Round Table enjoying lots of different dishes

Free Press publisher Richard Nelson and his fiancé, Kathy Hulstine, and his parents, George and Betty Nelson, traveled a couple weekends ago to Serbin for the annual Wendish Fest. Serbin, in the Giddings-La Grange area, is where the first Lutheran church in Texas was formed. After an English service, followed by a German service, festival-goers enjoyed music, museum and church tours, noodle-making and sausage-stuffing demonstrations, great food and even beer. Kathy, a Baptist most of her life, whispered in child-like wonderment, “They’re drinking beer on the church grounds?” To which, Richard replied, “Yes, that’s why we need to start going to Lutheran churches!”

The Wends were a Slavic people who left Germany in the mid-1800s for the religious freedom to be found in America. They were not German, but eventually the German and Wendish settlers mixed together in the Serbin area. Richard said one of the things he will always remember learning as a child was that the Wendish women wore black wedding dresses to signify the hardships they were about to endure. He says Kathy is considering a black wedding dress!

Richard brought some of the Wendish handmade noodles and shared them last week with the Round Table. He and Kathy couldn’t get them to taste quite as good as they did at the festival, but Andrea did her best and jazzed them up some.

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Andrea was in the cooking mode last week and made lots of folks happy with her good food. On Monday, she cooked spaghetti and meatballs, made a green salad, garlic toast and birthday cake. Those celebrating birthdays (some belated) included Teresa Pouland, Sept. 15; Brandon Pouland, Sept. 29; Fran McGilvra, Sept. 21; and Marcia Jones, Sept. 30. Tuesday, Oct. 1, was Andrew Bass’s birthday. His grandmother, Marjorie Bass, made Andrew’s birthday very special by cooking and bringing to the RT beans and rice; broccoli cornbread, tortilla roll-ups and pecan pie. Andrea added meatloaf and cream potatoes. Wednesday, Oct. 2, was Mary Lou Havard’s birthday. Her daughters, Debbie Cole of Austin and Mary Beth Boatner of Lafayette, brought their mother to the RT where Andrea had cooked Navy beans and hot water cornbread. For dessert she baked a cast iron skillet apple pie and served it warm with plenty of Blue Bell ice cream. It will be interesting to see what we can do for Andrea on her birthday, Oct. 9. She said she wasn’t coming to work that day, but we’ll see.

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Eric Hernandez came by Saturday to buy hay for his daughter’s birthday party. Analia was celebrating her sixth birthday with friends and family at their home. She wanted to “camp out” and have smores and hot dogs and that’s what Eric and Veronica were preparing to do at Camp What’s-a-ma-call it in the backyard.

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It was really good to visit with the Bunch sisters. Elaine Pinkerton and Mary Alice Shivers. and also Suzy (Fox) Stewart when they decided to take a road trip to Diboll. It was even better knowing that they were not in town for a funeral but just to visit with old friends. These three grew up on Park Street behind the library and couldn’t believe they got lost and turned around while driving around town. We had lots of good laughs and hated to see them leave.

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Jonathan Whitaker, who grew up in Wells, came in to get a truck flat repaired and we learned he is a retired bull rider. The late David Wisner was his mentor, trainer and the “guru of bull riding.” Jonathan worked closely with David, who raised bucking bulls and more times than not, when a new bull arrived, it was Jonathan who was the first cowboy to get on him. “Zorro” was Wisner’s first famous bull, along with “Up Draft.” “Down Draft” and “Widow Maker.” After David Wisner’s tragic death, the present owner of Widow Maker changed the name to David’s Dream in honor of David. Jonathan has had several broken bones and breathes with only one lung due to injuries he received while riding bulls. He attributes his successful bull riding career to David Wisner and in his opinion thinks David Wisner should be inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

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Late one Sunday afternoon I went outside to check on my animals; quail, peacocks ducks and chickens. I heard an extremely loud noise coming from the place where we process deer and hogs and discovered it was Ray Lenderman trying to load his ATV on a trailer. With him were his dad, Raymond, and our neighbor, Earnest Rast, and a couple of other guys. I realized they were cleaning up from processing something that had a pile of white hide. Raymond was excited and told me that Ray had killed a hog earlier in the day that field dressed 536 pounds and was solid white. The guys were certain that the hog would have weighed more than 600 pounds on foot.

Ray Lenderman, the youngest son of Raymond and Sophie Lenderman of Diboll, comes from a family of hunters. He now lives in Jasper where he enjoys his job as a fisheries technician with the Texas Parks and Wildlife. Even before archery season opened, Ray saw huge tracks at one of his corn feeders and though it was as large as a cow’s track he was pretty sure it belonged to a hog. He saw the monster the day before deer season opened and said it looked like a cow standing there. The next day after several hours in his ladder stand the white hog suddenly appeared at Ray’s feeder. After waiting for a good shot Ray’s broadhead penetrated its target and only ran about 30 yards. You’ve already read the rest of the story except that the large white trophy provided plenty of bacon, ribs, steak and roast and Ray shared with friends and family. He said the tenderloins were almost five feet long and the 100 pounds of trimmings were given away to make hot tamales.

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Lots of folks were in getting hunting and fishing licenses. Some of them included: Loree Olson, Calvin McClure, Tim Tindell, Clifford Conner, Joel and Nathan Mettlen, Tim Bryon, Clarence Bass, Deena Houston, Jimmy Trout, Doug and Rita Baldree, Sophie & Raymond Lenderman, Angelina Havard, Larry Ellison, Omar Flores, Rayborn Horton, Scott Eldridge, Larry Welch, Lee Woodward, Gordon Craft, C. W. Loftin, And Parish, W. G. Treadway and Jose Solis. Others included: Jack and Cleo Mason, Aaron, Ethan & Ben Smith, Jim McClain, Bill Yates, Bubba Thompson, Jeff Stifle, Jimmy McCall, Curtis Howell, John McClain, John Bonner, Jerry Griffith, Bruce Thompson, Rick Havard Jr. Young, Rodney Cheshire, Jose Mott, Richard Weeks, Melvin and Frances Thompson.

When Mauderie Conner presented her old licenses to get new ones printed, there were no tags missing from last year. She said that was the first time in a number of years she didn’t kill a deer and she was completely out of sausage, ground meat and venison steaks. It’s amazing that Mauderie drives her jeep to the hunting club and still hunts by herself. She is 87, but please don’t tell her you read that in this column.

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Abney’s Fish Truck will be coming to The Everything Store on Wednesday, Oct. 16, between noon and 1 p.m. if you need fish to stock your pond or lake. Check out their website at fishstocker.com

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Come see us …’round the table.

 

Sandra Pouland, owner of Pouland’s Real Estate, contributes this column. Stop by the Round Table or email her at sandra@poulands.com or 936-829-4040.