The Vagabond Chronicles #1 –A various and sundries collection of sketches, stories and Photographs about Life as I see it during my wanderings and explorations in this thing we call life. Unusual circumstances and sometimes down right weird, It’s all contained within these 52 pages.
Inscriptions scattered through this website are taken from gravestones in Oakwood Cemetery.
Bricklayer’s Protective Union #6
“As The Ship Bounds O’re The Wave Comes Back The Lover’s Litany Love Like Ours Shall Never Die”
“He Giveth His Beloved Sleep”
“Sleep On In Peace- With Jesus”
Old wood board marker, revealing only the weathering of many years.
“Gone From Our Home
But Not From Our Hearts”
“Her Suffering Is Past
She Rests In The Home
Of Her Choice At Last”
“Beloved One Farewell”
“See You In The Morning”
Statue of a Confederate Soldier stands an eternal watch over the resting places of his comrades.
“Soldiers’ Row”, established in 1903 for the burial of Confederate Veterans.
Carswell Memorial Park. Major Horace S. Carswell Jr. was the first person in Fort Worth to receive the Medal of Honor.
Annie Moystin Kells,
Born Nov 25, 1862
Died Oct 21, 1884
(At her feet is her pet “Polly”.)
“My Darling Sweetheart”
“Mother Our Home Is Broken”
“Loved In Life, Cherished In Death”
“The Most Wonderful Mother”
“Weep Not Papa And Mama For Me
For I Am Waiting In Heaven For Thee”
“Tho’ Lost To Sight
To Memory Dear”
“Goodbye, I Am
Going To Sleep”
“See You In The Morning”
Luke Short, known as King of the Gamblers in Fort Worth. He introduced the new game Keno at the White Elephant Saloon. Short died Sept. 8, 1893 at the age of thirty-nine. His cause of death was described as “Dropsy” (a deterioration of the body). He paid $20 in advance for his burial plot. He died in bed.
“Bartender’s Row”. In Early Fort Worth bar tending was a respected and honorable profession.
United States Senator Charles A. Culberson, also Governor of Texas.
“Mama, I’m Dying,
From the grave of
a nine year boy
(1) A Husband or Wife,
especially the Spouse
of a Monarch.
(2) A Companion or Partner
To coexist, cohort, live with, walk with, keep company with, hang out with, attend, protect, escort.
“Resting In Hope Of A Glorious Resurrection”
“No Pain Nor Grief
No Anxious Fear
Can Reach The Peaceful
“There Are No Partings
Fort Worth native Euday Bowman was a ragtime composer. His best known song was “12th Street Rag” which he wrote about his experiences in Kansas City. Another song written by Bowman was “Fort Worth Blues”. It was never published. He died in New York City in 1949.
There were no bridges across the Trinity River in early Fort Worth. All the Catholic funerals were held downtown at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The funeral procession had to cross the river at shallow fords. Sometimes the water was high and the horses and mourners could or would not cross. There was a saying among the early day Catholics – “He is a good friend, he will follow you all the way across the river.” In the far background is the Red River Texas and Southern Railway Bridge built 1902. It is one of the oldest surviving railroad bridges in Tarrant County.
Now as you pull out onto Grand Avenue from the cemetery, turn right. At 609 Grand, on your left, you will find George Hilton’s Bicycle Tree. If it’s winter and there are no leaves on the tree, you can see the bicycles nestled in among the limbs. It’s a little harder to see during the summer.
Photos taken on the streets and sidewalks of Tarrant County.
This is my new “Spy” Camera. It is a Canon ELPT LT APO (which stands for Advanced Photo System). It’s dimensions are 3.4 x 2.2 x 1.4. It weigh 4.1 oz. It shoots 25 exp. And is fully automatic with a Canon 23 MM f 4.8 lens. It has a self-timer and a built in flash. It has lots of other bells and whistles that I don’t use. It shoots three types of prints. You can chose regular size, wide size or panorama prints, and you can alternate between them. As you can see in the photo, it’s about the size of a pack of cards. It hides real easy in your shirt pocket. I felt like a real under cover spy when I took the picture of the men’s room that you will see later. All photos on this site (except the picture of me and the camera which was taken with my 35 MM Camera) have been taken with this camera. So far all pictures have been taken within the boundaries of Tarrant County, but that could change.
Bad blood had been brewing for some time between Luke Short and ‘Longhaired’ Courtright when they met on the evening of Feb. 8th at about 8:00 p.m. A challenge was issued by Courtright. Luke was called out of the White Elephant. Both men moved up the block until they were in front of Ella Blackwell’s Shooting Gallery. They stood facing each other just a few feet apart. Short assured Courtright he had no gun and moved to show him by lifting his vest. It was dark, Courtright had been drinking and he took it as a go for his gun. Courtright yelled, “Don’t you pull a gun on me.” Courtright went for one of his two 45’s on his hips. Courtright outdrew Short. In the process his 45’s hammer caught on his watch chain. Luke drew his pistol and got off the first shot. Short then fired four more shots. Courtright fell to the floor on his back, dying.
The year was 1887. Luke Short never went to trial for killing Courtright. The shooting was a clear cut case of self defense.
“Hell’s Half Acre” by Richard F. Selcer and “Where the West Begins” by Janet L. Schmelzer. Both books are available from the “Best Little Bookstore in Texas”.