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Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Dallas dressmakers’ ‘sewing club’ stages historic strike

During the longest strike in Dallas history, dressmakers tore the clothes off the backs of would-be scabs — and were on the receiving end violence as well.

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Hotel king Hilton got his start in Texas

Conrad Hilton was looking to buy a bank when stepped off the train at Cisco in 1919. When he couldn’t find a room, he bought his first hotel instead.

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Bartee Haile: ‘Pa’ Ferguson makes comeback bid under impeachment cloud

Former governor Jim Ferguson did not taken his unprecedented removal from office lying down.

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Was Jean Lafitte the first president of Texas?

When his last rival worthy of the name fled Galveston for a healthier climate on Jul. 21, 1817, pirate and privateer Jean Lafitte, the self-proclaimed “President of Texas,” consolidated complete control of the island.

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Texas colonists lose the one Mexican official they trusted

Gen. Mier y Teran stood head and shoulders above his corrupt contemporaries. Respected by the majority of his countrymen as the only honest leader in their troubled land, he was also the one Mexican official Texas colonists...

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Bartee Haile: Lynching casts pall over Democratic National Convention

Early arrivals to the Democratic National Convention were greeted by a gruesome sight on the morning of Jun. 20, 1928 – a lynching victim hanging from a Houston bridge.

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Dallas doctor falls for famous femme fatale

Actress Clara Bow had a strict rule against dating married men, but in Dr. Pearson’s case she was willing to make an exception.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Not even blindness could stop Gen. ‘Stovepipe’

The Texan earned his nickname after tricking a Yankee colonel into surrendering an Indiana town with two ‘Quaker Guns,’ fake cannons fashioned from stovepipes and charred logs

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Small-town mayor stops railroad in its tracks

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE Choosing his words carefully after an all-day meeting with railroad representatives on May 25, 1949, Mayor T. Leo Moore refrained from declaring victory in his protracted struggle...

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Barnstormers set world record flying circles over Fort Worth

To inscribe their names in aviation annals, Reginald L. Robbins and James Kelly sought to set the world record for continuous flight — by circling in circles above Fort Worth for a solid week without landing

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