July 23, 2014~Year 6, No.42



Nazareth FFA at the Texas State Convention in Fort Worth

“I Can” is the phrase that FFA students now live by. Motivational speakers and state officers promoted this theme to about 10,000 people at FFA state convention in Fort Worth. Fifteen high school FFA students attended the convention July 14-18. Ten out of these fifteen students received a prestigious Lonestar degree.

The convention had many booths that sold clothes, promoted colleges, etc. Thursday night was “Fun Night”; the convention had a talent show, a hypnotist, and a dance.

Treva Ramsey made it to the semi-finals in extemporaneous speaking at state convention. Ramsey had thirty minutes to prepare a three to seven minute long speech. After speaking, the judges had a few minutes to ask her questions about her topic. The participants in the competition chose a topic out of three randomly drawn topics given to them. Ramsey’s speech was about her opinion on the most important agricultural product produced in Texas.


“It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years,” wrote one poet reflecting upon the long-lived love of those celebrating anniversaries of their weddings.  Whether 65 or 50, Nazareth couples celebrated these special milestones of life with an Anniversary Blessing at the Mass in Holy Family Church and followed by dinners and receptions.


Veronica Wilhelm (left) and Nellie Wilhelm congratulate Catherine and William C. Hochstein, Jr., on their 65th Wedding Anniversary.


Edwin and Irene Huseman at their 50th Anniversary reception.

Half Century Anniversary

A half century of marriage
Deserves a celebration;
Your 50-year relationship
Rates major acclamation!

Congratulations to you both
On your durable rapport;
Happy 50th anniversary,
And may you have many more!

     On Saturday, July 19th, Edwin and Irene Huseman celebrated their 50th, with a wonderful back-yard come-and-go supper.  The next day, Sunday, July 20th, William C. Jr. and Catherine Hochstein were joined by their 13 children and a vast number of children’s children as they were honored at the Home Mercantile with a dinner attended also by more than a hundred friends.


Blake and Kristen Conrad of Denver Colorado congratulate Leroy Pohlmeier (right) on his 90th birthday.

On another note of celebration, Leroy Pohlmeier was feted for his 90th birthday with an outdoor Mass at his home and a carnival atmosphere dinner that also allowed the children to use water-slides and a bouncy-house.  South of Nazareth, Cyril and Mitzie Brockman were able to gather their family of six children, spouses, and grandchildren, along with some local friends, for an old-time reunion of food and outdoor games.


The Cyril Brockman family reunion was celebrated by (L-R) Becky Book, Caroll Brockman, Cyrila Robb, Therese Solis, and Mitzie Brockman.


Nazareth residents and guests made short order of the smorgasbords available at anniversary receptions this last weekend



Urban Ball

     Urban M. Ball, 84, of Nazareth died Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Dimmitt.

Urban was born Sept. 27, 1929, to Leo Ball and Josephine Gerber Ball in Nazareth. He grew up in Nazareth. Urban owned and operated Ball’s Package Store for many years, up until his retirement and served as mayor of Nazareth for a number of years. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and was an active volunteer for the church for a number of years. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and Catholic Order of Foresters. Urban enjoyed watching baseball and was an avid fan.

     He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Vernon Braddock; a nephew, Jim Schmucker; and a great-nephew, Shane Kleman.

Survivors include two brothers, Jim Ball and wife Evelyn of Plainview and Fred Ball of Nazareth; two sisters, Mary Kleman and husband Carl Dean of Nazareth and Esther Braddock of McKinney; 14 nephews; four nieces and numerous cousins.

     Rosary and Vigil was prayed on Sunday, July 20, in Holy Family Catholic Church, and the Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Monday with the Rev. Ken Keller as celebrant. Burial followed in Holy Family Cemetery. The Bereavement Committee of the parish of Holy Family catered a meal for family and guests in the Community Hall.

     The family suggests memorials be to Holy Family Cemetery Fund, 210 St. Joseph St., Nazareth, TX 79063.


Saintly Nun Challenged Billy the Kid

           The Southwest needs a patron saint, so a”Sainthood Cause” for Sister Blandina Segale, has been begun by the Church in New Mexico.  Sister Blandina, a nun with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, came to Trinidad, Colorado, in 1877 to teach poor children and was later transferred to Santa Fe, where she co-founded schools. During her time in New Mexico, she worked with the poor, the sick and immigrants, and advocated for Native Americans who were losing their land to swindlers.

Her encounters with Old West outlaws also became the stuff of legend and were the subject of an episode of the CBS series “Death Valley Days.” According to one story, she received a tip that Billy The Kid was coming to her town to scalp the four doctors who had refused to treat his friend’s gunshot wound. Sister Blandina nursed the friend to health, and when Billy came to Trinidad, Colorado, to thank her, she asked him to abandon his violent plan. He agreed.

Another story says The Kid and his gang attempted to rob a covered wagon traveling on the frontier. But when the famous outlaw looked inside, he saw Sister Blandina, and just tipped his hat as he back out. Many of the tales she wrote in letters to her sister later became the book, “At the End of the Santa Fe Trail.”

“She was just amazing,” said Victoria Marie Forde of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. “It’s tough to live up to her example.”  Sister Blandina would found St. Joseph Hospital in Albuquerque before returning to Cincinnati in 1897 to start Santa Maria Institute, which served recent immigrants. Her work resonates today, with poverty, immigration and child care still high-profile issues, Sanchez said.


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