November 23, 2015


Although she grew up in Florida and calls Diboll home, Linda Cordell is partial to the state of Georgia as that is where her husband Hal grew up; in Hartwell, Georgia. That’s why she knows our pecans are so good because they come from Georgia also. When she came in I learned she and Hal have returned home after being away for 3-1/2 weeks. Their plans were to visit their daughter and family in Oceanside, CA. but upon the recommendation from a friend, Buford Abeldt, and having the extra time they decided to go by way of Glacier National Park in Wyoming to experience the “Going-to-the-Sun Road”. One of the most amazing highlights of Glacier National Park, this scenic 50 mile-two lane road is an engineering marvel through the park’s interior that provides stunning views of mountain peaks, high valley, wildflowers and wildlife and some of the best sights in northwest Montana. Traveling down the coast of Oregon they arrived in Oceanside, CA where they were anxious to see their six-year-old granddaughter, Ellison, and her mom and dad, Michele and Nick McDonald.( “Ellison” is Hal’s middle name and goes back five generations.) Linda and Hal enjoyed a restful week visiting with family. During that time all the neighbors gathered in the street and had a Thanksgiving meal. Linda made cornbread dressing and now they are all ready for Hal to bring the Texas cook back to CA. It was a good trip and the two took the quickest way home to Diboll.

Diboll’s former mayor and retired banker, James Simms, said last year he hunted over a month before he saw a legal deer and on December 30th got a nice 10 point but that was last year. He has a theory about his deer hunting that takes into consideration (as most hunters) the size, symmetry or uniqueness of horns. This year on the third day of the season James decided to consider “uniqueness” and brought home a deer with a brow tine that was “knife-like”. He has several more days of hunting in hopes of finding the perfect rack.

Johnnie Simpson came in for pecans and enjoyed visiting at the round table with JoNell Placker and others. Johnnie recently was invited by her DHS classmate, Othal Lowery to a chauffeured trip to Shreveport to spend some time at Margaritaville. Several other ladies from Huntington enjoyed the trip and left the driving to DeShae Franks.

Five-year-old Allison Martz stole the show and won the hearts of everyone at the round table when she came in with her granddaddy, Gary and her dad, Kevin. She has a younger sister, two-year-old Taylor. Driving from Ft. Worth, Kevin and his wife Lindsay and the girls arrived for Thanksgiving several days early to enjoy spending time together. Allison and her granddaddy had a list of things to do during the week. One of them was to come to the feed store and go on to Neches Pines golf course. Finding pretty colored leaves, riding the golf cart and feeding the fish at granddaddy and GG’s were other things to do. Kevin graduated from Texas A&M and works at BNSF Railroad doing logistics. His wife Lindsay was born in Alaska, grew up in Katy and graduated from Rice; they met in Houston. Kevin’s sister, Stacy, was to arrive on Wednesday from College Station to spend Thanksgiving with the family.

Enjoyed visiting with Faye Bergquist when she came in with her daughter, Glenna Santo, to buy pecans. They both live in Brookhollow and Peggy Lankford is Faye’s sister-in-law. Faye graduated from SFA and taught Home Economics wherever her husband worked starting paper mills in Longview, Austin, Houston, Alabama and Tennessee. It’s always good to visit with friends, Wanda and Fred Matzenbacher, and Jim and Sharon Kennedy when they come for pecans. Other in buying pecans included Linda and Mack Coward, Karen Poole, George and Susan Turner, Marie Dear, Ed Hance, Jake Havard, Morris Smith, Geneva Ard, Patti Block Shockley, Kathy McMillen, Brenda Rye and Sandy Carlisle.

Jerry Sue Williams, owner of Vintage N Vogue Salon and Resale on Frank Street in Lufkin, came in for pecans. She has been established in Lufkin for more than 30 years and also sells antiques. Her daughter, Dana Williams, is also a hair stylist. Her son, Darin, is a retired US Air Force officer who lives in the Washington DC area and her son, David Vincent Williams, is a singer and songwriter who lives in Nashville. David was awarded Best Song of the Year in 2002 for writing “I’m Moving On” recorded by Rascal Flatts.

Small Business Saturday is November 28th one day after Black Friday which is one day after Thanksgiving. The purpose is to encourage people to shop locally with small business owners. Our plans for Small Business Saturday at Poulands will be to have a “tasting” of the several Gourmet Food items we sell. Some of these include jam, jelly, pickled foods, salsa and chow chow. We hope you will take the time and stop by and taste but come early because we do close at noon.

Please come and bring a friend to a Benefit Bingo for Jessica Fisher Pouland Tuesday, December 1st at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center. Games begin at 7PM, doors will open at 6PM and concessions will be available. Ten games and one blackout for $1 per card. There will be gift cards for Christmas shopping and most anyone would love to have the Ruger 1022 rifle donated by Carl Ferguson. Jessica has cystic fibrosis and is waiting to receive a double lung transplant. Proceeds from the bingo will go toward her expenses. More than anything she needs your prayers.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thes 5:16
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving and come see us…’round the table.