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Thu
26
Feb
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LYNCH MOBS BRING SHAME TO TWO TEXAS TOWNS

by Bartee Haile

The Mar. 3, 1910 trial of Allen Brooks, a black man in his sixties charged with molesting a three year old white girl, was interrupted by a Dallas lynch mob hellbent on dispensing its own barbaric brand of justice. According to the Handbook of Texas, the last word on all  things Texan, there were 492 lynchings in Texas between 1862 and1930. Most were carried out in the dead of night far from prying eyes, but more than a few illegal “executions” took place in broad daylight before thousands of spectators.

 

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Thu
19
Feb
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How Cold Was It?

It was cold this winter. How cold was it? It was so cold every calf north of Cabool, Missouri that was at least 1/8 Bramer sold himself and bought a ticket to Brownsville! -so cold every coyote in Idaho carried jumper cables to start the jack rabbits! -so cold every vegetable farmer in California remembered where he came from!

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Thu
19
Feb
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DALLAS LOVE TRIANGLE ENDED IN MURDER

by Bartee Haile

On Feb. 23, 1942, the estranged wife of a Dallas newspaper columnist went on trial for the fatal shooting of her husband’s notso-secret lover. Back in 1979, D Magazine talked a former employee of The Dispatch into reminiscing about Dallas’ gone but not forgotten tabloid that drove the establishment nuts and kept its readers entertained. No one had to twist Al Harting’s arm, however. He liked nothing better than to relive those wild and crazy days as a reporter for The Dispatch.

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Tue
10
Feb
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Good Horse, Good Dog, And a Good…

by Baxter Black
 
A good cowboy should have three things; a good horse, a good dog and . I left the last one blank so you could fill in your own. Some might choose a good woman, others a good banker, a job in town, a silver bit, a full can of Copenhagen or Saturday off.
 
Tue
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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