Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol MMXVII, No 246 September 2, 1844 Monday Evening
Anson Jones elected forth President of Texas
Today in Sports
Texan, Ernie Banks hits 400th Homer
CHICAGO IL Click Here to follow "Ernie Banks" back in Time (1965) Click Here to follow "Ernie Banks" forward in Time  On this date in 1965, Dallas born Ernie Banks hit his 400th homer.
   Banks played with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League until in 1953, when he was signed by the Chicago Cubs. Banks never played in the minor league.
   Banks was a fan of daytime baseball (lights were not added to Wrigley field until 1988), and was so popular in Chicago that he was called "Mr Cub" and "Mr Sunshine."
   In 1969, Chicago fans voted Banks the "Greatest Cub Ever." By the time he retired in 1971, Banks had hit a total of 512 career home runs.
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Born This Date
Billy Preston born in Houston
HOUSTON   (1946) Click Here to follow "Billy Preston" forward in Time  On this date in 1946, William Everett "Billy" Preston was born. John Lennon and Paul McCartney considered making him a fifth member of the Beatles. His friendship with the Beatles continued for many years. He is best remembered for a string of smash hits which include "Will It Go Round in Circles" and "Nothing from Nothing".    More about "Billy Preston on the Web

President Anson Jones
AUSTIN Click Here to follow "The Republic" back in Time(1844)Click Here to follow "The Republic" forward in Time  On this date in 1844, Anson Jones is elected as the forth and final President of the Republic of Texas.
City Desk
Henri Castro sets out to create Castroville
SAN ANTONIO   (1844)    On this date in 1844, Henri Castro set out from San Antonio with a group of Catholic Alsatian farmers in search of a site to build a town. Accompanied by six Texas Rangers including John C Hays, the colonists selected a site along the Medina River.
   The town was later surveyed and layed out similar to Europeans towns where small lots were surrounded by larger farming plots.
   The Inn in Castroville was later set up as a stagecoach stop. The Inn is still in use, and is currently part of the Texas State Parks system.


Entertainment Desk
Yellow Rose of Texas copyrighted in New York
NEW YORK CITY Click Here to follow "Yellow Rose" back in Time (1858) Click Here to follow "Yellow Rose" forward in Time  On this date in 1858 "The Yellow Rose of Texas" was copyrighted by Firth, Pond and Company of New York. The manuscript, bearing the authorship of "J.K." stated that it was written for vaudeville performer Charles H. Brown.
   The "Yellow Rose" was the pseudoname of a free-born mulato (yellow) girl (rose) named Emily Morgan. Her real name was Emily D. West and she worked as a housekeeper at the New Washington Association's hotel. Stories suggested that she was a slave, but the record does not support that.
   Nontheless, legend has it that Emily, who had been captured by Mexican General and President Santa Anna, had "distracted" her the general long enough to prevent the alert going out the Mexican Army at San Jacinto, allowing a quick victory by the Texas Army under general Sam Houston.
   Factual or not, it still makes for a great story ... and song. The tune was recorded in the 1950s by Mitch Miller's band, and reached No. 1 on Billboards top 100.
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