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Remembering the Fight For Texas Independence

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As time speeds on toward March, our minds once again turn toward those long ago days, and the very air that breezes across our Lone Star whispers those long ago words…”Goliad”…”San Jacinto”…the Alamo”… Today is February 11, 2014. Here’s what has … Continue reading

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An Old Church And A College In Comanche, Texas

1ST BAPTIST CHURCH AND COLLEGE

This is actually a postcard from the year 1907, almost 110 years ago.  As you will read, the person who sent the card was a student at the old college that you can see behind the First Baptist Church in … Continue reading

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Mrs. Stephens’ Class 1985-1986

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History is a funny thing, isn’t it? Say the word, and people’s eyes glaze over immediately. Ask someone if he would like to see his old class photo, and it never occurs to him that he not only is viewing … Continue reading

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Can You ID These Methodists On The Steps Of The Church Building?

If you see someone you know, please put the name and something about the person in a comment box below. Thanks!

I know I have subscribers who are going to recognize a lot of these people from days gone by. They are standing on the steps of that wonderful old building that I grieved long after it was gone. Of course, … Continue reading

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Ahead Of Their Time In Comanche, Texas

Minnie Elkins and Iva Hart, 1920s

Two Of Comanche’s Earliest Businesswomen Miss Iva Hart was the daughter of “Captain Hart,” and she lived with the Captain until his death. At this time, his large home was deeded to Iva. The early 1930s found Miss Iva working … Continue reading

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E.B. Featherston Speaks Of Texas Fence Cutting Wars

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It was a wild and crazy time, something none of us in 2016 can truly understand. After all, we grew up with fences all around us, didn’t we? And they were certainly nothing to fight over, for sure! It wasn’t like that on the … Continue reading

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Famous Star Route Stage Line In Comanche, Texas

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There were seven Spanish at the altar of the Sun….well, maybe not, but according to G.A. Beeman, early resident of Comanche, Texas, there was once a stage line (Of course, there were more than one through the years.) in Comanche, … Continue reading

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Winding Through Sipe Springs, Texas

SIPE SPRINGS CROPPED

If you have one true friend, you are blessed among men, so the saying goes, but I have been blessed beyond measure to have known so many, many fabulous people in my life, and most of them became my friends. … Continue reading

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Comanche To Build New Gym!

Today, the great old building is pitiful, normally surrounded by high grass and weeds, but there was a time when thousands of steps a week could be heard rushing up those steps.

In November of 1936, Comanche needed a new gym (so what else is new?) and while the people crossed their fingers that the government would come through and the WPA would build it for them, they also voted a $10,000.00 … Continue reading

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I Remember Setting the 1972 880 Relay National Record

As the announcer let's us know that it was official and a new national record

  In 1972 our hair was long, parted in the middle, and straight. We hadn’t heard of Daisy Duke, but our hemlines would have rivaled the length of her shorts on any day of the week. In 1972, Richard Nixon … Continue reading

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Wash Day 1916 And Before

ELAINE WILSON WASH DAY

The following was given to us by James Wilson. His wife, Elaine, wrote it from something she found labeled Washday, 1916. And we think it is tough to keep the laundry done today?

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The Outpost Restaurant Used To Be What?

CHILTON ANS CUNNINGHAM STORE

I only go back as far as the “new” Service Drug building; however the building has been around since 1893 and once housed a completely different type of building. From what I can tell, all of the corner buildings on … Continue reading

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Higginbotham Brothers 1958

HIGGINBOTHAMS 1958

“Did you ever once walk in to purchase something in this store and think, ‘One day, I’ll be on a ladder, removing a suspended ceiling and planning to convert this building into a cultural center,’” I asked Gary Easley a … Continue reading

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Think 2016 Bad? You Should’ve Seen 1874!

Mary Elizabeth Dixson Hardin, JWH's mother

We can tell ourselves how bad it is all day long; we can talk about the loss of civility, and we can criticize the political system all we want to every single day.  We can even find plenty of facts … Continue reading

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Fence Cutters Threaten To Destroy Brownwood

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According to the Austin Statesman, December 10, 1883, “was an awful day in Brownwood. About 3 o’clock in the morning it was announced that over 200 fence-cutters were in arms, and had determined to lay Brownwood in ashes and kill some … Continue reading

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1924 Comanche Band Was A Winner!

1924 Comanche Band

We were better off in a lot of ways before the advent of the television into every home in America, weren’t we?  We ate less, and we worked harder, and we were a little more constructive in how we entertained … Continue reading

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Not Only Was It Robersonville, It Had A Church!

Alex and Viola Lane Roberson family in Robersonville. Alex is the son of Alec.

Robersonville Independent Missionary Baptist Church Maudie Roberson Creek and Fred I. Roberson In the year 1871, several families came to Texas from Alabama and settled on land two miles east of the town of Comanche. There were about eleven Roberson … Continue reading

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Comyn Girls Basketball 1935-1936

I have a feeling that this photo and information may have come from an old annual, but I can't say that for sure.

Comyn, Texas, just another Texas ghost town that was once a vibrant, thriving community, with a large school and all of the things that went with those long ago communities. In the case of Comyn…there was even a large oil … Continue reading

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Lottie Floyd Caraway (b.1890 )Tells Of Comyn & Those Who Lived There

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I received the following note from De Leon’s Kevin Caraway recently and to someone who loves saving bits and pieces of the past as I do, it made my day! His great-grandmother was Lottie Floyd Caraway, born January 4, 1890, … Continue reading

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Who Paid For The Gum Springs School?

SPONSORS OF GUM SPRINGS SCHOOL

Going through files on Rickey’s genealogy, I came across the following in a Kerley file. It is from 1912 as you can see and lists those who gave toward a school building known as Gum Springs. As it turned out, … Continue reading

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