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Thu
08
Oct

THE ORIGIN OF THE TEXAS FLAG

"Montgomery County is the birthplace of the Lone Star Flag," says Sally Copley, executive director of the Montgomery County Heritage Museum in Conroe. The museum has a copy of the original sketch of the Texas flag done by Dr. Charles Stewart, who lived near the present town of Montgomery. The original drawing is in the state archives.
 
Thu
08
Oct

HEADER OR HEELER

by Baxter Black, DVM

 

If you saw a team roper with his hand behind his back, could you tell if he was a header or a heeler? I have done an extensive study on this very problem with a grant funded by the Pro Rodeo Ex-Wives Collection Agency and the TRA (Team Ropers Anonymous) Halfway House. Here are the results of my findings.
 
Wed
30
Sep

SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE KEPT TECH WAITING THREE DECADES

by Bartee Haile
 
On Oct. 2, 1925, the day after Texas Technological College opened its doors, the Matadors played the McMurry Indians to a scoreless draw in the first football game in the history of the South Plains school. From the very start Tech had its heart set on joining the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Rice, Baylor, Southern Methodist and Texas Christian as the eighth member of the Southwest Conference organized in 1914. With that in mind, Ewing Y. Freeland, an assistant at SMU, was hired as athletic director and head football coach.
 
Wed
30
Sep

Switchin' Flies

by Barney Nelson
 
Don't ever eat "Mexican food" in the Midwest. I tried it once. I had taken some students to a conference in Michigan and of course we got hungry for real food. We should have been warned off when the margaritas showed up made with lemonade.

 

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Thu
24
Sep

DRIVING TO THE PACIFIC AND BACK

We drove to Carlsbad, California to meet our two sons and their families for a long weekend visit. It was a leisurely drive westward, with stops in Las Cruces, New Mexico and Yuma, Arizona. It's about a thousand-mile trip and the most we drove in one day was about 400 miles.

 

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Thu
24
Sep

THE FALL RUN

by Baxter Black, DVM

 

I was ridin’ pens for Horton in the fall of ‘91. It was early October and the run had just begun. He was buyin’ calves like crazy ‘cause the price was on the rise And you couldn’t see his pupils for the glitter in his eyes! He bought big ol’ soggy weaners...soaked up virus like a sponge! He bought dime-off little leppies when the market made a lunge, He bought Terramycin junkies that had been around the world And hungry auction refugees that stuffed their cheeks like squirrels!

 

Thu
17
Sep

THE STORE AT DIKE

Mike and Carol Scott own the store at Dike, a small community near Sulphur Springs. The place is named for a pioneer family. "Dike just has a couple of things," said Mike, "the store and the post office. That's pretty much it." When they bought the store twelve years ago, the shelves were empty. It had been vacant for a while. Mike says the store was just sittin' there and he thought someone should open it.

 

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Thu
17
Sep

ROUND OF APPLAUSE

by Baxter Black

 

There’s not a piece of black rubber around their saddle horn. Their nylon rope is as limp as boneless chicken. It rope hangs from a rope strap girded in a way that allows them to have it loose and in the air in less than a second! It is the equivalent of a pistolero, strapped down tight, loaded and cocked. They probably shod the horse they are riding, they wear light leather gloves. The bat wing chaps are broken-in and well-scarred. The long-sleeved shirt was put on clean this morning. A piggin’ string is looped through the gullet.

 

Thu
10
Sep

LOOKING FOR ALLIGTOR EGGS

by Tumbleweed Smith

 

Thu
10
Sep

STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN

by Baxter Black, DVM

 

The sun had already set when Joe finally called home. Janie said, “Joe, where are you? We’ve got company coming!” Joe sighed, dug another cinder out of his hair and said, “Sweetie, I’ve had a bad day.” That morning at daylight they unloaded their horses in the big Texas panhandle pasture to gather the steers.

 

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