Historically Speaking

Atascosa County tales, Part II



Greetings, my fellow Atascosans! I hope everyone is well and in good spirits. The last week has been a week filled with a lot of history learning and talks that taught me a few things I didn’t previously know. There was a group conversation with great folks where we spoke of old county landmarks and places that no longer exist such as Earl’s Bakery and Autry’s. We watched the clip from Sugarland Express that was filmed in Pleasanton. I learned a fun fact that I won’t spoil about the Pleasanton Cowboy in front of City Hall.

Altogether, it was a great week for us on social media as well. We recognized the Rodriguez- Esparza Cemetery that received a historical designation by the Texas Historical Commission and we observed Quanah Parker Day in Texas. I want to continue our track from last week. Last week I wrote about Indian raids and the existence of Native Americans in Atascosa. I briefly wrote of Clemente Galindo and his experiences. Let me elaborate because I think his story deserves a closer look.

Clemente Galindo was taken by Indians at the age of nine. Little is known of his experience or any details of his capture and existence among the local Native Americans. We do know that he escaped at about the age of seventeen and was taken in by a white family in Pleasanton. Mr. Galindo married Martha Goins in 1862. They were settlers along the Atascosa River in modern day Rossville. Mr. Galindo served in the Confederate Army as an Infantryman in Company H of Hobby’s Regiment. Mr. Galindo died in Atascosa County in 1881.

During the search for Clemente and Martha Galindo’s family history, I used the Ancestry search engine. If you are interested in history, this is the perfect tool. With all the recent talks on the news about the United States Census, it brought me to this notion: We should be thankful for the persistence of census takers of the past. They did this job without the luxury of automobiles. While there are a lot of misspellings with ethnic names, the information is very accurate. I have found handwritten Census Documents as far back as 1850. Keep up with us on Facebook, I will be sharing old census records for you to see. If you have a special requested census record, let us know!

Y’all be safe and healthy, and keep our history alive!

Until next time.

MARTIN GONZALES is the Atascosa County Historical Commission Chairman. If you have history to share, you may contact him at 830-480-2741.

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