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Fri
06
Nov
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The Squeeze Chute

The sun shone dull on its metal bars. The snow lay drifted against her frame. Behind the barn near the rusting cars She’s ended up all crippled and lame. An ol’ squeeze chute I’d opened and closed On a hundred thousand heads and horns Dragged to the bone yard to decompose Forgotten rose in a bed of thorns.

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Fri
06
Nov
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HOUSTON TURNS BACKWATER BAYOU INTO SHIP CHANNEL

By Bartee Haile

More dignitaries than anyone in attendance could shake a stick at gathered on Nov. 10, 1914 for the gala grand opening of the Port of Houston and Ship Channel. Today the 25-mile-long waterway and the inland harbor it serves are taken for granted, as if both were somehow always there and not man-made marvels. But Houstonians and Texans in general would do well to remember that the second busiest port in the United States was the product of a herculean effort by their ancestors.

Fri
30
Oct
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The Squeeze Chute

The sun shone dull on its metal bars. The snow lay drifted against her frame. Behind the barn near the rusting cars She’s ended up all crippled and lame. An ol’ squeeze chute I’d opened and closed On a hundred thousand heads and horns Dragged to the bone yard to decompose Forgotten rose in a bed of thorns. I lay a hand on the frozen steel, The head bar polished as smooth as glass. The mem’ries flowed and the past revealed Itself like magic. I knew at last.

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Fri
30
Oct
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GHOST STORIES FROM JEFFERSON FOR HALLOWEEN

By Bartee Haile

Fri
23
Oct
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HOOD’S TEXAS BRIGADE HONORED WITH CAPITOL MONUMENT

by Bartee Haile
 
A monument honoring the courage and sacrifice of Hood’s Texas Brigade was dedicated on the grounds of the state capitol in Austin on Oct. 27, 1910. In the fast-paced weeks following secession, the Confederacy called upon its westernmost member to furnish 20 infantry companies. Texas responded with 32 combat-ready units, local and county militias that eagerly marched off to war half a continent away.

 

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Fri
23
Oct
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Another Good Man Gone

I had just finished bein’ on an Extension program in the Herington, KS sale barn. I was standin’ in the auction ring afterwards tryin’ to answer a few questions and shake hands with the local stockman. My veterinary lecture, as usual, had been more humorous than informative.

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Thu
15
Oct
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Header or Heeler

If you saw a team roper with his hand behind his back, could you tell if he was a header or a heeler? I have done an extensive study on this very problem with a grant funded by the Pro Rodeo Ex-Wives Collection Agency and the TRA (Team Ropers Anonymous) Halfway House. Here are the results of my findings: Headers are more likely to have their hair styled rather than cut. Heelers get their hair cut biannually and usually need a shave.
 
Thu
15
Oct
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RICH RANCHER’S SON CHARGED WITH DODGE CITY MURDER

by Bartee Haile
 
Clutching a suitcase in one hand and a satchel full of cash in the other, Mifflin Kenedy on Oct. 15, 1878 caught the train for Dodge City where his bad-seed son was accused of killing a popular female entertainer. As the owner of the Laureles Ranch, a quarter-of-a-millionacre spread near Corpus Christi, the Pennsylvania Quaker and former sea captain had money to burn and already had spent a sizeable part of his fortune buying Spike’s freedom. But the young hell-raiser’s past escapades could not compare to the world of trouble he had gotten himself into in the Kansas Cowtown.
 
Thu
08
Oct
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The Fall Run

I was ridin’ pens for Horton in the fall of ‘91. It was early October and the run had just begun. He was buyin’ calves like crazy ‘cause the price was on the rise And you couldn’t see his pupils for the glitter in his eyes! He bought big ol’ soggy weaners...soaked up virus like a sponge!
 
Thu
08
Oct
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FUGITIVE MEXICAN GENERAL GIVEN A HERO’S WELCOME

by Bartee Haile
 
On Oct. 7, 1911, Gen. Bernardo Reyes stepped off the train at the San Antonio station to a hero’s welcome as hundreds cheered the arrival of the former presidential candidate turned shadowy conspirator. During his 45-year rise up the ranks of the Mexican military, Reyes earned widespread respect for his honesty and ability, two traits not usually associated with the corrupt officer corps. He even managed to play the part of Porfirio Diaz’s right-hand man without being tainted by the unpopularity of the detested tyrant.
 

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