What happened today in Texas history? October 30 | Arts & Culture
Today in the history of our great state, several really interesting things took place.
First, on this day in 1839, City Gazette debuted in Austin. It was the city's first newspaper, and it's first edition contained only four pages. City Gazette was published each Wednesday. Check out the University of North Texas' Texas history page here.
According to the Texas State HIstorical Association, on this day in 1946, Crone Webster Furr, food merchant, died in Amarillo. Starting with a small crossroads grocery store near McKinney, Crone Furr and his family controlled, at the time of his death, a chain of forty-three supermarkets in an area from Denver, Colorado, to El Paso, Texas; a creamery, bakery, packing plant, and warehouse in Lubbock; and a packing plant in Amarillo. Furr's son Roy carried on the family business and founded Furrs, Incorporated.
On this day in 1960, Ellen S. Quillin Day was declared in San Antonio to honor Ms. Quillin, who was longtime director of the Witte Memorial Museum, and was an author, as well.
On this day in 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing five wilderness areas here in East Texas. The areas were: Big Slough Wilderness, Indian Mounds Wilderness, Little Lake Creek Wilderness, Turkey Hill Wilderness, and Upland Island Wilderness areas. These areas are managed by the Texas Forest Service.
The areas currently encompass a large number of acres:
- Big Slough - 3,455 acres
- Indian Mounds - 12,369 acres
- Little Lake Creek - 3,855 acres
- Turkey Hill - 5,473 acres
- Upland Island - 13, 331 acres
Today's Texas quote: "I'd rather be a fencepost in Texas, than the king of Tennessee."
Chris Wall Texas Singer-Songwriter-Austin.
Today's Texas music: Texas Cowboy by Michael Martin Murphey (video, above)
If you're hungry on this rainy East Texas day, here are some soup recipes you just might be interested in!
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