Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

February 18, 2013

Garrett shows off a blue cat caught on a jug.

Filed under: Family,Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:17 am


Our jugs are in about 20 foot of water.

We are using cut bream for bait.

Surface water temperature is 57*.

Fresh cold front.

But the jugs still caught fish.

February 17, 2013


Filed under: Neal Murphy — Freddie Keel @ 6:53 am


The city of  San Augustine was organized in 1834, and a study of the city from that date through the 1920s show that it was replete with rough justice, feuding clans, shootings in the streets and saloons.  In fact the city gained such a bad reputation that it took Texas rangers to help clear the red dirt of such activities.  A ranger was stationed in the county until the 1970s, and even today one is stationed in a nearby city that can be here within an hour.

In the early history of this East Texas city there appeared to have been, on occasion, public hangings on the court-house square.  The last of these happened on March 23, 1920.

Records indicate that a colored man, John Dodd Price, shot and killed a white man, John Kennedy, on Thursday evening March 18th.  Kennedy and Price apparently had some type of argument the day before, the details of which are not known.  Mr. Kennedy, age 41, lived alone in his home about three miles northeast of the city.  Records show that Price slipped up to the window near where Kennedy was sitting in a chair reading a newspaper.  Price shot Kennedy with a shotgun twice in his head, killing him instantly.  His body was discovered early the next morning by his cook who worked for him.

On Monday, March 22, Price was spotted in the city of Alto and was arrested by a deputy sheriff.  Officers from San Augustine motored to Alto and picked up the prisoner, arriving back in San Augustine around 4:30 in the afternoon, placing him safely into the county jail.  By now the word about the murder had spread throughout the city, and a large crowd gathered around the courthouse.  Kennedy’s brother, Bob, was willing to allow the law to take its normal course in the matter.

The District Judge, J. T. Adams of Orange, happened to be in Hemphill holding court there when he was summoned to travel to San Augustine and handle the legal matters of this case.  A grand jury was immediately convened and a true bill of murder was returned against Price.   A formal trial was held immediately after the grand jury indictment.   The hasty trial resulted in a unanimously guilty verdict, and Judge Adams entered the verdict of ‘guilty as charged’ and that “he be hanged by the neck until dead”.

Thus, John Dodd Price was hanged at 11:00 am from a hastily erected scaffold in the park on the courthouse square in the presence of a large, but not unruly crowd.  The judge read a statement which said, “Justice has been done without violence, and relatives and friends of Mr. Kennedy are satisfied with the outcome of things”.

Mr. Kennedy was buried in the Dickerson cemetery Saturday under the ceremony of the Woodmen of the World, of which he was a member.  He had a $1,000 life insurance policy, the proceeds of which were left to his nephew, Johnnie Thomson.

In an April issue of the Houston Post, we find the following commentary on the incident:  The speedy trial and execution of a colored man in San Augustine who had killed a white farmer ought to set a precedent that will do much to abate the lynching evil in the South. All the conditions that usually lead up to a lynching were present in this case. The officers apprehended the criminal and brought him to jail.  However, there was no attempt by the citizens to wreak havoc upon the culprit. Instead, the machinery of the law was immediately set in motion.  The trial, the condemnation and execution were affected within a space of twenty-four hours.  The state has been spared a humiliation, and has set forward a step in its leadership of the states that are getting away from the lynching evil.  It would have been better if the culprit in San Augustine had been executed without the publicity that was given the hanging.  A public hanging was not necessary, and of doubtful wisdom, but the state is grateful that the law was allowed to take its course quietly and without hindrance.”


Fortunately, this was the last such execution in San Augustine County.  The law has been allowed to run its course since then and civility has prevailed, for the most part, in our small town.





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February 16, 2013

For Grandson Garrett, this is near heaven

Filed under: Family,Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:14 am


In a boat by himself.



Wearing his life jacket and being safe.

February 15, 2013

Johnny can catch those Toledo Bend crappie


He found these nice crappie in deep water grass.



Cold fronts with north wind move the crappie our just a little deeper.

February 14, 2013

Ducks on the Pond

Filed under: Birds,Family — Freddie Keel @ 6:09 am

  For full screen, click bottom right icon of video

Esc to exit full screen.

According to sales guy at feed store, these ducks can not fly.

So they can not depart by flying away.

In our neighborhood,

they’ll probably depart due to

neighbors dogs




other predators.

February 13, 2013

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – February 13, 2013

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:00 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


Tomorrow, February 14, 2013 will be celebrated as Valentine’s Day which inspires us to show our love to family and friends.  Valentine’s Day may be celebrated with a candlelight dinner or a simple card or note and let someone know that they are loved.


The Bible tells us that God is love and reminds us of God’s perfect valentine to the world which may be found in the verse, John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son so that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.


Many songs have been written about love.  Gospel songs tell about God’s love for us.  Popular songs are written to show affection to those we love.  When we sing love songs like Love Me Tender, Love Makes The World Go Round, I’ll Never Stop Loving You, I can’t Help Falling In Love With you, our hearts are warmed and filled with happy thoughts and precious memories of moments shared with a beloved companion.


