Category Archives: Historical tidbits

A Peculiar Discovery on the Courthouse Square

  This past week we honored those who died seventy-six years ago during the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor.  At least two men from Hunt County lost their lives in the raid.  Several others from this area experienced the … Continue reading

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The Conundrum of 1900

W. Walworth Harrison and his mother Mrs. Will N. Harrison probably were the first historians in Hunt County. Mr. Harrison loved newspapers, especially the three local papers, and frequently made notes on pages or copied the highlights and filed them … Continue reading

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The World Will Never Be the Same

Agriculturist and politician Gifford Pinchot, writing in 1917, noted that “the world will never be the same” after the destruction of lives and lands during the Great War (1914-1918). While separated by the Atlantic Ocean and determined to remain neutral, … Continue reading

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Caring for Abandoned Cemeteries

One morning in 1862 fifty-seven year old Confederate sympathizer Arthur Matthews was called out of his home near Warsaw, Missouri. A group of Unionist led him down the road where they executed him and left his body in the road. … Continue reading

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Farming is Not for the Fainthearted

Slowly but surely manufacturing and technology have overcome and then rapidly passed other industries, including agriculture. But we can never ignore the importance of the farmer and his workers. They still battle many of the same problems they faced at … Continue reading

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Russian Germans Come to Texas

Russian Germans are also known as Volga Germans, but what in the world do they have to do with anything I write about? Well, they are terribly interesting and some ended up in numerous little villages in North Texas. Maybe … Continue reading

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Hauntings on the Square

I know the title should be Halloween on the Square, the event we celebrate around the Hunt County Courthouse every year. But why not throw in a few local “ghost stories” to add a little flavor? I know of two … Continue reading

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From Wilderness to Commonwealth

While in Santa Fe last month I made a pilgrimage to Dumont’s Maps and Books, one of my very favorite haunts there.  Mr. Dumont’s shop is not in the ritzy part of town with fine furnishings.  It’s near the railroad, … Continue reading

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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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