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   On Saturday morning, June 29, from 8:30-11:30 am, Panola College will present to the public a conference on “Gunfights and Blood Feuds of Old East Texas.” The event will be hosted by Bill O’Neal, State Historian of Texas. O’Neal has written numerous books on frontier violence, and he has spoken on the subject throughout Texas and the West, as well as on numerous television documentaries.

               A featured guest speaker will be Chuck Parsons, whose most recent book is a biography of East Texas gunfighter, John Wesley Hardin. Parsons is the author of many books on outlaws and lawmen. His biography of Texas Ranger Captain John Hughes won the 2012 Book of the Year Award of the Wild West History Association.

               Topics will include: John Wesley Hardin in East Texas; the Regulator-Moderator War; the murderous bank robbery in Longview by the Dalton Gang; the 1888 murder and lynching at the Panola County courthouse; the 1869 death of desperado Cullen Baker; and the 1878 shooting of famed actor Maurice Barrymore in Marshall. In addition, O’Neal will demonstrate the evolution of revolving pistols and holsters.

               Bill and Chuck will be on hand to greet fellow gunfighter buffs in the ballroom at the Phoebe Sue Perlman Student Center located on Panola College’s main campus in Carthage, Texas. Admission is free, and the conference will begin at 8:30 am. So that we can know how much seating and refreshments to provide, if you plan to attend please RSVP to Bill O’Neal (, or 903.693.5266) or Jackie Sanders (, 903.693.2017).


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