On Valentine’s Day, more flowers are sent to friends than any other day of the year. Stuffed animals and chocolate morsels bring joy to a loved one  Beautiful cards of red and white brighten the day for those we love. 


Valentine’s Day is a good day to remember our physical hearts.  Heart disease affects millions of people every year.  We cannot afford to neglect the care of our hearts.


We need to have regular physical exams, eat healthy food and take time to exercise every day. 


Let us take the time to remember those we love on Valentine’s Day.


A single rose, a box of candy or a cheery phone call can convey the words, “I love you” and give those we love a day on the bright side.


February 13, 2013

February 12, 2013

Hope you enjoy this 30 minute video

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 8:48 pm

Toledo Bend Crappie are turning on


David is one of our neighbors and he proudly shows off a couple

of Toledo Bend crappie.

Using his favorite crappie jig,

he caught a near limit of slabs.

February 11, 2013

Toledo Bend on tap for EverStart Series

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:06 am


COMING FOR YOU: More than 300 bass anglers will head to Toledo Bend next weekend for the EverStart Series tournament.

One of the best bass lakes in Texas is about to deliver a solid test for some of the best anglers in the world. The EverStart Series is headed to Toledo Bend Reservoir Feb. 14-16 when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers take to the water for the second of four stops in the Texas Division.

“Toledo Bend is on fire right now,” said Kellogg’s pro Jim Tutt of Longview. “It should be a phenomenal tournament. The weather has been typical of late winter in Texas, warm for a while with the occasional brief cold front. The key this year for Toledo Bend is the water levels. The lake has been low for a few years and now it is back up closer to normal.

“There is a lot of hydrilla all over the lake,” Tutt continued. “When you have a lot of hydrilla in the pre-spawn, it makes for a very good spinnerbait, Rat-L-Trap and jig bite, and that is exactly what is happening. They are catching them big time. The only thing that could stop a good tournament on Toledo Bend would be a strong wind. A cold front will not hurt them as bad, but a hard north wind will make it tough for anglers to move around on the lake.”

With temperatures hovering around the mid- to upper-50’s, Tutt suspects this tournament will be won with mostly pre-spawn bass. Tutt’s projected winning weight for the three-day tournament is just over 65 pounds of bass.

Anglers will take off from the Paradise Point Park in Hemphill, at 7 a.m. each day. Daily weigh-ins will be held at the park beginning at 3 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

Pros will fish for a top award of $40,000 plus a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. Co-anglers will cast for a top award consisting of a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met.

The EverStart Series consists of five divisions — Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of four tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the Strike King Angler of the Year title, which allows them to fish the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup.

The EverStart Series tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir is being hosted by Sabine County.

February 10, 2013


Filed under: Neal Murphy — Freddie Keel @ 6:35 am






Perhaps you were like me and were taught the nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty” at an early age.  It was always portrayed as a large egg sitting on a rock fence that fell off and broke into pieces.  To refresh you mind, the rhyme went like this:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men,

Could not put Humpty Dumpty together again.


The first recorded versions of the rhyme date from the early nineteenth century, and the tune from 1870 in James William Elliott’s National Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Songs.

The character of Humpty Dumpty was popularized in the United States by actor George L. Fox.  It origin is somewhat  obscure but researchers have discovered that “Humpty Dumpty” was at one time a colloquial term used in fifteenth century England which described someone who was obese.  Later it was used to describe a clumsy person.  Lewis Carroll helped to make Humpty Dumpty famous by the illustrations included in the Alice Through The Looking Glass novel.

Research has revealed that Humpty Dumpty was in fact, a large cannon.  It was used during the English Civil War in the Siege of Colchester from June through August of 1648.  Colchester was strongly fortified by the Royalists and was laid siege by the Parliamentarians.  In 1648 the town of Colchester was a walled town with a castle and several churches which were protected by the large city wall.  Standing immediately adjacent the city wall was St. Mary’s church.  A huge cannon, colloquially called Humpty Dumpty, was strategically placed on the wall next to St. Mary’s church.  References to the cannon detailing the siege of Colchester are well documented.

On June 15, 1648, St. Mary’s church is fortified, and a large cannon is placed on the roof which was fired by ‘One-Eyed Jack Thompson’.

On July 14th to 15th, the Royalist fort within the walls at St. Mary’s church is blown to pieces and their main cannon battery (Humpty Dumpty) is destroyed.

A shot from a Parliamentary cannon succeeded in damaging the wall beneath Humpty Dumpty which caused the cannon to tumble to the ground.  The Royalists, or Cavaliers, attempted to raise Humpty Dumpty on to another part of the wall. However, because the cannon was so heavy, all the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.

This had a drastic consequence for the Royalist as the strategically important town of Colchester fell to the Parliamentarians after a siege lasting eleven weeks.


Now, the next time you read your young child the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty, you will need to decide if you want to describe it as a large egg or a large cannon.  Sometimes the truth just screws things up in your mind, doesn’t it?





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