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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017 7 Just A Thought A Picture From The Past By EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy IDA KERR WALTER AND THE JOHN A.,JOHNSON, JR. HISTORIC PHOTO COLLECTION By RICK KRAFT Wouldn't it be nice if we each had a "reset" button? What if there were a button we could push and just start life all over again? Comput- ers have them, cell phones have them, and even my hair dryer has one. Why were hu- mans not created with one also? I am sure God has his reasons. As you read this today, you have a his- tory. You have lived life to get to this point in time. You are at a location on the path of life that no one who has ever lived has ever been at..You were created special and you are one of a kind on your journey. Within you is a bundle of feelings and emotions and expe- riences that make up who you are. And 'who you wake up as today will directly impact what your experience is with your life to- day. With every step you take, you carry your history with you. Rick Kraft Within you is ugly baggage as well as awesome tools for suc- cess. Only you can choose how much you let your history con- trol your today. Something in the past that has hap- pened to you causes you to be anxious about something coming up in the days ahead. Some- one expects some- thing of you and you are not sure you can deliver or not sure if you even want to de- liver. Family is com- ing to visit, you have a big event on the horizon at work, or maybe you are heading up an activity in the weeks ahead. All of this and much more make up this thing called "life." Today you look forwards and to- day you look backwards. Unfor- tunately, looking either direction has the power to rob you of to- day. I think, history is important on our journey of life, but I also Leffers to the Editor The Hidalgo County Herald urges readers to voice JD ~e:~ their opinions by writ- ~b?~:~#~ ing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Mo- tel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to hcherald @ aznex .net. Letters should include ideas, viewpoints, criticism and news analysis that encourage discussion on issues that have an impact on the community. Facts must be annotated. Letters that contain information that cannot be easily verified, libelous statements or name calling will be rejected. Letters should be no longer than 250 words. An author may have a letter or guest opinion every 30 days. Letters must be signed. Credit is due Dear Editor, I was very fortunate to be able to witness the amazing year that brought the Basketball State Championship back to Loris. I don't think I am a very emotional man, but the Mavericks winning the Blue Trophy brought many tears to my eyes. To see my nephew DJ's dream come to life was a little overwhelming for me and to see Ray, his son, hugging him was a fantastic moment. I remember when DJ graduated from high school with a scholas- tic scholarship to NMSU, we all just knew he was going to be a rocket scientist, but he had other ideas. He wanted to be a coach and nowhere else, but in Lofts. I still remember in his s~eh to a LHS graduating class, he said, "Be what you want to be, not what other people expect you to be." What I understood him to say is, "Follow your dream, not somebody's else's?' By no means am I trying to take away the GREAT accom- plishment that these young men have achieved. Their hard work, their heart and, to me, the most impressive, was their unity & un- selfishness. Oh, by the way, did I mention their TALENT? I know all of these young men have been praised and told what fantastic players they are and rightly so. I would also like to give a very well-deserved credit to the man that put in all the tiring and un- selfish hours to lead these young men tO this Magic Season and for the great example he provided for these young men as they follow their "dream" in life. I know what an impact my coaches had in my life, like Coach Bohling & Coach De Foot. Years from now these young men will always remem- ber Coach DJ and the impact he had on their life. One thing I know about DJ, is he doesn't ex- pect anything in return and for the love of the game and his play- ers, he is willing to make what- ever sacrifices it takes. Congratu- lations to DJ and his whole Coaching Staff and to his FAN- TASTIC group of players and let's not forget the managers. Last, but not least, to all the Loris fans, es- pecially to Jamie (who the Refs voted "fan of the year") and Granny & Popo for all their sup- port. I have always put only one man on a pedestal, that being my Dad, but I just added my nephew DJ to my list. Trust me, D J, Granfire is grinning from ear to ear!! Porkey Martinez (aka Uncle Porks) Las Cruces, NM Thanks for clean up Dear Editor, Thank you Lordsburg! On behalf of Lordsburg MainStreet Project, I would like to thank the 50 plus .volunteers who came out to help the Com- munity Clean-up effOrts that took place on March 18~h. It was a great day with 24 yards~ of trash that was disposed of by the City,' un- fortunately there was not a mea- surement of trash that was dis- posed of by the County or the US Border Patrol. The thanks does not stop at the numerous volunteers; thank you to the City of Lordsburg and Hidalgo County for encouraging your employees to help in the ef- forts whether they were actually picking up trash, cleaning veg- etation debris, or disposing of the trash itself; New Mexico Depart- ment of Transportation for kick- ing off our Community Clean-up along Motel Drive by mowing, cleaning up the trash, sweeping the street, and dragging the ex- its; the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lordsburg for pro- moting the event for over a month; and Elks Lodge#1813 for providing the volunteers lunch after a fantastic clean-up! Although I don't not live in Lordsburg, it was very awesome to see so many people who came together to help the Lordsburg MainStreet Project's Community Clean-up! Thank you once again to everyone involved. For more information on the Lordsburg MainStreet Project please contact Marsha Hill at (575) 542-9864 or Emily Schilling at (575) 388-1509. Emily Schilling Economic Development Planner Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments Donation Drive for Sunshine Haven Residents Dear community members: A donation drive will be held Saturday, Apri! 1, for the Residents of Sunshine HavenNursing