Monthly Archives: June 2013



Missing as of 6-28 a year old female tabby. Name is Eany. Please call Barb Franklin at 512-626-3251
(Submitted by Jennifer Dollins)

Publisher’s Note: I have been told that this marking in a cat is actually called “tortoise shell,” and that the cat would be called a “torti.” According to Wikipedia, “A cat with this coloring, but also with the tabby pattern, is a torbie.”

Of course, it doesn’t matter what it is called. Please be on the lookout for this sweet kitty cat.

  • The Coupland Times Has a New Look!


    Anything new takes time to get right. I have redesigned the appearance of The Coupland Times and as you will see, there are still a few kinks to be worked out. Nevertheless, all the essential elements are present. When you click on the article headlines, you will see the full story along with any images.

    I appreciate your patience as I work on the technical details. Nevertheless, I think you will like the new layout, which includes some new features. Go the HOME page to see the total picture.

    The section called “How May I Serve You?” has been expanded to include information about my work as an adult educator and presenter, in addition to website setup and assistance. I specialize in financial literacy and you can get more information on the different presentations by clicking here.

    With regard to websites . . . well, I never said I was an expert and that should be obvious. However, most folks don’t need — and don’t want to pay for — advanced help, which can cost $75 and up per hour. I have experts available when proficiency in programming code is necessary. I specialize in helping people learn computer basics and how to take advantage of what the Digital Age has to offer. I have experience with Macintosh, Windows, and Linux-based systems. I don’t know it all. However, I know what works for me and I can share that with you. I can even do basic computer repair and replacement of parts like CD/DVD drives. Click here for more information.

    I have also added links to another website which supports my role as a marketer of nutritional supplements, especially those related to providing the 90 essential nutrients that human beings require for optimal health and proper immune system functioning. I use the products myself, as does my family, and we have noticed the difference they have made in our lives. I don’t really push it because being a salesman is not my forte. However, at the very least, you should watch the videos explaining the “90-for-life” concept and how it was developed. I think you will be surprised by what you learn. If you want to try some of the products, just fill out the short online form and I will contact you. Take a look by clicking here.

    I welcome your feedback on the new format. Let the tweaking commence!

    Stewart Dale Spencer



  • A City on a Hill – Coupland City

    From “A City on a Hill: A Story of a Community, a Church, a People” by Jewel R. Johnson, Second Edition, 1979, Merchants Press of Taylor, Texas

    Individual pages appear below in the TIFF format. Your browser may not display them automatically, depending upon your security settings. If they don’t open for you, even after you click on them, you can download a PDF copy by clicking on this link: Coupland City

    Coupland City

  • News About the Lone Star Rail District (Updated)

    UPDATE – HERE IS A BETTER STORY: DERAILED! Georgetown City Council Votes To End Participation In Lone Star Rail District

    new_logoGeorgetown might back out of the Lone Star Rail District. Here is an excerpt from a story that appeared in the Austin-American Statesman on June 20:

    Georgetown has been paying an annual $50,000 membership fee since 2006, but a majority of the city council decided last week to put together a resolution to cancel the membership. They will vote whether to pass the resolution at their next regular meeting on Tuesday.

    If you don’t have a copy of the Statesman available, you can get more of the story on the Austin-Amercian Statesman’s premium website called Georgetown might pull out of Lone Star Rail District

    Click here to go to the Lone Star Rail District’s website for their perspective on the need for such rail service.

    Thank you to Susan Garry for bringing this to my attention.  – Stewart Dale Spencer

  • Tanks Roll Into Coupland!

    No, martial law hasn’t been declared in Coupland. I’m talking about giant storage tanks being transported through town. I’ve seen a lot of them lately. They come in from Highway 95 on Spur 277 on the north side of town. They come around the curve onto Commerce Street, sometimes at an alarming speed, then turn left to go east on FM 1466, past the fire station and over the bridge. A few times I wondered if the thing would just tip right over on the curve, especially with what I assume must be a high center of gravity.

    Sorry for the fuzzy shot but I was at the other end of the street and had to zoom in. Here are two of the tanks on flatbed trailers. Two others had just passed through prior to this shot.

    Sorry for the fuzzy shot but I was at the other end of the street and had to zoom in. Here are two of the tanks on flatbed trailers. Two others had just passed through prior to this shot.

    It was only a few weeks ago that one of the tanks got stuck going over the bridge because planners hadn’t paid attention to the height of some of the railing structure. The road was closed for hours.

    I can’t help but wonder where they are going and for what are they being used. Every time I have seen them, there were two or three traveling together. If any of the readers have any information about this situation, please post a comment or send an email to {This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}.

  • Teen Dance at the Old Coupland Inn & Dancehall Thursday Night!


    Spread the word! From the Old Coupland Inn’s Facebook page:

    Teen night starts this Thursday from 7 to 11pm, cover is $8.00 and there will be dance lessons available, free of charge!!!!!



    The restaurant will be opened to the public on these nights as well. Be sure to support this if you want it to continue!!!! Call 431-9584 for questions. You don’t need your parents to be here on this night. Proper attire is required, no daisy dukes!

  • Remembering Don Summers

    DonSummersOn Saturday, June 15, a memorial service was held at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland, followed by a luncheon. When I learned that Don was in the hospital back in May, and that he was not expected to live, I was filled with a profound sense of regret that I hadn’t taken the time to get to know him better.

