THROWBACK THURSDAY: Liberty Hill is birthplace of legendary rodeo cowboy

By JAMES WEAR Liberty Hill has had its share of talented cowboys during its history, but perhaps none gained more lasting acclaim than William Pickett, believed to have been born on Dec. 5, 1870 near the Jenks Branch community. Pickett, often called either “Bill” or “Will” depending on which historian’s story one is reading, was […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Remembering the pipeline blast of 1999

By JAMES WEAR It was August 10, 1999. President Bill Clinton found himself welcoming Lance Armstrong to the White House in recognition of Armstrong’s first victory in the Tour de France cycling race. Overseas, Vladamir Putin was being installed as acting prime minister in Russia. Around the water cooler in offices across America, many were […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Flowler, Nelson put Liberty Hill on the map in mid-1970s

By JAMES WEAR Both were artists, both used their hands, both wore their hair long and both left an impression on Liberty Hill back in the mid-1970’s that is still being felt to this day, although it could be argued with some conviction that Liberty Hill continues to reap benefits from sculptor Mel Fowler’s legacy […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Liberty Hill has long been a popular live music venue

By JAMES WEAR Ask just about anybody that’s been in the Liberty Hill area for the past 30 or so years what they miss most…and there’s a good chance they’ll tell you they miss the street dances. Often held to raise money for the volunteer fire department, the dances drew huge crowds and, depending on […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Life on the sidelines

By JAMES WEAR Other than playing in a game against Liberty Hill in 1971 when I was a junior high student at Florence, and years later, in the fall of 1978, when I attended a contest between Liberty Hill and Lometa to watch my niece perform at halftime, I never followed Liberty Hill football until […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Recalling the Gabriel Mills bridge dedication

By JAMES WEAR Back in December of 1987, I was among those to attend the dedication of a new bridge crossing the North San Gabriel River at Gabriel Mills, a small community located on CR 236. Among those attending the event were Harold Asher, a widely-known educator who also earned acclaim for his historical research; […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Market Days were a winner for Liberty Hill

By JAMES WEAR It’s been many years, but a lot of folks remember Liberty Hill Market Days. Held the first Saturday of each month at Veterans Park downtown, Market Days brought droves of folks to the community as they would browse through the various booths that lined the back of the VFW property. Vendors offered […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Seward Junction got its name in the mid-1930s

By JAMES WEAR Back in the late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s, when the Liberty Hill Cafe was my second home, among my mother-in-law’s frequent customers were Mildred and W.K. Seward. W.K. never was much of a talker, but Mildred enjoyed visiting and for reasons that escaped me, took a liking to this long-haired country boy […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Chesley’s articles provide some history of Durham Park

By JAMES WEAR While glancing through some old copies of The Paper, a publication that served Liberty Hill briefly in the early 1980’s that was published by the Liberty Hill Community Education Advisory Council, I came across a pair of articles about the history of Durham Park, which was perhaps the first subdivision in the […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Former student shares memories of school days

By JAMES WEAR I’d just completed my last column when I mentioned to my wife one of the stories Billy Ray Guerin told me about students climbing out of windows for a ride down the fire escape. “Oh, yeah,” she said, “Those windows were open a lot, and sometimes the milkman, after making a delivery […]