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Thu
19
Mar
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PERSONAL ATTACK JUST WHAT SAM NEEDED

“Was the late secretary of war removed in consequence of his attempt fraudulently to give to Gov. Houston the contract for the Indian rations?” an Ohio congressman asked on the floor of the U.S. House of on Mar. 1832.

Three years had come and gone since Sam Houston resigned as governor of Tennessee following the scandalous breakup of his marriage to a teenaged debutante. During his self-imposed exile among the Cherokees, he lobbied for a contract to feed several tribes on their western relocation under the Indian Removal Act. But the potentially profitable plan hit a snag, when war secretary John Eaton froze the bids.

Houston happened to be in the nation’s capital on Apr. 3, 1832, the day that a Washington newspaper published the text of Rep. William Stanbery’s speech. The former twoterm congressman headed straight for the House to confront his accuser, but friend and future president James K. Polk persuaded him not to go off half-cocked.

Fri
13
Mar
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GALVESTON BOOTLEGGERS SHOOT IT OUT

 GALVESTON BOOTLEGGERS SHOOT IT OUT

Rival bootleggers turned downtown Galveston into their own private shooting gallery on Mar. 13, 1931 sending innocent bystanders diving for cover and two wounded gangsters to the hospital.

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Fri
13
Mar
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Are You Discontent?

Are You Discontent?

Are you discontent? Has life seemed to let you down? There is a way to contentment, peace and victory. There is a way for us to overcome, even in the middle of trials.

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Fri
06
Mar
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COMANCHES SLAUGHTER SPANIARDS AT SAN SABA

COMANCHES SLAUGHTER SPANIARDS AT SAN SABA

The Spanish captain responsible for protecting the San Saba mission sensed grave danger on Mar. 10, 1758.

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Fri
06
Mar
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Seed Time and Harvest

Seed Time and Harvest

There are many things in the word of God, the bible, that God made very clear right from the beginning. One of them was “For I am the Lord Thy God, I change not” [Malachi 3:6]. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever”[Heb. 13:8].

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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.

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