Vol 8, No 79
March 20, 1987
Country Yodeler, Kenneth Threadgill, dies
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"
Spanish Expedition drives French out of Texas
MEXICO CITY (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.
Texas Author and Archivist dies at 64
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.
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.
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.