Kissin’ Kuzzins: Down for the count

Published 8:29 am Wednesday, February 21, 2018

By Dickie Dixon

Belated birthdays February birthdays 15th:  John Grigsby 17th:  Andrea Little, Willie McQueen, Jr. 18th:  Steve Barnes, Jimmy Poskey 19th:  Buddy Litton, Anita Martin 20th: Pamela Cara Cherry Manley, Wanda Goolsbee, Rhonda Smith 21st:  Cindy Reese

For Posterity’s Eyes February birthdays 22nd:  Loriann Rhodes, Misty Tatum Lowery 24th:  Kevin McGaughey, Helen Ruth Gaspard 25th:  Scott Taylor, Lola Reaves, Page Fowler, Roxanne (Walker) Lathan  26th:  Diana Wendt, Judy Ramsey, Augustan Gaspard, Jr.  27th: Helen Vela Baskin, Kenneth Estes 29th:  Taylor Grigsby 28th:  Tom Hermes March birthdays 2nd:  Ihna Rubright, Jack Hester

Down for the Count One year while I was working on my Bachelors at Stephen F. Austine State University, I worked as an election clerk at the courthouse box in downtown Lufkin.  The election judge for that box was my father—a job he had done for many years.  My political science professors at SFASU would have been proud of me if they had known I was “getting my hands dirty” doing hands-on, in-the-trenches political work.

On March 6th, I will carry on my father’s tradition of serving as a voting precinct judge here in Lufkin, Texas.  Now things have progressed quite a lot technologically since those days I hand counted those ballots with Mrs. Pauline Slover, Robert Poland’s mother-in-law.  They put us down a hallway, just past the deed room of the county clerk’s office as I recall, and it was long and tedious.  Those workers would have marveled at the push a button technology and print it out technology we have today.  Nevertheless, from 7:00 a.m., when the polls opened, until 7:00 p.m., when the polls closed, all of us working with my Dad that day were down for the count.

Save the Date! East Texas Archeology Conference, Saturday, February 24, 2018 University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas. For more information, call Tom Guderjan.

Saturday, March 3, 2018 Vernon Historical and Genealogical Society (VH&GS) meeting
The VH&GS will hold their monthly meeting on March 3, 2018 in the meeting room of the Vernon Parish Library located at 1401 Nolan Trace, Leesville, LA.  The guest speaker will be Mrs. Billie Grunden, a Louisiana native who currently resides in Jasper, Texas.  The topic of her presentation will be “The Southern Claims Commission”.  These records are a source of historical and genealogical information from the Civil War period.  The meeting begins at 12:30PM.  For more information, call (337) 239-0537.
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