    I met Don soon after I moved to Coupland and exchanged greetings with him several times after that. Earlier this year, I spent some time with Don and his wife, Sylvia, in connection with volunteer service to the Coupland Civic Organization. At that time, Don was at home recovering from a previous health issue but I enjoyed talking to him and was struck by how powerful was his presence when he looked me in the eye and shook my hand. He reminded me so much of my own father during the last year of his life, when he was frail in body but strong of spirit.

    I visited another time to keep him company so Sylvia could attend a social gathering. We watched television and chatted about all sorts of things. He was often frustrated by his inability to find the right words when he was conversing. I told him that my father, who passed away almost 20 years ago, had suffered from a similar condition. I told Don how my mother had arranged to put my father in a nursing home and that he didn’t mind, at first, because he was getting “three square meals” a day. However, they had put a “wander” bracelet on him, which would set off an alarm if he went out any of the exterior doors. My father was an old Army man who had flown Dustoff medical evacuation helicopters, commanded a medical battalion in Vietnam, served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, and later was the Inspector General for all US military hospitals in Europe and the Middle East . He hated that bracelet. He could never think of the phrase “nursing home.” The only word that would come to his mind was “jail,” which, I am sure, was no accident of the mind.

    This story prompted to Don to speak, with tears in his eyes, about how grateful he was to Sylvia for all her love and sacrifices and how lucky he was to have her in his life. I was so looking forward to becoming better acquainted with Don but then it was too late and I was kicking myself for missing an opportunity to share his life.

    The memorial service gave me that chance. I listened as his sons spoke of how he raised them with discipline and love. I learned how he lost his first wife to a disease I had never heard of and how he became a leading figure in the effort to find a cure and to support people who were suffering from that disease. Local artist Jim Huntington spoke about how he had worked with Don on various community projects and how much he admired and respected him. I learned how in 1975, Don had sold everything, packed up the family in a motor home, left Colorado, and hit the road for 6 months, having the adventure of a lifetime, which turned out to be a major turning point in the life of his family. I learned how they settled down in Austin and Don started a business.

    During the luncheon, I visited with a man and his wife who had business connections with Don. They sat at the same table I was at because they, too, wanted to see the repeating slide show on the screen in the corner of St. Peter’s Fellowship Hall. Old family portraits, pictures of scenery, a house in the woods, a turtle on a beach, a deer that had been field-dressed, newspaper articles showing his advocacy for small businesses, and tons of kids told the story of his life in images alone.

    I’m not feeling quite so sorry for myself now because now I know that he was as remarkable a man as he seemed and that, even though I didn’t get to know him directly, I learned so much more by hearing how his actions affected the people around him. Again, I am reminded of my own father and how in a eulogy my oldest brother and I prepared for his funeral, we made reference to something the Wizard of Oz told the Tin Woodsman: “A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.”

    Don Summers surely had a heart as big as Texas because the love he engendered in others could barely be contained in our little church on the hill.

    Stewart Dale Spencer

    The following obituary was published in the Austin-American Statesman on May 26:

    Donald Fred Summers, Sr Donald Fred Summers, Sr. passed away on May 22, 2013 surrounded by his family. Friends and family will gather on June 15th for a memorial service at St. Peter’s Church in Coupland, Texas at 10:30 am to celebrate his new life. Don was born on April 7, 1932 to Fred and Nora Summers in Lemoore, California. After graduating from high school, he joined the United States Air Force. While stationed in Denver, Colorado at Lowry Air Force Base, Don met and married Gwendolyn Neill. They raised their four sons in and around the Denver area. Don’s career as a skilled technician afforded him many opportunities, including working for Neoweld, a manufacturer of specialized equipment used in power plant construction worldwide. After nearly 9 years of traveling nationally and internationally, Don and Gwen decided it was time for a change. In February of 1975, they embarked on an adventure of travel across the USA with their sons. The “family trip of 1975” exemplified Don’s commitment to his family and his passion for adventure. This event became a pivotal event for Don and his family, resulting in his and many of his family turning to faith in Jesus Christ. After 6 months of family travel, they settled in the Austin area. In 1978, Don made the leap from employee to employer when he opened his small family business, Austin Welder and Generator Service, Inc. As with all of his endeavors, Don poured himself into his business, continuing to set an example of strength, work ethic and service to others. Don soon became involved in promoting sound public policy for American family business through his active involvement in the National Federation of Independent Business, the NFIB. And as active members of Allandale/ Great Hills Baptist Church, Don and Gwen enjoyed singing in the choir and teaching Sunday School. In 1997, Don’s wife of 43 years passed away from a rare illness called Shy-Drager Syndrome. Don became very active in promoting the awareness of this disease and served as the President of the SDS/MSA Support Group for 10 years. In June of 1999 Don remarried a long time friend and neighbor Sylvia Hoffman and moving to Coupland, Texas, in 2000. Don retired from his business in 2002. Don became very active in the community and served as the first president of the Coupland ESD #10, President of the Coupland WSC, and attended the St. Peter’s Church of Coupland (UCC) where he continued his musical passion in leading the congregation in musical worship. Don’s faith in Jesus Christ was foundational in his life and he always sought to show the love of God to those around him. Don was predeceased in death by his wife, Gwen, their son David Neill Summers as well as his parents, one brother and five sisters. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; three sons, Donald Fred Summers Jr. and wife Mary, Kurtiss Eugene Summers and wife Cathy, and Kenneth Wayne Summers and wife Annette; stepdaughters Cindee Chard and husband Mike, Jamie Mayfield and husband John; 13 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Don’s honor to SDS/MSA Support Group, or to St. Peter’s Church of Coupland, PO Box 146, Coupland, TX. 78615