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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013 9 "As I Remember" by Allen "Hook" Hill write about Dogpatch?" Welt, why not? Allen Hook Hill When I mention Dogpatch some of you readers might think of Lil'Abner. [Dogpatch was the fictional town in the Li'l Abner comic strip published from 1934 to 1977.] However, the term was used more out of affection for the area than a de- nunciation. You see, the inhabitants them- selves named it. They were proud of if and in a significant way they had a fight to be proud. Dogpatch came into being, as I recall, during the early de- pression years of the 1930s. The "85" Mine south and west of Lordsburg had boomed and pro- Editor's, Note: Longtime Lordsburg resident, historian, storyteller and poet Allen "Hook" Hill has written hundreds of stories and poems. 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 Her- ald from time to time, Hook, who turned 92 on April 3, still lives in Lordsburg. This column ap- peared in the Lordsburg Liberal on March 23, 1990. By ALLEN "HOOK" HILL/ Lordsburg Several weeks back the ques- tion was asked, "Why don't you Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- aid urges readers to .voice their opin- ions by writing in. " Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for publication. All letters that are published should be consid- ered the opinion of the author, and not necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. Attributes of statism to hold less on reserve than they safely should. They have forced banks not to hold or Americans to use gold as the standard of monetary value. They have voted to force employers to with- draw money from employees' sala- ries and put it in a Social Secu- rity fund. They have voted to force employers to pay salaries that the politicians decreed, and so forth. Today's politicians continue the violations. They violate property rights by voting to force business people to increase wages. They then vote that the electorate may vote to force the same thing. They voted to force oil and gas producers not to drill. They voted to force Americans to buy insurance. They voted to force medical personnel to give their knowledge, skill, time and energy at a salary politicians set. They voted to force dentists to give yearly x-rays. They voted to force you to pay them 3.8% of the price you sell your house for. They voted to force you to pay more taxes. They voted to force you to raise their salaries. This is only a hint of the mountain of agencies, rules and regulations forced upon us. Politicians are replacing our rights with their force. A violation of a right by a criminal -- such as stealing your money -- is an act to take your property, suffering consequences if he gets caught. But a govern- ment violation of a right obliter- ates your rights by saying you Dear Editor: A 1997 Cato Institute study reported, "Since 197.2 Amtrak has received more than $13 billion of federal subsidies." http:// mentary/amtrak-subsidies-is-no- way-run-railroad On March 1, 2013 The Wash- ington Post stated, "The passen- ger rail service needed $1.4 bil- lion in subsidies from Congress in 2012..." http://www, wonkblog/wp/2013/O3/O1/amtrak- loses-a-ton-of-money-each-year-it- doesnt-have-to~ Before 1972, union bosses must or must not do a given ac- tionand has, ~ l;ct im "~..~[~s saw a goldmine .... -- ,_ '.~-.~ .... - m ~:;yi~,,~,~la~Y-~:~'! ,. ~ , ~i n the t~-est r-~i=F~'aur0aa . pose Governm~~fc/,~the;a penaJty'~o-:~ system in the world. They fundamental beneath politicians' colluded to take- over the rail- rhetoric and actions. It is statism's roads.. After unions had driven basic attribute. the railroads to near-bankruptcy The alternative to statism is through ruinous featherbedding, a free-market. "Freedom is the ab- politicians nationalized them. sence of coercion." A free market The railroads were then means voluntary trade. It means looted and run into the ground, one is free to take risks, free to Seats were torn up and not re- succeed and free to fail -- with placed. Equipment Was stolen no government interference. It and sold. Rail was not main- means de-regulation. tained. Schedules were not kept. Government controlled enti- Customers could not rely upon ties are characteristically waste- getting to their destination on ful, regressive and corrupt. Free time or making connections or markets are characteristically ef- riding in safety. The network of ficient, advancing and prosper- rails that once laced our nation ous. Examples are the difference servicing both rural and urban between East and West Berlin areas, large and small cities, was during the cold war, and between reduced to less than a quarter of present day North and South Ko- its original size. And still Amtrak rea. Free markets assure a cornu- allegedly "lost" money, copia of charities for the indigent. Politicians poured billions of (Brook and Watkins, Forbes, taxpayers' money into a morass "America Before the Entitlement of mismanagement, corruption State," November 18, 2011, re- and incompetence. They are still printed January 16, 2012). doing it. The 2013 budget is a Voluntary trade and compe- thirty-one-page plea for $1.495.7 titian make free-markets self-car- billion, recting. Monopolies cannot ex- ist. (Bernstein, Capitalism Un- bound, page 107, "Coercive Mo- AmtrakFY13%20 Budget-Comprehen- nopolies") Government con- sive-Business-Plan-w-appx.pdf trolled markets are coercive mo- Congressman John nopolies, for example Amtrak, Campbell, California's 45th Dis- the Post Office, many municipal trict, stated on March 30, 2013, utilities. that Amtrak received "$1.6 bil- To end government's initia- lion in Capital grants and subsi- tion of force against Americans, dies for its money-losing long- we must establish a free market, distance routes." and place a sacrosanct wall be- http..