Category Archives: Greenville

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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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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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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An Awesome April

Daily newspapers often delight us, bring giggles and tears, and tear at our heartstrings. Such was April 1917. Normally spring brought news of baseball and track meets to Greenville and Hunt County. While these sports captured the readers’ attention, national … Continue reading

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While Strolling, Take in the Historic Sites

While enjoying the Greenville Downtown Stroll next Saturday night, take in a few historic sites. Start at the northeast corner of the square with the Fred Ende Chapter # 87 of International Order of Odd Fellows, the second oldest fraternal … Continue reading

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William Etier

The United States in the 19th Century did not allow women many rights. They were considered too delicate to handle finances or to manage their own businesses. Economics were too complex for their understanding. It was the duty of fathers, … Continue reading

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Goin’ on a Bear Hunt

It was late fall 1845 when R. P. Merrill arrived in Hunt County. At the age of thirteen he was hired to help build a log barn for his brother-in-law James R. Horton. The barn was unusual by our 21st … Continue reading

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