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Historic Texas & Travel
May Issue 2005
Tee Pee(s) on the Prairie by Johnny Stucco 5-12-05
courtesty Ken Rudine & Blue Dolphin Investments LP
"This is the
biggest news in Wharton County in years. It's bigger than the night they burned
the wooden sidewalks on the square and certainly bigger than the night they cut
down the sycamore trees on the courthouse lawn. It might even be considered a
tie with the time Sheriff Buckshot Lane burned the state highway bridge."
courtesy rootsweb.com/~txgenweb// postcards/Index.html Corpus
Christi 5-1-05 |
courtesy cottonwoodtexas.com Cottonwood
texasoldphotos.com 5-16-05 |
|Ghost Towns Photos
courtesy Erik Whetstone :|
at the Oasis by
Johnny Stucco 5-1-05|
Photos by Erik Whetstone
"Having never pumped a pint, let alone a gallon of gasoline, this
station-that-never-was has become our symbol for a particular period in Texas
Orbison Photo courtesy David Coffield 5-16-05|
Shoe Horses, Don't They?|
Archie P. McDonald
of the “tidelands,” or territory between the shoreline and “three leagues Gulf
ward” in Texas, or approximately 10.35 miles, became the most contested state-federal
issue of the twentieth century. In the balance was 2,440,650 submerged acres.
Here is the story as told by Price Daniel himself..." Rabbi
Rabbi Henry Cohen provided a
place for thousands of Jewish immigrants routed through the port of Galveston.
Neches River 5-15-05
Sometimes called East Texas’ last wild river, the Neches has been flowing though
eastern Texas longer than any of the remnants of mankind, even the earliest Indians..."The
Lady in Blue 5-1-05
For longer than anyone
can remember, the story of “the lady in blue” has existed on the fringes of East
Texas history and religion.
robberies happened so often along the Texas frontier it came to be considered
something of a right of passage to hand over one’s money and valuables to a masked
man with a gun on some lonely roadside."Whiskey
He won his nickname when he got so desperate for a drink that he traded his horse
and saddle for a gallon of whiskey..."
CSA Vet 5-14-05
Evans Riddle bet on a dead racehorse. He lost.
The horse was Man o’ War..."
"Today, as the rustic center
piece of Katherine Fleischer Park, the cabin sits in the middle of some 8,000
residences occupied by 20,000 people."Freer
In rhyme, Wilson tried to distill life
in and around the Duval County town of Freer, the state’s last truly wild and
wooly oil boom town.
Gaertner's Story 5-14-05
Every town needs
a storyteller and Moulton is fortunate to have a mighty good one in a feisty fellow
named Richard Gaertner.Thomas
All three of the high-school pals saw action in Vietnam – two survived and one,
Tommy Lenz, would die a month after his 21st birthday and just a week before he
was due to come home..."
will be boys - and also troublemakers 5-14-05
do something you hoped your parents never found out about? Since both my parents
are deceased, I offer the following incidents from my early life. Domino,
pool parlors were pre-TV entertainment 5-1-05
Eerie Demise of Johnny Horton 5-26-05
Johnny Horton's wild-at-heart looks and voice, he was a man haunted for years
by ominous premonitions of his own death. He often promised those close to him
he would contact them from beyond the grave."Killer
trapper Gary Silvers has been answering calls about calves killed by vultures
for the better part of a decade. Count him among those who are no longer amused
by or even skeptical about the idea of killer vultures."
"Back then, it was dry land farming. We didn’t make very much. We raised
wheat, mostly, and maize...."
N. Ray Maxie
Snaking Logs in East Texas 5-14-05
logs" is hard work, for both man and animal. In the early days of clearing "new
ground" and harvesting timber in the Ark-La-Tex area, the term "snaking logs"
described the job of pulling pre-cut logs out of huge forested areas using mule-power.Attention
All Officers, All Stations: WANTED FOR MURDER.........." 5-1-05
& OPINION |
Maggie Van Ostrand
Walters Does Cleopatra 5-15-05
Barbara Walters has consented to conduct her first post-semi-retirement interview
at the personal request of Cleopatra. "Diane Sawyer wanted me," said the elusive
Egyptian Queen, "but without Mike Nichols directing, she's nothing."
is a documented transcript of the Walters-Cleopatra taped interview as surreptitiously
obtained by an imbedded reporter....Mexican-American
War of Ought-Five 5-3-05
A group of Mexican citizens calling themselves Los Hombres al Minuto has
volunteered to make their sole quest in life the prevention of North Americans
illegally crossing the border into Mexico.... It should be noted that volunteers
are not permitted to carry any weapons except guns and machetes..."
a Life 5-26-05
"... [S]ome people have
too much to worry about, and some folks worry about things that don’t matter at
"Each week, I try to come
up with something that I feel might be of interest to you and then slant my viewpoint
in a humorous or satirical manner. Since I’ve been doing this for over 20 years,
there have only been a few periods in which I’m unable to put a funny spin on
some topic or another. This is one of those periods..."A
Nation of Fools 5-10-05
" There just
seems to be so much to write about that defies sanity in the world we are now
living. I’m wondering if this is normal or is a function of getting older? It’s
hard to decide."The
Missed Wife 5-2-05
"... I recently told
you we had a new granddaughter. Now, for this reason my wife has left me for a
week to go over and help with the new baby. As a result my life has been turned
upside down in her absence..."
Boy Sleep Overs, or The End of Civilization
As We Know It.
You, Ociffer! 5-1-05
"If I were the
Boss of Everything, which I have sometimes been accused of thinking that I am,
there would be a very special award for people who work the night shift..."
Touchy Subject 5-15-05
My aversion to hugging
has been well documented, if not somewhat misinterpreted. While it is true that
in 1982, I misunderstood Nancy Reagan’s public service commercial and spent the
entire decade just saying no to hugsDirections
for Proper Use 5-1-05
on your purchase of “Stumbling Forward,” version 1.02. As our valued customer,
we have included this instruction manual to insure that your SF experience is
safe and rewarding."
Irony of It All 5-14-05
soda pop bottles and scrap iron.Cyclone
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