Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol 8, No 79 March 20, 1987 Friday Evening
Country Yodeler, Kenneth Threadgill, dies
Threadgill dies
AUSTIN Click Here to follow "Kenneth Threadgill" back in Time(1987)   On this date in 1987, Kenneth Treadgill country singer, yodeler and founder of Threadgills in Austin, died. Janis Joplin first performed at Threadgill's, and the two became close friends. Treadgill is best known for "T for Texas, T for Tennessee" More of "Kenneth Threadgill" on the Web
Capitol Desk
Spanish Expedition drives French out of Texas
MEXICO CITY Click Here to follow "LaSalle" back in Time (1721)    On this date in 1721, governor Aguayo of Coahuila crossed into Texas with the purpose of driving the French out of East Texas. He does so with little conflict, resulting in many new Spanish missions and Spanish forts (presidios). Spanish claim to Texas is now solidified.   More about "LaSalle" on the Web

Texas Author and Archivist dies at 64
AUSTIN   (1955)    Harriet Wingfield Smither, archivist, scholar, author, and historian for Texas, and fifty-four year archivist for the Texas State Library, died on this date in 1955.   More about "Harriet Smither" on the Web

Education Desk
Texas Weslyan College becomes Co-ed
FORT WORTH   (1935)    On this date in 1935, Texas Weslyan College (then known as Texas Woman's College), became coed and took on it's current name.

Labor Desk
Morris Sheppard Dam at Possum Kingdom is Finsihed
MINERAL WELLS   (1941)    Morris Sheppard Dam, which holds back the waters of Possum Kingdom Lake in Palo Pinto County was completed on this date in 1941. Morris Sheppard himself, the "Dean" of the Senate, dies three weeks later.