A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 25, 2011
Brownsvillian (inhabitant of Brownsville)

"Brownsvillian” is the name of an inhabitant of Brownsville, Texas. The name “Brownsvillian” has been cited in print since at least 1859.


Wikipedia: Brownsville, Texas
Brownsville is a city in the southernmost tip of the state of Texas, in the United States. It is located on the northern bank of the Rio Grande, directly north and across the border from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Brownsville is the 16th largest city in the state of Texas with a population of 175,023. In addition, the Matamoros–Brownsville Metropolitan Area counts with a population of 1,136,995, making it the 4th largest metropolitan area in the Mexico-US border.

The area in Brownsville is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the United States. The city’s population dramatically increased after it experienced a boom in the steel industry during the 1900s, where it produced three times its annual capacity. Nowadays, the Port of Brownsville is a major economic hub for South Texas, where shipments from Mexico, other parts of the United States and the world arrive. Brownsville’s economy is mainly based on its international trade with Mexico through the NAFTA agreement, and is home to one of the fastest growing manufacturing sectors in the nation. In addition, Brownsville’s climate has often been recognized among the best pro-business climates in the United States, and the city has also been ranked among the least expensive places to live in the U.S.

Brownsville’s historical significance is due to the fact that it served as a site for several battles and events in the Texas Revolution, the Mexican American War,and the American Civil War. Matamoros is a major site of the Mexican War of Independence, the Mexican Revolution, and the French Intervention. On another note, Brownsville and Matamoros are home to the Charro Days and Sombrero Festival annual celebrations, which are two–nation fiestas that commemorate the heritage of the U.S. and Mexico.

The Portal to Texas History
22 December 1859, The Colorado Citizen (Columbus, TX), “Letter from Goliad,” pg. 1, col. 2:
The sympathy of all the Mexicans, or rather greaser residents of Texas, on the Rio Grande, is with the movement; and the Brownsvillians are anxious to conciliate them.

5 April 1865, Galveston (TX) Weekly News, pg. 4, col. 1:
The death of Capt. Peter Dowd, an old resident of the Rio Grande is reported. He was much respected. The Ranchero says Gen. Mejia’s band serenades the Brownsvillians with “Dixie,” “Home, Sweet, Home”, &c.

The Portal to Texas History
15 December 1892, Brownsville (TX) Daily Herald, :Laredo to Brownsville,” pg. 1, col. 3:
... but he became so discouraged from his conference with the Brownsvillians, that he returned in disgust, ...

The Portal to Texas History
27 December 1892, Brownsville (TX) Daily Herald, “Cold Facts,” pg. 1, col. 3:
But, how to get the money to do the work should be all the important question with the far-seeing Brownsvillian; ...

20 November 1908, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Major Jacob Brown, U. S. A.,” pg. 16, col. 2:
Probably the shooting up of the town two years ago by negro soldiers garrisoned at the ort, as the Brownsville folk contend, by the Brownsvillians, as Senator Foraker suggested, may have had something to do with the abandonment of the post, rendering it available for agricultural purposes.

9 February 1911, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Denton to Welcome J. W. Folk,” pg. 9, col. 3:
W. A. Taliaferro, formerly of Brownsville, said today that the contingents of ex-Brownsvilliams will probably pay their respect to the Governor in a body.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, December 25, 2011 • Permalink