Home. There are approximately 40 to 45 residents. Some residents receive an income from $6.00-$19.00lmonth. There are some residents who do not receive an income. Therefore, we are asking for your support. Please drop any of the following items at the Family Dollar Store in Lordsburg, Prizes for Bingo Office supplies Sugar free snacks (pudding, cookies, cake mix...) Food items must be store bought and wrapped. Arts and Crafts materials Birthday Party supplies Where: Family Dollar 109 West Railway. Blvd, Lordsburg, NM When: April 1, 2017 at 9:00 AM- Closing ffyou have any questions please contact Neoml Martinez-Parra, Hidalgo County Democratic Party at 575-654-0774. | think that for most people it can be the biggest hindrance to liv- ing life to the fullest today. Re- member, today is the only day we can truly live. I think of the saying, "If I could kick the rear of the person who keeps me from accomplish- ing what I need to be accomplish- ing, I wouldn't be able to sit down for a week!" In other words, we can be our own worst enemy. I believe we are our own worst en- emy. Couple this with the concept that 97% of what we fear never occurs. If God gave you the ability to live today as a 10 out of 10, why would you not choose to reach that 10 in the day ahead? Clearly there are external issues that we can't control, but even when the 10% of life occurs that we can't control, we choose the 90% of how we respond. Regardless, maybe, just maybe, our failure to reach a 10 today is because we do it to our self. Days that should be 9's and 10's turn into 2's and 3's. Last week I saw the movie, "The Shack." It is from a New York Times best selling book writ- ten by William B. Young that was number one for 70 straight weeks. The movie is about an angry fa- ther and husband. He had every right to be angry, no question about that. But just because he had the right to be angry doesn't mean he needed to hold onto his anger and ruin his life and the lives of others around him. I believe we were created to live life with joy. We were cre- ated to experience a 10 'in our quality of life as much as we are able. I believe we let life get in the way by regularly holding onto something in the past that hinders our experience today. What is sad about this is that as we drag the ball and chain around step after step, day after day, we have the key in our pocket to unlock it and to walk freely. It is a sad story of a person's life for them to choose to drag the ball and chain rather than to use the key. Turning anger into joy is a daily (and maybe an hourly) choice that each of us has to make, but it is accomplished by repeatedly putting on a pair of glasses that give us a healthy world view. I know, this is easier to say than it is to do, but as Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "hate destroys the hater." It is like hold- ing a glass of poison in your hand, pointing at another and with hatred saying "I want this poison to ruin your world" and then taking a sip yourself. Oftentimes the one you are point- ing at has no idea that you are wishing harm on him other. How do you feel when the person you want to have poisoned has a great day and your day is miserable? You do the best you can with the three foot circle around you and let others take care of them- selves. Don't take a possible 10 day for you down to a 3 by wish- ing harm on another. If the past is helping us accomplish what we need to today, hold onto it. If it is destroying us day after day, let go of it. Throw away the rear view mirror. My challenge to you today is to live every day you are blessed with to the fullest, with as much joy as possible. That doesn't mean you aren't "kicked on your rear" from time to time or that your average day isn't some- thing less than 10. But it does mean that if a 10 is attainable on any given day, that you try to reach it. If there is "ugly" in your life that has been put there by some- thing in your past, maybe today is the day that you need to rein- vent yourself. Let go. Drive a stake in the ground and move for- ward. You may need to push your reset button today,.and you may need to push it again tomorrow. Your current and future life expe- rience and the life experiences of those around you will improve instantly. Just a thought... Rick Kraft has been married to his Valentine and best friend for almost 33:years. To submit com- ments, contributions, or ideas, e- mail to rkraft@ or write to P,O. Box 850, Roswell, NM, 88202-0850." Elizabeth Kerr Gammon, 1'910 Elizabeth Kerr Gammon was born in 1888 in Pearsall, Texas. She was the first of seven children born to Thomas Allen ("T.A") Kerr and Ida Franklin Kerr. She was the only girl followed by six boys: Earl, Leivon, Tom, George, Fred and Pete. The Kerr family moved from Pearsall to Portales, NM in 1900 and then to the Lordsburg area~ about 1902. The Kerrs lived in different places including Tyrone. NM. and Redrock. NM. T.A. Kerr also had a meat shop in Valedon, NM, a mining community south of Lordsburg. In 1915, the Kerr fam- ily homesteaded in the Animas Valley and to this day the descendants of T.A. and Ida Kerr still maintain a large presence in the valley. Elizabeth Kerr married Nat Gammon of Lordsburg. Nat was the brother of Mabel Gammon who married Edward Fisher. The Fishers had a daughter, Louise Fisher McGhee and a son, Edward "Billo" Fisher, Jr. Elizabeth and Nat Gammon first man- aged the Vendome Hotel on Railroad Av- enue (Motel Drive) in Lordsburg. In the mid-1920s they built the Hidalgo Hotel in Lordsburg, which was completed in 1927 prior to the Great Depression. The historic hotel was designed by the architectural finn of Trost & Trost of E1 Paso, TX. They man- aged the hotel until Nat's death in 1957. Besides managing the Hidalgo Hotel, Eliza- beth was a partner in the Kerr Cattle Com- pany with her parents and brothers helping to build a large cattle ranch in the Animas Valley, which at one time ran over 1,000 cows and held 125 sections of land. The Kerr Cattle Company is still in operation today Leivon, Elizabeth and Earle Kerr, 1899 Elizabeth Kerr Gammon died about 1972. Note: Beth Cox and Bim Kerr provided biographical information on their great-aunt, Elizabeth Kerr Gammon. have a huge selection of Inspiration Gifts Floral Arrangements Cards 4, Balloons (stuff , Mylar Latev) Candy Bouquets Plants Ask us about our layaway program 214 E. MOTEL DRIVE IN LORDSBURG Free Detive'ry in Lordsburg! 542-8880 j i