Historic Buildings History
Published with permission since August 6, 2000
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. See Biography.
Archie P. McDonald is Director of the East Texas Historical Association
and author or editor of more than 20 books on Texas. See Biography.
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Wisdom Table by Bob Bowman 1-25-09
In towns across East Texas, big and
small, there’s usually a place where elderly men gather each morning to have a
cup or two of coffee--and solve the world’s problems. Well, maybe some of the
town in Texas? 1-18-09
For longer than most of us can remember, Texans
have been squabbling over which community is the state’s oldest. The principal
players in this ongoing feud are a couple of East Texas cities, Nacogdoches and
San Augustine, and a West Texas village, Ysleta. Now, it appears there may be
Hoo Hoo. That’s Who 1-12-09
Separated by more than 200 miles, Gurdon, Arkansas,
and Lufkin, Texas, share a unique legacy: the Concatenated Order of the Hoo Hoo,
an international fraternity of lumbermen...
Fawil, it has been said, is a town that got its name by accident...
Bobo and Blair
Two Shelby County, Texas, communities might have passed into history
without as much as a footnote if a singing cowboy had not popularized a marching
and dice playing chant by East Texas soldiers.
A reader called the other day with a question: “Do you
know anything about shotgun houses?” You bet I do. I lived in three shotgun houses
as a boy...
Each time I head southeast from Lufkin, a boyhood memory
pulls me into a roadside park beside U.S. 287 a few miles before entering Woodville...
of Chickenfeather 12-8-08
Except for a rural cemetery, little is left of
Chickenfeather in the once-rolling hills of eastern Rusk County.
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...
Cherokee Line 11-23-08
The Cherokee Boundary Line, an important part of
East Texas, finally got the recognition it deserves recently in a ceremony on
a oiltop road north of Canton...
A highway engineer in Nacogdoches County once told me that
keeping a highway sign at Looneyville was an exercise in futility. "Within hours
after we put up a new sign, it disappears," he said...
man who got around 11-18-08
Ambrose Fitzgerald really got around East Texas--and
without ever leaving his homestead...
Blue Hole 11-3-08
Deep in East Texas, near the Angelina-Jasper county line,
an old rock quarry has found a place in Texas history...
a 101st birthday 10-27-08
Known affectionately as “Ber Ber,” Bertha always
has a twinkle in her eyes and has memories few other people her age can only imagine.
devil and ghosts 10-20-08
Devil’s Pocket, Devil’s Race Track on the Neches
River, Widow’s Bend on the Sabine River, and the Laughing Ghost of Todd Springs.
a school 10-13-08
During the evening of March 12, 1926, as students and
parents watched a play at Center Point school in Trinity County, two brothers,
Frank and Harvey Johnson, rushed through the main door...
for sale 10-6-08The
story of Cuthand 9-22-08
One of East Texas’ best known bridges is up for sale...
Stretching across the Neches River, the Texas Highway 94 bridge has been in place
since 1936. It is included in the National Register of Historic Places...
There are four faces of old Lobanillo, which straddles East Texas’
oldest highway less than 20 miles from the Texas-Louisiana border...
The remains of Cuthand,
a town with one of the most unusual names in East Texas, are scattered around
the intersection of Farm Roads 1487 and 916 seven miles east of Bogata in Red
in East Texas 9-15-08
An intriguing slice
of history long overlooked is finally getting the recognition it deserves....
The Crash at Crush
One hunded and twelve years ago this month,
40,000 people paid good money to be frightened within an inch of their lives.
Dominating Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie,
a large wooden, octagonal-roofed pavilion stands as a symbol of entertainment
and enlightment in the days before movies and television...
Mystery of Caddo Mounds 8-5-08
a settlement of dwellings and temples, was the home of a prehistoric group of
Caddo Indians, who settled in the Neches Valley sometime in the late eighth century,
A.D. What is left of the mound-building Caddos is found in stone artifacts and
small tools at the Caddoan Mounds State Historic Site...
