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Doris Sanders has recently posted several interesting articles about Poolville history on the Facebook group “Poolville History."  If Poolville ever has a public library or a chamber of commerce, Doris should be in charge of it. She has shelves of books and clippings about Poolville happenings, most of which are thoroughly organized so she can find anything she wants in short order. This may not be unusual for her, but I am very jealous.  If you are not a Facebook person, don't worry.  As she posts new historical happenings, they will appear here.
Remember Poolville When
1906 Poolville Publishing co.- " While the health of the country is always good, this is such an attractive place in which to live that it has always had a high class of professional men, and the town is especially proud of its physicians. The health officer of the county resides here, and all of the three physicians, who are all..... (word was not readable due to fold or worn spot), stand at the top of the profession in this county. There is no jealousness among them, and they practice in perfect accord. The three physicians are Dr. W. J. Sparks, Dr. J. A. McConnell and Dr. W. H. Carter."

Dr. Sparks has a memorial marker on the square.
It is believed that Dr. Kinnard was the first physician in the village.
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Parker County Extension Education Clubs

Extension Education Clubs are active in Parker County. There are three clubs that meet monthly from September through May. All have regular meeting dates. All club and association meetings are open to anyone.  

The mission of the Extension Education Association is to strengthen and enrich families through educational programs, leadership development and community service. Extension Education Club meetings usually include an educational program and a business meeting. There are usually refreshments and a meal. Members are involved in conducting community service projects, support local causes and enjoy good fellowship.

There are opportunities for members to participate in countywide meetings, workshops and events. They also have the opportunity to participate in leadership activities. There are also opportunities to attend district and state conferences.  

Some of the major events that Parker County Extension Education club members are involved in are: Parker County Mini Convention, Home for the Holidays, Heart of the Home in Springtown, Spring Fling, Cultural Arts Workshops and Tours and more. 

The Parker County Extension Education Clubs and their meeting dates are as follow. Meeting dates may change due to other club activities.

Country Crossroads Extension Education Club meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. They meet in members’ homes and various locations. Contact: 817-597-8192 or 817-797-2154

Bethel Harmony Extension Education Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, September through May. They meet in members’ homes or at the Harmony Baptist Church. Contact: 817-613-9162 or 817-597-6101.

Springtown Extension Education Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. They meet at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Springtown. Contact: 817-343-1337 or 817-403-4368.  

Parker County Extension Association meetings are the 1st Thursday of every other month from October through June at 10:00 a.m. at the Parker County Extension Office. Contact: 817-598-6168. All members and guests are invited to attend and participate. 

There is always an opportunity to organize new clubs in the county. If anyone and their friends would like to organize a club there is help from members from other clubs. Just call the Parker County Extension Office.  

For questions or more information about the Parker County Extension clubs call the Parker County Extension Office at 817-598-6168.

Kathy Smith
County Extension Agent – Family and Community Health
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Parker County
604 North Main St., Suite 200
Weatherford TX 76086

My name is Gracie Key, and I am from Poolville, Texas. I am currently a freshman studying animal science with a pre-vet concentration at Texas Tech University. This weekend is World Veterinary Day, which is important to me because I hope to one day become a veterinarian.

Growing up, my family had quite the assortment of animals; from dogs and cats to horses, donkeys, cows and pigs, we had it all. Both of my parents rodeoed throughout high school and college, so it was second nature for me to be in the saddle and participating in multiple rodeo organizations. In junior high I decided I wanted to start showing pigs through my FFA chapter and became very passionate and successful doing that as well. I have always had a passion for working with animals and my community. As a veterinarian, I would love to be able to make an impact in bettering the lives of large animals in the agriculture industry and companion animals alike. 

When I got to Texas Tech, I joined the Pre-Vet Society, and this group of students has continued to inspire me to chase my dreams. Some of the older girls have reached out to me and made my transfer from a small school to a big university much easier. Everyone I have met in the animal science program, whether it be students or professors, are always very welcoming and friendly. I always look forward to my major specific classes because of how much I learn in and out of the classroom.

Texas Tech is among the largest animal science university’s in the state of Texas, and as a freshman at Texas Tech, I’ve already seen how real-world and hands-on experiences are incorporated into our classes and extracurricular activities every day. The pre-vet community holds labs for students to gain experience with real life situations and real animals, and the professors here have a vast knowledge of the industry, in fact, many of them are licensed veterinarians themselves. 

