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Fri
12
Sep

Fair Board Drama

I went to America last week…the middle of America, Kansas, to a county fair. I flew into Denver and drove across miles and miles of green prairie. If America has a heart, it’s out here on the Plains. It’s not an easy place to live. You have to earn its respect. It will test you with blizzards, tornadoes, floods, droughts, dust, plagues and loneliness. It is often all or none 
 
Fri
12
Sep

TEXANS TAKE PART IN LAST OAKLAHOMA LAND RUSH

The official starter fired his pistol on Sep. 16, 1893, and thousands of land-hungry Americans, including a slew of eager Texans,  were off and running for the Cherokee Outlet! Seventy-four years earlier, the federal government initiated eviction proceedings against the Five Civilized Tribes from their ancestral grounds in the southeastern United States
 
Fri
05
Sep

A Happy Day in the Milking Barn

When someone tells me they grew up on a dairy farm I say, “You have paid your dues, my son.” The offspring of a dairyman that follows in his father’s footstep is as scarce as a second generation Nobel Prize winner, bomb dismanteler, or president of North Korea! So it is with pleasure that I congratulate those dairymen who are havin’ a heyday this year.
 
Fri
05
Sep

OUTLAW TOO SMART FOR HIS OWN GOOD

On Sep. 4, 1881, Isaac “Ike” Stockton turned in a member of his own gang for the murder of a Colorado lawman and collected a sizeable reward for the back-stabbing betrayal. Born too late to fight in the War Between the States, the Stockton boys grew up on a ranch in north Texas. Ike had a head on his shoulders, which made him even more dangerous than younger brother Port, the trigger-happy type who never tired of killing.
 
Thu
21
Aug

It’s a Wonder You Weren’t Killed!

by Baxter Black.
 
When you hear cowboys tellin’ stories, it’s common for a listener to say, “It’s a wonder you weren’t killed!” “Well, all I did was rope that sorry, no good, fightin’ bull with the crooked horn and tie him to a post in the corral, then throw another rope on him and tied it to the other side, then pulled him tight ‘cause I was by myself, you know.

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Thu
21
Aug

TEXAS CONFEDERATES RIDE INTO MEXICAN EXILE

by Bartee Haile.
 
Two Confederate generals sat down with Emperor Maximilian on Aug. 24, 1865 and presented their bold plan for keeping the Austrian puppet on the Mexican throne. The battle-scarred cavalrymen of the famed Iron Brigade spent the last weeks of the Civil War guarding Little Rock against an attack that never came. When confirmation of Lee’s surrender finally filtered through the lines, Gen. Jo Shelby fell back to Texas to await further orders.

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Fri
15
Aug

It’s a Wonder You Weren’t Killed!

When you hear cowboys tellin’ stories, it’s common for a listener to say, “It’s a wonder you weren’t killed!” “Well, all I did was rope that sorry, no good, fightin’ bull with the crooked horn and tie him to a post in the corral, then throw another rope on him and tied it to the other side, then pulled him tight ‘cause I was by myself, you know.
 
Fri
15
Aug

TEXAN LOSES TEMPER ONE TIME TOO MANY

David S. Terry, a Texas expatriate with a red-hot temper, ran into a Supreme Court justice on Aug. 14, 1889 and gave his mortal enemy a piece of his mind and the back of his hand. The younger brother of Benjamin F. Terry, famous founder of Terry’s Texas Rangers, went West after seeing action in the Mexican War. But the pick-and-shovel routine in the California gold field was not for the gifted attorney, and he turned to practicing law.
 
Fri
08
Aug

DALLAS DRESSMAKERS STAGE HISTORIC STRIKE

In the sixth month of the longest strike in Dallas history, dressmakers tore the clothes off the backs of replacement workers, who tried to cross their picket lines on Aug. 7, 1935. A labor official from the Midwest was so shocked by the starvation wages and wretched working conditions of women hatters in Dallas sweatshops that he said they were “worse off than former negro slaves.”
 
Fri
08
Aug

Who Would Like RFDtv Off The Air?

Who would like RFDtv off the air? Or U.S. Farm Report? Who would like Farm Bureaus shut down, along with the National Cattlemen’s Assn, the Pork Producers, the Egg Council, the Northern Ag Network, Range  Magazine, the Delmarva Farmer, the Farm Journal, the Beef Checkoff, the Brownfield Ag Network? Who would like to make it illegal for movie stars, sports stars, heroes, singers and baby calves to be pictured with a milk moustache? 
 

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