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Member Since 12 Jun 2008
Offline Last Active Apr 26 2009 07:15 PM

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In Topic: Chenault's History

26 March 2009 - 02:14 PM

Hank, I must have been about 10 years behind you at Chenault's as I was there a lot in the early to mid 60's. Our dates had to be home by 12:00 and all the guys would head to Chenault's. I know they used to stay open until 2:00 or 3:00 AM and patrons from all those Sanson Park night spots would come in, making for a lot of entertainment. And sometimes the "ladies" from the Tower Motel would come accoss the street to eat. I think the first chicken fried steak I bought there was $ 1.32 and you could get the island burger for about $ 1.00.

In Topic: Fort Worth History Down Loads

08 March 2009 - 06:55 PM

Sam Smith is a great uncle, a brother of my grandfather. Sam's parents were Jesse G. Smith and Emma Givens Smith. Jesse migrated from Georgia to Arkansas to east Texas to Fort Worth. Jesse was the first city judge of North Fort Worth. He passed away in 1907 and, according to his obituary, all the business shut down during the hour of his funeral. Emma was a very short woman, less than 5 feet tall. Jesse and Emma are buried in the family plot in Oakwood. Sam Smith was one of 7 boys and 2 girls with brothers Ben, Walter, Punk, Jesse, George, and Bill and sisters Elizabeth and Mattie. There is a possibility that there was an additional female sibling as there is a grave in the family plot that no one seems to know about, a girl who possibly died in infancy. Sam's wife was Lena and their children were sons Jack and Bobby and a daughter Jessie. Jessie worked for many years for the county tax assessor. My uncle once told me a story about Sam who, probably in the 20's or 30's, had his car break down on the way home from Dallas. Sam camped by the side of the road, built a fire, melted metal and formed a new car part, repaired his car with the part he had made, and continued on home the next day. The Smith family was one of the early families of the North Side, along with the Shannon and Jarvis families. I believe that Sam and Lena are buried at Mount Olivet.

In Topic: Fireworks Plant Explosion

08 February 2009 - 07:31 PM

I remember this very well. I was probably between 5 and 7 years old and my brother told me it was an atomic bomb. You could see the mushroom cloud from our back yard. I remember a parent of the woman who lived next door worked at the firework plant and the neighbor was beside herself. This event, as well as a B-29 hitting a tree in our back yard and crashing on Amon Carter's Shady Oak Farm are two of the things that, for some reason, are indelible in my memory.

In Topic: Looking for hospital, may have been demolished...

13 December 2008 - 10:05 AM

Doctor's General Hospital was a white brick building. I had surgery there in 1962.

In Topic: Past Christmases in Burk Burnett Park

03 December 2008 - 10:09 PM

There was a picture on the front page of the Star Telegram in around '51 or '52 of me, my brother, and my cousins at the lighting of the tree in Burnett Park. I was about 4 or 5 and for some reason I was wearing an army helmet. Not some kid's toy helmet but a real one. I remember taking my girlfriend to the lighting while in high school, around '64 or '65 (I didn't wear an army helmet that night.)