Posted Tuesday, February 02, 2010 @ 10:34 AM)
A Century Later
Joe Holt Anderson and Lena Lorice Kerely were married Wednesday, February 2, 1910 in Chillicothe, Texas, in the middle of a blizzard, making it difficult for their guests to come, even in the small town.
The Kerley family came to Hardeman County (where Chillicothe and Quanah are) in 1890, and Joe arrived in 1906. The couple lived in Quanah, Beeville, and San Antonio before returning to Chillicothe at the outbreak of World War I. Joe worked in the Navy Yards at Norfolk, Virginia, during the war and opened a sheet metal shop after returning to Chillicothe.
To increase his volume of business, Joe mounted his equipment on a small truck and went from gin to gin over the area to do on-the-spot repair work. Within a comparatively short time, his talent was in demand.
In 1933, he opened a shop in Quanah and moved his family there in 1936, at which time he moved the Chillicothe shop to Lubbock. Two men were employed by Anderson Sheet Metal Works when it opened in Quanah, but in 1983 34 men were required to turn out gin equipment in the Quanah plant for gins throughout the cottonbelt of the United States and Mexico.
Although his business required a great deal of his time, Joe found time to be an outstanding civic leader in the community. He was widely known for his work as a layman in the Methodist Church and served in many capacities in Chillicothe and Quanah. He was active in the I.O.O.F. Lodge, Lions Club, was president of the Chamber of Commerce and Quanah Independent School District Board. He headed Salvation Army and United Fund drives and was a member of the Hardeman County Hospital Board. During World War II he served on the draft board.
Lena was active in the Methodist Church and in clubs in Quanah. She was educated before marriage at a Roberts Business Collegebusiness college in Bowie, Texas.
Joe invented the cottonhouse valve system and held patent number 1995464 on it, the patent being issued "this twenty-sixth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and thirty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and fifty-ninth." The patent description states:
Joe also invented the traveling telescope, which uses a vacuum action to suck cotton bolls from trailers into cotton gins, but he did not hold the patent on this invention. Although the patent was stolen from him, he paid for the use of the device, while the offending company declined to pay for the patent he did hold.
Joe and Lena tithed for 57 years. From a Texas Methodist article about Joe in 1961:
Joe was born Old English, Red River County, Texas, November 29, 1887 and died February 13, 1972. Lena was born December 24, 1988, in Mexia, Linestone County, Texas, and died December 9, 1966.
Joe and Lena were the parents of Lena Lorice Anderson Barnes, the mother of Lynda Lorice Sparkman and John Anderson Barnes; Alma Ellen Anderson Breedlove, the mother of Mary Ellen Prescott, Barbara B. Rollins, Carol Truitt, and Kathy Gaebler; and Joe Holt Anderson, Jr., the father of Judith Anderson and Gwen Urguidi. Their impact lives on, thriving.
Posted Sunday, January 03, 2010 @ 8:16 PM)
A Time for Verse
I have neglected to say my latest single-author book (well, my latest book, period) is now out. A Time for Verse, poetic ponderings on Ecclesiastes was written as my attempt to figure out the idea of meditation. My mind races so quickly, it's difficult to stay focused. In trying to respond on screen to the text of Ecclesiastes, I was able to surprise myself sometimes and certainly grow from it. Some of you have been kind enough to say you appreciated my allowing you to read drafts (allowing? I was honored you would!) that it seemed appropriate to publish it. This makes the tenth book of Silver Boomer Books, though it was published under our Eagle Wings Press imprint. That number ten marks a significant step, a "legitimatization" of Silver Boomer Books as a real publishing company.
We began Silver Boomer Books with the anthologies Silver Boomers, prose and poetry by and about baby boomers published in March, 2008 and followed in August by Freckles to Wrinkles. Then in 2009, we goosed up production and branched into single-author books with Slender Steps to Sanity - 12-Step Notes of Hope by OAStepper, compulsive eater, followed soon by Writing Toward the Light - A Grief Journey by Laura Flett, both under the Eagle Wings Press imprint. The last four months, we published three books under the Laughing Cactus Press imprint: Poetry Floats - New and Selected Philosophy-Lite by Jim Wilson, Bluebonnets, Boots and Buffalo Bones by Sheryl L. Nelms, and not so GRIMM - gentle fables and cautionary tales by Becky Haigler. Under Silver Boomer Books we added This Path, the third anthology and a progeny of Silver Boomers and Freckles to Wrinkles, and, as a single-author book, Song of County Roads by Ginny Greene.
Thanks, folks, for your support and encouragement. We're in this for the long haul and hope to become your favorite publisher, and that of most people you know!
I published this blog entry, then it occurred to me to come back and say yes, you can buy the books! You could get there from the earlier links in this email, but the quick way is www.SilverBoomerBooks.com/buy.html.
Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 @ 4:28 PM)
Thanks for your service
Jeffrey and Samantha are on the road, headed this way. I had something I wanted to post for Christmas but I'm afraid I won't get it copied and posted if I don't do it now, so...
Where they had received them, the messes served their special Christmas rations: canned turkey, canned cranberries, canned everything. It was one of those meals that the army seems to save up for weeks in advance – one of those with which they try to make up for weeks of corned beef hash.
Up in the medical company of a Negro regiment in this division, the "Medical Harmonaires," a quartet that could give some real competition to their radio namesakes, switched from spirituals to carols. They were beautiful.
The field chapel services were packed – as usual, but a bit more so.
Where there had been fighting before, the fighting continued – but you've heard of that in much greater detail than the soldier in Korea ever hears. He's always too close for perspective.
The soldier joked as usual about the talking the diplomats were probably doing as usual. If his Christmas packages had arrived, he opened them. Many packages hadn't.
It wasn't much of a Christmas, but the soldier did his best with it.
Thanks, soldiers still in Korea. Thanks, soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, wherever. Thanks for your service. Have a really merry Christmas!
Posted Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 10:20 AM)
Why do you get publicity when you don't want it? Why can't I get the kind I want?
The kind I want is the blatant advertising like I put on this blog last. I'd love toget the word out about our books and publishing company. And we're getting there. In the process, I now have a presence on facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn. I don't quite know what to do with them, but I'm learning, including actually having an ad on facebook right now thta I'm pretty excited about. It's been running since the 25th and has had 25,741 times it was shown and 48 times it was clicked on taking them to the call for submissions for Eagle Wings Press, and we've gotten some pretty good submissions during that time. It's exciting. So. That's good publicity.
And bad? I decided not to run for reelection, a decision that had to be made public by the end of the deadline for filing for the office, December 3, 2009 through January 4, 2010. The primary election is in March, the general election in November, and the end of the term December 31, 2010. But to be fair to the lawyers wanting to run for it, I had to say earlier that I'm not running for reelection, so that of course got picked up by the media and in the newspaper and on TV, and everybody knows. And everybody feels the need to comment on it. And I want them to forget about it for at least a year. And they won't. But, in talking about not running, I keep trying to get information out about my plans to work fulltime with the publishing company. And that keeps getting ignored by the press. Except for the newspaper that said I was going to work with the family publishing company. Oh well, all publicity is good publicity? But that's the subject of this diatribe.
I heard a case on Friday. When it had previously been set, I heard announced on the TV the night before that the dog, the subject of the cruelty to animals suit, would be in my courtroom for the hearing. I was displeased. The hearing that day was postponed for other reasons. I had informed security they were not to allow a dog into the courthouse, and I told the courtoom crowd that day that I controlled the courtroom, not the news media or anybody else, and there would be NO dogs in my courtroom when evidence could be presented in any other way, such as a video or pictures. Well, no attempt was made to bring the dog this time. We did have an audience for the non-jury trial. But there was nothing in the paper, and if there was TV coverage, I didn't see it. I don't mind the media. But I don't seek them out. Except when I do.
Posted Saturday, October 03, 2009 @ 8:47 AM)
Housekeeping and Deciding
Life is good. It's not so exciting I need to blog about it here often. But it's good. Last week we turned out three new books. Now, if Silver Boomer Books was a huge publisher, that might not be a big deal. But when they numbers six, seven, and eight, that's rather impressive. Along with book five which we got the last couple of days of August, that makes four in a month, doubling the inventory. They are:
So. That's where I've been. I think I'm going to use this not just to talk about my life (present tense) but to look back at my life (past tense) and to use this for a drafting board for my parts in the books we're doing next including one on Grandmas and Grandpas, one on recipes and family memories, and one on early reading experiences that led to a lifetime of books. (See calls for submission for the last two on the Silver Boomer Books website.)
Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2009 @ 11:22 AM)
I haven't posted in forever. I'm doing well, running a publishing company with my partners Ginny Greene, Becky Haigler, and Kerin Riley-Bishop at Silver Boomer Books. I promise to come back here and post more if this will still post to my site. Just checking.
Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2009 @ 10:08 PM)
Way Too Long!
Obviously last August I intended to blog more often. Obviously, I did not. I won't make more false promises, but my intentions are to keep this a great deal more current.
In the car this morning, it took a radio host on the East Coast to tell me it was April 21, San Jacinto Day, here in Texas and wherever former students and fans of Texas A&M might find themselves. So tonight I found myself at my very first Aggie Muster. I've always had a great respect for Muster. But today it was special. My father, Sam R. Breedlove, died Christmas Eve. At his funeral, my Aggie son set it up so we could go out to the Aggie War Hymn played "Loud enough!" Daddy was a remarkable man. A poem I wrote about him, one published last year in Silver Boomers describes his past:
Daddy, May I?
They Call the Roll
Thanks, Daddy. Sam R. Breedlove, June 22, 1915 - December 24, 2008.
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