Joy Carrico

Carrie A. Nation to Wise

Emily Trube, an out-of-county reader from Topeka, Kan., asked me “Did Carrie Nation ever come to Wise County?”

The cook’s tale

This is my last week to use All the Wiser to talk about the J.T. Brown fight fatality, unless I can figure out a reason to bring it all up again.

The Chico paradox

Last week I laid out the facts of the difficulty in Chico that occurred between J.T. Brown Jr. and George Steele on June 26, 1895, resulting in the death of Steele and the conviction of Brown Jr. for manslaughter.

J.T. Brown and J.T. Brown and the fight fatality

The historical marker, which was put in place in 1969, in front of the Brown Hotel in Chico reads, in part: “Col. J.T. Brown founded town of Chico in 1876; built this hotel in 1888.

J.T. Brown and the fight fatality

I want to do something a little different. I’m inspired by the popularity of multi-part podcasts and documentaries that take their time to tell a story.

Mystery mansion

Joseph Levings stated on Facebook: “My children have asked several times about El Castile that seems to be abandoned.”

All the Wiser: Glass from the past

Annette Craze Stephens asked via Facebook: “What about Decatur Glass Company?” There’s a lot about that. There’s the actual company.

All the Wiser: Lucky to be in Wise


Sarah Sellers asked via Facebook “What’s the history of the ‘Lucky Ridge’ area?”


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