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  • Texas | Columns | "It's All Trew"

    Most everyone has interesting tidbits to share

    by Delbert Trew
    Delbert Trew

    Seems almost everyone I meet has a story, joke, old saying or an interesting tidbit. Here are a few tales retained from a recent trip down south visiting friends and relatives.

    While discussing the current economic problems and banking changes, one man recalled his grandparents did not trust any bank as they had lost money during the Great Depression when their bank closed. They stated simply, "We use the U.S. Post Hole Bank with Mr. Mason (jar) who is president."

    While recalling the times of war when most of our young men were serving in the military, a story about the only type of help available was told. Applicants were few and poorly qualified. One boss needed help badly and interviewed several men. He described them as, "only fit to be wheelbarrow mechanics."

    Cousin Dan Trew, now of Fort Worth but having been raised in Collingsworth County, told of early days when each spring arrived, settlers placed a 1-by-12-inch wooden plank across a corner inside their homes, laid newspaper and straw on the floor behind the board, then drove to Clarendon and bought four dozen baby chicks.

    When the chicks grew large enough to jump over the board, they moved them to a chicken coop, changed the straw behind the board and bought another four dozen chicks.

    This kept a fresh supply of "right-sized" frying chickens coming and probably provided a lot of baby-sitting and fun for the toddlers living at home.

    A tale of hog-killing time after frost each year brought on a serious discussion about the varied ways of "putting up sausage."

    My wife's folks cleaned and stuffed sausage into the intestines and later casings. Others hung the long strings of stuffed meat in smokehouses and smoked it with different types of wood.

    Some families sewed long cloth sacks, stuffed them with sausage about the size of a baseball bat then sliced as needed for frying. The recipes for making the sausage were dependent on what ethnic culture you had descended from.

    Our family made the sausage mix into patties, fried them well done, then packed them into large-mouthed fruit jars or into crocks. When full, we poured hot lard over the contents until covered and sealed the tops. When needed for food, we dug out the patties, heated them in a skillet and served. The lard left in the vessels was made into lye soap. No one ever wasted any part of any animal butchered, as I remember.

    The Alanreed Coffee Shop is stumped! We know that BVDs is a name brand for underwear but cannot remember what the letters BVD stands for. Anyone know?

    Seems an old cowboy's wife took him to a doctor for the first time in his life. He had no idea what to expect and was scared.

    The doctor tried to put him at ease as he sat him down in a chair and started explaining the procedures for a full physical checkup.

    "Now John, see those little plastic cups over across the room on the shelf? First thing we are going to do is take a urine test."

    The old cowboy studied the cups a moment then asked, "You want me to try to hit one from here?"

    Delbert Trew - "It's All Trew"
    June 21, 2011 column
    Delbert Trew is a freelance writer and retired rancher. He can be reached at 806-779-3164, by mail at Box A, Alanreed, TX 79002, or by email at trewblue@centra media.net. For books see delberttrew.com. His column appears weekly.
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