Hood County News – August 21, 2001
By Christopher C. Evans
NOV. 6 ELECTION DATE SET, HENSON’S SANS ‘JERRY’
A proposal to incorporate Cresson, Bluebonnet Hills, Scenic Ridge and Clearview Hills will be on the Tuesday Nov. 6 ballot, election judge Helen Long said.
If the measure passes, the town of Cresson will be born and the long, arduous task of building it will begin. If it fails, the areas involved will no doubt be consumed by larger taxing districts. Cresson proper would likely become part of Godley, which already includes Cresson in its extraterritorial jurisdiction.
Although the areas to be incorporated lie in three counties, Long said all voting will be done at the historic Cresson School. All registered voters are eligible to cast ballots.
The next meeting of the Cresson Committee to Incorporate, which is open to the public, is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 28. Anyone with any questions about the proposed incorporation is encouraged to attend.
BIG TRACKS: The loss of entrepreneur-philanthropist Jerry M. Henson, who passed away Wednesday morning after an extended bout with cancer and a stroke three days earlier; leaves our community without a man who likely was its all-time biggest-volume merchant. Henson, of course, has sold megatons upon megatons of lumber, hardware, farm and ranch supplies via his two big Henson’s Building Materials stores. The businesses, which will go on with Jerry’s wife Betty at the big desk, are the only Cresson businesses I know with currently running radio ads that include the word “Cresson” in them. Little did I know until reading his obituary that he and I got our start professionally at the same place: the old Fort Worth Press. After hearing of his death Wednesday, I happened past both stores two times, expecting a wreath but finding something the man everybody called “Jerry” no doubt would have liked — brisk business at both places. Condolences to family, friends and 58 employees. The family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or Community Hospice of Texas.
SIDETRACKS: Speaking of the American Cancer Society, $250 a plate will be the required donation for those attending the Tarrant County ACS’s “Cowtown Ball” Oct. 6, according to an item in that Knight-Ridder-owned daily publication in Fort Worth. Country warbler Mark Chesnutt is the featured act. The opener will be none other than Dan Roberts of Aledo, whose daughter Austin, 7, is herself a cancer survivor. Only problem here other than the donation tag is that the Cowtown Ball, uh, won’t in Fort Worth but at the for-sale Loma Blanca Ranch and horse-training facility “in Cresson,” the item says. OK, so we’re a Cowtown, too. Picky, picky, picky…Cresson artist-horsewoman Joan Heller, a.k.a. Tome, is producing a new tapestry based on the popular Bruce Wilkinson book The Prayer of Jabez. Details to come…The Crossties column featuring a photograph of the 11 members of the Thomas B. Smith family is available online at www.granburydepot.org/hale/CressonCrossties20010717.htm…A recent addition to the official Hood County News List of Civil War Veterans is none other than Cresson pioneer Wiley Mitcham Crook, whose exploits were featured here some weeks ago.