Return To West, Texas

Jul 3, 2013

We check back in with Nita Gerik of West, Texas. Dick Gordon spoke with her in April, after an explosion in a fertilizer factory killed fourteen people, including eleven volunteer firefighters. Nita Gerik's husband was fire department chief for 25 years. Also from West, James Hand says writing music has not come easily since the explosion.

Also in this show: Remembering Gettysburg. We hear readings penned by a 15-year-old girl who witnessed the Civil War battle in her village. Tillie Pierce saw the fighting and spent time tending to the wounded in a neighbor’s farmhouse. Later in her life she wrote the book At Gettysburg: Or What a Girl Saw and Heard of The Battle.

Plus, Joe Richman and Radio Diaries bring us the voices of two widows of Civil War veterans. In 1998, Daisy Anderson and Alberta Martin told how they met and married their husbands, and the lives they lived with civil war veterans. Listen here.