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Robert Lee “Uncle Bob” Saunders was an early-day resident of Gatesville and the son of one of Gatesville’s early business pioneers. Born in 1880 in Gatesville, Uncle Bob had …

Celebrating July 4, also known as Independence Day, a majority of Texas residents enjoyed the holiday with traditional picnics, barbeques, family gatherings, and perhaps an outing to a lake or river. …

Mr. Charles Freeman wrote “History of Pearl, Texas” in 1969, and it includes many delightful stories. Mr. Freeman was born Nov. 29, 1903, four miles east of Pearl. He spent his entire …

My husband and I were talking about early telephones in Gatesville, and he remembered that the old telephone office used to be in the Bill Herridge Insurance building at 1004 Main Street, in …

When Alexander Graham Bell exhibited his telephone invention in 1876 at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, a Texas gentleman by the name of Colonel A. H. Belo became very interested. Belo was …

Strolling through the oldest section of the Gatesville City Cemetery, visitors sometimes notice very ornate tombstones as well as small inexpensive stones. People are often captivated by the …

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Gatesville Shivaree. The first Shivaree, which took place on the courthouse square, was on Aug. 3, 1974. The very first Shivaree was sponsored by …

On Feb. 4, 1854, the governor of Texas, Elisha M. Pease, signed a bill delivered to his office from the Texas State Legislature that called for the creation of Coryell County from parts of Milam and …

Cinco de Mayo, which celebrates Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, is not considered a popular holiday in Mexico, but in the United States has become a …

How do you encompass 100 years of Texas State Parks’ history? That was the challenge state parks staff have spent the past year tackling. The result? A wooden time capsule created by the …

In 1909, a former Coryell County resident, Jim Miller, was hanged by an angry mob in Ada, Oklahoma. It appears that his complicated life of crime began at an early age and started just on the …

Emiliano “Nano” Calderon, the CHC Program Coordinator in the History Programs Division of the Texas State Historical Commission in Austin, recently went on a private tour of the …

George Washington was the father of our country. Bill Gates co-established Microsoft. Thomas Edison improved the light bulb. Stephen King created Cujo . Walt Whitman wrote poetry, Lyndon Johnson …

The City of Gatesville is pursuing the establishment of a historic district following recent approval from the Texas Historical Commission in mid-February. Now that Gatesville is considered …

In the past, Saint Patrick’s Day has been chronicled in Coryell County history with articles about Irish immigrants who arrived in the area now known as Coryell County. It has been written …

March has been designated National Women’s History Month. It’s a month to celebrate the contributions of women throughout our nation’s history, and those contributions are numerous. …

In September of 1969, a movie was released titled “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Katharine Ross. The movie premiered in Gatesville on June …

In 1975, The Gatesville Messenger published an article praising the extraordinary life of Mildred Watkins Mears. The article states: “Few women in the history of Coryell County have made their …

The origins of Women’s History Month can be traced to a celebration that was held in Santa Rosa, California in 1978 when the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status …

In 2024, with the upcoming race for the office of Coryell County sheriff approaching, a few changes can be observed in just how elections have evolved over the years. Today, we have electronic …

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