Tuesday, April 29, 2008
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Sunday, April 27, 2008
This is one of my favorite locations just outside of Corsicana for taking photos. With the pond, the paint horses, the hay bales, the reflections....there's just always something there to appreciate. Please go to Misty's Camera Critters Sunday site to see more wonderful animals.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Sometimes it's good to get off the Beaton path (that's our main thoroughfare downtown) and see what's going on behind the old buildings. I found this ivy growth with the green to red contrast interesting. I hope you do, too. The light wasn't the best, but sometimes you just have to take the shot you're given, right? For more interesting Project Green shots, see Anna Carson's site. She does a great job herself and is a wonderful moderator.
Friday, April 25, 2008
See other Sky Watch Friday contributions at WiggersWorld.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
My NOW shot is taken from the side street to the right of the church in the post card view from 1906. If you enlarge the new photo (taken 4/14/08) you'll see the moon up near the steeple. That was the reason for taking the shot from this angle.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Please click here for more fasinating information about Jose Antonio Navarro and Texas, Navarro County and Corsicana history.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
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Saturday, April 12, 2008
The photo on the right is the building today. It's being remodeled currently and I believe it is an apartment building. The following is taken from:
"The First National Bank was nationalized on July 1, 1886, becoming the first bank in Corsicana to be chartered as a national bank. The bank had a capital stock of $100,000 which was increased the following year to $125,000 and a surplus of $75.000.
Captain Garitty was a Czar banker but constantly concerned with the welfare of the people. He personally loaned money to those in need. In the early days of the bank his personal account was around $50,000, but by 1920 it was rumored at$75,000.
The Captain always walked home with his pockets full of quarters and half dollars to give to small boys who trailed him home. He always fulfilled a philosophy of his to give away money each day to the less fortunate. He once initialed a note for a twelve year old boy who needed to by a horse in order to get a newspaper route. The boy worked hard to keep the Captain's trust in him and paid the note out.
Garitty continued throughout his long banking career to loan money to people who would pay hi back, not to people who could put up security. His theory was if a man could put up security he was not in need of help and would not bother with such loans.
It is said that the Captain was the best judge of moral character, and as a result had very few loans to go bad. Of course, he did accept poor risks by standards of the bank examiners; however, if a loan was questioned by the examiners, he would write a check on his personal account and take over the loan himself. Never at any time, though, was his honesty questioned by the most suspicious examiners.
As business flourished in Corsicana the First national Band did likewise. To date it has outgrown four locations. When first established by Adams and Leonard, the bank was located in a boxed house known as the Fundt Building on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Beaton Street. Later it was moved further south and across Beaton Street, relocating in 1915 on the corner of Beaton Street and Sixth Avenue." (THIS IS THE BUILDING PICTURED ABOVE)
Friday, April 11, 2008
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Wednesday, April 9, 2008
ABC Wednesday is hosted by Mrs Nesbitt http://mrsnesbittsplace.blogspot.com/search/label/ABC%20Wednesday
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
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Sunday, April 6, 2008
I couldn't find an old photo of this synagogue, but I did find a little bit of history:
…From Rootsweb.ancestry.com … Navarro County page: "The earliest Jewish settlers in Corsicana arrived in 1871, the year rail lines were built to the area. In 1898 a group of reformed Jews established Temple Beth-El. Two years later they built this house of worship, which features two distinctive octagonal towers with onion-shaped domes. Corsicana's Jewish residents have made many significant contributions to the city's growth and development, and the temple now serves as a reminder of their rich heritage."
Recorded Texas Historical Landmark - 1981
…from www.rabbifrankjoseph.net : "Temple Beth El was dedicated by the Jewish community in 1900, when the congregation was made up of 60 families. The congregation finally dwindled to the point where it disbanded in 1981.
The building, with its distinctive architecture, octagonal towers and two onion domes, was in a state of disrepair and scheduled for demolition. A group of concerned citizens formed "Save the Temple," and held dinners, styles shows and musical reviews, and with the help of private donations and state and local grants, were able to raise more than $100,00 to restore the building. It was deeded to the City of Corsicana, rededicated in 1987, and is now used for activities and club meetings."I also learned that in 2005, permission was granted by the city for the Jewish community to hold once-a-month services on Friday evenings.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
This photo from The Baptist Standard (found on internet).
Friday, April 4, 2008
The postcard to the left calls it the "New Christian Church" and was postmarked in 1910. The photo to the right is one I took this week. The church suffered a fire, I believe in the late 1990's (I couldn't find anything on the internet with a quick search), and the congregation built a new facility on the edge of town. This building is now condominiums.