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Thu
20
Feb
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I heard that Bob Haydon was a fantastic banjo player so I went to interview him at his home in Winnsboro. I found out he is much more than a banjo player with a gold record, singles and albums on the charts and a worldwide audience. He has written 3 books (murder mysteries) and paints in the Taos style of art. I recorded him playing his banjo.

It was like hearing a performance in Carnegie Hall. His fingers flew up and down the instrument and produced some amazing music.

Bob was born in Kensington, Maryland and his family moved to Dallas when he was in his early teens. He attended Saint Marks School and met a classmate named Steve Miller who told Bob he played guitar. Bob said he played, too and they hit it off. The formed a band called The Marksmen and played for high school and college dances all over Texas and Oklahoma.

 

Thu
20
Feb
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REBELS PAID IN BLOOD FOR MATAMOROS EXPEDITION

REBELS PAID IN BLOOD FOR MATAMOROS EXPEDITION

While Santa Anna lay siege to the Alamo on Feb. 25, 1836, Gen. Jose Urrea was mopping up a forgotten fiasco known as the Matamoros Expedition.

In retrospect this harebrained military campaign stands out as the supreme folly of the Lone Star Revolution, a reckless roll of the dice that directly contributed in the slaughter at the Alamo and Goliad. But in the early days of the uprising, the invasion of Mexico offered a tempting and popular short-cut to victory.

San Antonio had not yet succumbed to the rebel blockade, when the sure-fire strategy was suggested on Nov. 29, 1835 by the spokesman for the New Orleans Greys. He explained that the Louisiana volunteers were tired of waiting for the encircled Mexican troops to surrender and were anxious to get the revolutionary show on the road by storming Matamoros at the southern tip of Texas.

 

Thu
13
Feb
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SECESSIONISTS JUMP THE GUN AT ALAMO ARSENAL

SECESSIONISTS JUMP THE GUN AT ALAMO ARSENAL

As the sun rose over San Antonio on Feb. 18, 1861, scores of secessionists surrounded the United States arsenal that was housed in the most famous structure in all of Texas.

The commander of the Department of Texas was ready and willing to oblige his friends, but the Texans were in too much of an all-fired hurry to waste time asking for what they could simply take. A veteran of the Mexican War as well as a southern soul mate, Gen. David E. Twiggs desired only that the transfer be orderly and dignified.

The previous December the 71 year old soldier had, in fact, foreseen the inevitable breakup of the Union. The week before South Carolina took its leave, Twiggs requested written instructions from his superior in the likelihood Texas followed the example of the Palmetto State.

Thu
06
Feb
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Mormon Boys

Mormon Boys

Carol's story is just another glamorous tale of a city girl who married a romantic Nebraska Sandhills rancher years ago and became a 'vocational COW assistant' for life.

"So what exactly do you want me to do?" she asked.

"Take the pickup (she didn't learn to drive till she was twenty-nine) then go out there to the Big Pasture (the dreaded Big Pasture where one grass covered hill looks like the next one to her). Start way back there at the gate in the Middle Pasture where we have the heifers now and honk. They'll come follow you and we'll just run'em up through the Big Pasture and put'em where they used to be. (she lost him right after 'you take the pickup').

 

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Thu
30
Jan
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THE MENNONITE MIGRATION

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A pickup truck crowded with nearly a dozen Mennonites left El Paso in 1977. When it reached a hill west of Seminole there was a big sigh of relief and the driver, when he saw the valley below, told his passengers, “We are Home.”

It had been a long journey scattered over several years and several countries. Throughout history in country after country the Mennonites had been promised special dispensations from the various governments regarding taxes, religious freedom and land ownership. When those were removed the Mennonites became vagabonds looking for a home.

Thu
30
Jan
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BAXTER BLACK

BAXTER BLACK

The rancher told his foreman, "Looks like things are gettin' tough

The price of calves is deadly, heck, there may not be enough

To pay the note this winter, I'm already overdue

 

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Thu
30
Jan
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VOTERS THREW THE SHARPSTOWN RASCALS OUT

VOTERS THREW THE SHARPSTOWN RASCALS OUT

On Feb. 1, 1971, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a 47-page follow-up to the bombshell lawsuit filed two weeks earlier that exposed a stock fraud scheme involving a Houston banker and real estate developer and politicians in the highest offices in the State of Texas.

Frank W. Sharp was one of those familiar Bayou City success stories but with a novel twist. He made his fortune not in oil but by building homes.

Sharp left the small East Texas town of his birth in the mid-1930’s looking for work. Even in the Great Depression, there were jobs to be had in the Bayou City, and he found one as a carpenter’s helper.

 

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Thu
23
Jan
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TEXAS SCOUT KEY TO VICTORY AT BUENA VISTA

The deadly game of cat-and-mouse that culminated in the Battle of Buena Vista began on Jan. 28, 1847, when Gen. Zachary Taylor camped for the night within striking distance of Santa Anna’s much larger army.

Divided and demoralized by a series of humiliating defeats, the desperate Mexicans recalled Santa Anna from one of his many exiles. If the charismatic charlatan could not stop the American invasion, then all was truly lost.

In dire need of money to arm, equip and feed thousands of fresh recruits, Santa Anna appealed to the Catholic Church, the wealthiest institution in the destitute country. The comfortable clergy was willing to give the patriotic endeavor their blessing but drew the line at cash contributions.

 

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Thu
23
Jan
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Big Macs and Whoppers

No doubt most of you in the livestock business have a certain “family affection” for the fast food chains. Particularly those restaurants whose main attraction is the often disguised but still All American hamburger. It also is true that each of us has his own particular favorite.

Organizations like the National Restaurant Association have attempted surveys to compare the merits of each burger. Readers, you will be pleased to know that the Coyote Cowboy Co. (me) has conducted its own survey. This survey was taken with an international consultant on had to advise: A Canadian Chianina breeder.

The burgers compared were the Double Whopper (hereinafter referred to as the WHOP), the Big Mac (the MAC) and Wendy’s Double Burger (the BURG). Each was ordered on a rainy night with iced tea.

 

Thu
16
Jan
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“LIFE OF THE PARTY” ON PGA TOUR

Jimmy Demaret trailed Dr. Cary Middlecoff by one stroke with five holes to go in the fourth and final round of the Thunderbird tournament at Palm Springs on Jan. 22, 1956.

Jimmie Newton Demaret was born the fourth of ten children in 1910 in Houston. He was bitten by the golf bug at an early age, when an army officer asked the seven year old to lug his clubs around the military course at Camp Logan.

Demaret grew up caddying and playing on the public links in the Bayou City. He studied the swings of adult duffers, imitated the best and developed into a promising young golfer. At 15 he dropped out of school to work as an assistant to Jack Burke, Sr. at the River Oaks Country Club.

 

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