Monday, October 14, 2019


(Wikipedia) Victorio (Bidu-ya, Beduiat; ca. 1825–October 14, 1880) was a warrior and chief of the Warm Springs band of the Tchihendeh (or Chihenne, usually called Mimbreño) division of the central Apaches in what is now the American states of New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and the Mexican states of Sonora and Chihuahua.
...  He and his followers left the reservation twice before but came back only to leave permanently in late August 1879 which started Victorio's War. Continued

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Conrad Richter

( Conrad Michael Richter, (born Oct. 13, 1890, Pine Grove, Pa., U.S.—died Oct. 30, 1968, Pottsville, Pa.), American short-story writer and novelist known for his lyrical fiction about early America.
As a young man, Richter did odd jobs and at age 19 became the editor of the Patton (Pennsylvania) Courier. He then worked as a reporter and founded a juvenile magazine that he liquidated before moving to New Mexico in 1928.
In an era when many American writers steeped themselves in European culture, Richter was fascinated with American history, and he spent years researching frontier life. Continued

Friday, October 11, 2019


(Wikipedia) Satanta (Set'tainte or White Bear) (ca. 1820 – October 11, 1878) was a Kiowa war chief.
He was a member of the Kiowa tribe, born around 1820, during the height of the power of the Plains Tribes, probably along the Canadian River in the traditional winter camp grounds of his people.
One of the best known, and last, of the Kiowa War Chiefs, he developed a reputation as an outstanding warrior and in his twenties was made a sub-chief of his tribe, under Dohäsan, as Chief. He fought with him at the First Battle of Adobe Walls, and earned enduring fame for his use of an army bugle to confuse the troops in battle. Continued

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Legendary West Texas historian dies

(Texas Day by Day) On this day in 1995, legendary West Texas historian J. Evetts Haley died in Midland. Haley, born in Belton in 1901, graduated from West Texas Normal College at Canyon in 1925 and subsequently received a master's degree in history from the University of Texas, where he studied under Eugene C. Barker.
His book The XIT Ranch of Texas and the Early Days of the Llano Estacado (1929) established him as a premier interpreter of the western range cattle industry. The book was also the subject of libel suits totaling $2.2 million, and set the tone for an often controversial career. Continued

Monday, October 7, 2019

Joe Hill

This mural depicting the execution of Joe Hill was on one of the walls inside the Joe Hill Hospitality House, a homeless shelter in Salt Lake City run by a social activist named Ammon Hennacy in the 1960s and '70s. Photo courtesy Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah. (Salt Lake Tribune)
(Wikipedia) Joe Hill (Gävle, Sweden, October 7, 1879 – Salt Lake City, Utah, November 19, 1915), born Joel Emmanuel Hägglund and also known as Joseph Hillström, was a Swedish-American labor activist, songwriter, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, familiarly called the "Wobblies").
A native Swedish speaker, he learned English during the early 1900s, while working various jobs from New York to San Francisco.
Hill, an immigrant worker frequently facing unemployment and underemployment, became a popular songwriter and cartoonist for the union. His most famous songs include "The Preacher and the Slave" (in which he coined the phrase "pie in the sky"), "The Tramp", "There is Power in a Union", "The Rebel Girl", and "Casey Jones—the Union Scab", which express the harsh and combative life of itinerant workers, and call for workers to organize their efforts to improve working conditions. Continued

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Robert Goddard

Goddard in Roswell
(Wikipedia) Robert Hutchings Goddard (October 5, 1882 – August 10, 1945) was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket.
... With new financial backing, Goddard eventually relocated to Roswell, New Mexico, in summer of 1930, where he worked with his team of technicians in near-isolation and relative secrecy for years. He had consulted a meteorologist as to the best area to do his work, and Roswell seemed ideal.
Here they would not endanger anyone, would not be bothered by the curious, and would experience a more moderate climate (which was also better for Goddard's health). The locals valued personal privacy, knew Goddard desired his, and when travelers asked where Goddard's facilities were located, they would likely be misdirected. Continued

Thursday, October 3, 2019

John Ross

(Wikipedia) John Ross (October 3, 1790 – August 1, 1866), also known as Koo-wi-s-gu-wi (meaning in Cherokee: "Mysterious Little White Bird"), was the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1828–1866, serving longer in this position than any other person.
Described as the Moses of his people, Ross influenced the Indian nation through such tumultuous events as the relocation to Indian Territory and the American Civil War. Continued

