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Fri
08
Apr
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“THE GREAT WESTERN” STIFFENED LESSER MORTALS’ SPINES

by Bartee Haile
 
As nervous American soldiers spent Apr. 7, 1846 building Fort Texas from the ground up, Sarah Bowman calmly cooked three square meals for “her boys.” Facts about the early life of the frontier fable are scarce. It is believed she was born Sarah Knight between 1812 and 1817 in Tennessee or Missouri. Over the years, she picked up many surnames from a long list of boyfriends and husbands.
 
Fri
01
Apr
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FRONTIER TEXANS FOUND SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT

by Bartee Haile
 
On Mar. 31, 1879, A West Texas judge fined a local hell-raiser five dollars for a drunken spree that left a bystander short an ear and ordered the inebriated victim to fork over five cents for winking at the sharpshooter, when he bent down to pick up the body part.
 

 

Fri
01
Apr
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The Designated American

I wonder if I will see in my lifetime the end of “DesignatedAmericans?” I was filling out a  form and was asked to check if Iwas African American, Hawaiian American, Latin American, Native American, Asian American, Anglo American or Other American. I declined. I guess it would make a difference if I were applying for a basketball scholarship, a cook in a Mexican restaurant, a judgeship on the Supreme Court, or a Karate teacher. But should it?.
 
Fri
25
Mar
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The Flu

by Baxter Black 

He had a little fever but he said he’d be okay, “Too much to do to lay around and stay inside all day.” “Harry, you were up all night. You’ve been through a case of Halls!” “I can’t stay in the house all day! Gosh, what if someone calls!” “You wouldn’t have to answer. I’d tell’ um you’re outside.” “But what if Ester just dropped by. I’d have no place to hide.”

 

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Fri
25
Mar
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LITTLEFIELD GAVE UT MORE THAN THE TEXAS RELAYS

by Bartee Haile

The first-ever Texas Relays, a co-creation of University of Texas track coach Clyde Littlefield and athletic director Theo Bellmont, were held in Austin on Mar. 27, 1925. In the history of college athletics, rarely have iconic stars returned to their alma mater to put their larger-than-life reputations on the line as coaches. An extraordinary exception to that rule was a do-it-all Yankee, who dedicated his life to sports at the University of Texas.

 

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Wed
23
Mar
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U.S. NAVY CAUGHT RUNNING GUNS TO SANTA ANNA

by Bartee Haile
 
While on patrol off the Mexican coast on Mar. 20, 1836, the Invincible vanquished an enemy man-of-war and seized an American blockade runner on the high seas. It was all in a day’s work for the Texas Navy. During the darkest hour of the Lone Star Revolution, Jeremiah Brown put to sea in a converted slave smuggling schooner. As captain of the Invincible, his mission in the aftermath of the Alamo massacre was to keep Mexican vessels bottled up in port and to stop third countries from supplying Santa Anna with war materiel. 
 
 
Wed
23
Mar
Edgar's picture

The Designated American

I wonder if I will see in my lifetime the end of “Designated Americans?” I was filling out a form and was asked to check if I was African American, Hawaiian American, Latin American, Native American, Asian American, Anglo American or Other American. I declined. I guess it would make a difference if I were applying for a basketball scholarship, a cook in a Mexican restaurant, a judgeship on the Supreme Court, or a Karate teacher. But should it?
 
Fri
11
Mar
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DISGRACED POLITICIAN TRIES TO SETTLE THE SCORE

by Bartee Haile
 
Mar. 14, 1882 was the date and the Dallas County courthouse was the place a former mayor of three Texas towns chose to have it out with the man he blamed for his latest fall from political grace. It was no coincidence that James Thurmond went out west in the late 1850’s. Like other youths of draft age, the Kentucky native wanted to put as many miles as possible between him and the soon-to- come Civil War.
 
Fri
11
Mar
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The Flu

He had a little fever but he said he’d be okay, “Too much to do to lay around and stay inside all day.” “Harry, you were up all night. You’ve been through a case of Halls!” “I can’t stay in the house all day! Gosh, what if someone calls!”
 
Fri
04
Mar
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FRONTIER FELONS FIGHT OVER PRIVATE FORT

by Bartee Haile
 
Lt. William Whiting and his saddlesore cavalrymen were warmly welcomed to Fort Leaton on Mar. 24, 1849 by the proprietor, who hoped to talk the army into making his private hideaway on the Rio Grande an official border outpost. The shavetail’s mission was to find the shortest and safest route from San Antonio to the western tip of Texas along with the site for a fort to protect the passage. Swayed by his host’s hospitality, Whiting suggested Fort Leaton, a rash recommendation that was rejected by his superiors.
 
 

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