Rest of April 2011 issue of Our News


Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ April 24, 2011. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He that believes in me though he may die yet shall he live.” John 11:25

This Easter many people will attend church who believe in Jesus. Many will attend who believe about Jesus. The difference is that those who believe in Jesus, trust him enough to obey his word, believing that he took the punishment we deserve and trusting that his death provided a way for a holy God to forgive us. Jesus knowing he was going to the cross told his disciples, “..because I live you shall live also.” (John 14:19) Knowing that Jesus conquered death they were willing to die to take His word to others. Today, some of those who believe in Him are still willing to die rather than deny Christ.


Patricia called to say she is preparing by buying water when it is on sale. She has 24 cases on hand. She also stocks up on pork & beans or whatever is on sale. She finds room for stuff in her town house. She remembers that her dad said, “Bale hay while the sun shines.”

Has anybody got advice on using solar panels to provide electricity?

Almeda Moe

Moe joined a group of friends about 9:58 pm. He sat down by a beautiful blonde watching T.V. The news crew were covering a story of a man on the ledge of a tall building preparing to jump. The blonde asked Moe if he thought the man would jump? Moe said, “I bet he will.” The blonde said, “I’ll bet he won’t.” Moe put a $20 on the table and said, “You’re on!”

Just as the blonde placed her money on the bar, the man on the ledge, jumped, falling to his death. The blonde was very upset, but gave her $20 to Moe. "Fair's fair. Here's your money."

Moe replied, "I can't take your money. I saw this earlier on the 5 PM news, So I knew he would jump." The blonde replied, "I saw the news at five, but I didn't think he'd do it again."


Bobby and Margaret Keyworth ate a fresh tomato from their garden on March 22nd. They planted tomato seeds in the fall in two gallon buckets, kept them in the house during freezing cold days and now they are eating tomatoes.

Thyroid Cancer

Protect your thyroid from the radiation by getting a neck guard when having an x-ray. In 2010 there were 44,670 new cases and 1,690 deaths from thyroid cancer.


Billy Keyworth was really surprised when family from a dozen locations descended on Rockport to help him celebrate his 80th birthday March 26th.

First Baptist Church Fresno

April 17th 10:45-Easter Cantata April 24th-Easter Sunrise at 7am Community wide Breakfast followed by regular service at 10:45


If you would like to learn how to teach children, a ten day training class is available June 7th thru June 17th. The classes are open to youth, 14 years old and up, who want to teach VBS and 5-Day Clubs. Teens receive enough training to be able to conduct a back yard Bible session on their own. Call 281 530-7282 or c. 281-610-4569 for more info.


FBC Commissioner Morrison, Precinct 1, will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on April 14, 2011 at Arcola City Hall located at 13222 Hwy. 6, Arcola from 6:30P.M. til 8P.M. He will be discussing any concerns that the residents of Precinct 1 may have. Come out to visit with Your Commissioner! 281 344-9400

FBISD SCHOOL BOARD CAND. Meet the candidates April 17th or May 1st from 4pm –5:30 at the Teal Run Club House 4703 Teal Bend Blvd. Sponsored by: East Fort Bend Neighborhoods.


ROBERT J. STAPLES, 90 born January 12, 1921 died February 27, 2011. For 40 years Staples lived in Almeda farming rice and welding. He belonged to Pipefitter Union Local 211 for 50 years. He was over 80 when he worked his last welding job. He never changed his membership from the Almeda Bible Church although for the last 25 years he has lived off and on at his daughter’s home in Fresno and attended First Baptist Church Fresno. He loved life and kept active. Preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Staples and one grandchild, Robert Upchurch, He is survived by his daughter Carrol and Oliver Upchurch, two grandchildren Debra Maloney and Andrew Morrison and seven greats: Holly, Lauren, Sarah, Justin, Kylyee, Tanner, Graci

NORMA MACALLISTER, 75, born September 28, 1935 died March 17, 2011. Norma Dietrich MacAllister, was the wife of Darwin MacAllister for 56 years, mother of Lance and Laura, grandmother of five, great grandmother of four and a lifelong faithful servant of her Lord. .

JENNY GEHRING, 101, died peacefully in her sleep March 22, 2001. Born June 9, 1909 in the country along Braes Bayou on Chocolate Bayou now known as Blodgett Street. In 1934, her brother, Allen Kaufhold, persuaded Jenny and their parents to move to Almeda. Jenny immediately got involved helping at Almeda School and taught Sunday School for as many as 50 kids. She married John Gehring in 1941. Jenny started driving at the age of 12 and stopped when she was 95. She stayed in her own home until she was almost 100. She had a hard working, good and happy life. She is survived by sons: John and Larry, five grandchildren and eight greats.

JOHN HARRIS, born in 1955, passed away March 25, 2011. John, a polite and clean living man worked at Crown Central Petroleum and was a member of the Albert J. DeLange Lodge. Preceded in death by his parents, Vernon & Lois, he is survived by his children: Jennifer/Cody Colson, John Jr. and Michael Harris, one granddaughter and twin sisters: Velda and Caryn.

DOROTHY NAGAI went to be with her Lord whom she had served for many years on March 26, 2011. Born on December 13, 1917 in the Valley, Dorothy graduated from Texas Tech. She came to Almeda when she married George Nagai in 1941. She taught at Windsor Village Elem. And other schools. She was quite artistic and faithfully attended church. Dorothy is survived by her four children: Mary Gail/Ray Jacobson, Don/Robie Nagai, Joyce/Bruce Baker and Mona Nagai; grandchildren: David, Laurie & Wendy and five greats.

From the Mayor of Arcola:

"Did you know that we have a computer lab here at Arcola City Hall?" Well, it’s available to the people and children in the Arcola/Fresno area. I realize that there are still a lot of families in our community who may not be able to afford a computer for their home use. They are more than welcome to come in and use ours Mon-Fri. 8:00a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Come out and visit us! For more info, please feel free to contact me. 281-431-0606.

Jesus Set Me Free

  1. Jesus set me free
  2. He gave me the victory.
  3. He saved my soul.
  4. He made me whole.© Copyright by Emmaline Wiley

John 8:36: If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.


The March 2011 edition contained a story on Duke, TX and a website with pictures of the only evidence left that Duke existed. That story sent me in search of my own evidence that the town did indeed exist. As you can see this appears to be a ledger page originally from the business of J.R. Fenn, Merchant, Planter and Stock Raiser. Notice the upper right hand side of the page - Duke, Texas July 6, 1894. I guess this is a bill and receipt in one. Albert Bockel is the half great uncle of Dad (Dick Bockel), Earl Bockel and Dorothy Roco. Looks like Uncle Albert was boarding with J.J. Fenn in 1894 for 30 cents a day. The initials of J.R. have J.J. written over them with Merchant and Planter lined through. I don't know if Kilberg worked for Fenn signing the receipt as his agent or if Kilberg made the payment. The name of Frank Kilberg turns up frequently in Bockel connected information.

The Duke website was most interesting. There was information about a flood of the Brazos River. I will have to review the old newspapers we have containing stories of a Brazos flood to see if it is the same time frame. So sad to see what has happened to that area in the name of progress. Progress is not necessarily a friend to all of us with so much history destroyed or concreted over.

Denise Bockel Kembro

Ed note: Duke was located along a railroad track just west of the runway of Houston Southwest Airport in Arcola.

1 comment:

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