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Bucking the Draft

When the United States instituted draft laws in 1862, mass riots disrupted New York City, killing numerous civilians and injuring a multitude of others. After the Civil War, the concept of drafting soldiers was dropped. Only in April 1917 did … Continue reading

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Trails and Traces Across America

During the 18th and 19th Centuries, people in America traveled. Some intentionally were on the move, intruding Europeans forced Native Americans off their lands, and slaves had no choice. For the most part, travel was by water, horseback, wagons, or … Continue reading

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Visit White Rock Sometime

Some day take a drive north on Highway 34 toward Wolfe City. When you see FM 1566, turn left and drive down a slight hill to the old community of White Rock. The area is truly unique to Hunt County … Continue reading

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Good Old Ben

Where would the United States be today had Benjamin Franklin not shared his wisdom throughout most of the 18th century? Yes, we know he fiddled with a kite and skeleton key to discover electricity. He started the first free public … Continue reading

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Prison Songs in Greenville

For over ninety years the City of Greenville had no public space for its government. Back rooms of stores or saloons were used for city council meetings, other departments rented space in every thing from hotels to rooms adjacent to … Continue reading

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Friday Night Lights at Phillips Field

On Friday before Labor Day this year, Greenville High School held its first Tailgate Party before beating North Garland High School 40 to 27 in a great football game. What a splendid way to begin a new school year! Football … Continue reading

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Blue Laws and Sales Tax

The last semester of my senior year at Midwestern State University I discovered that I needed a car to get to my assigned school for student teaching. Wichita Falls had, and probably still has, an outstanding public transportation system, but, … Continue reading

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Where Was Crescent?

My mother-in-law, Joyce McCloud Taylor, lived in Crescent when she was a young girl. A few years ago my husband and I took her there so she could show us around. If you’re not acquainted with Crescent, it’s a village … Continue reading

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Dark Cottons

Labor Day arrives in a few days.  Now it’s a time to get one more day at the lake or pool, a respite before football season, the State Fair, and Thanksgiving.  No more three-day weekends for a while.  Labor Day … Continue reading

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Give Away Books

Towards the end of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th century, the nation experienced an obsession with reading. Andrew Carnegie built libraries throughout his adopted country. One stood at the corner of Stonewall and Crockett Streets. … Continue reading

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