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Peniel, a Separate, Incorporated, and Religious Town

Several years ago a historical marker relating to the history of the Peniel community northwest of Greenville was destroyed. Rumors floated around that it was stored somewhere in Peniel, but after an intensive search, the Hunt County Historical Commission decided … Continue reading

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Vigilantism in an Extremely Volatile Environment

Last week I wrote about an event that occurred in northeast Hunt County in 1844, prior to the creation of Hunt County. After several thefts and at least three murders, settlers in the vicinity took the law into their own … Continue reading

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Does the End Justify the Means?

Does the end justify the means? This age old question is at the core of today’s article and the one I plan to write next week. Comments are welcome. By 1839 Anglos hoping to claim land along the Red River … Continue reading

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Who Killed Clarence Glass?

On the evening of December 8, 1916, an unknown assailant fatally shot Clarence A. Glass in Point, Texas. More than a century later, the murder still remains unsolved and probably long since forgotten. The First National Bank of Point employed … Continue reading

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Death at Bastogne

Fighting around the Belgian town of Bastogne was furious the first two weeks of January 1945. The German Army was determined to push through on their way to the harbor at Antwerp. Standing in the way was United States’ Third … Continue reading

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One of My Favorite Places

A few weeks ago, I slipped off to Commerce to one of my very special places, the archives at Gee Library on the campus of Texas A&M University Commerce. On the fourth floor with windows on the north and west … Continue reading

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World War I Projects

I think we all know that we are in the midst of the 100th Anniversary of World War I, the war that was supposed to end all wars. I know that I have written many words about it. But I … Continue reading

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Traipsing Through Texas

Over the past few months I have had opportunities to travel in many parts of central Texas; up along the Red River, eastward to Marshall and Nacogdoches, and south the Brenham and Navasota. All areas are often similar but definitely … Continue reading

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What’s Ahead?

April 1917 was an emotional time for the United States. Greenville and Hunt County were certainly included in the proud, patriotic, and frightening future. On April 6, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Declaration of War against Germany and Austria-Hungary. … Continue reading

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Dancing Cheek to Cheek at Hotel Washington

For a special group of Greenville citizens, the 1920s meant fun, laughter, outlandish pranks, and a break from staid customs of the past. As the popular song of the day suggested, “Anything Goes” and it did in Greenville, Texas. With … Continue reading

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