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03/22/12 - NNHS Newsletter - El Paso

“Night time would find me in Rosa's Cantina...”

Marty Robbins
(26 Sept 1925 - 08 Dec 1982)

Rosa's Cantina Rosa's Cantina

3454 Doniphan Drive, El Paso, TX

3454 Doniphan Drive, El Paso, TX

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   You had to know, given my recent trip, that this theme was coming, didn't you?!?

BONUS #1 - - El Paso - Marty Robbins, live

BONUS #2 - - El Paso - Marty Robbins, live - later


"El Paso" is a country and western ballad written and originally recorded by Marty Robbins, and first released on Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs in September 1959. It was released as a single the following month, and became a major hit on both the country and pop music charts, reaching number one in both at the start of 1960. It won the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording in 1961, and remains Robbins' best-known song. It is widely considered a genre classic for its gripping narrative, haunting harmonies by vocalists Bobby Sykes and Jim Glaser (of the Glaser Brothers) and the eloquent Spanish guitar accompaniment by Grady Martin that lends the recording a distinctive Tex-Mex feel.

"El Paso" was, at some four minutes and thirty-eight seconds in duration, far longer than most contemporary singles at the time. Robbins' record company was unsure if radio stations would play such a long song, and so released two versions of the song: the full-length version on one side, and an edited version on the other which was nearer to the three-minute mark. The full-length version was overwhelmingly preferred.

"Out in the west Texas town of El Paso, I fell in love with a Mexican girl..."

The song is a first-person narrative told by a cowboy who is in El Paso, Texas, in the days of the Wild West. He falls in love with Feleena[1], who is dancing at "Rosa's Cantina". When another man makes advances on "wicked Feleena", the narrator guns down the challenger, then flees El Paso for fear of being hanged for murder or killed in revenge by his victim's friends. He hides out in the "badlands of New Mexico".

The narrator switches from the past tense to the present tense for the remainder of the song, describing the yearning that drives him to return to El Paso: "It's been so long since I've seen the young maiden / My love is stronger than my fear of death". Upon entering the town, he is attacked and fatally wounded by a posse. At the end of the song, the cowboy is found by Feleena, and he dies in her arms.

Six years later, Robbins wrote a sequel to "El Paso", telling the story from Feleena's point of view. This song confirmed that the cowboy does indeed die in Feleena's arms...

Plotting the hints from Marty Robbins’ “El Paso” trilogy of songs, one can determine approximately where to find Rosa’s Cantina. At a juncture about 1.6 miles (2.6 km) NNW of where Texas, Chihuahua, and New Mexico converge, at the bottom of a hill, with a back door from which the narrator can run, there is an actual neighborhood bar called

Rosa's Cantina
3454 Doniphan Drive
El Paso TX 79922-1644
(915) 833-0402

Its ambience lends itself to the lyrics of the three songs...[3


     From Me ('65) of NC - 03/21/12 - "We're Home!":

   We arrived home Wednesday night after two fabulous weeks in El Paso, courtesy of         our #2 son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90 - of TX) (newly returned home from a year's deployment to "the lands dark and dusty") and   our #2 daughter-in-law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94 - of TX), who shared part of their tax refund by treating us to a great trip of a lifetime.  Not only did we get to spend time with them and their five children - most of whom we had not seen in four years - we were able to see some incredible sights.  (Pictures will follow when I've had time to catch up...)

   We had never seen that part of the country, nor entertained any hope that we ever would, so a Big, Big Thanks,  Brent and Bethany!


     From Me ('65) of NC - 03/21/12 - "Welcome Home!":

         Our son of other parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002), arrived home safe and sound to his wife and three young children several weeks early from a three-month deployment to "the lands dark and dusty" on Thursday, March 8 - the day after we left for El Paso.  That was a very, very good thing indeed, because.....


    From My Son of Other Parents, Joe Mansfield (Stanton College Prep School, FL - 2002) AND   Megan Fulmer Mansfield (Marshall HS, TX - 2002) of NC - 03/21/12 - "  Jane Elizabeth Mansfield - 10 Pounds of Cuteness":

  She arrived on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 5:59 PM, weighed 10 lbs., 0 oz., and was 21" long.

Her name is Jane Elizabeth.

   AWWW!!! Such a sweet little baby she is! And we were just preparing to get off the plane in Raleigh when she arrived!

