall, I guess from a previous owner, and there were bats up there. “But even though it was a little scary, we had so much fun. Everybody who worked there had kids, and the store was open late - for those days - I think until 8 on weekdays and 10 on Saturdays. We’d run around and play. It was our playground.” Bowden’s was where most folks in Parker County shopped for their clothing. Not only did they have a large selection, they built a reputation as being honest and caring business owners and fellow citizens. SEE BOWDEN, P.4


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“I remember my daddy ran the shoe department and we found a letter in the safe. It was from a lady who said, ‘Your store is run like the old days. You let me take these shoes without paying, with just a handshake, to see if they’d work,’” Patricia said. “But that’s how our family was. It was a business built on trust.” Patricia’s son, Chris, was only 7 or 8 when the fire struck. He remembers his mother rushing him downtown after seeing the smoke in the sky from the nearby restaurant where they were having lunch. “We saw it right after it started, but we didn’t stay long. My mom took me home. But then, I saw it a few days later and it was just burned down bricks. I still think about that and go ‘wow’! That will always stay with me,” Chris said. “My husband always went in there and bought his jeans and hats,” said Jean Ward, who works at Bennett’s Office Supplies, one block over. “We saw the smoke and we knew it had to be the Bowden’s building. It was the only one that big.” Don Huddleston, a local historian, runs a booth in the shop Blessings Recycled. It is in the location that once housed The Hub, Bowden’s biggest competitor, and is directly across the street from the parking lot. Don just happened to be in downtown Weatherford that afternoon when the fire broke out around 3 p.m. “I heard the sirens go off,” he recalled. “We were right here in the parking lot, real close, so we had a great view. Of course, when the fire department showed up, they SEE BOWDEN, P. 5

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cleared people out and moved everybody back. “It didn’t take too long for it to burn. It was scary, smoke and flames were belching out. I’m surprised they didn’t build anything in its place. I look over there all the time and remember that day.” Don also has his own special COURTESY OF PATRICIA BANE COURTESY OF PATRICIA BANE memories of his family shopping at The photo on the right shows five of the six W.H. Bowden boys (from left) Elmer, Edgar, Andy, Roy and Lon. Elmer, Edgar Bowden’s. and Andy were partners in W.H. Bowden’s. Roy and Lon had their own department stores. Lon in Weatherford, and Roy in “They had a contest once. They were Mineral Wells. giving away a pair of tennis shoes. You was rerouted. having a clearance and was selling out ing the Bowden’s fire. He supports had to guess the spots on a giraffe,” he everything because it was closing. So, Despite the efforts of firefighters Modgling’s theory. said. “I missed it by one spot.” anyone who had access to the buildfrom Weatherford, Aledo, Spring“Remember, Bowden’s was over Some of the most vivid photos of town and Mineral Wells, along ing had access to all of the floors, in800,000 cubic feet of heavy wood the fire were taken by former Weathwith two firefighters from Odessa cluding the mezzanine. So there were construction that had been oiled for erford resident Gary Modgling, who who were visiting Mineral Wells at people all over that building. Yet, I’m years. We applied water for several lived a few blocks from downtown the time, the fire proved elusive. It supposed to believe that a cigarette days, ” he said. when the fire occurred. He also worked its way to the ground floor as smoldering in some corner started He said there were some scary moworked with several volunteer firewalls, ceilings and floors collapsed. this thing? I don’t think so, not withments when death tugged at their men who helped fight the blaze. out someone seeing something. As walls of the structure fell, shoulders. “I saw the smoke, grabbed my cam“Additionally, when the two inves“One of our firefighters was going era, my wife and my boy, and we went some nearby buildings also felt the up the back stairs to get to the seat of tigators made their announcement, downtown,” he said. “It was mesmer- effect. The Hub had some windows it was only a few days later, the bricks the fire when I noticed him. I yelled izing. The adrenaline rush and excite- broken when parts of the Bowden’s were still smoldering while they ment keeps you drawn to it. You can’t building fell. Business owners of sur- at him to get out, and he reluctantly stood on top of them to pronounce came back out of the fire. As I take your eyes away. that a cigarette started it. Too much was pulling out the remaining “I knew a lot of the guys “It didn’t take too long for it to burn. information and too quick. I don’t hose after the firefighter got fighting it, and it was It was scary, smoke and flames were know what started the fire, but I will out, I saw an easychair sponamazing to watch them. go to my grave believing that it was taneously ignite about 30 feet It’s something I’ll never forbelching out. I’m surprised they didn’t not a cigarette.” from the stairs,” he said. get, the intensity of it all.” build anything in its place. I look over Judy White’s family has owned Tex“I remember as I was putting Gary has his own theory there all the time and remember that day.” on my fire coat that day that a as Butane on nearby Church Street of what caused the buildsince 1958. She remembers being in prior chief of the volunteer deing to burn so fast. The rounding establishments hurriedly the office when the fire started. She partment walked up to me and said, building had wooden floors, and he said there will never be another store rushed customers out. ‘I wouldn’t trade places with you for believes the chemicals used to clean like Bowden’s in Weatherford. Though the fire was massive, no all of the tea in China.’” them built up over time. “People came from Peaster, Brock, one was killed, and only two firemen Harris said the fire had such an ef“I feel sure once the fire started, received minor injuries. fect on him that it’s the reason he be- all over the county. You didn’t just go that fueled it dramatically,” he said. Barker bought the building from came the county fire marshal. He be- to Fort Worth like we do now,” she “And that elevator up to the third said. “It’s where you went to get your the Bowden family in 1976, and after lieves the official reason given for its floor, that was like a chimney.” opening the Barker-Bowden Depart- start, an errant cigarette still lit when Brownie uniform. It’s where you got Being mid-afternoon on a Saturment Store in College Park Shopping thrown away, is not the truth. your kids’ shoes. You just went there day, the fire drew a large crowd of Center in 1978, the building was used for so many things. “I didn’t believe that a fair investispectators, around 1,000 by most estimostly for storage. “That store and that building have gation was done, ” he said. “How did mates, watching as smoke escaped Parker County Fire Marshal Kurt been gone for a long time now, but this fire grow from a cigarette to what from the windows of the second and Harris was a captain with the Weaththose of us who saw it when it was in became one of the largest fires in third floors of the historic building. erford Fire Department at the time its glory will always remember how Weatherford’s history? Law enforcement officials blocked off and was in charge of the crew fightspecial it was.” “On that Saturday, Bowden’s was access for blocks around, and traffic

