Vol 8, No 81
March 21, 1916
Fire Destroys Downtown Paris. 3 dead
Ex-Legislator, Edith Wilmans dies at 83
The first woman elected to the Texas Legislature, Edith Wilmans, died on this date in 1966 at Dallas. She was appointed to the All-Woman Texas supreme court in 1925 by Governor Pat Neff, but was disqualified from serving. She was an advocate of woman's sufforage, and help to pass laws establishing child support in Texas.
Former Comanche captive, Rebecca Fisher dies
On this date in 1926, Rebecca Gilleland Fisher died in Austin. She and her brother were captured by a Comanche raid that killer her parents. Later rescued, she later married, and as President of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, is instrumental in keeping the Alamo from being demolished.
On this date in 1916, 1,400 building in Paris in northeast Texas burned leaving the city virtually destroyed. In 10 1/2 hours, the fire had worked it way throughout the city, killing 3. The fire was so tremendous that firefighter from as far away as Hugo, Oklahoma, Bonham, and even Dallas came to assist. Paris is destroyed, and rebuilding would take years.
Spanish kill Philip Nolan in Central Texas
SAN ANTONIO (1801)
On this date in 1801, early Texan entrepeneur and Mustang wrangler, Philip Nolan on his forth expedition to Texas to gather wild Mustangs for market in New Orleans, is met by Spanish troops near present day blum. He and many of his party are killed, others imprisoned, leading to outrage in America and a desire to free Texas from Spanish Rule. Survivors are held captive for several years, before a toss of the dice is used to select which prisoners are hanged.
JR Ewing is shot in Television Cliffhanger
HOLLYWOOD CA (1980)
Few television fans in 1980 will ever forget March 21, 1980, the night JR Ewing of the television show "Dallas" was shot. Over 350 million fans in fifty-seven countries tuned in to find out who shot J.R. Suspects were everwhere, but the shooter would not be revealed until the 5th episode of the following season. (As it turned out, JR survives ... the show must go on, you know).
New Braunfels Settled by German emmigrants
NEW BRAUNFELS (1845)
On this date in 1845, German nobleman, Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, Commissioner General of the "Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas", also known as the "Noblemen's Society" founded the town of New Braunfels.
Prince Carl named the city for Braunfels, his hometown in Germany.