//www, tween the economy and govern- ment. That wall" is the recogni- index.php ?option =corn content&view=category&layout= tion and protection of individual rights, which no one may violate b I o g & i d = 1 6 & I t e m i d = with impunity. 60&limitstart=275 Written by Sylvia Bokor and Those who voted for nation- submitted by Mary Snyder to my alization of the railroads voted to representatives as representative violate the property rights of the of where we are' and what the US then-present owners and inves- Government is doing to it's citi- tors. Previous to the nationaliza- zens. This message was also tion of the railroads, such viola- emailed to Obama, Heinrich, tions had happened many times Udall and Pearce, our federal rep- in other businesses. It has hap- resentatives. I hope you will also pened many times since. It is still email this message to them or cut happening, out of the newspaper and mail it Politicians have voted to to them. force business people to divest Mary Snyder and break up their companies. They have voted tO force banks Hachita, NM 1-2-3 Bedroom Apartments 600 Ownby Street, Lordsburg [ Newly Remodeled Units [ Call Harriet at 575.557-2444 . vided jobs for many years. He;w- ever, at depression time it was hanging on by a thread, many people had lost their jobs there, and the truth of the matter was, the jobless had no place to go. Bob Reynolds owned and operated the Steins Mercantile Co. back in the heyday times of Steins Pass. He had acquired con- siderable property over the years and later here in Lordsburg he purchased more land through his abstract company. Bob didn't know it at the time but he was responsible for Dogpatch, as I re- member. Bob wasn't greedy. He sold building lots to people for mod- erate sums and under almost any terms. Some lots back in those days were [$25] each. That fig- ure sounds ridiculous now, and it was equally ridiculous then, but it was hard to pay, nonetheless. At any rate, Bob owned the "85" subdivision west of Main Street on the south side of town. The old Lordsburg hospital building was located on the west side of Main on about 1200 south..The subdivision was west and south of the hospital and immediately west of the old Wright service sta- tion and grocery store. That gro- cery store later grew into Allen's Grocery and Phillips Grocery. Pete Maxwell built a little store south of Wright's on Main Street and the subdivision wrapped around his place, also. When the mine went down, Bob Reynolds saw the plight of the men out of work and began selling low cost lots to people who literally had nothing. In talk- ing with Bob's son, Bobby, he told me his dad could hardly give a lot away during that period. He'd sell a lot for [$50], get [$10] down, and the buyer would be unable to pay the other [$40]. That's difficult to understand for people who have never tasted depression, but for those of us who have been through one, we can grasp the picture with very little trouble. Somehow, how- ever, many people managed to pay off their lots. Anyway, Bob made it possible for a group of down and outers to get started again. Now, the Dogpatch people could have sat on the street down-, town, been an early breed of homeless souls and cried for ev- erybody else to help them. Not these guys. They gathered up anything they could get their hands on and started building shelters. At first, most of the Dogpatch houses were four unplastered adobe walls covered with any- thing to be found, for a roof. A few were mostly shells and one or two were covered with Prince Alert tobacco cans cut open and flattened. Others were con- structed with less than nothing...but they were home to someone. In those beginning years, outwardly Dogpatch was the very specter of failure and defeat, but that was not the case. Within the tattered homes there was love and determination. Throughout the area there was a quiet unity of purpose and a resolution that one day the wheel would revolve and they'd be on the top instead of the bottom_ There was little or no chance for most people to make repairs or updates during the first few years of Dogpatch, but E.R.A. and W.P.A. came along in the middle 30s and the economic climate gradually improved. The pride of the people of Dogpatch began to emerge at that time. Though extra money was scant and loans were far beyond their wildest dreams, the people of Dogpatch were among the first in the com- munity to begin renovating their homes as soon as opportunity surfaced. As I recall, I was about nine or ten years of age when the first inhabitants began settling Dogpatch. As a youngster I played almost daily with one or the other of the kids in the area and I was in and out of most of their homes. [I liqed directly east of the hospital, across Main Street.] I particularly remember both then and later, after condi- tions improved, being in the Talavera and Renteria homes. Talk about happy, talented people. I've forgotten all who were involved, but Ray Talavera and his brothers, uncles, cousins and other relatives had a dance band that was second to none in their day. Many's the time I sat listening to them practice the rhythmic songs they'd play for the dances. I well remember the laughter and the good natured bantering that took place all through the practice sessions and I can still hear that saxophone calling me back to the carefree days of my youth. To be continued... Hook hook june @ hotmail, cam Lady Mavericks host Deming Lady Wildcats The Lordsburg High School Lady Maverick softball team hosted the Deming LadyWildcats at the new Lordsburg baseball field on, March 27 for two games.The Varsity lost to Deming 15-5 and 18-8.The Lady Mavericks will be back in action this Saturday, April 6, 2013 when the host Silver City.The Lady Mavericks will take the field at 11 a.m., with the second game of the double header slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. Photos courtesy REMEMBER WHEN PHOTOGRAPHWLordsburg Fast Approval Build Your Credit No Checking Account Needed No Hassles Call Us Today! Apply in person on call ahead! | all today/ Dr, Lord burg, NM