Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Don Whittington

This Kremer Porsche 935 K3 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979, driven by
Klaus Ludwig, Don Whittington and Bill Whittington. (Dan Wildhirt
Reginald Donald "Don" Whittington, Jr. (born January 23, 1946) is an American former racing driver from Lubbock, Texas, who won the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans together with his brother Bill Whittington and Klaus Ludwig on a Porsche 935, although Ludwig, a multiple winner at Le Mans and elsewhere, did most of the driving in the heavy rain as the brothers did not have any real racing experience prior to the late 1970s. Don's brother Dale also competed in open wheel racing. His father, Don Whittington, Sr. was also an American racing driver in the USAC National Championship from 1957 to 1959.  Continued

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Wilbur Scoville

(Wikipedia) Wilbur Lincoln Scoville (January 22, 1865 – March 10, 1942) was an American pharmacist best known for his creation of the "Scoville Organoleptic Test", now standardized as the Scoville scale. He devised the test and scale in 1912 while working at the Parke-Davis pharmaceutical company to measure pungency, "spiciness" or "heat", of various chili peppers.
... In 1922, Scoville won the Ebert prize from the American Pharmaceutical Association and in 1929 he received the Remington Honor Medal. Scoville also received an honorary Doctor of Science from Columbia University in 1929. Continued

Monday, January 21, 2019

Mason County courthouse burns

Scott Cooley
(Texas Day by Day) On this day in 1877, the Mason County courthouse burned, destroying all early county records, including those pertaining to the Mason County War.
This deadly episode began as a feud over cattle rustling but grew into a conflict between the Anglo and German elements in the community.
The violence began in February 1875, when a mob took five suspected cattle thieves from jail and killed three.
Shortly thereafter, another suspected rustler was killed by twelve men with blackened faces, prompting his friend Scott Cooley, a former Texas Ranger, to seek revenge. Continued

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Heroism of the Texas Division

Litter bearers bring back wounded during attempt to span the Rapido
River near Cassino, Italy.” 23 January 1944 (Wikipedia)
(Texas Day by Day) On this day in 1944, the Thirty-sixth Infantry Division, nicknamed the "Texas Division," began its "two-day nightmare," the crossing of the Rapido River in Italy.
General Mark Clark needed pressure on the German defensive line below Rome to prevent the Germans from counterattacking the projected Allied beachhead at Anzio. Further, an Allied breakthrough into the Liri valley would facilitate the march toward Rome. Continued

Friday, January 18, 2019

Bryce Alford

(Wikipedia) Bryce Alford (born January 18, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA G League.
He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins. He set school records for the most three-point field goals made in a game, season, and career. He earned first-team all-conference honors in the Pac-12 as a senior in 2016–17.
As a senior in high school in New Mexico, Alford set a state single-season scoring record, and was named the state's top high school player. Continued

Thursday, January 17, 2019

American Schemers: “Pappy” O’Daniel

(American History Magazine) W. LEE “PAPPY” O’Daniel started out selling flour but ended up selling himself, riding the radio waves to fortune, fame, the Texas governor’s mansion, and the United States Senate.
He was the first celebrity of the mass media age to win high office—but not the last. Continued

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Best of the Texas Rangers in Print

(True West) … Not to argue with Scorsese—our greatest director of Easterns—but only half of a movie’s success can be attributed to the actors. The other half is due to the script.
McMurtry and William Wittliff wrote Lonesome Dove’s script, and it had the advantage of being taken from one of the three greatest of all Western novels. (Number one is Thomas Berger’s Little Big Man, while Charles Portis’s True Grit and McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove tie for a close second.) Continued

Monday, January 14, 2019

Alianza Hispano-Americana founded

(Texas Day by Day) On this day in 1894, the Alianza Hispano-Americana was founded in Tucson, Arizona, by Carlos I. Velasco, Pedro C. Pellón, and Mariano G. Samaniego, as a fraternal benefit society.
It fanned out across the rest of the Southwest over the next sixteen years, spreading to Texas by June 1906. It grew into the biggest and best known of the Mexican-American sociedades mutualistas in the Southwest.
AHA was set up to offer life insurance at low rates and provide social activities for Mexican Americans. Its goals were similar to those of other fraternal aid groups in the United States, which began to multiply in the late nineteenth century among European immigrants. Continued

I trekked to a graveyard to learn how my ancestors died. But can genealogy help predict how long I will live?

(Washington Post) Fascinated with genealogy, I’ve started spending too many hours chasing snippets of family stories.
I figure if I can learn something about my family tree, it might shed light on my health and how long I will live. Continued

Sunday, January 13, 2019

A. B. Guthrie Jr.

(Wikipedia) Alfred Bertram Guthrie Jr. (January 13, 1901 – April 26, 1991) was an American novelist, screenwriter, historian, and literary historian who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1950 for his novel The Way West.
... His novels include Murders at Moon Dance, which was published during 1943. The Big Sky appeared during 1947, with a young person's edition during 1950. The Way West, a novel about the journey of American expansion in the old west, was first published during 1949.
Guthrie continued to write predominantly western subjects, including the Academy Award-nominated script for the movie Shane during 1953 and the novel These Thousand Hills during 1956. During 1960, he published his first collection of short stories, The Big It and Other Stories. Fair Land, Fair Land, the third novel in the chronology begun with The Big Sky, was published in 1982. Continued

Friday, January 11, 2019

Female Ranchers Are Reclaiming the American West

My grandmother (left), working the ranch near Tucumcari, circa 1915.
(NYTimes) … the brothers, sons and grandsons who would have historically inherited a family ranch have, in the last decade, opted to pursue less gritty work.
As a result, in 2012, 14 percent of the nation’s 2.1 million farms had a female proprietor, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
That ratio may rise, as over half the farms and ranches in the United States are expected to change hands over the next 20 years. Continued

Clyde Kluckhohn

(Wikipedia) Clyde Kluckhohn (January 11, 1905, Le Mars, Iowa – July 28, 1960, near Santa Fe, New Mexico), was an American anthropologist and social theorist, best known for his long-term ethnographic work among the Navajo and his contributions to the development of theory of culture within American anthropology.
... In 1949, Kluckhohn began to work among five adjacent communities in the Southwest: Zuni, Navajo, Mormon (LDS), Spanish-American (Mexican-American), and Texas Homesteaders. Continued

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Battle of Bear Valley

(Wikipedia) The Battle of Bear Valley was a small engagement fought in 1918 between a band of Yaquis and a detachment of United States Army soldiers.
On January 9, 1918, elements of the American 10th Cavalry Regiment detected about thirty armed Yaquis in Bear Valley, Arizona, a large area that was commonly used as a passage across the international border with Mexico. A short firefight ensued, which resulted in the death of the Yaqui commander and the capture of nine others.
Though the conflict was merely a skirmish, it was the last time the United States Army engaged hostile Native Americans in combat and thus has been seen as one of the final battles of the American Indian Wars. Continued

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Patrick Hurley

(Wikipedia) Patrick Jay Hurley (January 8, 1883, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory — July 30, 1963, Santa Fe, New Mexico) was a highly decorated American soldier with the rank of Major General, statesman, and diplomat. He was the United States Secretary of War from 1929 to 1933.
... Hurley was the Republican candidate for a seat in the United States Senate for the state of New Mexico in 1946, 1952 and 1958 but he lost all three attempts against the Democratic candidate Dennis Chavez. Continued

Monday, January 7, 2019

Tankhouse and Barn

I've posted this scene before, but I like this angle better, though you lose the truck.
Either way, it's in Roosevelt County, New Mexico.