13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
March 29, 2009
WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott
This week the museum received two great gifts. We received a portrait of Cal Petty, one of our first cowboys that was painted by Verda Harper. The portrait is very large and will add a great history to our ranch room.
We also received a gift of rifles that will add a new exhibit to the museum. So stay tuned for these two additions to be on exhibit this summer.
The weather repeated history this week but did not break any records. The museum had beautiful drifts all around it and Lipscomb looked like winter wonderland for a couple of days. Today, Monday, the snow is melting fast and the moisture is a welcome sight. When I first moved to Lipscomb some 10 years ago, Marie Schneider told me not to declare winter over until after Easter and the yucca bloomed. She is right again. Thanks, Marie.
Our dust bowl exhibit is up in the art room with the addition of stories from our county and from the children of the dust bowl. The history of this era is never boring and we always learn something from reading them. We also have the best seller "The Worst of Hard Times" in our gift shop.
We have records and photographs of three spring blizzards in Lipscomb County and the Panhandle. The first was April 9, 1938 , the train played a major role in snowplowing the tracks to assist bringing in food and relief. The second was March 22, 1957 with 11 deaths. The last was February 23, 1971 when the death toll was 5 but cattle losses were tremendous with the military using helicopters to drop hay to the stranded cattle. There was also a blizzard in 1965 but we do not have photos of it. We will be putting up our weather photos on the annex walls this week so bring us or email me photos of this years blizzard and any other that you want to share. Dorothy has also received the Weather Bureau's list of top weather events in the Panhandle that will be included in the exhibit. We were lucky this year with only much needed moisture coming from this blizzard.
This week is also April fools day. April 1 was the first day of the new year in the 1600's until Pope Gregory changed the calendar to the Christain calendar and January 1 began the new year. People in France ,however, who hadn't or didn't believe the change in the date, so they continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April first, others played tricks on them and called them "Aprils Fools." The day is still celebrated in France and is called "Poisson d'Avril". French children fool their friends by taping a paper fish to their friends' backs. When the " young fool" discovers this trick, the prankster yells "Poisson d'Avril" (April Fish). American also enjoy April fools day with a variety of pratical jokes. So I hope you enjoy and I end with this quote from Mark Twain
"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year."
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