Carol Taylor

Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Christmas parades Dec. 6; Commerce Public Library open house 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6

Greenville Christmas parade

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, discusses the history of Christmas parades, with the Commerce and Greenville parades scheduled for this Saturday night, December 6.  And Jim Conrad, the archivist emeritus of Texas A&M University-Commerce, tells us about an open house at the Commerce Public Library from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, in conjunction with the local parade.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Greenville Chamber tried to save cotton, 100 years ago

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the Greenville Chamber of Commerce started a demonstration program 100 years ago to give a boost to the county's declining cotton industry.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:30 am
Fri October 31, 2014

'Bob Wills Festival,' 'Small Business Saturday' today's Cafe topics

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the fiddling history of the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, where this weekend's Bob Willis Fiddling Festival will take place.  And Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses plans for Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Greenville Municipal Auditorium celebrates 75th anniversary, Friday, October 24

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says the Greenville Municipal Building, and the Municipal Auditorium inside, will be 75 years old this Friday, October 24.  The city of Greenville is planning a major observance of the event next week.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Greenville's North Texas Fair sought to improve people's lives

Carol Taylor
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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says Greenville's North Texas Fair, held on the property now partly occupied by the Greenville YMCA, was a major regional event in the early part of the 20th Century.  The fair sought not just to entertain but to educate, with events such as the "Better Babies Contest."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

100 years ago, Greenville hosts Confederate Vets reunion

Carol Taylor
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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the Texas Confederate Veterans Reunion, held in Greenville the week of July 28,1914, 100 years ago.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Bankhead Highway sign to be dedicated at Greenville's Corner Street Pub June 17

Carol Taylor
Credit Hunt County Historical Commission

The chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, says a sign commemorating the Bankhead Highway will be dedicated at the Corner Street Pub in downtown Greenville on Tuesday, June 17.  The Bankhead Highway was a transcontinental, federally funded road approved by Congress in 1916 that passed through Greenville, Commerce and other Northeast Texas towns, and parts of which still exist today.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Greenville's history of 'opera houses'

Carol Taylor
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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses Greenville's history of "opera houses."  The best known was the King Opera House, part of which still stands within the Texan Theater, which is being extensively renovated and will reopen this fall.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Hunt County rich in baseball tradition

Majors Stadium arch, downtown Greenville

Hunt County has a rich baseball tradition, according to Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor.  Greenville recently observed the 65th anniversary of the minor-league Greenville Majors defeating the mighty New York Yankees in an exhibition game.  The legendary Monty Stratton of "The Stratton Story" fame was from the Greenville area.  And "town teams" from almost every community in Hunt County used to play each other in fun, and sometimes fierce, competition.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Tales of the 'madstone'

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor often uncovers quirky bits of local history, and one of those is the "madstone," which was used as recently as 100 years ago to cure rabies.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Greenville's Fred Douglas School receives state historical status

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

The Fred Douglas Elementary School building in east Greenville, no longer in use, has received status as a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark from the state Historical Commission, Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says.  Black children attended the school in the days of segregation.  A local church, Carter Temple, now owns the building and hopes to convert it into a community center. 

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News
6:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Andrew Jackson Hurdle: Former slave, founder of churches and a college

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

As we observe Black History Month, Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor tells the story of a former slave, the Rev. Andrew Jackson Hurdle, who founded five churches in Hunt County and a college for former slaves in Anderson County near Palestine.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Taylor: Ruby Allmond was a female music trailblazer

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the career of Ruby Allmond, trailblazing Northeast Texas female fiddler and songwriter, whose papers and memorabilia are housed at the James Gee Library at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Carol Taylor: "Shooting the anvil" for Christmas

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

One more tip of the cap to Christmas, as we discuss how Christmas was celebrated in Hunt County in the late 19th Century, after the Civil War and Reconstruction.  Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says one highlight of the community Christmas Day celebration was "shooting the anvil," which definitely would not meet safety standards today.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Carol Taylor: Christmas used to be a community event

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says in the years after the Civil War, people in Hunt County used to celebrate Christmas as a community, with a large Christmas tree in the county seat of Greenville.  Christmas trees in homes were rare or non-existent.  A large crowd of people would gather  on Christmas Day to observe the holiday, and children would receive modest gifts.

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