Vol MMXIII, No 318
November 14, 1961
Baylor Bear killed. UT Students Suspended
Baylor Bear Killed
On this date in 1961, nine University of Texas students were suspended for killing a bear that was the Mascot of Baylor University.
Texas company buys the Big Inch
On this date in 1947, two pipelines built during World War II to transport millions of barrels of crude oil from Texas to the northeast, were purchased at auction by George Rufus and Herman Brown and their partners of the Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation (TETCO). The pipelines, known as The Big Inch and Little Big Inch were 24 and 20 inch diameter pipelines 1,400 miles long between Longview and the New York area, and had been certified safe for carrying natural gas.
General Council convenes at San Felipe
On this date in 1835, a General Council convened at San Felipe de Austin to discuss grievances of the Texas colonists against the Mexican government. The Council and the Mexican Government still believed that problems could be resolved, and Texas would eventually receive its long awaited Mexican Statehood. The Council met with one representative from each of the settlements and towns in Texas, normally numbering fifteen or so present for each meeting. Still, a majority of the delegates rejected talk of Independence and instead supported the resolutions of the earlier Consultation, seeking to repair differences with Mexico. As talk of Independence increased in mid December, and due a conflict with Governor Smith who adamantly sought Independence, the numbers decreased often not even meeting a quorum. One of the final acts of the Council was to impeach Smith, and hopefully silence his talk of Independence, and hopefully hold open prospects of peace with Mexico. By mid February, only two representatives remained, and the General Council and, for all practical purposes, the interim government of Texas dissolved. However, the call had already gone out for convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos to convene in March. There, the future Republic of Texas would be born.
San Felipe Consultation Adjourns
Having completed the business it came to do, that is, taking irrevokable steps toward independence, the San Felepe Consultation adjourns.
Hamilton is made Military Governor of Texas
On this date in 1862, at the height of the Civil War, A J Hamilton is made the Federal Military Governor of Texas.