We have arrived for a bit of a stay, brought on by storks, and other business matters. Our return was hastened a bit due to the news that one of our closest friends decided to be among the Angels. Garland Alton Josephson was a rare bird from a fine flock.
He was the husband of another very close friend of this family and it must be stated that we are crushed by this relatively sudden event. The obituary is included below, as published in the McAllen Monitor....the 18th of August, 2015
GAYLAND ALTON JOSEPHSON DIED ON AUGUST 13 AT HIS HOME IN AUSTIN, TEXAS. GAYLAND WAS BORN ON 22 SEPTEMBER 1941 IN ELGIN, TEXAS. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS BROTHER DON AND SISTER-IN-LAW GAIL JOSEPHSON, SON FRANCISCO (PANCHO) JOSEPHSON, DAUGHTER ANA JOSEPHSON AND WIFE OF MANY YEARS AND FRIEND FOREVER, EDUVIJES ANA PEREZ - JOSEPHSON.
GAYLAND GRADUATED FROM TEXAS LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, A PRESTIGEOUS, SMALL SCHOOL LOCATED IN SEGUIN, TEXAS. A CONSUMMATE ALTRUIST, HE VOLUNTEERED FOR THE PEACE CORPS AND SPENT TWO YEARS IN EL SALVADOR BUILDING SCHOOLS IN RURAL VILLAGES.
HE RETURNED TO TEXAS, SETTLING IN McALLEN AND TAKING A POSITION AS A TEACHER OF HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL WITH THE EDINBURG INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT. HIS SERVICE FINISHED AFTER ALMOST FORTY YEARS, AND HE RETIRED FROM THE DISTRICT IN 2011.
GAYLAND SPENT THE LAST TWO YEARS OF HIS LIFE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS WHERE HE SHARED A DUPLEX WITH HIS DAUGHTER AND GRANDSON IN AN IDYLLIC "OLD TOWN" PART OF THE CAPITAL CITY. HE FOUND GREAT JOY DURING HIS RETIREMENT IN PLAYING WITH AND TEACHING HIS GRANDSON ABOUT THE GREAT WORLD THAT HE LOVED SO MUCH.
GAYLAND'S ASHES WILL BE STREWN AT THE GRAVESITE OF HIS PARENTS IN ELGIN, TEXAS AS WELL AS IN APPROPRIATE PLACES IN AND AROUND THE McALLEN, TEXAS AREA WHERE CONSIDERABLE AND LENGTHY ANCESTRY OF HIS SON AND DAUGHTER AND GRANDSON, BOTH QUICK AND DEPARTED, HAVE DWELLED FOR OVER 250 YEARS.
THERE WILL BE A CELEBRATION OF GAYLAND'S LIFE AND TIME WITH US AT HIS HOME IN AUSTIN, TEXAS ON THE 20th OF AUGUST, 2015 AT 6:OO PM. OTHER GATHERINGS OF STUNNED AND SADDENED FRIENDS AND LIFE-MATES OF GAYLAND'S WILL HAVE AN APPROPRIATE GET-TOGETHER "DOWN IN THE VALLEY" TO SHARE OUR SADNESS AND JOY.....
|The neo-antique map in its place of honour|
We point out that the dominant fixture of the parlour of the Quinta Tesoro de la Sierra Madre is an old, academic-grade, political map of Mexico that was published in 1921. It has the States, major cities, rail-routes, and what little highway existed at that time. Several major areas are still listed as "territories" due to the fact that they lacked the population and infrastructure to qualify for Statehood.
This map, pictured on the left, was saved and salvaged from the indignity of being filed in a Dempster Dumpster by Gayland when a heavy-duty "house-cleaning" was underway at the High School in Edinburg. We wound up being the beneficiary of his thoughtfulness.
El Gringo Viejo