No news is good news
Old news is amusing
News Gleaned from the Gonzales Inquirer - 1900
News Gleaned from the Brenham Banner-Press
News Gleaned from the Bastrop Advertiser
Willie's Picnic by Murray Montgomery 4-15-13
Nelson, for many years, has been regarded as an outlaw in his music and his lifestyle.
No doubt, he attracts many fans — but he also stirs up feelings in some folks
that are somewhat negative to say the least. Such was the case in Gonzales County
in July of 1976. Because you see, Ol’ Willie was coming to town.
and Skeleton by Mike Cox 9-22-11
Drought in Fort
Clark and Skeleton in Brackettville...
Monster of Port Isabel by Mike Cox 8-12-10
monster showed up in the Gulf of Mexico off the small fishing village of Port
Isabel in the summer of 1938. That Aug. 10, in a short article buried on a back
page, the Brownsville Herald devoted five paragraphs to “the sea monster that
is attracting so much attention in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.”...
Hinton’s Great Pencil Collection by Murray Montgomery 8-1-10
in 1969, The Gonzales Inquirer ran a feature story about a man named Claude Hinton
and his somewhat unique hobby. You see, Claude collected pencils — over 5,000
full of historical tidbits by Delbert Trew 6-22-10
through countless magazines, newspapers and books, both old and new, turns up
numerous interesting tidbits of history.
From The Sky by Murray Montgomery 3-9-10
appeared first in the Yoakum Times and the Halletsville Herald printed it on July
16, 1903. This fascinating piece was about a fellow named Benedict Manning who
was witness to several strange occurrences during his lifetime...
Horse by Mike Cox 3-4-10
perfect, but occasionally a good writer manages to arrange the literary building
blocks we call words, sentences and paragraphs in such a way as to surprise and
please the reader...
by Mike Cox 2-11-10
Thanks to digital technology and
search engines it’s easier than ever today to read and admire the work of a vanished
journalistic breed – the paragrapher...
Hunt by Mike Cox 11-26-09
When the governor
and the state’s highest ranking U.S. Army officer took time off from their official
duties to go turkey hunting together in the late winter of 1890, the outing did
not escape the attention of the state’s leading newspaper...
Roan Mystery by Mike Cox 11-4-09
13, 1879, the Atlanta Constitution published a brief story that should have been
big news in Texas, but somehow no editor in the Lone Star state picked up on the
Georgia daily’s report. The story dealt with the purported solution of a 29-year-old
mystery in Central Texas, the disappearance of one John Roan...
off pages offers up the dirt on Times gone by by Delbert Trew
Kansas Historical Society archives contain every issue of the
old Dodge City Times published in the 1870s and 1880s. Browsing the many articles
contained within is interesting and educational as we learn about the common happenings
of that time...
Huntsville Humdinger and the Texas Prison Rodeo by Mike Cox 10-1-09
the Huntsville Humdinger hit the streets that Monday, the feisty four-column competitor
of the long-established Huntsville Item carried on page one a humdinger of a local
scoop: The prison system would be starting a rodeo that fall. On Sept. 4, 1931...
in a Bale by Mike Cox 9-11-09
Though most of the
ginning is done by brainless machinery, the industry’s human element has developed
a colorful folklore with a range of subsets. But no ginning story can top the
occasional tale of a body in a bale.
Texas Flood by Mike Cox 9-3-09
The first day it started
raining, people took it as good news...
times, they aren't a-changin' by Delbert Trew 8-22-09
newspaper clippings reveal the continuity of daily life
scrapes by Mike Cox 7-9-09
Thousands of people die
every year in traffic crashes, but the horse and buggy era had its injurious and
fatal accidents as well.
Bits by Mike Cox 5-21-09
Run-of-the-mill news does
not have a particularly long shelf life, but some tidbits from old newspapers
stand the proverbial test of time very well indeed. Herewith some examples...
Memories of Hurricane Carla by Murray Montgomery 10-13-08
story was from the Associated Press (AP) wire service and it was titled: "15-Year-Old
Boy Describes Loss Of Family In Storm." And what triggered the bad memory for
me was; I knew that boy...
by Mike Cox 7-10-08
Remember way back before the advent
of the internet when people clipped newspapers instead of downloading stories?
Way back, newspaper clippings weren’t even called clippings. People referred t
them as “cuttings.” So, for some lazy summer reading, here are some early-day
“cuttings” from various Texas newspapers...
News of the Odd by Mike Cox 12-13-07
The day may
come when the internet forces newspapers to give up paper distribution, but the
human appetite for offbeat news is as robust as ever, no matter the medium. Herewith
some “cuttings” (as clippings used to be called) and a couple of rewrites from
various 19th century Texas or Southwestern newspapers...
Happenings by Mike Cox 8-22-07
Though its masthead
proclaimed that the Texas State Democrat held itself in devotion to “those things
which make happiness in the Texas home, prosperity on the Texas farm and contribute
to the development of Texas resources,” news is news. And news, especially in
1902, sold newspapers...
the News Mike Cox 7-17-07
A sampling of cuttings
from the Dallas Herald shedding light on what was going on in Texas in the spring
News Mike Cox 4-25-07
From the Lone Star State in
1899, an assortment of weird, mostly fatal happenings - vintage news of the odd...
from Naylor’s Epic-Century: The Illustrated All-Texas Magazine December 1938 issue
from Texas - From Niles’ National Register 1939-1940
News from 1894
News - "Late from Texas" from various 1851-1852 issues of the Western
American, a weekly published in Keosauqua, Iowa
on the head by a Locomotive"
Early Waco Obituaries 1874-1908