A weekly column syndicated in 70 East Texas newspapers
Bob Bowman &
Archie P. McDonald, PhD
newspapers by Bob Bowman 12-1-08
I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. But I am addicted. Give me a stack
of East Texas newspapers, and I’ll be hooked for hours...
devil and ghosts by Bob Bowman 10-20-08
Devil’s Pocket, Devil’s Race Track, Widow’s Bend, and the Laughing
Ghost of Todd Springs.
Legend Of Bone Hill by Bob Bowman 7-7-08
Bone Hill, a landmark standing about four miles northeast of Center,
reportedly got its name from a herd of cattle who died atop the
mill, leaving their bones to whiten in the East Texas sun. But,
as with all legends, there’s more to the story...
a family history by Bob Bowman 4-21-08
If Teddy Ivy wakes up in the middle of the night, curious about
a part of his family's history, all he has to do is consult the
quilt on his bed...
A spring delicacy by Bob Bowman 4-7-08
"In case you haven't lived in East Texas for a long time,
mayhaws are to East Texans what blueberries are to Maine. The
trouble is they don't grow in convenient places like fields and
roadside bar ditches. Most mayhaws are found in swamps, river
bottoms and other places where large snakes, giant mosquitoes
and other varmits make their home..."
“Indian” bootlegger by Bob Bowman 1-28-08
Tony Sanches, a Lufkin sawmill hand in the 1920s, not only made
some of the best bootleg whiskey in East Texas; he had the best
customers--people like singer Jimmy Rodgers, Clyde Barrow of the
Bonnie and Clyde gang--even the local sheriff...
New Year’ Day by Archie P. McDonald 12-24-07
Happy New Year! Many dates and symbols have marked the waning
of the old and welcoming the new year, but the most difficult
thing has been getting a majority of us to agree when to observe
Big Thicket Light by Archie P. McDonald 1-29-07
"The Big Thicket Light, a.ka. the Saratoga Light, shows up
at night on a seven-mile stretch of road connecting Farm Road
1293 and Saratoga, a former health spa/oil town/Big Thicket gathering
area in Hardin County."
Possum Dinner by Bob Bowman 11-12-06
While most East Texans were planning Thanksgiving dinners in 1929,
four old friends in Frankston were sitting down for a meal of
possum and sweet potatoes...
Christmas Treat by Bob Bowman 12-19-05
"Stars top the sixty replica derricks, helping Kilgore
maintain its title as the state's official "City of Stars." Kilgore
is also among the stops on the Holiday Trail of Lights, which
includes Marshall and Jefferson in East Texas and Natchitoches
and Shreveport in Louisiana."
Poinsettia by Archie P. McDonald 12-11-05
Every Christmas your house and mine brightens with the seasonal
introduction of the poinsettia plant with its red and green leaves
and tiny yellow blooms. Perhaps you would like to know how such
came to be.
steamboat’s Tale by Bob Bowman 9-18-05
Lady in Blue by Bob Bowman 5-1-05
For longer than anyone can remember, the story of “the
lady in blue” has existed on the fringes of East Texas history
by Bob Bowman 9/15/04
The annual Southern Hushpuppy Cookoffs in Lufkin
Buck by by Bob Bowman
The San Augustine Tribune, publisher Webster Hays and his buck.
Office Art by Bob Bowman 8/2/04
by Bob Bowman 4/11/04
Murchison Hotel by Bob Bowman 3/1/04
After years of sampling East Texas Plate Lunches, I have concluded
there is an unwritten law that says the best are served in nondescript,
slightly rundown country cafes.
the Oilfield Pumping Unit by Bob Bowman 1/20/04
The invention of the counterbalanced pumping unit -- the most
visual piece of machinery in today's oilfields.
Ezekiel Airship by Bob Bowman 11/03
In late 1902, at least a year before the Wright brothers soared
into the sky, an airplane designed by Rev. Burrell Cannon was
flown 160 feet at Pittsburg.
by Bob Bowman 10/26/03
Ghosts, witches, graves, black cats, Halloween, Friday the 13th.
Never slam a door. You might hurt a ghost, who'll haunt you for
the rest of your life.
by Archie P. McDonald 6/03
on the Grounds by Bob Bowman 10/02
First Air Flight by Bob Bowman 9/02
the Hamburger by Bob Bowman 6/22/02
in East Texas by Bob Bowman 10/21/01
Road by Bob Bowman 9/23/01
East Texas Plate Lunch by Bob Bowman 7/3/01
Old Steer by Archie P. McDonald 6/24/01
Daylilies by Bob Bowman 6/3/01
Sayings by Bob Bowman 5/20/01
Sallet by Bob Bowman 5/6/01
Pine by Bob Bowman 12/31/00
by Bob Bowman 8/21/00
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