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Hunt County Historical Commission

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says ten colleges once resided in Hunt County.  One of them was Texas Holiness University, in Peniel, a community that is now part of Greenville on the city's northwest side.  Texas Holiness merged with another university and is now Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the organization is asking citizens to share stories of their family members' service in World War I.  The commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday (May 25) at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum and everyone is welcome.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, describes the reaction of Hunt County citizens to the the declaration of war that brought the U.S. into World War I in the spring of 1917.  A crowd of 5,000 gathered to hear Gov. James Ferguson speak at the old Hunt County Courthouse and to show support for the war, as a giant U.S. flag was raised.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the commission is called when an abandoned cemetery is discovered.  The process then begins of documenting the cemetery and protecting it from being exacavated or covered over by construction.  Even one grave, by law, constitutes a cemetery.  Carol relates the sad story of a mass grave recently discovered in Northeast Hunt County, near the site of the old community known as Muddig.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, reflects on an article in the February edition of Texas Highways magazine on the Audie Murphy-American Cotton Museum in Greenville.  Carol says the museum is a great asset to Greenville and Hunt County, although many local residents may not have been there.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, tells the story of Ben K. Green of Cumby, a cattleman who became a noted author with his cowboy tales.  Historian and critic A.C. Greene, Jr. called Green "the last real voice of old-time Texas in literature."  In particular, Carol discusses his book, "The Last Trail Drive Through Downtown Dallas."

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says she recently led a visiting Australian photographer on a tour of downtown Greenville, and it reminded her of the many historical details of the downtown area.  For example, Landon's Winery was originally a Kress five-and-dime store, which can still be seen if you look closely at the building.  She says owner Bob Landon has won an award for historical preservation of the building.  Carol also discusses the current Women In Need building a

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor relates the story of legendary coach Clyde Littlefield, who as a young man, coached the Greenville Lions to an unofficial state football championship in 1919 (the University Interscholastic League officially recognized state champions beginning in 1920).  Littlefield went on to coach the University of Texas football team, and, fo

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Hunt County Historical Commission Chairman Carol Taylor relates the story of Etta Booth Mayo, the wife of Texas A&M University-Commerce founder Professor William L. Mayo, who in 1916 led her two daughters and a group of Boy Scouts on a hike from Commerce to Greenville, then Wylie, and on to Dallas and back.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says compulsory school attendance is now 100 years old in Texas.  It began in August of 2016, requiring children eight to 14 years old be in school at least 60 days per year.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says she's trying her hand at historical fiction.  She has studied the mysterious murder of a teenage Paris girl more than 100 years ago.  It's a case that still has many loose ends, and so she is writing a fictional version of the story, based on the facts that are known about the case and about life in Northeast Texas in those days.

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, tells the story of how a woman from Greenville, Gladys Yoakum Wright, wrote the lyrics to the state song, "Texas Our Texas."

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says in the early days of Greenville and Hunt County, Independence Day was celebrated with a big barbecue.  But after the Civil War, the Fourth of July was not observed for many years until 1898, following the end of the Spanish-American War.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor recently wrote an article on her blog about her great, great grandmother Emiline Seay, who ran a large ranch in Montague County near Wichita Falls after her husband, A.M.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says citizens of Hunt County reported seeing "airships" in the sky during the week of April 13-19, 1897.  In fact, people throughout the middle part of the country reported seeing the mysterious aircraft.  The appearance of the airships was unexplained, but it is believed they were dirigibles, which had existed for a quite some time prior to 1897, but had not been widely

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says the state legislature created Hunt County from Fannin and Nacogdoches Counties on April 11, 1846, 170 years ago today (Monday, April 11).  The current Hunt County Courthouse opened April 11, 1929, and the courthouse has been named to the prestigious National Registry of Historic Places.  A ceremony observing all of these historical milestones will take place at 10 a.m. today at the courthouse.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, has been studying Depression-era federal building projects in Greenville and elsewhere in the county, and she discusses a project led by the Greenville Garden Club in the 1930s.  The club received a grant from the Public Works Administration to put "rip rap" -- rocks and boulders -- on the banks of the Town Branch Creek.

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor recently presented a paper to the East Texas Historical Association, "Bringing Back the Building Business in Greenville." She says the Depression-era Public Works Administration (PWA) and Works Progress Administration (WPA), designed to employ out-of-work people, built a number of buildings in the county, including the Greenville Municipal Building, and Mayo Hall and Henderson Hall at East Texas State Teachers College (now Texas A&M-Comme

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Thomas Quine, Flickr, CC

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the disastrous Ende Hotel fire in 1883 that led to Greenville creating a volunteer fire department, and eventually, in 1916, employing a professional fire department and acquiring the city's first motorized fire truck.

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says, driven by incentives created by the railroad, the city of Greenville produced a new directory, that placed the city's population at 14,160.  Carol says the first Historical Commission meeting of 2016 will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 28 Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the ambition of Greenville's Wesley College for a soccer team -- unheard of in Northeast Texas -- and the opening of the New Beckham Hotel in downtown Greenville, 100 years ago.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses Christmas traditions of 100 years ago or more in Greenville and Hunt County.  They include elaborate store windows, taking care of orphans, and donations to churches from the Ku Klux Klan.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says Greenville churches in 1915 were determined to bring superstar evangelist Billy Sunday to town, but settled for chartering a train to hear him preach in Dallas.  Carol says women at the upper level of local society 100 years ago were the moral and cultural leaders of the community.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, reviews the events of the county in 1915, 100 years ago, and was moved by the story of a 13-year-old boy who was surprised by a thunderstorm and killed by lightning.  She reflects on how today we are so much better informed on the weather.

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says horse racing was once a big-time attraction at the original Hunt County Fair in Greenville, with top horses coming to the fair racetrack from all over the country.

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Hunt County Historical Commission

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says state historical markers will be dedicated in at the New Hope Baptist Church in Greenville on Sunday, October 11 for African-American education pioneer Mary Jim Morris, the first woman to become a school principal in Greenville.  And on Wednesday, October 14, a new marker in two Chinese dialects will be dedicated at the birthplace of Flying Tigers leader Gen.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the biography of Greenville native Robert Neyland, the long-time head football coach at the University of Tennessee and a brigadier general in World War II.  Neyland won four national championships at Tennessee, and the 100,000-seat football stadium there was designed by him and is named for him. Alongside Audie Murphy, is Robert Neyland Hunt County's most accomplished person?

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the 58th anniversary of Interstate 30 opening is September 5.  The first part of I-30, the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike, opened September 5, 1957.  Construction of I-30 to the east continued into the early 1960s.  Carol says I-30 has vastly changed the lives of people in Hunt County and Northeast Texas.

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the existence of poor farms in Hunt County 100 years ago.  People and their families who could not pay their debts or were otherwise indigent were sent to the poor farms.  Carol says they came to an end after World War II.  Here is an article on poor farms in neighboring Kaufman County.

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Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, reviews the early history of black churches in Hunt County.  Carol says a former slave, A.J. (Andrew Jackson) Hurdle, was a pastor and one of the original founders of the Clark Street Christian Church in Greenville, which remains very active today.  Hurdle also founded churches in Campbell, Caddo Mills and Lone Oak, and started several schools for black children.

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