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Christmas on the Square grand marshals named for lighted parade
COLDSPRING -- The theme “Candy Canes and Cowboys” lead the 2012 Christmas on the Square Parade Committee on a quest to find San Jacinto County’s longest working cowboys and ranchers. In late September, a barbecue dinner was held at the Coldspring Café to honor these folks and invite them to become this year’s parade grand marshals. Mouth-watering smoked beef shoulder and smoked sausage was prepared by Rayfield Jefferson, music was provided by Troy Mauney of Shepherd, followed with solos by John Stockton and Carolyn Jefferson. Mr. Stockton sang ‘Cattle Call’ including the yodel. Four of the guests have been ranching for more than 65 years. Robert Ellisor was born on the property he lives on and ranches today, some 87 years later. Gale Woodruff Altman bought her first calf when she was five years old and still going strong. Frank McMurrey’s land was acquired as part of the Spanish Land Grant in 1940. John Stockton has been part of his family ranch since 1936 and began managing the ranch in 1956. Mr. and Mrs. Steve Howeth are the youngsters of the group. They began raising Beef Masters 38 years ago but say they just raise hay and hell today. There are two honorary grand marshals, health issues prevent them from physically participating; however, they are with us in sprit and recognition. They are Mr. and Mrs Hardy Browder. Martha Ann says Hardy began buying cattle in high school and just continued buying land and cattle. Mattie Richardson tells us she married Wayne in June 1949, that’s when he bought her, her first calf, brought it home, turned it loose and they haven’t seen it since; however, that didn’t stop Mattie. She went on to manage the ranch even after Wayne’s passing in 1966. Peters Tractor & Equipment of Livingston is loaning the parade shiny new Kubota RTA’s to carry the grand marshals while Brandon Gregson of the San Jacinto County AgriLife Extension Service along with some of the county’s top FFA students will be their drivers.