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Gilbert S. Marshall Obituary

Gilbert Stivers Marshall, 82, of Dayton, Texas, known as Gil and better known by his close friends and family as “Fishy”, because of his love of the water and fishing, passed away silently and painlessly September 24, 2010 after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his wife and loving family.

Gilbert was born 24 August 1928 in Irvine, Kentucky at home to Thomas and Nell Marshall.  Gil from early childhood dreamed of travel and lived the life of a pathfinder throughout much of his life.  Serving honorably in the US Navy as a Machinist Mate and during and following WWII he traveled across North Africa, the Middle East and Europe and was a walking encyclopedia of information on geography and many other subjects.

Always the pioneer visionary, he shunned commercialized amusement and instead took his family on adventures like panning for gold in the Rockies, hiking the trails of the American ranges and forests, hunting and fishing the choicest of lakes, ponds, and streams, searching rock quarri…

The Bayland Guards Historical Marker project

I finally had time to put all of this together!  If anyone has photos of the event, please send them my way and I'll add them to the pages.  In this photo, the Bayland Honor Guard - Living history actors salute the marker with an old cannon.

One American is Evidently Worth 8 Iranians!

.Ahmadinejad Wants Release of Iranians Held in U.S.
Published: September 19, 2010
"One of the three American hikers held in Iran for 13 months on spying charges arrived in the United States on Sunday as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the United States, as "a humanitarian gesture," should now release eight Iranians whom he said were illegally arrested."

Here's my take and you can call it Redneck Texan, if you want: Now that is some fancy math, President Ahmadinejad.  When I saw this headline, I couldn't see how many he wanted us to release for it to be considered a fair exchange, but somehow, I already knew the answer... it would be ridiculous. 

I'll answer for President Obama "Okay, here's one Iranian.  Got any more Americans, cause I got more Iranians"?

Evidently, one American has the same value as eight of his own countrymen.  Don't call me a hater - he said it, I didn't.

Bayland Guards Marker Installed Today!

This in from Larry Houston:  Bert was instrumental in arranging funding for a new historical marker in Baytown, commemorating the Bayland Guards. The unveiling was this morning.
Top 2 photos by Larry Houston.  The man in the red shirt is Darrell Bailey - Total Petrochemicals Manager.  The lady in the aqua blouse is Harris County Historical Commission's Trevia Wooster Beverly.

The marker on the right is one of Bert's earlier efforts.
Wybra Wooster Holland sent these 2 photos in:

Bayland Guards Historical Marker - Baytown, Texas

The Harris County Historical Commission, Baytown Historical Preservation Association, and Total Petrochemicals, La Porte Polypropylene Plant cordially invite you to attend the dedication of an Official Texas Historical Marker
honoring the  Bayland Guards Saturday, September 18, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Bayland Park 2641 SH 146 Business, Baytown, Texas Reception Follows
Lawn chairs welcomed for seating will be limited
For additional information, call 713.864.6862 The Bayland Guards were organized by Dr. Ashbel Smith of San Jacinto fame, with men from eastern Harris County  and Chambers County.   It later became Company C, 2nd Texas Infantry. 
The Bayland Guards, with no previous military experience, under the command of Dr. Ashbel Smith, scholar, statesman, and skilled physician, registered their original Muster Roll at the Harris County Courthouse in Houston on April 29, 1861. Mustered into Confederate service on July 31, 1861 as Company C of the Galveston Infantry Regiment, in Galveston.


Pelly Park Pump-Jack Revisited

I wish I knew who to thank for making this pump-jack safe again, but I was there today and the fence, albeit old and rusty for the most part, is back up and secured.  Thank you!

Letter to City Manager Garry Brumback

Hello, Mr. Brumback! I'm trying to find the plan for the development of a trail system in and around Baytown, but can't seem to find it. While geocaching (and you may have heard me comment in my videos) I am continually impressed with the large scale development of trails along Fairmont Parkway, Red Bluff Road, and now along McCabe Road in La Porte.

McCabe Road and Fairmont Parkway trails are cement and very wide and this has to have cost a fortune, but where and how are they getting funding? I think it is imperitive if Baytown is to attract higher income families, we push the trail system forward asap.

Baytown native, Larry Houston and I have now successfully placed a large number of geocaches (23) along Goose Creek trail to attract out-of-towners and hopefully they will stop in for a bite to eat while here and as a side benefit, use our trail making it inherently safer. It took the Jenkins Park (Cary Bayou Trail) a long time before it felt safe, but now there are a lot of…

It’s 9-11 All Over Again

We are on the doorstep of the September 11th, 2001 anniversary and once again our country is under attack by Islam. There, I said it. Our leaders are jumping through hoops to accommodate the world’s most radical and intolerant religion and the egregious kowtowing to the bombardment of Islam’s threats makes my skin crawl.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Quran burning would be a "disrespectful, disgraceful act."

Granted, a small congregation of fifty “Christians” is to blame for inflaming the angst of 1.5 billion Muslims (as implied by the world Press), and even though I think this is an unchristian act, I support their right as Americans to burn the Quran, the Bible, the American flag, or an effigy of Lindsey Lohan.
Where is the multitude of American Muslims who should be screaming out in support of Reverend Jones to practice freedom of speech, something they demand when they see anti-Muslim activity? Where are they when anti-Christian activities in Muslim cont…