Lone Star Junction

Since 1995

A Family Friendly Website
About Texas and Its Rich History

E-mail from our Viewers

Since 1995 when Lone Star Junction first went "live" on the internet, we have received numerous comments and inquiries about our pages. A few of these are provided below. We sincerely appreciate the very positive feedback that we have received so far. We also want to encourage thoughtful critique and ideas on how we might improve Lone Star Junction. Keep the letters coming. --Editor
See also our:
Texas History Forum and Texas Genealogy Register

(Note: all e-mail is arranged in the order received -- most recent first)

Sat, 2 Sep 2000
I have been using and appreciating your web site for almost 5 years now. Thank you for creating such a wonderful tool for Texans for research and learning. It is also fantastic for public relations all around the world. I have referred your site to friends from all over the world who also now love your site. --Barbara Dorff, Johnson Middle School, McKinney, Texas (bdorff@mckinneyisd.net)

Sun, 30 Apr 2000
I am a 7th grade Texas History teacher and I wanted to let you know that I love your website. I have it bookmarked on my computers in my classroom and have passed it on to my students. They are working on a project where they can choose to create a Texas Alphabet Book or a Symbols of Texas Scrapbook. They have been busy on my computers looking up information on the web. I get them started with Lone Star Junction. Thank you for making my job easier and helping incorporate the internet in schools!! --Amy Burnside, College Station, TX (burnside@txcyber.com)

Thu, 9 Mar 2000
I've been teaching in Texas public schools for thirty years and find myself a "bit" of a Texas History fan. This year my 4th grade class has discovered your web page. It's very useful and student friendly. Keep up the excellent work. --Phyllis Ridgway, Rockport, TX (pridgway@acisd.esc2.net)

Fri, 20 Aug 1999
Just finished looking at the Lone Star Junction site.á Extremely informative!á Thanks for such an informative site. --Gary McEnery, San Antonio, TX (mcenerg@bigfoot.com)

Tue, 20 Jul 1999
I just found your web page. It is wonderful! If I were a Texas history teacher I would use your web site in class. Keep up the good work! I have bookmarked your site. --Karen Thompson Bailey, Houston, TX (krbailey@mail.esc4.com)

Tue, 20 Apr 1999
I absolutely love Lone Star Junction. I refer the site to others all the time! Thanks again for an excellent site! --Connie Prater Reed

Mon, 12 Apr 1999
I teach Texas History at Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi. I find the materials on your website are very well done. Some are downright powerful. --Anthony Quiroz, Corpus Christi, TX (aquiroz@falcon.tamucc.edu)

Sat, 13 Mar 1999
This is a fabulous site! It is exciting to see such a wonderful representation of our history and I am thoroughly enjoying reading all the information listed. I checked out the Leaders of the Republic listing and found my ggg-grandfather, John William Smith, who was the Senator representing Bexar during the 7th, 8th and 9th Congresses. I haven't finished reading everything but your site is bookmarked as a Favorite. It will come in very handy when my nieces and nephews need to do reports. The info from your site combined with the family records will surely result in dynamite papers! Thanks for all your hard work! --Tinka Rote, San Antonio, TX (Tinkarote@aol.com)

Mon, 1 Feb 1999
Just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful website. I hope this one will stay up forever. The midi-files are truly wonderful, as are the remainder. --Bernice Decker, Jefferson City, MO (BDecker210@aol.com)

Mon, 18 Jan 1999
As a homesick and displaced Texan, I can't thank y'all enough for your web site. Up here in Pittsburgh I feel like a lonesome and lost "horny toad." San Angelo is home. I really love the Texas song section. My 3 year old daughter was born here but she knows about Texas...she claps and dances to all the songs. My 1 year old daughter's name is Dallas..need I say more? Once again thank you from the bottom of my heart...I love Texas and one day I'll be back. --Joe Thibodeaux, Pittsburgh, PA (JTibbs@webtv.net)

