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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.

 

Mon
13
Jun

AUSTIN GIVES IN TO LARGER-THAN-LIFE FOLK HERO

By Bartee Haile
 
Stephen F. Austin finally blinked in a tense stand-off with Strap Buckner and signaled on Jun. 10, 1831 that he would meet his stubborn adversary more than halfway. No one was more determined to take Texas away from Spain than the pugnacious son of a Virginia judge, who did not know the meaning of the word “quit.” Aylett C. “Strap” Buckner survived not one, not two but three doomed attempts to liberate the province.
 
 
Mon
13
Jun

THREE DAYS ON THE ROAD

My 3-day interview trip to north and east Texas began by interviewing Eddie Trapp who lives in the small Delta County community of Charleston. He is a well-known teller of tales from the woods. He gave me a copy of his latest publication, ON THE RIVER WITH E.T. It has 100 stories in it and is the 12th book of 100 stories he has written.
 
 

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