Category Archives: Local History
It’s been a long time since ‘Mac ‘ McClain was commonly seen on the Orangefield ISD campus with his bright, blue eyes and dark, slicked back hair. Many Orangefield residents remember McClain well, while newer residents may wonder why his
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is observed annually on Dec. 7, is to remember and honor all those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. This week marks 72 years since the day that
Local poet and longtime Orange resident Pearl Burgess was left “speechless” Tuesday afternoon as friends and relatives gathered at the courthouse to honor her and so she could receive two proclamations. Burgess was under the assumption she was at the
When you look back, it’s amazing that the Rainbow Bridge was completed in under three years. It was naming the darn thing that took forever. It began as a solution for clogged roads caused by Dryden Ferry traffic. Seventy years
Living history re-enactors will turn out to observe the sesquicentennial of Battle of Sabine Pass.Dick Dowling Day Michael McGreevy is expecting “excellent troop strength” for Dick Dowling Days weekend, Sept. 7-8. Friends of Sabine Pass Battleground will present the event,
Like many young men of his generation, 17-year-old Clement Thibodeaux Jr. joined the military to fight in the Korean War and was killed in action. However, it would be more than 60 years later before his family would have the
Near the end of August in 1963, three residents from Orange climbed on a bus headed to Washington D.C. It wasn’t just any bus trip. It was a trip into history. They were participants in the civil rights March on
Saturday, the replica derrick blew at the dedication of the historical marker and again at 8:05 p.m., the time Bland number one spewed oil for the first time in the Orange Oil Field a century ago. A large crowd was
A local Orange citizen is upset about the impending demolition of what he refers to as an “historical asset” to the community. Chuck Peterson recently let his feelings known about the former Texas Travel Information Center, also referred to as
The Sabine River and surrounding waterways were once the mode of travel to move cargo from one location to another. Like all modes of transportation, there are risks. Vehicles are involved in wrecks, trains derail and ships sink. For members
Orange still mourns the loss of a little girl who was taken from her home on July 4, 2002 and her lifeless body found four days later near the water’s edge in a remote part of Pleasure Island in Port
Time may have moved on, but crime has always been an issue for local police. Wilson Roberts, 75, the first Bridge City police chief, kept his officers striving to make the city a better place to live. Wilson became the
Recently, across the county, police were taking time to reflect on their fellow brethren who have lost their lives in the line of duty. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and
Stevenson’s crime spree began in the early morning hours on Jan. 28, 2002. He shot and killed his girlfriend, Mirian McElroy, 51, of Orange. Stevenson then set fire to the trailer house he shared with her at 2700 Barbara Street.
The Knights of Columbus, Orange Council, No. 1680 has faithfully served St. Mary’s Parish and the community since 1913 and will celebrate their 100th anniversary on April 14. The celebration will be begin following the 10 a.m. mass at St.