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The Tarleton Texan Weekly News
Bottom line help
offered by SBDC
By Traci Evans
TtTthe dog-eat-dog business world it is nice to know that there are some
people who still believe in making dreams come true for small businesses.
The Small Business Development Center, located in the Business Build-
ing, is dedicated to turning every client who walks through the door into a
success story. : ,
Dr. Rusty Freed, director of the Center and ah assistant professor in
management, marketing and administration systems, enjoys watching people
come in with nothing more than an idea then watch it develop into reality.
"Every client has adifferent problem, there is acertain level of satisfaction
received in helping." said Dr. Freed.
Established in 1987 through a cooperative agreement with Texas Tech
University, the SBDC provides small businesses with the management and
technical assistance to build a sturdy foundation.
With funding provided by the United States Small Business Administra-
tion, 11 surrounding counties receive services from the SBDC in Counseling,
training, conference and workshops and access to a resource library. The
-SBDC also provides technical and export assistance.
Furthermore, satellite offices are located at Howard Payne University in
Brownwood, Weatherford College in Weatherford and Lake Granbury Area
Chamber of Commerce. The SBDC is always in constant contact with area
chambers of commerce to provide assistance to new businesses or anyone
u/ho npprk assistance in making a business even better.
■ All counseling services are confidential and at no cost to the client.
When out in the community, the SBDC is not only establishing a nkne for
itself as a reliable service component of Tarleton, but providing excellent
. public relations for Tarleton as a whole. " We are putting the Tarleton name
in the community," says Dr. Freed.
Hico validates life
of Billy the Kid
By Nichole A. Bendele
For local color, it's difficult to
beat a small museum less than 20
'miles south dedicated to a legendary
The Billy the Kid Museum, lo-
cated on 281 South across from the
Texaco Station in Hico, is by Bob
Hefner. The Texaco dealer also pre-
sides over the combination Hico
municipal court and justice of the
peace court, has been long interested
- in the old west and since 1985, has
researched the life story of Billy the
Kid. People from the world want to
see Hefner's research. He couldn't
always get away from work when
people dropped in. He opened the
museum so people could do research
on their own,
"It is an enjoyable^ if not expen-
sive, hobby," said Hefner also men-
tioning there is no admittance fee to
the museum. "I feel it is a worthwhi le
But why is the Billy the Kid Mu-
seum in Hico, Texas? Didn't the
western outlaw die in New Mexico
The answer is ho. Billy the Kid—
not his real name — died in
Hico,Texas as Brushy Bill Roberts.
Brushy Bill Roberts?
That'sright. Hefner and other old
west buffs have conducted enough
research to believe that Billy the Kid
(also known as William H. Bdnriey,
Billy Bonney and William McCarty)
was not killed by Pat Garrett on a
July night in 1881 at Ft. Sumner,
New Mexico Territory. Billy the Kid
died in Hico of a heartattack in front
of Fred Jaggars' real estate office on
But how did people know that
Brushy Bill was the infamous Billy
the Kid? .
Brushy Bill Roberts, born Will-
iam Henry Roberts on Dec.31, 1859
to John Henry and Adeline Dunn
Roberts in Hico, Texas, persuasively
impressed many old-timers and're-
searchers with his knowledge of the
Lincoln County War and incidents in
the life of Billy the Kid. William V.
Morrison, a lawyer from El Paso,
Texas, was so impressed with Brushy
Bill that he tried to establish Brushy
. Bill's identity.
After Morrison confronted him,
Brushy Bill admitted he was B illy the
Kid and decided to-apply for a pardon
on the crimes comitted in his name.
Morrison arranged for Brushy Bill to
meet with New Mexico Gov. Tho-
mas Mabry on Nov. 29, 1950.
The meeting proved disasterous.
Gov. Mabry turned it into a media
event. Instead of just Mabry,
Morrison and Brushy Bill, there were
law enforcement officers, relatives
of Pat Garrett and even an official
from Washington, D.C. This unex-
pected mob of people unnerved the
90-year old Brushy Bill causing him
to have a slight heart attack. He
became disoriented, could not an-
swer questions coherently and wept.
Although Brushy Bill hadmany.docu-
ments and sworn statements that he
was indeed Billy the Kid, the gover-
nor dismissed his case.
A month later Brushy Bill Rob-
erts, alias Billy the Kid, died.
Strangely, on April 6, 1981, New
Mexico's state records historian
Donald Lavash wrote a letter saying
he could not find the brief of Brushy
Bill asking for his pardon in 1950.
Since then, the "missing brief' has
turned up and Bob Hefner will have a
copy available to the public next
"I'm thoroughly convinced that
Billy the Kid lived until 1950 and
died in Hico, Texas," said Hefner
who says that the legend of Billy the
Kid is legend only. :
There are too many discrepan-
cies to believe that Billy the Kid died
at Ft. Sumner. A reporter who knew
Billy the Kid and who also saw'the
body that was buried said the (wo
were not the same. Billy the Kid,
according to record, died in July of
1881 but records show that a warrant
for his arrest was issued in Dec. 1882.
And, it wasn't until after the 1940s
western "The Outlaw" was released
did the grave in Ft. Sumner receive a
tombstone. The tombstone was the
one used in the movie and donated by
Warner Brothers Studio.
