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"ALL THINGS HISTORICAL" Archive

A Weekly Look at East Texas History -
Syndicated in 70 East Texas newspapers

Beginning January 2009, Mr. Bob Bowman's Column has been renamed:

"Bob Bowman's East Texas" >
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Bob Bowman

Archie P. McDonald

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    Published with permission since August 6, 2000


    Bob Bowman, a former president of the East Texas Historical Association, is the author of 24 books on East Texas history and folklore. He lives in Lufkin.

    Archie P. McDonald
    is Director of the East Texas Historical Association and author or editor of more than 20 books on Texas.
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    The Wisdom Table 1-25-09

    The oldest town in Texas? 1-18-09

    Who? Hoo Hoo. That’s Who 1-12-09

    Fawil 1-5-09

    Bobo and Blair 12-30-08

    Shotgun Houses 12-22-08

    Depression Parks 12-14-08

    The town of Chickenfeather 12-8-08

    Reading newspapers 12-1-08

    The Cherokee Line 11-23-08

    Town names 11-19-08

    A man who got around 11-18-08

    The Blue Hole 11-3-08

    Celebrating a 101st birthday 10-27-08

    The devil and ghosts 10-20-08

    Murder at a school 10-13-08

    Bridge for sale 10-6-08

    Lobanillo 9-29-08

    The story of Cuthand 9-22-08

    POWs in East Texas 9-15-08

    The Crash at Crush 9-8-08

    Chautauqua 8-18-08

    The Mystery of Caddo Mounds 8-5-08

    Buena Vista 7-21-08

    The forgotten forests 6-23-08

    Indian tribe linked with Texas history 6-16-08

    A gifted writer 6-1-08

    Humor in graveyards 5-26-08

    Weeping Mary 5-5-08

    Quilting a family history 4-21-08

    Mayhaws: A spring delicacy 4-7-08

    The first Elvis impersonator 3-10-08

    Did Davy survive? 2-25-08

    A good ol’ store 2-11-08

    The “Indian” bootlegger 1-28-08

    History and sawmill tokens 1-14-08

    Gospel music 1-2-08

    Rudolph the red-nosed pumping unit 12-17-07

    A unique town story 12-3-07

    Remembering school days 11-19-07

    The Mystery of Lady Bountiful 11-5-07

    Out-of-the-way places 10-22-07

    Restoring Davy’s Spring 10-8-07

    The Devil’s Triangle 9-17-07

    Jim Swink comes home
    9-3-07

    Fairmount 8-27-07

    Comeback of a cotton gin 8-13-07

    Many Places of LaSalle's Murder 7-31-07

    A Sturdy Pioneer
    7-16-07

    Replying to Readers 7-2-07

    Korley’s Kolumns 6-25-07

    Death Superstitions
    6-11-07

    The Chief's Sons 5-28-07

    Pistol-packing Preacher
    5-14-07

    Washington’s East Texas Cousin 4-30-07

    Looking for Hangings 4-16-07

    "No Gallows" 4-2-07

    The Emporia Mystery
    3-29-07

    All Those Pleasant Hills 3-07

    A Centenarian's Life 2-18-07

    Palestine’s Texas Theater
    2-4-07

    The Love Boys
    1-22-07

    The Smith Brothers 1-8-07

    The Circus Fight 12-24-06

    The Piney Woods
    12-11-06

    The First County Agent 11-27-06

    The Possum Dinner 11-12-06

    The first "over water" oil well 10-30-06

    The Worst Feud
    10-15-06

    Jot Em Down
    10-2-06

    Granny's Neck 9-18-06

    The War Protest 9-4-06

    The Burning House 8-21-06

    A Moving History 8-7-06

    The Cutoff and Mistletoe 7-24-06

    The Hardin Brothers 7-10-06

    The 8-F Crowd 6-26-06

    Nethery's Store
    6-11-06

    Tennessee Williams' Texas Director 5-29-06

    A Personal Hero 5-14-06

    Fall of the Largest Tree
    5-1-06

    The Parker Family 4-17-06

    Three-legged Willie 4-3-06

    Why did they call it that? 3-7-06

    The Runestone
    2-19-06

    Legacy of an Oldtimer 2-5-06

    Fairmount Cemetery 1-24-06

    FDR and Nine Acres 1-9-06

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    Labor Day 9-1-08

    Gussie Nell Davis 8-25-08

    The East Texas Historical Association 8-11-08

    Howard Hughes 7-28-08

    Gutiérrez-Magee Expedition 7-14-08

    History All Over 6-30-08

