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A FAMILY BUSINESS

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060922 thompson familySeveral generations of the Thompson family gathered recently to celebrate the 94th birthday of James H. Thompson who owned and operated Thompson Pulpwood and Logging Company. Thompson worked in the timber industry from 1943 until his retirement in 2007. Courtesy photo

Special to the Enterprise

James H. Thompson, of Thompson Pulpwood and Logging Company, recently celebrated his 94th birthday with family and friends.

Born a sharecropper, his mother died during childbirth. He was raised by his grandparents as their own child, introduced to church and given family values. James’ grandmother nursed a daughter and son at the

same time, with the two born two months apart. He is the only child remaining from a family of 14.

James was taught sharecropping duties early in life by his Papa. Following Papa's death in 1941, James and his older brother, Johnnie, worked their final crop and paid sharecropper debt in 1942. James was gifted with strength and endurance, which proved to be his value as a sharecropper, pulpwood hauler, log cutter and laborer.

James and Johnnie secured family housing away from sharecropping by working odd jobs. Following Papa's death, the financial responsibility of caring for the family was on the shoulders of James and Johnnie. They had been taught the value of hard work and family. James worked odd jobs until his work habits and skills were noticed by Mr. H.E. McClendon. Known to all as Mr. Mc. H.E. McClendon, at that time he was a wood scaler and businessman. McClendon asked James if he would come to Texas and work for him. Of course, the answer was yes, with the stipulation that he purchase James a truck.

James got the truck, and operated up to five trucks through the years, employing up to 10- or 15-man crews in peak seasons. James started his pulpwood turned logging business and worked in the timber industry, harvesting East Texas timber from 1943 until his retirement in 2007.

To his credit, he was one of few minority businesses in the early years to be awarded East Texas timber harvesting contracts with Southland Paper Company, Champion Paper Company and Georgia Pacific. It was not without hard work, commitment and never accepting defeat.

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PEACEFUL PROTEST

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Several members of the Democratic Club of Polk County staged a peaceful protest at the entrance to the parking lot of the Polk County Commerce Center Saturday where the Lake Livingston Gun Show was taking place. (l-r) Jinny LaGrue, Ann McDonald, Dena Simmons Scott, Louise Miller, Carolyn Bischoff and Ann Turney. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

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Wellness fair scheduled, vendors being sought

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From Enterprise Staff

WOW, which stands for Working on Wellness, a program of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) of Deep East Texas, will be hosting a Wellness Fair for Polk County from 2-6 p.m. June 16 in the commons area of the Livingston High School located at 400 FM 350 South.

Those attending will get to enjoy free vaccinations, free food while supplies last, free vision and blood pressure screenings, free health and wellness information and door prizes. There will also be a free karate lesson and a free Zumba lesson at 5:15 p.m.

“We are hoping to add vendors that are willing to supply other services,” Linda Jones, a wellness specialist with ADAC, said.
For additional information, call 936-634-5753.

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Local student qualifies to compete in world’s largest junior high rodeo

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060522 local student qualifiesEmma Ivie, an eighth grader at Corrigan-Camden Junior High School, will compete in the girls breakaway roping competition at the 17th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo June 19-25 in Perry, Ga. Courtesy photo

From Enterprise Staff

Emma Ivie, an eighth grader at Corrigan-Camden Junior High School has earned a position on the Texas National Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Perry, Ga. June 19-25 to compete at the 17th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in the girls breakaway roping competition.

Ivie is the daughter of Brad and Ashley Ivie of Moscow. She competes in multiple events in the Texas Junior High Rodeo, most recently competing in Gonzales during the last week of May. She is a two-time national qualifier.

Featuring roughly 1,200 contestants from 43 American states, five Canadian provinces, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand, the NJHFR is the world’s largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $80,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also be competing for more than $200,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a NJHFR world champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 based on their combined times/scores in the first two go-rounds to advance to Saturday evening’s final round. World champions will then be determined based on their three go-round combined times/scores. Added money for the optional jackpot has increased to $100,000 and is available to everyone at finals who enters the jackpot in their event.

Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of all NJHFR performances will air on www.cowboychannelplus.com. Performance times are 7 p.m. on June 19 and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter.

Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NJHFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by Golden Spur Ministries, and shopping at the NJHFR tradeshow, as well as visiting area attractions as Perry hosts the NJHFR this year. To follow your local favorites at the NJHFR, visit www.nhsra.com daily for complete results.

For ticket information and reservations, visit www.etix.com/ticket/e/1017434.

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Controlling ferel cat colonies

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Whitey and Ginger are the newest employees at Mike’s Saw & Supply out Hwy. 190 West. For many years, Mike and LaDonna Fuller, have worked to humanely reduce the population of the feral cat colony that moved into the field behind their store. While most programs that are established to humanely eliminate feral cat colonies are trap-neuter-release, the Fullers have taken it a step further with their own version – trap-neuter-employ. Feral cat colonies are a problem in lots of cities. Locally, Addie Spicer has made it her mission to help solve this problem but needs money, volunteers, and feline-friendly storage facilities to carry out her work. If you can help this cat rescuer with money, time or space please contact the SPCA of Polk County at 936-933-6888 or 936-755-3020.
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