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FREE weekly newsletter - an eclectic collection!

FREE weekly newsletter - an eclectic collection! | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
an eclectic collection of items searched from the internet and shared with you once a week
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Research on San Antonio neighborhoods leads to discovery of settlements started by former slaves

Research on San Antonio neighborhoods leads to discovery of settlements started by former slaves | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — For years, retired Air Force Maj. J. Michael Wright wondered why all the property in his Northeast Side subdivision had been developed except for a single acre-size lot, fenced in and packed with trees and thorny brush. Carlson researched deeds and records for the area, including the late 1800s U.S. census, and found tantalizing clues that the cemetery might once have been part of a long-lost African-American settlement connected to the community of Wetmore, northeast of what's now San Antonio International Airport. As Wright and Carlson continued their hunt in the early days, online and in person, they talked to former gravediggers, funeral home directors, genealogical societies and state experts. Fly secured a grant from the San Antonio Conservation Society for travel expenses, research and reproduction copies. Fly said some records kept on African-Americans from that time period list only a first name and no information on where the person was born. Fly found a key common factor in the Wetmore area settlements: they all were started by former slaves, emancipated on June 19, 1865, 21/2 years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Descendants of the Winters family have a copy of the emancipation letter where E.C. Alsbury freed their ancestor Robert "Bob" Winters from slavery. In the letter, Alsbury credits Winters for "faithful service" and gives him possession of two horses. A treasure trove of information came from a handmade book and a 9-foot-long family tree produced by descendant Edward Winters, who spent years poring over deeds, treaties, archives and other records and talking with now-deceased family members. The retired major and the archivist slogged through calf-high grass on an easement to climb over the chain link fence into the thorny chaparral, where they scoured for anything that might shed light on the area's history. Crawling under a tree, Carlson found a chunk of stone with worn letters spelling "Green" carved into the surface that could have been a headstone. Maps prepared by LostTexasRoads.com show survey lines of the graveyard from a 1908 Bexar County deed record matching the Bexar County Appraisal District Record of the property as "Lot P-99 (CEMETERY)." Becoming a land owner during that era for any woman would have been difficult, said Carey Latimore, associate professor and chairman, department of history at Trinity University. Turns out the Hockley descendants hadn't staked a claim on the land because they thought they would be charged back taxes they couldn't afford; they weren't aware that cemeteries are exempt from property taxes by state law. Family lore has it that when the modern-day subdivision was going up in the early 1980s, the driver of a bulldozer clearing the land uncovered human bones and walked off the job, refusing to continue. Recently, relatives from the two clans met Home Owners Association president Connie Smith at the gated cemetery that sits near the entrance to the neighborhood. Despite not knowing anything about the people buried there, she and neighbors would gather on the weekends to clean the cemetery. Nearby, Cynthia Young Miller recalled how, as a child, she'd walk with her family down a road, now Tavern Oaks Street, during funerals to the sprawling oak tree in the cemetery that served as a landmark. [...] Fly points out that it was Wright's passion and persistence that put the spotlight on the Hockley cemetery and led to more details about the other local black communities. When you read different versions of the Texas Constitution, it says if a person owned real property they were entitled to vote.
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MD Anderson looking to provide cancer treatment in San Antonio

MD Anderson looking to provide cancer treatment in San Antonio | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
The University of Texas Health Science Center has launched discussions with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to explore ways to expand cancer services in San Antonio, an executive vice chancellor confirmed today. Collaboration between the two health care institutions would allow San Antonio residents traveling to MD Anderson for cancer treatment to receive much of that care closer to home, said Dr. Raymond Greenberg, the UT System’s executive vice chancellor for health affairs. “UT Medicine and the Cancer Therapy & Research Center are evaluating ways to increase access to cancer services for the residents of San Antonio and the surrounding region,” said Dr. Francisco Gonzáles-Scarano, the health science center’s executive vice president for medical affairs, in a statement released today. “Part of this work includes assessing opportunities with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, a fellow UT entity, on possibilities to enhance the patient experience, deliver additional needed cancer services to residents and complement the advanced care and research provided in this market,” he said.
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Have you thanked nature today? Video soars through American West

Have you thanked nature today? Video soars through American West | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
Every now and then, a piece of art comes along that reminds you of just how spectacular the natural world can be.
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7 solutions to your I-can't-bike-to-work excuses

7 solutions to your I-can't-bike-to-work excuses | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
No bike? No problem. We've got you covered with ideas that will have cruising to work in style.
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Houston's flood of biblical proportions, in photos

Houston's flood of biblical proportions, in photos | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
The Houston, Texas, area got 16 inches of rain in under 12 hours — and it's not over.
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San Antonio is an ideal spot for real estate investors | Inman

San Antonio is an ideal spot for real estate investors | Inman | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
HomeVesters recently released a report with findings that San Antonio is one of the nation's most fruitful markets for real estate investors.
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San Antonio Commits to Expanding Green Spaces | SA2020

San Antonio Commits to Expanding Green Spaces | SA2020 | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
Summer is always a time to head outside and soak up some sun, but San Antonio has got us thinking about outdoor spaces even more lately. Our city is making some
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San Antonio: So much more than the Alamo

San Antonio: So much more than the Alamo | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
There are so many things to do in San Antonio - museums, lively districts, shopping, great dining, outdoor activities and exploring the beautiful River Walk.
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13 natural remedies for the ant invasion

13 natural remedies for the ant invasion | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
Ants are making their way into homes this time of year. Thankfully there are natural pest control methods to help you cope with and eliminate the problem.
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Why kids are learning to ride bikes at school

Why kids are learning to ride bikes at school | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
All second-graders in Washington, D.C., public schools will now learn how to ride a bike. (I wish someone had thought of this before now!)
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Prince dead at 57

Prince dead at 57 | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
Prince, the Oscar-winning and Grammy-winning artist known for his funky brand of pop music, has died at the age of 57, according to TMZ.
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San Antonio hail storm called second costliest in Texas history with nearly $1.4 billion in losses

San Antonio hail storm called second costliest in Texas history with nearly $1.4 billion in losses | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
Insured losses to automobiles from the April 12 storm are expected to reach $560 million, while damage to homes is expected to approach $800 million, the insurance trade association added. “The storm primarily struck the northwestern portion of Bexar County moving around northern areas of San Antonio with large hail that was shaped like jagged rocks,” Robert Crosby, executive director of the Independent Insurance Agents of San Antonio, said in a statement.
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15 Great Cities for Thrifty People

15 Great Cities for Thrifty People | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
Apparently saving accounts are also bigger in Texas. GoBankingRates.com, which ranked the 100 largest U.S. cities from best to worst on seven factors affecting a person’s ability to save, put five Texas towns on their list of the 15 thriftiest places.
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