Fannin County Museum of History

   

One Main Street, Bonham, Texas

Beginning in June, 1992 Tom Scott, the curator of the Fannin County Museum of History, wrote a series of articles for the Bonham Daily Favorite which were published in the Sunday edition of the paper.  These articles were called Bois d'Arc Sketches.  We are in the process of adding these articles to this website.  Following are links to the articles.


​1. The Evolution of Fannin County.  June 7, 1992


2. The Rich Area between the Red and Rio Grande Rivers.  June 14, 1992


3.  Board of Land Appointed in Late 1937 in Fannin County.  June 21, 1992


4.  Four Classes of Land Grants or "Headright" Certificates.  June 28, 1992


5.  Texas Land Grant Program Geared to Dates of Immigration to Area.  July 5, 1992.


6.  Emigration Not the Only Way for Settlers To Receive Texas Land.  July 12, 1992


7.  Pioneer Aviator Charles F. Walsh.  He Flew from Bonham to Sherman in 38 minutes in 1912. 

July 19, 1992


8.  3 Largest Wooden Steamships Named After Land-Backed Bonham.  July 26, 1992.


9.  Where is Bonham, Texas?  August 2, 1992


10,  Frontier Life Was Rife with Danger Along Red River Valley.  August 9, 1992


11,  Folk Hero and Murderer - William C. Quantrill.  August 16, 1992


12.  Charles Grace and the Opening of the Western Union office in Bonham.  August 23, 1992.


13.  An Englishman's Journey Through Texas.  August 30, 1992


14.  Fannin County Has Tolerable Water and Shoutin' Methodists.  September 6, 1992


15.  Bonham, Like Topsy, "Jest Growed."  September 13, 1992


16.  Shade-Tree Justice on the Sulphur.  September 20, 1992


17.  Events Leading to the Hanging of Bighorn Smith.  September 27, 1992


18.  What Is It?  Where Did It Come From?  (UFOs and balloon ascensions).  October 4, 1992

19.  Railroad Fever Gripped the State.  October 18, 1992


20.  The Town Has Put On Railroad Airs In Profusion.  October 18, 1992


21.  The Military Road to the Red River.  October 25, 1992


22.  Texas' International Dream: Central National Road.  November 1, 1992


23.  The River Road from Preston to Jonesborough.  November 8, 1992


24.  We Will Give Him His Last Ride (a horse thief).  November 15, 1992

25.  The Spanish Influence on the Organization of the County.  November 22, 1992


26.  Webster: The County That Never Was.  November 29, 1992


​27.  It Can't Be Done, But We Did It.  December 6, 1992


29.  Yuletide on the Texas Frontier.  December 20, 1992


30. Ferries Were Essential to the First Settlers.  December 27, 1992


31.  Tobacco, Divine, Rare, Potable Gold.  January 3, 1993


32.  With But Little Education.  January 10, 1993


33.  A System of Free Education for Texans.  January 17, 1993


34.  Public Education in Fannin County.  January 24, 1993


35.  Bonham Masonic Female Institute.  January 231, 1993


36.  The Female Institute Troubled Times.  February 7, 1993


37.  A Violation of the Trust.  February 14, 1993


38.  An 1885 Walking Tour of Bonham.  February 21, 1993


39.  On the Square 1885: Shoes, Beer, Plows and Coffins.  March 7, 1993


40.  Who Was James Butler Bonham?  March 7, 1993


41.  Post Office Row to Panther Row.  March 14, 1993


42.  The First Step Toward an Educational Dynasty.  (Charles Carlton).  March 21, 1993.


43.  Texas: A New Beginning.  March 28, 1993


44.  Charles Carlton: The Move to Bonham.  April 4, 1993


45.  Ten Years in the Courts.  April 22, 1993


46. Change, Catastrophe, Closing. [Carlton College]  April 18, 1993


47.  Bonham's Most Faithful Sports Fan.  April 26, 1993


48.  The Fateful Meeting at Timber Creek Church.  May 2, 1993


49.  Religious Showdown in Fannin County.  May 9, 1993


50.  Showdown and Aftermath.  May 16, 1993


51.  Balls of Electricity Shot Through the Storm  (The Savoy tornado).  May 23, 1993


52.  Texas Politicians Move State Toward War.  May 30, 1993


53,  Fannin County Answers the Call to War.  June 6, 1993


54.  "Proceed as Rapidly as Possible to Bonham."  [Henry McCulloch]. June 13, 1993


