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The Second Mrs. C.P. Vance

You can trust some of your sources some of the time, but you can’t trust all of your sources all of the time. Finding information…
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Finding Mrs. C.P. Vance

What would you do if you were a twenty-one-year-old woman with a one-and-a-half-year-old son who had just moved from Kentucky to Texas and then lost…
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James Alfred Simons

For the moment I’m done chasing the Willie County rabbit (but not totally… I’m angling to eventually get one or two historical markers erected in…
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Willie County, Texas

Yes, that’s right. Not Willacy, and not Williamson, but Willie County. That’s not a typo. The first time I drove through downtown Taylor, I thought…
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The Other Pastor Kilian

Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Pastor Hermann Kilian on January 21, 1920. The church that Pastor Kilian served (along with his…
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Tracking Down C. Mendel

Y’all have almost certainly seen one or more of the multiple articles I’ve written about Howard Bland and Charles P. Vance, both of who were…
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Tremors in Taylor

I still remember the first earthquake I felt. I’d been living in Black Mountain, North Carolina (a few miles east of Asheville) for a little…
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Advent at Holy Trinity Fedor

I had grand plans on Saturday… to get my hair cut in Georgetown, photograph most of the Lee County Lutheran churches with their Christmas decorations…
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Advent at Holy Cross Warda

I can’t believe we’re just ten days away from Christmas! It doesn’t seem like it was all that long ago that we were driving back…
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Advent at St. Paul's Serbin

Today we dropped by the Texas Wendish Heritage Museum in Serbin to pick up some things for Christmas gifts. Yep, you guessed it. I took…
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The Blazilmar Opens with a Splash

Well, I’ve hit the mother lode of information about the opening of the Hotel Blazilmar in Taylor (now that I’ve got the spelling correct)! There’s…
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