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  • A large crowd joined us at the Sam Rayburn House on Saturday, September 24 for the annual Farming Heritage Day. This event, a celebration of the history of farming at "Mr. Sam's" Bonham home has been held annually since 2009 and offers visitors a chance to learn more about life on the Rayburn’s farm, especially during the years before the family had electricity.
  • Standing at nearly five feet tall, whooping cranes are North America’s tallest bird and each year the flock follows a migratory path from nesting grounds in Woods Buffalo National Park in Alberta, Canada, to primary wintering range on and around the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Austwell, Texas. This trek takes the birds through North and Central Texas and traverses cities such as Wichita Falls, Fort Worth, Dallas, Waco, Austin and Victoria.
  • If our parents had to leave us "alone" for an evening, there was no babysitter problems. We sat for each other. It would have made no sense to bring in a fourth child to sit with the other three. Mama felt that if Heaven saw fit to give her three kids to look after, she could impose upon Heaven to babysit for her once in a while.
  • My bachelor uncle rolled his own cigarettes from Prince Albert tobacco in a red can, and I knew others who liked Bull Durham, which came in little cloth bags. This was the late 50s, and cigarette machines dispensed a package of 20 cigarettes for 25 cents, which seems incredible now. Now we know the Marlboro man died of lung cancer, and "SMOKE-FREE" signs appear on the doors to most public buildings and restaurants.

  • Head Coach Jordan Byrd is teaching young men in the Plano East baseball program about much more than getting on base or throwing strikes. He's teaching valuable life lessons.
  • 1929 – Great Depression: After a steady decline in stock market prices since a peak in September, the New York Stock Exchange begins to show signs of panic. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place during the 1930s. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; however, in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late 1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline. The depression originated in the United States, after a fall in stock prices that began around September 4, 1929, and became worldwide news with the stock market crash of October 29, 1929 (known as Black Tuesday). Between 1929 and 1932, worldwide GDP fell by an estimated 15%. By comparison, worldwide GDP fell by less than 1% from 2008 to 2009 during the Great Recession. Some economies started to recover by the mid-1930s. However, in many countries, the negative effects of the Great Depression lasted until the beginning of World War II. photo by Dorothea Lange