Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Spikes - Gholson Feud

The Spikes brothers, playing with guns.
(Digging History) This family feud simmered quite awhile before it ended in the early 1900’s in eastern New Mexico, in an area now known as Quay County. 
The feud began in east Texas during the Civil War when the two patriarchs of the Spikes and Gholson families crossed paths, or should I say just “crossed.”
John Wesley Spikes (see this week’s Tombstone Tuesday article here in case you missed it) was a member of the Texas 12th Cavalry, whose job was rounding up draft evaders.  During the Civil War men were often recruited with the “point-of-a-gun” rather than willingly join the cause. Continued

Mesa Redonda, Quay Valley, NM, a beautiful place for a shootout.

Monday, December 10, 2018

New headstone marks family's grave

Mount Olivet Cemetery circa 2014
(Eastern New Mexico News) Some know it simply as the old burying ground or potter's field and some struggle to describe how to even get there.
"Is that the one with the guy who murdered his family?" said a gas station clerk answering a question from The News as to the location of the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Yes, that's the one. Continued

Dan Blocker

(Wikipedia) Bobby Dan Davis Blocker (December 10, 1928 – May 13, 1972) was an American television actor and Korean War veteran. He is best remembered for his role as Hoss Cartwright in the NBC Western television series Bonanza.
Blocker was born Bobby Dan Davis Blocker in De Kalb, Bowie County, Texas, son of Ora "Shack" Blocker (1895–1960) and his wife Mary Arizona Blocker, née Davis (1901–1998).
The family moved to O'Donnell, south of Lubbock in West Texas, where they operated a store. Continued

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Painting at
Our Lady of Guadalupe
RC Church, Clovis, NM
(Wikipedia) Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe), also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe (Spanish: Virgen de Guadalupe), is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with a venerated image enshrined within the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The basilica is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, and the world's third most-visited sacred site. Pope Leo XIII granted the venerated image a Canonical Coronation on 12 October 1895.
Official Catholic accounts state that the Virgin Mary appeared four times before Juan Diego and one more before Juan Diego's uncle. According to these accounts the first apparition occurred on the morning of December 9, 1531, when a native Mexican peasant named Juan Diego saw a vision of a maiden at a place called the Hill of Tepeyac, which would become part of Villa de Guadalupe, a suburb of Mexico City. Speaking to Juan Diego in his native Nahuatl language (the language of the Aztec empire), the maiden identified herself as the Virgin Mary, "mother of the very true deity" and asked for a church to be built at that site in her honor. Continued

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Old House 145

Felt, Oklahoma
In the distant future, will our history be lost? Will the homesteaders become like the Anasazi? Who were they? Where did they come from? Why did they leave? Of course, the answer was the same: It was a good place to live, and then it wasn't. Climate, economics, security, mere details.


Probably not.
(Wikipedia) Lucianosaurus is an extinct genus of amniote of unknown affinities, known only from teeth.
Initially described as a basal ornithischian dinosaur subsequently reclassified as a member of the clade Archosauriformes ...
Fossil remains of Lucianosaurus were first found in Late Triassic strata in Eastern New Mexico, United States.
The generic name refers to Luciano Mesa (34.980121°N 104.150048°W) in Guadalupe and Quay counties of New Mexico where the teeth of Lucianosaurus were first uncovered and identified. Continued

Friday, December 7, 2018

Battle of Prairie Grove

(Wikipedia) The Battle of Prairie Grove was a battle of the American Civil War fought on December 7, 1862, that resulted in a tactical stalemate but essentially secured northwest Arkansas for the Union.
In late 1862 Confederate forces had withdrawn from southwest Missouri and were wintering in the wheat-rich and milder climate of northwest Arkansas. Many of the regiments had been transferred to Tennessee, after the defeat at the Battle of Pea Ridge in March, to bolster the Army of Tennessee. Continued

Thursday, December 6, 2018

What We Know About the Ol’ Chisholm Trail

Jesse Chisholm

(Wild West Magazine) … Over the last 20 years or so attention has again shifted to the Chisholm Trail, a route that purportedly originated somewhere in Texas and ran north to central Kansas. Many Plains communities marked the sesquicentennial of the trail in 2017. But questions remain.
For one, was the northbound cattle trail known as the Chisholm in its heyday, or did the name come into use well after the drives had ended? Continued

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Ann Nolan Clark

(Wikipedia) Ann Nolan Clark, born Anna Marie Nolan (December 5, 1896 – December 13, 1995) was an American writer who won the 1953 Newbery Medal. Born in Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1896, Clark graduated from New Mexico Normal School New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas at age 21, and married Thomas Patrick Clark on August 6, 1919.
... Clark found that the underfunded Tesuque School couldn’t afford any substantial instructional material. In the process of teaching the children about literature, she incorporated their voices and stories to write In My Mother's House, and other books for the 1st to 4th grade one-room schoolhouse. She writes about this process, and about her travels to many parts of Central and South America, in her adult nonfiction book, Journey to the People. Continued

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Matador Ranch sold

children on a Matador bull
Some of my infant ancestors, now long dead, atop a Matador bull. If you think this is a cavalier way to pose children, look closely and you'll see the parents holding the kids behind the bull.
(Texas Day by Day) On this day in 1882, the Matador Land and Cattle Company of Dundee, Scotland, purchased the Matador Ranch.
The ranching venture was started in 1878 in Motley County in northwest Texas by partners Alfred M. Britton and Henry H. (Hank) Campbell.
An early financier, Spottswood W. Lomax, gave the ranch its name of “Matador,” reflecting his enthusiasm for Spanish literature.
During the following decades the ranch evolved into a massive enterprise. Continued

Monday, December 3, 2018

Joseph Graves Olney

(Wikipedia) Joseph Graves Olney (October 9, 1849 – December 3, 1884) was a rancher and cattleman in what is now Cochise County, Arizona.
He arrived there around 1877 and set up a ranch in the San Simon Valley.
Olney moved from Texas under circumstances which were notorious. Continued

Grenville Station

old Texico station, Grenville, NM
Grenville, New Mexico

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Lucy Pickens's face appears on Confederate $100 bills

(Texas Day by Day) On this day in 1862, the Confederate government issued $100 notes bearing a portrait of the renowned Southern beauty Lucy Pickens. Lucy Holcombe was born in 1832 in Tennessee.
Between 1848 and 1850 the Holcombes moved to Wyalucing plantation in Marshall, Texas.
Lucy became highly acclaimed throughout the South for her "classic features, titian hair, pansy eyes, and graceful figure." Continued

Old House 3 Revisited

#3 in 2012, looking pretty good.
#3 in 2018 has lost some glass, shingles, and its electric line, but is otherwise alright.
Once the roof goes, the rest won't be far behind.
Though not visible in this photo, the outbuildings remain intact.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Panhandle rancher accidentally shot on train

(Texas Day by Day) … On this day in 1901, William Riley Curtis, well-known Panhandle rancher and owner of the Diamond Tail Ranch, was accidentally shot on a train headed for Memphis, Texas. A fellow passenger's gun fell to the floor and discharged.
The stricken rancher was taken to Fort Worth, where he died a few days later. Continued