Rusty Williams

Rusty began his career as a news writer, and has written for The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Antonio Express-News, and the Associated Press. He currently lives in Dallas, where he writes about history through the stories of the people who lived it. Rusty is a frequent contributor to several history magazines and websites and frequently speaks to groups on historical subjects. He is the author of five nonfiction books, three on Texas topics.

Slang words from 1920s

For Tomatoes and Sheiks

When researching past eras, I often have to translate the slang of the period to understand what a person’s words really mean. Here’s a fun video of slang from the 1920s with some discussion of the origins of the terms. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv_iOaWz-gI  

Gov. Alfalfa Bill of Oklahoma

A Fraught Month

For many Americans, 1931 marked the depth of the Great Depression, with high unemployment, bank failures, evictions, and little help from Washington. State governors did the best they could ease the situation, but few governors had more on their plates than Gov. W. H. “Alfalfa Bill” Murray of Oklahoma. Looking at a single issue of …

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Devil's Hole by The Muuj https://www.flickr.com/photos/themuuj/with/2681983180/

It’s the Pits

Before backyard pools, municipal swimming pools, and water parks, many Dallasites went for summer dips in the water-filled gravel pits surrounding town. The pits had crumbly banks, uncertain depths, and were filled with chilly rainwater or seepage from small springs. It wasn’t difficult for inexperienced swimmers — and there were few experienced swimmers early in …

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