By Glenn Dromgoole, Jay Moore, Joe W. Specht
A choice of attention-grabbing and colourful tales spanning the heritage of Abilene, Texas.
Although Abilene has lengthy lived within the shadows of the literary limelight, it has now not been for an absence of fine writing, sturdy writers, or attention-grabbing tales. Now popping out of the shadows, Abilene tales: From Then to Now deals a group scrapbook, a meeting of the civic congregation the place greater than 100 acquaintances have stopped via for a trip. The laughter is powerful and the grins vast as tales are advised and stories jogged.
Pull up a chair subsequent to Katharyn Duff as she relates a couple of old chestnuts. provide your awareness to overlook Tommie Clack for a ringside seat to the previous. Step into the poetry of these who understand this position good and some who simply saw it in passing. savour the pointy perception of Pulitzer-nominated Frank Grimes. pay attention for the non-public aspect which A.C. Greene wove into the majority of his writings.
The assortment starts with tales from ahead of Abilene...
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And it’s not just a hail-fellow-well-met friendliness. Rather it’s a spirit of optimism, of satisfaction, of being in control. People like living here, it seems, because they like themselves and they like having control over their lives. That is contagious. Put a few folks together in a room who feel good about themselves and about life in general, and pretty soon most people in the room feel good. Put a lot of people like that together in a town, and pretty soon most people in town feel good. We have our share of soreheads, to be sure—people who are suspicious and negative and mean-spirited—but they aren’t the ones who have made Abilene what it is, and they aren’t the ones who will determine what kind of city we will be.
Coldwater told them that for $250 per family, he would furnish wagons and mules, oversee the move from Indiana, and set them up in their new location. Sixteen families handed over their life savings to Coldwater and began the long journey to West Texas. They traveled by train to Fort Worth, then by wagon through Weatherford, Breckenridge, and Fort Griffin to their final destination—Lytle Creek in Taylor County. At first, the immigrants were convinced that West Texas was a paradise. The creek provided good water and abundant fish, deer and other game crowded the area, and even their small gardens grew quickly in the first few weeks after their arrival.
Biography--Anecdotes. I. Dromgoole, Glenn. II. Moore, Jay, 1960-III. 4’727--dc23 2012043643 Cover photo: Jennifer Raney Collection Caption for cover photo: Parade along Pine Street, 1920s. com 13 14 15 16 17 18 / 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction Abilene Is Hometown Prologue: The Spirit of Abilene Village of My Heart—A. C. GREENE Abilene’s Special Secret—GLENN DROMGOOLE Train Whistle—JAY MOORE Buffalo Days: Before Abilene A Perfect Arrowhead—BOB GREEN Site of the Indian Fights of 1871, Abilene—NAOMI SHIHAB NYE Letter from Fort Phantom Hill—CLINTON LEAR Fort Phantom Hill—JOHN H.