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Fri
19
Jun

Dead Sheep

There’s been a dead sheepout in Brent’s wheat field for a month. Emilio had a band of ewes on the corn stalks across the road. I reckon that one got hit by a car. The sheep have moved on. Brent plowed his field. Plowed around the carcass. Now it is sort of mouldering into the earth. I see it every time I drive to town. 
 
Fri
19
Jun

“PRINCESS OF THE PANHANDLE” LIVED HIGH ON THE HOG

The only daughter of one of Texas’ wealthiest cattle kings married a blueblood from Philadelphia on Jun. 17, 1902 in the family mansion at Decatur. Starting with a small herd of Longhorns in the 1850’s, Dan and son Tom Waggoner turned parts of six North Texas counties into a 750 square-mile cattle empire. At the end of the nineteenth century, the colossal Three D Ranch covered more than a million acres. 
 
Fri
12
Jun

Agricultural Ignorance

The editor of the Delmarva Farmer made the observation that Americans as a whole havereached the Age of Agricultural Ignorance. This stage in our civilization is a direct result of the lack of “kids growing up on the farm.”
 
Fri
12
Jun

COLONISTS BUTT HEADS WITH AMERICAN-BORN BULLY

Taking advantage of a lull in the “disturbance” at Anahuac on Jun. 13, 1832, riled-up colonists compiled a list of grievances against the U.S.-born bully whose heavy-handed methods had caused the confrontation in the first place. 
 
Fri
05
Jun

AUDUBON PAINTED TEXAS WILDLIFE FOR POSTERITY

A Republic senator introduced a resolution on Jun. 4, 1837 to make a world famous naturalist and wildlife painter an “honorary Texan.” John James Audubon was born Jean Rabin on a Caribbean island in 1785 to parents from two very different worlds. His father was a rich French seafarer, merchant, planter and slave trader, while his mother was a creole servant who died less than a year after giving birth. 

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Fri
05
Jun

Saturday Night

Dang it, someone spilt their coffee on the deck of cards again. Probably one of the new guys. This place looks like a den of hibernating coyotes. Shoot, they’ve broke another chair! And I’d been countin’ on a little game of solitaire. Kids. I’ve seen a million walkin’ through this bunkhouse door.
 
Fri
29
May

Louie Snappin’ Bees

Ol’ Louie loved bees. Of all the things I remember about him, I remember that best. He’d be layin’ out in the front yard, day dreamin’ and sunnin’ himself when I’d see an eye open and an ear cock. Then he’d spring to his feet and start snappin’ at the air. His jaws would be makin’ a sound like someone hittin’ the edge of a water tank with a two by four. When he caught a bee he’d spit it back out real fast! I never figgered whether he liked the taste of ‘em; maybe they still had honey clingin’ to their boots or maybe it was just a game. I don’t know.

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Fri
29
May

GREELEY GOES WEST TO WARM TEXAS WELCOME

The New Orleans Picayune in a May 27, 1871 editorial echoed the same concern Horace Greeley expressed about his trip to Houston, when the New York publisher wrote, “I go to Texas reluctantly.” The Crescent City newspaper hoped “nothing will occur during the expected visit to the southwestern section that may mar his pleasure or leave upon his memory an impression derogatory to the reputation of our people for courtesy.” The Galveston-based Flake’s Daily Bulletin strongly objected to the unwarranted warning. “Why need the press be cautioning the people against making fools of themselves? There is no more danger that the people of the South will treat Horace Greeley otherwise than courteously than that they will treat any other man so.”

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Fri
22
May

Koinonia

According to the crowd you are hanging out with, you may be familiar with this word or you may not. This is a Greek word translated in the Bible as “fellowship,” or “communing ‘also meaning “sharing in common.” When a person is born again, becomes a Christian, they have a hunger to commune, to have fellowship with likeminded people.
 
Fri
22
May

THE PALO DURO CANYON’S OUTDOOR PRODUCTION IS 50

Fifty years ago some residents of Canyon were trying to find ways to utilize the Palo Duro Canyon, One of those residents was Margaret Harper, who brought up the idea of having a play in the canyon. People thought she was crazy at first, but soon decided there might be something to that suggestion. Mrs. Harper contacted Paul Green, a Pulitzer Prize-Winning playwright, who came down and wrote a play about pioneers coming to the panhandle. Residents got excited and built an amphitheater with eighteen hundred seats.
 

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