Current Edition – Fall 2017
Erath County Living magazine is published twice per year and distributed throughout Stephenville and Dublin. We produce each edition with exceptional quality and content to become long-lasting, coffee table-quality magazines.
The magazine is printed on high quality thick paper stock to give it a better feel and increased thickness. The spine of each publication is perfect-bound to resemble a book, and to hold together for many years to come. The covers are UV tinted to withstand exposure and maintain a quality our readers have come to expect.
Editions of each publication are proudly displayed throughout businesses, professional waiting rooms and state legislative offices around the area. Being area-specific, the content within the pages of each publication is sure not to become dated or out of style. Residents have stated that each edition is a legacy, holding information about its people and events that one can reflect on and show for years to come.
We would like to say Thank You for all those who’ve made Erath County Living possible. We look forward to bringing you many more editions for years to come. Please let us know if you have any article suggestions, or have an event you’d like featured in the pages.
Tarleton-A&M Centennial Celebration
Celebrating its Centennial as a founding member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton State University reflects back on its rich tradition while looking forward to the future. With the rapid evolution of education brought on by technology, globalization and environmental changes, Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio, president of Tarleton State University, holds fast to the core values of tradition, integrity, civility, leadership, excellence and service.
John Tarleton laid the historical foundation when he bequeathed $85,000 dollars to begin a school. Orphaned at a young age and having limited educational opportunities, he wanted students to have “access to an education that would improve their lives and their communities.” After his death, the John Tarleton College opened in 1889.
Holsteins, Hay and Good Ol’ Country Music
Cows are shaded up today; horses are standing out there sleeping and smart farmers and their wives are inside watching television or stretched out on the couch. In Jimmy Don’s case, for only a few minutes, he slouches in his favorite chair. But the farmer won’t be in that chair very long. Soon the temperature will drop a mark or two and then he’ll put on his straw hat and “saddle up” his four-wheeler for a trip to the hay field and his hay bailing machine.
Coastal grass has been cut, windrowed; dried; turned; dried again and now it’s time for bailing. It’s been a great year for hay with several good rains during spring and early summer and now it’s time for Jimmy Don and other hay-farmers to finish up their product for dairymen, ranchers and others needing feed for their livestock now and through the winter. Jimmy Don is a self- labeled hay-farmer as far as his neighbors see. Close friends and family know better, they know the other life this former dairyman, now hay-farmer has led since his early teens.
She Rides Horses and Wins Trophies
Martha Tompkins Wright is a diminutive, pretty lady who gives you the impression right away that she absolutely knows her business and she is ready to help you understand and profit from her experience. This is an admirable trait in any teacher and at this stage in an eventful life, Martha has the trophies to prove her excellence as performer in the world we’ll loosely describe as “Horse Sense.”
Martha is well grounded in rodeo and quality performance under arena lights. After all, she is legendary along with the Dublin Rodeo founded by her grandfather, Everett Colborn, considered one-time Top Rodeo Producer of the World; her father, Harry Tompkins, champion bull rider, and her late husband, Ed Wright, accepted as a man that could read the mind of any horse. With these “macho” men surrounding her, Martha has been able to establish herself as a woman that can and has performed at the top in her chosen field. Her knowledge of performance horses is well known, highly respected and documented in publications. Her list of finishing at the top certainly relates to her philosophy about horses.