On Calves and Life

CattleA Letter to the Editor of the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle by Bill Jeffcoat:

I simply must report this, and I highly recommend a similar experience for a town person.  Why?  Here I am, born and raised in a farming place, not really knowing much about it; over 60 years old and it just did not interest me.

So, what is it I am talking about?  With the kindness of my friends, Dr. Laws and his assistant, I wanted to watch the birth of a calf.  When I went, I didn’t know we would run into a C-Section.  Dr. Laws asked, “Do you think you can stand it?”  I said I would try. Mercy, what a thing to behold; the patience of the humans and the mother, the sewing up, the gallons of disinfectant, getting the baby to start breathing, just the whole thing.

It was to me, simply amazing and the reason I am writing this is, for me, it brought to mind the whole balance of nature, that balance between animal and man, each helping the other through a time of difficulty, to keep the cycle of life going. As I dried the baby off with a sheet, I wondered to myself, will I ever be able to eat beef again?  Well, I can, and oddly enough, the helping crew of humans wanted to name the calf after me!  A final thought, this world of ours is very intertwined with the help of all of us; let us all just keep on doing what we can to help.  -Bill Jeffcoat

The Outdoor Sign at Jeffcoat’s

Jeffcoat Photography Studio MuseumIn today’s post, Bill Jeffcoat muses on the Jeffcoat Studio’s metal sign.  This sign dates back to the 1920s, and still hangs outside the Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum today.

During the 1920s, Cleyson Brown and his United Companies were just full of ideas and one of them was to sell electric signs.  For a painless purchase, Union Electric, a division of United would sell signs on time payments, adding the cost to your electric bill!  The designs were all the same; the names of firms were placed on removable panels.  When the Reflector [newspaper office] was on 3rd Street, they had one just like Jeffcoats at one time.  In Salina, there were many.  Many sellers of signs have said [to me], “Would you like a modern sign?”  Oh no, this sign is now 72 years old and one of the few remaining items left from the era of C.L. Brown and his many companies.  -Bill Jeffcoat, March 29, 1999