All the Wiser: J.T. Brown and J.T. Brown and the fight fatality

Published Saturday, May 18, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

The historical marker, which was put in place in 1969, in front of the Brown Hotel in Chico reads, in part: "Col. J.T. Brown founded town of Chico in 1876; built this hotel in 1888.

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All the Wiser: J.T. Brown and the fight fatality

Published Saturday, May 11, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

I want to do something a little different. I'm inspired by the popularity of multi-part podcasts and documentaries that take their time to tell a story.

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All the Wiser: The other W.T. Waggoner

Published Saturday, May 4, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

W. Calvin Fields of Decatur wrote to me. While looking over headstones in Bluegrove Cemetery in Clay County, he came across the grave of W.T. Waggoner.

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All the Wiser: Mystery mansion

Published Saturday, April 27, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Joseph Levings stated on Facebook: "My children have asked several times about El Castile that seems to be abandoned."

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All the Wiser: Glass from the past

Published Saturday, April 20, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Annette Craze Stephens asked via Facebook: "What about Decatur Glass Company?" There's a lot about that. There's the actual company.

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All the Wiser: They played the game in spite of hell

Published Saturday, March 30, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Rosalie Gregg asked me to find out about the Lost Battalion's motto "We Play the Game." She wanted to know what it means.

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All the Wiser: It’s a courthouse, not a lady

Published Saturday, March 23, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Mary Lois Spain-Sipes asked via Facebook: "Please set us straight about the recent online references to the Wise County Courthouse as the "Pink Lady."

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All the Wiser: Why oh why Odessa?

Published Saturday, March 16, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Charles Petty asked via Facebook: "Why was Newark called Odessa?"

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All the Wiser: Draco derailed by the DP&S

Published Saturday, March 9, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Vern Smith asked via Facebook: "Draco, how big was it in its boom days? Is there any information on why it's gone?"

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All the Wiser: Oldest of the Wisest

Published Saturday, March 2, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Chris Heasley, interim director of parks and recreation for the City of Bridgeport asked, "Which business is the oldest running business in Wise County?"

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All the Wiser: Hide and seek – Outlaws trod the trails of Wise County

Published Saturday, February 23, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Amanda Harrington Kennedy asked via Facebook: "Isn't there an area in Wise County that was a hideout for famous outlaws?" Wise County does figure into some outlaw tales.

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All the Wiser: Building a ‘Great’ place to stay

Published Saturday, February 16, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Roy Eaton came to me and asked, "What ever happened to the Greathouse Hotel?" In April of 1919, the businessmen of Decatur met at the behest of the mayor and determined that a new hotel was needed.

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All the Wiser: No snake eyes for the county seat

Published Saturday, February 9, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Chris Thacker of Rhome asked: "What is 'Eighter from Decatur' in reference to?" After he posted the question on the Messenger's Facebook page, another follower, Rena Morey, replied: "Because it rhymes, lol."

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All the Wiser: History of a pioneer’s home

Published Saturday, February 2, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

"I have always been curious about the history of my childhood home in Decatur, 126 Greenwood Road. I was told it was the old 'Fulingham home.' Not sure though. I was also told it was built in the late 1800s. Any idea?"

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