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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

1936 :: Texas Centennial


Seventy-five years ago today . . . on this date in Texas history . . . the 2nd day of March . . . in the year 1936 . . . celebrations are being held across the state in honor of the 100th anniversary of Texas Independence.

My Mom . . . the daughter of a long line of Texans on her father's side, and an even longer line of Mainers on her mother's side . . . was four years old . . . and living in Massachusetts with her widowed father and maternal grandma . . . her paternal grandparents were living in Runnels County, Texas . . . she had no living great-grandparents . . . Mom would take up permanent residence in Texas sometime before 1940.

My father . . . whose ancestors had started arriving in Texas ca. 1860 . . . was an eight-year-old living in Lee County, Texas . . . with his parents and one sister and a brand-new baby brother . . . his widowed maternal grandma and his paternal grandparents were living in the same area, as well as one great-grandma . . . a great-grandpa was living in Coke County, Texas at the time . . .



FYI . . . the background image is a free blogger template . . . the Centennial banner is scanned from a 1936 Centennial newsletter in my private collection . . . the postage stamps were issued in 1936 (Centennial) and 1945 (statehood) . . . the postcard caption for the lighted night scene says . . . The lagoon and fountain at night, Texas Centennial Exposition, Dallas . . . the back of the same card says . . . The Lagoon and Fountain at Night, all artificially built, with its ever-changing colors and reflections, shows what can be accomplished by mere man with just a little effort. . . . the card was printed by the Dallas Post Card Co., Dallas, Texas . . .

8 comments:

Tonia said...

Gorgeous, as always! Love the narrative, as well.

reh ncw said...

Wow wow --- This is the time and place I have been hanging out lately as I search for more information on a great, great grandfather. Wow I have been learning about that "wild wild Texas" it's many battles and history...... Thank you forbringing this special event to our attention. And great backdrop, it is beautiful.

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

Thank you once again for sharing your creativity, Vickie!
A Festival of Postcards (7th Ed.) Light, was published earlier today and you can find your entry in the first section here -
http://wp.me/pp92w-850
Evelyn in Montreal
Don't forget, when you have a moment, to copy the shortlink into your post to aid in navigation. Thanks!

Vickie Everhart said...

Thanks Evelyn . . . your Festival looks like such a hugs task . . . another wonderful job, as always. Glad you reminded me about the link . . . I intended to do that this a.m. when you posted on Facebook . . . but got sidetracked!

Vickie Everhart said...

Tonia, glad you enjoyed! :) Ruth, thanks for stopping by. Do let me know if you ever connect your Texas folk to any of mine.

Sheila said...

Very effective way to display. I really must try to do something like this but my artistic skills are close to nil.

Heather Rojo said...

Happy Blogoversary! Three years is quite an accomplishment!

benotforgot said...

Thank you, Heather! :) Just keepin' on keepin' on . . .

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