Thu, 3 Dec 1998
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for providing this website. I am not a Texan by birth, in fact I have just been a resident for 18 months. I know very little about Texas history, and was a little afraid to tackle this project [helping Cub Scouts earn a "Texas" badge]. Now, with your help, these Cub Scouts will learn about Texas and its history in a fun, rewarding way. Thank you again for your help!!! --Ginny Boucher, Baytown, TX (arlieboggs@polarblast.com)

Sun, 29 Nov 1998
We are transplanted Texans living in Paris, France at the moment. My son (11 years old in the 5th grade) attends an international school with children representing about 60 different nations. When his teacher assigned a "country of origin" project, we told him his country of origin is Texas (of course). We found the images of the heros of the Alamo very useful. I also really appreciate the historical accuracy of your site, something difficult for children to discern on the internet. And finally, I really appreciate the fact that if his teacher decides to check his sources, your site will still be there. With the help of your site, I think we were able to pass along the notion that there is a Texas culture, a difficult thing to do when competing with Japanese kimonos and Indian saris. Thank you. --Cecile Coonrod, Paris, France (ccoonrod@montrouge.ssa.slb.com)

Sun, 6 Sep 1998
I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy visiting your site. I am a Hoosier by birth, but I'm a Texan by choice...and always will be. Since discovering your website earlier this year, I have visited it numerous times to learn more about my adopted home state. It's like a little bit of home on the Internet and I am grateful to all of you for the effort you put forth to construct and maintain the site. Thanks again for such a wonderful website. --Mitch Hurley, Greenfield, IN (mdhurley@hotmail.com)

Wed, 19 Aug 1998
I was a conductor for the Santa Fe Rail Road for 37 years and traveled all over our great State. After all that travel, I find that your site is the best way to see Texas. Keep up the good work; I do enjoy it very much. --Bill Day, Gun Barrel City, TX (bday@ultravision.net)

Mon, 17 Aug 1998
I am so thrilled at finding The Texians database! We "knew" that an ancestor of my husband was a member of Congress some time during the Republic years. Now we have confirmed it! Archibald Wynns shows up [in the Texians Database] in the 6th Congress as a member of the House. Your have a very well designed and executed web site. Informative without being didactic. Keep up the great work! --Joan Lockwood, Newfield, NY (lockwynn@lightlink.com)

Fri, 14 Aug 1998
Your site is great and should be required reading for anyone interested in Texas history and/or genealogy. Thanks. --Charles M. Cole, Denton, TX (cmcole@gte.net)

Wed, 24 Jun 1998
I find this to be the best site on the internet for it's purpose that I have ever seen. I have overseas pen pals that will be thrilled... --Steve DeBord, San Antonio, TX (sdebord@swbell.net)

Wed, 17 Jun 1998
Thanks for the AWESOME screen saver .... NEAT! You are now in my 'favorites' list and I will most likely check on y'all several times a week!! Looks great! I'm upstate NY by birth ..... TEXAN by choice .... 35 yrs ago!!!! --Jay Domser, Houston, Texas

Wed, 8 Apr 1998
I teach Texas History in Lubbock, Texas and have found that this is the best site on the Internet for classroom resources. We are currently studying the events of the Republic of Texas, and I would like permission to use the file on the Somervell and the Mier Expeditions to set up a reenactment of the Black Bean Lottery. This is the best summary of each event that I have found--including [the one in] my textbook. Thank you. --David Owens, Lubbock, Texas
.....Yes, David, you have our permission to use the files for classroom purposes. And thanks for your support for our website. --Lyman Hardeman (lhardem@erols.com)

