Sometimes we assume that the only thing we get from our ancestors is their coloring, bone structure, and a few diseases and conditions we wish they had kept to themselves. I look a great deal like my ancestors- so much so that I was once asked by a stranger, “Which Springer are you?” I have my mother’s skin and her high blood pressure. I have my great-grandmother’s hair. But until yesterday, I didn’t realize that I shared a love of nature with my great-grandfather!
I found this piece in the paper and will of course add it to my family collection. Calvin W. Banta, using the name Rufe Bolts, often wrote about the news and politics of Liberty Hill. However, the pieces that I treasure are the ones that reveal his character and values.
The Caddo Herald
Friday, October 18, 1940
Liberty News, Save the Birds
For the past ten years this scribe has labored to make our place a bird refuge, and began to think we would accomplish our aim, but the nimrods have raided our pets until it looks like they are in danger of extermination. Too bad, for our farms will be desolate indeed if the bird life is taken away, but boys will be boys and we can do nothing about it. The worst part is some men who should put away such childish and cruel sports are worse than the boys because they are the better marksmen. We wonder if it would be possible to persuade these nimrods to desist their ruthless slaughter, and help us to make this community lively with the song birds. Last spring we had 13 mocking birds nesting on and near our premises, also bluebirds and wrens galore, but now we rarely ever see one of the feathered tribe. Paul said: “When I was a child I thought as a child and acted as a child, but when I became a man I put away the childish things.” Neighbors, won’t you join me in protecting the bird life of our community? Birds are our friends and but for them the insects would despoil us. Such conduct by grown men reminds me of Hitler sending his army of destruction in a defenseless nation like Poland or Denmark and dropping bombs on defenseless children. Our pets are as defenseless as they, and have no way of resistance. They cannot fight back and it is a heartless cruelty to murder the little things.
No rain yet, and this is the 13th of October. (We had one that day, brother!)
Roy Springer and family visited J. L. Springer Sunday. He has land interests near Boggy Depot and was looking after his interests there. He brought back a jug of crude oil taken from the well over there. It is the genuine article if only it is in paying quantities.
Our winter school will be a week old when this is printed. We anticipate a successful session. The Caddo school bus comes right to our door for the pupils who passed the eighth grade last term. That brings us closer to town than before. Rufe Bolts