Monthly Archives: October 2016

Floyd Hamilton, Public Enemy No. 1


(Book cover: pictured are Chaplain Ray Hoekstra and Floyd Hamilton)

Floyd Garland Hamilton was born June 13, 1908 in Henrietta, Oklahoma to John Henry and Sarah Alice Bullock Hamilton and died July 24, 1984 in Grand Prairie, Texas at the age of 76.  According to his wishes, there was no funeral service, his body was cremated and his ashes were spread near the grave of his wife in Irving, Texas.

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Posted by on October 27, 2016 in biography, bonnie and clyde, outlaws and crimes


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Doan’s Crossing, Texas


Each year, the Doan’s Crossing Picnic is held in Wilbarger County north of Vernon.  It is the oldest running pioneer celebration in Texas, held the first Saturday in May since 1884.  The old settlement of Doan’s Crossing is located about 12 miles north of Vernon close to the intersection of FM 2916 and FM 924, near where the old cattle drives used to cross the Red River.  The celebration includes the coronation of a king and queen, country and western music and other activities.  For decades the picnic was a gathering place where old timers would tell of the early days in this Red River settlement, passing their stories down to later generations.

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Posted by on October 20, 2016 in trail drives


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John Horton Slaughter


John Horton Slaughter, nicknamed “Texas John” Slaughter was born October 2, 1841 in what is now known as Sabine Parish, Louisiana.  His parents, Benjamin and Minerva Mabry Slaughter were living on a plantation there, before relocating to Texas.  He was raised in Texas and grew up working on a ranch with his father and brothers.  He joined the Texas Rangers shortly before the outset of the Civil War.  He then enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1862 and served until 1864 when he was sent home due to an unspecified illness.  Once he was able, he returned to serve in the Third Frontier Division of the Texas State Troops in Burnet County until the end of the war.

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Posted by on October 13, 2016 in biography, texas rangers


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Sally Scull

Depending upon where you may have heard of Sally Scull, you might get the impression that she was a Texas Civil War heroine, a “black widow” husband-killer or just about anything between the two.  You may also see her name spelled Skull as well as Scull, but for this purpose, we will use the latter.  She had a reputation for being able to shoot as straight with her left hand as with her right.  She usually carried two six shooters, often wore mens’ clothing and had a rough vocabulary that she used freely, and often.

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Posted by on October 6, 2016 in biography, folklore, texas women


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