Posts by Carol McClelland

Local Texas History – Erastus ‘Deaf’ Smith

Nicknames can be interesting and tell you something about a person that you might not already know. For example, you’ve probably heard Abraham Lincoln referred to as ‘Honest Abe.’ That tells us something about his character. However, did you know that President Eisenhower’s nickname ‘Ike’ came from his family? He and his five brothers (there…

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A Letter to Virginia by Carol McClelland

Note: About 120 years ago, a little girl in New York City named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper called The Sun. In her letter, Virginia told the editor that some of her friends had told her that there was no Santa Claus. She ended her letter asking the question…

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Texas Historical Markers – Hodges Bend Cemetery

I find it interesting that we can say the name of a place day after day and not really give any thought to where the name originated. The name of the street that I live on is Winston Ranch Parkway. I’d never really thought about the name Winston, so I decided to look it up.…

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Texas Historical Markers – Booth, Texas

While out looking for the historical marker for Thompson’s Ferry in Richmond, my friend Steve and I saw a sign showing that we were nearing the town of Booth. I knew from previous research that there was an historical marker in Booth, so we switched gears and decided to head there and find the marker.…

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Morton Cemetery in Richmond, TX

Call me crazy, weird, strange, or whatever you choose, but I kind of like visiting historic cemeteries. My mom’s side of the family has a family cemetery in a small town east of Cleveland called Romayor. It’s not too far from the Trinity River. There aren’t too many graves in the cemetery, but my grandparents…

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Texas Historical Markers

I think that those of us who travel the roads of our great state fall into two camps – those who stop to read the historical markers and those who don’t. To be honest, I kind of fall in the middle somewhere. It just depends on where I’m going and how much time I have.…

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Update: Tom and Freeway!

Back in August, I wrote about my friend Tom Seerden and his dog, Freeway. Freeway was rescued on a rainy night in Livingston back in the spring. Connie Chastain said she saw something on the side of the road and felt like she needed to pull over and see what it was. Turns out it…

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All Hands: a Volunteer-Powered Disaster Relief Organization.

Imagine this scene playing out in many homes across America after Hurricane Harvey: A young man turns on the TV in time to see a local news station from Houston showing an elderly couple and their beloved dog being rescued from their flooded home by volunteers in a boat. Days later, that same young man…

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Cullinan Park in Sugar Land, Texas

Recently, I was walking around the lake in my neighborhood. I always have my phone with me and I often take pictures of the wildlife. As I was on my third lap around the lake, I saw a gentleman about 20 yards or so ahead of me. It looked like he was taking a picture…

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Hurricane Harvey by Carol McClelland

Do you have any memory of last Monday, August 21? It seems like it was eons ago! I’ll remind you that the big news of the day was the total solar eclipse. If you’re a Facebook user, you’ll remember that everyone was trying to find out where they could buy glasses so that they could…

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