Thursday, January 31, 2008

New Years resolutions?

How are you doing on your New Years resolutions? I said I would eat better, get in shape and.......I dont remember, something else, I am sure it was something good.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Back end view

This is only the back of the buildings on Moore St, but I like to look at it and try to imagine what Terrell looked like 100 years ago. If I stood at the same spot 100 years ago, how different would the view be?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Vote for............

Kim had a post on Sunday about the signs home builders post on the side of the road. Here is my contribution along the same lines. Political signs, lots of them, all at the same place. I vote, but not by who has the biggest or most signs.
Don't take any of this as an endorsement of any candidate or a jab at any candidate. Pictured are only the Republican signs, but there are Democratic signs also, they are on the other side.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

SwCC Admin building

Here are a few more pics of the SwCC Admin building. I did receive one comment on Sundays post. I haven't seen any news of this anywhere.

I am a student at the school in the Ministerial Program. The buildings affected were the Administration and Student Support Services buildings. They housed 95% of administrative offices, student records, the Ben Foster Jr. Auditorium, several classrooms, and the James O. Maxwell Ministerial Room. This is a tremendous loss to the school. Fortunately nobody was injured and the school has insurance that will cover the costs of rebuilding.

SWCC Admin building in ruins

I am going to break the rules today. I know I have already posted one photo today, but I am going to post another.

I try to post positive images of Terrell, but I guess everything cant always be positive. A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of the Administration building for Southwestern Christian College. Today the building is in ruins. Here is a photo I took just a little while ago. I haven't seen anything in the news about it yet. I am not sure what all was housed in the building and I think a side building, but this has to be devastating for the college.

Throw me the ball!

The Terrell Tigers basketball team, in the white uniforms, was host to Greenville, TX on Friday night. Terrell dominated the entire game. I have more photos and a you tube clip posted on More Terrell Texas.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Foggy morning

Ok, no ice yesterday didn't make me disappointed, but I would have loved the day off of work. This morning we get fog. Some places were supposed to get freezing fog, never heard of that before. Sounds more like a horror movie, than a weather condition.

Friday, January 25, 2008

What a disappointment.

No ice, only rain and work, ick. This is driving home from work this afternoon going through the toll plaza on the George Bush Turnpike. Its not named for W. but his daddy.

I have somehow got a virus or something on my computer, so I am not able to comment like I would like. I hope to have it fixed by tomorrows posting.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Winter Storm Watch

I think we are wimps here in Texas. We have a winter storm watch issued for tonight and tomorrow morning. There is a chance we could have ice for the ride to work tomorrow. I hope I dont have to take an ice day like J. Andrew. I thought this was a great time for me to join the others and say I am ready for spring and my site needs color. Here is a picture from my front yard last summer.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Terrell Texas High School 1958

Yesterday I asked if anyone had a picture of the old Terrell High School to send it in and I would post it. Jim Miller, webmaster for Terrell High Alumni sent in a picture of the high school from the 1958 yearbook. The school has been gone for some time. Here is another picture that Mr. Miller sent me a while back.

To answer a question from yesterdays comments, I never had a Letterman's jacket. I was more of the geek type.....OK I WAS a geek. Back in the early 80s (I graduated in 82) my high school had a radio station and that's where I spent my time. We would broadcast our schools sporting events, had our own radio shows, did our own news, had FCC broadcasters license and everything. That's one of the good memories I have from my high school, Cahokia Sr. High School and WRTE 89.5 FM.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Letterman jackets

This may only be of interest to people who graduated from Terrell High School, but during my visit to the Museum I noticed two lettermans jackets. One is for the Band Captain, Class of 55, the other I think is for track, Class of 57. Amazing these things are over 50 years old. If anyone has a picture of the old high school, email it to me and I will post it here.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Old pipe organ

Brian and I made a trip to the Terrell Heritage Society Museum yesterday. That is the building in my header photo. They are open on the weekends. Its very neat inside. They have quite a bit about the history of Terrell, including thousands of photographs. I would love to take a scanner in there and get some of their photos online.

Here is a photo I took of the pipe organ that's kept on the second floor. The organ was originally in the First Baptist Church. It was used from 1912 till 1956 when the church moved into a new building and the organ stayed in the old building. The organ was moved to the Museum in the 80s when the old church building was demolished.

