2018-10-11 / Community News

Lexington’s Past Reported

as uncovered by Stanley Miller

Oct. 7, 1858- San Antonio Texan: The Bastrop Advertiser commented on the killing of a man that occurred at Long Point, Washington county. The paper sarcastically announced that the assailant had escaped and is still at large, since, who ever heard of the arrest of a murder in this fast age and country? It averred that such a thing would be considered an outrage upon the natural rights of every man in Texas to kill whomsoever he will with impunity.

Oct. 8, 1868 – (Houston) Weekly Telegraph: The Brenham Banner objected to the US military protecting the current Burleson (County) District court session. It wrote that the people of Burleson county were eminently quiet, peaceable, civil and law abiding, and that there was no other county in Texas with an equal population where violations of the law so seldom occur and where good order so continuously prevail.

Oct 12-13, 1878: The hanging of Bill Longley at Giddings on the Oct 11 was front page news in the principal newspapers in Texas, New York, Washington, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, and many others. The Oct. 12 Galveston Daily News narrative of the events of that day is posted on the Lexington Leader website and in today’s paper.

Oct. 10, 1898 – Dallas Morning News: John Jones of Lexington, TX, had been granted an original Federal pension of $6.

Oct. 13, 1898 - Galveston Daily News: At Tanglewood, everything is very dry with ginners hauling water from wells to supply their needs. Most cotton will be gathered by month end. Farmers sell as fast as ginned, and merchants do not hold. Tanglewood school began on Monday with Prof. J. B. Chapman and Miss Lawhon as teachers.

Oct. 7, 1908- Galveston Daily News: Tanglewood Camp No. 1959 Woodmen of the World held an unveiling Sunday of the M. A. Cook monument. After the morning church service, dinner was spread with the camp preparing a supply of barbecued beef and goat and plenty of coffee. After dinner, the Woodmen ceremonies were held with many members from Lexington, Giddings and other points present.

Oct. 8, 1918 - El Paso Herald: Pvt. Alvin Staffan of Lincoln, Texas, was listed as missing in action

Oct. 12, 1918 – Houston Post: WANTED – Position, 2 white boys 17 and 18 years old, want to work their way through school; raised on farm; any decent work will do; references if desired. Write Lee and Bufford Thornton, Lexington, Texas, R. 4 Box 29.

Oct. 11, 1928 – Rockdale Reporter: School attendance at Cole Springs was down to 15 students, as many families have moved away. Mr and Mrs Tom Cherry went to Cameron two days last week to be with her sister, Mrs Bill Sealey (sic), who had a tonsil operation there. Miss Laniana Yount, who is attending school at Lexington, visited with her parents, the John Younts, at Watson Branch over the weekend. Misses Myrtle, Etta and Bernice Pounder returned to their home at Tanglewood last week from a cotton picking at San Gabriel.

Oct. 6, 1938 –Bellville Times: The paper paid tribute to “the illustrious Fount Wade and his cohorts” of last year in comparison to this year’s Lexington team, which managed only 4 first downs and 14 rushing yards in a 67-0 loss Friday night.

Oct. 6, 1948 – Austin American: Lee County Fair Queen contestants included Emogene Hilliard, Jean Hartfield, June Clare and Margaret Jane Tucker of Lexington, La Verne Michalk, Josephine Dube, Betty Lou Burtschell and Doris Market of Dime Box; and Bobby Jean Placke, Virgie Lee Fick and Ruth Woefel of Lincoln.

Earl Owens, who was blind in one eye since childhood only to lose the sight in the other in an accident in 1942, is now a poultry raiser near Lexington. When his wartime job was eliminated, he moved to Lexington where his wife has relatives. With help from the Texas Commission for the Blind, he received training and financial assistance. He fed out 600 broilers during his first 6 weeks of instruction and went to Cuero where he worked 12,000 head of broilers without assistance. Returning home, he started with 6,000 birds and plans to build his operation to 8,000.

Oct. 7, 1948 – Rockdale Reporter: Billy Morrison, the son of Mr and Mrs Green Morrison of Tanglewood, fell from a tree Friday and broke his arm. Joyce Lee Haggard, daughter of Mr and Mrs Virgil Haggard, and a polio victim the past two months, has made satisfactory improvement and only a few tight muscles remain. Nola Jean Simmons, also a polio victim, is gaining use of her paralyzed limbs. Mrs A. Longmire suffered a heart attack Friday night and is very ill. Mr and Mrs Alton Peebles, Mary Jane and Martha Lou of Lexington, attended the Henry family reunion in Rockdale Sunday. The Lee County Fair will be held Oct 14-16 at Giddings. On the opening night, this year’s Peanut Queen will be named.

Oct. 8, 1948—Austin American: The six generations of descendants of John C. Mundine, who came to Texas and settled in Washington County in 1827 and then moved to Lexington in Lee County in 1841, recently held a reunion at Barton Springs. Tanglewood residents attending were Mr and Mrs Bennie Mundine, Mrs Bettie Joe Jordan and Clarence Jordan.

Oct. 9, 1948—Austin American: Visiting Lexington fell to Smithville 46 - 0 despite the Eagles’ QB Gay completing 7 passes for 69 yards. The Eagles also stopped two Smithville drives inside the 30 during the first quarter.

