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Abilene Stories. From Then to Now by Glenn Dromgoole, Jay Moore, Joe W. Specht

By Glenn Dromgoole, Jay Moore, Joe W. Specht

A selection 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, solid writers, or fascinating tales. Now popping out of the shadows, Abilene tales: From Then to Now bargains a neighborhood scrapbook, a meeting of the civic congregation the place greater than 100 neighbors have stopped through for a trip. The laughter is powerful and the grins large as tales are instructed and stories jogged.

Pull up a chair subsequent to Katharyn Duff as she relates a number of historic chestnuts. supply your recognition to overlook Tommie Clack for a ringside seat to the prior. Step into the poetry of these who be aware of this position good and some who simply saw it in passing. relish the pointy perception of Pulitzer-nominated Frank Grimes. hear for the private aspect which A.C. Greene wove into the majority of his writings.

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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.

The auctioneer had the crowd with him from the start by making some humorous preliminary remarks. It was about the time the world’s largest steamship, the Great Eastern, had been floated; and the auctioneer predicted that it was only a matter of time when Cedar Creek would be widened and the ship would dock at Abilene to discharge its “costly bales” from the world. The buyers were given their choice of lots, and Colonel J. T. Berry bid in the first lot for W. T. Berry & Company—his son. Recollections of the price vary from $150 upward, but contemporary newspaper accounts say $360.

It’s certainly no garden spot. A visitor here wouldn’t see much at first glance that seemed special. The entrances to town from almost any direction are not impressive. I’ve lived in more scenic places but not in friendlier places. Given the choice, I’ll take friendly. 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.

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