Our family had a big surprise this past week when we were informed that Roy Butterbaugh (my dad) is one of four individuals elected into the Panhandle Press Association's Hall of Fame for 2006. All four will be honored at the Press Association's convention April 6-8, at the Four Seasons Inn in Amarillo.

Roy, who passed away in 1971, was owner, editor, and publisher of The Boise City News for forty years. The newspaper was organized in 1898 at Kenton, and moved to Boise City in 1910, after Boise City was named the county seat. The Butterbaughs moved to Boise City from Texhoma in 1925.

I am the only child of Roy and Ophelia, but there are two grandchildren, Christy and Laura, and two great-granddaughters, Kendra and Shannon Smith, and numerous nephews and nieces, most of whom will attend the convention.


Donna Skvarla, who contacted us recently concerning old quilts, has written again, expressing the hope that more quilts will show up.

She has been contacted by Susan Spake of Boise City , who is active in quilt shows. She informed Mrs. Skvarla that an annual quilt show will be held in Boise City Friday and Saturday of Santa Fe Trail Daze in June. She expressed the hope that Mrs. Skvarla will be able to attend.

Mrs. Skvarla assures owners that she does not wish to borrow anyone's quilts. She just wants to come here and look at them, possibly take some pictures, talk to the owners and learn more information about quilting clubs that existed in the 1930s. She is a quilt appraiser and hopes to be re-certified as an appraiser by the American Quilter's Society.


A former resident of Cimarron County, Stanley Rouswell, called me last week to talk over old-times. He lives in Clayton now. He is a brother to Alice Pitzer, who now resides in the nursing home in Dalhart.


I have read many books — old and new — recently and one of the best was by Steve Allen (can't remember the name of it). His writings are informative and witty, and you can't beat that. Here is one of his beliefs:

“Rock and roll makes you want to listen instead to the soothing sounds of pneumatic drills tearing up a bunch of streets.”

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