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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2014 9 "As I Remember" bYoAt(o/nen "Hook" Hill M y in nd Editor's Note: Longtime about was the store as it was and any loss Lordsburg resident, historian, storyteller and poet Allen "Hook" Hill has written hundreds of stories and poems. Back in the 1980~s he began writing a column entitled "'As I Remem- ber." With his permis- sion, these columns have been dusted off and will appear in the Hidalgo County HeraMAllen from time to time. Hook, who is 93, still lives in Lordsburg. This column appeared In the Lordsburg Liberal on February 1, 1991. By ALLEN "HOOK" HILL/ Lordsburg Long ago a man who lived in Lordsburg to~ched my life to no small degree. He was part of the establishment, a fixture. I can think of no more appropriate way to say it. He was just there in his little world every day of my young life. I doubt he wandered more than to the Hidalgo garage on the east and the Olney Motor Freight on the west end of the main drag. I did see him several times on 2nd street, but he did not appear to be as much at home in that area as he was between the corner of Main street and the cor- ner of Animas street, downtown. I do remember seeing him a time or two as far south on Main as the telephone office, but other than that I do not recall his being in any other section of town. Not that he could not have been in other'parts, it's just that I don'.t remember his moving around outside his small domain. As a youngster I had no idea--and still don't know--who Dr. Egan was. I mean, t didn't know anything about his roots, from whence he had come to Lordsburg, how long he had been in Lordsburg, how long he had been married, how he had met his fate, nor any other fact about his life except to me he had always been there. I did know one thing blind. Several times each day he walked the few blocks east on Railroad Avenue to the post of- fice-which was th.en downtown-- the Hidalgo Hotel, and some other stop he had to make. He returned along the central part of each HooRHill block, then Slowly re- duced his speed at the in- tersection, stepped down to make the crossing, then stepped back up and resumed his faster gait. We couldn't understand how he man- aged it, but our folks told us he had all the steps counted out in his mind and knew where he was at all times. He knew that little area like the back of his hand and his knowledge sometimes got him in trouble. Leon Speer told me of one of those instances. In the early days Speer's bar- ber shop was down town in the middle part of the block between Shakespeare and Pyramid streets. Not remembering how Dr. Egan walked along the street close to the building, Claude Speer had installed a new barber pole on the front of the building and he had set it rather low. Along came Dr. Egan on his next round and soundly bumped his head on the bottom of the pole. It was a new thing on the block for him, but it only took once and from that time on the unseeing eyes "saw" the pole and stepped around it. Dr. Egan and his aged wife operated a small newspaper and confectionery store located at the southeast corner of Main and Railroad Ave. Mrs. Egan was a tiny little lady, barely able. to get around, who sat on a stool behind the counter and watched us kids like a hawk. She probably had good reason because there is no doubt we could have wiped out their profits if left unguarded. There were precious few items in would have been devastating. Their chief source of income was from the sale of newspapers and magazines. They depended heavily on railroaders for much of their btisiness. The candies they sold were important but more of a sideline than were the papers. Because of the sweets we kids fre- quented the place. We had heard all sorts of sto- ries about Dr. Egan's prowess at being able to identify things by touch. It was true, and I suppose relatively easy, that he could tell any coin immediately by feeling its size. If you gave him a quarter he'd make change without bat; ting an eye--and that's no pun-- but could he tell a dollar bill from a five, or ten or larger bill as the stories portrayed? I, for one, doubted he could, but it was with no small measure of expectation and excitement vhen I first got the chance to test him. I handed him a one dollar bill in payment for a candy bar. He asked no ques- tions but put the bill betweert thumb and fingers and began rub- bing it. "He's stumped", I thought to myself but I wasn't going to tell him what it was. After a lengthy pause he said, "That's a one dollar bill, isn't it?" I admit- ted it was and he gave me the