Horsemanís Ranch stories continued. Dorothy and Larry Kuhlmann bought property a year ago and will be building soon. They moved from Yorba Linda, California, and own five horses with one on the way. Their horses are Arabian, quarter, thoroughbred, and a Welsh pony. They do miss the mountains in California, but like Morgan Millís hills, oak trees, and topography. They described Morgan Mill as friendly and with a sense of community. Larry has joined the fire department and is ready to help.
Other Horsemanís Ranch residents are Paula and Vance Linam. They moved from Riverside, California, but were quick to add that they were misplaced Texans who have come back. Paula and Vance moved into their new home in November and missed ďnothingĒ. They like the friendliness of Morgan Mill and Vance will also be a member of the fire department soon. They are both retired professional Teamster truck drivers who have traveled all over the United States. They own two quarter horses.
Miriam and Jim Stauffacher moved to Horsemanís Ranch two months ago from Wisconsin after seeing an ad in a roping magazine. Miriam was a drug and alcohol counselor and Jim drove a truck in Chicago. Both are now retired. They miss the green grass and trees, but do not miss the cold. They like best the Morgan Mill people. They own a roping quarter horse and two mules. They are in the process of building their new home. Jim has two daughters and Miriam has two sons and they have four grandchildren and a great on the way in May. All of their children live in Wisconsin or Alaska. Miriam is a charter member of the new Morgan Mill Art Association.
Barbara McKnight saw the ďFor SaleĒ sign on Horsemanís Ranch while she was visiting her daughter in Stephenville. She was attending the Senior Citizenís dinner in Morgan Mill when she recognized a long lost friend, Judy Rasberry. As the story goes, Judy and Barbara, at the age of 18 and 19, got a summer job teaching horseback lessons at Camp Letoki in Saint Jo, Texas. Judy described the job as singing songs, praying in nature, taking trail rides and camp fire chit chats. In Morgan Mill they were reacquainted for the first time since camp. Barbaraís grandparents were 1950s Morgan Mill teachers, D. M. and Eunice Russell.
Senior Citizens Supper will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1. Michael Jones, pianist, from Bluff Dale will entertain. Bring a pot luck dish and come visit with your neighbors.
The Morgan Mill Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual business meeting at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3. If you want to join the fire department, new members will be welcome at this meeting. There have been a couple of house fires in Morgan Mill this month. There were no injuries, but house fires are always traumatic to the ones who experience a loss. Especially in cold weather, everyone needs to make sure that their propane furnace and hot water heaters are properly vented and working properly. One common problem is when the wood floor beneath them becomes wet and fails to support the heater. As always, thanks to our volunteer firemen and to the Erath County Fire Department.