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

McAlister New Mexico Store

This store looks straight out of the old west, despite the gas pump and phone booth.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Jose Chavez y Chavez

(DesertUSA) In the days of the Old West, New Mexico was home, at one time or another, to many of the more colorful desperadoes. The Clantons, William Bonney, Jesse Evans, William "Curley Bill" Brocius, Clay Allison, Doroteo "El Tigre" Sains, Tom "Black Jack" Ketchum, John "King of the Rustlers" Kinney, Jim Miller, and Johnny Ringo are a relatively small sample.
Because of its remoteness and proximity to the Mexican border, Southern New Mexico attracted a large number of outlaws; violent men who lived from the labor of others, who were quick to kill, and for whom the conventions of settled society meant little.
man who fit the mold of New Mexican outlaw, and has been largely ignored by historians and folklorists, was José Chavez y Chavez. Continued

Friday, September 27, 2019

Sul Ross

(Texas Ranger Hall of Fame) Lawrence Sullivan Ross was born September 27, 1838 at Bentonsport, Iowa Territory. In 1839 his family migrated to Texas, first settling in Milam County. By 1849 the family had settled at Waco. Sul Ross attended Baylor University at Independence, Texas and graduated from Wesleyan University, Florence, Alabama in 1859.
... Ross joined the Texas Rangers in 1860, first serving as a lieutenant and later as a captain. He was empowered by Sam Houston to raise a company of men to serve in Young County and the surrounding area. He showed the same skill and courage as a Ranger captain as he had shown earlier with the army.
In December of 1860 he and his company pursued a Comanche raiding party that ended in the battle of Pease River in which Cynthia Ann Parker, who had been captured by the Comanche some 20 years earlier, was rescued. Continued

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Lewis Hine

Texas orphans picking cotton, 1913 (Lewis Hine)
(Wikipedia) Lewis Wickes Hine (September 26, 1874 – November 3, 1940) was an American sociologist and photographer. Hine used his camera as a tool for social reform. His photographs were instrumental in changing child labor laws in the United States.
... Hine's work for the NCLC was often dangerous. As a photographer, he was frequently threatened with violence or even death by factory police and foremen. At the time, the immorality of child labor was meant to be hidden from the public. Photography was not only prohibited but also posed a serious threat to the industry.
To gain entry to the mills, mines and factories, Hine was forced to assume many guises. At times he was a fire inspector, postcard vendor, bible salesman, or even an industrial photographer making a record of factory machinery. Continued

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Tommy McDonald

(Wikipedia) Thomas Franklin McDonald (July 26, 1934 – September 24, 2018) was an American football flanker in the National Football League (NFL) for the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons, and Cleveland Browns. He played college football for the Oklahoma Sooners. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame.
… He attended Roy High School in Roy, New Mexico, with an enrollment of around 150 students during his freshman year, where he played quarterback.
As a sophomore, he transferred to Highland High School in Albuquerque. As a senior, he averaged over 20 yards per carry in football and set the state scoring record with 157 points.
He also set the city scoring record in basketball, and won five gold medals in the state track meet (100, 220, low hurdles and 2 relays). Continued

Monday, September 23, 2019

Fred Waite

(Wikipedia) Fred Waite, born Frederick Tecumseh Waite (occasionally spelled Fred Wayte) (September 23, 1853 – September 24, 1895), was a Chickasaw cowboy who joined Billy the Kid's gang.
He left the gang to return to his people. With the Chickasaw Nation, Waite served as a leading politician before his death at the age 42. He died shortly before he was to start serving as Governor of the Chickasaw. Continued

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Reies Tijerina

(Wikipedia) Reies Lopez Tijerina (September 21, 1926 – January 19, 2015) led a struggle in the 1960s and 1970s to restore New Mexican land grants to the descendants of their Spanish colonial and Mexican owners.
As a vocal spokesman for the rights of Hispanics and Mexican Americans, he became a major figure of the early Chicano Movement ... Continued

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Texans fight at Chickamauga

Perhaps a member of
Terry's Texas Rangers
(Texas Day by Day) On this day in 1863, the two-day battle of Chickamauga began, ending in one of the last great field victories for the Confederacy.
The first day's action, fought in densely wooded terrain, became a classic "soldier's battle" in which generalship counted for little and the outcome was decided by fierce small-unit encounters.
Texas units in the Georgia battle included Hood's Texas Brigade, Ector's Brigade, Deshler's Brigade, and Terry's Texas Rangers. Continued