   Congratulations! Kiss all your little darlings for me!   

Friday, December 08, 2011
Spring Lake, NC
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Ft. Bragg, NC
Jonathan, Katelyn, and Jacob Megan and Jane

   For those of y'all who "have joined us in progress," Joe and Megan are our sorta "extra" children.  We encountered them along Life's Way when they were newlyweds and decided to keep them.  Even Megan's mother has referred to us for years now as, "the other grandparents".  This means we really have 17 grandchildren now!  WHOO-HOO!


   Happy Belated Birthday to:

07 -   Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA;

08 -    The late Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs (June '38) (deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of        Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of    Steve Burns ('65) of MN;

09 - Patrick Burke ('57) AND   Bobby Hilling ('62) of VA AND   Katie Haan Spaulding ('64) of CA;

10 -   Helen Avant Neal ('57) of VA AND (if Plaxo is to be believed) Bill Douthat ('66) of VA; 1

13 -   Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA AND My Daughter-in-Law,      Kim Woods Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / Richard Milburn Academy, FL - '03) of IL;

15 - Joan Williams Eberwine ('57) AND Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA;
16 -
Bill Gross (February '48) of VA  AND      Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND  Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC;

17 -   Barbara Brewer (’69) of VA;

18 -   Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND   Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA AND Aderon Gibbs ('66) of VA AND     Wade Scott ('66) of MO;

19 -    Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA;

20 -     My Cousin, Stuart Atkinson (Warsaw HS - '63) of CO AND  Sid Melton ('64) of NY AND   Terri McAfee Artman ('66) of VA AND My Nephew, Kevin Dick (Weber HS, UT - '82) of NC;

21 - Bob Morgan ('56) of MA AND        My #4 Son, Joshua Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '95) of IL!


   Happy Birthday today to   Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Jack Harrison ('61) of VA AND    Richard Marshall ('66) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

24 -   Olivia House Brickey ('65) of VA;

25 -   The late Billy Williams ('57) (d. 21 May 2007) AND    Joan McKenna Ward ('60) of VA AND   Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA;

26 -   The late Gene Collins Glave ('60) (d. 06 July 2011);

28 -   Elizabeth Tedder Nunnally ('65 and '68) of VA;

29 -   David Hatchett ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!

March 20, 1942 - General Douglas MacArthur, at Terowie, South Australia, made his famous speech regarding the fall of the Philippines, in which he said: "I came out of Bataan and I shall return".

March 21, 1943 - Wehrmacht officer Rudolf Christoph Freiherr von Gersdorff plotted to assassinate Adolf Hitler by using a suicide bomb, but the plan fell through. Von Gersdorff was able to defuse the bomb in time to avoid suspicion.

March 21, 1945 - British troops liberated Mandalay, Burma.

March 21, 1945 - Operation Carthage – British planes bombed Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. They also hit a school and 125 civilians were killed.

March 21, 1945 - Bulgaria and the Soviet Union successfully completed their defense of the north bank of the Drava River as the Battle of Drava concluded.

Tuesday, March 20, 1962 - Director and screenwriter Stephen Sommers was born in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Wednesday, March 21, 1962 - Actor Matthew Broderick was born in New York City, New York.

Wednesday, March 21, 1962 - Actress Kathy Greenwood was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Wednesday, March 21, 1962 - Comedienne, actress, author, and television personality Rosie O'Donnell was born in Bayside, Queens, New York.  

Wednesday, March 21, 1962 - Comic book writer Mark Waid was born.

       From My Daughter, Adrienne Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL) of NC - currently serving an eighteen-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seattle, Washington - 03/20/12 - "transfer week":

We were spared from transfers again!  WOOT!  It's so good because I'd really like to witness Casey's baptism before I leave here.  I would also like Sister Keller to witness it before she goes home next transfer.  I guess nothing spectacular has happened since last week.  Sister Keller has been uber sick all not much could be done.  Anyway, sorry for the lame letter. 

I do have a cool scripture for y'all though.  Hopefully I have remembered the's 1 Nephi 21...uh verses 15 through 17?  It's says something about the palms of His know what?  Just read the whole chapter - it's a good one and is relatively short.  That takes care of the issue, huh? hehe  Well, besides that...I love you all! 