"So you see, the legend comes
unraveled," said Bob Hefner who
added that novels and movies about
Billy the Kid have blown the outlaw
out of proportion due to the fact that
there has been no real history on him
except for a few records and pictures.
Photographs of both Billy the Kid
and Brushy Bill Roberts have also
been compared and a computer study
conducted. The department of elec-
trical and computer engineering at
the University, of Texas at Austin
have used a recognition system that
is widely accepted in the photographic
comparison field with a statistical
success rate of 92 percent: Of 9
features used for comparison on Billy
the Kid and Brushy Bill, 7 are identi-
cal or within acceptable mean squared
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whi(e others painted r
their faces to show their
Mjnanda Spenrath was
queen at the 6onfire
ay, (Photos by Marc Parks,
Zane Fry qnd Chris; Gordon)
Vol. 148. No. 1.0
Special to the J-TAC
The-exchange program for stu-
dents and faculty from Tarleton and
one university in Mexico,
Universidad Autonoma Agraria An-
* tonio Narrb, will take another step
forward next week as 35 students and
faculty from Mexico spend four days
The group of 4 faculty and 31
students from the Torreon campus
will arrive Sunday afternoon and re-
main at Tarleton until Thursday ac-
cording to Dr. Jesse Tackett, dean of
the Colledge of Agriculture. They
will stay in Tarleton residence halls
and have meals in the dining hall as
they tour university facilities, visit
classes and explore area agricultural
operations and marketing facilities.
'This is a continuation of an ef-
fort that began over two years ago
with the exchange visits by faculty. It
has included one undergraduate agri-
cultural course of 10 Tarleton stu-
dents spending a week in Mexico
during the summer of 1993 and two
agricultural courses, one graduate and
one undergraduate, with a total of 21
students and faculty going to Mexico
this past summer.
"They have hosted our students
and faculty in excellent fashion in
Mexico and provided outstanding
educational programs. We're anx-
ious to return the hospitality.
Universidad Autonoma Agraria An-
tonio Narro has two campuses in the
cities of Saltillo and Torreon, state of
Coahiiila,- in Mexico and they have
excellent agricultural programs," ac-
cording to Dr. Tackett.
The itinerary for the visiting group
includes meetings with TSU presi-
dent Dennis McCabe and Tarleton
administrators, meetings with
Tarleton students. There also will be
visits to Tarleton classes and tours of
campus and agricultural facilities, the
Texas Institute for Applied Environ-
mental Research, a local livestock
auction, retail agricultural product
sales,, local embryo transfer facili-
ties, dairies, cutting horse operations
and other agricultural operations.
Heavenly desserts feature of free fare
By Kevin Stahnke
If you have so much money that the mention of free food failed to catch
your eye, you're not my audience, turn to the Entertainment page and read
Andy Zubick. This is for all my fellow, pathetically broke, students who want
to save their meager pennies for the important things like admission to
Over the last two weeks, with my research assistant, Cris Edwards, I took
it upon myself to attend the various free meals offered by Christian organiza-
tions around campus. I placed my stomach on line for the good of my peers.
So is it animal, vegetable or what?
Research assistant Cris Edwards, right, discusses the Mexican
cassserole with Jimmy Hood.
What I found was, by and large, surprisingly good food; strikingly good
. considering the price. . ;
My first stop was the Baptist Student Center. On the Wednesday I went
they offered a fine lineup of ham, ranch-style beans, scalloped potatoes and
The ham had a little fat, but not so much that it was a problem. The real
beauty of the BSU is the way they handle desserts. They place them all over
the tables. If ypu time it right, I fpund that you cah eat more than your share
before anyone notices. This is always a bonus in my book.
The next day, Thursday, Cris, my assistant wejnt to the Methodist Student
Center. He reported that they had barbecued sausages, beans and chocolate
cake. Apparently the cake was excellent and I was sorry I missed iti
At the first of the week I went back to the BSU. For the Monday feed they
charge a dollar so it's not actually free, but take; my word for it, it's worth it.
The BSU supplied baked potatoes big enough to load in your slingshot and
sjay whatever Goliath ails you. To top these they had butter, sour cream, chili
and bacon bits.
In deference to my burgeoning waistline! got one of the smaller potatoes.
It couldn't have been more than two pounds. I also ate just one hotdog and
went away feeling virtuous.
The following Wednesday the BSU was back to their free way s with a fine
barbecue lunch. They had brisket, beans and potato salad. Pretty standard fare
but then we got to those fine BSU desserts. They truly outdid themselves with
brownies and cakes of yarious makes. Cris went on record as saying, and I
quote, "It was pretty good." I think/the statement speaks for itself.
The next Monday I returned to the MSU. On this day they were having
Mexican casserole, a gooey concoction of meat, cheese and noodles of some
sort. They also had taco salad. I ignored the lettuce and just piled the meat on
the chips. For dessert they had chocolate cake.
, About the time I got to the front of the line they ran out of the casserole.
.Understandably I became a bit frantic but they showed an able command of
handling crisis situations and assured me they had more in the oven.
One of the great things about the MSU is they are never crowded but they
make enough food for large groups. As a result there are plenty of seconds.
.1 showed considerable restraint and ate only two slices of cake.
After eating all these meals I went away with a great appreciation for what
these Christian organizations do for the-students on campus. It kept me from
/being hungry and grouchy in the afternoon. If I missed any meals at other
unions I am truly sorry. Call me and I'll do a follow up.
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