Today is the day for which the folks out at Dixieland have been waiting and working. At 3 p.m. the centennial celebration of their school will begin. For 100 years, kids have been preparing for life at the little country school, and today many of them will gather to reunite and remember.
One Dixieland alumnus who would like to attend the festivities but cannot is Joe Farias. He has, however, done the next best thing. He has purchased his Dixieland Centennial T-shirt and has sent money and memorabilia to help the cause.
If Joe was not out of the country, rest assured he would be at the birthday party today, and the story he would have to share epitomizes what Dixieland School and its community is all about.
Joe Farias was born in 1939, but his story begins much earlier than that. Sometime in the early 1900s, his grandparents came to the Dixieland area to farm. In 1927, his father, Eugene Farias, brought his family, which included his sons Gene and Cardie (Richard) to the Dixieland district...