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A Museum of History and Art in historic Lipscomb, Texas
Map 13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
806-852-2123
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March 11, 2012

WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott

MUSEUM HAPPENINGS

Beautiful weather makes it hard to stay inside so I hope all of you have been enjoying the beginning of Spring (I hope). At the same time I have to remember as I do every year that our worst blizzards and storms have occurred in March and April. So I enjoy the weather as it presents itself each day. The rain was great.

Our week was busy with people bringing in items for our collections, others coming by to visit. It seems each week someone comes in that has driven by every day but this is their first visit. They are always amazed ar the history on exhibit. This always makes our day.

Una Babitzke dropped by on Wednesday with two albums of photographs of Rene Heil. The family is loaning the albums to the museum. We have them in our reception area for everyone to come in and browse through them. One album is for all his photos of hands, the other is dedicated to spurs. We spent the afternoon visiting with Una and trying to identify hands. The photos are wonderful and you will want to come by and see if you can identify your hands and spurs.

Please mark your calendars for the Sunday Reception for Rebecca Ashley on March 25 here at the museum at 2 pm. Her exhibit is full of color and quite beautiful.

HISTORICAL MUSINGS

Do remember when electricity came to the Panhandle. The Rural Electrification Administration was started in 1935 and only about 2 percent of Texas farms had electricity. The first electric power to rural Panhandle occurred in Deaf smith county on March 9, 1937. Our area probably had electricity by the 40's. A local rancher remembers getting electricity in 1948. By 1965 the REA reported that 98% of all Texas Farms had power. A resource we take for granted today, and would have a total shutdown of everyday life if we lost power for a significant period of time. That's progress.

In the spirit of Women's Month, here is a 1937 critique of the Best Way Grocery Store in Follett: "Follett's Best Way Store is certainly up and coming and is second to none when it comes to handling the very best High Grade merchandise in the way of Groceries, Fresh and Cured Meats. They have a large stock and you can feel sure of getting anything along this line that your heart desires and at Up Town Prices and in fact much less than you would have to pay in many nearby cities. All of the live-wire clerks of this firm go a long way in making it a Most Pleasant Place to do your shopping. A trial will convince you." What more could a woman want. ENJOY THE WEEK.


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