Possibly the oldest working farm in Dallas CountyTOT reader Bob Strain generously forwarded this information regarding his ancestors' house, the W.A. Strain House in Lancaster, Texas. Can you imagine the impact this thing made on the neighbors when it was built? 😉
Per Wikipedia, the W. A. Strain Farm House is a farmstead located in Lancaster, Texas, United States. "It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the W. A. Strain House in 1978. A boundary increase in 2001 expanded the area covered from 2 acres to 163 acres and the property listing name was changed to W. A. Strain Farm-Strain House.
The Strain House is an example of late Victorian architecture. It was designed by J. E. Flanders & Moad of Dallas. This firm also designed the Trinity Methodist Church in Dallas, and the Shackelford County Courthouse, which is part of an historic district in Albany, Texas. Joe Lyon built the house in 1896. The two and a half story frame structure includes a gabled wood shingle roof and the brick foundation has an asymmetrical plan.
The Strain Farm is believed to be the oldest working farm in Dallas County and is one of a small number of farms owned and operated for more than 100 years by a single family. The heirs of W. A. Strain have continued to live in the old family home, maintaining it with very few alterations and much of the original furnishings still intact."
Thank, you, Bob! An amazing house. I have never seen it before. Would be a fantastic place to photograph! ... See MoreSee Less
The Texas story of HEB ....Charles C. Butt, his wife Florence, and their children moved to San Antonio from Memphis, Tennessee, in 1904. The following year they moved to Kerrville, where Florence invested $60 to open the C.C. Butt Grocery Store on this day in 1905.
The youngest son, Howard E. Butt, started in the family business delivering groceries in a baby carriage, then a little red wagon, and later by horse and buggy. He managed the store while finishing school, graduating as valedictorian of Tivy High School in 1914.
Taking over store operations after serving in World War I, Howard E. Butt’s vision for the company resulted in widespread growth. In 1921, he implemented a cash-and-carry system rather than the traditional credit and delivery method.
Early attempts to add stores in the hill country failed, but the business successfully added locations in the Rio Grande Valley under the name H. E. Butt Grocery Company, moving headquarters to Harlingen and later Corpus Christi.
In 1936, the company acquired the Harlingen canning company to provide “Texas-grown, Texas-packed goods.” In the 1930s and 1940s, H-E-B opened stores in the larger cities of Corpus Christi, Austin, and San Antonio.
Howard E. Butt, Sr. had a personal credo, “he profits most who serves best,” and following his mother’s example, he and his wife Mary Elizabeth (Holdsworth) Butt involved themselves in philanthropic giving and charitable activities across Texas.
Headquartered in San Antonio since 1985, H-E-B is a Texas Treasure Business Award recipient, one of the largest privately held companies in the United States, and the largest private employer in Texas. ... See MoreSee Less
The Chisholm TrailMention the Chisholm Trail to many Texans, and they’ll conjure up images of Fort Worth’s stockyards, San Antonio’s saloons, or King Ranch’s cattle herds. These and other less celebrated but worthwhile destinations are part of an enduring legacy.
The earliest printed reference to the Chisholm Trail was published on May 27, 1870, in the Kansas Daily Commonwealth newspaper, but cattle drivers had been using the route since about 1867. These 19th-century cattle drives laid the foundation for Texas’ wildly successful cattle industry and helped elevate the state out of post-Civil War poverty.
The Chisholm Trail also captured the popular imagination in Texas and beyond, and even after its relatively short period of use—until about 1889—it was romanticized through songs, stories, and mythical tales.
Happy Birthday Tennessee !!!Today marks the 225th anniversary of Tennessee’s statehood. The land that became Tennessee was once part of North Carolina. It was organized into a territory south of the Ohio River in 1790 and that territory later became Kentucky and Tennessee. Tennessee entered the Union on June 1, 1796 and became the 16th state to do so. ... See MoreSee Less
Remembering, today, Texans who gave the ultimate sacrifice!This Memorial Day, we remember the many Texans who gave their lives in service to their country.
Throughout the state, memorials and museums chronicle the stories of service members in every branch of the military. The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument, pictured here, holds the names of 3,417 Texans who died in the long war.