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Fri
15
May

Loose Cow

One of the greatest feelings in the world is to see a cow loose on the road and realize it’s not yours! I know that sounds awful. And I do feel a little guilty sayin’ it, but it’s true! Of course, I do feel bad for whos’ever critter it is. And many’s the time I’ve driven ‘em down my lane and penned ‘em up and called the owner of the wandering beast.

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Fri
15
May

NO ONE RED OR WHITE MUCH CARED FOR THE KRONKS

Under pressure from the Mexican government to give the Karankawas one more chance, Anglo-American colonists signed a peace treaty with the flesh-eating Indians on May 13, 1827.  enerations before the white man came on the scene, the Kronks were driven from Louisiana by neighbors outraged by their loathsome taste for human flesh. United by intermarriage and cannibalism, the confederation of five clans soon roamed coastal Texas from Galveston to Padre Island.

 

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Fri
08
May

BUZZARDS IN THE HOUSE

Willy Dilworth of Brenham is chief tax appraiser for Washington County. It is his job to place a value on property. “I get some strange requests,” he says. “A guy from New York who owned some land here called me and asked me to raise the value on his property, even though it was under water. Very unusual, but I accommodated him.”
 
Fri
08
May

TEXAS INVENTOR ANSWERED EVERY TYPIST’S PRAYER

The female inventor of one of the most commonly used office products of the twentieth century changed the name of her creation from “Mistake Out” to “Liquid Paper” on May 7, 1968. Forty-four years earlier, Bette Claire McMurray was born in Dallas. She grew up in San Antonio, attended Alamo Heights high school and became a “war bride” at 18 when she said “I do” days before the groom was shipped overseas.
 
Fri
01
May

A Chance Meeting

by Baxter Black
 
I was at a Farm Bureau meeting and scheduled to be on their program. I stepped off the elevator and a dark-haired lady greeted me in the corridor. “Does anybody tell you that you look like Sam Elliot?” she said, “My husband just loves your stuff. Your column is what he turns to the first thing.
 
Fri
01
May

FORGOTTEN SIDEKICK NEVER ESCAPED THE KID’S SHADOW

by Bartee Haile
 
Henry Brown laughed under his breath as he rode through a heavy downpour into Medicine Lodge, Kansas on May 1, 1884. What a beautiful day for a bank robbery! The driving rain would keep nosy townspeople indoors while he and his accomplices looted the vault at their leisure.
 
Fri
24
Apr

One of the Mysteries of Life

Why is it that we know couples that beg the question, “What does she see in him?” I’m not going to use names for the sake of privacy. I can’t actually say ‘to protect the innocent’. I’m just going to use the aliasi of Geraldo and Lucinda. I was on the phone with one of my good friends, Geraldo Uno. He had thrown a team roping party and asked our mutual friend, Geraldo Dos to come and help. “He’s the best there is at what he does.”
 

 

Fri
24
Apr

FROM CHEERLEADER TO KING OF PRIME-TIME TV

Aaron Spelling, the biggest big-shot in the history of television, was born in Dallas to poor immigrant parents on Apr. 22, 1923. An Ellis Island clerk changed his father’s name from Spurling to Spelling the day the Polish Jew entered the country. The new arrival found a Russian-born mate with the same ethnic roots and moved halfway across the continent to Texas. Aaron grew up in a small frame house down the street from Fair Park that was not built for a family of six. Reflecting on the poverty of his upbringing, he revealed in a 1996 interview, “I still have nightmares about being in a $6,000 home in Dallas, Texas.
 

 

Fri
17
Apr

“SPORT OF KINGS” FLOURISHED IN TEXAS DURING DEPRESSION

In April 1934, a year after pari-mutuel horse racing became legal, Texas’ fourth track opened in San Antonio under the name of Alamo Downs. Horse races and wagers on the outcome were common inthe Lone Star State as far back as the middle of the nineteenth century. Before the Civil War, fans flocked to the Hill Country hamlet of Harkeyville to place their bets. When the American love affair with the thoroughbred blossomed in the 1880’s, new courses sprang up at Dallas and Brownwood.  

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Fri
17
Apr

Making Ol’ Bay Famous

Picture this; a panoramic background, the green Okanogan Valley, pines and quakies with  contrasting colors of a splendid autumn springtime. The artistic eye discerns a lone riderless horse, a bay with 4 white socks and a blaze standing, reins hanging down, and a white flag hooked over the saddle horn. As the flag comes into focus,the mind begins to dissect ‘…is that a pair of tighty whiteys?”

 

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