Vol MMXVII, No 155
June 3, 1836
Rangers capture Ships with Cargo bound for Mexico
Ninnie Baird dies in Fort Worth
On this date in 1963, Ninnie L Baird (born Ninia Lilla Harrison) died. Better known as Mrs Baird, she began her baking business as a young widow in 1912, baking and delivering fresh breads in Fort Worth. Today, Mrs Baird's is the best known brand of bread in Texas.
Born This Date
Author Larry McMurtry born in Wichita Falls
WICHITA FALLS (1936)
On this date in 1936, author Larry McMurtry was born in Wichita Falls. Many of his books have been made into movies, including The Last Picture Show, Lonesome Dove, Hud (based on his Horseman, Pass by) and Terms of Endearment. McMurtry operates the largest antique book store in Texas, "Booked Up", located in his hometown of Archer City (location for the filming of The Last Picture Show).
CORPUS CHRISTI (1836)
On this date in 1836, shortly after Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna at San Jacinto, twenty Texas Rangers (known as Texas Shore Marines), who had been scouting the retreating Mexican army, spotted a strange ship near Corpus Christi. Unable to board the ship from shore, the Rangers pursuaded the ship's crew to send a landing boat so they could get out to the ship.
Soon, the Rangers were on board, and took charge of the American vessel the Watchman. The Rangers quickly found that the vessel was carrying supplies bound for the Mexican army.
Shortly thereafter, two other American vessels, the Comanche and the Fanny Butler arrive on the scene, with more supplies for the Mexican army. The Rangers then seized both ships, thus preventing a rearming of an army still stinging from their defeat at San Jacinto, and eager to have another chance at the Texans.