55.  We Must Meet the Enemy Advancing Toward Texas. June 20, 1993


56.  There Are Not Less Than 1000 Deserters.  June 27, 1993


57.  I Cannot See The Brighter Day.  July 4, 1993


58.  Confederate Camps in Fannin County.  July 11, 1993


59.  Everyone Was Sad:  The Boys Were So Young. [Joseph Hayden Whitsett].  July 18, 1993


60.  I Thank You Sir, I Thank You.  [Smith Lipscomb] July 25, 1993


61.  Does History Repeat Itself, Successfully?  August 1, 1993


62.  The Cleanest Town in Texas.  August 8, 1993


63.  May Heaven Protect and Succor You.  August 15, 1993


64.  Burn Their Houses, Force Them Out.  August 22, 1993


65.  A Civil War Miscellany.  August 29, 1993


66.  Texas, Designed by the Carpetbaggers.  September 5, 1993


67. At Bonham They Tore Down the Flag.  September 12, 1993


68.  The Unreconstructed Rebels [about Hardin Hart].  September 19, 1993


69.  Webster: The County That Never Was.  November 29, 1992.


70. A Railroad for Fannin County.  October 3, 1993


71.  In 1872 Construction Began on the Railroad.  October 10, 1993


72. Trains Come Thundering Along.  October 17, 1993


73. A New Vigor Took Hold of the Town.  October 24, 1993


74. Railroad Depot Important to Early Rail Development.  October 31, 1993


75.  A Noticeable Lack of Jails.  November 7, 1993


76.  Purchase a Suitable Lot for the Jail.  November 14, 1993


77.  The Fannin County Jail Has Been Destroyed by Fire.  November 21, 1993


78.  County Jail Slow in Being Rebuilt.  November 28, 1993


79.  In Need of a First Class Jail.  December 5, 1993


80.  Early Lawless Days in Fannin County.  December 12, 1993


81.  Mob Vengeance Still Prevailed.  December 19, 1993


82. Ragsdale Led the Posse to the Dyers Hideout.  January 2, 1994


83.  They Hung Them From a Bois d'Arc Tree.  January 9, 1994.


84.  A Little Historical This and That.  January 16, 1994


85.  And Another Word Or Two.  January 23, 1994.


86. Fannin Guards to Protect the Frontier.  January 30, 1994  (Indian Conflicts)


87. Cherokees Gathering to Invade Texas.  February 6, 1994


88. Four Forts on the Fannin Frontier.  February 13, 1994


89. Captive To A Band of Indians. February 20, 1994


90. Depredation in the Sulphur River Valley.  February 27, 1994


91. Too Appalling for Description.  March 6, 1994


92. To Wage A War of Extermination.  March 13, 1994


93. Rush to the Rescue of Our Frontier.  March 20, 1994


94. According to the Strictest Rigour of Law.  March 27, 1994


95. Surrounded By Ten Mounted Indians.  April 3, 1994


96. Perpetual Peace and Friendship.  April 10, 1994


97.  Charlie Christian: A Fitting Tribute.  April 17, 1994


98. Peace, Amity, and Friendship.  April 24, 1994


99.  We Lived So Lonely.  [Samuel Erwin and family, Honey Grove]  May 1, 1994


100.  A Man of Remarkable Common Sense [Samuel Erwin and his daughter Louisiana's wagon trail trip to California]  May 8, 1994


101.  Erwin Family Saga Spanned the U.S.  [John Muir, Erwin Smith]  May 15, 1994


102.  The Remington of the Camera. [Erwin Smith] May 22, 1994


103.  I Knew the Life Wouldn't Wait. [Erwin Smith] May 29, 1994


104.  He was a Spectator Of Cowboys. [Erwin Smith] June 5, 1994


​105.  He Can Claim First Honor. . . . [Dr. Bacon Saunders and the first appendectomy in the state of Texas] June 12, 1994


