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Fri
15
Jul

TEXANS BRING HOME THE GOLD FROM HELSINKI OLYMPICS

by Bartee Haile
 
With the Summer Games in Rio less than a month away, let’s take a look back at the XV Olympics that began in Helsinki, Finland on Jul. 19, 1952 and featured gold-medal performances from six different Texans. In the high jump held on opening day, Walter “Buddy” Davis of Texas A&M was the favorite despite his inexperience. The Nederland product had gone to College Station on a basketball scholarship and lived up to high expectations by blossoming into a star. A childhood victim of polio, who had not been able to walk for three years, Davis went out for track in 1951 “to escape spring basketball practice because we had a coach who was a demon for workouts.” 
 
Fri
15
Jul

Whoa, Mule!

By Baxter Black
 
I finally collected enough first hand reports to answer the age-old question, “How do you stop a runaway mule?” Ace Reid said he had been invited to be the parade marshal in Uvalde. They sat him up in the seat of a good-sized freight wagon pulled by a team of big mules. Halfway through the parade the mules spooked and started galloping down the street!
 
Fri
08
Jul

ACCIDENT PRONE PILOT SURVIVED TWO DOZEN CRASHES

by Bartee Haile

Fri
08
Jul

21st Century Citizen Soldiers

By: Baxter Black

The term “citizen soldier” applies to an army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers, like Vietnam War enlistees and draftees that served their 2 years and were released  to go back to their previous life. It also applies to the National Guard.
 
Fri
01
Jul

Vertical Integration

There are those who say farming and ranching is a “way of life” more than it is a business. Which helps explain why young people who grow up in agriculture return to work on the farm. Working the land holds a strong lure. ‘Course, it also explains why young people who grow up in agriculture become architects and sailors! They remember the return-on-investment and want to be as far away from a tractor and a cow as they can be!
 
Fri
01
Jul

FUTURE ADMIRAL NEVER HEARD OF NAVAL ACADEMY

by Bartee Haile

 

Fri
24
Jun

WHEN TV GOT TO BIG LAKE

Not much goes on in Big Lake without Louise Matthews having something to do with it. “Our life has been very very busy for everything that you have ever heard of in your life,” she says. “We’ve always done it or helped out doing it or financing some of it or whatever.”
 
Fri
24
Jun

TENNIS STAR HAD THE HEART OF A CHAMPION

by Bartee Haile

Mon
20
Jun

Father and Son

I can’t believe he’s so ungrateful. I raised him from a pup! He worked beside me night and day. We never did let up. He learned to drive a tractor, grease a windmill, pick up rock, To stack loose hay and irrigate and never watch the clock.

 

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Mon
20
Jun

LIFE OF PIONEER FAMILY ON WEST TEXAS FRONTIER

By Bartee Haile
 
Richard Franklin Tankersley enlisted in an all-volunteer company of “minutemen” on May 24, 1858 and spent the next 60 days combing the West Texas countryside for hostiles. While he was making the frontier safe for neighbors and perfect strangers, his wife and six children — alone and unprotected — faced the constant threat of attack from the same Indians. Either the head of the household minimized the danger or never gave his loved ones’ predicament a second thought.

 

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