The organ still works. There is a sign that says if you know how to play, please do.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Terrell High School Cheerleaders

Every basketball game has cheerleaders. Here are the Terrell Tiger cheerleaders during a time out at Friday nights game.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Terrell High School basketball

Friday night I attended a high school basketball game for the first time since I graduated from Cahokia, Illinois High School in 1982. The Terrell Tigers played host to the Forney Jackrabbits. Terrell won by a large margin, the final score was 67-41. I was able to get a few good pictures, but really need a better camera if I want to take sports pictures. You can see a few more of my pictures from the game here.

Yesterday Southern Heart gave me a "You make my day" award. She has a great site for Memphis, TN. Thank you.

The award rules say: "Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times."

So, I cant break the rules. I have way more than 10 sites that I enjoy, so I will try to list the sites that haven't gotten the award yet.

Dan from McKinney, TX
Jana from Susanville, CA
Brian from Terrell, TX
Thien from Seguin, TX
Petrea from Pasadena, CA
Annie from American Fork, UT
B.C. from Chicago, IL.
Mo from Las Vegas, NV
J.Andrew from Van Buren, AR
Kim from Celina, TX

There are so many more I could list, that I enjoy every day.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Old stables

A house a few streets over is up for sale. On the grounds of the house is a huge garage, or so I thought. From reading the for sale sheet of the house, its a former stable. Its probably past the point of being turned into a house, but then I saw this photo and thought they looked similar. I can dream right?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Terrell ISD Admin building

Yesterday was the college Admin building, today is the ISD Admin building.

I posted a head on shot back in September. This building was built in 1936. It has had additions over the years, but it has always been used as a school building. It was converted to the Districts Administration building around 10 years ago.

A follow up to my January 6th post is here.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Jack Evans Administation Building

Across from the Robert A. Terrell octagon house is the Jack Evans Administration Building. It sits on the campus of Southwestern Christian College. I wasn't able to find when the building was built, but I think it predates the Christian College which moved onto the campus in the 50s.

Below is the Mission for the College taken from their website.

SWCC Mission

Southwestern Christian College, founded and sponsored by members of Churches of Christ, is accredited as a four-year (level II), educational college (limited to Bachelor's degree in Bible and Religious Education), with a two-year associate program in the liberal arts. Its purpose is to

 offer a holistic educational program that will motivate the student to value and achieve academic excellence within the context of commitment to moral and spiritual values;
 to assist students in making their transitions from high school to higher education on various levels;
 to assist students in preparation for varied vocations in life;
 to prepare future leaders for their distinct communities and the world at large.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Robert A. Terrell home

Yesterday I mentioned that Terrell, Texas is not named for Terrell Owens. Below is the home of the founder of Terrell, Robert A. Terrell. More information about Mr. Terrell is available here. I am not sure how much of the home is original. It looks pretty good for being over 100 years old.

Have ya ever tried to take a picture of an 8 sided house?

Monday, January 14, 2008


There are many Dallas Cowboy football fans still crying this morning over their team losing in the playoffs yesterday. I am sure my photo represents what many people did last night and this morning. No, I am not a Dallas Cowboy fan, and Terrell, Texas is not named for Terrell Owens.

The Dallas Cowboys play American football

Sunday, January 13, 2008

One down

Today was the first sunny, semi-warm, dry and calm day in a while. A great day to try to rake up pecan leaves. Here is bag one, only about 20 more to go. Anyone want to help?

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Griffith Homeplace outbuilding

This is a small outbuilding behind this house. During the summer its hidden by ivy. Here is the text of a small sign posted on the fence.

