Billy the Kid died an old man in 1950 - History or just legend? According to the story told in Hico, Billy the Kid didn't die when he was shot in 1881. Instead he escaped to Texas where he lived out his last days in Hico under the name Ollie Roberts (known locally as Brushy Bill). Fact or Fiction? Who knows!
Calvert TX - 1909 - a group of women from Calvert were part of the American Woman's League (AWL). The AWL was designed to promote women's rights and empower women. The ladies in Calvert sold magazines and were paid for their efforts with a Craftsman Style house intended to be a local civic and arts center. Only 38 of these houses were built in the US - 3 of them in Texas.
Dorie Miller was born in Waco, TX. He joined the Navy as a cook and was in Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack. He helped carry many sailors to safety and manned an anti aircraft weapon that he had never been trained to use. He was award the Navy Cross for his heroic actions and it was personally presented to him by Admiral Nimitz - head of the entire Pacific Fleet. It was the first time that an African American in the Pacific Fleet received such a high commendation. Sadly, Dorie Miller was killed later in the war when the ship he was serving on went down in a torpedo attack. www.history.navy....
Ann Whitney was a school teacher in Hamilton in 1867. During an Indian attack, Ann helped several students escape, and hid several others - saving their lives. Ann was killed in the attack, but she was a true Texas hero. Visit Hamilton to learn more about her and to see her grave.
The story of Cynthia Ann Parker is a sad one - kidnapped after a Comanche massacre at Old Fort Parker (near Mexia), Cynthia grew up with the Comanche and eventually married Chief Peta Nocona - she had 3 children - one of which is the famous Quanah Parker (last free Comanche Chief). 20+ years after her kidnapping, she was "rescued" and returned back to modern society. She never recovered from being forced to leave her Indian family. You can learn more about her story by visiting Old Fort Parker in Mexia