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Hays Free Press * January 26, 2011 NBHBHBORS Page 3C The battleship Texas saw her first andonly action of World War I on January 30, 1918, but the "Mighty T" would do her share of the fighting and then some when the next global conflict rolled around. The U.S.S. Texas was, in fact, the third warrior of the waves to bear the name of the Lone Star State. The original was a cumbersome Con- federate ironclad seized in 1865 by of Rhode Isl attempt to f moth, her "Come on, 1 Da the most of her new lease on life. During the Second World War, Days afte America's belated entrance into the First World War, the Texas ra I aground offthe coast md. During the 72-hour ~e the beached behe- mous motto was coined. exas!" the crew chanted in unison a~ the gray lady at last slipped bad: into the water. Dn a rout ne patrol in January 1918, lookol tts spotted the periscope the northern navy and auctioned off of a Germar U-boat.The Texas fired duty called in both the European and to the highest bidder. The second at the subm ~rged predator and . Pacific theaters. Wherever the fight- served in the Spanish-American War swung hard ito starboard to dodge ing was fiercest, the Texas was always at the turn of the century before her the inevitable reply -- a torpedo, there. sacrifice to the cause of peacetime The encoun[ter was the only taste of In November 1942, she took part target practice, combat priqr to the armistice that in the massive invasion of North The launching of the $5 million November. , Africa, the opening phase of the Al- Texas in May 1912 was the first ever Between 1 preserved on film. Hand-cranked everything movie cameras recorded the chris- castle. Cere! tening of the giant battlewagon in for dignltari front of 15,000 spectators at Newport kept the offi News, Virginia. The brass w Formally commissioned in 1914, the vessel out t( malden voyage of the Texas was tinged day dawned with irony. She stood watch as Marines After the ] under orders from President Woodrow Harbor, whi Wftson landed at Veracruz to intervene a third of th, in the chaotic Mexican Revolution. suddenly in he wars, the Texas did xcept haul coal to New- aonial cruises, free rides ~s and training exercises :ers and crew hopping. ~s about to put the aging pasture before a new on Dec. 7, 1941. apanese attack on Pearl :h destroyed or disabled .' U.S. fleet, the Texas was tispensable. She made For me the latter part of this month always brings with it a sense of celebra- Plant your ) pieces 1 foot 12 inches deep. inches of soft. When the new shoots reach the height of 6 to 8 inches, pull more soil around tliem. This will encourage more tubers. Also, as they begin to grow, add plenty of loose mulch to help conserve moisture and keep the growing tubers ~ooler. In May, when the plants begin to wilt and fade, it's time to harvest your treasures. Unearth your new potatoes with great care, as damaged potatoes do not sto~e well. If your soil is loose enough, you should be able to dO this by hand. _is is where the;fun begins. I guess it kind of relpinds me of an Easter egg hunt. The great joy of sifting through the soil and discovering hidden potatoes.., is what gardening is all about. Happy potato gatdening~ everyone. If you have a tion question, send it to J emaiL" iathyme@y~ (Please put 'Ask Chr, in the subject line.) letter or postcard to: Winslow. If s About ' 11726 Manchaca R TX78748 ~ultural ~evia S Winslow' )r mail your Ask Chris "hyme: ad, Austin, tion: it's Irish potato season. Woo-hoo. This is one of my all-time favorite crops to grow.., and to consume. Potatoes are a cool season crop. They do very well ffyou plant them in the late winter, around mid-February.You can then harvest them in mid-to- late May. before the heat of the summer arrives. The perfect soil temperature is 50 degrees. Rather than seeds, potatoes come from seed potatoes. These contain buds or 'eyes,' which then sprout into new plants. The seed potatoes are cut into pieces. They should be no smaller than an egg, and each must have an eye. After cutting, allow the potato pieces to dry. This helps to stop them from rotting. To protect them even more, you can dust them with wettable powder sulfur - a fungicide. You will encourage new sprouts if you place the pieces in a dark place. The top three seed potato va- rieties that do consistently well in the Austin, Buda and Kyte area are: Kennebec (white), Red l.asoda andkhkon Gold. As with most vegetables, the garden location should be well-drained and have lots of sunshine. An important point: pota- toes love loose soil. The looser the better. Make sure you mix in generous amounts of com- post, sand, leaf mold and hay into the soft. 9322 Highway 183 S * Austin, TX. Resale and Consignment Shop lied counterattack. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower made his stirring"Voice of Freedom" broadcast to Nazi-occu- pied France from the Texas. It was back to Europe in the sum- mer of'44 for Operation Overlord. At noon on D-Day, the Texas Ventured to within 3,000 yards of shore to pound German fortifications that were making the Normandy beach a casualty-strewn hell. Countless soldiers owed their survival to the Odds & Ends Continued from pg. 1C and could not finish the term. Glad to report that Jean is doing very well again. Thanks for a job well done to all and welcome Barbara Ilse who is the historian. A baby shower honoring Randa Bishop was held in the church rec center on Jan. 15. The guests watched and admired the many gifts that Randa opened. The guests were invited to help them- selves to sandwiches, cake, punch and coffee. Host- esses were aunts, cousins and friends of Randa's. Speaking of cousins, the battleship's bombardment. Although the Nazis' days were numbered by late 1944, several