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30
Jan
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THE MENNONITE MIGRATION

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A pickup truck crowded with nearly a dozen Mennonites left El Paso in 1977. When it reached a hill west of Seminole there was a big sigh of relief and the driver, when he saw the valley below, told his passengers, “We are Home.”

It had been a long journey scattered over several years and several countries. Throughout history in country after country the Mennonites had been promised special dispensations from the various governments regarding taxes, religious freedom and land ownership. When those were removed the Mennonites became vagabonds looking for a home.

Thu
30
Jan
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BAXTER BLACK

BAXTER BLACK

The rancher told his foreman, "Looks like things are gettin' tough

The price of calves is deadly, heck, there may not be enough

To pay the note this winter, I'm already overdue

 

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Thu
30
Jan
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VOTERS THREW THE SHARPSTOWN RASCALS OUT

VOTERS THREW THE SHARPSTOWN RASCALS OUT

On Feb. 1, 1971, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a 47-page follow-up to the bombshell lawsuit filed two weeks earlier that exposed a stock fraud scheme involving a Houston banker and real estate developer and politicians in the highest offices in the State of Texas.

Frank W. Sharp was one of those familiar Bayou City success stories but with a novel twist. He made his fortune not in oil but by building homes.

Sharp left the small East Texas town of his birth in the mid-1930’s looking for work. Even in the Great Depression, there were jobs to be had in the Bayou City, and he found one as a carpenter’s helper.

 

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Thu
23
Jan
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TEXAS SCOUT KEY TO VICTORY AT BUENA VISTA

The deadly game of cat-and-mouse that culminated in the Battle of Buena Vista began on Jan. 28, 1847, when Gen. Zachary Taylor camped for the night within striking distance of Santa Anna’s much larger army.

Divided and demoralized by a series of humiliating defeats, the desperate Mexicans recalled Santa Anna from one of his many exiles. If the charismatic charlatan could not stop the American invasion, then all was truly lost.

In dire need of money to arm, equip and feed thousands of fresh recruits, Santa Anna appealed to the Catholic Church, the wealthiest institution in the destitute country. The comfortable clergy was willing to give the patriotic endeavor their blessing but drew the line at cash contributions.

 

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Thu
23
Jan
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Big Macs and Whoppers

No doubt most of you in the livestock business have a certain “family affection” for the fast food chains. Particularly those restaurants whose main attraction is the often disguised but still All American hamburger. It also is true that each of us has his own particular favorite.

Organizations like the National Restaurant Association have attempted surveys to compare the merits of each burger. Readers, you will be pleased to know that the Coyote Cowboy Co. (me) has conducted its own survey. This survey was taken with an international consultant on had to advise: A Canadian Chianina breeder.

The burgers compared were the Double Whopper (hereinafter referred to as the WHOP), the Big Mac (the MAC) and Wendy’s Double Burger (the BURG). Each was ordered on a rainy night with iced tea.

 

Thu
16
Jan
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“LIFE OF THE PARTY” ON PGA TOUR

Jimmy Demaret trailed Dr. Cary Middlecoff by one stroke with five holes to go in the fourth and final round of the Thunderbird tournament at Palm Springs on Jan. 22, 1956.

Jimmie Newton Demaret was born the fourth of ten children in 1910 in Houston. He was bitten by the golf bug at an early age, when an army officer asked the seven year old to lug his clubs around the military course at Camp Logan.

Demaret grew up caddying and playing on the public links in the Bayou City. He studied the swings of adult duffers, imitated the best and developed into a promising young golfer. At 15 he dropped out of school to work as an assistant to Jack Burke, Sr. at the River Oaks Country Club.

 

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Thu
16
Jan
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BAXTER BLACK

BAXTER BLACK

When beef gets short, a lot of cowboys are forced to do without. The cook must come up with meatless meals. The following recipes are from the Cowboy Vegetarian Cookbook.

TENNIS SHOE TONGUE: Select an old one. The price is better and it may have picked up some natural flavor depending on where it has been worn. Boiling is suggested but it may also be fried to a crisp and served on a bed of marinated sweat shirt. Garnish with pickled shoe string.

SEED CORN CAP PIZZA: Carefully clean with a fish scaling knife. Remove all metal buttons, rivets and any plastic tabs. Flatten the cap by soaking in linseed oil then placing it underneath a door mat that gets heavy use. Once pliable cover it with lots of cheese and ketchup. Dry kibbles or dust motes may be sprinkled as a topping for variety.

 

Fri
10
Jan
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT MASON?

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WHAT IS IT ABOUT MASON?

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Mason is a hill country town of 2,500 residents with a courthouse square that’s hard to maneuver. It has an extremely dense population of characters.

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Fri
10
Jan
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BAXTER BLACK

BAXTER BLACK

Cow Disturber

McGraw posed an interesting question. If a cowboy herds a herd of cattle, we call him a herder. If a sheepman herds a flock of sheep, he’s still a herder. Why isn’t he called a flocker?

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Thu
02
Jan
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Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up

I confess to not owning a tractor. I have plenty of friends nearby with tractors. But in a lapse of good judgment I borrowed one to brush hog a patch of weeds. Experienced farmers, even an 8 yearold farm kid knows that you always drive a tractor thumbs up. I didn't remember.

As I was farming around I managed to hit a post with the front wheel. The steering wheel spun like a helicopter blade and jammed my protruding thumb! It swelled up so big it wouldn't fit through the neck of a quart jar.

I only mention this humiliating self-inflicted injury because Dr. Willis sent me a scientific report regarding wound response in plants. It said, in effect, that localized injury in one part of a plant causes a protective response in another part of that plant. For instance, when a caterpillar gnaws on a near leaf, a change occurs in a far leaf that inhibits that type of caterpillar's digestive enzymes.

 

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