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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014 9 "As I Remember" by Allen "Hook" Hill Baptist Editor's Note: Longtime in truth, I thought Showlow score at half added to the anxi- By DR. HOSEZELL. BLASH/Cot- Lordsburg resident, historian, storyteller and poet Allen "Hook" Hill has written hun- dreds of stories and po- ems. Back in the 1980's he began writing a col- umn entitled "As I Re- member." With his per- mission, these columns have been dusted off imd will appear in the Hidalgo County HeraldAllen from time to time. Hook, who is 92, still lives in Lordsburg. This column appeared In the Lordsburg Liberal on December 1, 1989. By ALLEN "HOOK" HILL./ Lordsburg Sixty-two and holding. I'm going to have to admit I was skep- tical about it this year. Not that I was an unbeliever, but I was con- Scious of the schedule. For in- stance, I knew all about the strength of the league up in the Showlow country. Showlow, Round Valley, Snowflake, et al, throw some pretty solid football punches. One or the other of them is tangled up in the upper ech- elons of Arizona football most every year. Some years back I talked with a football coach in the southwest- ern Arizona area who bemoaned the fact that his boys constantly had to get by one of those teams from the Showlow country before they could move on toward State. They seldom, if ever, got by. It's somewhat like the situation we have here in our district in double A. It's a perpetual fact that we have to take on the people from Jal; Eunice, and Dexter before we can move on. That was always tough, and it's still tough, even for the Panthers, although they have managed for several years. So, to say I was skeptical is a bit of an understatement because, would win it. I'm mighty pleased the Panthers pulled it out. The next ques- tion mark was Cobre. I really didn't think Cobre could take them, but frankly, I thought it would be a tough, close game. My Hook Hill smile was a mile wide as the Panthers blew them away. As the regular season drew to a close my doubts took a slight nudge because of all the national publicity afforded the Panthers. Not that I have anything against media exposure. In fact, I think it's great, but I did worry some about a letdown after the Panthers' saw themselves on National TV, ESPN to be specific. All the at- tention from Life Magazine, ESPN, and others could have caused a puff up and a long drop down, but the Green and White handled it well. Oh there was the Questa game in the playoffs, alright. It wasn't too difficult to see that the unheralded Questa defensive line took the Panther offense apart on a good many occasions. Mark Davis got rushed out of his shoes several times and, while the outcome was certainly never a question, there was some anxiety concerning helmet sizes needed for the next game. The score was 22-0 at half but the pre- publicity Panthers would have made it 45 or 50 to 0 at half. Now, the defense, that was something else. I've never seen it better. I think confident, proud and determined could describe it. Beautiful. Defense notwithstanding, there was some trepidation as they went against 11 and 0 Dex- ter in the semi-finals. The 7-6 Haximum strength analgesic creme for temporary relief from: Joint and Huscle soreness Arthritis Back aches ety, but things came back to nor- mal in the second half and, happy to say, the Panthers hung it to the previously unbeaten eastsiders. One of the radio an- nouncers stated, "The Dexter team continues to self destruct". Well, that might have been how it looked to him, but I knew who was causing the destruction and it certainly wasn't "self". Not while that Green defense was out there! Holding Mr. Dees, the state's top ground gainer, to 61 total yards, well, that could be one form of self destruction. So, was it to be ha-hum for Santa Rosa? Not so. The Lions were the last team to kick the Panthers tails but the Green and White memory reached back a long wa.ys. The Lion may have been king of the jungle, but he was no match for the Panther in open country. The New Mexico Activities Association could have saved a lot of trouble and expense if they had just sent the trophy down by UPS after the Dexter game lastSaturday night. Both the Panther offense and the defense came to play. There was no hanky panky. There is almost ~no place to start naming names because it was such a team effort. The Lions couldn't manage more than three or four first downs all night, and although Santa Rosa had a big defensive line the Animas offense pounded them hard. it wasn't easy. It was tough, but it was unmercifully consistent. I believe the crown- ing effort of.the entire season might have been displayed in the final moments of the game when Santa Rosa had the ball inside the Animas 10 yard line with first and 10. Do you think that proud Panther defense was going to let them score? Not in a million years ! I've run out of superlatives but I just hope all of us can com- prehend what an incredible feat has been accomplished in the sports world by the Animas school, coaches and team for the past six years. Six champion- ships in a row! Wow! Congratu- lations. Hook hook june @ hotma il. corn ton City I do not indicate that sing- ing the song "In the Land of Cot- ton" calls back or reminds us of the god o1' days. Actu- ally, many people wish that such days of yore are gone and will not return in our lifetime. But, on the contrary, trends come and trends go. Like a seat on a merry-go- round, it will cer- tainly return to its original place. In the southern states of Geor- gia, Alabama, Mississippi, Loui- siana, Texas and New Mexico, when cotton was king there ex- isted a different way of life. In fact, much of one's life was centered around the cotton field. Expres- sions such as these were common: Take your cotton-picking hands off of me. My cotton underwear. Cotton cloth and my go to church cotton dress. This era was indeed when cotton was king in the southern States. A "cotton picker" in the south did not have to have any special qualifications to pick that white stuff--just pick it and drop it in the sack which was carried on the shoulders. During the 40s until the 70s many fields in the south were white with cotton as far as the eye could see. The har- vest was great but the cotton pick- ers were few. Farmers would have to ride across the countryside to seek and find cotton pickers. The cotton industry required hard and consistent work from that planting to harvest. As a child and farmer, I trod the land of red hills of Georgia, in which I was born and reared. It was the cotton fields in which I plowed domesti- cated mules. It was the cotton fields in which I found solace and relief. It was the cotton fields in which I felt at home. It was the cotton fields that I sang "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot". I loved picking cotton in the south. To me it was a natural thing to do. It offered many grand benefits: You were your own boss and you could work at your own speed or pace. You learned your "ready cash" and you could keep it all. You could meet many friends in the cotton fields and talk about sweet nothings. I will always have a special place in my heart for cotton fields, although there are only a few left today. I grew up in cotton fields and our homes were situated on cotton fields. I was converted on a cotton field--where I found Jesus. Cotton, like souls, are ripe and ready for harvest. A great menace to the cotton industry was fighting ,the evil boll weevil during its growing season. It was always in competition with the cotton farmers as noted by pop singer Brook Benton who sang the Boll Weevil Song. The farmer said the boll wee- vil "I see you're on the square" Boll weevil said to the farmer "Say yep, my whole darn by family's here." Between 16 and 18 I picked many bales of cotton to help fi- nance my way of life. I had to pay for high school expenses and save some money for college. During this time my family and I picked cotton for William Moore, who I later dealt with as a school ad- ministrator. "That Blash family is the best cotton pickers I know in the coun- try. They can just walk down a row and pick it like a machine. They can pick a bale per day!" While my sisters and I picked cotton for the Moores (they were white people), it was unusual for blacks to sit at the dinner table of white people dur- ing that era. But the Moores were very kind people and such situa- tions did not matter with them. Meanwhile, back in Cotton City, New Mexico during the 40s until the 60s when cotton was king, the area was named in honor of the crop. What a great honor! Unlike Georgia farmers, Cot- ton City farmers would drive to E1 Paso to pick up men from Mexico to pick the cotton. The men were housed in government barracks with army cots during the season. They fed themselves from the Cotton City grocery store, owned by Harvey and Vanita Hatch. About 20 people would work on one farm where 40 might work on another. The pickers wore very long cotton sacks and would weigh their cotton throughout the day. Cotton City was filled with the white stuff call cotton. When the sun cast its shadows, the cotton would glisten in the heat. Dr. Hosezell Blash can be reached by email at hosezellblashl @ aoL cam LOCALLY O' ED & OPERATED 575-494-1385 www.ppcnm.com ........ SOUTHLINE TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECT 50th Annual Meeting Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 Pearce Elementary School Pea rce, AZ Registration: 10:00 a.m. Arizona Time (I I :00 a.m. New Mexico Time) Meeting: 11:00 a.m. Arizona Time (12:00 p.m. New Mexico Time) Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Members Meeting Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc will make necessary provisions far anyone with disabilities. 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