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13
May
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FLOUR SALESMAN RISES TO PINNACLE OF TEXAS POLITICS

by Bartee Haile

An entertaining and unquestionably eccentric era in Texas politics came to an end on May 11, 1969 with the death of former governor and U.S. Senator “Pappy” O’Daniel. A job offer from a Fort Worth milling company brought the 35 year old salesman to Texas in 1925. Three years later, a deal with a group of unemployed musicians put Wilbert Lee O’Daniel on the road to fame and fortune. 

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Fri
06
May
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Lost

by Baxter Black
 
A source of pride amongst cowboys is knowin’ the lay of the land. And any poor fool that gets lost they figger ain’t much of a hand! They said, “We’ll all meet at Bull Crick!” Then looked at me like a trainee! “Draw me a map and I’ll
find it! Columbus had nothin’ on me!” Daylight broke into my windshield, headed south and loaded for bear.
 
Fri
06
May
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CORPUS CHRISTI FOUNDER SHADIEST OF CHARACTERS

by Bartee Haile
 
On May 4, 1855, a Philadelphia grand jury indicted Henry L. Kinney, erstwhile smuggler and scandalous founder of Corpus Christi, for his part in a plot to invade Nicaragua. The Pennsylvania native was 18, when he paid a visit to relatives at the Irish colony of San Patricio in 1832. He wandered back to Texas five years later and set up shop on the western bank of the Nueces River, where it empties into Corpus Christi Bay.
 
Fri
29
Apr
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TEXAS BASEBALL GREAT ORGANIZES BLACK LEAGUE

by Bartee Haile
 
Rube Foster’s American Giants played the Indianapolis ABC’s on May 2, 1920 in the first game of the new Negro National League founded by the baseball great from Texas. “White baseball has never seen anyone quite like Rube Foster,” a sports historian once wrote. “He was Christy Mathewson, John McGraw, Connie Mack, Al Spalding and Kenesaw Mountain Landis — great pitcher, manager, owner, league organizer, czar — all rolled into one.”
 
Fri
29
Apr
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The Axis Of Ideal Understanding

I have developed a way to evaluate when a person reaches the pinnacle of their profession, their prime, so to speak. I call it the “Peak of Practical Intelligence.” It states there is a point in the lifetime of a profession where your dependence on your knowledge derived from Education (ED) equals your dependence on your knowledge gained from Experience (EX). On the graph at the beginning (graduation) your reliance on ED knowledge is at its zenith and your reliance on EX knowledge is at its nadir. As time passes your knowledge from ED, in relation to your knowledge from EX, will decline as defined by percentile.

Fri
22
Apr
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TRAIN ROBBER LEARNS NOTHING FROM LONG PRISON STRETCH

by Bartee Haile
 
After serving six years in the Montana state penitentiary, a train robber from Texas walked out of prison on Apr. 21, 1901 a free man – free to resume a life of crime. Orland Camillo Hanks was born in DeWitt County during the Civil War and grew up around Yorktown. Little is known about his childhood and adolescence other than he preferred the initials O.C. to the tongue-twister of a name his parents gave him.
 
Fri
22
Apr
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Good Neighbor

Jim said he had the best two-strand bob wire fence in the country! The ranchers who bordered him got together and fixed his fence. Now his pasture is gettin’ thin and he’s only got half as many cows! That didn’t please Jim’s banker. So he reduced his line of credit and told him to sell part of his herd to make a payment. Jim explained that he’d planned on doin’ that very thing but the cows he had earmarked to sell disappeared when the neighbors fixed his fence!.
 
Fri
15
Apr
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The Weather

There is at least one thing that separates agricultural people from their office-working brothers... the weather. How often have you seen the local anchorman turn to the local weather girl and say, “Gosh, Marsha, that’s really good news! I’m sure getting tired of this rain!”
 
 
Fri
15
Apr
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TWO TEXANS PLAY HISTORIC PARTS IN UTAH CONFRONTATION

by Bartee Haile
 
Former Texas Ranger Ben McCulloch left for Utah on Apr. 13, 1858 with orders straight from the president to stop the Mormons led by Brigham Young and federal troops commanded by a fellow Texan from going to war. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints had been a target of persistent and often violent persecution since its founding in 1830 by Joseph Smith. Driven from Ohio and Missouri, the Mormons enjoyed temporary tolerance in Illinois until a mob murdered Smith in 1844.
 
Fri
08
Apr
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Secret Seasoning

by Baxter Black
 
Sometimes it is embarrassing when your friends catch that entrepreneurial spirit. How many times have you gently tried to tell them that, sure, Amway’s great, but what are ya gonna do with all that soap in the closet? That you don’t really need a water filter, or that networking chain letters is not your bag. I used to have a weakness for get-rich-quick schemes, but now I run cows and dabble in Iraqi real estate.
 

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