Texas Fever

Theresa Kasper of Wilson passed away Monday, July 27, 2015. Wake service is at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church,  ilson. American politics has long been a ‘comedy of errors’. The comedy currently playing out in the2016 race for the White House may prove to One of the most romantic images of the Old West is that of Texaslonghorn cattle coming into view out of a cloud  f dust. Cowboys “whoop and holler” as they pushthe wild cattle over the open prairie on the way to the end-of-trail cowtown. During the last half of the 19th century Kansas grasslands fed hundreds of thousands of cattle. The scene was an idyllic episode in American history but for one tragic malady that ruined the lives of hundreds of cattlemen. A mysterious disease had been associated with Texas cattle as early as 1814. In 1855 and again in 1858, domestic herds in Missouri began to die when they came into contact with the longhorns.    

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