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"The Birdville Historian"

"The Birdville Historian" Newsletter is published once a quarter at the beginning of February, May, August, & November. Our newsletters are now exclusively in Microsoft Word format. All previous newsletters will be archived at the bottom of this page. If you would like to receive a newsletter by mail, please email bhs@birdvillehistory.org with "Subscribe To Newsletter" in the subject heading and include your name, address, and email in the body of the email.

 

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May 2008

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Points Of Interest In This Issue:

-Birdville Cemetery 12th Annual BHS Reunion

-Cynthia Ann & Quanah Parker Ancestor

-Haltom Theater News

-Museum Location News

-Other Historical Organizations News

-E-Newsletter Transition

 

 

February 2008

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Points Of Interest In This Issue:

-Dallas County "Old Red" Courthouse

-Haltom Mansion Tour Re-Cap

-Haltom Theater Graffiti

-Donations

-Switch To E-Newsletter

 

 

February 2007

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Points Of Interest In This Issue:

-Haltom Theater

-Birdville Museum Displays

- 5th Avenue Arts

- Richland Hills Historical Society

-The 1856 "Whiskey Barrel Election"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please enjoy this edition of "The Birdville Historian", our May issue.

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 THE BIRDVILLE HISTORIAN

Volume 10                         Issue 2                       May 2006

 

Please enjoy this edition of "The Birdville Historian", our February issue.

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THE BIRDVILLE HISTORIAN

Volume 10                         Issue 1                       February 2006

 

Next Meeting

February 21, 2006  7:00 PM

Haltom City Public Library

3201 Friendly Lane

Haltom City, Texas 76117

www.haltomcitytx.com/library

 

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Who would have ever believed we would be living in the year 2006? It seems so odd to be saying things like our great grandparents said, " I remember back in ought 6." As a small child, I remember my mom and dad saying just that and wondering what year they were really talking about. We are living in a very special time and there is so much technology that history is overlooked and it is up to historians to preserve our own heritage. I'm looking forward to another year of preservation and hope you will include BHS activities as part of what you enjoy during this year.

 

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February Meeting

Brenda Sanders Wise will present the program at the next meeting of BHS. Brenda will talk about the Garden of Eden Cultural and Historical District. She will enlighten our group about the history of the area and what they have accomplished.

 

The Garden of Eden Neighborhood Association has a very good presentation and I'm sure you will enjoy learning about our Birdville area neighbors. As much as we would like to take credit for this group, they are actually in the city limits of Fort Worth but were once part of Birdville. The Garden of Eden is located south of Haltom City on Carson Street. There are several historic structures and the association has plans to improve the area and preserve the heritage of the families that lived there when Birdville first became safe for settlers.

 

The association thus far:

4Winner of the 2004 Neighborhood of the Year

4 First African American Historic and Cultural Landmark District in Tarrant County

4 Citation of Merit from Historic Fort Worth, Inc.

4 The Spirit of Fort Worth Award

4 Featured on HCTC Channel 7

4 Featured on WFAA-TV Channel 8

4 Preservation Online Magazine interview

4 Star-Telegram interview

4 Featured in THC Magazine - The Medallion

 

This organization has accomplished so much in such a short time; they are to be commended for their efforts. I hope you will come and support the Garden of Eden as well as Birdville Historical Society and enjoy this program.

 

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The last meeting of the Tarrant County Historical Commission was held in the new quarters of the Plaza Building. The actual rooms for the archives and TCHC meeting place have not been completed but we will be meeting in the building until our quarters are completed somtime in the fall of 2006. The new building is wonderful and we are so glad to have the new space for the archives. The 2006 summit will be held in this building.

 

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Did you know there are 154 historical cemeteries in Tarrant County? I have been working on a designation for Birdville Cemetery that I hope to get approval on soon. We should all take pride in our historical cemeteries because we may all end up there someday!!!

 

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March 6, 2006, will mark the 10th anniversary of Birdville Historical Society. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you that have helped with meetings and presentations and congratulate you on a job well done. I would especially like to thank the officers; Laura Hunter, Fran Burns, Bob Watkins, and David Harper. Each day that passes by we are losing a bit of our history and thanks to people like you, who are interested in preservation, we will be able to do our part.

