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Mar
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LINDBERGH LUCKY EVEN BEFORE HISTORIC SOLO

By Bartee Haile.
 
“Slim” Lindbergh reported for pilot training at Brooks Field in San Antonio on Mar. 18, 1924 just three years before the skinny college dropout became the most famous man in the world To the dismay of his father, a Minnesota congressman, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. gave up his engineering studies in 1920 to become a barnstormer. The youth spent the next two years risking his neck for pocket change and having the time of his life.

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Mar
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TWO-SPORT STAR DIED A HERO ON IWO

On Mar. 6, 1945, First Lieutenant Jack Lummus, a professional football and baseball player from Ennis, took command of a Marine rifle platoon on the blood-soaked island of Iwo Jima. After three girls, an Ellis County cotton farmer finally got the chance in 1915 to give a son his name. Andrew Jackson Lummus, Jr. grew up big and strong excelling in every sport he went out for at Ennis high school. 
 
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07
Mar
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Record Snowfalls

“We can expect to see extreme cold with increasing frequency as global warming continues.” The President’s science and technology advisor - January 11, 2014. I cringe at how ludicrous global warming climatologists must feel these last two winters. Nature is pooping in their nest. Did he mean “extreme heat” instead of cold? Can they have it both ways?  
 
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Feb
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TEXAS WAS ELVIS’ LAUNCHING PAD TO STARDOM

Eighty-eight thousand paying customers packed the Astrodome on Mar. 3, 1974 for Elvis Presley’s two sold-out performances, his last at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. “He went off to Texas and came home famous,” Elvis’ mother marveled early in her son’s fantastic career. The Lone Star State was not only his launching pad to stardom, but also where the King of Rock and Roll got his second wind
 
Fri
28
Feb
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The Price of Ivory

On the north side of Denver abides the city of Commerce City. There, last fall, U. S. officials dumped millions of dollars worth of ivory tusks, carvings, and jewelry into a steel rock crusher and pulverized it into dust and tiny chips.
The officials’ objective was to reduce the slaughter of tens of thousands of elephants each year
 
Fri
21
Feb
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A Gift of Glasses

We have lots of folks come through our office and home. We try to be hospitable. While cleaning up the office, I found a pair of glasses. They were the frameless kind that make you look like Benjamin Franklin. I asked around the office, yet no one claimed them. 
 
Fri
21
Feb
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ZEB PIKE HAD NOTHING TO FEAR FROM SPANIARDS

Lt. Zebulon Pike spent another sleepless night on Feb. 25, 1807 worrying whether hostile Spanish troops might at any moment overrun his makeshift fort. Lewis and Clark were homeward bound from the Pacific Northwest in 1806, when 28 year old Zeb Pike embarked on his own inspection tour of the Southwest. His secret mission was to slip into New Mexico from the north, analyze the economic potential of the thriving colony and pinpoint the weak spots in the Spanish defenses
 
Thu
13
Feb
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The Human Attachment

By Baxter Black.
 
It had been a long day for Steffan. Frozen pipes, touchy tractors, cranky cows and a stuffy nose. A headache had kept him banging his head against the wall from 6 am to sundown. His wife and kids went to town that evening, leaving him alone. He was hungry but decided to take cold medicine and a nap before heating up the leftovers she’d left him.
 
Thu
13
Feb
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HOUSTON FOUGHT HIS TOUGHEST BATTLE WITH THE BOTTLE

By Bartee Haile.
 
On Feb. 18, 1839, Sam Houston spoke at the first temperance meeting ever held in the Texas town named for him, but after lecturing loud and long on the evils of alcohol, he ducked out the back to avoid taking the customary pledge. The rally was actually the former president’s idea. The previous afternoon he told Augustus Allen, co-founder of the Buffalo Bayou settlement, it was high time inhabitants of Houston heard from the dry side of the liquor debate. Allen agreed, although such a suggestion from the hard-drinking hero must have come as quite a shock.
 
Thu
06
Feb
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I Can’t Believe It!

By Baxter Black.
 
After standing watch on the Rio Grande for nearly a century, Fort Clark was finally deactivated on Feb. 9, 1946 and turned into, of all things, a dude ranch. Sam Maverick, well-known signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, drove a hard bargain with the Army in July 1852. He talked the free-spending strangers into paying $50 a month for the rights to 4,000 acres of western range they could have bought for a nickel an acre on the open market. The isolated site was on Las Moras Creek, 150 miles west of San Antonio and a 25-mile horseback ride from the Rio Grande River. It was a hot, inhospitable area where the handful of hardy inhabitants lost count of 100-degree days and rarely saw more than 20 inches of rain in the course of a bone-dry year.

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