Veterinarians are important in rural areas because these are the communities responsible for producing food animals. Healthy livestock are productive livestock, and without a veterinarian’s assistance, animal health and welfare decrease tremendously. The health of a herd affects the health of humans, along with food quality and food safety across the globe.

Texas Tech’s new veterinary school would not only allow me to focus on food animals, but it will also provide me with a quality education, that is close to home, at a lower cost. The School of Veterinary Medicine will allow students to gain hands-on experience with the food animal industry and provide farmers and ranchers in rural communities with the proper veterinary care they need.

I support the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine, and I am asking for members of the Texas Legislature and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to place their support behind Texas Tech as well.
Gracie Key is a freshman studying animal science with a pre-vet concentration at Texas Tech University. She is from Poolville, Texas and is a 2018 graduate of Poolville High School.
Poolville  Graduate Pursues Her Dreams
World Veterinary Day - April 27th
Text and Photos Courtesy of Gracie Keys
Editors Note:  It is with great pleasure that the Poolville Post gets to publish this guest column by Gracie Keys, and I certainly hope she will continue to update us on her adventures and progress as she make her way through veterinary school. Going through the archives, I have found that I covered many of her events in high school as she played sports and participated in FFA events. Congratulations on pursuing your dreams!
To find out more about the Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine, visit their website by clicking the Texas Tech logo.
Poolville VFD Receives a $200,000 Grant

POOLVILLE, Texas:  April 29,2019

Poolville Volunteer Fire Department adds a 2019 Freightliner large brush truck to their fleet thanks to a cost share grant through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program administered by Texas A&M Forest Service. 

“This new truck is replacing an older one that was starting to have some mechanical issues,” said Assistant Fire Chief David Pruitt. “The new truck sits higher, carries more water and can maneuver better around the rough terrain that we normally see while fighting grass fires.”

According to Pruitt the truck’s primary mission is to meet the service needs of Poolville community and mutual aid with neighboring departments for wildland fires in their rural setting.

“The 950 gallons of water and structure equipment make it capable of a fast initial attack on a structure fire,” said Pruitt. 

The truck is due to go into service on April 19 after all personnel have completed training.

“We look forward to having this new addition as part of our fleet,” said Pruitt.

Texas A&M Forest Service is committed to protecting lives and property through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program, a cost share program funded by Texas State Legislature and administered by Texas A&M Forest Service. This program provides funding to rural Volunteer Fire Departments for the acquisition of firefighting vehicles, fire and rescue equipment, protective clothing, dry-hydrants, computer systems and firefighter training. 

For more information on programs offered by Texas A&M Forest Service, please visit http://texasfd.com.

Photo ID- David Pruitt Assistant Fire Chief for the ESD, Sam Bundy RFC Texas A&M Forest Service, Jamie Jennings Poolville VFD Firefighter
Photo Courtesy of Texas A&M Forest Service
Editor's Note:  If you would like a closer look at the truck, more photos can be found in the Fire Department Page
Volunteers Pack Food For Poolville ISD - Last Packing of the School Year
Each month of the school year, volunteers meet in one of the hallways of the elementary school to pack weekend meals for Poolville ISD children who might otherwise go hungry. Today (05-02-19) was the final packing for this semester.  Approximately 345 bags were packed.  The program is sponsored and funded by the Poolville United Methodist Church.
Volunteers from the Poolville PTO, students from the school and members of the Poolville United Methodist Church completed the final backpack packing for the current semester.  The program will resume in the fall.
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Gracie Keys
Remember Poolville When
New Poolville VFD Truck
Final Weekend Lunch Packing
Parker County Extension Clubs
Superintendent Dobbs Retires
By now, everyone probably knows that Poolville ISD Superintendent, Jimmie Dobbs, is retiring the end of next month. The announcement was made at the end of November, 2018 to the school district, and an article appeared in the Weatherford Democrat about a month later on December 26, 2018. What neither of the documents revealed was why now and whether or not Mr. Dobbs had any retirement plans. I contacted him in early December and we agreed to meet and talk about it. This week I did just that.

It’s sometimes a little funny how things come to pass. I have been in his office several times over the last few years and was always impressed by the western style furniture. I was expected of course, but he actually met me outside the entrance to the building while I was answering a text. He escorted me into his office and offered me a chair, suggesting that I sit in the first one since the second one needed a little repair and he needed to take it home and fix it before he retired. I had no idea that this comment would be the focus of the interview or the answer to one of my primary questions. I asked if he was a woodworker, and off we went – interview begun.

