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10
Feb
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BEHIND THE WALLS OF TEXAS’ FIRST MANSION

by Bartee Haile
 
On Feb. 4, 1896, three days after her drunk of a husband threatened her with a butcher knife, Matilda Brown Sweeney moved back home to Ashton Villa where she would spend the rest of her life.
 
Fri
30
Jan
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The Runaway Stage

by Baxter Black
 
If ever there was a suspicious story, thought the insurance adjuster…Walter (an alias) loved his new truck. It was a bright red, half- ton rig. When he drove it down to the Sikeston rodeo grounds, he made a point to park it at the far end of the arena away from the general parking area. Might not even get dusty, he thought.
 
Fri
30
Jan
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TEXAS TRIO TEACHES FDR A HARD LESSON

by Bartee Haile
 
Franklin Roosevelt stunned his cabinet speechless on Feb. 1, 1937 by introducing a radical plan to tame the hostile Supreme Court. The vice-president was the first to speak. “Before that law comes back up here for the Boss’ signature, many, many moons will pass,” predicted John Nance Garner of Texas.
 
Fri
16
Jan
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The Little Engine That Could

by Baxter Black
 
Have you read The Little Engine That Could to your kids or grandkids? Dr. Tom told me a story that brought it back to me. Two good ol’ Nebraska cowboys were given the task of rebuilding a barbwire fence on an 80-acre pasture.
 
Fri
16
Jan
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CURTAIN RISES ON “MA” FERGUSON’S SECOND ACT

by Bartee Haile
 
Eight years after her election as the first female governor in American history, Miriam A Ferguson returned for a second-term encore on Jan. 17, 1933. Following the impeachment and permanent banishment from public office of husband Jim in 1917, “Ma” Ferguson stepped forward to defend the family’s tarnished honor.
 
Sun
04
Jan
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A Crow Makes An Unusual Pet

With the possible exception of their mothers, no one gave the Owls of Rice Institute much of a chance against the unbeaten Colorado Buffaloes and All-American “Whizzer” White in the second Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day 1938. In Jimmy Kitts, the “Harvard of the South” got two coaches for the price of one. While still in his twenties, the former Southern Methodist star had won a pair of national high school basketball championships at Athens, Texas. Since he also knew a thing or two about the pigskin pastime, Rice hired him in 1931 to coach the freshman football team in addition to varsity basketball.

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Sun
04
Jan
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RICE GIVEN NO CHANCE IN 1938 COTTON BOWL

With the possible exception of their mothers, no one gave the Owls of Rice Institute much of a chance against the unbeaten Colorado Buffaloes and All-American “Whizzer” White in the second Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day 1938. In Jimmy Kitts, the “Harvard of the South” got two coaches for the price of one. While still in his twenties, the former Southern Methodist star had won a pair of national high school basketball championships at Athens, Texas. Since he also knew a thing or two about the pigskin pastime, Rice hired him in 1931 to coach the freshman football team in addition to varsity basketball.

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Fri
19
Dec
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Inventors

by Baxter Black
 
I ran into a mental inventor a while back and it put me to thinkin’. You know the kinda person I’m talkin’ about, the ones that get the ideas that years later someone else makes money on. Take for instance, that fellow who rolled the first stogie and smoked it. Chances are he tried several kinds of flammable organic herbage before he discovered tobacco.
 
Fri
19
Dec
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BASEBALL’S “GRAY EAGLE” FACES BANISHMENT

by Bartee Haile
 
Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis announced on Dec. 21, 1926 that Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker stood accused of betting on a fixed baseball game. With the banishment of the “Black Sox” by the stern commissioner still fresh in their minds, fans had to wonder whether the Georgia Peach and the pride of Hubbard, Texas would ever play again.
 
Thu
11
Dec
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Cowboy Christmas Carol

This is the story of Tiny Slim Crachett, a genuine reprobate Who squandered his money and wasted his love until it was almost too late. He was just your typical cowboy, honest, brave and sincere And he lay on his bunk one Christmas Eve night belching up nachos and beer When a vision appeared at the foot of his bed. He stared at the apparition, “Must be that microwave pizza I ate,” he blinked and shifted position. “I ain’t no pizza you commonbred fool! Your brain’s as dull as your knife. I am the ghost of Christmas past, and cowboy...This is your life!”

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