Vol 8, No 231
August 19, 1886
Hurricane Wipes out Indianola
City Destroyed Again
SAN ANTONIO (1886)
On August 19-21 1886, a major hurricane completely destroyed the port city of Indianola. A previous hurricane destroyed the city 11 years before. This time, the city was never rebuilt.
John Wesley Hardin killed in El Paso
EL PASO (1895)
On this date in 1895, John Wesley Hardin, one year after being pardoned for murder, and having become an attorney, was shot dead in an El Paso bar by Constable John Selman, a man Hardin hired to kill Martin
Mroz, a former client and the husband of Hardin's lover, Helen Beulah Mroz. Hardin it seems, never paid Selman. Mroz died in a shootout on the Juarez bridge before Selman could get to him.
First Czech Settlers sail for Texas
On this date in 1851, a large group of Bohemian immigrants began their long journey to Texas. Only half of the Czech emigrants would survive. Within a couple of years more Czechs from Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia would immigrate to Texas. Fayette, Washington, Austin, and Lavaca counties saw large numbers of Czech settlers in the mid 1800s. By the beginning of the next century, 250 Czech communities were founded in Texas.