Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Texas Tidbits: An All Woman State Supreme Court...In 1925? What the @^*&$?

As you know, I am always scouring the internet for unique content to post on Three States Plus One. Well, today I found a story that I had never heard of concerning Texas History. So let's explore this amazing story.

In 1924, a lawsuit was filed against an organization in which the three judges on the Texas Supreme Court were members. Therefore, in the interest of Justice, the Chief Justice and the two Associate Justices of the Texas Supreme Court recused themselves from the case. So, then-Governor Pat Neff assembled a Special Supreme Court made up entirely of women! Remember that women had been allowed to vote only since 1920! This was unheard of!

"The Dallas Morning News reported on Friday, Jan. 2, 1925, "All records were shattered and at least three precedents established on Thursday, when Gov. Neff appointed a special Supreme Court composed entirely of women. It was a healthy New Year gift of recognition to the woman barrister of today. This is the first instance a woman has been appointed to sit on the supreme bench; it is the first time a higher court is to be composed entirely of women and it is the initial case where a majority of the judges will be women."

The whole story is something that could happen only in Texas. Read the whole thing at The Texas Almanac website. It's absolutely compelling.

You've come a long way, baby.

Texas Tidbits: The Great Texas Land Rush is On!

First Come, First Served
I am on the internet for hours on end every day searching for content to post on this very blog. Some stuff I come across stands head and shoulders above the rest. Today is one of those days. I made my every-once-in-a-while stop at the The Texas Almanac website and what I found was one of the coolest things I have seen in a while. Check this stuff out.

I'll let the folks at the Texas State Historical Association (they publish the Almanac) lay it on you:

The Great Texas Land Rush!

Stake Your Claim

The Texas Almanac, The Source for ALL Things Texan Since 1857, is offering Texans the unprecedented opportunity to stake a claim to their own special part of Texas.
The Adopt-A-County and the Adopt-A-Town programs allow individuals and businesses to put their name on the Texas County or Town of their choice.

Additionally, the county or town can be dedicated to a loved one, to family pioneers or used to promote a business. But just like the original Oklahoma land rush, it works on a first come first serve basis, so hurry if you have a special county or town in mind.
Perhaps the best part of this particular land rush is that it’s all tax deductible. The Texas Almanac is part of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), and all donations to these programs are 100% tax deductible and support state wide educational programs. For more information on the TSHA and its extensive educational programs go to"

Is that great or what? Besides being a grand idea, it gives you, as a Texan, a simple way to give back to the State that has given Texans so much to be proud about over the last 175 years. When you "adopt" a county or town you'll also have the Honor of leaving a line of text (or two as the case may be) on the Texas Almanac website!

Like I said earlier, this is a tremendous idea more than worthy of your consideration. Hit the links above and get the whole scoop of what the deal is. I am thinking of a town to "adopt" for myself. I love it!

God bless Texas!

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