Buena Vista is one of my favorite
places because it has such a colorful history, and a few weeks ago we helped dedicate
a marker to its cemetery.
forgotten forests 6-23-08
A new book published
by Jane G. Baxter of Nashville, Tennessee, and Dan T. Barnes of Trinity, Texas,
has captured the appearance of the old forests that existed in the early 1900s.
tribe linked with Texas history 6-16-08
of people drive through East Texas each year without the knowledge that an Indian
reservation--one that played a role in the independence of Texas--exists within
the pine forests...
gifted writer 6-1-08
Landon Bradshaw wrote
only one book, “These People Actually Lived in East Texas.” People who have copies
cherish it with an affection reserved only for their wives and rich uncles.
in graveyards 5-26-08
East Texas, graveyard visitors are often rewarded with... humorous and poignant
Few town names in East Texas
attract as much curiosity as Weeping Mary, a 140-year-old black community hidden
away in the deep woods of western Cherokee County,... first settled after the
Civil War by freed slaves from neighboring plantations...
a family history 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 4-7-08
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..."
first Elvis impersonator 3-10-08
personality Norman Johnson of Nacogdoches holds a unique place in East Texas history:
He was the first known Elvis impersonator.
Davy survive? 2-25-08
Did Davy Crockett survive
the battle of the Alamo, only to be sent to Mexico as a prisoner and forced to
work in a mine?...
good ol’ store 2-11-08
Losing a community
institution is like losing a good friend...
“Indian” bootlegger 1-28-08
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...
and sawmill tokens 1-14-08
80, who retired from the Lufkin post office in 1990, has been scouring East Texas
for the tokens since 1995..."
Few things have left as much
impact on East Texas history as gospel music...
the red-nosed pumping unit 12-17-07
drive through Lufkin during the holidays, be sure to take notice of one of East
Texas’ most unusual Christmas decorations...
unique town story 12-3-07
... Just how these
and other strangely-named communities got their names is a whole slice of East
Texas history. For example, take Redwater...
school days 11-19-07
Few things stir the
nostalgia of our lives as the days we spent in our schools decades ago...
Mystery of Lady Bountiful 11-5-07
22 will mark the 85th anniversary of an East Texas murder that created a still-lingering
mystery and put a timber baroness in a pauper’s grave.
A friend once told me his
greatest pleasure was driving around East Texas and looking for oddball places
seldom found in tourism brochures...
Davy’s Spring 10-8-07
An East Texas landmark
remembered by motorists from the last century has been given a long-deserved facelift
Devil’s Triangle 9-17-07
In Texas, as in
the rest of the Confederacy, the Reconstruction Era between 1865 and 1877 saw
little more than a continuation of the Civil War in a new guise. The Union won
the first phase of the war that pitted professional armies against each other
between 1861 and 1865, but the South won the second phase that developed into
Jim Swink comes home 9-3-07
the lanky halfback who thrilled high school and Texas Christian University football
fans in the 1950s, has returned home to his roots...
The only visible reminders of Old Fairmount,
an early East Texas community in southern Sabine County, are a well-kept graveyard
and a church founded in 1887...
of a cotton gin 8-13-07
At Point, a small
town of some 700 souls in northern Rains county, a sturdy old gin has found a
new life as an entertainment venue that draws crowds from all over East Texas...
Places of LaSalle's Murder 7-31-07
of La Salle's murder has been a source of unbridled speculation. At least eight
communities have made claims as "the place were La Salle was killed."...
A Sturdy Pioneer 7-16-07
One of my favorite
history addicts is ninety-four-year-old Pearl Weaver Havard...
to Readers 7-2-07
Some seventy years ago, a
self-educated farmer and justice of the peace in Henderson County starting writing
letters to the Athens Daily Review. In a few months, Cicero Witt Corley ...
Death Superstitions 6-11-07
East Texas, death was accompanied by a variety of superstitions, some of which
are still respected in the homes of our grandparents.
Chief's Sons 5-28-07
Natchitoches and Nacogdoches
Pistol-packing Preacher 5-14-07
On his first
morning in Groveton Lee presided at the funeral of a young church member who had
been murdered. He soon named criminals from his pulpit and where they gathered...
East Texas Cousin 4-30-07
Washington, a cousin of George Washington, cut a wide swath through Polk and San
Jacinto counties before and after the Civil War...
for Hangings 4-16-07
Before the electric
chair gave Texas an alternative way of punishing murderers and the like, Texas
counties had the local authority to hang criminals...
