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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.
 
Fri
02
Oct
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Round of Applause

There’s not a piece of black rubber around their saddle horn. Their nylon rope is as limp as boneless chicken. It rope hangs from a rope strap girded in a way that allows them to have it loose and in the air in less than a second! It is the equivalent of a pistolero, strapped down tight, loaded and cocked. They probably shod the horse they are riding, they wear light leather gloves. The bat wing chaps are broken-in andwell-scarred. The long-sleeved shirt was put on clean this morning. A piggin’ string is looped through the gullet.
 
Fri
02
Oct
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SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE KEPT TECH WAITING THREE DECADES

On Oct. 2, 1925, the day after Texas Technological College opened its doors, the Matadors played the McMurry Indians to a scoreless draw in the first football game in the history of the South Plains school. From the very start Tech had its heart set on joining the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Rice, Baylor, Southern Methodist and Texas Christian as the eighth member of the Southwest Conference organized in 1914. With that in mind, Ewing Y. Freeland, an assistant at SMU, was hired as athletic director and head football coach.
 
Fri
25
Sep
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“MR. TEXAS” PRESERVED THE LONE STAR PAST

by Bartee Haile
 
Four days after receiving the Medal of Freedom from fellow Texan and U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, J. Frank Dobie lay down for his afternoon siesta on Sep. 18, 1964 and never woke up. The future folklorist was born in 1888 on the family ranch south of San Antonio. The closest community was six miles away, the Live Oak County village of Dinero. To some the Brush Country of his birth and upbringing was a bleak wasteland but not to James Frank Dobie.
 
Fri
25
Sep
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About Horses I’ve Known

About horses I’ve known…My first was named Maggie. A Standard bred. I was in the 3rd grade. Father gave me an old cavalry saddle, split down the middle, light enough I could lift it. It was so uncomfortable I rode bareback. I went to a one-room schoolhouse with six grades. I was the only kid in the 3rd grade! Our house was on one side of the horse pasture and the schoolhouse was on the other. I rode Maggie to school and walked home.
 
Fri
18
Sep
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COMANCHES EASIER TO DEAL WITH THAN SAM HOUSTON

by Bartee Haile
 
To please an old pal and improve his standing in Texas, Alexander Le Grand accepted a dangerous assignment on Sep. 9, 1836 only to learn that making peace with the Indians was easier than squeezing money out of Sam Houston. During his last days as interim head of the Lone Star Republic, David G. Burnet discovered that Mexican suitors were courting the Comanches and Kiowas.
 
Fri
18
Sep
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Round of Applause

There’s not a piece of black rubber around their saddle horn. Their nylon rope is as limp as boneless chicken. It rope hangs from a rope strap girded in a way that allows them to have it loose and in the air in less than a second! It is the equivalent of a pistolero, strapped down tight, loaded and cocked.
 
Fri
11
Sep
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COMANCHES EASIER TO DEAL WITH THAN SAM HOUSTON

by Bartee Haile
 
To please an old pal and improve his standing in Texas, Alexander Le Grand accepted a dangerous assignment on Sep. 9, 1836 only to learn that making peace with the Indians was easier than squeezing money out of Sam Houston.
 
Fri
11
Sep
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Stop, Look and Listen

By Baxter Black
 
The sun had already set when Joe finally called home. Janie said, “Joe, where are you? We’ve got company coming!” Joe sighed, dug another cinder out of his hair and said, “Sweetie, I’ve had a bad day.”
 

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