Category Archives: North Texas History

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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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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Go Away Wooshing Weather

WOOSH! It’s cold outside. Words from my childhood I absolutely detested. There were never enough sweaters, mittens, boots, stocking caps, or hot chocolate to keep me warm. I still feel the same way and still live within a hundred miles … Continue reading

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Where People Were Quarantined, Often Died, and Buried in the Yard

With all the foul weather our nation has suffered recently and the near influenza epidemic here in Texas it’s time to look at a 19th century method to control infectious diseases and prevent a pandemic. At such times when medical … Continue reading

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Who Came First?

Okay, here’s the question I’ve wanted to pose for a long time. Who were the first Anglo-American settlers in Texas? If you said Moses or Stephen Austin, you missed it by a long shot. The first settlers to arrive from … 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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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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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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