The names of some East Texas
towns can be downright confusing. And much of the confusion arises from mispronunciations
which, during the passage of time, have become actual names.
The Emporia Mystery 3-29-07
In the early
1900s, an explosion and fire spread throughout the old Emporia sawmill in south
Angelina County. An estimated 30 sawmill workers, most of them black, are believed
to have perished in the conflagration...
Those Pleasant Hills 3-07
Hill be the most popular name for towns in East Texas? With nine communities named
Pleasant Hill in the more than 40 counties that constitute East Texas...
"At the age of 106, she
has 218 of them--34 grandchildren, 91 great-grandchildren, and 93 great-great
Palestine’s Texas Theater 2-4-07
Theater, one of the grand old movie houses of East Texas, has been restored and
is now a setting for community stage productions..."
The Love Boys 1-22-07
For more than
fifty years, brothers Olen and Seaby Love have lived on the same plot of land
in rural Morris County, living in ways that haven't changed much from the days
of their pioneer parents.
Smith Brothers 1-8-07
Four brothers from
Delta County lived with an ordinary name in the mid-1800s, but they were far from
Circus Fight 12-24-06
"What one historian
has called "the most famous circus fight in history" unfolded in 1873 as Robinson's
Circus was preparing to leave Jacksonville in East Texas..."
The Piney Woods 12-11-06
In view of
an economic development group's plan to change the image of the piney woods of
East Texas with a new name, perhaps a look at the history of this part of Texas
First County Agent 11-27-06
In the early
1900s, during a time of low crop production and a depressed farm economy in East
Texas, Tyler and Smith County pioneered a concept that celebrates its 100th anniversary
this year--the county agricultural agent.
Possum Dinner 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...
first "over water" oil well 10-30-06
early l900s, 27-year-old Walter B. Pyron, of Blossom, Texas, a production foreman
for Guffy Oil Company, noticed gas bubbles rising from Caddo Lake...
The Worst Feud 10-15-06
feud happened in East Texas between 1840 and 1844. The Regulator and Moderators
War was the first and largest American feud in numbers of participants and fatalities.
"... From their Jot 'Em
Down Store in Pine Ridge, Arkansas, Lum and Abner evolved into one of the nation's
most popular radio series. But if you ask old timers in Delta County, Texas, they'll
tell you with pride that they remember when the Jot 'Em Down Store was in East
Granny's Neck is one of the
oddest names ever given to a piece of East Texas real estate. Also known as Old
Granny's Neck and Harper's Crossing, the small community...
War Protest 9-4-06
At the peak of another
war ninety years ago, a small East Texas sawmill town made a statement about American
soldiers being killed in a distant land.
Burning House 8-21-06
along U.S. Highway 59 in Polk County are often startled to see what appears to
be flames pouring from the windows of old sawmill house...
Moving History 8-7-06
is best remembered by some admirers for one of the strangest events in East Texas--the
move of an entire town from Liberty to Waco, a distance of more than 200 miles,
in October of 1986 during the Texas sesquicentennial celebration..."
Cutoff and Mistletoe 7-24-06
There is an
old Texas saying that goes something like this, "Every time the Legislature meets,
keep a close watch on your wallet and your wife." In the case of Trinity County--a
lovely East Texas landscape dotted with pine trees and bordered by two rivers--the
Legislature grabbed more than the county's wallets and wives...
Hardin Brothers 7-10-06
More than 110 years
have passed since East Texas outlaw John Wesley Hardin was shot down in an El
Paso saloon, but he remains one of the most intriguing badmen in history. Almost
lost in Hardin's history are his three brothers, Joe, Jeff and Gip, whose lives
were also singed with violence...
8-F Crowd 6-26-06
Lamar Hotel, Houston
"... Often referred to as the "unofficial capital of Texas," Suite 8-F ...
was the meeting place for Houston's business leaders from the late 1930s to the
Nethery's Store 6-11-06
of small towns in East Texas, the general store was the hub of the community--a
place where neighbors visited, made purchases of everything they needed, and usually
put it on credit. Few, if any, of the old general stores remain today...
Williams' Texas Director 5-29-06
the interest of an East Texas woman, American theater icon Tennessee Williams
might still be writing high school plays in a small town.
