Thanksgiving 1919 was a joyous time. Soldiers were returning from the Great War. Things were getting back to normal. Texas legislators had given women the right to vote in local and state elections the year before, and the 19th Amendment allowing women the vote seemed assured. Despite women’s advancements on the political front, the kitchen was clearly the “realm of the little woman.”
In 1943, a 13-year-old boy moved to Bell County with his family. His mother needed surgery requiring a long convalescence; his father, a nomadic Methodist minister, was able to get a sabbatical from his church.
A century ago, Nov. 11 was a bittersweet day, full of tears, happiness and hope. Belton and Killeen held the day in reverence; Temple, not so much.
No matter the ancestry or origin of birth, everybody bleeds kolaches and klobasnek when a Czech band strikes the first notes.
Maybe it’s the sudden cold snap or the enticing whiff of hot soup, but this season brings on memories. It’s not coincidental that the first two days of November, next Friday and Saturday, will be among the most solemn liturgically — a time for remembrance, All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
As a brand-new invention in the 1880s, the present-day bicycle first hit Central Texas’ roadways.
Oh yuck! The crickets are back again. Jumping, flying, crawling, dying in corners of your house and office.
Jasper Newton Preston doesn’t get the attention he deserves even though thousands appreciate his work each year. Preston is one of the many early builders and architects in Bell County whose work still stands.