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Sat
27
Feb

FROM COMANCHE WARRIOR TO WHITES’ FAVORITE INDIAN

by Bartee Haile

Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief, was buried beside his famous white mother on Feb. 25, 1911. A few days after surrendering at Fort Sill in the spring of 1875, the battle-scarred leader of the Quahada Comanches just happened to tell Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie that his mother was the former white captive Cynthia Ann Parker. It fell to his longtime pursuer to inform Quanah that the woman, who had given him birth, was dead.

 

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Fri
19
Feb

MARINE FROM SOUTH TEXAS RAISED IWO JIMA FLAG

by Bartee Haile
 
A young marine from South Texas was one of six American fighting men caught on camera on Feb. 23, 1945 raising the Stars and Stripes on a Pacific battlefield called Iwo Jima. Harlon Henry Block was born in 1924 at Yorktown and grew up on 40 acres in the Rio Grande Valley. The third of six children, he had one sister and four brothers. Harlon’s mother missed the city life of San Antonio and never quite adjusted to the hardscrabble existence down on the farm.
 
Fri
19
Feb

Dog Emotions

It is my observation that dogs feel certain basic emotions like affection, fear, confusion or joy. I’m not sure they’re capable of feeling sadness or jealousy or if they can get their feelings hurt. But I believe a dog can get embarrassed! Take the Sunbeam clippers to a long haired dog and see if he doesn’t slink off behind the barn.
Fri
12
Feb

The Gun Battle

As radical Islamic terrorists continue their penetration of the Unites States and mentally deranged psychos attack unsuspecting pedestrians, our country seeks solutions. Conservative Constitutional fundamentalists stand by the law and support arming everyone! Whereas progressive liberals insist on disarming everyday citizens and depend on government to protect everyone! Yet compromise is hard to find.
 
 
 

 

Fri
12
Feb

RUSK DESERVED MORE THAN SECOND FIDDLE TO HOUSTON

by Bartee Haile
 
Thomas Rusk stepped out of Sam Houston’s giant shadow on Feb. 16, 1848 to give his first speech in the United States Senate, an impassioned defense of the Mexican War. When John Salmon “Rip” Ford wrote his memoirs in the 1880’s, the old Ranger paid special tribute to the two original senators from the Lone Star State: “It might justly be said that the infant republic of Texas had two friends on whom she could lean with equal trust and confidence.
 
 

 

Fri
05
Feb

The Show Ring Judge

The judge stood in the show ring as the yearlin' bulls arrived. Noted and prestigious, his reputation had survived A thousand purebred standoffs and a million county fairs And despite his regal bearing, he didn’t put on airs. Oh, maybe just a little but nobody seemed to mind, The purple robe and scepter made the show look more refined.

 

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Fri
05
Feb

WAS ORPHAN GIRL REALLY RAISED BY WOLVES?

by Bartee Haile

Newspapers across the Lone Star State reported on Feb. 9, 1933 that “a wild man, who scales cliffs and speeds through the underbrush in the fashion of a fictional Tarzan, has been living in the hilly, wooded section near Newport.” The story was either an imaginative hoax or the subject was nothing more than a high-strung hermit who liked to sprint through the country south of the Red River. Whatever the case, the nature lover never made it into print again. Not so for “The Lobo Girl of Devil’s River,” a mysterious phantom Texans have been talking and writing about for a century and a half.

 

Fri
29
Jan

MITTIE STEPHENS ON A PLEASURE CRUISE TO HELL

by Bartee Haile

 

Fri
22
Jan

Standard Size

Mac told me a harrowing tale about losing a loaded six horse trailer off the back of his pickup. He admitted he knew the ball was too small, but it wasn’t far to go, it was gettin’ dark, the kids were restless, it was a new moon, the tide was running out, his hat was too tight...whatever the excuse he needed to justify not changing the ball. I agree, noting that the hitch on my wood splitter was smaller than my stock trailer and I often had to make my daughter stand on the tongue when I moved the splitter around the place.

 

Fri
22
Jan

GERMAN BLUNDER NOT “LUSITANIA” PUSHED U.S. INTO WAR

by Bartee Haile

President Woodrow Wilson’s call on Jan. 24, 1917 for “peace without victory” in war-torn Europe caused the British to sit tight on the game-changing contents of a secret German cable. In the opening days of 1917, the third year of the trench stalemate on the other side of the Atlantic, the Kaiser’s High Command made a daring decision. Gambling that the United States could not mobilize a combat-ready army within six months, German strategists came up with a campaign of unrestricted submarine warfare.

 

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