Personal Hero 5-14-06
Adickes, 88, ... died recently at Hemphill -- a place where he helped make history
by simply doing things to make his community a better place."
Fall of the Largest Tree 5-1-06
passing of Arthur Temple -- the man some newspapers called the last of the East
Texas timber barons -- ended a link with a history reaching back more than a century."
Parker Family 4-17-06
"In the same decade
that established Cynthia Ann Parker and her son, Indian Chief Quanah Parker, as
living legends, another clan of Parkers wrote their own chapter of history in
Robert McAlpin Williamson
"The Republic of Texas, which existed only a decade, had its share of interesting
characters. But few of them were as colorful as Three Legged Willie, who passed
away some 146 years ago..."
did they call it that? 3-7-06
anyone tell you that the people who picked names for some of East Texas' earliest
communities were not imaginative or lacked a sense of humor.
The Runestone 2-19-06
willing to take the time to drive about 100 miles into eastern Oklahoma will be
rewarded with a centuries-old mystery."
of an Oldtimer 2-5-06
of Rusk is the kind of oldtimer every historian dreams of interviewing. At 92,
he remembers more facts and dates than you'll find in most county history books."
"Thankfully, more and
more East Texas cemeteries are securing state historical markers as community
and Nine Acres 1-9-06
"With luck --
and an infusion of funds -- a historic Kilgore home built in the 1930s could be
on its way to regaining its stature as one of East Texas’ most interesting homes."
of our national holidays commemorate civic events or religious observances; Labor
Day celebrates the concept that work is noble and worthy of honor for its own
Nell Davis 8-25-08
Gussie Nell Davis and the
East Texas Historical Association 8-11-08
Things Historical" is a service of "the East Texas Historical Association."...
Howard Robard Hughes Sr.
abounded in Spain's Northern Provinces (Texas) during the first two decades of
the nineteenth century. The Gutiérrez-Magee Expedition was one of the most spectacular
of these adventures.
All Over 6-30-08
Residency has led me to
write much about Nacogdoches, Texas, where I have taught history at SFA since
Steve himself was a student. But I like other East Texas towns, too, both because
of their history and some of the historians who live there. Here are a few of
On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon
Granger brought the full force of the United States military establishment to
Galveston and proclaimed the Civil War at an end and all wartime proclamations
by President Abraham Lincoln in effect in the Lone Star State. Part of that dealt
with the end of slavery in Texas...
Sixty-four years ago in June the forces
of Allied Supreme Commander Dwight David Eisenhower hit the beaches of Normandy
in northwestern France.
When Americans pause at the ceremonial
beginning of summer to honor those who gave their lives in military service they
are participating in our national version of ancient rites...
Ellis Bean 4-28-08
The American frontier
produced many colorful characters, including Peter Ellis Bean...
Jacinto Day 4-14-08
News of the fall of the
Alamo on March 6, 1836, and the execution of Texians captured at Goliad three
weeks later, produced the terrible Runaway Scrape, a mad flight of refugees who
scrambled eastward to escape a similar fate at the hand of General Antonio Lopez
de Santa Anna’s armies. In the midst of these troubles, one man, Sam Houston,
Care of My Little Boy" 3-31-08
this last letter from the Alamo early in March 1836 to David Ayers...
Coxey’s Army 3-17-08
"...Jacob Sechler Coxey of Massillon, Ohio, wanted the government to issue
$500 million in paper currency and spend it on public works—roads, municipal buildings,
Independence Day 3-3-08
Printer Fires Both Barrels 2-18-08
"Just on the southside
of the crossings sat a beer joint named "Neva's," and there, my father said, was
where Lefty Frizzell sang about a girl who was "always late" with her kisses."
Kirby Lumber Company 1-21-08
Luther King, Jr. Birthday 1-7-08
New Year’ Day 12-24-07
Walter Paye Lane 12-10-07
Mann, Tough Texan 11-12-07
A lady of my acquaintance,
active in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, once complained to me on the
argumentative nature of her sisters in this hereditary Lone Star sorority. My
explanation: it's in the blood...
Long, Filibuster 10-29-07
And Jane Long,
Mother of Texas.
