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Wed
26
Nov

YELLOW FEVER WAS EBOLA IN 1800’S TEXAS

by Bartee Haile
 
The Texas Congress picked Houston as the new capital of the Lone Star Republic over Matagorda and Washington-on-the-Brazos on Nov. 30, 1836. The Allen brothers had three years to convince skeptics that their humid heaven-on-earth should be the permanent seat of government.
 
Fri
21
Nov

Hirin’ a Cowboy

by Baxter Black
 
There’s an old saying that “A cowboy is born, not made.” However, I’d like to propose that if you’re hirin’ a cowboy to help you take care of your stock, you might look twice. You can’t necessarily assume that because he’s got a black hat and is broke, that he’s a cowboy. He might need a little educatin’ to your way of doin’ things. Even a team roper can be taught to check cattle.
 
Fri
21
Nov

PEACH STATE VOLUNTEERS FIGHT AND DIE FOR TEXAS

by Bartee Haile
 
Georgians rallied at Macon on Nov. 22, 1835 in support of the valiant struggle for Texas independence, and at the end of the evening 32 volunteers stepped forward to form the nucleus of the famed and ill-fated Georgia Battalion.
 
Fri
14
Nov

Farming Dreams

By Baxter Black
 
In the land of Nod a movement sprung up to build houses without the use of power tools. The advocates of organic construction (OC) supported the movement because it prohibited the recovery and use of the carbon coal and oil. To be OC any lumber used must be hand-hewn, saws must be manually operated. Mule power is approved.
 
Fri
14
Nov

KARLA FAYE HAD IT COMING BUT NOT CHIPITA

By Bartee Haile
 
Leading up to the 1998 execution of ax murderer Karla Faye Tucker, there were repeated references to the fact that a woman had not been put to death in Texas since Nov. 13, 1863. Her name was Chipita Rodriguez and this is her sad but true story.
 
Thu
06
Nov

Keepin’ Busy

Skip, whattya doin’ now days?” “Oh, I’m doin’ a little day work for Irsik and ridin’ two green colts for $50 a month. I think I’ve just about sold that load of salvage lumber I traded Mr. Jolly out of. Some guy came by the other day and wants me to audition for the Marlboro Man. Said they pay pretty good even if they don’t pick me. I’ve put down on some lease pasture. If my pardner comes through we’re gonna turn out a few steers. I’ve got some other deals workin’, playin’ guitar with Butch and Jim on Fridays, shoein’ the odd horse now and then. Ol’ Man Gammon pays me to irrigate his yard every other Sunday. Other than that ...not much.”
 
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Thu
06
Nov

GINGER ROGERS DANCED AND ACTED UP A STORM

by Bartee Haile
 
Fourteen year old Ginger Rogers danced circles around the competition at the Baker Hotel in Dallas on Nov. 9, 1925 to win first place in the state Charleston contest. Virginia Katherine McMath was born in Independence, Missouri – Harry Truman’s hometown – but like most “naturalized” Texans came to the Lone Star State just as soon as she could. In the case of Ginger, a nickname from a cousin who could not pronounce “Virginia,” it was in 1922 at the age of 11 when she moved to Fort Worth with her mother and stepfather, John Rogers.
 
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Fri
31
Oct

THE MULE MAN’S DAUGHTER

Ann Reeves of Pittsburg grew up during World War II. “My dad was a farmer during the war and he had all different kinds of crops that went to both servicemen and the local citizens. He had to get his sweet potatoes in one day and couldn’t find anybody to help him. He had this one man who was picking up the crates in the field, handing them to my dad and he was putting them on a flat bed truck.

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Fri
31
Oct

THE ALAMO – MOST HAUNTED PLACE IN TEXAS?

What better time than Halloween to delve into the otherworldly legends surrounding Texas’ most sacred site? If only a fraction of the many eyewitness accounts and second-hand reports contain a particle of truth, the Alamo has to be the most haunted place in the Lone Star State. The original ghost sighting was without a doubt the most frightening. Santa Anna was on his way to his richly deserved comeuppance at San Jacinto, when he sent a messenger back to San Antonio with orders for the rearguard to burn the battered ruins of the Alamo. The bodies of the slain Texans already had been reduced to ashes by a matching pair of funeral pyres, so it made a twisted kind of sense that the mission they died defending should suffer the same fate.

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Thu
23
Oct

A PISTOL PACKING MAMA

She has been named A Woman of Distinction by more than one group. She won a pink Cadillac for selling Mary Kay products. She won a white Mercedes for selling the Arbonne line of health and beauty aids. She was named Restaurateur of the Year for 2009 by the Texas Res- taurant Association. And she could have been arrested for at- tempted bank robbery. Her name is Linda Love, the new head of food services at Baptist Retirement Community in San Angelo. For her, it’s full circle. When she was growing up in San Angelo she was a candy striper there as a teenager.
 

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