Vol MMXVI, No 337
December 3, 1929
Luxury Resort Hotel Opens in Mineral Wells
Today in Sports
A&M Halfback John Crow Wins Heisman
On this date in 1957, Texas A&M Halfback, John Crow, won the 23rd annual Heisman Trophy in ceremonies in New York City.
Hotel Has 400 Rooms
Just 35 days after the stock market crash of 1929, the 400 room Baker Hotel opened in Mineral Wells. It will join other large hotels in a city of over 40 water wells and several health resorts including the original Crazy Water Hotel. Over 150,000 visitors are expected to visit Mineral Wells annually for the water, the entertainment, and the healthy lifestyle. The well water in Mineral Wells is later found to contain lithium, a chemical used to treat manic-depression.
100 Polish Families arrive in Galveston
On this date in 1854, aboard the Weser, approximately one hundred families arrived in Galveston from Pluznica and other villages of the Upper Silesian area of Poland. Before Christmas, they would arrive at present day Panna Maria and establish a Polish community and church. Panna Maria is the oldest Polish community in the United States, and the Catholic Church there is the oldest Polish Catholic church in America.
Calls for a Secession Convention
In 1860, as it appeared Abraham Lincoln would be elected President, rumblings began in Texas to call a convention to consider seccession from the Union. But only the Governor could call such a convention, and the Governor, Sam Houston, was against secession.
On this date in 1860, Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Oran Robers and John S Ford among others, printed in several Texas newspapers a call for a January 8, 1861 election of delegates to a convention to be held on January 28th, to consider secession.
Forced by the upcoming convention, Houston was forced to call the legislature into session to consider the matter. Houston hoped that the legislature would reject the calls for secession but instead voted to go along with the Secession Convention, which would begin on January 28th.
On the losing side of the debate, Houston was forced to resign as Texas joined the Civil War. Houston moved to his home in Huntsville where he died in 1963, while the Civil War was still in full throttle.