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I've written about the remarkable Adelaida Cuellar ---- who, with her husband Macario, migrated to Texas in 1892 and, 34 years later, opened a tamale stand in Kaufmann, Texas that, after several starts and stops, evolved into the vast El Chico corporation ---- before. This circa 1950 photo shows just one of the El Chico restaurants. I'm not sure exactly where this was (surely the Dallas area, right?) taken, but I'm hoping that one of y'all knows and can tell the rest of us.  Adelaida was born in 1871, had 12 children, and lived until 1969 --- 98 years.  And some folks say Tex-Mex isn't health food!  😃

This photo courtesy The Portal to Texas History , which is the really one indispensable Texas history site on the internet.

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Well this is pretty remarkable. Traces of Texas reader Bill Morris was so awesome as to send in this circa 1890 photo of the descendants of Daniel Parker of east Texas Parker family fame and the uncle of Cynthia Ann Parker (Quanah Parker's mother).  Says Bill "I am attaching a photo believed to be taken fall of 1899 or that winter 1899-1900.  Attached document explains date along with a number key and list of those pictured.   I have circled my great grandmother and John "Cornbread" Parker.

My mother's family is descended from Daniel Parker, son of Elder John Parker (killed at Ft. Parker) and brother of Silas Parker who is Cynthia Anne Parker's father.   This branch of the Parkers settled in Anderson County in and around Elkhart and established the Pilgrim Church.   

The history of Elkhart is so interwoven with that of its first family and the first Protestant church in Texas as to be almost synonymous.

Pilgrims named Parker came from Crawford County, Illinois, in 1833, bringing with them their newly organized Pilgrim Regular Predestinarian Baptist Church.

The church met for the first time in Texas, in the home of Elder Daniel Parker, its organizer, Jan. 20, 1834. The family settled on farms around Elkhart. Elder Daniel's home was a short distance from the present Pilgrim Church and Cemetery, on Farm Road 861, which loops from Elkhart to Pilgrim and back.

John "Cornbread" Parker, pictured with the beard sitting in the middle row, was son of Dickinson Parker, Battle of San Jacinto veteran and son of Daniel Parker.  John "Cornbread" was a veteran of the Civil War, Company "G", 1st Regiment, Texas Infantry, Regiment of Volunteers.  He was my great grandmothers grandfather.  My great grandmother, Myrtle Lee Davis Meredith,  is pictured  bottom of the front row in front of him and would have been 5 or 6 years of age at the time.  She passed away in 1962 and my great aunt, my grandmother's sister, lives in the house that my great grandmother and husband owned in Elkhart.   The photo includes many other Parker family members and Kennedy's which were joined by marriage.   I have no information on the "Cornbread" name."

Bill, this is absolutely incredible! Thanks so much for sending it in.  A lot of Parker descendants are on this board and I'm sure some of them will see one of their relatives in this photo!

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A woman makes poke sallet in her home near Marshall, Texas in 1939.   Poke sallet is made with pokeweed, a pervasive green that can be toxic when ingested improperly. Pokeweed can be foraged in many places ... ditches, fields, forest clearings etc ...  You should try to use young, tender, spring leaves if possible as they can get bitter over time. You just boil the poke leaves, some say twice. After that the toxicity is gone. Drain off the water and combine it with bacon grease in the skillet and finish it with salt, pepper, crumbled bacon, and other seasonings. 

If you've ever heard Tony Joe White's song "Poke Salad Annie," you know all about it. 😃

Photo by Russell Lee.

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The infamous Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas as viewed from the air in 1978.  This is actually a great overview of what the compound looked like.  Considering what all was rumored to have transpired here, it's an innocuous-looking place. Haw haw haw haw.

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