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Hays Free Press * November 9, 2011 NEIGHBORS Page 3C "ours before the kickoff of the TCU-Texas foot- .ball game on Nov. 12, 1966, the Horned Frogs' head coach was sidelined by a heart attack. With a name like Othol Hershel Martin, the Jacksboro native needed a nickname something bad. And that was what he got at Texas Christian University soon after enrolling in the fall of 1927. The freshman's slow-motion speech and dry backwoods humor reminded Coach Fran- cis Schmidt of the newspaper column '~be Martin Says." He began calling the walk-on 'Abe," and the name caught on. Starting out as a bench- warmer with no scholarship and little cash, Martin wound up a starter on the 1929 squad that won Texas Christian's first SWC title. A star in his own fight, he set conference records for blocked punts and fumble recoveries: Two years after receiving his bachelor's degree in 1932, Martin launched his coaching career at E1 Paso High. Even though his teams were the best in their district both years he was there, they were no match for Blair Cherry's Amarillo jug- gernaut that was on its way to collecting a record-tying three straight state crowns. With no money in his paltry budget to scout the Sandies in advance of their early season meeting, Martin wrote Cherry to request a copy of his play- book: Abe was only kidding, but the future University of Texas head coach obliged him by return mail. The inside in- formation had no effect on the outcome, as Amarillo routed E1 Paso 87-0. Smarting from the stinging defeat, Martin said in a second communica- tion, "Blair, if you hadn't sent us those plays we sure would have been in for it!" Hired as an assistant at Lufkin, Martin Texas only a matt fore his boss up a Over the next sev the Panthers cor~ pressive record o: against 10 defeat~ ning district four ever, when one o: died from a mptt the shaken task-i Following a ye~ private sector, M~ to the gridiron at in Fort Worth. He 1944 season for a the Army. Martin returne mater in 1945 to i master's degree a Dutch Meyer's st~ man coach. Mey~ Horned Frogs on previous decade' (some say the wh lada) of the natio pionship in 1935, triumph in the fii Bowl and a petrel 1938. 1952 was The I 19th and last sea, hell. He retainec athletic director the reins to his pc hand man. Abe Martin did burst out of the c 3-7in 1953 and4 But 1955 was the season, as the 9-1 top honors in the might have beate in the Cotton Bm quarterback had ken two ribs on tl kickoff. Despite being 1 to Texas A&M the Ls in East er of days be ad resigned m seasons, piled an II. 66 victories while win- Limes. How 'his players red spleen, ~aster quit. r in the xtin returne Paschal Hig] left after the short stint i2 d to his alm~ tudy for his ad to join ff as fresh- r had put th the map the vith a share ~le enchi- lai cham- an historic st Cotton :t season in ~utchman's on at the [ the title of nd passed pular right- not exactly lute, going 6 in 1954. turnaround Frogs took SWC and a Mississip[ e if their mt bro- te opening unner-up next year, Ior many of my friends, the arrival of November sig- nals the start of the deer and wild turkey season. For me, it's onion planting time. While Baker and Oliver hone their hunting s~lls over at the ranch in BracketWflle, I'm in my backyard planting this season's crop. I am often asked about"the key to success" with onions, and I always tell gardeners that they first have to know which variety is best suited to the area where they live. Here in Hays Cotm~ we plant short-day onions. These grow during the short days of winter and are ready for harvest when the days become longer in the spring. Short day onions mature in roughly 120 days, and you can plant them from the middle of this month through late winter. It's important to know that the earlier you plant them, the big- ger the onions will grow. MY TOP FIVE ONION CHOICES FOR HAY COUNTY: 1. Texas 1Ol5y"Super- Sweet." Probably the most popular onion in Texas. The 10t5 is globe-shaped, yellow, and can grow up to 6 inches in diameter. It's so sweet that it can be eaten like an apple! 2. Texas EarlyWhite. A new, sweet, white onion that just won the 2012 direct gardening "Green Thumb" award for its flavor, ease-of-growing and disease resistance. Matures in 105 days and is globe shaped. Mature width: 5 inches. 3. Southern Belle Red. A large, globe-shaped, sweet onion that grows to 4 inches in diameter. It's the sweetest of the red short day onions. 