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sometimes question God, remember that righteous paths don’t always feel right, but where our Shepherd leads us is always right. It is important that we keep the right attitude, because having the wrong attitude can make the right path feel like the wrong thing. Having a bad attitude also makes it all about our own feelings and the path is not for us or about us at all. It is for His name’s sake. It is for His glory. It is for Him to be lifted up and glorified in our lives. Even when we can’t see around the bend, and we don’t understand the twists and turns along the way, we can trust our Shepherd to guide us. He loves us and cares for us and wants all good things for us. He knows how the journey ends and what lies down the road and He has you in the palm of His hand. But the path of righteousness is like the light of dawn that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. Proverbs 4:18

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The Enduring Word

Local man takes traveling museum of Biblical artifacts all over the world by Rick Mauch Hoopla Correspondent


Rusty Maisel holds a page from the original Gutenberg Bible.

Just over a quarter century ago, Rusty Maisel had a heavenly idea. Ever since, he’s been taking that idea to other folks - literally. Rusty is the creator and curator of The Enduring Word, a traveling museum of Bibles and religious artifacts. Based out of his home in Weatherford, the museum regularly makes its way around the globe. “The museum is about to go to Denver, and then Wyoming in the next few weeks,” Rusty said. “Then, we’re looking at South and North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania. There’s San Antonio, and we may be going to Alabama.” More locally, it will be at the College Park Rehab Center in Weatherford April 8-9. Rusty, 75, got the idea for the museum years ago while he was in the graphic arts business. He said some


A replica of the Gutenberg Press made by Rusty and his associate, John Sliffe collectors wanted to put some ancient Bibles on exhibit in one of the local museums. He took some photographs of the artifacts and subsequently won a photo contest. SEE MUSEUM, P. 10

