13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
August 3, 2014
WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott
A lot has happened this last week. Sadly, Dorothy has been hospitalized for her back problems. She suffered a bad fall and in the German way ignored it for a spell until she finally listened to her body and went to the Doctor. She is in the Vibra Rehab Hospital in Amarillo. The address is available on their website. We wish her well and will try to keep the museum clean and operating while she recovers.
As I mentioned last week I attended the annual roundup of the Texas Plains Trail in Canyon. As usual it was a great meeting with inspirational speakers. Our featured speaker was Chet Garner who has a weekly TV show called the "DayTripper". He was very entertaining and his show visits the real Texas exhibiting our small towns and its unique citizens. If you haven't seen his show, give it a watch. I think you will like it.
The theme of the roundup was "Telling our Stories" and each presentation focused on our regional stories. A descendent of Will Hamblin presented the story of how her father made the first Hwy 207, The park rangers from the four state parks in our regions explained the focuses of their individual parks. We also heard presentations from local authors and how they began their careers as authors.
A highlight of the conference was our evening in Palo Duro Canyon and the show "TEXAS". If you haven't seen this show in the last couple of years you need to go and see it. It is wonderful and the last half is a patriotic tribute to Texas and the United States military. Very impressive.
Our county has been fortunate to have Extension agents who have contributed much to our way of life. In 1963, Mrs. Mildred Pugh, extension agent for Lipscomb County was honored by the National Home Demonstration Agents Association. She was one of four Texas agents honored. The winners were honored at the national meeting held in Salt Lake City. The honor was given to agents who had rendered outstanding service to the people with whom they have worked for a period of 10 years or more. Mrs. Pugh had directed the home economics education program in Lipscomb county for 16 years. She used her kitchen and her entire home to adapt the latest research findings in home economics to the county.
During the drought years, Mrs. Pugh helped the people of the county to make the most of what they had in furniture and home furnishings. She conducted workshops in each major community of the county, and taught men and women how to re-upholster their furniture with a minimum outlay of money. The meetings were held at night so that the men could participate. More than 100 pieces of furniture were completed in the workshop series.
She was a chaperon for the 4-H Talent Club Tour in 1956. She served as treasurer of the Texas HAD Association and was a director for 3 years.
Mrs. Pugh had a strong 4-H program with outstanding work in clothing, family economics and gardening. Under her leadership, the Home demonstration club women of Lipscomb County bought and equipped a
20 by 60 foot building for a County Club House. They raised a $1000 and requested and received another $2000 from the county commissioner court. Then with volunteer labor they constructed a modern club center in the building located in Lipscomb. The Club House is still functioning and serving the Extension Club and county well.
Mrs. Pugh served as county agent for over 20 years. She died on Saturday July 25, 1987 at the age of 76 and buried at the Darrouzett Cemetery.
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