“If the Devil had a Wife”

If the devil had a wife by Frank millsIf the Devil had a Wife”

I would like to tell you about a book which details one of the most fascinating stories about Texas and about a man and his family who became a Texas legend, particularly in South East Texas and to anyone who has ever attended the University of Texas!

It is a story about, good, bad and evil! It is a story about how those with power and wealth feel they are above the law, yet also and perhaps more importantly about the growing role of some in the legal profession condoning, perpetuating and being complicit in criminal activities.

To begin, William Henry Stark and his wife Miriam, came to Texas in the early 1880s, originally from Pennsylvania, they settled in the small town of Burkeville Texas, which was the center for the Texas timber boom at that time. With his knowledge of timber, by the turn of the century, he and his partner, G. Bedell Moore, had made a massive fortune in the lumber business. Henry J. Lutcher and G. Bedell Moore built the first "big mill," with a daily capacity of 80,000 to 100,000 board feet. For the next half century, Lutcher and Moore set a high standard for quality lumber, advanced technology, and leadership in civic projects. They had amassed a huge fortune in timber, land, oil, cattle and more by the 1920's.

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The Stranger At the Campfire

The Stranger At the Campfire

This is a true story, as I believe it, that I have related to only a few people. It happened in 2009 on a remote ranch in the Caprock Canyon country of Texas, home of the Comanche and West Texas cowboy history. It is of a strange and haunting event that comes drifting into my consciousness and memory every once in a while, so I guess I will never forget that night. Last night I had a dream and saw the visitor in my dreams again. By telling the story I am hoping the stranger will quit sneaking into my dreams. I will tell you that I did not believe in ghosts that walk the earth but know that strange things occur. I also am aware that the Bible speaks of spirits and demons. As I age and now have a had some things happen that I can not explain I am no longer sure what I believe. The following is my story as best I can relate it to you.

Several years back my brother by choice, Ken, called and told me his family company was purchasing a ranch to hold as an investment. The ranch was located in far North Texas in the remote Caprock Canyon Brush Country. The place was supposed to have deer and hogs on it and he wanted to know if I would like to go up and spend the weekend. He planned to explore the ranch and possibly do some hunting. I was told it had an old cabin we could stay in while we were there. I always do the cooking on these trips so I began to get the supplies together that we would need for a weekend. I picked up some nice steaks along with some baking potatoes for the first night. There is nothing quite like a good steak grilled over mesquite coals when you are out on a hunting trip.

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T.V. Munson the “Grape Man”

T.V, Munson "The Grape Man"T.V. Munson the “Grape Man”

The Man Who Save the French Wine Industry!

Thomas Volney Munson was born in Astoria, Illinois. Munson was an 1870 graduate of the University of Kentucky. Shortly after completing his education, he married and moved to the vicinity of Lincoln, Nebraska.

In 1873 he became interested in the improvement of the various species of grapes native to the United States and planned to do systematic work in the way of developing new varieties by cross pollination and hybridization. His experiments failed because of climatic rigors and a visitation of the Rocky Mountain locusts. Undismayed, Munson moved to Denison, Texas, in April 1876 where two of his brothers had already relocated.

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Tejano Patriots and the Alamo

Tejano Patriots and the Alamo

The siege of the Alamo lasted 13 days and ended on the morning of March 6, 1836 when the Mexican forces of General Antonio López de Santa Anna stormed the old mission. While the men at the Alamo manned the front lines in the struggle for independence, a Convention was taking place on the banks of the Brazos River. This convention, lasting from March 1 to 17, 1836 declared Texas to be an independent republic and wrote a constitution.

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The Great Epizootic of 1872

The Great Epizootic of 1872

The Catastrophe that Brought the US to a Standstill

Most people would agree that failure of or loss of electricity, gasoline,or the computer network that keeps America running would be catastrophic. Something akin to that happened in 1872 - The Great Epizootic. The Great What?

Before the automobile was invented and before electricity was commonly used, most people and businesses depended heavily on horsepower. Horses were not used just to pull a buggy or wagon.

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Tom Peters

Peters Brothers was started by Jim and Tom Peters in 1911. They were Greek immigrants who began their business shining shoes in Waco, TX during the "Cotton Palace Celebration." With their savings of $600 Jim and Tom moved to Fort Worth, TX and purchased a 17 ft. by 10 ft. wood building in the downtown area near 9th Street and Houston Street.

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WWII Diary of Maj. Charles H. Hamilton

The CBI Theater WWII 1943-1945

The Diary of Maj. Charles H. (Hamilton) Megarity

By Charles H. Megarity

Prologue

Charles Hamilton Megarity was born in Navarro County Texas January 1, 1906 and died September 12, 1993 in Columbus Missouri.His father was Charles B. Megarity of Corsicana Texas. Charles B. Megarity’s father was Willis Cebron Megarity of Navarro County Texas.

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Billy Edward Stinson

Billy Edward StinsonBilly Edward Stinson

One of the great things about living in a small town is there is normally one rare individual who many can call their Mr. Fix-it or handyman. Billy Stinson  was such a man and was the go-to-guy for many Midlothian residents when they needed something repaired. He could fix almost anything!

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Morris Gene Dees

Morris Gene DeesMorris Gene Dees was drafted into the United State Navy on January 27,1944. Gene was 5' 7 1/2" in height, weighing 141 pounds with brown hair and eyes.  His home address was Box 102, Davidson, Oklahoma.  Morris left on Jan. 27, 1944 on a public transportation bus for Okla. City.  Caught a train out of OKC and traveled to San Diego, CA where he spent six weeks in boot camp.

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A True World War II Hero,

A friend of mine, who was heavily involved with Disabled American Veterans, told me one day he wanted to introduce me to one of the nicest men he had ever known and also one of the greatest veterans of World War II. It was evident from my first meeting, back in 2003 with Midlothian resident, Richard Reno, that this was very true.

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Herman Lehmann - Indian Captive

Herman Lehmann (June 5, 1859–February 2, 1932) was captured as a child by Native Americans. He lived first among the Apache and then the Comanche but eventually returned to his family later on in his life. The phenomenon of a "white boy" raised by "Indians" made him a notable figure in the United States. He published his autobiography, Nine Years Among the Indians in 1927.

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