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berg press on which the aforementioned Bibles were made. Two are on display at the Museum of the Bible in From Page 9 Washington, D.C., Rusty said. Then, shortly after, a speaker, an Rusty, in fact, worked for the D.C. expert on the artifacts was unable to museum for about a decade as an offmake an appearance. Rusty, who had grounds liaison. become something of an expert himThe main parts of the traveling self, was asked to step in at the last exhibit cover the history of the Bible. minute. Two feature how the Bible came to “He said I should get out my portbe, and the third part exhibits the hisfolio of photographs, because I knew tory of Biblical printings. everything about the exhibit also,” Along with the Rusty said “So, af“The beautiful thing page from the Gutenter, I just kept doing that, and the collecis we’ll go anywhere berg Bible, the exhibit has a complete vertors gave me several we’re invited to go, sion of the original Bibles. That got my collection started.” and sometimes King James Bible. There’s a last printing And it’s been growthose are very of William Tyndale ing ever since. Rusty’s memorabilia ranges interesting places.” (1494-1536), who gave us the English Bible. from a page from the There’s even a proclamation in original Gutenberg Bible in the midstone from King Nebuchadnezzar II, 1400s to Bibles soldiers carried in who ruled Babylon circa 605 BC to their pockets while fighting in the 562 BC. world wars. “The beautiful thing is we’ll go “I have spent many years searchanywhere we’re invited to go, and ing, looking and getting to know sometimes those are very interesting other collectors,” Rusty said. “Over the years we’ve traded back and forth. places,” John said. For example, he and Rusty even You get to know people, and that’s made a presentation before a group important, because you have to be of atheists once. Rusty said the group able to trust people or you can get invited them, and it resulted in an intaken to the cleaners doing this.” teresting experience for all. Suffice to say, Rusty has done well “Several walked out, but we were in his searches. He and Associate Cuthere until 1 in the morning with rator John Sliffe even learned how to build replicas of the original Gutenthose who didn’t, answering ques-

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tions and engaging in conversation,” Rusty said. “We were supposed to be finished by 8.” Rusty said he and John have talked about finding a brick and mortar building for the museum. But he added that even if they do, they will continue to take it around for folks elsewhere to enjoy it. The museum

has made its way to places such as Hong Kong, Israel, and even the Vatican in Rome. “We haven’t been to all the states yet,” Rusty said with a grin. “But we’re getting there.” For more information on the museum, visit www.theenduringword. org or visit them on Facebook.



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er met a scrap I didn’t love” is her quilting philosophy. She loves anything bright and scrappy and looks March 2019 for the interplay of light and dark Weatherford newcomer Susan fabrics together. Wool applique and Mason started sewing at a very young age and her interest in quilt- hand stitching are also favorites. Talented, creative and artistic, ing picked up after retirement. Susan also knits, crochets and waMany of her quilts were created tercolors. She insists that anyone out of necessity as Susan, her husband Lee and their three daughters can be an artist with instruction and encourages going to classes braced some very cold winters in Edited by Margie E. Burke SUDOKUand just “doing it.” Montana. Difficulty: Easy A future sewing The comfort project will be crequilts Susan creHOW TO SOLVE: ating an art quilt ated were primipossibly from an tive. Each row must original painting. “They were contain the numbers Quilter's Guild of Parker County newcomer Susan Mason Sewing quilts made out of what1 to 9; each column to benefit causes, ever was around. must contain the especially the NaI used sheets for numbers 1 to 9; and tional MS Society, backing and old A watercolor by Susan Mason each set of 3 by 3 is an ongoing goal tattered blankets boxes must contain for Susan. She just completed a for batting but they served their the numbers 1 to 9. raffle quilt for the MS Walk in April purpose.” Personal Customer Service and also plans to participate in the While looking for a retreat from (Answer appears elsewalk. She feels working together the harsh winter weather in MonSALES, SERVICES & ACCESSORIES where in this issue) with others on projects for chartana, they visited the Weatherford Sewing • Quilting • Embroidery • Serger Machines ity is a perfect opportunity to build area and decided this would be A Complete Service Of Your Sewing, $ friendships and help others. their new home. Embroidery Or Serger Machine Copyright The Puzzle Susan2019 andbyLee enjoySyndicate traveling Soon, Susan joined the Quilter’s to visit their children and grandGuild of Parker County to meet 817-599-6643 2201 FT. WORTH HWY. , WEATHERFORD other quilters, share ideas and con- children. When back in Montana, TUES.-FRI. 9:30 A.M. - 6 P.M. • SAT. 9:30 A.M.-5 P.M. Susan continues her meetings with tinue learning new skills. WWW.SEWINGWORLDINC.COM A Dear Jane quilt in 1930s repro- the local quilt group, The Commu“A stitch above the rest.” nity Hall Quilters. duction fabrics has been Susan’s Members of the guild are pleased most loved project to date and took to have Susan as a new member. five years to complete. “I’ve nevLess Money + More Service = Knight



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Money Matters by Mary H. McDow Edward Jones Adviser

