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West Texas Cowboy Revivals

The old cowboy camp meetings were started by a Presbyterian minister by the name of William Benjamin Bloys.  Bloys was born in 1847 in Tennessee.  Around  the time of the  Civil War, his Unionist family moved  to Illinois.  Bloys was educated there in Salem Academy, after which he graduated in 1879 from Lane Theological Seminary for the purpose of becoming a Presbyterian minister.  He was married the same year to Catherine Yeck.

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Posted by on November 29, 2018 in biography

 

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Sheriff Pat Garrett’s Life in Texas

Sheriff Pat Garrett is best known for having killed the outlaw Billy the Kid in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.  He was born in Alabama in 1850 and moved with his family to Louisiana where they owned a plantation but their business was destroyed by the Civil War and his father died a few years after the war’s end.  Fewer people probably know that when he was younger, he spent some time working as a cowboy in the vicinity of Dallas, Texas.  He then went on to work on the LS Ranch out in the Panhandle area (now Oldham and Hartley counties).

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Posted by on November 22, 2018 in biography, outlaws and crimes

 

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William Orville “Lefty” Frizzell

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Lefty Frizzell was born in Corsicana, Texas in 1928 to Naaman Orville and Ades D. Cox Frizzell.  His father was an oilfield worker who followed the drilling rigs.  Lefty was the oldest of eight children and his family moved around as the oil exploration business required.  There are several explanations of how he came by the nickname of Lefty.  The one seeming told most often (and perhaps a legend) was that his classmates began calling him this after a schoolyard fight.  He was called Sonny when he was growing up, but he was left handed, which is possibly also the source of his nickname.

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Posted by on November 15, 2018 in biography, entertainers

 

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Texas City Explosion of 1947

April 15 through April 17 are the calendar days associated with the filing deadline for federal income taxes.  In Texas, they are also known for being the days that surround the anniversary of the Texas City Explosion.

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Posted by on November 8, 2018 in maritime

 

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Horton Foote, Author

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Albert Horton Foote, Jr.  was born in 1916 in Wharton, Wharton County, Texas which is located about halfway between Rosenberg and El Campo on Highway 59, heading southwest from Houston.  His parents were Albert Horton Foote, Sr. and Harriet Gautier Brooks Foote, both of whom native Texans.  Horton was the oldest of three brothers including Tom Brooks Foote and John Speed Foote.  The brothers were all named for ancestors, with Horton being named for ancestors on his father’s side.  Horton’s great great grandfather Stephen Daniel Foote had come to Texas from Virginia just before the Civil War.  His paternal Texas roots were deep.

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Posted by on November 1, 2018 in authors, biography

 

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