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Battleship Texas (BB-35)

The USS Texas is now berthed near the San Jacinto Monument.  She is second of the New York ship class, which consisted of only two ships, the USS New York and the USS Texas.  The New York Class (1908-1914) was characterized as being more heavily armed than the previous Wyoming Class.  They were the first battleships to use 14 inch/45 caliber guns.  This particular gun was used on the Nevada- and Pennsylvania Class ships.  The ships of the New York Class were also powered by coal and had five gun turrets when first built.  Some of the above was changed during overhauls and retrofitting, including her conversion from coal to diesel power.

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Posted by on July 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Benajah Harvey Carroll

Benajah Harvey Carroll was born in Mississippi to Benajah and Mary Eliza Mallard Carroll in 1843.  The family was of Irish descent with B. H.’s great grandfather having been born in Ireland.  The Carrolls moved first to Arkansas before settling in Burleson County, Texas near Caldwell in the late 1850s.  He was known in his family as a reader and his brother Dr. J. M. Carroll recalled that on the trip to Texas, Benajah would ride a mule while reading a book.  He often would get ahead of the wagons and come to a place to stop for the night.  When his family arrived, Carroll would have built a large fire and would be sitting beside it, reading.

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Posted by on July 5, 2018 in biography, civil war

 

Dan Blocker

Dan Blocker was well known as an actor on the long running series, Bonanza.  He was born Bobby Dan Davis Blocker to Ora and Mary Davis Blocker in DeKalb, Texas in 1928.  He weighed 14 pounds at birth and is still believed to be the largest baby ever born in Bowie County, Texas.  After suffering the effects of the Great Depression, in 1934, the family moved to O’Donnell in West Texas, where his father ran a mercantile store.

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Posted by on June 28, 2018 in entertainers, Uncategorized

 

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Dr. Red Duke

Dr. James Henry Duke, Jr. was more likely known to most of us as the charismatic Dr. “Red” Duke.  He was born in Ennis, Ellis County, Texas to James Henry (Sr.) and Helen Marion Donegan Duke.  He graduated from high school in Hillsboro, Hill County, and then received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1950.  In connection with his degree at A&M, he did a two year tour of duty in the Army where he served as a tank officer in the 67th Medium Tank Battalion of 2nd Armored Division, spending some time in Germany.  Dr. Duke then earned a divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  While at Southwestern Seminary, he read a book by the pioneer physician Albert Schweitzer that changed his life’s focus and inspired him to pursue a career in academic medicine.  He then earned an M. D. from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1960 and served as an surgical intern in Dallas at Parkland Hospital until 1965.

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Posted by on June 21, 2018 in biography, jfk assassination

 

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Will Fritz

John William Fritz was born on June 15, 1896 to Blake and Ada Hamilton Fritz in Dublin, Erath County, Texas.  Will was the oldest of four boys.  In 1900, Blake was a farmer in Erath County.  By 1910, the family had moved to Chaves County, New Mexico in or near a small community by the name of Lake Arthur where Blake was trying to make a living as a horse and mule rancher.  Lake Arthur was small back then.  Even now, it is only about ten streets north to south and east to west.  By all accounts, Will had a normal childhood for the son of a rancher and grew up around the ranch, acquiring cowboy skills from Blake and other workers.

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Posted by on June 14, 2018 in biography, jfk assassination, president

 

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King Ranch

The King Ranch lies between Corpus Christi and Brownsville and is currently the largest ranch in Texas.  Historically, it was even larger when it was known as the Santa Gertrudis under a land grand from the King of Spain to José Domingo de la Garza.  It was later conveyed to José Pérez Ray whose descendants conveyed it in turn to Richard King.

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TMI Episcopal, or Texas Military Institute

Originally known as West Texas Military Academy and formerly known as Texas Military Institute, TMI Episcopal was founded in 1893 by James Steptoe Johnston, a bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas.  TMI offers classes for students in grades 6-12 and an optional JROTC program for students in grades 8-12.  Its website states that it is “the oldest Episcopal Church-sponsored, college-preparatory school in the Southwest.”

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Posted by on May 31, 2018 in biography, schools

 

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