bloody chapter~ remained in the Pacific drama. Her services no longer required in the Atlantic, the Texas hurried halfway around the world to finish the war. She was on hand for the three- week ordeal at Iwo Jima, where 22,000 Japanese fanatically fought to the last man. Exhausted but exhila- rated sailors watched from the deck of the Texas as Old Glory was raised in triumph on Mount Suribachi. Following the surrender of Japan, the Texas sailed home in October 1945. Condemned to the scrap heap at the ripe old age of 33 by the tradi- tional.American certainty that each war was the last, she was decommis- sioned in preparation for a date with the cutting torch. Meanwhile, as other states passed up the opportunity to adopt their naval namesakes, Texans jumped at the chance to save the "Mighty T." The legislature went along with the idea but refused to provide the funds for the expensive project. The people Hagedom and Hohmann cousins met at Mamacita's Restaurant in San Marcos for a Dutch treat lunch on Jan. 18. Attending were Pauline and Herbert Schwerffeger of Belton, Charles and Norma Voigt of Fredericksburg, Leonard Hohmann of Waring, Al and Joyce Hagedorn of Fentress, Erwin and Bobby Jean Hagedorn of San Marcos and Myrtle Heideman of Uh- land. Here's hoping next time more will be able to come. Sympathy is extended to the family and many friends of Danny Joe Blaschke who Texas Crossword . and Sudoku sponsored by | 27 46 from Valley to Panhandle, 83 is long ................................ 48 TX white bass is" ..... chrysops" scientifically 49 in Taylor Co. on 84 50 TXism: "fit __ _ fiddle" 51 cattle breed 52 this league's 2011 "Super Bowl" will be in Arlington 53 TX Webb wrote "By the Time to Phoenix" 54 TX moonwalker Bean Now acceptingconsignmen~. Callformoreinformafion. 512-243-1195 ACROSS 1 TX looks for =red __ blooms" along the coast 5 TXism: "costs an arm and 6 Longview's KFXK started as this 7 TX Vikki Cart album: hombres" ('88) 8 state lottery agcy. (abbr.) 9 boo __ (cry) 12 TXism:" feeding monkeys at the ZOO, 17 TXism: "feel like I've been .ridden __ __ put up wet" 19 from 13: "Houston, we've got a problem" 21 TXism: "up a creek without ............. " 22 TXism: "tough as ........... drive steak" 23 = ................ v. painter" ('50) ended segrega- tion in TX colleges 28 drink/food carrier 29 film for TX Morgan Woodward: "Cool __ Luke" ('67) 30 baby eagle 31 Spanish newspaper: "El __ __ Texas" 35 Indonesian bird 36 Cherokee leader in TX, aka "The Bowl" 42 parental order:" __ around in the house" 44 silent film hearthrob Novarro Cowboy Emmmitt ............ a mess of yards 57 Noah's boat 58 TX ironclad ship L_ " King" was never built DOWN 13 TXism: "you're bark g .............. 1 TXism: "yOu can tree" 14 this Ephron wrote __ bank" (certain) TX-filmed "Silkweed" 2 TXism: "___ __ 15 country singer you a new hat size"Jackson (threat) 16 " into 2nd base" 3 Weatherford 18 this Dolores was in newspaper name . "Flying Down to Rio" 4 __ and bacon with TX Ginger (init.) 9 TX Lyle Lovetrs 20 "good ' boy" =if I __ _ Boat" 23 dir. to Austin from 10 TX Pride's "My Eyes Comanche Can 24 Houston's Cherokee __ _ You" ('76) trading pest: 11 TX-bom Bonson film: "Wig~ Neosho" = to Billy Joe" 25 archaic exclamation 12 DFW regulator o! surprise themselves had to pick up the tab. The Junior Chamber of Commerce sponsored the fundraising drive, and screen stars Dana Andrews and Linda Darnell, both native Texans, filmed an appeal that played in mov- ie theaters across the state. School- children donated dimes and their parent's hard-earned dollars until the goal of $250,000 was reached. Thousands of Texans gathered at the San Jacinto battleground on Apr. 21, 1948 to welcome home the beloved battleship. Gov. Beaufort 'Jester, destined to die in office the next year, accepted the Texas on be- half of her rightful owners from Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, who hailed from Fredricksburg. Admiral Nimitz solemnly said in his presentation, "By demonstrating the fighting spirit of Texas to our en- emies in two world wars, this gallant ship proved worthy of her name." Bartee Haile welcomes your com- ments, questions and suggestions at or P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549. And come on by for a visit! passed away on Jan. 10 at the Texan Nursing Center in San Marcos. A memorial service was held at the Walker Hall in Lockhart on Jan. 22. Glad to report that Cheryl Shelley was able to be at home for a few hours. She is reported improving. Get well wishes also go to Gordon Sassman, Mike Cowan and Clarence Heideman. Glad to have received sev- eral more pictures and ser- vice histories from our Armed Services personnel that will be placed on the memory and honor wall in the Uhland community center. Thanks also for the nice comments about the project some of you have made. We think it's a worthwhile endeavor, but we need your help in this project. Coming by for a visit with Raymond and Myrtle Heide- man were Rev. Hotopp, Tony King and Clarence Heideman. Thanks also for the cards and phone calls. Raymond is trying his best to get stronger and appreciates your concem. See Solution, page 6C l 10 ; ............. i ............. ! ..... i ............. I ............. i .......... i 57 i 26 '80 pop ballad: " of Love" 27 " -weensy" 32 "Battle _ San Jacinto" 33 Sean Lee's pos. with the Cowboys 34 TXism: ~thatll nicely" 36 gear notch by Charley & Guy Orbison Copyrtght 2Oll by (~,1~ Bee& 13 ~ ...... 41 37 noted TX billionaire Hughes (intt.) 38 TXtsm for =1 declare' 39 size of TX 40 cattle drive start: "move ' 41 TX Dale's hubby started" of the Pioneers" group 43 "howdy" 45 dir. to Wichita Falls from Abilene 47 " ' a sight for sore eyes" 48 primary street for many TX cities 55 "Diana" singer Paul See Solution, page 6C + + #