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I mentioned before about the neighborliness of the people around Thornton/Groesbeck, TX. Here's another example: "This morning, little before 8:00, a white pickup pulled in and its driver knocked at the door. It was Paul Hurst from Prairie Grove. He said I had a cow out on the highway and offered to help get her in. Her calf had been sold last week and she was still looking for it. Paul not only helped get her back in the pasture, he directed traffic until she could be coaxed across the busy highway with a bag of range cubes and thru the gate to rejoin the other cows.. Paul stayed and visited a few minutes before he continued on his journey.

So, if you ever have a cow out on the road, pray that Paul Hurst from Prairie Grove drives by. He may not live close by but: He is a good neighbor."

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I don't have cows, but I hope there are a lot of Pauls out there. I've called in one or two that I've seen. Also, when I look at the local county dispatch web site, sometimes you see a call of cow in the road, then about 10 minutes later, a call of car v. cow accident at the same location. Dangerous stuff.

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Can't speak to ever having a cow. I recall as a youngster in the mid-50's as Phoenix suburbia was replacing farms and ranches with houses. My neighborhood had two cows the former farms had put out to pasture. I can recall the nearby Black Canyon Highway, now Interstate I-17. Traffic was brought to a stand still occasionally as the old cows were lead to safety. Unfortunately the Sheriff's Office eventually picked them up due to complaints. The new houses had owners trying to start Bermuda lawns the cows used for food. One cow, get this was named Syphilis the other Brownie. Brownie was friendly and the kids loved her. I recall my 5-6 year old neighbor and friend getting yelled at by his mother. We somehow pried the lid off of one of the old Quaker Oats cans dumped it in the street and fed Brownie. Syphilis was ornery and kept her distance from kids and never backed down and often charged a barking dog.

 

Something I learned from my traveling for the union. People in the southern states were always helpful and friendly, quite the opposite in the large cities up north.

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Syphillis?!

 

Have no idea where the name came from for certain. At my young age had no idea what it meant. Just guessing, the old neighborhood had an ice cream man named Freddy. Back then there were no leash laws and he gave dogs dirty names kids would repeat. Freddy was always foul mouthed to young girls. As boys ten and under we though it was cool that we could cuss in front of and get a laugh from Freddy. Freddy told my friend how to get chocolate milk, baseball cards and flavor straws for free. Leave a note by neighbor's back door for the milkman and steal the goodies before neighbors woke up. Freddy was eventually arrested for pimping for some young teenage girls, a couple of married housewives and selling beer and porno to underage teens. All I heard was Freddy was in jail and years later found out why.

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All the kids loved Freddy and we all aspired to have a large anchor tattoo he had on his arm. My friends and I could occasionally bum cigarettes from him. My close friend got slapped by his mother for calling their dog a dirty name. I think it was C-word lips or something as raunchy he learned from him. I have a vague recollection of seeing the mother screaming and finger pointing at Freddy. I never did find out what Freddy said to my mother but afterward I was forbidden to buy ice cream or talk to him. My mother had me convinced Freddy was a kidnapper and would grind me up into hamburger. My close friend's mother told us Freddy had a disease we'd catch eating his ice cream.

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