Texas history


Now and Then

July 22, 1943

Fifth Case Of Polio Develops East Of Fairfield – The 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Cox, living at the Humble Pump Station, nine miles east of Fairfield, was carried to a Dallas hospital, Sunday, and is pronounced to have infantile paralysis. This makes five recent cases to develop about nine miles east of Fairfield, two being at the pump station, two of the Bishop children and one Crouch child. All are being treated in hospital.


Now and Then

May 13, 1943

Twister Strikes New Providence; Three Injured – A twister swept through the New Providence community, west of Freestone, about 10:30 Monday morning, devastating a strip of three or four miles long. Mr. and Mrs. Delmer Wren and Mrs. Wren's mother, Mrs. Rogers, lost their homes and were seriously injured and are in a Teague hospital. Jim Rockey's house was completely demolished. Considerable damaged was done to homes and outbuildings on the farms of W.B. Bond, Green Miller, John Stephenson, and Ben Cockrum. Other damage was done throughout the path of the storm.


Capt. F.B. Lancaster reported dead by War Dept.

F.B. Lancaster

Published in the May 6, 1943 edition of the Recorder.


Now and Then

April 28, 1943

Native Citizen of County Dies Tuesday – Henry York, 61, lifelong resident of this immediate section died Tuesday. Burial was in Steward's Mill cemetery Wednesday afternoon under direction of Burleson Funeral Home, after religious services conducted by the Rev. H.L. McKissack. Near surviving relatives are three children, Mrs. Irene Beck of Houston; and Edward York in the armed services; two sisters, Mrs. Madison Henderson and Mrs. Wealthy Smith of Fairfield; and a brother, Jim York of Fairfield.


The Good Docs of San Antonio

Early Texas doctors, as the old saying goes, buried their mistakes. But 19th century physicians were not without their skills. James H. Cook, for one, found himself badly in need of a doctor. A buffalo hunter and later cowboy, Cook and several of his colleagues encountered a party of hostile Indians somewhere in Southwest Texas. Cook did not know he and his friends had ridden into trouble until he heard someone fire a shot.

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