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FDR’S BLACK SHEEP SON MARRIES TEXAS SOCIALITE

Elliott Roosevelt stepped off a passenger plane at the Chicago airport on Jul. 18, 1933 and into a swarm of reporters.

Responding to the newshounds’ first question, the president’s 22 year old son confirmed he had indeed just returned from Reno, Nevada, where an obliging judge granted him a divorce from his first wife. But he deftly dodged the follow-up query about a possible replacement.

Rumor had it that Roosevelt had his eye on a pretty socialite he had met in Texas a couple of months earlier. He told the newspapermen that he had no intention of tying the knot so soon after regaining his freedom then added with a sly smile, “I haven’t had a chance to ask anyone yet!”

Four days later, Ruth Goggins of Fort Worth became the second in a long list of Mrs. Elliott Roosevelts.

 

Fri
19
Jul
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Good Dawg

Every genuine or would be cowboy’s pride and joy is his ‘good dawg!’ One of the highlights at a Stock Show is the stock dog trials.

Now, allowin’ for the fact that all my exposure to stock dogs in the past had been on workin’ cow outfits, I wasn’t prepared to see a dog that actually obeyed his master’s commands! It was quite a shock.

Accordin’ to the rules there were six classes of competition; three with cattle and three with sheep. They were divided into Advanced, Open and Started.

In the Advanced category the trainer could not cross a certain point in the arena. Using primarily voice commands, he instructed his dog to drive cattle through a series of gates, chutes and other obstacles. These dogs were a pleasure to watch. They were quick and quiet and like a good cutting horse, anticipated the critter’s moves. One of the best dogs was blind!

 

Fri
12
Jul
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BIG BEND SITE OF “THE GREAT CAMEL EXPERIMENT”

This Week In Texas History

A caravan of 24 heavily loaded camels left Fort Davis on Jul. 11, 1859 for a make-it-or-break-it field test in the Big Bend.

The U.S. Army noticed as early as the 1830’s that the climates of the camel’s native habitat in northern Africa and western Asia and the deserts of the Great Southwest were nearly identical. The animal seemed ideally suited for long-distance treks across the vast North American no-man’s-land, where temperatures reached 120 degrees and water as well as vegetation were extremely hard to come by.

 

 

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Fri
12
Jul
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BAXTER BACK

Old dogs. They write songs about’em and watermelon wine. They have sayings about ‘em learning new tricks. They even name feet after them, i.e., “My ol’ dogs are shore tired!”

In a dog’s lifespan they usually figure eight dog years equals one human year. Little dogs usually live longer than big dogs. Fourteen is old for a dog, and Rookie had turned fourteen that year.

 

 

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04
Jul
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LAWMEN BEAT THE BUSHES FOR FUGITIVE INMATES

This Week In Texas History

In the second mass escape in two weeks from the same Texas prison farm, eight more convicts bolted from infamous Eastham on Jul. 8, 1937.

This was how the Associated Press reported the manhunt for the first bunch on Jun. 23: “Nineteen ‘hard-boiled’ convicts who fled to freedom from Eastham prison farm sought to keep out of the reach of an army of men and bloodhounds searching for them in the scrub oak and pines of East Texas.”

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04
Jul
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Guess You Forgot

This year we recognized the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the beginning of the end of the 2nd World War. Europe had been completely conquered except for England, an island about the size of Wyoming. President Roosevelt made the decision to “go all in”.

The United States of America attacked Normandy Beach with full force of more than 156,000 troops, 50% American plus British and Canadian troops. Casualties of Allied Forces numbered in the hundreds of thousands. Truly a world war. From D-Day June 6, 1944 to V-E day May 8, 1945 (Victory in Europe), Eleven months.

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Thu
27
Jun
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BAXTER & BLACK

We try to be faithful recyclers around the house. I make regular runs to town with the pickup full of newspapers, bottles, aluminum cans, cardboard boxes and tin.

I take old pipe and steel to the scrap metal yard and buy car parts at G & B Salvage. Yesterday I noticed our toilet paper was labeled “100% unbleached, 100% recycled paper, 100% post consumer content and 59.4 sq. ft. in total area.” It’s a little like newsprint and I feel odd using toilet paper somebody else had used but I guess we’re doin’ the right thing. Sister Sue said they were using it, too. But it struck her as one of the incongruities of modern times that recycled toilet paper costs more than a roll of the new.

Thu
27
Jun
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This Week In Texas History

A Gainesville jury tried to decide on Jun. 30, 1967 whether Ernest and Margaret Medders were a couple of folksy con artists or bumbling bumpkins caught up in an incredible charade.

The strange saga began in 1961 in Memphis, Tennessee, where the impoverished parents struggled to support ten children. Ernest was a four-grade dropout, who worked days as a mechanic’s helper and peddled vegetables out of his station wagon on the weekends. Margaret, a practical nurse, pulled 16-hour shifts at a local hospital.

Then one day an attorney informed Ernest that he and his many kinfolks were among the 3,000 plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit challenging a petroleum company for the rights to a Texas oilfield. At stake was an estimated $500 million in royalties.

In their ignorance and desperation, the wishful thinkers jumped to a preposterous conclusion. They convinced themselves the suit would succeed and that every last cent would go to Ernest.

 

Thu
20
Jun
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The Cow Committee

Once upon a time at the start of all creation Angels sat upon a cloud. An odd conglomeration Of buckaroos from near and far but not there from the city. Their job; to build a brand new beast. They were the Cow Committee.

“Now me, I’d like some floppy ears,” suggested Texas Jake. “Floppy ears would freeze plum off on the Powder or the Snake!” “Up north we need some curly hair,” Said Colorado Bill, “Hide that’s tight and hair that’s thick to ward against the chill.”

“Hold yer horses, one and all,” Said Omaha Eugene, “Nebraska needs a fleshy cow; a real corn machine!” “She’d waste away!” cried Tucson Bob, “What we need’s a hump. One who’ll live on tumbleweeds and run from clump to clump.”

 

 

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TWELVE TEXANS FLEW ON DOOLITTLE RAID

All available participants in the recent “Doolittle Raid” on Japan, including half of the dozen native Texans, were honored at the White House on Jun. 25, 1941.

Nothing better describes American morale in the weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor than that old West Texas saying “lower than a snake’s belly.” No one was more acutely aware of that fact than President Franklin Roosevelt, who insisted immediate retaliatory action be taken.

Jimmy Doolittle, a 45 year old lieutenant colonel, devised a plan that would have been dismissed out of hand under any other circumstances. If the navy could get him close enough to the Japanese Home Islands, he would launch 16 B-25’s from the deck of an aircraft carrier on a one-way bombing mission of Tokyo and nearby cities.

 

 

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