Letters to the Editor

June 2017

Lineman Appreciation

My most thankful appreciation for all the linemen who risk their lives to keep us in power [Much Appreciated, April 2017]. If there is a problem in Llano or Field Creek during a storm, I always tell the person answering to hold off sending our linemen out until the danger (storm) is over.

Of course, the danger is never over. The high voltage is always there.

Dottie Simpson | Llano
Central Texas EC


Every month, when I open our magazine, I remember my brother, John Flanagan, a lineman for the Houston County REA [now Houston County EC]. Sonny, as he was known, helped bring power to all parts of rural Houston County. He put a ceramic light fixture with a pull string in each room of the rural homes and a wall plug that brought precious power to homes that had never had electricity before.

When my wife was office manager for Northeast Texas EC in Longview, she decorated their office with pictures and personal equipment belonging to my brother. Thank you for the article Line of Duty [October 2016], as it brought back many memories of lives enhanced by linemen like Sonny Flanagan.

Rick Flanagan | Franklin County
Wood County EC



I’m pleased (relieved) to know that others share my addiction to and fascination with buttons [Gluttons for Buttons, March 2017]. While shopping for vintage linens, I started collecting buttons, as well.

Gaye Kriegel | Georgetown
Pedernales EC


Weathered Memories

Until reading Blizzard of 1957 [March 2017], I did not realize I had lived through the top three weather events of the Panhandle.

I was about 4 when I was in a dust storm so bad that we turned the lights on in my house, and Mother put damp towels down to keep fine dust out of the windows.

At 13, standing outside my junior high school after play practice, I watched the tornado go over the school on its way to Higgins and Woodward, Oklahoma.

In 1957, I was married and teaching school in the same town, Pampa, when the snow shut us in for three days.

Sue Lynn Hatcher | Victoria
United Cooperative Services

Familiar Turf

Our families have lived in College Station since the 1950s, and Martin’s Place [pictured] has been a landmark for barbecue since the beginning, when people didn’t go out to eat every day [Postcard From Camp Barbecue, April 2017].


My father, Paul Surovik, worked as a butcher at Texas A&M University at Sbisa Dining Hall for many years and also worked in the Meat Lab, as they called it. In the summer, he went to Junction to feed the Aggies football team.


Lillian Beasley | Cooks Point
Bluebonnet EC

Unstable Stable

What a surprise to see our barn [above] in the February 2017 issue [Focus on Texas: Barns]. Over the years, hundreds of people have stopped on the road to take pictures of the old, leaning structure. I am not sure when the barn was built. It was there when my parents bought the farm in 1945, and some Bend historians said it was there in the late ’20s.


We had a severe windstorm a few years ago that blew the north side of the roof off, and that allowed the hay in the loft to get heavy and cause a collapse. We are now tearing down the barn and saving as much of the wood and cedar posts as we can.


Phillip Morris | Bend
Hamilton County EC

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