Tuesday , 24 April 2018

This Week in History: Custer’s Last Stand

By Don Newsom, TSB Contributing Writer

In 1858, a post office as established in Mantua, a community near the Collin and Grayson county line.

In 1869, during a feud between area families: the Lees and the Peacocks; the patriarch of the Lee family, Robert, was killed. The feud continued for another two years until Lewis Peacock, head of that family was killed.

In 1875, following federal and state legislation, Collin County ended free-ranging of livestock.

In 1876, Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana.

In 1894, Labor Day was established as a holiday for federal employees.

In 1902, the Woodmen of the World held their annual national picnic at the city park in Plano, in conjunction with their annual meeting being held in Sherman. The same year the annual Firemen’s Band picnic was held at the Old Fairgrounds in east McKinney.

In 1914, Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sofia, were assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serb nationalist. The event triggered World War I.

In 1917, the first troops of the American Expeditionary Force arrived in France during World War I.

In 1919, The Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending World War I.

In 1929 the Foote House, the last boarding house in operation in McKinney was destroyed by fire.

In 1948, three days after Russia cut off land and water routes to West Berlin, the Berlin Airlift began in earnest as the United States, Britain and France began ferrying supplies to the isolated western sector of Berlin.

In 1950, President Harry S. Truman authorized the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean conflict.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush, who had campaigned for office on a pledge of “no new taxes,” conceded that tax increases would have to be included in any deficit-reduction package. Many historians believe his decision cost him being reelected President in 1992.

Photo:  General George Custer in 1865 

TSB contributing writer Don Newsom is an avid historian and a former Superintendent of Schools for Celina ISD.

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