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• HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, FEBRUARY t4, 2014 11 "As I Remen Editor's Note: Loagtime Lordsburg resident, historian, storyteller and poet Allen "Hook" Hill has written hun, dreds of stories and po- .'er by Allen "Hook" Hill John wanted because he liked working with horses a lot more than he did punch- ing cows. His main concern was mov- was six feet four inches tall and when he mounted the gray he could hit lais spurs together un- der his belly• The little gray was pretty skittish. He would shy from any- ems. Back in the 1980s he began writing a col- umn entitled "As I Re- 'member" With his per- mission, these columns have been dusted off and will appear in the Hidalgo County Herald Allen from time to time. Hook, who is 92, still lives in Lordsburg. This column appeared in the Lordsburg Liberal on September 29, 1989. By ALLEN "HOOK" HILL/ Lordsburg We are in the middle of true cowboy stories as they hap- pened to John Gruwell. We'll tell you this week of a bronc ride. In the spring of 1932 John rode into the Double Dobe Dia- mond A camp to go to work for the Victorio Land and Cattle Company. When he arrived, the camp wagon was loaded and set up in preparation for the spring roundup. Leo. McKinney was the company superintenderft and Jack Bass was the wagon boss John's job was that of horse wrangler. It was exactly the job Hook Hill ing the 165 head of horses in the remuda from one camp to another whenever the camp moved. In order to be able to handle the large number of horses alone he had to have a very good mount, himself. At first the wrangler job went pretty smooth but during the first part of the roundup some of the company officials went over near Alamogordo, N. M., and brought back two car- loads of wild broncs of all ages. Some were so old they were gray headed. They hired a bronc buster by the name of Jerald Bounds to break them. He soon had five head ready to turn over to John. Four of the five were good-looking horses and he figured they would work in to serviceable mounts. He decided to tangle with the fifth, which was a little gray Natural Pacer that weighed 0nly seven or eight hundred pounds. John Umi Garrett Umi Garrett to perform at WNMU on Feb. 22 Submitted by GCCCA/Silver City On Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Fine Arts Center Theater on the W.N.M.U. campus, the Grant County Community Concert As- sociation will present the young piano sensation Umi Garrett. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. In May 2009, 8-year-old piano prodigy Umi Garrett appeared on NB's The Ellen DeGeneres show. Her performance was such a sensa- tion that her young career has since skyrocketed, and she has re- ceived requests to perform worldwide and has appeared regularly with symphony orchestras in the U.S. and around the world. Now at the age of 13, Umi's most recent accomplishments include winning first prizes in several international competitions. Her performances thrilled the audiences with brilliant playing and charm, earning enthusiastic standing ovations and establishing Umi as a definitive rising star in classical music. Outside of the United States, the young pianist has thrilled classical patrons in theatres from Panama to the Netherlands and beyond. Umi has performed solo concerts in Italy, Poland, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg, Australia, Japan and Panama. A devout student of the piano, Umi is currently studying at the Colburn School of Music. She resides in Southern California and speaks both English and Japanese fluently. Besides playing piano, Umi enjoys playing with her friends, drawing, going to the art muse- ums and traveling throughout Europe. Tickets for Umi Garrett for non-subscribers Will be $20 for adults and $5 for students to age 17. Tickets can be purchased at Alotta Gelato or Western Stationers in Silver City, online at or in the lobby at the time of the concert. GCCCA has just announced its 2014-15 program• Full informa- tion and Early Bird subscriptions will be available at the concert for just $45 for the full season and are also now available at 14. Following this year's regular season, a special concert featuring Midori on April 2P t represents a rare opportunity to hear the world famous violinist. Tickets for this concert will be sold separately. For further information, call 538-5862 or go to thing that moved on the ground, and each time the rider moved in the saddle the gray tried to jump out from under him. He was difficult to ride because his only gait was pacing and he was quite inclined to pitch for the slightest reason. However, he was easy enough to saddle and responded quite well to the reins but no one had ever been on him outside a corral when John first got him. During the first meeting be- tween horse and cowboy the pony stood quietly while Jerald, the bronc buster, saddled him up. Then the gray valked around the corral like a gentle kitten. Jerald loped him around a bit and demonstrated how well he reined and at length brought the gray over to John. John told him to dismount and let him have a try at it. The buster re- moved his saddle and John put his saddle on--all nice and easy--then he led the pony about forty feet outside the cor- ral. He unsnapped his quirt as he went along. What iook place after that can best be described