Sun, 1 Mar 1998
Thank you so much for this web site. I am a professor at TAMU have been working with several school districts to train their teachers to use the WWW as a tool for their teachers and students. Lone Star Junction filled a much needed void; there are not many quality sites on Texas history. You will be pleased, I think, to know that tomorrow the Third grade and Kindergarten classes at Montgomery ISD will be participating in a lesson via internet on Texas History. Of course, the featured site is Lone Star Junction. --JoAnn Martin, College of Education, Department of Educational Human Resource Development, TAMU, College Station, Texas (jmartin@acs.tamu.edu)
.....Thanks JoAnn, for your email and your kind words about Lone Star Junction. We hope that the teachers and students enjoy their visit to our website, tomorrow, on Texas Independence Day. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Thu, 26 Feb 1998
Just wanted to say THANKS for putting such a great site on the internet. You have made Texas proud!!!! I spend a lot of time every night surfing through all the great stuff you have put here. I can't give you enough praise. --Bill McKee, West Tawakoni, Texas (bmckee@webwide.net)

Mon, 16 Feb 1998
I cannot believe how thorough this site is! I found it through a search about information on Jane Long for my son's report. When I saw the lyrics and the music to all of those great Texas songs, I became extremely excited. I teach kindergarten and I love to teach my students Texas songs. I have internet access in my classroom and I cannot wait to show them your site tomorrow. I am so impressed with the presentation of the site. It is really eye-catching and intriguing. There are not many sites that are on your level. I am going to share this site with every teacher I know. Once again, thank you. I am so glad that I discovered the Lone Star Junction web site--and right in time for Texas Public School Week! --Toni Murguia, San Antonio, Texas (amurguia@swbell.net)

Sun, 18 Jan 1998
Bless you for this web site! Wish it had been available when I was a homesick Texan living in California years ago. As is, I will be sending the address to my daughter who is overseas in the Air Force. Again, thanks and blessings from the bottom of my heart! --Ann Ball, Houston, Texas (AnnAlert@aol.com)

Sat, 10 Jan 1998
Your music on the Internet is wonderful. I have spent all morning long listening. Have sent your address to several friends. --Joe McDaniel, Tulsa, Oklahoma (okrunjoe@ix.netcom.com)

Mon, 29 Dec 1997
I have told everybody I know to check out your web site. Your rare books section is the greatest. I have been reading a chapter each evening from "Evolution of A State." It has been most interesting, since some of these characters I'm reading about were first introduced to me in old family stories. I love it. Thanks. --Kitty B. Hoffman, New Orleans, LA (lollygag@bellsouth.net)

Wed, 10 Dec 1997
Every time I go to Lone Star Junction I find it has improved even more. You are doing such a great job! Keep it up. --Billie Bryant, Kerrville, TX (bbry@ktc.com)

Sat, 6 Dec 1997
I am here in California wishing I could be in Texas. Lone Star Junction gave me a chance to "go back home." I love it! "You can take the Texan out of Texas but you can't take Texas out of the Texan." Also, I found my ancestor, David Muckleroy of Nacogdoches, in your database of early Texas settlers. Thanks for a wonderful website. --Kelly Muckleroy, Santa Monica, CA (KMuckleroy@aol.com)

Tue, 11 Nov 1997
Yours is a masterwork, and very obviously a labor of love. I stumbled onto it by accident, while looking for some information about the Texas Rangers. I have found things here that the State's official page doesn't have, and probably should. You've really done us proud. Thanks again for your work, and keep it up! --John Barton, Englewood, CO (jwbarton@sprynet.com)

Fri, 26 Sep 1997
I just had to tell you that this is absolutely and positively the most outstanding web site about Texas (or anything else) that I have ever come across. Y'all do a fantastic job covering all things Texas. I am, unfortunately, in California and very homesick. This site really picks up my day. Keep up the good work. --Mary Newman, Irvine, CA (mln@atlp.com)

Tue, 22 Jul 1997
Just wanted to tell you how much I've enjoyed browsing through the Lone Star Junction. Have spent a couple of hours there already, and thoroughly enjoy its content. As a 8th generation native Texan, the historical content is facsinating to me and goes a long way to explain the Texas Spirit. --Jeff Youngblood, US Army, Ft. Hood, TX (Ironhors39@aol.com)

