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Hemphill History

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April 29, 1926
Preparations are being made for the big celebration and Rodeo to be held at Anvil Park Lake July 5th of this year. 

The grandstand will be more than doubled in capacity, and the slogan will be “a seat for everybody.”

Order will be placed, and delivery will be made about May 1, of a carload of the wildest steers that ever came out of the country of Old Mexico. These steers will be of all colors of the rainbow, have a wide sweep of horns, and will be the type of steers usually seen in all Rodeos. 

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‘I love the Canadian Wildcats’

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It’s been said before, but I’ll say it again. Small businesses are the backbone of our community, our state, and our nation’s economy. According to sba.gov, two-thirds of jobs in the United States are generated by small businesses. Small towns specifically are largely impacted through these locally-owned businesses. From sponsoring Little League baseball teams to creating jobs, the impact Alexander’s, The Cattle Exchange, and many other businesses have on our community is limitless.
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Sept. 25 1919: Enthusiastic Health Meeting Against Flu

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Wednesday evening, the citizens of Canadian met in a mass meeting in the court room and discussed the best method to prevent the recurrence of the “Flu” epidemic. Mayor Taylor presided and various things pertinent and impertinent were discussed. Among other things was a statement made by the mayor that word had reached the City Council that some lawyer had advised some of our citizens that the council has no power to enforce any “of its orders or regulations and that the citizens do not have to obey unless they please.” No reason for this advice was given, so we are left in the dark as to where the alleged weakness lies, but in our opinion a test should be made and if some loop hole exists in the organization of the City, the defect may be remedied. It is a dangerous condition if true, and if not true all citizens ought to be taught to respect an ordinance.
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River Valley Pioneer Museum | Canadian, Texas

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As discussed in last week’s Museum Notes, the 1918 influenza pandemic ran from spring 1918 to spring 1919. We know that the 1918 virus affected Canadian, but we do not have many firsthand accounts. None of the biographies, recollections, personal papers, or newspapers in the museum’s collection document the pandemic while it was happening. Furthermore, there are no known copies of The Canadian Record from 1918 and only June-December of 1919. Oh, how I wish we had those newspapers! However, we do have a few primary sources upon which to know how Hemphill County was affected during the pandemic.
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What’s Cookin’ in Canadian

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From time to time, we have an abundance of deer meat, and it’s been a challenge to find different ways to prepare it, at least until we discovered the cookbook, Buck, Buck, Moose. So, if you have a hunter in the family, you might want to check it out. Here’s a delicious recipe that is sure to please even the most discriminating palate. The following recipe uses venison, but it can be prepared with beef steak as well. Enjoy!