proper change. Later on we had opportunity to test him with fives and tens. They were no problem for him. It was quite astounding to us when we were young. You might wonder why a blind man could have an impact on young lives. I believe it was because we as viewers were able to witness the success of a handicapped per- son making a go of it aga)nst all odds in this busy world. If he ~ould make it, we could make it. I've called him to mind many, many times. What better legacy for young eyes than a good example? Hook hook june @ hotmail, com "Home for the ' Holidays" is Christmas, Bazaar theme Submitted by OMEGA ALPHA/ Animas Come help us celebrate "Home for the Holidays" at our annual Christmas Bazaar to be held at the Animas Community Center from 10:00 a.m; until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014. You can start your holiday shopping right here in Hidalgo County. Many local and visiting vendors will have a large variety of items for you to choose from. There will be several new vendors coming this year. Warm yourselves with a bowl of homemade green chile stew or enjoy a tasty bean burrito. If you are interested in par- ticipating as a vendor, spaces are still available. Contact Bobbie Massey at 575-548-2434. bjmassey @vtc.net . The Omega Alpha chapter of Moore, Belt exchange vows Oct. 25 Epsilon Sigma Alpha Interna- Chea Lynn Moore, daughter of Wayne and Dara Moore of Animas, tional is the sponsor of this an- NM, and Tyler Phillip Belt, son of Phillip and Cathy Belt of Derby, nual.event. All profits from the KS, were united in marriage on October 25, 2014 at Fulton Valley holiday dinner will benefit Farm in Towanda, KS. The couple will celebrate their marriage by" Omega Alpha's service programs. holding a reception in Cotton City, NM at the LDS Church on No- vember 15, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. All family and friends are invited to attend the recepUon in honor and celebration of their marriage. The newly married couple will reside in Salina, KS, where Chea is employed as a Registered Nurse and Tyler as a Firefighter. Courtesy photo F01k nce Submitted by MRAClSi/ver City The Mimbres Region Arts Council, in conjunction with pre- mier sponsor Cissy McAndrew/ United County Mimbres Re- alty, is pleased to announce the second of four exceptional performances in the 2014-2015 Folk Series. Grace & Tony will perform on Saturday, No- vember 15, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at the Buckhorn Opera House in the scenic mountain town of Pints Altos - 10 short min- utes outside of Silver City. When Loretto, Ten- nessee-based Grace Shultz and Tony White met, they fell in love, and making music together followed. Exposed to music early on in their lives by family (Grace's liked the Southern styles from gospel all the way to rock, while Tony learned from his brother, John Paul White of The Civil Wars fame), Grace & Tony experi- mented with an unlikely blend of genres by mixing punk, folk," bluegrass, and Texas swing, to create something new, what they call, "Punkgrass," which is, ac- cording to Tony "a natural fusion of my punk rock background and Grace's southern gospel and blue- grass upbringing." Crafting and singing lyrical tales of murder, addiction, and lost love wrapped in a happy twist, Grace & Tony honed their newfound brand of music on the sidewalks of downtown Nash- ville, showcasing an ability to create emotionally connective music. "We made ourselves avail- able," said Grace. "[The music]...isn't forced, it's very or- ganic and it stands out because it's a real fusion of what's new and old. We play whatever pops into our heads; from classic rock to southern gospel, we scratch ev- ery itch. It's dark, yet happy; silly, yet serious. Plus, it's a whole lot of fun to play," says Tony. They've shared the stage with the Lone Bellow, Billy Joe Shaver, Dom Flemons, and Carolina Choco- late Drops, as well as hitting the high seas on the Cayamo mu- sic cruise, play- ing alongside the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Ricky Scaggs, Bruce Hornsby, and Lyle Lovett. M RAC members can purchase tickets for $15, non- member tickets are $20,. avail- able online (www.mimbres .arts.org) and at the MRAC of- fice in the Wells Fargo Bank building. Single ticket outlets: Alotta Gelato, Gila Hike & Bike, and L&I Arts (available 10 days before each show). Tickets may be available at the door. ### The Mimbres Region Arts Coun- cil, proud recipient of the 2013 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, provides quality vi- sual, performing, and youth arts programs that serve and strengthen our community. Musician Michael Grande to rm at th November 15 nd 16 Courtesy submission tic riding participants, "Wounded For ieservations, call 520-378- Michael Grand6 is a phenom- + Warriors." 