Sun, 22 Jun 1997
Just found you web site as a class project at UT Arlington. I am taking a 'Texas History before 1850' class. Part of the class is a scavenger hunt on the internet for Texas historical information. I was looking for the Texas Declaration of Independance and found it at your site. Thanks for all your hard work in keeping Texas history alive and accessible through the internet. My family came to Texas in Dec. 1845 from Germany and thus have a long love for Texas history. --David W. Braeutigam, Arlington, TX (dw.braeutigam@worldnet.att.net)

Thu, 19 Jun 1997
Thanks for this wonderful site! --Bill Grammer, Palestine, TX (gram@cleaf.com)

Wed, 14 May 1997
I wanted to take a moment and thank you for the excellent site. I was able to find the information my 10 year old son needed for a school project very easily. Thanks again & keep up the good work. --David Curtiss, Corpus Christi, Texas (Send706@AOL.com)

Thu, 8 May 1997
I just finished reading your online version of Noah Smithwick's Evolution of a State. It was wonderful. --Carol Handley, Tomball, Texas (chandley@tenet.edu)

Sat, 3 May 1997
I have really enjoyed your site. When I want to relax, I turn it on and sample some of your music. Keep up the good work. As far as requests: a good Texas site should have "Cotton-Eyed Joe!" What do you think? Can you do it? Thanks, --Ken Hall, Willis, Texas (kenh@mcia.com)
.....Just so happens that we recently recorded Cotton-Eyed Joe. Your request reminded us to post it on our Songs of Texas page. Enjoy, and thanks for your continued support. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Thu, 1 May 1997
Wow. What a fabulous site!! This site has been the perfect finale for my son's Texas history project. I've enjoyed it probably more than him only because it is not a project for me. Thanks so much for putting together a site that would be impossible to duplicate through the use of book, video, magazines, cd's, etc. It's all right here on ONE screen at your fingertips----it's "virtual reality"!! --Beryl Hartwig, Richmond, Texas (chartwi@ibm.net)

Sun, 20 Apr 1997
In the Archives under Places, you write in your opening paragraph on Austin that "Austin was a baron hill on a bend in the Colorado River." Being a native Texan myself, I realize all Texans are royalty, but did you mean to write: barren hill? Well, it ain't barren any more! Great web site! Many thanks. --Martha Dillon, Austin, Texas (martha.dillon@mail.utexas.edu)
.....Oops! Thanks for your email, Martha. The correction has now been made. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Tue, 15 Apr 1997
I am co-authoring a 7th grade Texas history teaching resource for Cobblestone Publishing. My partner and I would like to mention Lone Star Junction and its WWW address in the text as an additional resource for teachers and students. Would this be agreeable with you? Thank you, --Patti Woolery-Price, Austin, Texas (PattiWoo@aol.com)
.....Hi Patti. Thanks for your email. We would be delighted to have you reference Lone Star Junction. In fact, we hope to add a new section later this year for young readers. If you have ideas for its content or would like to contribute any material, we would like to hear from you. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the distribution of educational material about Texas and its early history. Thanks again for your interest in our website. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Sat, 12 Apr 1997
THANK YOU for running such an incredible web site!! --Randy Leonard, Evergreen, Colorado (randy2@dnvr.uswest.net)

Wed, 9 Apr 1997
At Lanier Middle School in Houston, I am doing an essay on the history of chewing gum, which involves Santa Anna. I need to convert it to an HTML file and I was hoping that I could use your picture of him on my page. Thanks. --Danny Stuyck, Houston, Texas (dstuyck@hotmail.com)
.....Hi Danny. Thanks for your email and your interest in Lone Star Junction. As our Copyright Notice states, students are free to use material from our web site for developing essays or reports for classroom use. Any use of our material on a web page must be with permission (which is hereby granted to you for the Santa Anna image), and we ask that it include a credit line and link to our home page. We wish you the best with your essay. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Sun, 6 Apr 1997
Your page is the best we have seen on the net. It was very helpful in doing my daughter's homework assignment on Stephen F. Austin. Keep up the good work. --Chris and Amanda De Long, Bay City, Texas (cdelong@swweb.net)