 

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The Historic Structure Committee has not met during the previous holiday season but will resume as soon as feasable to research the history and photograph these structures. I have received from the city hall a list of all structures built 1940 and earlier to be included in the book. If you would like to be a part of this committee, please let me know by emailing me at bettyporter@birdvillehistory.org.

 

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The sale of Birdville Historical Society's new book, "Birdville, Texas - Frontier Wilderness, County Seat and Beyond," is going really well. If you have not yet purchased your copy, please let me know and I will be glad to send you one. I will have extra copies with me at the next meeting. The cost is $10.00 and I feel you are going to be pleasantly surprised when you read about the wealth of history in our area.

 

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It is time once again to collect dues for the new year. You may mail your check to Birdville Historical Society, PO Box 14246, Haltom City, Texas 76117.

 

Diamond Corporate Sponsor     $1000.00

Ruby Lifetime     $750.00

Sapphire Lifetime     $500.00

Couple Per Year     $25.00

Individual Per Year     $15.00

 

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The tenth anniversary meeting will be at the Birdville Cemetery in Haltom City. We will meet at 11:00 AM for tours and presentations. We will then have lunch and enjoy entertainment from a Texas historian (download his informational brochure). I'm sure you will not want to miss this very important meeting.

 

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

President - Betty Porter

1st Vice President - Laura Hunter

2nd Vice President - Bob Watkins

Secretary - Fran Burns

Treasurer - David Harper

Webmaster - David Voorhees

 

-Betty Porter

 

 

Please enjoy this edition of "The Birdville Historian", our November issue.

THE BIRDVILLE HISTORIAN

Volume 9                         Issue 4                        November 2005

 

Next Meeting

November 15, 2005  2:00 PM

Bureau Of Engraving & Printing

Western Currency Facility

9000 Blue Mound Road

Fort Worth, Texas 76131

www.moneyfactory.com

 

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Our August Meeting Recap

Good day to all historians. We had a wonderful meeting at TCC in August and wished all of you could have been there. Thanks to J. Paul Davidson for speaking to us and allowing our group to visit the Heritage Room. The mural of the growth of Northeast Tarrant County was worth the trip. After the meeting we enjoyed a Bedford Snowball compliments of Birdville Historical Society.

 

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Our November Meeting

The next meeting of BHS will be at the Bureau Of Engraving & Printing where we will tour the money making facility. The address is 9000 Blue Mound Road in Fort Worth. We will leave the Haltom City Public Library, 3201 Friendly Lane, at 1:00 PM if you would like to follow or you can meet us at the bureau. We will need to be present at 1:30 PM for a 2:00 PM tour. There will be security clearances for you to complete before the tour begins. The tour takes about 40 minutes and is a 1/4 mile walk so wear comfortable shoes. At the bottom of this newsletter is a list of rules and regulations for you to read before the tour. I hope all of you will be able to attend and please try to let me know if you are coming as we only have reservations for 50 at this point. You may email me at bettyporter@birdvillehistory.org. After the tour, we will be able to spend a little time in the gift shop and we then will go to Chili's on Western Center Boulevard to enjoy dinner together.

 

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2nd Annual Tarrant County Historic Preservation Summit Recap

 

The Second Annual Historic Preservation Summit was held at the Wylie G. Thomas Coliseum on September 22nd. BHS co-hosted the event with the Tarrant County Historical Commission and WOW! What an experience.

 

We worked for a couple of months putting the event together and would like to thank those, without whose help the event would not have been possible.

 

Betty Fuller was instrumental in helping with decorations and running errands. Cindy Wilson-Arrick did a great job as Master of Ceremonies. David Voorhees used his expertise in sound and visual aid as well as photography. Thanks to David Harper for taking group photos, Marvin Wilson for the PowerPoint presentaion on Tarrant County Historical Commission and Brenda Sanders Wise for speaking to us about the Garden Of Eden Historic District. Thanks to J'Nell Pate, Don Tipps, Evyonne Eddins, and Ronny Porter for selling books and to Fran Burns and Laura Hunter for registration. Thanks to Clara Ruddell for the use of her office to stuff packets along with Beth Kisor, Cindy Wilson-Arrick, Betty Fuller, Deb Jones, Susan Allen-Kline and Jo Pirtle. A special thanks to Larry Oaks with Texas Historical Commission for driving from Austin to be our guest speaker and Weldon Cannon from Temple to speak about the history of Birdville and last, but not least, to Bob Watkins for being the official timekeeper.