It’s been 107 years this month since the tragedy of the Titanic. Of course, this disaster has fascinated the world ever since, leading to books, movies, musicals and, ultimately, a successful search for the big ship’s remains. On the positive side, commercial shipping lines learned a great deal from the Titanic, resulting in safer travel across the oceans. And as an investor, you, too, may be able to draw some important lessons from what happened on that cold April night more than a century ago. So, to avoid some “titanic” investment mistakes, consider the following: n Create a financial strategy with a solid foundation. Although considered a technological marvel, the Titanic had some real structural, foundational flaws – such as compartments that weren’t fully watertight. To withstand


Try to avoid ‘Titanic’ investment mistakes the inevitable rough seas ahead, your investment strategy needs a strong foundation, based on your needs, goals, family situation, risk tolerance and time horizon. n Be receptive to advice. The Titanic’s crew had received plenty of Marconi wireless warnings from other ships about ice in the area. Yet they did not take precautions, such as slowing down. When you invest, you can benefit from advice from a financial professional – someone who can caution you when you’re making dangerous moves, such as pursuing inappropriate investments, which could ultimately damage your prospects for success. n Be prepared for anything. The Titanic had far fewer lifeboats than it needed, resulting in a tragic loss of life that could have been prevented. As an investor, you need to be prepared for events that could jeopardize your financial well-being, and that of your family. So, at a minimum, you need to maintain adequate life and disability

insurance. And it’s also a good idea to build an emergency fund containing six to 12 months’ worth of living expenses, with the money kept in a liquid, low-risk account n Don’t overreact to perceived threats. When the iceberg loomed directly ahead, the Titanic’s crew frantically tried to steer clear of it. While this move was understandable, it inadvertently hastened the ship’s demise, because it exposed a more vulnerable part of the hull to the huge ice mass. When you invest, you might also be tempted to overreact when facing perceived dangers – for example, if the financial markets plunge, you might think about selling your stocks. This is often a bad idea, especially if you’re taking a big loss on your sales. If your investments are still fundamentally solid, you might well be better off by staying patient and waiting for the markets to recover. n Give yourself time to reach your goals. Edward J. Smith, the Titanic’s

captain, apparently wanted to break speed records on the Atlantic crossing – and this desire may have contributed to his somewhat reckless passage through fields of ice. As an investor, you could also run into problems if you rush toward a goal. To illustrate: If you wanted to retire at 65 with a certain amount of money, but you didn’t start saving and investing until you reached 55, you’d likely have to put a lot more away each year, and possibly invest a lot more aggressively, than if you had started investing when you were 30. n Put to work some of the Titanic’s lessons – they might help you improve your chances of smooth sailing toward all your important financial goals.

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It began nearly a dozen years ago, with a few artists getting together to paint and share their artwork with fellow artists. This tradition still continues as local artists get together each Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. at Weatherford’s Hobby Lobby classroom.

Watercolor by Jill Harper

Pictured below are Wednesday artists: (from left) Beverly Freeman, Carrol Richardson, Jerry Shidal, Jill Harper, Judy Draper, and Liza Hartman. Artists work in a number of different media, including watercolor, oils and acrylics. Some have been painting for a long time, and others are just getting

started. This group is open to the public, there is no charge, and you do not have to be a member of the Weatherford Art Association to join the fun. This group and other local artists are teaming up to bring readers a calendar page worthy of framing each month.

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Hoopla: News and Entertainment for Parker County Residents 55+

April 2019

Nine point property improvement plan In last month’s issue of Hoopla, we discussed how to prepare your home to sell for top dollar. In that installment, we stressed the critically important step of a professional Market Readiness Evaluation of your home to assure: n Market Preparedness n Fair Market Valuation n Prime Market Period n Avoiding the DOoMs Day Curse The goal is to ensure your home can meet the all-important dual goals of selling quickly and fetching top-dollar. We talked about getting your home ready for market and stressed the importance of first impressions as a key to creating buyer interest. Now let’s look at how we are going to get there. The following tips will get your home ready for market and help you get top-dollar when it sells. 1) First and foremost; be honest with yourself and your agent when doing research and comparisons. How does your home compare with others in your neighborhood and market area? Your Realtor can provide you with comparable market data to help in your evaluation. 2) Remember, first impressions