Fri, 14 Mar 1997
We are children's librarians and found your entry on Gail Borden to be perfect for one of our patrons. We are in Galveston, Texas and Texas History is of supreme importance to us, so I'm sure we'll be consulting your site again and often. Thanks so much! --DJ & Lilly, Children's Librarians, Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Texas (childrens.library@utmb.edu)

Thu, 13 Mar 1997
As a newbie to the Internet and an inveterate Texas fan, here is a note to let you know how much I am enjoying Lone Star Junction. It is a wonderful miscellany and a great tool. If variety is the spice of life, you certainly have a great selection to offer here. Thanks again for your time, skill, scholarship, and the pleasure you are providing for lots of us. --Margaret Waring, Director, Comanche Public Library, Comanche, Texas (mtwaring@itexas.net)

Sun, 9 Mar 1997
I would like to know where I can purchase the Texas State gemstone -- a blue topaz with the "Lone Star" cut. Texas Country Reporter had a feature story on March 2, but I didn't catch the gentlemen's name or city. Can anyone help me locate this product? --Rose Ward, San Antonio (LWard@flash.net)

Wed, 26 Feb 1997
I'm looking for the song, called here in Germany "The Dixieland." The first line of refrain goes like: "I wish I was in Dixie - hurray hurray, in Dixieland I'll take my stand to live and die in Dixie..." Can you send me the correct name of this song, and I would be delighted if this song exists in your midi archive. Yours sincerely, --Mike Schmutzer, Bavaria, Germany (mike.schmutzer@regensburg.netsurf.de)
.....Hello, Mike. Thanks for your email. Here in Dixieland, the song is also named Dixieland, or just Dixie. It can now be found on our Songs of Texas page. We hope to add the lyrics soon. Enjoy. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Wed, 19 Feb 1997
I really like this site. And I just wanted to let you know that we will be providing a link from our website as of February 24. It will be in conjunction with a piece we'll be running in our History section about the "Crash at Crush." If you want to check out the piece Monday, go to www.discovery.com and then click on the History icon. That will take you to our History highlights page. Hope you enjoy it. Again, my compliments. --Randy Rieland, History Editor, Discovery Channel Online (rrieland@discovery.com)

Sun, 26 Jan 1997
This is THE most interesting website yet. Thanx for all the info. It won't be long now and we'll be back in Texas after a military stint in Hawaii. We've missed Texas so much. The screen saver is just grand!! We'll be back often. --Frank & Cynthia Bolding, Schofield Barracks, HI (fbolding@pac.gte.net)

Tue, 21 Jan 1997
Hello. I wonder if you have the lyrics for "Jambalaya?" --Geir Helge Sven°y, Stavik, 6443 Tornes I Romsdal, Norway (svenoey@online.no)
.....Hi Geir. It's good to learn that y'all sing "Cajun" in Norway. Because of numerous requests similar to yours, we've started adding lyrics to the music on our Songs of Texas page. Lyrics for "Jambalaya" were among the first to be added. Enjoy. --Lyman Hardeman (editor@lsjunction.com)

Fri, 17 Jan 1997
I was delighted to stumble across your website. Your inclusion of Mike Cox' articles is to be commended. What I like most about his reviews is that they are often more of what he finds of interest to write, and less the normal banalites of a reviewer or literary critic. --Jim Guleke, Austin, TX (Jimguleke@aol.com)

Wed, 8 Jan 1997
I am homeschooling my 5th grade son and have found your historical information to be a wonderful service! I have bookmarked your site to use during our unit for more in-depth study of Texas. Keep up the good work! --Lana Shryock, Yukon, OK (jshryock@soonernet.com)

Fri, 3 Jan 1997
Thanks so much for the screen saver. I installed it and I love it! Although I live in Kansas, my mother was Texas-born, as was her mother before her and her mother before her! Anyway, thanks again. --Karen Rocher, Fort Scott, Kansas (bbso20@terranet.net)

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