While mistakenly referred to as the "Midgets' House", this historic Victorian structure is typical of SERVANTS QUARTERS and dependencies on this property which helped keep daily chores as well as servants out of the main house. Here activities typically would include laundering, cooking, canning and pickeling, smoking and curing meat, sewing, home shoe repair, saddlery, minor household repairs, storage of seed and garden equipment, etc.: evidence that many 19c. households were remarkably self-sufficient.
Often overtly pretentious on the Exterior, to impress visitors, these outbuildings were raw, barren and crudely finished on the inside, frequently without interior walls and much like a stage set; and they were seldom frequented by other than domestic help.
When young men of the family were quartered separately as a step toward ultimate independence, such houses were often referred to as garconierres.
Records indicate that the DR. L.E.GRIFFITH HOMEPLACE, had at least eight outbuildings on this historic landmark property.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Las Vegas for the pep's

Mo from Another Las Vegas Daily Photo posted a photo of this sign on December 27th. At the time the sign said the candidate was "for the pep's" Mo wrote, and I am sure everyone agreed that it probably should be "for the peeps". Notice that part of the sign has been painted over. I thought it was funny to see a sign that I recognized from CDPB, my friends thought I was crazy.

I totally enjoyed the trip to Las Vegas, didnt win any money, but thats ok. To see more of Las Vegas visit Mo daily. She has the pictures and the history to go with it.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

American National Bank offices

American National Bank is probably the largest employer in Terrell and probably also occupies the largest amount of space in Terrells downtown area. These are ANB offices located just off Moore St on Frances St. There are no people in the photo because this was taken after hours.

I have been tagged. Chris from Nashville Daily Photo tagged me on Tuesday. So I get to spill the bean on my new years resolutions, if I have any. Here is how Chris explained it.

When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions we seem to fall into four categories: 1) quite serious about them, 2) flippant about them, 3) pressured to do them, or 4) do not do them.

So, the purpose of this little game is to let us know which category you are in. I will give mine, then tag 3 other sites to do the same thing.

OK for me....I guess I fall into group 2. It was hard to make resolutions this years since it started in Las Vegas, but I tried anyway.

Eat better---already messed that one up.
Work out---start next week....HONEST

That's it, that's all I made. Now I get to tag. Jana from Susanville Daily Photo, Southern Heart from Good Adobe-a Daily Photo of Memphis, TN and Kim from Celina Daily Photo. Check out each of their sites.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Terrell doesnt have the mountains of Vegas, but we do have lovely trees......OK whatever....... I have posted a few more pics of the Vegas trip here.

Monday, January 7, 2008

First set of Vegas pics

I posted my first set of Vegas pics here. These are from Fremont St. The old part of town.

Yes thats my ugly face and fat body in front of the 4 Queens Casino.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Another one going down

Continuing the theme from my Vegas photo from yesterday, I noticed this house up the street and around the corner from me. Looks like they are taking it apart a little at a time. This house didn't look bad, but it may have had structural issues. Hope this area does not become a parking lot for the nearby church.

Please take the time to visit and welcome a new Terrell photo blog. Brian just started his site, his goal is to take photos of the 'burbs east of Dallas.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

I am back

I hate to say it but we are back from Las Vegas. The trip was wonderful. In the coming days, I will post pictures on my second page of the trip. One picture for today is the hotel we stayed at. By the time we left there was nothing left.

Not really, this is the old Frontier. There was a larger building farther back from the strip that was imploded late last year. I guess this was a smaller building they decided they could just tear down instead. When we got to Vegas on Tuesday almost the entire building was standing. By the time we left on Friday afternoon, it was gone.

Mo posted two photos of the main hotel building before it was imploded and the reason it had to be removed. In my post you can see more of the Trump Tower. I guess the parking garage is going up in front of it.

I am sorry I wasn't able to make it to everyones site on Jan 1. We were rushed leaving the for the airport, we had to fight Cotton Bowl traffic so we left early. Thanks to everyone who made nice comments about my post.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

January theme day "photo of the year 2007".

I posted a few pictures of our New Years Eve here.

I had a hard time picking a photo for my favorite, or what is supposed to be my photo of the year. I can't say that my #1 photo is anything special to anyone but me and my family. It was originally posted on September 22nd. Its of my cats Decker on the left and BC on the right. They are indoor cats and enjoy sitting on the window ledge looking out. I happened to catch them both looking out the same window. I was lucky that they didn't move before I got the camera out. What I didn't know at the time was that Decker was sick with cancer. He ended up having to be put to sleep on Oct 27. We still have BC, but we can tell he misses his buddy. I posted a few more pics of Decker on October 27th.

There are 118 blogs participating in the January theme day.

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