Category Archives: Texas

Brownsville Raid of Sept. 28, 1859

The people of Brownsville, Texas awakened hours before the dawn of September 28, 1859 to the sound of gunshots, thundering hooves, and shouts of “Viva Cheno Cortina! Viva la República Mexicana! Viva Mexico! Mueran los gringos!” A band of over … Continue reading

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Cars, Houses, Healthcare, and Horses circa 1900

Guest blogger G.M.C. Massey, my grandfather, grants us a great gift with these short scraps from his memoir manuscripts: the ability to look into the past and experience how his life was lived around the turn of the 20th Century … Continue reading

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Pappa’s Childhood (part 4)

More of Mom’s edit of Granddad’s memoir manuscripts. Some of this has been shared here before but presenting in sequence this time. We only had ice cream when it snowed enough that we could gather it up. If we had … Continue reading

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Pappa’s Childhood (part 1)

My Grandfather’s memoir manuscripts have provided numerous prior “guest blogger” posts here on the back porch. I also mentioned how my mother, Dell Buller, tried to edit his rambling and repetitive notes into a more straightforward timeline. She pieced together”Pappa’s Childhood,” a … Continue reading

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East Texas Weather Report — December 1897

G.M.C. Massey, my grandfather, provides this winter weather warning: don’t forget your shoes. Another thing that demands attention at this time is a freak weather action. Along in December 1897 the weather had been very warm and murky for several … Continue reading

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San Angelo Housing circa 1918

G.M.C. Massey, my grandfather and our guest blogger again today, writes of the housing situation encountered when he moved his family to the West Texas town where he would live until his death years later: San Angelo. When we moved … Continue reading

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92 Things About Austin

For your weekend consideration — a few Austin-related lists: 10 Things you Must Know BEFORE Moving to Austin — several aspects of our life here you might want to know about beforehand, like the heat, the traffic, allergies… 10 Things Everyone … Continue reading

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