Category Archives: Recommended Reading

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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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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Silent Night

This post was originally published on December 21, 2014 but its relevancy is still important today. Christmas 1917 was the first for the American Expeditionary Forces in the war. No soccer games or shared gifts, just the same fear and … 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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Celebrating Our Nation

On the eve of our nation’s two hundred forty-first birthday, I read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s award-winning biography Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. It is absolutely amazing. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting something to read … Continue reading

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Vigilantism in an Extremely Volatile Environment

Last week I wrote about an event that occurred in northeast Hunt County in 1844, prior to the creation of Hunt County. After several thefts and at least three murders, settlers in the vicinity took the law into their own … Continue reading

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The Foreign Office Saves the Day

Berlin, January 19, 1917 On the first of February we intend to begin submarine warfare unrestricted. In spite of this, it is our intention to endeavor to keep neutral the United States of America. If this attempt is not successful, … Continue reading

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The Incredible Mr. Sam

Ask anyone who has lived in Greenville or other parts of Northeast Texas for a long time who they has done the most benefit for the area and the answer will probably be Representative Sam Rayburn. Some say that during … Continue reading

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Ben K. Green

The other night I was somewhat restless. I had just finished an intriguing book and wanted something that would engage my mind again. I had lots of books relating to research I am involved with, but I really wanted something … Continue reading

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We Never Retreat

Who were the first Anglo settlers in the area now known as Texas? If your answer is Stephen F. Austin and his colony, you’ve missed it by almost two decades. As early as 1800, Phillip Nolan was known to be … Continue reading

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