Monthly Archives: August 2014

This Day in Texas History: “Gentleman Jim” Ferguson, Future Texas Governor, Born in Salado

This Day in Texas History: “Gentleman Jim” Ferguson, Future Texas Governor, Born in Salado August 31, 1871 On this day in 1871, James Edward Ferguson, future Texas governor, was born near Salado, Texas. After a brief study of law he … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: Texas Sub Commander Receives Medal of Honor

This Day in Texas History: Texas Sub Commander Receives Medal of Honor August 28, 1945 On this day in 1945, Edwina Dealey, the widow of Navy Commander Samuel David Dealey, received his posthumous Medal of Honor. A member of the … Continue reading

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Munzee Marketplace is our Newest Reseller

Please join us in welcoming Munzee Marketplace in McKinney as our newest vendor. In addition to carrying our coffee table book, Texas As I See It, Munzee Marketplace also has a sizable selection of our Texas Note Cards to choose from.  But … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: Black Jack Ketchum Captured in New Mexico

This Day in Texas History: Black Jack Ketchum Captured in New Mexico August 17, 1899 On this day in 1899, the criminal career of Thomas Edward (Black Jack) Ketchum ended. Tom and his brother Sam were members of a gang … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: Sam Houston Nominated for President of the Republic of Texas

This Day in Texas History: Sam Houston Nominated for President of the Republic of Texas August 15, 1836 On this day in 1836, Philip Sublett nominated Sam Houston for president of the Republic of Texas. Sublett, a Kentucky native, had … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: First Texas Newspaper Begins Brief Life

This Day in Texas History: First Texas Newspaper Begins Brief Life August 14, 1819 The Nacogdoches Texas Republican, believed to be the earliest newspaper published in Texas, was first printed on August 14, 1819. Eli Harris printed the paper for … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: Black Infantrymen Allegedly Attack Brownsville Citizens

This Day in Texas History:Black Infantrymen Allegedly Attack Brownsville CitizensAugust 13, 1906 On this day in 1906, black soldiers of the Twenty-fifth U.S. Infantry allegedly attacked citizens of Brownsville. The event resulted in the largest summary dismissals in the history … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Robin Williams

For me, Good Morning Vietnam will always be the highlight of Robin’s career. A tour de force unequaled by most actors, this movie was – and is – nothing short of brilliant. While Williams’ many other cleverly-crafted roles, especially Armand … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: Mysterious Fire Destroys Parr Political Machine Evidence

This Day in Texas History: Mysterious Fire Destroys Parr Political Machine Evidence August 11, 1914 On this day in 1914, a mysterious fire destroyed the Duval County courthouse and most of the evidence of illegal activity by South Texas boss Archer … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: “Bet-a-Million” Gates Dies

This Day in Texas History: “Bet-a-Million” Gates Dies August 9, 1911 On this day in 1911, barbed wire promoter and oilman John Warne (Bet-a-Million) Gates died. Gates was born in Illinois in 1855. Gates arrived in Texas as a barbed … Continue reading

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