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Filling Auntie’s Purse While Zipping Down Old Highway 80

My cousin, Patty currently struggles with cancer. Family stories seem to cheer her up a bit as well as events she and I shared. This family story is for Patty. I ask that God grant her peace and comfort.  

It was summer 1950 on Old Highway 80 between Pecos and El Paso, Texas. Aunt Maggie instigated this family trip by suggesting, “We need to visit our El Paso relatives.” Darrell and Auntie sat on a bench seat in front. Darrell’s wife Mille, his daughter Patty and I piled into the back.

The road felt smooth and straight until we began to navigate hills and twists in the highway around Van Horn, Texas. Hills gradually grew into craggy desert mountains filled with mesquites, cedars, and brush. An occasional tumble week crossed our path as Darrell continued our drive west. Without air conditioning, hot, dusty air assaulted us through the open car windows. Continue reading

Where the Heck Is The Missing Finger?

From the Mouth of Joe Glover: Where the Heck is the Missing Finger? (WW I)

Although I was only 12 years old in 1910, I left my mama and sisters and traveled to West Texas. Was I scared? Heck yes! I didn’t want to do it but my older brothers convinced me that leaving home would be the best way to help the family survive. I joined my brothers in a dusty little town called, Pecos, Texas. We lived with our Uncle Bob Couch. Finger Wr

Even in quiet little Pecos, people began to talk about going to war in Europe. In 1914, Preston and Holsey joined the army. As soon as I turned 16, I followed them by joining the navy. Mama was devastated. All three of her sons shipped off to war. No one knew what would happen or how long the war would last.

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