Mr. Dobbs’ wife (Dana) had worked for her father after he retired from General Motors as a cabinet maker. While employed at GM, he made cabinets on the side, and once retired began making cabinets full time. The name of the enterprise was Phillips Custom Cabinets. Jimmie also worked for his father-in-law and remembered one time they were building cabinets for a client in Colorado, and while they were there, they picked up two additional jobs, so their customer base was far greater than the Poolville community.

One of the activities Jimmie Dobbs hopes to engage in after he retires is working with his wife making custom cabinets. A name has not yet been decided upon. Another activity he is looking forward to is taking care of the family’s cattle and farm equipment left to him after his father’s death in June of last year. Two additional and very important activities will be to spend more time with his grandson and his mother, Sharon. “I want to be able to take her to Sam’s and spend the whole day shopping if she wants to. That’s something I cannot do now because I feel that as long as I have a job, I should be at that job.”

A second question I hoped to get answered was why now after twenty-nine years in education? Why not wait and make it an even thirty? Superintendent Dobbs had actually planned on resigning at the end of the 2018 school year, which would have given the new Superintendent a chance to hire and meet the new members of the ISD staff, but the current board begged that he remain until the end of this year, and amongst the pleading, he succumbed, stating, “It’s a pleasant place to be.”

No exit interview would be complete without talking about accomplishments, and there were many that came to mind. Dobbs stated that he is leaving a district that is financially responsible and in good shape monetarily. He also said that the district has been accountable with regard to state testing results, but perhaps even more than these accomplishment he is especially proud of the many achievements that the students have achieved both in the academic arena and in the extra-curricular arena. He also noted that he was very proud of the relationships and partnerships the school has within the community, sighting particularly the Poolville United Methodist Church.

On the other side of the coin there must also be some disappointments in what was not accomplished during his eleven years as Superintendent. After a thoughtful pause he offered that he wished the Ag Program could have been expanded more to include another barn and stalls for ISD kids to raise their Ag animals. “When I was in FFA, we all raised our animals on our own farms, but today not all kids have that available to them. I would like to see those kids have a place to raise project animals.” A second regret is that a music program was never established.

When asked what he thought the new Superintendent’s greatest challenges would be, he cited handling the growth of the community. “Growth is inevitable, and Poolville is very centrally located. Growth will be a challenge.” What this means in terms of the school district is unclear, but at some point more classrooms will be needed.

After serving in Poolville ISD for twenty four years and in Peaster ISD for five years, Jimmie Dobbs is well-established in community affairs, and he will certainly be missed as the one who has guided the Poolville Schools for the last eleven years. His final day on the job will be June 28th.

As I got up to leave his office and we shook hands, I felt like I was saying goodbye to an old friend that I might never see again, but then I was reminded of something else he said during our hour long conversation: “I am a part of this community, and I’m not going anywhere.” Good to know Superintendent Dobbs.

Poolville ISD Superintendent Retires
Twenty-nine Years in Area Education
Article & Photo by Greg Bade
Superintendent Jimmie Dobbs hope to spend more time with his grandson pictured on his computer as a screen saver.
On a breezy Memorial Day morning, twenty-eight people gathered at the town square in Poolville to remember those who have given everything in the service of their country, the United States of America. Men, women, children and a few dogs gathered to share in the brief remembrance.

The Poolville Post is the sole sponsor of this event, but thanks has to be given to those members of the community who helped make it happen. A special thanks to Carl Minteer who provided a new flag for the occasion and who continuously keeps new flags flying at the town square; Deputy Chief Jeff Hicks who presented the flag for raising to USAF retired Paul Thurn; Pastor Richard Rainey of Christway Baptist Church who gave the invocation and the benediction, and Poolville resident Kevin Sanders who played taps.

The short program consisted of a welcome by Poolville Post editor, Greg Bade, an invocation by Reverend Richard Rainey, a brief history of Memorial Day, presentation of the colors and raising of the flag.  While at full staff, the complete four verses of thePledge of Allegiance was recited as well as a fifth verse that was written by Oliver Wendell Holmes in protest of the Civil War. Following that, the flag was raised to staff and a half (lowered to half mast) while taps was played by Kevin Sanders. The program concluded with the singing of America the Beautiful, an invitation to remember any service men or women and a final prayer of benediction, again by Reverend Richard Rainey.

Editor's Note:  I was especially pleased to see a few children at the ceremony because children learn what’s important in life by seeing what their parents and other adults do, but thank you to everyone who came out to remember.
Memorial Day 
Poolville, Texas