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April 15, 2018

by Virginia Scott


A busy week with dangerous weather. Our spring weather is causing trouble with fires that are continuing to erupt daily. I attended the annual meeting of the West Texas Historical Association for four days. The conference was in San Angelo and tours of the nearby forts was part of our sessions. The Texas Historical Commission are preserving these forts with the Texas Park Service. Some are part of the National Park System. We also visited the area called Painted Rock which has early Indian paintings on the rock cliffs. Very interesting.

Our sessions cover the histories of some of our first ranches and early ranchers like Chisom, also the history of our host city each year. This year was San Angelo.
One of the sessions was conducted by the 'Handbook of Texas' executive committee who describe their project in development entitled 'Handbook of Texas Women'. They invited the group to submitted nomination of local women for our area for inclusion in the book. I will be reviewing our women and choosing nominees with our core group. If you have a nomination please communicate with me.

In the April 18, 1918 issue of the Lipscomb Limelight, it was reported that Ben T. McDonald, Sr. died on April 13, 1918. Cause of "his demise principally old age".

"Mr. McDonald was born at the old home in Hart county, Sept. 24, 1844, and lived with his parents until he reached young manhood, after which he moved to Pleasant Hill Missouri in 1869. He met with distinction during the Civil War as a Confederate soldier and was a captain.

Mr. McDonald owned a cattle ranch in Lipscomb county and was a successful cattle raiser until he retired and turned his business to his son, R.E. McDonald. He married Miss Nannie B. Dunn in January 4, 1874. They had three sons, B. T., Jr., J.M. and R.E. His remains were shipped to Pleasant Hill, Missouri where they were place "rest among other friends whom he loved so well."

Stay safe and have a good week.

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