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Levingston Shipbuilding Company in Orange, Texas, employed a group of workers who, with their -can-do- spirit, forged the company forward as pioneers in shipbuilding technology, offshore drilling, and ocean exploration. In From Orange to Singapore: A Shipyard Builds a Legacy, author, Paul A. Mattingly, Jr., chronicles the workers' level of excellence as they responded to American involvement in World War II and afterwards, to the transitioning into the postwar boom. From the building of the -Kennedy Class- ferries for Staten Island, the New York Harbor tugboats for Moran Towing, the Glomar Challenger ocean research vessel, to the current connection to Keppel FELS (Far East Levingston Shipbuilding), the largest builder of jackup rigs in the world, the legacy of a little shipyard in Orange, Texas, continues. The book offers engaging and informative stories about individuals and cultures who, through their association with the shipyard, became members of the worldwide -Levingston Family.-
By the turn of the twentieth century, Beaumont, Texas had acquired a reputation as a rough place. Situated in the oil-soaked chaos of Spindletop, Jefferson County was a hotbed of vice. For decades, gambling and prostitution thrived as elected officials either looked the other way or took money to keep quiet. That is, until 1960 when a swashbuckling young state legislator blew into town and spearheaded an intensive investigation into the rampant vice and governmental corruption that supported it. And, at a time when such things were virtually unheard of, he and his committee played it out on live television. When the dust finally cleared, the local governments of Jefferson County were turned inside out.
Dearwood was my paternal great grandfather's middle name. He was a University of Kentucky and Tulane University educated country M.D. who practiced his voodoo in the deep woods of Hardin and Tyler Counties in Southeast Texas during the Jurassic Era. This region is approximately 50 miles north of Beaumont and 80 miles northeast of Houston. It's a memoir of a seventh generation native son of Texas, born and reared in Beaumont. It offers a "look back" at my hometown during my formative years from the mid-1950's through the late 1960's. It documents the incredible number of changes experienced from that period until the present day. For example, the numerous restaurants that were a stable at that time have all disappeared, and this is most likely the same in any hometown. It contains a good bit of family history, beginning with my great grandparents. Also described in detail is the state of the world during my time on the University of Texas - Austin campus during the late 1960's. It recounts the good times enjoyed on our family rice farm, The Texas Rice Land Company, near Beaumont, and the joy of a serious road trip taken by my parents, brother and me from Beaumont to Seattle in the summer of 1962 to attend the World's Fair. Also featured is an account of the time spent on the Bolivar Peninsula, a thin ribbon of land just east of Galveston. From the trials of life before the advent of fresh water at my paternal Great grandmother's, Lola Chaison, massive beach house to the terrible devastation of Hurricane Ike in September, 2008, a storm that destroyed her beloved cabin. This book was written as a form of therapy during my recovery from my wife Judy's sudden death in May, 2008, and it will hopefully be a history lesson for our three children affording them insights into their family that would otherwise be lost forever. It is my wish that you enjoy the read, and that it will stimulate fond memories of your life.
The loud wail of the train whistle pierced the night at my grandmother's house. The enormous steam locomotive rattled the windows as it thundered past only a hundred feet away. Exciting thoughts of adventure far beyond my hometown of Orange, Texas, bubbled in my mind. This is more than a memoir, it is a portrait of Americana.Train depots were bustling centers of activity, but even more so early in the 29th century when my grandparents were raising their family.I discovered four valuable diaries from 1917-18 written by my grandparents after the death of my mother. These journals held such a rich treasure trove of history that I knew I had to share them with others.Will and Pearl Joiner lived in Orange in 1917 when it was a lively community with a large lumber and shipbuilding industry. Will was a banker and Pearl was a homemaker. Their diaries provide first hand account of family life and daily life including outings, theater visits, illnesses, and many fishing trips. Life was simpler then. Says Pearl in her diary, "In the afternoon we took a long walk, took the buggy to Mama and Papa's and let them have a nice ride." But their lives were not without challenge. Will became ill with Spanish influenza in the winter of 1918, at the same time millions of people across the globe died in this pandemic. Will, luckily, survived to provide for his young family.Their personalities emerge from the excerpts printed in these pages. "I caught fever today...car fever, not typhoid," Will writes and the next day he bought his first car: $875 of his "hard-earned cash." Pearl, a nurturing, loving mother, was always talking about her large family, the Cottles, many who congregated on their front porch to chat. Will constantly checked the weather for perfect fishing conditions, and brought home a string of freshly caught fish every week for their maid to fry up.My childhood memories of growing up near my grandparents are part of the narrative. The 1950s with poodle skirt and tons of petticoats are truths of my life. The record player spun songs by The Platters, Sam Cooke, Johnny Mathis, and, of course, Elvis Presley. Girls' slumber parties were popular in high school when the only mischief was puffing on an occasional cigarette or gossiping about classmates.In the fifties, "making out" referred to how you did on your school exam. "Grass" was what you mowed, "coke" was what you ordered at Zack's drive in, and "pot" was something your mother cooked carrots in.Many family photos, historical Orange photos, and weathered clippings found within the pages of the old diaries are peppered throughout the book. The saying of the Joiner's favorite humorist, Will Rogers, are featured at the beginning of every chapter.The diaries of the Joiners are an honest, unembellished key to our understanding of the past, providing valuable clues about how people lived in a small town in Texas in 1917-18. Readers will enjoy this simpler, yet colorful slice of history and my cherished memories of time gone by.
For the lawless, the Big Thicket offered the best natural hiding place in Texas. Wanda Landrey tells the tales of various outlaws and their deeds from extensive research and first hand accounts. The Sapp murders, the Kaiser Burnout and the escapades of "Red" Goleman are all covered, along with the boomtowns where riches were made and lost. In no way is this book a complete history of the outlaws and crimes of the area, but many stories are told that otherwise would have faded into the past.
The late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (1923–2015) laid the foundations for the creation of a first-world education system in Singapore. Like many other issues concerning the country, his ideas for education were transported in a red box, which he took with him wherever he went, even up to his last days. Inside it was always something designed to help create a better life for all Singaporeans. The editors of this volume were inspired by the idea of Mr Lee’s red box and by the Founding Father’s selfless drive to continuously improve the country he loved. As such, the book explores in detail Mr Lee’s plans, including chapters on Education: The Man and His Ideas; Foundational Pillars of Singapore’s Education; Education for Nationhood and Nation-Building; and 21st Century Readiness and Adaptability. The chapters also include the authors’ visions, no matter how great or small, for the future of education in Singapore. They explore how Mr Lee’s educational policies resulted in a system that attracts the right and best candidates to become teachers; that forms them into effective teachers, specialists and leaders; that ensures they and the education system are able to deliver the best possible learning for every child; and that establishes a legacy that has allowed the education system to continue to move forward while tackling the challenges of its success. From the little red box came the ideas that led to the country’s meteoric rise. Likewise, the editors hope this book will lead to a brighter future in education.
Specially tailored edition to complement the study of Singapore’s history. This student edition of The Singapore Story is a shortened version of the original edition of The Singapore Story, the first volume of Lee Kuan Yew’s memoirs published in 2008. It covers all the significant moments in the life of Singapore’s first prime minister, in his own words, and dispenses with passages that do not directly concern Singapore

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