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February 2013 Issue
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Columns
  • Rubus Trivialis is Not a Rural Contestant on Jeopardy by Mike Cox 2-27-13
    Rubus trivialis, or southern dewberry, grows along rural roads, railroad right of way, fence lines, in draws and old fields. Full of vitamin C, dewberries also have lesser amounts of vitamins A and B, along with minerals. And they taste good, sweeter than their relative, the blackberry.
  • McDonald
  • McDonald Observatory by Bob Bowman Photo courtesy Coyne Gibson 2-26-13
  • Feb. 26, 1888 - Goddess of Liberty Cartoon by Roger T. Moore 2-26-13
  • Smyer
    Towns
  • Smyer Hockley Co Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson 2-26-13
  • Alleyton Colorado Co Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson & Nesbitt Memorial library 2-22-13
  • Alleyton
    Atascosito
    Ghost Towns
    Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson
  • Newport Walker Co 2-25-13
  • Oakland Houston Co 2-24-13
  • Atascosito Liberty Co 2-23-13
  • Zavala Jasper Co 2-22-13
  • Zavala
    Columns
  • Andyís Antics in Austin by Wanda Orton 2-21-13
    The next to youngest child of Sam and Margaret Houston drove everyone nuts with his shenanigans. One might say that Andrew Jackson Houston was a brat.
  • The Best Pictures That Never Won Best Picture Oscar by Maggie Van Ostrand 2-21-13
    We can hope our favorite movie will come away with the big prize, but in the long run, some of the best pictures ever made did not receive Best Picture Oscars..
  • Katemcy by Mike Cox 2-20-13
    Early-day Texans and Comanches were not always trying to kill each other, it just seemed like it...
  • Tulia
    Towns
  • Katemcy Mason Co Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, Erik Whetstone & Brian Hill 2-20-13
  • Tulia Swisher Co Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson 2-19-13
  • Columns
  • Windmills Cartoon by Roger T. Moore 2-19-13
  • Indianola by David Knape 2-19-13
  • XIT Ranch - Gone but not Forgotten 2-16-13
    "Farwellís Folly: the Rise and Fall of the XIT Ranch in Texas" by Dede Casad
  • Indianola
    Ghost Towns
  • Indianola Calhoun Co New photos courtesy Sarah Reveley 2-15-13
  • Cedar Station Terrell Co New photos courtesy Phil Bebbington 2-16-13
  • Slocum
    Town
  • Slocum Anderson Co Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson 2-14-13
    Slocum, the Town that Blew Away - By Sandy Fiedler
  • Columns
  • Dodging the (Confederate) Draft Through Postal Service by Mike Cox 2-13-13
    Early in the Civil War, most Texans optimistically assumed life would be easier as citizens of the new Confederate States of America...
  • Feb. 14, 1854 Cartoon by Roger T. Moore 2-13-13
  • Valentine Edition
  • Love on the Frontier by Mike Cox 2-6-13
    The lanky young ranger faced a tough choice, worse than life or death: Turn in his badge or lose the woman he loved.
  • Till Death Do Us Part by David Knape 1-22-13
  • How To Dance by David Knape 1-31-13
  • She Loves Me Knot by David Knape 2-6-13
  • Light verse and poetry by d.knape
  • Texas Towns 2-12-13
  • One-Way Stop 2-12-13
  • Firefly Nights 2-12-13
  • Coleman
    Towns
  • Coleman Coleman Co Vintage photos courtesy Barclay Gibson 2-10-13
  • Rossville Atascosa Co Photos courtesy William Beauchamp 2-11-13
  • Harbor City San Patricio Co Vintage photo courtesy William Beauchamp 2-11-13
  • Column
  • The English Gentleman and the Beer Joint by Bill Cherry 2-8-13
    Not one soul thinks he isnít a better person from having known him. And everyone has his own story to tell with a smile in remembrance.
  • La Salle
    Courthouse
  • La Salle County Courthouse by Terry Jeanson 2-7-13

    Town
  • Fruitvale Van Zandt Co Photos courtesy Mike Price 2-5-13
  • Columns
  • When Camels Came to Texas by Murray Montgomery 2-7-13
    Some Texans may not be know that once upon a time the Lone Star State was home to not only longhorns and buffalo, but another ornery and smelly beast — the North African camel.
  • My Granny's Apron Strings by Frances Giles 2-7-13
    My maternal Czech grandmother, for whom I was named, was a warm, sweet presence in my childhood, and I always felt her unconditional love and approval.
  • Borden
    Columns
  • 1845 - Admitted to the Union by Roger T. Moore 2-5-13
  • Mrs. A.P. Borden by John Polk 2-4-13
    "I spent many hours with Mrs. Borden and Theo OíNeal as a 10 year old boy." Here is the complete story.
  • The Town with an Alias by Bob Bowman 2-3-13
    Omen, a small community of about 150 souls, may be the only town in East Texas that once went by an alias.
  • French Connection by Wanda Orton 2-3-13
    While watching a TV history program about Napoleonís exile on St. Helena, I kept thinking about Liberty County...
  • Richmond
    Fort Bend County
  • Richmond County seat Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson 2-2-13
  • Fort Bend County Courthouse Photos courtesy Terry Jeanson 2-2-13
  • Columns
  • Bullet Riddled Buddies by Clay Coppedge 2-1-13
    Whitey Walker met Frazier in the prison hospital at Huntsville. The two men soon realized they had a lot in common, including gunshot wounds...
  • Secession
  • Secession: Texas leaves the Union by Jeffery Robenalt 2-1-13
    After the election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1860, events moved swiftly toward secession. South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union and other states in the old south quickly followed suit, but in Texas newly elected Governor Sam Houston stubbornly refused to call a convention to even discuss the issue.
  • Slow Times at Amarillo High by Mike Cox 1-31-13
    When the seniors who would graduate from Amarillo High School in 1942 showed up for their first day of classes, they and all their underclassmates received an orange student handbook. The booklet ... included some things that would seem totaly bizarre to 12th graders today, like dating dos and doníts...
    Towns
  • Jud Haskell Co photos courtesy Jennifer Holmes 1-31-13
  • Laredo
    Webb County Photos courtesy Terry Jeanson 1-29-13
  • Laredo Webb County seat
  • Webb County Courthouse
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