by John himself as follows: "When I went to get on the gray I got a firm grip on his head and pulled it around against his left shoulder. I put my left foot in the stirrup and before the horse knew what I was doing I mounted him. As I got seated in the saddle I turned his head loose and caught my right stir- rup at the same time. I hit him on the right flank with my quirt and he jumped as high and as far as he could• Before he hit the ground I hit him on the right shoulder. "I caught his'rhythm right off and every time he hit the ground I whacked him with the quirt. He bucked for quite a spell but finally got winded and took off on a high run. At last I slowed him down and headed. him back to the corral. As I unsaddled him and turned him loose, I said to myself, TI1 bet that gray bronc thought old Jerald Bounds sure enough must have gone on a wild drunk to treat him like that.'" Hook hook june @ Douglas is Warrior of the Week Submitted by NAVY PUBLIC AF- FAIRS SUPPORT ELEMENT/ Norfolk, VA Navy Seaman Calandra Dou- glas, daughter of Theodoro Castillo, of Lordsburg, N.M., and Rebecca Galvan, of Tucson, Ariz., was recently selected as USS Harry S. Truman's (CV.N 75) War- rior of the Week. Douglas was chosen as the top performer from amongst all the Sailors assigned to the com- mand and was cited for outstand- ing professional accomplish- ment, proficiency, leadership, ini- tiative and military bearing• Douglas is a 2002 graduate of Palo Verde High School. Tuc- son. Ariz. We Will Help You Keep More Of YOUR MONEYt A house by lne side ( f the road in Cotton City By DR. HOSEZELL BLASHICot- and down Highway 338 to trans- side of the road, ! can see and ton City let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to men. (Robert Louis Stevenson) When I was a lad, my sister Levonia used to recite the poem, '% House by the Side of thel Road". Teach- ers of the el- ementary and high schools re- quired students to learn this poem and "it echoed from many house- holds. Although I heard this poem many times, my little mind as a child just could not grasp its meaning and signifi- cance. But, when I grew older and more mature, I better understood its underlying meaning. S o with all re spect and allowing me to move to another .t level, let me ................. live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to men. I have entertained men with my life ex- periences, travel experiences and biblical informati'on. As I live in a house by the side of the road (and I'm glad I do), 1 meet and greet a variety of men: • Black men (few) White men Latiuo men Baptist men Catholic men Cowboy men Mormon men And other men, women and children. Many of these men drive up act business. Many of them are very kind and wave and nod at me as they pass by. And I often say to myself, "Go on and make my day". This is exactly what Clint Eastwood said. And when they wave and nod at me as they pass by, it sets my day in the right direction. While trav- elling Highway 338, some of these men are very compassion- ate and pull off the road to meet and greet me. "Hello. Where are you from?" "How long have you been living in Cotton City?" "Welcome to Cotton City!" Some of these men welcome, me to this Valley. Some of these Highway 338, Cotton City men bring bread and fresh veg- etables. Some of these men dropped me off a cake for my birthday. One man introduced me to Mexican music. (Beseme mucho). Gracias, gracias. By living by the side of the road, I meet and see great people, kind people and people who love people. Barbara Streisand brings this out so vividly when she sings, "People who need people"• I'm so glad that I live by the side of the road. There are many advantages to do so. By living in a house by the watch rich men who drive by. They seem to be happy and do • not have to worry about where their milk, bread and other basic needs are coming .from. Don't build my house far from the side of the road, so I can- not be a friend to men. I will be unhappy. When you place a sign in front of your property that reads "No Trespassing", "Private Prop- erty", "Keep Out!", "Violators Will Be Prosecuted" and "Do Not Disturb", I feel dispirited because this paints a false picture of me. These signs indicate very little love and sympathy for human mankind. "Leave me alone and don't bother me" is a sad way to live. No man is an island; he is part of the continent. So, let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to men. By living in a house by the side of the road, I can see and watch poor men pass by. These men seem kind and will wave happily• These men most likely need a help- ing hand with food and ba- sic human needs. What will you do? By liv- ing in a house by the side of the road, I watch and see dishonest men drive by. If given a chance, these men will rob one of his earthly possessions. They, too, need help. And by living in a house by the side of the road, I also see and watch good men, bad men, sad men, happy men and lonely men. They are part of the American fab- ric. Each group has a special mes- sage to share. So, let me live in a house by the side of the road to be a friend to men. Dr. Hosezell Btash can be reached by email at hosezellblash I @ aol. com Fast Approval 00Build Your Credit I00No Checking ,Account Neeoeo l00No Hassles Call Us Today! WE OFFER PROFESSIONAL :-. 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