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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the many Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration projects that were built in Texas, many of which still stand.  The CCC and WPA were New Deal federal programs established under President Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression.  The projects include the Bonham State Park, built by the CCC.  Greenville's Municipal Building was built by the WPA.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, relates the history of the Hopkins County town of Cumby, as a "rip roarin'" Wild West cattle town known as "Black Jack Grove."  The town celebrates "Black Jack Grove Day" each year on the second Saturday in May.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says her mentor Dr. Jim Conrad, former Texas A&M-Commerce archivist, was "an historian's historian."  Dr. Conrad recently passed away, and a memorial ceremony for him will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, August 10 at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville. 

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the 100th anniversary of the first paved streets in Commerce.  The city's Board of Commissioners decided to begin paving the downtown square and Main, Alamo, Washington and Caddo streets, with other streets to be paved according to "demand."

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, wrote recently in her blog about her favorite Texas writers.  They include H.C. Brands, the author of the history of the Texas Revolution, "Lone Star Nation," whom she didn't like until she heard him speak.  Others include S.C. Gwynne, author of "Empire of the Summer Moon," and local authors Thad Sitton and Jim Conrad, authors of "Freedom Colonies."

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says in the 19th and early 20th Century, rural Northeast Texas families were excited to be vistited by the "chicken peddler," who accepted their older chickens in return for various household products.  Farm women, in particular, were excited to see the chicken peddler because they rarely made the trip into town.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, recently wrote an article for her local-history blog, "What If's and the Truth," pointing out that some historical "facts" aren't facts after all, such as the story that the first Hunt County court proceedings took place under a tree.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says her husband Mike, a tax accountant, recently brought home an early-20th Century pamphlet published by the state and federal government promoting rural sanitation.  One of his clients had found the pamphlet, which was in nearly mint condition.  Waste disposal was a problem for rural people long after sanitation systems came to the cities, Carol says.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, is researching what may be a forgotten Hunt County town, Pompey.  Few records exist on the town, believed to have been located east of Greenville near what is now Interstate 30, but Carol has turned up intriguing hints of the town's existence.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the 1880 census indicates a great deal about fatal illnesses in Hunt County and the doctors who had practices here at the time.  Of the 309 deaths recorded in the county, 78 were infants.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, recently wrote in her blog about the mysteries posed by the backs of buildings in downtown Greenville.  Also, Carol says the Historical Commission is looking for new members, especially in rural areas outside of Greenville.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says an event honoring the men from Hunt County who gave their lives in World War I will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (November 10) on the north lawn of the Hunt County Courthouse.  A monument there contains the names of each person from the county killed in the war.  Sunday, November 11 will mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I.

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Hunt County Historical Commission Chairman Carol Taylor says the commission is responsible for documenting and preserving cemeteries in the county.  She says they have recently identified an abandoned cemetery near the Hunt, Fannin, Delta county lines.  They believe it is the Jot-Em-Down Cemetery, near the old Jot-Em-Down community.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commissionk, tells the story of J. Riley Green of Wolfe City, known as "the good roads man," who was instrumental in getting paved roads built in Hunt County, including the Jefferson Highway, which stretched from Canada to New Orleans.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, tells the story of the man for whom Hunt County is named, diplomat Memucan Hunt, who was instrumental in the Republic of Texas being officially recognized by the United States, and in the annexation of Texas.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the writings of Frederick Law Olmsted, a noted architect who traveled Texas with his brother in the 1850s.  Olmsted found the food in Texas particularly bad, with the exception of food in the German communities of the Hill Country, such as New Braunfels, and Galveston.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, has written an article on genealogy and folklore for the Texas State Genealogical Society journal that will appear in October.  Carol says genalogy sometimes gets in the way of the old adage, "Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story." 

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the Triple-Crown run of race horse Justify has reminded her of the days in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when Greenville was a regional horse-racing center.  The North Texas Fairgrounds, located at Moulton and Stanford Streets, near the long-standing YMCA building, were the site of a popular race track.

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor relates the story of a riverboat captain who lost 300 oak barrels of "good whiskey" in the 1850s, when the Red River was at least partially navigable.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the Landmark on Lee, originally the U.S. Post Office, was built in 1910 under Postmaster Albert Sidney Burleson. It was built for $60,000, around $1.5 million in today's dollars. Carol says at that time the postmaster was one of the most prominent cabinet positions because the U.S. was still predominantly a rural country and mail service was extremely important to people.

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the 22nd Cotton and Rural History Conference at the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum in Greenville starts at 10 a.m. Saturday (April 28).  The keynote speaker is University of Mississippi professor Dr.

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The chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, discusses some of the guests she'd invite to a fantasy dinner party of Hunt County historical figures.  Included is Lindley Johnson, probably the first settler in the Greenville area around 1833, a member of the original Texas Rangers.  He settled on property in what is now north Greenville, on Wolfe City Drive, near the KGVL/KIKT radio station.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says voters in Tuesday's Texas primary might be surprised to learn how much voting has changed since 1900.  The poll tax of $1.25 would be equivalent to about $45 today.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, has discovered writings that suggest that Anglo-American migration into Northeast Texas -- and Hunt County in particular -- may have come earlier even than Stephen F. Austin's colony in the 1820s.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, has learned the story of how a vintage artillery piece came to be located on the grounds of the Hunt County Courthouse.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor recently won an honor for her local history blog, "Tracing North Texas History."  The organization Feedspot named her blog as one of the top 50 in Texas, along with commercial publishers and news organizations such as Texas Monthly and the Texas Tribune.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the Texas "blue laws," which prohibited most shopping on Sunday.  Carol says the blue laws functioned mainly as tradition until they were formally enacted in 1961.

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the commission is seeking proposals for new historical markers, especially in areas outside of Greenville.  Carol says proposals can relate to a particular event as well as a building or place.  The next meeting of the organization will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 26 at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, was asked to conduct a survey of historical buildings and sites in Commerce, particularly along Live Oak and Maple Streets, in connection with the revitalization project that has recently started.  She started her survey at Texas A&M-Commerce Memorial Stadium, which is a monument to 78 East Texas State Normal College students who lost their lives in World War II.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, has recently been reviewing editions of the Commerce Journal from 1917, 100 years ago, as the U.S. entered World War I.

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