| Features | Texas
must remember this ..."
Yogi Berra might've said "Nostalgia ain't what it used to be,"
is "alive and well" and living in Texas.
might be a place that was only special to one person, or it might've been the
center of the town. Maybe it was your first bowl of chili on a bus ride through
Texas or a favorite uncle who spoke like Ben Johnson and didn't EVER want to talk
about Huntsville. Maybe it was your unmarried aunt from Abilene who drove to El
Paso and married a stunt man named Earl or that bus stop in Beaumont where that
novelist disappeared. |
These people, places, pets, trees, theatres, cafes,
ice houses, swimming holes, playgrounds, class projects, air fields, crime-scenes,
beaches and imprinted-while-wet sidewalks may not qualify for historical markers,
but they're remembered here in TE. - Editor
Small nuggets from Texans' inexhaustible mother-lode of collective memory.|
Originally published in Preservation magazine
for Historic Preservation:
"There's something incredibly powerful
about being able to walk into a building and say, "This is where it happened,
within these walls, right here."
That's what a landmark does: It tells you,
"Right here." Perfect
Donna Reed and the Granada Theater in Plainview, Texas
I distinctly remember more than one afternoon when I thought, sitting there in
the plushly upholstered splendor of the Granada, “I wish the whole world was like
this.” A decade later, Donna Reed brought that sentiment into our living rooms..."
"In the midst of the vast, windswept West Texas landscape,
the courthouse was the architectural paperweight that kept the town from blowing
away. ... [It] offered tangible evidence that our town was here to stay and that
the residents were a civilized lot who knew what a public building ought to look
from "I Was a Teen in the 1930s and Some More Stuff"
Nobody in the world, dead or alive, knew how long Miss Bell taught
the fourth grade in and around Decatur, Texas...
"You never know when somebody says something, or does something,
that it may have a big effect on you the rest of your life."The
"She's very daring. They put her wire up to the
very tiptop of the tent thirty-five feet above the ground, and she does exciting
maneuvers without using a net." My
Date with Mary
Mary was the cause of the most exciting week of my young
Mountain - Country Living in the Mid-1900’s by Bruce Martin
Growing up in the suburbs of Houston, I looked forward with
excitement the opportunity to visit my grandparents “in the country”... Busted
Flat in Jayton, Texas
by Mary Mathias 4-2-11
"I will always treasure the years
I lived where we had a sand storm every Friday and where the people would get
up in the middle of the night to help people they didn’t know."
Stories by Jim James Wings
Over Notrees Texas by Mike MooreRemembering
Big Lump by Dan Scott|
"All this occurred before my time but I remember
my grandfather telling about how he shot the dog while it was being held by its
owner and had it's head sent to Austin to check for rabies."I
remember Bartlett by Carolyn Ripper
"I remember taking my shoes
off, walking near the tracks, and feeling the exhilaration and excitement of laying
out pennies to be squished. When we got home, my feet were black, and my cheeks
were bright red from the heat."
of Uncle Bob and a Wooden Box by Delores Miles
"Really he must have
been a most intelligent man for how else could he have known to give a child joy
you must let them have it a little at a time." Remembering
Alexander and the "Fattest Kitten" in Erath County
by Duby Joe Moore
Remembering the Monahans Sandhill Rangerettes
Readers mail from MaineI
Remember a Faded Love by Ken Rudine
"Just looking at a San Antonio
map, I want to say it was probably on Taylor Street, near the intersection with
4th Street – but of course, I could be wrong. It was called Hips Bubble Room..."
about Coolidge, Texas by Archibald Flint Watkins
excerpt from the writings of Archibald Flint Watkins. (This unpublished manuscript
was written in 1956, two years before his death.) Lela,
Texas by D. Caywood
"I am 78 years old and lived in Lela for a relative
short time in 1932 or 33. My father was an Agent for the CRI&P RR and was Agent
at Dodge City, KS before going to Lela...."
| || Life
Written by my uncle, Ray Johnston, and my aunt, Edith Johnston-Hall.
They grew up in Clara, Texas and are the only two remaining family members.
Beattie by Harland Moore|
Beattie, Comanche County, TexasRichard
Gaertner's Story by Murray Montgomery
Every town needs a storyteller
and Moulton is fortunate to have a mighty good one in a feisty fellow named Richard
Texas by Harland
San Saba County Chronicles
"In this account of the history
of Bend, Texas, it may sound like that my ancestors invented the earth, inhabited
it, created Bend, Texas, and hung the moon..."Bethel
Community by Shirley Thompson Mohler
Romance at the mailboxes, smuggled
books and why pregnant women couldn't teach. "The
town we are approaching was Perico."
No longer on the map, it resides
now in the heart of one Amarillian.
From an Interview with former resident
Gonzales County Rite of Passage by Dawson Minear
I never realized until
I became old how much fun I had as a youth...
Thirties in Texas >|
some truth to the story of people in Texas not being aware of a depression - let
alone a "Great" Depression. For most Texans there was little change in their standard
Toyah Women's PTA Baseball Team from the 1930s.
Photo courtesy Jesse L. Moore, Jr
Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic,
endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local
history, stories, and vintage/historic photos of Texas, please contact