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2. The War Years

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The War Years

hile a junior in college, Priest had been invited, along with most of the community, to the wedding of a rather prominent couple. He attended, and at the reception, he saw her again— the beautiful girl who used to ride horse back by his house, Marietta

Shaw. The difference in grade-level had separated them in high school, but now he was close to being a college graduate, and she was an elementary teacher in French Camp. The chasm had closed, and she seemed approachable. The conversation was engaging and the attraction was mutual. They stepped outside the flurry of celebration and spent the remainder of the evening talking. Bill and

Marietta stayed so late getting to know each other that Priest’s ride left and he had to hitch-hike home.

Priest discovered that although he and Marietta had been separated by two grades in high school, there was in reality four years difference in age since he had skipped a grade, but years were irrelevant because the common interests and intellectual compatibility were so strong. They dated through his college graduation and his stint in professional baseball. As the relationship reached the point of commitment, he was teaching at Modesto Junior Col-

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Stephen L. Moore University of North Texas Press PDF


The New Frontier

“Minute Men”

January 1–April 7, 1841

The 1841 Texas Rangers

The December 26, 1840, legislation to raise three small companies of rangers was one of the acts most quickly followed up on. Within six days, Captain John Coffee Hays had been elected to command a company that would operate out of San Antonio.

Although already a veteran frontiersman, Hays had never officially commanded his own ranger company until 1841. He had served under Deaf Smith in 1837 and had led scouts on

Colonel Henry Karnes’ June 1839 expedition from San Antonio.

He had also fought at Plum Creek in August 1840. In between his

Indian fights, Hays was frequently leading surveying expeditions out of San Antonio to locate headright claims.

On February 15, 1840, Hays had been recommended to

President Lamar to be assigned to run the northwestern boundary line of Travis County. During March 1840’s Council House Fight, he had been below town on the San Antonio River surveying a tract of land. He was busy in the field throughout the year, locating eighty-nine land certificates in 1840. Twenty-three of these were as far as sixty miles from Béxar, on the Pedernales River.1

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Mary Faulk Koock University of North Texas Press ePub


Standing at the front door of Sweetbrush is like looking through a stereoscope where many beautiful pictures become as one with deep multiple dimension. The wide doors at the opposite end of this spacious hall frame a magnificent view, opening out to the formal gardens and on to the grassy slope with giant live oak trees which border the peaceful blue Lake Austin and the green hills beyond. Sweetbrush is the picturesque home of Dr. and Mrs. Z. T. Scott. It is indeed synonymous with Southern hospitality in the truest form. Dr. Scott, great in Texas Medical heritage, came from Virginia, and Mrs. Scott was one of the four Masterson girls, whose family for several generations has played an important role in developing the Panhandle and other parts of Texas. Probably because of the distinctive lives their three children have chosen, as well as their own diversified interests, the Scotts entertain with a great deal of versatility. It may be for a screen or stage star friend of son Zachary; or members of the Cattle Raising Association, which has always been dear to the Scotts’ heart and life and which is vitalized by their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Kleberg, Jr., of the King Ranch. Then, of course, there is always a party when popular Ann Scott Hearon comes home for a visit.

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Chapter 6 | It Is Good to Be King

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Chapter 6

It Is Good to Be King


im Ferguson began his first term with a bounty of enthusiasm. A retrospective look at his career could scarcely christen 1915 anything less than his finest hour. At the January 19 inauguration, he appeared confident and capable showcasing his talent for pleasing an audience.

Like a consummate wordsmith, he delivered an uplifting and well-received inaugural speech in which he emphasized and re-emphasized a sense of profound responsibility and a need for co-operation in securing those things that represented the people’s will. “You and I upon whose shoulders has fallen the mantle of the

Democratic Fathers, must wear the insignia of power, with credit to ourselves and with honor to the age in which we live,” he told the group. Lieutenant Governor

William Hobby followed with his own compelling words of optimism. The two leaders were similarly positioned on key issues. With a relationship that was entirely amicable, they launched an administration filled with promise.1

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Chapter 17. Herman B. Short

Mitchel P. Roth and Tom Kennedy University of North Texas Press ePub



As a member of the Houston City Council, Louie Welch had a vision of the type of police chief he wanted if he ever became mayor. Welch didn’t want an academician or a nice guy. He preferred a squeaky clean, non-political veteran unafraid to strongly enforce laws for all Houstonians.1

By the mid-1960s, Welch had support from minority groups, mainly stemming from his strong stand against refusals to serve African-American customers in the City Hall cafeteria. One day in 1961, Councilman Welch became the first Houston public official to sit down with blacks in a public place to share a cup of coffee with them amid booing and catcalls of a crowd outside still favoring Jim Crow laws. Scared by hearing the N-word loudly voiced, the cafeteria’s cashier called Welch when she couldn’t get an answer from the mayor’s telephone to ask him what to do. Not surprisingly, Welch got the vast majority of black votes in the 1961 mayoral election, but lost to incumbent Louis Cutrer.2

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