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was re-elected to a second term as sheriff against two well-known opponents, Wil- liam G.Hill, an attorney and the owner of Osceola Plantation; and John P. Gill, owner of a local tavern, who would be elected as sheriff several years later.

In 1837 the county commissioners ordered the construction of a 44-ft. by 20-ft., two-story jail to house Calder’s “guests.” The building was to have eight-inch double-crib log walls sepa- rated by ten-inch hewn timbers.

Calder was elected as mayor of the town of Brazoria in 1838, and served from 1844 to 1846 as chief justice and probate judge of Brazoria County, a position much like that of the present county judge.

When a Temperance Society organized in Brazoria on Aug. 18, 1844, Calder was elected as president. In accepting that post, he told those present that the meeting was “a sign of the times; an indication that the reign of the Pistol and Bowie-Knife is at an end, and that their origin, the Goblet, with its mad- dening and deadly influences, is being shattered upon the alter [sic] of public

Calder was also elected vice presi- dent of the Brazoria County Sunday School Union, a group designed to “aid in the formation and support of Sunday Schools, whenever it is practicable in Brazoria County.”

He and his family moved from Bra- zoria County after his term as judge here, to settle on their farm in Fort Bend County. In the years that followed he served as mayor of Richmond, and then as chief justice and judge of the Fort Bend County probate court.

After being removed from his judicial post by federal military authorities dur- ing Reconstruction, he operated a mer- cantile business and practiced law in partnership with his son-in-law, Major W.L. Davidson. Calder died in Rich- mond on Aug. 28, 1884.

From her latest book, Trials and Tribula- tions, Early Texas Crime Stories, available by telephone order for $24.99 plus tax. Call 979-849-5467 or 979-864-9524. Marie Beth Jones weekly local history column appears in The Brazosport Facts and she is a feature writer for The Police News.

Galveston's National Night Out Slated for October 6th

Grab the lawn chairs and break out the potato salad recipes! Neighborhoods across the Island are planning to participate in Galveston's National Night Out! Now in its 26th year, National Night Out (NNO) was originally organized to:

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    Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;

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      Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts;

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      Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships; and

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      Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized

and fighting back.

Hurricane Ike postponed Galveston's National Night Out 2008 celebration. Over the last year storm recovery efforts have fostered a true sense of community through- out the Island. National Night Out provides another opportunity for Galvestonians to come together and reflect on the city's and their neighborhood's recovery. To register your neighborhood event please contact Galveston Police Officers At- taway and McNeil by calling 409-765-3602.

Bonnie & Clyde Symposium October 17

Bonnie and Clyde, the daring duo who roamed the heartland of America early in the 1930s in stolen V-8 Fords with guns blazing until they met their fate in an ambush staged by lawmen near Gibsland, Louisiana, 75 years ago, will be the subject of a one-day symposium sponsored by the East Texas Historical Association on Saturday, October 17.

Jeff Guinn captured Bonnie Parker's and Clyde Barrow's brief moment at center stage in American life and lore in Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, published by Simon & Schuster in March 2009.

Guinn will speak at a one-day sym- posium titled "Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde-A Symposium Remembering Af- ter 75 Years" on October 17, in the Bak- er Pattillo Student Center on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. The symposium is sponsored by the East Texas Historical Association with assistance from the Summerlee Founda- tion and Simon & Schuster.

Fults; Robert Nieman, Managing Edi- tor of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum's online magazine, Texas Ranger Dispatch, will be speaking on the role of Texas Ranger Frank Hamer in the pursuit of Bonnie and Clyde; and Cissy Stewart Lale of Fort Worth and Archie P. McDonald, community liaison at Stephen F. Austin State University and Regent's Professor of History, who will speak on life in the 1930s in Texas and the South. Jeff Guinn will present a luncheon address on the life, adventures, and death of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. A registration fee of $12 cov- ers the luncheon and registration must be made by Wednesday, October 14.

The public is cordially invited to attend the symposium. For details, contact Dr. Scott Sosebee, Executive Director of the East Texas Historical Association, Box 6223, Stephen F. Austin State Uni- versity, Nacogdoches, TX 75962; 936- 468-2407; or


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