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In Topic: Kleinschmidt's Bakery

04 July 2012 - 10:55 AM

In the 1940s, Kleinschmidt's was located in the 3000 block of Hemphill
next to the Safeway Store and across the street from the Berry (White) Theater.
In the early morning their front door was open with a locked screen door,
but they were nice enough to open up to provide the Star-Telegram boys a
pastry after they finished delivering the morning paper.

In Topic: Chuck Wagon Gang, Bewley Mills, WBAP, Blackstone Hotel

08 March 2012 - 07:55 PM

I remember WBAP broadcasting from their studios on the top floor of the Medical Arts Building just west of Burk Burnett Park. Could it be that the Blackstone was a remote?

In Topic: Fort Worth Police

02 January 2012 - 09:32 AM

I posted this on the Forum's Community Calendar for June, but I wanted
to let everyone know about the Panther Badge that all Fort Worth Police Officers
have worn since 1912:

Event Date: 09-June 12 9:00 am

On the morning of June 9, 1912 Police Chief Renfro assembled his officers
at the Fort Worth City Hall.

At 9:00 am Chief Renfro asked the officers to remove the shield badge that they had been
issued and began passing out the Panther Badge.

For the first time, the officers pinned the panther badge on their uniforms.

On June 9, 2012 the officers of the Fort Worth Police Department will re-enact that event
as it occurred 100 years ago. The event is scheduled to be held at the old City Hall site,
1000 Throckmorton St.

The Fort Worth Police Historical Association designed a special Centennial Panther Badge
and every Fort Worth Police Officer will be given this special badge that can be officially
worn until June 9, 2013.

Fort Worth is very unique in that they belong to a handful of police departments in the
United States to have worn the same badge for 100 years.

You can keep up and get more details plus pictures of the Centennial badge at:
Centennial Badge

In Topic: Possible Fort Worth to Kansas Passenger Rail

06 December 2011 - 08:37 AM

My, this brings up some early memories...The "cruel" fate of being born in a southeastern Kansas railroad town to two native-born Texas parents (for which I got a lot of ribbing about in school for being a "non-Texan" because they moved back to Texas a month after I was born) was due to my Dad working for the MK&T Railroad. (Missouri, Kansas, & Texas Railroad often called the "Katy") He had been temporarily dispatched to a Katy town in Southeastern Kansas from his Wichita Falls, TX base of operations. I visited my Kansas birthplace some years ago after a 50+ year absence and discovered it was a dying town less than half of the size when I was born there-even the old (Catholic) hospital I'd been born in had long since closed and been demolished. Except for a few key Kansas cities like Topeka, Wichita, and the Kansas City area, the State remains largely rural so its hard to pinpoint how much passenger rail traffic would be generated from there to Fort Worth. Maybe some passengers would be picked up in Oklahoma on the way down but eastern Oklahoma with the exception of Tulsa, mostly slumbers on. Lots of faded old communities along U.S. Hwy. 75 into U.S. 69 going north across Kansas into Kansas City. I've taken that route up to Kansas City many times because I enjoy the scenery along the way.

Of course, Katy passenger service between Fort Worth and Kansas ended over 50 years ago. I barely recall as a little kid riding a Katy passenger train between Wichita Falls and Denison but a year or so later the Katy passenger service was ended forever. Even the Katy itself did not survive the 1970's as I recall-it went bankrupt and took a number of small town economies with it. Now I need to go read the FW-Business article so I won't feel like a complete fool for posting this...(or maybe I will :huh: )

In the '40s I made at least 16 trips from Fort Worth to Kansas City on the Santa Fe
and Rock Island while attending Kemper Military School in Boonville, Mo. Made a few trips on
the Katy direct to Boonville, but they had a lousy arrival and departure schedule in Boonville.

In Topic: Sleepy Panther

16 November 2011 - 10:34 PM

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In June 2012 all 1,495 Fort Worth Police Officers will be wearing the
Centennial Panther Badge for one year before reverting back to the same badge worn by
officers for the past 100 years.

The Fort Worth Police Historical Association designed the Badge (with the Chief's approval)
and will furnish each officer with the Centennial Badge on June 1, 2012. The Association thanks the many
individuals, organizations and Fort Worth businesses who are making this all possible.

Coins and pins can be purchased from the Association by sworn officers
and non-sworn citizens.