Hot Summers 10-15-07
Veterans of the "long
hot summers" of the summers of the 1960s, a time of racial tension, would have
thought it "de ja vu all over again" if they had remembered 1919...
Since Shreveport and Caddo
Parish were once members of the old East Texas Chamber of Commerce, it is appropriate
for the East Texas Historical Association to consider Huddie Leadbetter, better
known as Leadbelly, as part of our past—especially since at least one of his prison
sentences was served in this region...
It is strange how my life
has intertwined with Newton County, the long, slender eastern twin of Jasper County
located in southeast Texas just north of Orange and Beaumont, Texas...
The Kelly Plow
Early in the nineteenth century, American
farmers broke the soil pretty much the same way as old English grangers or even
Biblical tillers did—with wooden plows...
Christian College 8-20-07
Obtaining a collegiate
education presented a problem for African Americans in Texas prior to court-ordered
racial integration which began in the 1950s... In Texas, especially East Texas,
Wiley College in Marshall and Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins were about the
only options for undergraduate instruction...
de Teja 8-6-07
Readers of the Dallas Morning
News, Tyler Telegraph, Gilmer Mirror, Jefferson Jimplecute and every other newspaper
in Texas may not know about the journalistic ancestor they share. That was a single
issue of the Gaceta de Tejas, or Texas Gazette, and here is its story.
John Henry Faulk
Johnny Faulk had once been atop the show
business ladder in New York City, only to tumble when falsely accused during the
era of McCarthyism of being a communist...
Haden Edwards helped influence
the Anglo settlement of East Texas almost as much as Stephen F. Austin, but the
state capitol and a couple of universities are not named for him. Here's why...
Texas Bapist University 6-18-07
Baptist College, now University, began and remains in Marshall, Texas...
The Republic's First President 6-4-07
Usually, the argument about who first served as president of the Republic of Texas
involves David G. Burnet and Sam Houston. Maybe Richard Ellis has a claim, too...
Price Daniel served in more political
offices than anyone I know and he did so with distinction and honor...
The Cotton Bowl 5-7-07
East Texans claim
Dallas-Big "D," as we once said-so a story of the Cotton Bowl falls into our area;
well, at least the stadium is located in Dallas' east side, in Fair Park...
for yourself, Robert 4-23-07
was a man of many loves...
William Williston Heartsill's
Fourteen Hundred And Ninety-One Days In The Confederate Army...
The Chicken War 3-27-07
and processing and marketing chickens has become a major economic enterprise in
East Texas since World War II, it is appropriate to remember the "Chicken War"
McManus Storm Cazneau 3-07
Texans are worldwide
famous for toughness and resilience...
Thomas Mitchell Campbell 2-07
Bring 'Em Back Alive: Frank Buck 2-12-07
Before the late Steve Ervin wrestled his first crocodile, ... before swimming
champion Johnny Weissmuller personified Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and Jungle
Jim in movies and serials, ... Frank Buck captured American and international
audiences with tales of his adventures doing just those kinds of things everywhere
on the planet.
Big Thicket Light 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
it and they will ride it 1-22-07
traveling down Bremond Street in Houston, Lufkin, and Nacogdoches, or likely any
street along US Highway 59 from Houston to north of Nacogdoches, haven't a clue
of the debt East Texas owes to Paul Bremond...
Done Her Wrong: The Sad Case of Mrs. Harriet Moore Page Potter Ames 1-2-07
"This story is about Alto, a town originally known as Branchtown located
on El Camino Real, or the Old San Antonio Road, where US Highway 69 and State
Highway 21 intersect south of Rusk, north of Lufkin, west of Nacogdoches, and
east of Crockett. Once upon a time, those places might have been described as
near Alto, for it was nearly as large as any of them."
Blue Heaven: Gene Austin" 12-4-06
in Cooke County, gained a native son named Eugene Lucas on June 24,1900. Lucas
became one of the nation's most popular entertainers during the 1930s, but by
then he used his stepfather's name-Austin...
Mildred Ella Didrikson, the
greatest woman athlete of the twentieth century, was the sixth child born to Norwegian
immigrants Ole Nickolene and Hannah Marie Olson Didriksen, in Port Arthur, Texas,
Woman's Christian Temperance Union 11-6-06
The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union was misnamed: “temperance” means “moderation...
avoiding extremes.” What the WCTU really wanted was total abstinence from all
Why did they name it that? 10-23-06
wonders why some cities and towns in East Texas are named as they are but never
really make a effort to learn the secrets-except Fred Tarpley...
