31 Years of the Old Glory News

Anita Vahlenkamp Dozier knows a thing or two about Old Glory. Every week since 1982 she has brought the Old Glory News to the readers of the local newspapers, telling about the happenings in the area just northwest of Stamford. She was born there 87 years ago this past week in a farm house. Her grandparents had come from Germany and still spoke some German, but her parents were very proud of their American roots. She attended Old Glory schools and played basketball, volleyball, and track before she graduated in 1945. She then attended business school in Abilene and went to work for Stonewall County in the office of Old Age Assistance. In 1946 she married Oren “Sprout” Baldree and they moved to a farm in Old Glory in 1951. There they farmed cotton, maize, and wheat and raised cattle and chickens. He also worked in the oil field. Together they had four children, Michael, Rita, Melissa, and Sandra. Anita also went on to work at the Old Glory Gin until it closed, and then she went to work as an educational secretary and taught Elementary PE and Remedial Reading at the Old Glory School for 18 years until it closed in 1985. She was then employed at the Aspermont Superintendent's Office until she retired two years later.

On March 31, 1983, Oren was killed in a car wreck. In 1987 Anita married J.F. Dozier. They were married for 20 years until his death six years ago. Her family now includes her four children, 2 step-sons: Dr. Norm Dozier and Warren Dozier DVM, 1 step-daughter: Dana Harms, 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 7 step- grandchildren.

Dozier is still very active in the Old Glory Community serving as a member of the Multi County Retired Teachers Association for which she has served as the secretary for 10 years and is currently the chairman of the volunteer hours. She is also a lifetime member of Faith Lutheran Church, and a member of the Sons of Herman Lodge. She is also a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Rule. She is the president of the board and bookkeeper for the Old Glory Community, and she along with other board members Mittie Dunham, Bernice Rhodes, Doug and Debbie Vahlenkamp are in charge of the community center and the historical marker. As part of her volunteering, she goes to the Aspermont Care Home and serves refreshments to the residents and is the reporter for the Hobby Club and the Sons of Herman Lodge.  

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