Take care,
Sister Harty

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Sister Baby Girl! You're right, that whole chapter is a gem, but the verses you referenced are especially comforting:

15 For can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel.

16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

17 Thy children shall make haste against thy destroyers; and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.

- 1 Nephi 21: 16-17

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 03/21/12 - "LOVE YA!":

  GIGGLES! Thanks, Ruthie!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/06/12 - "Recent Solar Storms Trigger Beautiful Auroras (#12 in a Series of 12)":


OOOH! Thanks, Shari - these have been lovely!


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/29/12 - "Aww pictures......... (#5 in a Series of 43)":

  I can do this!!

   AWWW! Thanks, Wayne Honey! Paul tried sending these to me several days ago, and inexplicably only one of the images arrived!



From - 03/21/12:

His father sends a small boy to bed. Five minutes later....


"What?" "I'm thirsty. Can you bring drink of water?" "No. You had your chance. Lights out."

Five minutes later: "Da-aaaad....."


"I'm THIRSTY. Can I have a drink of water??"

"I told you NO!" If you ask again, I'll have to spank you!!"

Five minutes later......"Daaaa-aaaad....."


"When you come in to spank me, can you bring a drink of water?"


1. Thursday, April 5, 2012 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 11:00 AM - The NNHS Breakfast Bunch will host a Breakfast Bunch Brunch at the Warwick Restaurant, 12306 Warwick Boulevard, (across from CNU) Newport News, Virginia 23606. "Please come join them for a Dutch Treat Brunch featuring a lot of 'War Stories' and maybe a lie or two. Everyone is welcome so bring your wife, husband, boy friend, girl friend, class mate, school friend or whomever you choose." Please RSVP to Bill Roady at or call him at 757-595-0716 so they have a head count.

3. Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

4. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 2012 - Class of 1962 - 50-Year Reunion - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. More information after the Holidays. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month. CONTACT: Brenda Amos Williams at 

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/20/12

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


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                          Love to all, Carol




El Paso

Written and Recorded by Marty Robbins (26 Sept 1925 – 08 Dec 1982), 1959

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
I fell in love with a Mexican girl
Night time would find me in Rosa's Cantina
Music would play and Feleena would whirl

Blacker than night where the eyes of Feleena
Wicked and evil while casting a spell
My love was deep for this Mexican maiden
I was in love, but in vain I could tell

One night a wild young cowboy came in
Wild as the West Texas wind
Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing
With wicked Feleena, the girl that I loved

So in anger
I challenged his right for the love of this maiden
Down went his hand for the gun that he wore
My challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat
The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor

Just for a moment
I stood there in silence
Shocked by the foul evil deed I had done
Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there
I had but one chance and that was to run

Out through the back door of Rosa's I ran
Out where the horses were tied
I caught a good one
It looked like it could run
Up on its back and away I did ride

Just as fast as I could
From the West Texas town of El Paso
Out to the badlands of New Mexico

Back in El Paso my life would be worthless
Everything's gone in life, nothing is left
It's been so long since I've seen the young maiden
My love is stronger than my fear of death

I saddled up and away I did go
Riding alone in the dark
Maybe tomorrow a bullet may find me
Tonight nothing's worse than this pain in my heart

And at last here I am
On the hill overlooking El Paso
I can see Rosa's cantina below
My love is strong and it pushes me onward
Down off the hill to Feleena I go

Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys
Off to my left ride a dozen or more
Shouting and shooting I can't let them catch me
I have to make it to Rosa's back door

Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel
A deep burning pain in my side
Though I am trying to stay in the saddle
I'm getting weary, unable to ride

But my love for Feleena is strong
And I rise where I've fallen
Though I am weary I can't stop to rest
I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle
I feel the bullet go deep in my chest

From out of nowhere Feleena has found me
Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side
Cradled by two loving arms that I'll die for
One little kiss and Feleena, goodbye

"El Paso" midi courtesy of - 03/26/12 (sic)

"El Paso" lyrics courtesy of - 03/26/12 (sic)

Image of Rosa's Cantina courtesy of Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94 - of TX ) - 03/20/12
Thanks, Bethany!

Red Roses Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment, but it's been in my files since 02/01/05.

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of - 12/27/07

Stanton College Prep School's logo courtesy of - 08/01/10

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated Big Hugs Smiley clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 06/19/09
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Animated Kissing Smiley clip art courtesy of my friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - 09/19/08
Thanks, Judy!

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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