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Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Bartee Haile: Texans drive longhorns to market along Chisholm’s trail

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE Jesse Chisholm’s Indian dinner guests survived the main course of bad buffalo meat cooked in a copper kettle, but the grizzled trader came down with a fatal case of food poisoning on Mar. 4, 1868. Chisholm’s premature passing happened less than a year after the

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Bartee Haile: Americans settle Texas thanks to the Austins

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE On Jan. 17, 1821, the military governor of Texas finally granted Moses Austin’s wish and gave the bankrupt banker the exclusive right to import Anglo-American families into...

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Bartee Haile: Life of Texas judge inspires strange short story

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE ​ A former judge from the Lone Star State passed away in Chicago on Dec. 31, 1867 without knowing he would be immortalized in a short story...

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Bartee Haile: Frontier calvaryman wins highest medal twice in one year

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE William Wilson and his fellow cavalrymen were a week out of Fort Concho on Sep. 27, 1872 and just two days from an historic clash with the...

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Bartee Haile: Crime-fighting DA murdered in bloody Borger

History columnist BARTEE HAILE writes, "After a seven-month absence, the Texas Rangers returned to Borger on Sep. 15, 1929, this time to hunt down the killer of a courageous crime-fighter."

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Bartee Haile: Texas town sorry to see ‘sanctified sisters’ leave

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE On Sep. 8, 1902, a Washington, D.C. magazine acquainted readers with an unusual group of recent arrivals, the Sanctified Sisters from Belton, Texas. Martha McWhirter came to...

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Bartee Haile: White mob defies court order to desegregate school

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE An angry mob 400 strong blocked the entrance to Mansfield High School on Aug. 30, 1956 to prevent the court-ordered enrollment of black students.

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Washington forces governor to free two war chiefs

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE Forced to choose between the federal government, which kept him in power with thousands of troops, and the people of Texas, who would vote him out of...

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Before Lou Gehrig, there was a Texan called ‘Pep’

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE Fifty-one years after playing in his last major-league game, a talented Texan tragically struck down in the prime of life finally made it into the Baseball Hall...

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Texas colonists warm up for the revolution

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE The Nacogdoches ayuntamiento or town council issued an urgent appeal for armed assistance on Jul. 28, 1832 in an imminent showdown with the Mexican army.

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