    Juneteenth 6-20-08

    D-DAY 6-9-08

    Memorial Day 5-12-08

    Peter Ellis Bean 4-28-08

    San Jacinto Day 4-14-08

    "Take Care of My Little Boy" 3-31-08

    Coxey’s Army 3-17-08

    Texas Independence Day 3-3-08

    The Printer Fires Both Barrels 2-18-08

    "Always Late" 2-3-08

    Kirby Lumber Company
    1-21-08

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday 1-7-08

    New Year’ Day 12-24-07

    Walter Paye Lane 12-10-07

    Margie Neal 11-26-07

    Pamelia Mann, Tough Texan 11-12-07

    James Long, Filibuster 10-29-07

    Long Hot Summers 10-15-07

    Good Night Irene 10-1-07

    Newton, Texas 9-24-07

    The Kelly Plow 9-10-07

    Jarvis Christian College 8-20-07

    Gaceta de Teja 8-6-07

    John Henry Faulk 7-31-07

    Haden Edwards 7-9-07

    East Texas Bapist University 6-18-07

    The Republic's First President
    6-4-07

    Price Daniel 5-21-07

    The Cotton Bowl
    5-7-07

    Speak for yourself, Robert 4-23-07

    491 Days 4-9-07

    The Chicken War
    3-27-07

    Jane McManus Storm Cazneau 3-07

    Governor Thomas Mitchell Campbell 2-07

    Bring 'Em Back Alive: Frank Buck
    2-12-07

    The Big Thicket Light 1-29-07

    Built it and they will ride it 1-22-07

    He Done Her Wrong: The Sad Case of Mrs. Harriet Moore Page Potter Ames 1-2-07

    Alto 12-18-06

    "My Blue Heaven: Gene Austin" 12-4-06

    The Babe 11-20-06

    Woman's Christian Temperance Union
    11-6-06

    Why did they name it that? 10-23-06

    William Marsh Rice 10-9-06

    New London School Explosion 9-25-06

    America's Team 9-11-06

    Guinn Big Boy Williams 8-28-06

    High Sheriff of Henderson County 8-14-06

    El Camino Real 7-30-06

    Party Primaries 7-17-06

    Air Conditioning 7-3-06

    Another College Among the Pines 6-19-06


    East Texas Savior of the French Wine Industry 6-5-06

    Father Margil
    5-22-06

    Pink Palace of Healing
    5-8-06

    Kinkaid School
    4-24-06

    Jaybird-Woodpecker War 4-10-06

    Honky Tonk Man 3-27-06

    Gilmer, Texas 3-11-06

    In Due And Ancient Form
    2-27-06
    Masonry in Texas

    Man with a Method - Littleton Fowler 2-13-06

    Old Time Judge 1-29-06
    Thomas Whitfield Davidson

    Brotherhood of Timber Workers 1-16-06

    Lady Godiva: Adah Isaccs Menken 1-9-06

    The Boll Weevil 1-1-06

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    Bob Bowman Books

    Making Music for the Snarks
    By Bob Bowman The unique story of Lufkin's famous Hoo-Hoo Band
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    The Forgotten Towns of East Texas, Vol. I
    By Bob and Doris Bowman
    66 stories about forgotten town in 45 counties
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    Bob Bowman's East Texas
    Bob Bowman
    A timely gift for any East Texan. Sample a little of East Texas here, a little there--and come away with a good helping of stories you might not know if you didn’t read this book.
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    Historic Murders of East Texas, Book 4
    By Bob and Doris Bowman
    Additional 23 murders between 1834 and 1947
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    Historic Murders of East Texas
    Bob and Doris Bowman
    A collection of some of the most unusual and bizarre murders in East Texas
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    More Historic Murders of East Texas
    Bob and Doris Bowman
    An additional collection of unusual and bizarre murders in East Texas
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    Historic Murders of East Texas, Book 3
    By Bob and Doris Bowman
    18 more famous murders
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    The Mystery of Lady Bountiful
    Bob Bowman, Doris Bowman and Edward Barrett
    The story of East Texas’ first timber baroness, a twice-accused murderess 246 pages Winner, Best Book of Year, East Texas Historical Association
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