 

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Some Information From The Tarrant County Archives

While working one day at the Tarrant County Archives, Susie Pritchett handed me a little information about Birdville and I wanted to pass it along to you. I enjoyed reading the story taken from an old copy of the "Fort Worth Democrat." There was no date of this happening but I thought you might get a laugh.

 

A Well Known Citizen Seriously Wounded!

 

Mr. W.G. Henderson, who resides near Birdville, came to town yesterday morning with a load of wood and a shotgun in his wagon. In driving into the alley between Weatherford and First Streets near Houston, the gun fell from the wagon and the hammer struck the wheel and discharged the gun. A load of turkey shot entered the left breast just above the left nipple and passed out near the breast bone and entering the neck passing entirely through coming out again under the right ear. He was taken to Powell's Drug Store and medical aid summoned. Field and VanZandt were called and his wounds dressed. He was then taken to rooms in the Fitzgerald Building and at midnight was resting well with fair hopes of recovery. He has a wife and one child.

The Democrat hopes he may recover. 

 

(Note: Susie Pritchett told me he died the next day)

 

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Our Website

Have you looked at the website? It has more information now and is something that we can be very proud of. David Voorhees is still working hard on the site and continues to add new information. To view the site go to: www.birdvillehistory.org.

 

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TOMFRA Tour Of Grapevine Springs Recap

Texas Old Missions & Forts hosted a tour of Grapevine Springs on Saturday, October 29th. This is a little known spot where Sam Houston camped during his travels around Texas. The above photo is the historic rockwork installed at the Springs in the 1930's by the WPA.

 

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Our Book Is Now On Sale!!!!

The sale of Birdville Historical Society's new book "Birdville, Texas, Frontier Wilderness, County Seat, & Beyond" is going really well. If you have not yet purchased your copy, please visit the page and I will be glad to send you one. I will have extra copies with me at the next meeting. The cost is $10.00 and I feel you are going to be pleasantly surprised when you read about the wealth of history in our area.

 

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New Members

We have two new members since the last newsletter.

They are:

Richard Hutchison

Thereas Weddell

 

WELCOME TO BIRDVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY!

 

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Do You Know Of Someone Interested In Becoming A Member?

If you know of someone who would like to become a member of the Birdville Historical Society, ask them to visit our website, www.birdvillehistory.org, and fill out the registration form and mail it to Birdville Historical Society. All information about joining can be found on our page.

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

President - Betty Porter

1st Vice President - Laura Hunter

2nd Vice President - Bob Watkins

Secretary - Fran Burns

Treasurer - David Harper

Webmaster - David Voorhees

 

-Betty Porter

 

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Rules & Regulations For The Bureau Of Engraving & Printing

 

Neither the BEP Police nor the tour staff will provide coat or package check facilities. Items must be left in your vehicle. The following items are strictly prohibited and are not to be brought into the Bureau.

 

~Book bags, backpacks, aerosol sprays, any pointed objects such as knitting needles, scissors, sharp metal nail files, sharp objects such as knives,

razor blades, box cutters, guns or toy guns, ammunition, fireworks,

electric stun guns, mace or martial arts weapons/devices

~Food or Drinks

~Cell phones, cameras, or video equipment

~The BEP Police reserve the right to prohibit any other personal items.

 

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour time to allow for check in process.

Please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns.

 

For contact information for the Bureau Of Engraving & Printing, visit www.moneyfactory.com.

 

 

 

Please enjoy this edition of "The Birdville Historian", our August issue.

THE BIRDVILLE HISTORIAN

Volume 9                         Issue 3                         August 2005

 

Next Meeting

August 16, 2005  7:00 PM

TCC Northeast Campus

Heritage Room

North Richland Hills, Texas

 

I trust all of you are having a wonderful summer in this lovely Texas heat!! We had such a fabulous summer last year and this one is payback!! I wonder if early settlers ever got this hot?

