Wise As It Was: Patriotic writings – In face of tragedy, Messenger readers turned out in force

Published Saturday, September 15, 2018
By Richard Greene

Skip Nichols recalls the empty streets around Decatur on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

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What’s in a name? Cottondale, Texas

Published Saturday, September 15, 2018
By Messenger Staff

Cottondale is named to honor the cotton crop of Mr. John Thomas Bridges.

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Wise As It Was: In the paper for Saturday, September 15, 2018

Published Saturday, September 15, 2018
By Messenger Staff

The Messenger reported that Granville Jones' sermon on the divinity of Christ was the most complete and unanswerable argument against infidelity and skepticism ever heard.

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Wise As It Was: Etching place in history; ’83 team brings home county’s first title

Published Saturday, August 25, 2018
By Richard Greene

Rodney McCune admits he's been knocked silly a few times in his life, especially in college, playing football at Kansas Wesleyan.

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Wise As It Was: In the paper

Published Saturday, August 25, 2018
By Messenger Staff

From the Ft. Worth Mail of Aug. 14: P. Holt, M.D., of Chico, [registered at] St. Charles hotel last night. He says that Chico is starting off a flourishing growth since the completion of the Rock Island.

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What’s in a name? Chico, Texas

Published Saturday, August 25, 2018
By Messenger Staff

As the story goes, J.T. Brown came to the area in the mid-1870s from Chico, Calif. He purchased land from R.C. Mount and opened a store in what is now Chico.

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Wise As It Was: Cruel summer – 1980 remembered for unrelenting heat, drought

Published Saturday, July 21, 2018
By Richard Greene

Living in North Texas, you expect summers to be hot and several days where you feel like you may melt into the pavement walking between the parking lot to the office.

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What’s in a name? Bridgeport, Texas

Published Saturday, July 21, 2018
By Messenger Staff

In 1860, Colonel W.H. Hunt and others built a toll bridge across the Trinity River. The first bridge, which was made of cottonwood, soon crumbled into the river, and an iron bridge was constructed.

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Wise As It Was: In the paper for Saturday, July 21, 2018

Published Saturday, July 21, 2018
By Messenger Staff

"A most ingenius-general-information-automatic-machine has been set up outside one of the Melbourne railway stations."

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Wise As It Was: Here for Hobby – Texas women gain the right to vote in primaries

Published Saturday, June 16, 2018
By Racey Burden

One hundred years ago, women in Texas earned the right to vote in primary elections.

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What’s in a name? Boyd, Texas

Published Saturday, June 16, 2018
By Messenger Staff

Boyd is a town built by the Rock Island Railroad. In 1893, it was brand new, among other new towns springing up as a result of the railroad's trek across Texas.

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Wise As It Was: In the Paper

Published Saturday, June 16, 2018
By Messenger Staff

An infallible remedy for the cure of catarrh and deafness in all its stages ...

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Wise As It Was: Headed out – National Guard took community leaders from Decatur in ’61

Published Saturday, May 19, 2018
By Racey Burden

In the midst of the Cold War, local National Guardsmen began preparing for the inevitable call to active duty.

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What’s in a name? Aurora, Texas

Published Saturday, May 19, 2018
By Messenger Staff

It is said that Aurora was suggested as the name for this town by William O. Stanfield because "he felt that it was the dawn of something luminous and beautiful in the new land."

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Wise As It Was: In the paper

Published Saturday, May 19, 2018
By Messenger Staff

100 YEARS AGO... "That British subject who was living quietly in the enjoyment of peace and plenty who told Frank Ford to go to hell when the attorney approached him to purchase a Liberty Bond, has been ordered to appear at British headquarters in Dallas and make preparations to go to France."

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Wise as it Was: ‘Dallas stole our college’

Published Saturday, April 21, 2018
By Racey Burden

In March of 1898, the Messenger announced Decatur Baptist College would begin taking in students on a permanent basis that September.

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Wise as it Was: In the paper

Published Saturday, April 21, 2018
By Messenger Staff

Several People Killed and Loss of Property Runs Thousands of Dollars - Many Homeless

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What’s in a name? Alvord, Texas

Published Saturday, April 21, 2018
By Messenger Staff

Here is what is said about the naming of Alvord on most websites that give an account, however brief, of the city.

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Wise as it was: In the paper for Saturday, March 17, 2018

Published Saturday, March 17, 2018
By Messenger Staff

Prohibition has finally triumphed! We stand at the dawn of a new era in Texas.

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Wise as it was: What’s in a name? Rhome, Texas

Published Saturday, March 17, 2018
By Messenger Staff

Rhome, which was established around 1859, was named Rhome in 1883, after Bryon Crandall Rhome, a prominent citizen who was instrumental in revitalizing the area.

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