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Parker County Realtor Keller Williams Realty

are lasting ones . Fix-up, clean-up and de-clutter your entire home and property. Minimizing clutter is critical. If necessary, rent a storage facility for items that are not essential to your everyday life. 3) Make sure your entire yard and landscaping is trimmed and well-watered while your home is on the market. 4) For a tiny investment you can create a positive and lasting curbside impression by simply placing some colorful flowering plants in pots near the front entry of your home. 5) I don’t want to come across as sexist, but women are the key to selling homes. Women especially care about kitchens and bathrooms. Invest the most money there in order to maximize potential offer prices. 6) Want a simple low-cost tip that can bring huge returns? Upgrade and modernize faucets and lighting fixtures, replace electri-

cal switch and outlet covers, and install new door knobs and strike plates on all entry doors. If any hinges are painted, scratched or dull, replace them as well. A couple hundred dollars spent for new hinges, door knobs, plus switch and outlet plates can add thousands to a buyer’s offer. A few hundred dollars spent here will almost guarantee a faster sale, and an additional $5,000 to $10,000 in your pocket. 7) Evaluate the paint in every room of your home and consider repainting walls and baseboards if the paint is dull, oxidized, or more than five years old. Nothing shows and sells better than clean, freshly painted walls and baseboards. At least, wash all walls and repaint baseboards. 8) At a minimum, have carpets professionally cleaned and make sure vinyl, hardwood or laminate flooring is scrubbed and waxed or

sealed. It usually is not worth the expense to replace worn flooring. Be prepared to offer a flooring allowance instead. 9) And finally, you can contact me to receive a free white paper titled “Preparing for The Home Inspection.” All this may come across as being time consuming and potentially expensive. Just keep in mind, that a few hundred dollars expense and a couple of weekends of home improvement can mean several thousand more dollars in your pocket at close of escrow. Ask your agent to refer you to a handyman, or professionals that can handle the items you don’t have time or the skills to tackle yourself. For more information, or a courtesy evaluation of your home, contact Jim Young, Realtor Keller Williams Realty DFW Metro SW at 682-239-1817.

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Inclusive holiday fun for those with dementia Healthy Fun

by Janet Standifer Parker County Dementia Care Trainer

Question: Easter is coming up and I’m not sure what I can do with my grandmother who has dementia. Answer: If you are spending Easter with loved ones who are living with dementia, there are plenty of simple activities that the whole family can enjoy. While doing some of the activities, play favorite songs softly in the background. Get loved ones involved after you’ve started an activity. Consider the time of the day. Morning may be better for activities since they should be rested. Do not force them to participate. Just encourage them to join the fun. Try again later if they are not ready. n Take a trip down memory lane by reminiscing about past Easter and spring memories, or even watch Easter-influenced movies. n Decorate Easter eggs. Maybe draw a design first then have your

loved one dye or paint it. n Stuff plastic eggs with goodies that are to be hidden. n Go on an egg hunt if your loved one can move around easily. He or she can assist with hiding or helping the children look for eggs or even just enjoy the beautiful gardens. n Prepare the Easter meal together, doing simple, safe tasks such as stirring, prepping food, and gathering items. n Make Easter cards. Be sure to set up the task and assist if needed. n Make an Easter tree by cutting branch cuttings that still have spring buds and flowers on them. Arrange them in a vase of water then hang decorated painted eggs, simple Easter decorations and ribbons. Your loved one can assist with any part of this activity. n Have a sing-a-long with Easter songs. Celebrating Easter is important for your loved one’s physical and emotional health. Just keep in mind the change the routine can cause added stress. Try to keep the established routines as you plan for the holiday. Happy Easter. Have a wonderful time with your grandmother and other loved ones.


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It’s go time! The treadmill is running at full speed by now. I’m going to outline the most urgent topics for the prime time of spring. Plant: n Trees, shrubs and groundcovers. Nurseries have outstanding selections now. Protect plants by wrapping them on the way home. Highway winds will burn their tender foliage. n Color plants for the warm months ahead: wax begonias, Dragon Wing begonias, suntolerant coleus, marigolds, zinnias, pentas, angelonias, purple fountaingrass, fanflowers, and, as soil warms, caladiums, moss rose, lantanas, hybrid purslane, firebush and copper plants. n Warm-season vegetables including beans, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, peppers, corn, melons. n New lawns from sod. Wait to plant bermuda from seed until soils are much warmer in mid-May or June.


