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Thu
12
Sep
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A PERILOUS SALUTE TO THE IRISH FLAG

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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.”

 

Thu
29
Aug
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Sir Loin

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Do you have any friends named James Roberto, Barnard or Elizabeth who don’t go by Jim Bob, Barney or Liz? If you do, they are no doubt a hangover from parents who insisted that their children be addressed by their legal name.

Unfortunately, some who are so named don’t quite fit the image. Like a Terrier-Possum cross who goes by the moniker “King”.

Names engender certain expectations...”So, what do you do, Elizabeth?...Oh. A professional wrestler, I see...”

History tells us that an ancient king liked the haunch of beef so well that he knighted it. It was thereafter call Sir Loin.

 

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Thu
22
Aug
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Nuggets

The disciples had known of Jesus’s rejection at Nazareth, they knew of John the Baptist being beheaded. They watched as He went right on doing the work His Father had sent Him to do here on earth. Yes, Jesus had and has feelings. He was sad when He was rejected at Nazareth, His sadness was because they did not receive the message He brought, just as that saddens Him today. Then When His cousin, His forerunner, was beheaded it was a tragic loss. He Knew these things had to happen.

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Thu
22
Aug
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WESTERN UNION’S BICYCLE DELIVERY BOYS

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When Bill Cole of Midland was in high school in Abilene, he delivered telegrams for Western Union.

“They wouldn’t hire anybody under 16,” says Bill, “so when I turned 16 I knew Western Union was hiring messenger boys so I went to work. I’d start about 4 o’clock, soon as I got out of school and work until about 7. On every shift they’d have maybe 3 or 4 messengers. We’d cover the whole town on our bicycles delivering telegrams. Course Abilene wasn’t as big as it is now.”

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Thu
22
Aug
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The Lost Chicken

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Lynne parked her car in the little lot behind Cookies Du Moi. It was an odd little corner of Salt Lake City mixing pawn shops, liquor stores with barred windows and an invasion of upscale pastel-colored urban grazing and knick-knack shops. Small stores with cute names offering yogurt, dried flowers in a basket, ducks wearing bonnets and specialty bagels that cost more than a fivepound pot roast. New Age music drifted into the street.

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Thu
15
Aug
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A WIDE SWING THROUGH EAST TEXAS

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Usually on an interview trip I’m gone about 3 days. This time I took an entire week and it proved worthwhile. I came home with 30 interviews and they were all stellar. The trip started in Milford near Waxahachie where I interviewed Cliff Yeary, a colorful blacksmith who lost an eye to an arrow and sometimes works in kilts.

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Thu
15
Aug
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BAXTER BLACK

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Life is just a bowl of cherries to a first rate feedlot hand, All the gates swing free and easy, every day’s precisely planned. The boss is always pleasant and lavish with his praise. And when your wife demands it, you get another raise.

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Fri
09
Aug
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COVERT MISSION PAYBACK FOR MEXICAN RAIDS

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At Bird’s Fort north of present-day Arlington, the Snively Expedition officially disbanded on Aug. 7, 1843 and the dispirited members went their separate ways.

Seven tense years after San Jacinto, a state of war still existed between the independent province and its estranged mother country. On the diplomatic front, Mexico refused to recognize Texas sovereignty and periodically threatened fullscale retaliation. And it was not empty talk, as hardly a calendar went by without rifles replacing rhetoric in brief but bloody conflicts.

In June 1841, President Mirabeau Lamar tried to put teeth in the Lone Star claim to New Mexico, but the Santa Fe excursion was fatally flawed by poor preparation. The 300 Pioneers were taken prisoner without a shot being fired, and they languished in Mexican dungeons until their release the following spring.

 

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