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05
Sep
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OUTLAW TOO SMART FOR HIS OWN GOOD

On Sep. 4, 1881, Isaac “Ike” Stockton turned in a member of his own gang for the murder of a Colorado lawman and collected a sizeable reward for the back-stabbing betrayal. Born too late to fight in the War Between the States, the Stockton boys grew up on a ranch in north Texas. Ike had a head on his shoulders, which made him even more dangerous than younger brother Port, the trigger-happy type who never tired of killing.
 
Thu
21
Aug
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It’s a Wonder You Weren’t Killed!

by Baxter Black.
 
When you hear cowboys tellin’ stories, it’s common for a listener to say, “It’s a wonder you weren’t killed!” “Well, all I did was rope that sorry, no good, fightin’ bull with the crooked horn and tie him to a post in the corral, then throw another rope on him and tied it to the other side, then pulled him tight ‘cause I was by myself, you know.

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Thu
21
Aug
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TEXAS CONFEDERATES RIDE INTO MEXICAN EXILE

by Bartee Haile.
 
Two Confederate generals sat down with Emperor Maximilian on Aug. 24, 1865 and presented their bold plan for keeping the Austrian puppet on the Mexican throne. The battle-scarred cavalrymen of the famed Iron Brigade spent the last weeks of the Civil War guarding Little Rock against an attack that never came. When confirmation of Lee’s surrender finally filtered through the lines, Gen. Jo Shelby fell back to Texas to await further orders.

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Fri
15
Aug
Edgar's picture

It’s a Wonder You Weren’t Killed!

When you hear cowboys tellin’ stories, it’s common for a listener to say, “It’s a wonder you weren’t killed!” “Well, all I did was rope that sorry, no good, fightin’ bull with the crooked horn and tie him to a post in the corral, then throw another rope on him and tied it to the other side, then pulled him tight ‘cause I was by myself, you know.
 
Fri
15
Aug
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TEXAN LOSES TEMPER ONE TIME TOO MANY

David S. Terry, a Texas expatriate with a red-hot temper, ran into a Supreme Court justice on Aug. 14, 1889 and gave his mortal enemy a piece of his mind and the back of his hand. The younger brother of Benjamin F. Terry, famous founder of Terry’s Texas Rangers, went West after seeing action in the Mexican War. But the pick-and-shovel routine in the California gold field was not for the gifted attorney, and he turned to practicing law.
 
Fri
08
Aug
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DALLAS DRESSMAKERS STAGE HISTORIC STRIKE

In the sixth month of the longest strike in Dallas history, dressmakers tore the clothes off the backs of replacement workers, who tried to cross their picket lines on Aug. 7, 1935. A labor official from the Midwest was so shocked by the starvation wages and wretched working conditions of women hatters in Dallas sweatshops that he said they were “worse off than former negro slaves.”
 
Fri
08
Aug
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Who Would Like RFDtv Off The Air?

Who would like RFDtv off the air? Or U.S. Farm Report? Who would like Farm Bureaus shut down, along with the National Cattlemen’s Assn, the Pork Producers, the Egg Council, the Northern Ag Network, Range  Magazine, the Delmarva Farmer, the Farm Journal, the Beef Checkoff, the Brownfield Ag Network? Who would like to make it illegal for movie stars, sports stars, heroes, singers and baby calves to be pictured with a milk moustache? 
 
Fri
01
Aug
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Larger Riders Means Larger Horses

An interview with several dud wranglers and packers showed they have accommodated the increasing number of large people. Using Belgians, Percherons and their crosses are mentioned often. Draft horses are gentle beasts by nature and most wranglers are ready with a hefty footstool to assist in mounting up. This is done out of respect for the infrequent rider whose needs must be met. I admire the wrangler’s willingness despite the increase in cost to shoe, maintain and feed the heavy horses. The object is to give the customer a “good experience.”
 
Fri
01
Aug
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INNKEEPER TO THE WORLD GOT START IN TEXAS

On Aug. 4, 1925, Conrad Hilton celebrated the grand opening of the first hotel he built from the ground up and the first he put his name on — the Dallas Hilton. Even though a governor once introduced him as a native son, Conrad Nicholson Hilton was born at San Antonio, New Mexico not San Antonio, Texas on Christmas Day 1887. But like so many naturalized Texans, he got here just as soon as he could.
 
Fri
25
Jul
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Stupid is as Stupid Does

by Baxter Black.
 
In the movie Forrest Gump, the hero is a nice man with a low IQ, whose simplistic reasoning usually made sense. His response to anyone who called him stupid was to say, “Stupid is as stupid does.” My interpretation of that phrase is, “You don’t have to be stupid to be stupid.” One can have a high IQ and still be stupid. Which leads me into my observation that we in America have the “luxury to be stupid.”

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