Marsh Rice 10-9-06
a murder mystery, especially if the murder happened a long time ago and did not
involve someone they know. The story of William Marsh Rice's demise is such a
case, especially since I am a beneficiary of his will. Let me explain.
London School Explosion 9-25-06
H. Johnson... has written a play based on the New London School Explosion which
occurred on March 18, 1937...
The Dallas Cowboys,
dubbed America's Team in 1978 by Bob Ryan, editor of NFL Films, really are East
Big Boy Williams 8-28-06
We talk mostly about
the "stars" of movies, but we know that character actors can help a film succeed
or cause it to fail. One of the best was Guinn Williams, known to generations
of filmgoers-especially devotees of Westerns-as Guinn "Big Boy" Williams...
Sheriff of Henderson County 8-14-06
East Texans refer to some of their revered and feared lawmen as the "high sheriff,"...
in Henderson County, the legend was Jess Sweeten.
Camino Real 7-30-06
In 2004, Senator Kay
Bailey Hutchison succeeded in persuading Congress to designate El Camino Real,
at least the Texas and Louisiana portions, a national historic corridor. We Texans,
especially we East Texans, knew it all along...
Cynics like to speak of
"dirty politics" and "the smoke-filled room" atmosphere of party big shots making
decisions on candidates clandestinely. That pretty well sums up the way political
candidates were determined in East Texas and elsewhere in the state prior to 1905,
When someone asks my
wife how people lived in Texas before air-conditioning, she says that no one did.
That is partly true and partly false, but we can all agree that the a/c makes
surviving Texas’ summers a happier experience. The old timers coped, however,
and here is how.
College Among the Pines 6-19-06
We who give "All Hail to SFA" think of our University by one of its earlier nicknames,
"The College Among The Pines." That also described another excellent institution
headquartered in Carthage, Texas, named Panola College after its host county...
Texas Savior of the French Wine Industry 6-5-06
Those who favor a glass of wine, especially French wine, may not be aware of the
debt they and the French owe to Dr. Thomas Volney Munson of Denison, Texas
Father Margil 5-22-06
Margil de Jesus helped introduce Christianity to the wilderness of East Texas,
but his story began in Valencia, Spain, where he was born in 1657.
Pink Palace of Healing 5-8-06
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Kinkaid School 4-24-06
When I attended
French High School in Beaumont, Texas, early in the 1950s, we "country hicks"
from the north side of town looked across town at students in the tonier Beaumont
High School, many of whose students lived in the affluent westside along Calder
Avenue. It would have been above our station to know that Beaumont Highers felt
the same way about the scholars at Kinkaid School in Houston.
"Back a ways, when many
voters were a little light on their literacy skills, symbols appearing beside
the names of candidates identified their political party..."
Tonk Man 3-27-06
"It is presumptuous for a
native of Beaumont and long-time resident of Nacogdoches to be writing about Gilmer,
Texas. Only admiration for ..."
In Due And Ancient Form 2-27-06
with a Method - Littleton Fowler 2-13-06
Long before winning fame and martyrdom at the Alamo, William Barret Travis wrote
to tell Methodist leaders in the United States how badly Texas needed their attention.
Samuel Doak McMahon held the first meeting of Methodists in Texas in his home,
located ten or so miles east of San Augustine, in 1832, but the arrival of Littleton
Fowler in 1837 was the first authorized Methodist activity there.
Time Judge 1-29-06
Thomas Whitfield Davidson
of Timber Workers 1-16-06
in a common activity often refer to themselves as “brothers” or “sisters,” but
the Brotherhood of Timber Workers refers to something rare in East Texas—a labor
Godiva: Adah Isaccs Menken 1-9-06
Boll Weevil 1-1-06
"Tex Ritter sang
this lament decades ago:
'Oh, the boll weevil is a little black bug, come
from Mexico they say, come all the way to Texas, just looking for a place to stay,
just looking for a home, just looking for a home.' And the weevil, actually a
beetle, found it, much to the chagrin of East Texas cotton growers."