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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted August 1, 2014
This article will conclude the topic of “women around town, but it will also touch base on the idea of “children around town.” Current “women around town” who have contributed much to Llano’s development will not be specifically named, mainly because the names are numerous. A primary objective, however is to point out some major differences prevalent today in comparison to what the town of Llano was like in past times.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 17, 2014 • Photos
After writing three articles about various “men around town” during three different time periods—early days, circa 1900, and post World War II, one thing became very clear: Where were the “women around town?” The answer really isn’t that difficult because for the most part, they weren’t there. With the status of women uplifted to its present point in the United States, it’s hard to believe this has been a reality for only a few years.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 10, 2014
The town of Llano was nothing but pasturage when the county was first created by the State in early 1856. It took time to build a county seat, which was designated by the State to be within five miles from the center of the county and to be called “Llano” when established.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • Posted June 30, 2014
Over time the world around us experiences many physical changes that alter our historical past. Some are brought about on purpose, mostly in the name of progress. Others occur due to natural disasters, especially fires and floods, but sadly, a lot happen from sheer neglect. Historical reminders gradually deteriorate into oblivion, leaving either no trace they ever existed, or at the most, remnants scattered or hidden by creeping foliage and tall grass. Just in the past few years, reminders of ...
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • Posted June 30, 2014
Do you like to play along with Jeopardy on TV? Do you want to play for real? The library can’t fly you out to be a contestant on the “real” show, but we can bring the game to you right in the library! Our Jeopardy game features an electronic game board (projected huge onto the wall), an electronic scoreboard, and wireless buzzers – the whole works!
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 30, 2014
Through the years, many interesting and capable men have played an active role in helping make the town of Llano a success. Growth has been slow, gradually progressing to the population as it stands today. The town itself has seen many changes. While the downtown areas of other small towns across Texas have been dwindling in the number of operational businesses and their buildings deteriorating just as rapidly, Llano has seen the importance of its historical value and has gone to great lengths ...
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 11, 2014
Everyone knows George Washington as the “Father of our Country,” even though he had no biological children of his own. We also remember Stephen F. Austin, a confirmed bachelor, as the “Father of Texas.” Those men who participated in the signing of the Declaration of Independence and in the early development of the United States of America are collectively called our “Founding Fathers.” So, who might we claim to be the founding father of the town of Llano? It doesn’t take much res ...
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 6, 2014
By the time this article is submitted, the Llano High School Class of 2014 will have graduated. I hope the experience was an enjoyable one and that all the graduates will be very happy and successful in the future years. Although I’m sure some of the class members are glad it’s over, there are many others who are saddened to see their high school years gone forever.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 30, 2014 • Photos
A yearly spring event in high schools all over Texas, and probably the entire United States, is a special gala most often referred to as “the prom.” The event was originally intended to be the the junior class’s way of honoring the graduating senior class that year. Underclassmen can attend only if they have asked as a date by a junior or senior.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 • Posted May 30, 2014 • Photos
Memorial Day was originally celebrated the thirtieth of May, but in 1968, it was moved to the last Monday in that month to facilitate a three-day weekend. The holiday serves as a special time to honor all soldiers who died protecting the freedoms we Americans so readily enjoy. It seems appropriate at this time to remember some of the men with Llano County connections, who lost their life in various American times of war. The first war was the American Revolution.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • Posted May 23, 2014
The high school days for the Senior Class of 2014 are winding down. With diplomas in hand, they immediately become L.H.S. alumni. To hear most of them talk, they want you to think joining the ranks of that establishment is exactly what they have been waiting for….but is it? In case you haven’t noticed, students in their last year of high school have a tendency to be highly knowledgeable on all topics…..a malady known by others as “senior-itis.” After teaching English IV the last ten ...
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 • Posted May 9, 2014
The second Sunday in May is designated to honor all mothers in America. The event is not exclusive to just a person’s birth mother, it is also a time to pay tribute to grandmothers, great grandmothers, and so forth. In previous years I have shown appreciation for pioneer mothers in my family who were early settlers in Llano County and tried to create an accurate image of what kinds of problems these women endured and what the role of motherhood was like on the Texas frontier.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 • Posted May 7, 2014
"A special thanks to everyone who has supported me during my lengthy bout with surgery and later complications, which led to a long hospital stay followed by rehab and convalescence in my daughter’s home." The Texas State Historical Association recently announced that the month of April was designated as an appropriate time to give honor and tribute to the state’s local county officials.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • Posted March 28, 2014
(Extracted from the memoirs of Levi V. (Lee) Arnold written in 1925) I moved down to Fort Worth and worked with the telephone company for nearly one year and then I came over to the stockyards to get a job. I walked around the yards awhile and found out where they needed a hand and went to the show sheds and found the gang at work.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 21, 2014 • Photos
In January, 1925, Levi V. (Lee) Arnold, who grew up as a child in Llano County, Texas on the Colorado River south of Old Bluffton, completed his personal memoirs, mostly about his early life prior to 1900. It seemed to be his intent to share with readers what it was like to be raised on the Texas frontier during tumultuous years that were plagued by Indian hostilities and rampant outlaws.