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 […]

Old Red Brick School House produced community leaders

By JAMES WEAR The year was 1947. Two years earlier, atomic bombs had been dropped on Japan, bringing the Pacific conflict of World War II to an end. President Harry Truman, who issued the order to attack, was still in office in 1947, the year that would see Jackie Robinson break the color barrier in […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Chickens doomed Liberty Hill’s first incorporation attempt

By JAMES WEAR It was about this time some 30 years ago that Liberty Hill was abuzz with talk of incorporation, and leading up to the August 11, 1984 election, there was plenty of controversy swirling as residents debated the issue. I’ve been unable to come up with the official number of votes regarding the […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Myers spread love throughout Liberty Hill

By JAMES WEAR Of all the folks I’ve met during my years in Liberty Hill, perhaps none impressed me more than Gloria Myers and her husband Jim. Gloria operated a tiny flower shop downtown next door to the cafe, and from there she, in her own special and unique way, touched many lives. She reminded […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Old newspapers provide interesting tidbits about Liberty Hill’s yesteryears

By JAMES WEAR A couple of weeks ago I noted that one way to learn about Liberty Hill’s past is to have coffee with oldtimers. Another, if you’re lucky enough to come across old newspapers, is to simply read through them and review the contents. Some time ago I came across a stack of The […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Notes reveal support for school

By JAMES WEAR Columnist for The Independent Over the years I’ve found myself often saving little scraps of paper on which I’ve written notes–some to myself as I pondered the meaning of life, others the beginnings of letters to friends or relatives that I never mailed. All of these, I believe, will someday (after I’ve […]

‘Poppa Troy’ Joseph was among Liberty Hill’s memorable citizens

By JAMES WEAR I still can’t drive down Loop 332 in Liberty Hill without looking over and expecting a wave from the man who, in the 30 years I knew him, perhaps represented Liberty Hill as well as anyone. Troy Joseph has been gone nearly three years now, passing away in July 2011 only a […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Cowan’s passing jogs memories of fire station’s beginnings

By JAMES WEAR A few days ago I learned that Clyde Cowan had passed away after a long battle with cancer. I can’t recall exactly when I met Clyde, but over the years Clyde — a painter and drywall finisher by trade — helped me out a number of times on various jobs. Clyde, husband […]

Recalling the night Johnny Bush & the Bandeleros rode into town

By JAMES WEAR Nearly 24 years have passed, but I still remember the evening country music singer Johnny Bush came to Liberty Hill. It was April 28, 1990, and by the time Bush and his band, the Bandeleros, took the stage at the VFW Post Home, I was one tired fellow. It had been a […]