106.  The Boys of Summer in Bonham (baseball, 1913)  June 19, 1994


107.  A Little Ingenuity Was Needed on the Frontier.  June 26, 1994


108.  What Might Have Been . . . . [Did the De Soto expedition enter Fannin County?]  July 3, 1994


109.  The Indian Name for Bois d'Arc was Nahaucha.  July 10, 1994


110.  Jefferson's Red River Expedition.  July 17, 1994.


111.  A Life of Work and Action Not Heroics.  [Erwin Smith] July 24, 1994


112,  A Three Day Party for All the County.  [Will H. Evans] July 31, 1994


113.  The Largest Parade in the History of Bonham.  August 7, 1994


114.  40,000 Joined in the Celebration.  August 14, 1994


115.  The Invisible Empire Rides Into Town. (Ku Klux Klan) August 21, 1994


116. No One Had the Desire to Leave.  August 28, 1994


117.  Their Cause - The Flag of Patriotism.  September 4, 1994


118.  Endorse the Good Work of the Klan.  September 11, 1994


119.  The KKK Paraded Last Night As Many Thousands Watched.  September 18, 1994


120.  In Other Words . . . (Activities in 1937-1938).  September 25, 1994


121.  Hereby Created - Post Office.  October 2, 1994


122.  Mail Routes in the Republic of Texas.  October 9, 1994


123.  Fannin County and the Fourth Estate.  October 16, 1994


124.  A New Decade, A New Publication.  October 23, 1994


125.  Some Succeeded . . . Some Failed.  (Newspapers).  October 30, 1994


126.  Liberty One and Inseparable.  November 6, 1994


127.  No News Was Not Good News.  November 13, 1994


128.  Unarmed, But He Could Pitch In.  (John Crane)  November 20, 1994


129.  Politics Calculated to Preserve (Newspapers).  November 27, 1994.


130.  The First Edition of the Texas News.  December 4, 1994


131.  The Greatest Good to the Greatest Number (The Honey Grove Enterprise).  December 11, 1994


132.  Fannin County's First Daily Paper.  December 18, 1994.


133.  Merry Raids and Fillerbustering.  (Christmas past).  December 25, 1994


134.  Laying to Rest Some Myths - Or Not (John Wesley Hardin).  January 1, 1995


135.  Fiction, Fantasy, and Falsehoods (John Wesley Hardin, Frank and Jesse James and an equestrian statue on the courthouse lawn).  January 8, 1995


136.  Cemeteries: Valuable Historic Resources.  January 15, 1995


137.  The Oldest Cemetery in Fannin County?  January 22, 1995


138.  Life is But a Shadow. [cemeteries]  January 29, 1995


139.  Charting Fannin County Cemeteries.  February 5, 1995


140.  A Good Town to Live In.  February 12, 1995


141,  The Warren Store Ledger.  February 19, 1995


142.  A Box of Shoes For $3.00  February 26, 1995


143.  Leftovers . . . Of A Sort.  March 5, 1995


144.  When the Movies Arrived.  March 12, 1995


145.  The New American Picture Show.  March 19, 1995


146.  Robb's and Rowley's "The American."  March 26, 1995


147.  A Monument to Bonham's Enterprise. (The American Theatre).  April 2, 1995.


148.  Bonham's Broadway Scene (The Pied Piper Players).  April 9, 1995.


149.  1931 Brought Down the Final Curtain.  April 16, 1995


150.  From Dr. Rowlett on Red River.  April 16, 1995


151.  Holding Talks with the Indians.  April 30, 1995.


152.  History: The Father of County Bois D'Arc (Dr. Daniel Rowlett and Indian matters)  May 7, 1995


153.  The Famous Slave Sale,  Mary 14, 1995


154.  The Peculiar Institution (slavery).  May 21, 1995


155.  End of the Line (Bonham Streetcars).  May 28, 1995



Other Tom Scott articles:


Fannin County Agriculture:  An Historical Perspective


General Tarrant and the Raid on Fort Inglish


The Size of Fannin County.