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The George Ranch Blog

24 Apr2020

The Families Who Helped Build A Legacy: The Taylor/Murray and Thomas Families

This is a continuation of a blog series on the families who lived and worked alongside the Jones, Ryon, Davis and George families here at the George Ranch. Click here for part one. Click here for part two. Click here for part three. When Mamie George built a new home in the late 1800s, she...

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22 Apr2020

Victorian Flower Language

The Victorian era (1837-1901) was a time filled with rules and regulations for proper etiquette. Especially for the upper class, the time period had “dos and don’ts” for every aspect of daily life — including what could and couldn’t be said during conversations. Enter the complex world of floriography — the silent language of...

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19 Apr2020

Cattle Branding in Texas: Show Us Your Herd!

By ALLISON HARRELL, Texian Time Machine & Outreach Coordinator The Spaniards brought cattle with them to the New World (or America) in 1541. With the introduction of cattle to the ecosystem, they also introduced the occupation of ranching. Here in Fort Bend County, the Georges, Moores and Dews, to name a few, were all part...

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13 Apr2020

Railroad Baron Game

The first steam locomotive was built in 1801 by Richard Trevithick in England. Here in Texas, the first railroad was built starting in 1850 when the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway was incorporated. The railroad made it to Stafford in in 1853, and arrived here in Richmond in 1855.  Nearby, the Galveston, Colorado,...

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09 Apr2020

Paper Dolls & Board Games: Simple, Stay-at-Home Entertainment from the 1930s

By ALLISON PARROTT Site Lead, 1930s George Ranch Home As everyone searches for ways to stay entertained at home, we thought it would be a great time to dive into favorite home-based games of the past. Paper Dolls The first manufactured paper was called “Little Fanny” and was produced in London in 1810 by...

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08 Apr2020

The Families Who Helped Build A Legacy: The Indomitable Uncle Bob

This is a continuation of a blog series on the families who lived and worked alongside the Jones, Ryon, Davis and George families here at the George Ranch. Click here for part one. Click here for part two. Robert H. Jones: The Indomitable Uncle Bob In 1836, Robert “Bob” was born to Virginian enslaved...

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08 Apr2020

Poultry Profile: Meet Chicken Nugget!

Poultry Profile: 1860s Ryon Prairie Home Name: Chicken Nugget Age: 5 Breed: Blue Andalusian Eggs: Sometimes I work for my food and produce an average of 3 white eggs a week. But sometimes I am lazy and won’t lay anything. Likes: I like to roam far and wide and I can fly really high...

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02 Apr2020

The Families Who Helped Build a Legacy: The 1890s

This is a continuation of a blog series on the families who lived and worked alongside the Jones, Ryon, Davis and George families here at the George Ranch. Click here for part one. The Edwards Family Cain Edwards — Cain, like his mother Celia, was born into slavery at the Jones River Place in...

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31 Mar2020

Rationing for Victory: WWII vs. Today

By ALLISON PARROTT Site Lead, 1930s George Ranch Home In 1940, England began rationing food to assist their soldiers with supplies. The following year, the British government requested that the American government also conserve food to help the Allies overseas; other non-food items were also rationed soon afterward, including nylon, tires, gasoline, silk and...

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27 Mar2020

The History of Toilet Paper

By MEGAN CROMEENS Site Lead, 1860s Ryon Prairie Home With the uncertain health situation happening across the world right now, one of the history questions we’ve been asked a lot is: What was used before the invention of toilet paper? It may surprise you to find out that toilet paper as we know it hasn’t...

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