 

Below are photos of the 9th annual Birdville Cemetery reunion that was held on June 4, 2005. We enjoyed a very informative time and the food was great. Thank you all for the tasty dishes that you provide each year. There are some great cooks in this group.

 

Each time I listen to the tours given by members of the Birdville Cemetery Association, I learn something new. There is so much history at the Birdville Cemetery and we are fortunate to have it in our area.

 

Berl Welch graced us again with his wonderful harmonica music.

 

I'm looking forward to the 2006 reunion which will be the 10th annual gathering and BHS members will not want to miss this event.

 

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The next meeting of the Birdville Historical Society will be August 16, 2005 in the Heritage Room at TCC Northeast Campus at 828 Harwood Road in Hurst. Please meet in the visitor parking lot off of Harwood Road at 7:00 PM. J. Paul Davidson will meet us and show us where to go. The Heritage Room was the recipiant of some of the items from Thelma Ray's collection. Thelma Ray was a long time educator in BISD and wrote a book about Birdville history.

 

J. Paul Davidson is curator of the Heritage Room as well as one of the public service librarians for TCC. He has been with TCC for 23 years. He is married and has four children. Paul will talk to us about some interesting features and collections in the room and will answer questions after his presentation. You will have some time to peruse the items and possibly do some research for yourself.

 

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Have you looked at the website? It has more information now and is something that we can be very proud of. David Voorhees and Evyonne Eddins have been working very hard to locate and document early settlers of Birdville. I think you will enjoy reading the information they have found. Thanks David and Evyonne for a wonderful website.

 

To view the site go to: www.birdvillehistory.org.

 

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On September 22, 2005 the Birdville Historical Society will co-host the 2nd Annual Tarrant County Historical Summit. This is something new and different for TCHC and BHS and I'm very excited to be able to host this event at Birdville. The summit will be in the Wylie G. Thomas Coliseum, the site of the original Tarrant County Courthouse, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. You will all be invited and I hope you will be able to come. This is an excellent opportunity for historical networking. I'm hoping all attendees will learn some helpful tips on preserving history in their area. There will be several interesting speakeres with tremendous advice for all. You will not want to miss this opportunity to get answers to some questions you may have. You may just want to come to meet other historians and talk to them about what they are doing in their city.

 

This event is free and refrestments will be served.

 

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In November we will have our meeting at the Fort Worth Division of the Bureau of Printing & Engraving at 9000 Blue Mound Road in Fort Worth. We will have a 45-minute tour and learn how money is printed. There is a gift shop with all sorts of neat gift items you can browse through. We will need to meet at 1:30 for a 2:00 tour time. We will need to check in and I have reserved space for 50. You must let me know if you plan to go because they want to know how many will be attending. I suppose they have tight security!!! Email me at bettyporter@birdvillehistory.org if you would like to go. There is no cost for the tour. We will be joining for dinner after the tour if you would like. I will give you more information in the next newsletter.

 

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Writers are almost through with our very own version of the history of Birdville and hope to have it completed for sale at the historical summit on September 22nd. This book starts in the beginning with Bird's Fort and goes all the way to Fort Worth and lists some of the early settlers of Birdville. You may be able to read about someone in your family. You will certainly want to obtain a copy for your private library.

 

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We have a few new members since I last listed them for you.

They are:

Don & Jo Jury

RD Millhollin

Pat McEntire

MC Toyer

Phillip & Victoria Williams

Bonnie Richards

Ruth Pierce

 

BIRDVILLE HISTORICAL WELCOMES YOU!

 

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It's not too late for those who still need to pay dues for the 2005 year. Please submit your check to Birdville Historical Society, PO Box 14246, Haltom City, Texas 76117.

 

Individual - $15

Couple - $25

Sapphire - $500

Ruby - $750

Diamond - $1000

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

President - Betty Porter

1st Vice President - Laura Hunter

2nd Vice President - Bob Watkins

Secretary - Fran Burns

Treasurer - David Harper

Webmaster - David Voorhees

 

-Betty Porter