Oct. 10, 1948 – Austin American – Statesman: Lone Star Peat Company at Lexington was featured with the manager, W. A. (Bill) Sanders, taking the writer to the source of the peat soil. That soil is the product of further decaying of peat moss, and an intermediate step in the formation of coal. Topsoil covers the bog, which is perpetually wet due to subterranean springs. In old times, it was tightly fenced to prevent cattle from being trapped. During this time of drought, the one surface spring at the site is the water source for more than 50 families living miles around. While most of the bog is a lush, green damp place covered by a thicket of vines, near that spring, nothing grows, as the peat in that area is highly acidic. After removal of the peat soil, it is dried before being trucked to Lexington to be ground, bagged, and marketed under the “Black Magic” brand.

The Lexington FFA chapter elected Dale Brown as this year’s president. Other officers are VPs Clifford Rhodes and Raymond Shelton; Joe Spence, secretary; Cap Gould, treasurer; B. J. Cravey, reporter; Edward Smith, sentinel and Jerry Poston, parliamentarian.

Oct. 8, 1958—Abilene Reporter- news: In the Court of Criminal Appeals: Submitted on applicant’s second motion for rehearing: Milton Williams - from Lee (county).

Oct. 8, 1958— Taylor Daily Press: Mrs Frank Retzlaff was elected president of the Lexington WSCS following the health related resignation of Mrs Dewell Brewer. Mrs Elmo Jordan is the new vice president

Oct. 8, 1958 – West Vestnik Herald printed the obituary of Martin Malinak of Dime Box who died on his 85th birthday after an extended illness.

Oct. 9, 1958 – Rockdale Reporter: Pvt. Charles K. Jackson, son of Mr and Mrs J. W. Jackson of Lexington, recently completed an eight week vehicle maintenance course at Ft Chaffee, Arkansas.

Oct. 12, 1958 – Taylor Daily Press: Cotton and peanuts farmers around Lexington are rushing to finish and to get their crops out during the respite from the past month’s prolonged rains. Lexington ginner, Allen Ahrens, said that he has already ginned more cotton than last year and farmers tell him they have plenty more in the field. Peanut farmers have suffered the most as harvest had just begun when the rains started. The dryer installed last season has been running at capacity and kept farmers from a complete crop failure, though the quality has suffered. The St James Lutheran Church of Lexington is sponsoring a 30 minute program on KWHI Sunday afternoon with Pastor Rev Paul Stengel bringing the message. The local congregation will present music for the broadcast. The annual Lexington PTA Harvest Festival has been scheduled for Oct 14 and will feature a Mexican supper, a talent show and the crowning of the Harvest Festival queen. The queen contestants are seniors Jimanne Lewis and Anna Perry; juniors Margaret Ann Bryan and Ricki Hornung; sophomores Jeanie Taylor and Betty Farmer; and freshmen Janice Bryne and Shirley Seifert.

Oct. 6, 1968 – Austin Daily Texan: The Lexington High School Band was one of 24 bands that participated in the thirty-third consecutive University of Texas Band Day and band contest, followed by a parade up Congress Avenue and attended the UT-OSU football game. The University band director said this would probably be the last one due to stadium seating problems.

Oct. 8, 1968 – Brownwood Bulletin: Lee County Sheriff Vernon Goodson filed murder charges against 23-year-old Cid S. Artecona for the murder of his father, Guillermo L. Artecona, 48, a ranch foreman, which took place on a ranch near Giddings. The elder Arlecona’s body was found wrapped in a tarpaulin along U.S. 281 in Palo Pinto County.

Oct. 10, 1968—Odessa American: Buyers at the Texas State Fair paid Marsha Brown, of Lexington, a whopping $ 700 for six turkeys Wednesday. She received $400 for her grand champion pen of 2 toms and $300 for her pen of four reserve champion hens.

Oct. 10, 1968 – Caldwell Burleson County Citizen: Mike Lina exhibited the Grand Champion steer at the Burleson County Fair. It sold for $694 in the show auction. Dedication of historical markers at Dime Box and Old Dime Box will be held Sunday Oct. 13 with a native son, Albert J. Blaha, as the primary speaker. He is writing a book on the early history of Dime Box and its settlers.

Oct. 10, 1968 -Rockdale Reporter: The 1968 LHS cheerleaders are Linda Jordan, head cheerleader and a junior; senior Angel Brown, and juniors, Kathy Talkmitt (sic), Cindy Boyd, and Cindy Lewis. Lexington opened District play with a wild 32 – 28 home see-saw win against the Leander Lions in an offense battle before 1,200 fans. Leander scored first, but Spencer scored twice on runs for a 1st quarter 14-7 lead. In the second, Leander got a safety on a blocked punt and then a touchdown, following the free kick to lead 16 – 14. Lexington’s Pat Pratt returned the kickoff 83 yards, to put Lexington up 20 – 16. Lexington scored again with 66 seconds left in the half on a Spencer to Larry Carothers pass, to lead 26 -16 at the half. That score held until Leander drove in for a TD at the start of the fourth quarter, to pull within 4 points of the Eagles. The Lions executed a successful onside kickoff and scored two plays later, to go back ahead 28 – 26. The Eagles then went on a 57 yard, eight play drive, with Patschke bulldozing in from the 1 yard line with 5:22 left on the clock. Leander ran out of luck with about 3:30 left on the clock when Spencer, playing safety, intercepted a Lion pass and the Eagles ran out the clock.

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