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Thu
30
May
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PRESIDENT HOUSTON OUTFOXES DANGEROUS RABBLEROUSER

By the end of May 1837, the demobilized majority of the Texas Army was either headed for home or looking for work in the Lone Star Republic, much to the dismay of a reckless general who wanted to fight another round with Mexico.

The swift victory at San Jacinto robbed hundreds of American volunteers of their share of the glory. They had not come all the way to Texas to toast other heroes and stubbornly stuck around in the hope of getting in a few licks of their own.

In the fervent belief that an army was a terrible thing to waste, Felix Huston lobbied loud and long for taking the war to the Mexicans. Since his bellicose rhetoric was music to the ears of the disappointed latecomers, the ambitious adventurer became their unofficial spokesman.

Thu
30
May
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Foreign Language

A medical doctor friend of mine was recounting his experiences in Africa as a volunteer for a church missionary program. He said it was very satisfying for the soul but his biggest problem was communicating with the patients. He gave me an odd look and said it gave him a begrudging respect for veterinarians.

Several ago I made a trip to Australia. Grand folks, hospitable and definitely livestock people. However, it did take me several days to get used to the language. It’s like you’re talkin’ Spanish to Italians...they sound so much alike, you actually think you’re communicating!

Thu
23
May
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It’s What I Do

A cowboy is the way he is because he works with stock. He’s learned it’s best to ease along To find the rhythm in their song And not to fret if days are long ‘cause cows don’t punch a clock.

That separates him from the crowd that keeps a job in town That stack the boxes all in rows Or bolt the knobs on radios But when the evening whistle blows They lay the hammer down.

 

 

 

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Thu
23
May
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SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF HARLINGEN

Tumbleweed Part Owner of Texas

Harlingen has been recognized as one of the most affordable cities in the United States.

“That’s one of the attractions because the dollar does go a lot further here,” says Cheryl LaBerge, who formerly worked for the city of Harlingen as downtown coordinator and now conducts walking tours of downtown Harlingen. “Our climate is a big part of the reason that people are attracted here. You know Harlingen, we like to say, is the tropical playground of Texas because you can do so many things in the great outdoors year round: birding, golfing, fishing, you name it.”

 

 

 

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Thu
23
May
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This Week In Texas History

Even as he issued an order on May 25, 1865 for all county sheriffs to protect state and Confederate property, Gov. Pendleton Murrah feared there was no stopping looting in the post-Civil War chaos.

When news of Robert E. Lee’s surrender reached eastern Texas by word of mouth in late April 1865, soldiers started to desert in droves. Gen. Magruder, the Galveston commander, reported on the 29th that scores of demoralized troops were disappearing every night.

The evacuation of the island on May 21 set off an unruly stampede as the last traces of military discipline evaporated. Hundreds of soldiers, most carrying weapons, streamed inland in an ugly mood.

 

 

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Thu
16
May
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TEXAS BRIGADE COVERED REB RETREAT TO ATLANTA

This Week In Texas History

On May 16, 1864, Granbury’s Texas Brigade fought one of many rearguard actions to protect the Confederate withdrawal to Atlanta.

A key component of the famous Confederate contingent was the Waco Guards. Like fellow secessionists throughout Texas and the South, the fighting men of Waco went off to war in a close-knit company of blood kin, friends and neighbors.

Their founder and leader was 30 year old Hiram Bronson Granbury. Since coming to the Central Texas town ten years earlier, the Mississippian had been admitted to the bar and elected to the local bench. A photograph taken on the eve of the Civil War shows Judge Granbury’s two most prominent features: a shock of thick, unruly hair and the piercing eyes of an intense young man.

 

 

Thu
16
May
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A TRIP TO THE TEXAS MOUNTAINS

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The Texas Mountain County has had one of its most beautiful blooming seasons. Bluebonnets started showing in January. The ocotillo was bright red. The prickly pear came later but showed off its yellows, pinks and purples. I was there in mid-April, just past the height of the bloom, but pale bluebonnets almost the color of lilac lined the highway from Fort Stockton to Marathon.

I spent Tuesday night in the historic Gage hotel. Before dinner I toured the Gage Gardens, a botanical masterpiece in a dry country. Wednesday morning I saw the whimsical Eve’s Garden, a bed and breakfast. Next I visited with Danny Self, who has the Marathon Motel.

Thu
16
May
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Three Wheel Roping

I’ve always sorta figgered the reason there is more cowboy poetry than there is farmer poetry has to do with horses. Most cowboy poetry is about wrecks. One person plus one cow equals a wreck now and then. One person plus one cow plus one horse equals a wreck every time! But then farmers discovered the three-wheeler! Honda invented the ATV! It was the farmer’s first real horse replacement, complete with speed, weight, maneuvering, swerving, rolling, flipping, crashing and getting bucked off! The bonus was…they became a great inspiration for Cowboy/ Farmer poetry!

Kelly was workin’ for John, his brother and his dad. They were farmers who ran steers on wheat pasture in western Oklahoma. They didn’t use horses. They used three wheelers but they treated them like horses.

Thu
09
May
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Inheriting The Family Farm

The latest statistics show that less then 2% of the population is directly involved in production agriculture. It is a function of an increasing overall population and a limited amount of farm ground. Technology is able to keep up, so that less bodies are required to produce an ever increasing cornucopia of food and fiber.

But on a personal level the story isn’t quite so simple.

Tom was raised on a dairy farm in the Great Lake region; 300 cows, 900 acres. His grandfather established the farm and passed it down to Tom’s father. Tom’s childhood memories are of work. By the time his mother came in to wake him and his two brothers for school, she and dad had already finished the morning milking. By nine years of age he was already part of the family farm. Until he was old enough to milk he pushed cows to the barn, fed calves, forked silage and did whatever kids do, which was plenty.

 

 

Thu
09
May
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FARM BOY PITCHED HIS WAY TO FORGOTTEN FAME

The long baseball career of Fred “Firpo” Marberry, the major league’s first relief pitcher, ended on May 9, 1941 with his unconditional release by the Fort Worth Cats of the Texas League.

Even though Fred Marberry was the tenth child born to a Mississippi couple, who resettled in north central Texas, there were only four siblings waiting to welcome him in 1898. The other five were already dead and gone.

Growing up on a farm near Streetman south of Dallas, Fred had no time for extracurricular activities. After school, weekends and in the summer, there were always plenty of chores to do. Except for an occasional game with the local amateur team, he played very little baseball in his teens.

 

 

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