What happened today in Texas history? November 5 | Arts & Culture
Here is a look at some of the interesting things that happened on this day in the history of our great state.
On this day in 1806, the U.S. and Spain signed an agreement establishing "The Neutral Ground." According to TSHAonline.org,
After the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 the United States and Spain were unable to agree on the boundary between Louisiana and Texas. In 1806, in order to avert an armed clash, Gen. James Wilkinson and Lt. Col. Simón de Herrera, the American and Spanish military commanders respectively, entered into an agreement declaring the disputed territory Neutral Ground. The boundaries of the Neutral Ground were never officially described beyond a general statement that the Arroyo Hondo on the east and the Sabine River on the west were to serve as boundaries. Ownership of the strip was awarded the United States by the Adams-Onís Treaty in 1821.
On this day in 1918, A man named Peter Bentsen packed his family into a car and drove from South Dakota to an area named Sharyland near Mission, Texas. It took the Bentsens 17 days to reach the town, which was an area that had been irrigated by John H. Shary to grow citrus and vegetable crops.
The family arrived without a cent to their names, but worked and saved money diligently. Peter was joined by sons Lloyd, Sr., and Elmer when they left the military at the end of WWI. The men invested in land in the valley as soon as they had saved enough, and the two brothers became significant colonizers and developers of Hidalgo County.
Eventually, Lloyd, Sr., and his wife had four children, one of whom (Lloyd, Jr.) was a congressman, a U.S. Senator, a vice-presidential candidate, and the secretary of the treasury. Lloyd, Jr., passed away in 2006.
On this day in 1960, singer Johnny Horton died in a car accident in Milano, Texas. Horton was born in California in 1925 but grew up in East Texas, graduating from high school in Gallatin. He began his singing career in 1950, and by 1955 was a member of the Louisiana Hayride, calling himself The Singing Fisherman. His hits were Honky Tonk Man in 1956 and When it's Springtime in Alaska several years later. Some of is songs had crossover appeal, such as The Battle of New Orleans.
Today's Texas quote: "I must say as to what I have seen of Texas it is the garden spot of the world. The best land and the best prospects for health I ever saw, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here. There is a world of country here to settle." ~Davy Crockett, 1836.
Today's Texas music: Johnny Horton's Joe's Been A-Gittin' There (Video above)
Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved.