February 14, 2020 - Every time I go into our high school football stadium here in the piney woods of East Texas, I always take a glance to the northeast and let my memory take a short stroll. Though torn down many years ago, there once stood a rather large baseball grandstand, rustic, yet functional. During the 1940s and early 1950s many a baseball game was played on that diamond.
The proud San Augustine, TX Wolves fought “tooth and toenail” with teams from neighboring towns.
December 27, 2019 - In 1967 I was employed by the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company when living in Houston, Texas. Although it was a very large company, it was bought out by the American Express Company. Soon thereafter all we employees were presented with an American Express credit card. I had always wanted one of these cards, but they were expensive to purchase. Now, I had one for free. I have carried and used it since that day in 1969.
December 5, 2019 - Another New Year’s Day is upon us and, as Southerners, we will be eating the symbolic meal of Hoppin’ John to assure a happy and prosperous new year filled with good luck. Most of you are familiar with the dish usually made with black-eyed peas (Texas Caviar), rice, chopped onion, and sliced bacon, all seasoned with a bit of salt. This dish has an interesting history.
November 29, 2019 - I realize that I am now an old feller and things are much more complicated today than when I was a young man. Things change rapidly and old things pass away in the middle of the night. I have noticed a number of things that have changed hardly without notice.
The following are few of the things that I have noticed:
November15, 2019 - In the early 1950s I was dating a young lady from the small town of Hemphill, Texas. Her father was the pastor of the local Baptist church. In those days pastors were paid very little in salary. However, there were other “perks” that automatically accompanied being a pastor.
November 8, 2019 - The Texas Rangers have been known for always getting their man over the years. However, they did lose a battle right here in East Texas. In 1887 a squad of four Rangers entered Scrappin’ Valley with warrants to arrest the leaders of the feud going on there for a number of years. However they were ambushed by the Connor boys and all the Rangers were killed.