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Chapter 14: Pursuit School

Sarah Byrn Rickman University of North Texas Press PDF


Pursuit School

roduction of trainer airplanes dropped thirty percent in

May and June 1943 and continued to decline.1 Pursuit planes were rolling off the factory assembly lines in evergreater numbers. General Tunner still needed ferry pilots, but now he needed pilots capable of handling pursuits, because pursuit ferrying had become the number one job of the Ferrying

Division. One potential source was the WFTD graduates.

By the end of June, the Ferrying Division had received sixtyfive WFTD graduates—the total number of women trained in the first two classes in Houston. On June 26, 1943, Nancy Love wrote to General Barton Yount, commanding general of the Flying Training Command, that the flight training of those early graduates had been “thorough and well adapted to their duties as ferrying pilots. Their attitude and conduct have been generally excellent.” The Ferrying Division did request additional training related to cross-country flying and in group flying as many Ferrying Division deliveries still were made in groups of five to nine.

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Introduction to Part I - The Frontier Battalion Era, 1874–1901

Bob Alexander University of North Texas Press PDF

The Frontier Battalion Era, 1874 – 1901


Introduction to Part I

The Frontier Battalion Era


Setting the chronological and geographical stage seems but obligatory before tackling the challenge of recounting true-life Texas

Ranger stories within an anthology. By and large it is acknowledged that birth of the Texas Rangers—as a legit law enforcement agency—can be traced to 1874 when the Frontier Battalion and Special Force were legislatively built and launched. To say there were no

Rangers prior to that—besides being Texas blasphemy—would simply be historically erroneous. Ranging companies dating to the days of Stephen F. Austin during the early 1820s are a genuine part of rilling camthe Lone Star State’s abundant and unique portfolio.1 Th paigns pitting part-time Rangers against barbaric marauding Indians raiding the Texans’ farms and ranches, or, from that other perspective, peacefully disposed Indians resisting wild-eyed and merciless

Anglos invading their territory, is meat on the bone for generic and often slanted treatments of Texas history. Perspective does matter.

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Part Two Day 5

Geraldine Ellis Watson University of North Texas Press PDF

Reflections on the Neches

Part Two

Day 5


River Mile 61

9:48 A.M.

Just above Pearl River Bend was Gore Landing. I got out of the boat here and looked around, but found no evidence that it had once been an active and busy place. It was probably a summer port as the access road is across the multiple drainage pattern from Deserters Baygall and must have been a booger to traverse during wet weather.

Gore Landing Road follows hummocks through the bottom and joins the

Old Maids Road near Gore Cemetery at the edge of the terrace. It then proceeds west along the ridge dividing Deserters Baygall from Round Pond Baygall to the Gore house on the Old Wagon Road where the terrace rises to the upland. The Old Maids Road was named for two sisters, Tina and Lisha Gore.

Never having married, they lived in the family home after their parents died.

I used to stop by and visit them—oh, it must have been in the late 1960s. They lived exactly as their forebears did and in the same house.

The Gore house was set back behind two big live oak trees and a handsplit rail fence, and several big mulberry trees grew along the fence row.

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Over the Top

Toussaint and Sacagawea were assigned an important task as the party prepared for the trek through the mountains. Clark picked eleven men to go ahead with him to explore whether the route was as bad as the Indians said, and to make canoes if they found a navigable river. The two captains agreed that they would also take the interpreter and his wife, but only as far as the

Shoshone camp. Their job was to see that the Indians quickly made good on their pledge to bring horses to the camp at the forks.

Three days later, Toussaint, Sacagawea, Cameahwait, and about fifty Shoshone men and their women and children arrived with the horses.1

Meanwhile, bargaining with the Indians got off to a brisk start.

Lewis traded a uniform coat, a pair of leggings, some handkerchiefs, three knives, and a few other articles—worth about twenty dollars in U.S. money—for three horses. It was a good bargain.

Both sides got things they needed. Clark and his party left the next morning, taking two of the horses. Lewis kept one.2

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The Big Thicket: An Introduction - Francis E. Abernethy

Edited by Francis E. Abernethy University of North Texas Press PDF

THE BIG THICKET; An Introduction


the Big Thicket is as much a product of the

I guess imagination and wishful thinking as it is a geographical area. It represents the Great Unknown to the mind cluttered with trade names in a society labeled and categorized. It is a happy hunting ground for the mind, and in man's fancy the cool green womb to which he can retreat from the hot panic of concrete and glass in the industrialized brick jungles we call cities. It is the individual's final fortress against civilization.

To those who talk about it, the Big Thicket stands for something else too; it is the lair of the mysterious. According to the stories about the place, there is no telling what a man might come across, in the shape of man or beast, if he wanders deep enough into those woods. Before I had ever seen the Thicket I had been told that if I walked into it out of sight of the road I would get lost, and I have found out since then that this statement was pretty close to right.

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