6165, or email reservations@ enal guitarist, known for his 5- Grand6 has appeared at ma- arizonafolklore.com. Admission finger picking technique, guitar jor performance venues all over is $15.00 for adults and $6.00 for flourishes, soft, gentle voice, and the world. In the United States children 17 and under. rapport with his audiences. His these include Carnegie Hall, To get there: repertoire includes Western bal- Tanglewood, Central Park, Go 6 miles south of Sierra lads, flamenco instrumentals and Phoenix's Desert Sky Pavilion Vista on Highway 92 to Ramsey folk, pop and devotional songs, and Country Thunder, where he Canyon Road. Turn right (west) Many of the songs he plays are received three standing ovations on Ramsey Canyon Road, drive his own compositions, from a crowd of 250,000. 3.3 miles into the canyon, and Michael Grand6 grew up in Make your reservations soon watch for the AFP entrance and Brooklyn, New York, and served to see this popular local performer sign to the left. in the US Marine Corps. A - you'll be glad you did. And About the AFP staunch military supporter, you might want to plan to spend Established in 1996 by Michael was inspired to write a time before the concert hiking in Dolan Ellis, Arizona's Official song titled "Horses for Heroes" The Nature Conservancy's beau- State Balladeer, as a place to after observing a therapeutic tiful Ramsey Canyon Preserve or present, preserve, and perform the riding program for wounded vet- visitirtg the old ranch house at songs, stories and legends of Ari- erans. "Horses for Heroes" has Brown Canyon Ranch. Both are been adopted as the theme song located on Ramsey Canyon Road, zona, the Arizona Folklore Pre- for the Caisson Platoon, which is just a stone's throw from the AFP. serve is proud to offer live musi- cal entertainment every Saturday part of the Army's famed Old And now for something spe- and Sunday afternoon from Sep- Guard, whose duties include re- cial! sponsibility for guarding "the The AFP has teamed up with tember through June. On any Tomb of the Unknowns and for Outback Steakhouse for a special given weekend you can take in a military honors during funerals at treat this year. At each perfor- performance by Ellis himself, It- Arlington Cemetery. In 2006, the mance a guest will receive a gift cal musicians such as Michael Caisson Platoon began an equine- from Outback. Will you be the Grande and Jon Messenger, a assisted program, which uses the lucky winner this time? There's bluegrass band, or top Western horses of the Caisson Platoon and only one way to find out - come and folk musicians from around volunteers from the platoon to to a show! the country. provide equine-assisted therapy Coming soon: The intimate performing for the Wounded Warriors in treat- Upcoming performers at the space at the AFP has room for just ment at Walter Reed Army Medi- AFP include Western musician 60 guests. As a musician recently cal Center. The program started Belinda Gail on November 22-23 commented, "It's like playing in as "recreational" therapy, but the and Arizona's Official State Bal- my own living room." The rustic results were so impressive that ladeer, Dolan Ellis, on November ambiance and excellent acoustics after only four sessions, it became 29 and 30. For more information, of the venue enhance the musi- one of the physical therapy op- including performance schedules cal experience. The AFP also of- tions available to the wounded and additional information on fers a gift shop featuring CDs, at Walter Reed. Michael was featured artists, visit the AFP books, handmade jewelry, pottery honored to be asked to perform website, www.arizonafolklore and other items with a Southwest "Horses for Heroes" at the Wash- .com, or call 520-378-6165.flair. SnacVs and beverages can ington International Horse Show If you go: be purchased from the AFP in 2010 during a performance by Doors open at 1 p.m., with kitchen to be enjoyed during the the Caisson Platoon's therapeu- performances starting at 2 p.m. performance. Email us at hcherald@aznex.net or hcherald @ hotmail.com Call today to order your We also have a CO, IbeX... large selection of holiday gifts. We encoura.lle you to hop at home thiz holiday sea,on! Ask us about our to the voters of Hidalgo County for your support and confidence in me dUring my campaign and over the past four years as I served as Hidalgo CountyCommissioner. I wish the best for the newly elected officials in Hidalgo County. !1t II II