Category Archives: Historical tidbits

Dancing with George Washington

One of the most important social events in Northeast Texas was held every February 22 during the Roaring 20s and early 1930s. The grand Hotel Washington on Washington Street in Greenville, Texas hosted the George and Martha Washington Dance that … Continue reading

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Another New Deal Site in Hunt County

Congratulations to Brandon Darrow and Farmers Electric Cooperative. They have recently received a Texas Historical Marker for the electric cooperative put together for and by citizens in rural Texas in the middle 1930s. Electricity in an American city became available … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Love

The history of Valentine’s Day – and the story of its patron saint – is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know … Continue reading

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The Mule Drawn Trolley

If you lived in Greenville in the 1890s, you might have caught a ride in the new form of public transportation, the trolley. Often called a Horse Car, it probably was really a trolley drawn by a mule, the animal … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras in Full Blast

Next week at this time, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday will be over for 2018. The season of Lent then begins. The noisy crowds will slowly leave New Orleans, tons of trash will be dumped somewhere, and streets will be … Continue reading

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Voices from Small Places: Connecting with Communities

Last weekend Susan Lanning, John Byrd, and I trekked to Marshall to learn about a new and interesting project for the Hunt County Historical Commission. John is a board member of the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum where Susan is the … Continue reading

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Parachute Riggers at Majors Field

Much has been written about the young men who learned to fly during World War II at Majors Field south of Greenville. The aircraft-training center trained twenty-two classes, consisting of 5,604 cadets in the BT-13A Valiant trainer before advancing to … Continue reading

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Three More Guests for the Fantasy Dinner

Last week I shared some of the guests I would invite if I could arrange a Fantasy Dinner with early settlers in Greenville. Today I will complete the resumes of the three remaining guests. The next two were some of … Continue reading

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Not all Mug Books Feature Criminals

If your local library has a genealogy section, go in and look around. You might find a collection of old county histories that include biographical sketches of prominent citizens. If the volume was published before 1900, the citizens will likely … Continue reading

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Fantasy Dinner Party

This year I decided it was time for a little pizazz in my dining room. How exciting can a room be if the walls are painted “file folder yellow?” While the paperhangers were busy prepping walls and hanging the paper, … Continue reading

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