4. White Bermuda. A fiat, sweet, white onion that grows to 3 to 4 inches. It's an excellent on- ion to harvest early for scallions. This heirloom onion originated in the Canary Islands. 5. Creole Red.Apungent, new red onion that is globe-shaped and reaches 3 to 4 inches across at maturi~ A strong flavor that works well for Cajun cooking. These onions need a sunny garden location with loose; well drained soil. Mixing lots of or- gallic compost with our native soil is a must. For fertilizer, they like a lot of phosphate to start. Organic bone meal (e-10-0) mixed into the soil before planting works well.As they start to grow, add a higher nitrogen fertilizer as a top dress. Blood meal (12-0-0) or Ladybug organic fertilizer ........................ '~: i (8-2-4) is very effeIme tfive. Plant your onions 1 inch deep and 4 to 6 inches apart. I1 you like to harvest green onior s early, plant them 2 inches apm t and harvest ever~ other onion as theygrow, l Rows should be at least 8 inches apart so th enough nutrients Onions like wate~ with a regular war tile. (They will nol soil.) If the leaves low, that's probab much water. You can harves in the spring whe~ brown and begin This should be so: tween mid-April Finally, onions store. My crop fro year is still holdi~ the crisper. Take advanta and try your hanc onion gardener. I what I'll be doing Happy gardeni~ Ifyou have a q for Chris, send it i to iathyme@yah mail a postcard t, Thyme, 11726 Mat Austin, TX78748 i. COfft. ~t there are to go aroun(. so keep up ~ring sched- grow in dry ,egin to yel- y a sign of to :your onion,, i the tops tu~ n :o fall over. newhere be. md mid -M~ y ire easy to nMayofthi; ~upwellin of the seasc ,r L at being an know that's tg everyone. testion ,ia email Or It's About chaca Road, saboutthym~ : Old Fasl Soda Fount, Ice Cream ~ Floats ~ Sundaes Ice Cream So, Fast friendly s an old-fashi Fountain Mon-Sat, 8 Pharmacy Mon-Fri, 9 Sat,9 a~ 203 Railroad Pharmacy Fountain 3 ioned Treats lilkshakes [as MaRs ,.trice with ned flavor Hours: ~n-8 pm Hours: ~m-6 pea -2 pea St.'Buda ,12-2111 12-2172 TCU again repres, Southwest Confm Cotton Bowl due 1 NCAA probation. battle of the AIl-A Syracuse's Jim Brc the Frogs' ]ira Swi Christian prevaile blocked extra-pHi Of his many m~ quips, Martin's de of two stars were ] About Swink he c marked, '~w, he's little old rubber-li nobody can catch compared Bob Li] Cowboys' first dra "a big old green p~ "stand in there fo] picket fence." After a disappo campaign in 1957 got his boys back and the season e the Homed Frogs atop the SWC stm third Cotton Bowl proved to be the s as neither TCU nc could score in a sl marred by eight u five missed field g In 45 seasons, t Conference race r ended in a three-~ first place. But th~ happened in 195~c Texas and Arkans~ with identical reo victories and one The head-to-he rated the ence in the o the Aggle's 3illed as the nericans, wn and ~, Texas d 28-27 on a at attempt. morable mriptions eal pearls. ace re- ust a gged outfit And he the Dallas pick, to ~a" who will you like a nfing 5-4-1 Martin m track, aded with all alone dings. Their in four years :rangest ever, r Air Force ~ppy contest [movers and 3ais. re Southwest ever had my fie for t was what . as TCU, ts finished ~rds of five OSS. ad tie-break- er was no help because TCU had lost to Arkansas, Texas had lost to TCU and Arkansas had lost to Texas. So SWC officials came up with the "last team to the party" rule. Since the Longhoms had gone the longest (eight years compared to six for the Hogs and one for the Frogs) without playing in the Cotton Bowl, UT received the NewYear's Day in- vitation to Dallas. TCU's conso- lation prize was the inaugural Bluebonnet Bowl. Except for six-win outings in 1962 and 1965, Martin's last half dozen seasons failed to measure up to the previous five. He may have been toying with the idea of retir'mg in No- vember 1966, when a serious heart attack made the decision for him. Abe Martin gave up coach- ing for the "office job" of athletic director, which he held until 1975. A fatal heart attack sounded the final gun four years later for the "Jacksboro Philosopher." Read about the Great Galves- ton Storm, New London school explosion, Waco'twister and 22 more calamities and close calls in "Tornadoes, Hurricanes & Other Disasters" the latest "Best of This Week in Texas History" collection. Order today by mailing a check for $14.20 to Bartee Halle, P.O. 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