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03
Oct
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INDIANS BAND TOGETHER TO MASSACRE MAP MAKERS

INDIANS BAND TOGETHER TO MASSACRE MAP MAKERS

The apprehensive Kickapoos watched the surveyors’ every move on the morning of Oct. 8, 1838, knowing from bitter experience that when white men came to measure the land, settlers were not far behind.

A ghost town now for more than a century, Old Franklin was in the early days of the Texas Republic a jumping-off place for the central frontier. A steady stream of surveyors stocked up on supplies at the outpost before plunging into the trackless wilderness to lay out homesteads for impatient pioneers.

Two days out of Old Franklin in October 1838, a surveying party camped for the night at Parker’s Fort, site of the recent Comanche abduction of Cynthia Ann Parker. Forced by a defective compass to retrace their steps, two members of the expedition escaped the fate of their 25 companions.

 

Thu
03
Oct
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Back to Nature

Back to Nature

Harold has been dismantling his feedlot. He built it over 40 years ago and eventually achieved a 30,000 head capacity. You can imagine the accumulation of steel, rubber, railroad ties, nails, car bodies, pipe, chains, wire, horseshoes and baler twine. He has completed most of the hauling off and is ripping the ground that has been packed like road bed. He's planted it to millet. He is returning the land to its natural state.

Thu
26
Sep
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TWO COURAGEOUS COPS TAKE ON THE KU KLUX KLAN

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When two county cops confronted a howling mob of sheetshrouded Klansmen on Oct. 1, 1921, no one gave a plug nickel for their chances of getting out of Lorena, Texas alive.

In the year since rearing its hooded head in Houston, the second coming of the Ku Klux Klan had swept the Lone Star State like a wildfire. Such slogans as “one hundred percent Americanism,” “booze must and shall go” and “keep this a white man’s country” attracted 100,000 Texans from all walks of life. Doctors, lawyers, bankers, merchants, preachers, policemen and other pillars of polite society joined the crusade.

McLennan County Sheriff Bob Buchanan and Deputy Marvin “Red” Burton suspected the Klan’s flag-waving rhetoric concealed a sinister agenda based upon vigilante violence. They had taken an oath to enforce the law and were not about to look the other way if masked neighbors broke it.

 

Thu
26
Sep
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In The Doghouse

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It's not easy being a missionary distributing religious pamphlets door to door. Homeowners will go to extremes to avoid listening to you.

Audrey and her husband, Walter, have a ranch in British Columbia around Fraser Lake. They are cattle people and run the place pretty much by themselves. Walter had gone out to check the cows one morning. After doin' breakfast dishes, Audrey headed out to the shop to get somethin'. Midway she was surprised by a sneeze. It dislodged her upper plate and they hit the gravel six feet away. In the time it took her to blink, Daisy, her new pup raced in, scooped up the dentures and was off like a shot!

Fri
20
Sep
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ELVIS’ ARMY DAYS AT FORT HOOD

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This Week In Texas History

With basic training under his belt, Elvis Presley left Texas on Sep. 18, 1958 and shipped out for West Germany to complete his two-year military obligation.

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Fri
20
Sep
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Nuggets

God created everything, and he gave seed to reproduce of its like kind, Words, plants, animals, fouls, fish, and mankind. Jesus is the word, so he created words to create. God created the world with words. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit”[Prov. 18:20 ].

Words bear fruit. Words are like seeds. He created you and I to create. What we speak and really believe will produce like kind. We get what we believe and say.

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Fri
20
Sep
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Horse Psychology

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BAXTER BLACK

Some people are just flat good at handlin’ horses. They’ve got that good “horse savvy.” Matter of fact, there are people actually makin’ a livin’ trainin’ horses! I admire these folks’ ability and special talent. It’s always a pleasure to see a good horse workin’ right. But horses look at veterinarians like kids look at Sunday School or cowboys look at weddings.

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Thu
12
Sep
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A PERILOUS SALUTE TO THE IRISH FLAG

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Tumbleweed Part Owner of Texas

Jim Sterling of Liberty is part of a musical family. “My dad played with Dorsey back in the 30’s,” says Jim. “Before that he played in the Aggie Band and was the corps bugler. I was also the corps bugler when I went to Texas A & M. We all played in the dance band up there. My son played in the dance band while he was in the Aggie Band. So did my brother. That’s all we knew. Just music.”

Jim has organized several bands around Liberty and his man-cave is full of all kinds of musical instruments, some of which he made. Occasionally he holds a jam session there. Jim has studied organ building and has made several He loves to play practical jokes.

Once he put a duck call into a church organ and every time a certain key was hit the duck caller would sound. He has conducted musicals at the civic theater and directs the choir at his church.

 

 

Thu
12
Sep
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THE GREAT TEXAS FLOOD OF 1921

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This Week In Texas History

The Houston Chronicle reported on Sep. 12, 1921 that the number of confirmed fatalities in the worst flood in the history of the Lone Star State had risen to 45 in San Antonio and 90 overall with many more missing and presumed dead.

Five days earlier, a hurricane packing 95-mph winds roared out of the Gulf of Mexico making landfall south of Tampico. During the night, the unnamed storm took a sharp turn to the northeast, crossed the Rio Grande near Laredo and headed straight for San Antonio — Texas’ largest city with a population of 161,000.

Thu
29
Aug
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FAMOUS RANGER HAUNTED BY SCANDALOUS SKELETON

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Under the assumed name of George Washington Arrington, an Alabama fugitive enlisted in the Frontier Battalion of the Texas Rangers on Sep. 1, 1875. John C. Orrick, Jr. grew up fast going off to war at 16 and fighting at both battles of Manassas/Bull Run, Harpers Ferry, Antietam and Gettysburg. He spent the closing months of the Civil War as a guerrilla and sometimes spy with Mosby’s fabled Rangers.

Like so many restless veterans north and south, Orrick had trouble readjusting to civilian life. He joined the mass exodus of ex-Confederates to Mexico but arrived too late to offer his services to the French puppet Maximilian.

In June 1867, the same month the Mexican emperor was executed by a peasant firing squad, Orrick killed a black businessman in cold blood. He admitted his guilt in an interview with his hometown newspaper, telling the editor that “he would allow no damn negro to call him a damn liar.”

 

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