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25
Sep
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“MR. TEXAS” PRESERVED THE LONE STAR PAST

by Bartee Haile
 
Four days after receiving the Medal of Freedom from fellow Texan and U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, J. Frank Dobie lay down for his afternoon siesta on Sep. 18, 1964 and never woke up. The future folklorist was born in 1888 on the family ranch south of San Antonio. The closest community was six miles away, the Live Oak County village of Dinero. To some the Brush Country of his birth and upbringing was a bleak wasteland but not to James Frank Dobie.
 
Fri
25
Sep
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About Horses I’ve Known

About horses I’ve known…My first was named Maggie. A Standard bred. I was in the 3rd grade. Father gave me an old cavalry saddle, split down the middle, light enough I could lift it. It was so uncomfortable I rode bareback. I went to a one-room schoolhouse with six grades. I was the only kid in the 3rd grade! Our house was on one side of the horse pasture and the schoolhouse was on the other. I rode Maggie to school and walked home.
 
Fri
18
Sep
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COMANCHES EASIER TO DEAL WITH THAN SAM HOUSTON

by Bartee Haile
 
To please an old pal and improve his standing in Texas, Alexander Le Grand accepted a dangerous assignment on Sep. 9, 1836 only to learn that making peace with the Indians was easier than squeezing money out of Sam Houston. During his last days as interim head of the Lone Star Republic, David G. Burnet discovered that Mexican suitors were courting the Comanches and Kiowas.
 
Fri
18
Sep
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Round of Applause

There’s not a piece of black rubber around their saddle horn. Their nylon rope is as limp as boneless chicken. It rope hangs from a rope strap girded in a way that allows them to have it loose and in the air in less than a second! It is the equivalent of a pistolero, strapped down tight, loaded and cocked.
 
Fri
11
Sep
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COMANCHES EASIER TO DEAL WITH THAN SAM HOUSTON

by Bartee Haile
 
To please an old pal and improve his standing in Texas, Alexander Le Grand accepted a dangerous assignment on Sep. 9, 1836 only to learn that making peace with the Indians was easier than squeezing money out of Sam Houston.
 
Fri
11
Sep
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Stop, Look and Listen

By Baxter Black
 
The sun had already set when Joe finally called home. Janie said, “Joe, where are you? We’ve got company coming!” Joe sighed, dug another cinder out of his hair and said, “Sweetie, I’ve had a bad day.”
 
Fri
28
Aug
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SLIM PICKINGS IN LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

With independence about to be swapped for statehood, Texans packed the polls on Sep. 2, 1844 to pick a president for the fourth and final time. The year before the Lone Star Republic’s last election, Texans could not have imagined that they would be forced to choose between Anson Jones and Edward Burleson. Even though each man had held important positions, both were political small fry clearly not cut out to be in charge. But when more qualified figures refused to run, the nominations of their respective factions went to Jones and Burleson by default. In the absence of formal parties, the voter’s preference was dictated by his feelings for or against Sam Houston, the controversial incumbent considered a cinch for reelection in 1844. To challenge the General, the loose-knit opposition tried to persuade their hero, ex-president Mirabeau Lamar, to come out of melancholy retirement, but the dream race of Houston versus Lamar was not to be.
 
Fri
28
Aug
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Team Tying

I happened to be at the National Finals Rodeo in 1988 when Leo Camarillo and partner roped their steer in five seconds flat! It ranked in my mind with John Alden pitoning up Plymouth Rock or Neil Armstrong making angels in the moon dust! I was there when history was being made! It didn’t matter that Leo’s time only took third in the goround. I have watched team roping evolve. Thirty years ago it was called team tying.
 
Fri
21
Aug
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LOUIS T. WIGFALL, HOTTEST OF THE RED-HOT REBS

by Bartee Haile
 
With his inheritance squandered and his reputation in ruins, Louis Trezevant Wigfall left his native South Carolina on Aug. 22, 1846 to start a new life in Texas. The son of a well-to-do planter, Wigfall’s college days at South Carolina College, forerunner of the University of South Carolina, spawned a fanatical belief in state supremacy.
 
Fri
14
Aug
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SOUNDS OF THE MOUNTAINS

Back in the depression of the twenties and thirties the government started sending artists to national parks to live in the parks for a few weeks, create something about the area and donate it to the park. The artist in residence program has continued and grown and the parks have gained poetry, films, photographs, paintings and other forms of art.
 

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