High Points| from El Camino Real

by Chris Davis

Folks along El Camino Real are trying to stay up with all the things that are growing after the nights finally started getting warmer. Everybody’s gardens are growing faster now, but so is the grass up and down the rows. The yard weeds have shot up and the Bahia grass won’t be far behind.
Its going to get hot too, so let me be the first to welcome you to another East Texas summer. I can promise you that you won’t break a sweat reading this six bits worth of news, so at least you don’t have that to worry about.
It seems like it was only a few weeks ago that I was writing about Jackie Baugh Huggins having such a nice 93rd birthday party, and now I’m writing about her passing on May 4. You never realize how many folks are connected until you go to a visitation at the funeral home. Jackie had a full house for her visitation which is a great testament to what she meant to all the people that had the pleasure of knowing her.
Jackie and her husband Tommie raised 7 children on their farm in the Lynches Chapel Community. I guess just about all of us had a Huggins or a Baugh kid for a friend. Her dad, Orville Baugh, fixed our lawn mowers for as far back as I remember. I’m thankful to live in a place that still honors the memory and families of people that have touched our lives when they pass. Please keep her family in your prayers as they mourn her passing.
The Mean Sting Music Machine Band a.k.a. the Alto High School Band showed out in San Antonio last weekend at the Battle of the Flowers parade. The band won first place in the “Out of Town” bands category. The band members enjoyed a fun filled weekend in San Antonio, visiting the downtown sights, and Fiesta Texas. It was the end of a great year of accomplishments for our band. We are proud of you!
The Alto Trail Riders had a big trail ride this past weekend. I was heading up Highway 69 late Saturday afternoon and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen that big a group of horses and riders heading down the highway at one time.
I remember when this group first started here in Alto and now there are people coming from everywhere to participate. It looks like fun, but my days of riding crazy horses down highways are over. I did hear that they have good food at the end of the trail ride, so I guess I could join up and help with that.
The Central High Homecoming didn’t have a huge crowd this year, but that is the way it goes some years. Maybe next year the people that didn’t come this year will feel guilty and show up. I know I always do when I miss the homecoming at Lynches Chapel.
The beautiful quilt the Home Demonstration ladies made was won by Edna Pyle. I can’t think of a nicer person to win it than her, except me.
I’ve seen bigger crowds and more stuff than I did at the at the Sale on the Trail this year, but maybe I went too early. I saw some of our regular junkers out early looking for a bargain but I don’t know whether they found any or not.
Most of the proceeds went to good causes, so I hope they did well. Hopefully the event will be bigger next year. A lot of people worked really hard to get El Camino Real named a National Historic Trail and we have to do a part to make sure it gets all the publicity it is due. A big thanks to all of those people who worked to make this past weekend a success.
I’m one of David Chan (at the doughnut shop) biggest fans, but its been a long time since he added something new to his menu. Last week when I stopped by the doughnut shop on my regular morning visit David told me that he had started making pigs in a blanket with Renfro Sausage.
Myself and many other East Texans are big fans of Renfro sausage, so I think this is a big step forward for David. I still can’t talk him into sausage biscuits or breakfast burritos. You need to give the new pigs a try if you are tired of the same old thing.
Its Mother’s Day on Sunday, so if you know what is good for you, don’t forget the one who brought you into the world or the one that raised you. I was blessed with a good mother, a good mother-in-law, and a good mother to my children, so I’ve got lots of mothers to be thankful for.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful women who put in the extra effort to raise us all up.
I’ve told you about all I know for now. If something is happening in your neck of the woods that is worth telling, please let me know. I’ll see ya next week!

And remember, For a wife take the daughter of a good mother.