Another school year is soon approaching and some folks are trying to get a few days vacation in before it starts. Father and son, Jim and Wes McClain, traveled together to Canada for Jim to caddy for Wes when he was invited to play in the Canadian Amateur Championship Golf Tournament in Langford near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Wes is a member of the University of Houston’s golf team. Two more members of the golf team are Canadians that also played in the tournament. The McClains arrived in Seattle, Wash., rented a car and drove to the ferry that would carry them to Victoria. Some of these large ferries can carry more than 400 cars and 30 semis and have cafeterias and gift shops on board. That’s somewhat larger than the Boliver Ferry in Galveston.
On Saturday, Wes McClain played a practice round at the Royal Colwood Golf Club. That afternoon he and Jim enjoyed a chartered fishing trip. The next day Wes played another practice round at Gorge Vale Golf Club. During the actual tournament Wes shot a 73 on the first day and on the second day at Gorge Vale shot another 73 Ater two rounds the field was cut from 254 to 70 and Wes was one of the 70. After everything was over, Wes finished 15th overall!
That’s great! While in Victoria the two took in the sights of the Empress Hotel, Parliament in the daytime and nighttime and was very impressed with the beautiful flowers and the cleanliness of the city. While eating at Boston Pizza, everyone wanted to listen to them talk. It was another good trip and Wes will soon be going back to the University of Houston for his senior year. His first golf tournament will be in September in Chicago and his parents, Jim and Judy McClain, plan to be there to watch Wes play. Good luck!
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It’s exciting to new parents when they are expecting their first baby and are prepared to welcome a precious baby girl with lots of pink when the doctor announces in the delivery room, “It’s a healthy baby boy!”
That’s what happened to B.J. and Megan Baldree but they decided to keep him and named him Easton Kaine Baldree. Easton was born Aug. 5 and weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 20 ¼ inches long. His paternal grandparents are Doug and Rita Baldree. His maternal grandparents are Scott and Stacy Brister of Apple Springs. Great-grandparents are Garvis Baldree, Evelyn Tullos, Jack and Cleo Mason. What a nice surprise for all the family.
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Someone else also received a big surprise. Charlotte Morris sent me the following news. Sarah Ann Morris sat down Sunday after church for a nice lunch that her daughter, Charlotte, and David Carter had prepared for her and her sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Jim Morrison of Etoile; her brother, Danny Barringer, of Hudson; and sister Dixie Barringer of Diboll. Ham, potato salad, green bean casserole, cream corn and a pineapple upside down cake that she had requested was spread.
About dessert time Charlotte informed her that there was about to be a birthday party and she was speechless! About that time her brother and sister-in-law, Johnny and Mary Barringer (Hudson) came in, followed by a longtime friend of hers, Edna Carlisles (Lufkin). Ricky and Misti Morris and Lexie Smith followed along to give well wishes. Sarah’s pastor, Brother Matt Faircloth and wife Jamie slipped in as well as niece Selena Mitchell and her husband, Terry. Jan Wilkerson and Fran McClain dropped by, followed by Marvin and May McKnight. Brother-in-law Larry Morris and wife Carolyn also came and their son Keith with his boys Garrett and Greyson. Raymond and Sophie Lenderman came in time for the birthday cake, Bluebell Ice Cream, cookies, and punch which was enjoyed by all. Most were invited on Facebook by Charlotte who was not shy to share her Mom’s age of 75 years, posted as three quarters of a century! She hopes she looks as good and has the energy her Mom has when she is her age!
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Joe Calhoun of Redland came in with his Uncle Vernon “Red” Oaks. Joe’s mother is Barbara Ann (Williams) who grew up in Diboll. Joe and Vernon had been to the Hardin Springs hunting club for Vernon to check on his deer feeders which were empty. That’s why they came to the store, for more corn. Joe says he remembers lots of fun times spent at his grandmother’s Myrtle Williams and his Aunt Ezzie and Uncle Red’s houses on what is now known as Mockingbird Lane in Diboll where he learned how to hunt, fish and camp. After a few minutes rest and visiting, they were loaded with corn and headed back to the hunting club to fill up the feeders; or rather, Red had plans to sit in the cool pickup and watch Joe fill the feeders.
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Matt and Melissa (Hannah) Benton came in for corn and enjoyed visiting with her former Ag teachers at Diboll; Jesse Bradford and Kevin Swor.
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We have enjoyed getting to visit with Mike Dewberry when he comes in to buy feed for a heifer that belongs to his son, Jonathan. Mike lives in Pollock and is a sales rep for Dean’s Meat in Huntington. He had to refresh my memory of his family owning a feed store in the 1970s across from where the Diboll Depot is now. His mother, Carolyn, worked at the feed store while his dad, Harold, worked for Champion in Corrigan. Mike was the oldest of seven children and worked loading Special X Feeds, selling produce and ice and mounting tires without a tire machine. He loaded lots of feed for Eddie Horton, Earl Chance, J.D. Johnson and John Ralph. Sometimes helping him load 50-pound bags of feed was Johnny Perry and another friend, Jimmy Tate, who volunteered to “work” the cash register.
Then I really had trouble remembering the Dewberrys also owned “The Final Frontier,” a pool hall and washateria across from the Diboll post office, next to Hernandez’s Food Store. Elizabeth Perry managed this business. Matt said it was great when his buddies could get enough money together to go to Stovall’s Grocery and buy baloney to eat. Although Mike has only one child, he and his six siblings have produced 27 grandchildren.
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Sandra Pouland, owner of Pouland’s Real Estate, contributes this column. Stop by the Round Table or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 936-829-4040.