Old-fashioned news remains neighborly

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist

We haven’t visited about neighborly news in quite some time, so let’s just sit back to think about a few friends we have seen or heard from in the last few days.

Two offspring of some early settlers in the Ima area stopped at the coffee table to fill me in on some information I needed.

Mary Barrett from Taos and her brother are of the Bill Law family that lived about three miles south of the Ima Store. Mary had sent pictures for the book and had been most helpful even though we had never met. We had a great time visiting about people who used to live in that community and felt we had known each other forever by the time we ended our conversation.

Barbara Copeland of Amistad and who so graciously provided the beautiful painting for the book cover stopped to talk about the latest news and to recall some of her early days at Quay. She even tried to encourage me to go on the Internet because she is having a great time finding answers to all sorts of questions. She seemed to think I would be able to tolerate more confusion in life, but I remain convinced for now.

Just about the time I gather enough courage to take Aggie for a walk in some pastures, Judge Bronson Moore appears with pictures of gigantic rattlesnakes he has found during his treks and sends my courage into the breezes one more time. Last week, he showed a picture of one diamondback that was as long as he is tall and caused me to have nervous fidgets at the thought of running into such a critter.

Fern Hass, a native of Forrest and former elementary school teacher here, called from her home in Las Vegas to catch up on the latest news and to say she is sending a two-volume book by Lorene Tyson, another former teacher here. We visited about the Forrest Reunion she was unable to attend and laughed about many of the good times we have had through the years.

Wade Mathis called from Hobbs Sunday afternoon to report the death of his mother, Pat Mathis, on Sept. 17. Many of you will remember when Pat was director of nursing at the hospital. She was an outstanding nurse and a good friend to have around during troubled times. She helped many of us during her tenure and did all that was possible to give us the strength to go on even when we thought we couldn’t take another step.

Marian Farmer Knapp from Albuquerque delivered a Brownie Kodak to the table one afternoon after having heard my comments about my camera being a bit like a Brownie Box Camera in comparison to the fancy camera Harold Nichless was showing off. She calls and writes periodically when she gets a wild idea and wants someone to step up to do the work but has learned that I can say no when the task is too complex. Of course, we all owe her thanks for getting us involved in writing the Quay County Book in 1985, but we don’t need any more gigantic projects.

On Wednesday, Arthur Guerra of the Class of ‘54 and now living in California stopped to chat about life in his hometown and to say he is retired from the police force but is now working as an investigator in Long Beach. I didn’t recognize him in his beautiful white hair but looked at his picture in the Yucca and recalled some of our school days.

Many of us still have the old-fashioned notion that we enjoy reading about friends and neighbors; thus, I hope you have learned a little and have thought of even more about whom we could write.