Vol MMXIII, No 51
February 20, 1895
Sandstorms Cripple the Panhandle
Ranchman John Manning kills Tom Greene
On this date in 1885, John Manning caught up to Tom Greene in a stolen wagon and a team of horses heading for California, with Manning's 12 year old daughter gagged and tied to the bottom of the wagon. Greene was 8 days on the trail at the time Manning, the Sherrif, and a Texas Ranger caught up to him. In a short fight, Manning shot and killed Greene, rescuing his daughter.
Day Turned to Night
In the late afternoon on Feb 20, 1895, a wall of dust hundreds of feet tall, blew across the Texas Panhandle, hurdling the afternoon into immediate darkness. The choking dust left parts of the Panhandle in as much as a foot of dust while stripping other area bare.
The Amarillo Globe Founded
On this date in 1924, Amarillo's newspaper, The Globe, was founded.
Jim Bowie becomes a Mexican Citizen
On this date in 1830, James Bowie, 34, and his friend Isaac Donoho took the oath of allegiance to Mexico. Bowie learned of an 1828 Mexican law that offered citizens grants for eleven leagues of land (4,428.4 acres) for around $200. Bowie urged Mexicans to apply for these grants which he in turn purchased from them and so doing acquired a vast amount of land holdings in Texas.
Seeking the Mississippi, LaSalle lands in Texas
On this date in 1685, Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de LaSalle lands at Matagorda Bay. After claiming the lands of the Mississippi for France in 1682, LaSalle returned to France and made plans to colonize the new French territory. Instead of traveling down the Mississippi from the Great Lakes as he had done previously, LaSalle attempted to locate the mouth of the great river by passing through the Gulf of Mexico. LaSalle overshot the Mississippi, landing instead in the Matagorda Bay on this date in 1685. A settlement was established, Fort St Louis, from which LaSalle went in search of the river he had explored, traveling westward to the Pecos river, and eastward to the Trinity. He was killed in 1687 near the Trinity by a disenchanted follower.