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 30, 2011
Athenian (inhabitant of Athens, Texas)

"Athenian” is the name of an inhabitant of Athens, Texas. The name “Athenian” has been cited in print since at least 1926.

“Athenian,” of course, originally refers to a person of Athens, Greece.


Wikipedia: Athens, Texas
Athens is a city in Henderson County, Texas, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,710. It is the county seat of Henderson County. According to the Texas Legislature, Athens is the “Original Home of the Hamburger”. The city also calls itself the “Black-Eyed Pea Capital of the World.” Athens was selected as one of the first ‘Certified Retirement Communities’ in Texas.

Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Ath·ens geographical name \ˈa-thənz\
Definition of ATHENS
1city NE Georgia coextensive with Clarke county pop 101,489
2or Greek Athí·nai \ä-ˈthē-(ˌ)ne\ or ancient Athe·nae \ə-ˈthē-(ˌ)nē\ city ∗ of Greece near Saronic Gulf pop 748,110
Athe·nian \ə-ˈthē-nē-ən, -nyən\ adjective or noun

The Portal to Texas History
7 December 1897, Houston (TX) Daily Post, pg. 7, col. 5:
Athens of Texas—“Masters, I am to discourse wonders; but ask me not what, for if I tell you, I am no true Athenian.” Senator Horace Chilton.

30 January 1926, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Athens Dedicates New Gym With Trio of Basket Ball Games Before Large Crowd” By Chauncey Brown, pt. 2, pg. 16:
The Athenians took the lead from Baylor at the start and were going good at the end of the first quarter.

7 August 1927, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Her Compositions Given at Athens,” sec. 1, pg. 11, col. 3:
ATHENS, Texas, Aug. 6.—Original musical compositions by Mrs, Hattie Hawn Smith were presented by local talent at a program offered here recently. Mrs. Smith is a native Athenian, daughter of Mrs. C. H. Hawn and has long been a writer of verse.

6 April 1929, Aberdeen (SD) Evening News, pg. 3, col. 1:
A group of tall athletes from Athens high school, state of Texas, carried through yesterday for the honor of the Lone Star state by defeating College Grove, Tenn., 33 to 7. Only twice were the Tennesseeans able to count with field goals during the game, and the Athenians were too powerful.

The Portal to Texas History
7 April 1929, Breckenridge (TX) American, “Athens Wins Championship Court Battle,” pg. 1, col. 6:
The fighting Athenians pulled through every contest of the tournament and capped their great games off properly at the University by gaining the long end of a 25 to 21 battle with the representatives from the Sooner state.

27 December 1956, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Tolbert’s Texas: Early’s Plumb Out Of No. 1 Shucks” by Frank X. Tolbert, pt. 3, pg. 1, col. 2:
Lots of old Athenians rate Early’s tamales right along with roast turkey as a Christmas Day must.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Friday, December 30, 2011 • Permalink