Category Archives: Greenville

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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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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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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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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The War Comes to America

When I began to post tidbits of local news on Facebook in 2014, I wasn’t certain how long it would last. I’m fascinated with the past, but was there others who might be interested? Well, my posts have never gone … Continue reading

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