Upgrading my main computer to Windows 10, and it's taking longer than anticipated. It'll be good when it's finished, but for now I've lost access to my photo files. Oops! I should have thought to transfer those before we started the upgrades. Thank you for your patience, and we'll be back to our Happy Birthday, Texas series soon!
Henry Ross Perot was born June 27, 1930 in Texarkana, Texas. He became a prominent figure in both business and politics, highly controversial and, at the same time, greatly admired as a man of principle--even by those who don't agree with his principles. He is perhaps best characterized for his daring, his energy, and his determination in any pursuit he believes in.
Mission San Juan Bautista, the "Mother of Texas Missions", was founded on the feast day of Saint John, June 24, 1699 as an outreach to the Coahuiltecan people of South Texas. The Franciscans first attempted to build their mission on the Río de Sabinas in Nuevo León, Mexico, but were only able to sustain the effort for a few months. On January 1, 1700 they tried again, this time in
The Didricksons of Port Arthur, Texas named their new baby girl Mildred Ella, but her classmates called her "Babe" (after Babe Ruth) because she could hit a baseball farther than anyone. She also played basketball and participated in track and field events, and she excelled in those, too. From a very early age, her goal was to be "to be the greatest athlete who ever lived," and the fact
Audie Murphy was born June 20, 1925 in Kingston, Texas and grew up to be one of the most decorated American soldiers of World War II, earning every military combat award for valor available form the U.S. Army as well as awards for heroism from France and Belgium. When he was just 19 Audie single-handedly held off a full company of German soldiers for an hour at the Colmar Pocket in
Paul Neal "Red" Adair was born June 18, 1915 and lived to be 89 years old in spite of his dangerous occupation. Red Adair was a firefighter, which would be dangerous enough, but Red Adair fought gas and oil well fires...and he was the best!
Mirriam Amanda Wallace was born in Bell County, Texas June 13, 1875. She studied at Salado College and Baylor Female College (now the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas) before marrying attorney James Edward Ferguson in 1899. When her husband entered Texas politics, he took on the nickname of "Pa" Ferguson. It was perhaps natural that his wife, Miriam Amanda (M. A.) would
If you homeschool in the Central Texas area or in the Hill Country, we'd love to see you at the 26th Annual FEAST Home School Convention in San Antonio this weekend, June 9-11!
As near as historians can tell, Cynthia Ann Parker was born sometime between June 2, 1824 and May 31, 1825 in Crawford County, Illinois. Her parents, Cilas and Lucy Parker, came to Texas with their extended family around 1834. Her grandfather, John Parker, hoped to establish a fortified settlement fortified against Comanche raids on the Navasota River near present day Groesbeck, Texas.
I just love Johnny Gimble. :) An exemplary member of "The Great Generation", Gimble was born May 30, 1926 in Tyler, Texas and grew up in Bascom. He and his brothers had a band during their teenage years. Johnny played fiddle. Got so good Johnny was invited to play for Jimmie Davis' campaign when he ran for governor of Louisiana. Then World War II started up, and Johnny left to serve