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Prune: n Winter-damaged growth from shrubs, vines. n Spring-flowering shrubs, vines once their flowering season has passed. n Growing tips out of mums, fall asters, Mexican bush salvias, other perennials that tend to become lanky. Fertilize: n Almost all of your plants with all-nitrogen fertilizer by Neil Sperry where half is Gardening Expert in slow-release form. n Newly dug and transplanted trees and shrubs with liquid root stimulator monthly this first growing season. n Patio containers with watersoluble, high-nitrogen plant food with each watering. Add a timedrelease fertilizer for sustained feeding as well.

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On the lookout: n Snails, slugs and pillbugs feeding on tender new growth. Use Sevin dust or bait a pie pan filled with beer. The pests drown in the beer. I’ve had the same good results when I’ve left dry dog food in a shallow bowl, then found the bowl full of water after a rain or after the sprinklers had run. The fermenting dog food attracts the snails and pill bugs into the bowl, where they drown. n Dichondra, poison ivy and other broadleafed weeds. Apply 2,4-D broadleafed weedkiller spray directly to the plants’ leaves. Be patient – it will take several days to see measureable results. Next, let’s discuss tomatoes...

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n Neil’s Plant of the Month: Tomatoes No other vegetable even comes close to its popularity. Almost every garden has a tomato plant or two. Some have dozens. But in Texas tomatoes can spell real frustration. I have several tips to give you the best possible chance at success. n Full sun is essential. While they’ll tolerate a couple of hours of afternoon shade, tomatoes’ productivity will drop very rapidly when you grow them in much more than that. n Plant in raised beds. Tomatoes need perfect drainage. By elevating them 4 to 6 inches above the surrounding grade you’ll ensure that excess water will drain away quickly during rainy spells. n Plant in highly organic soil. Incorporate 4 or 5 inches of finely ground pine bark mulch, compost, rotted manure, sphagnum peat moss and 1 inch of expanded shale. Rototill to a depth of 12 inches. n Grow small to mid-sized varieties. Large-fruiting types won’t set fruit in the heat. Best types include Red Cherry, Yellow Pear, Sweet 100, Porter, Roma and Celebrity. Avoid Big Boy, Beefsteak and the large heirloom types. You’ll only get a few fruit per plant with those varieties. n Grow tomatoes in wire cages. This isn’t a must, but it’s a great

help in maintaining high quality by keeping the ripening fruit up off the ground. Cages should be 16 to 17 inches in diameter and 48 inches tall. Concrete reinforcing wire works well. n Keep your plants moist (but not wet) at all times. Let all of their side shoots (“suckers”) develop. n Use a high-nitrogen plant food to promote vigorous growth. Tomatoes bloom on new growth. n Thump the flower clusters to cause pollen to shake loose within the clusters. Tomatoes are pollinated by vibration of wind, not by bees. n If your tomatoes crack, or if birds start pecking them full of holes, harvest the fruit as they start to turn pink and let them ripen indoors on a bright countertop. They’ll suffer no loss of flavor or nutritional value.

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n Neighbors We’ll Miss n Marilyn Jane Vermeland, 86 n John Pilkington, 78 March 13, 2019 February 27, 2019

n John Thompson Sr., 81 February 19, 2019

n Judith Cassels, 79 March 13, 2019

n Nelda Johnson, 73 February 26, 2019

n Marvin Blackwell, 85 February 18, 2019

n Glenda Brow, 90 March 11, 2019

n David O’Glee, 29 February 26, 2019

n Gerrilyn Brock, 71 February 18, 2019

n Adina Jobe, 101 March 9, 2019

n Mary Lou Collins, 81 February 25, 2019

n Jan Westbrook, 65 February 18, 2019

n Clois Bridges, 86 March 8, 2019

n Virgil Fulton, 80 February 23, 2019

n Donna Eller, 59 February 17, 2019

n Viola Ellis, 95 March 7, 2019

n Rosalie Eaton, 95 February 22, 2019

n Bonnie Youngblood, 81 February 17, 2019

n Barbara Ellerbrook, 80 March 7, 2019

n John Wise, 94 February 21, 2019

n Charles Williams, 84 February 16, 2019

n Lachelle Edwards, 54 March 5, 2019

n Nellie Brown, 73 February 20, 2019

n Joyce Earley, 55 February 14, 2019

n Lelah Fuller, 85 March 3, 2019

n Lois Ann Ward McKown, 85 February 19, 2019 n Richard Wooten, 61 February 19, 2019

n Tommy Loudres, 80 February 11, 2019 n Frederick McKenzie, 84 February 11, 2019

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