Many hours of work have been put into the research and documentation of
the people listed on these pages. I would like to thank everyone who helped me with my
family history research
since I started this project in 1995.
The original version of the website can be accessed at this URL:
I believe this new version of the website will let you find pertinent information faster. I am including all of my general notes, which I have not made public before.
I hope you will benefit from the information presented here.
Table of Contents
Index of Names
I am putting all of this documentation together
and presenting it on the web for several reasons
- (1) I believe it is important and deserves to
be documented (2) I believe some of it
will benefit others at some point in time, (3)
it has taken me several years to gather this
information - I believe it should be preserved
and presented for the benefit of other
The Big Country
The area of Texas where I grew up is
known as the Staked Plains and is also known to
the locals as "The Big Country". That is a
fair description for it - "Wide open spaces, with
no trees to spoil the view!"
I used to
describe it as "the out back of Texas" when I was
away in the Navy, telling stories about it.
Mountains near Rotan, Texas
ground to the Comanche's - a home of the great Chief Quanah
Parker - written about by early Spanish Explorers - Double
Mountain Ranch owned by the late great Sammy Baugh
(legendary football quarterback and coach)
The original website can be accessed at this URL:
A FORUM FOR THE VETERANS OF
THE VIETNAM WAR AND THOSE WHO ARE CONCERNED
ABOUT THE STATE OF AFFAIRS IN WASHINGTON D.C.
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politician's in Washington D.C. awake and on the
Poke 'em, prod 'em
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GATHERING AROUND THE OLD OAK TREE
Mostly notes from me
but feel free to join in.
It is part personal
journal and part guest book - I like to call it my
"ponder and reflection" board.
I have not
had much action from the guest book since the old one was
discontinued by the web vendor some time ago. I would like to
get that interest revived. I've posted several comments -
hopefully it will spur some of you to make some postings. I
really appreciate hearing from you. Then I know someone
reads all of this stuff - or at least some of it.
If you want others
to contact you, please include your email address in the
body of the post.
I do not store email
addresses any more.
I tell stories here about some of
the people I knew when I was a boy growing up in
Rotan, Fisher County, Texas. As far as I know - most
of these people are deceased now. In no way do I
intend to disrespect them by telling these stories.
My days of striving
to make a mark, trying to get ahead, are all over. I am now an
old man. To the younger folks, I say - you will be old
faster than you think. Use your time and talents wisely. Do
not let others take advantage of you, but help others when
there is a real need. If you will do that - the money part
of it will take care of itself.
The first ten
entries from the Guest Register appear below.