What happened today in Texas history? October 3 | Events
On this day in 1843, Albert Sidney Johnston married Eliza Griffin, a Virginia musician who was eighteen years younger than he was. (He was 40, and Eliza was 22)
Johnston had moved to Texas from Kentucky in 1836 at the age of 33. In 1838, he served as Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas Under President Mirabeau B. Lamar.
Johnston returned to Kentucky in 1840 and married the much younger Eliza, who was an accomplished musician and artist. They spent their years in Texas, living first in Brazoria PCounty at Johnston's China Grove plantation, and later in Austin.
Eliza kept journals of her travels with her military husband, and described daily life, flowers, food and hardships. Her husband died in the Civil war battle at Shiloh in Tennessee in 1862. She lived for 34 more years, passing away in 1896. A book of her watercolors of flowers was compiled and published 76 years later, in 1972. It is entitled Texas Wildflowers. You can see it here.
Many East Texans work in the oilfield in some capacity, or know someone who is. If so, you have surely heard of Daisy Bradford No. 3, the oilwell brought in on this day in 1930 by Columbus Marion "Dad" joiner, opening up the East Texas oilfield.
Joiner had already made and lost two fortunes in oil in Oklahoma before his arrival in East Texas in 1926, according to the Texas State Historical Association. Joiner drilled eight miles east of Henderson in 1930, and failed twice, due to the flimsy rig and worn tools he was using.
However, the third time was a charm for Dad, and he became very prosperous because of it. Unfortunately, he was involved in several lawsuits, the TSHA says, and lost most of his money before his death in 1947. At the time of his death he and his second wife Dea England were living in Dallas, and he is buried there.
As a sidenote, the town of Joinerville was named for Dad, as you might have guessed.
Texas quote of the day: Some folks look at me and and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called "walking." ~ George W. Bush
Texas song of the day: Josh Abbott Band: "She's Like Texas"