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Patricia Lieb

Spring Hill, Florida, United States


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As an award-winning newspaper reporter (Suncoast News, New Port Richey, FL; Daily Sun-Journal, Brooksville, FL; Daily News, Kankakee, IL) I wrote about everything from church socials to murder cases and have published in numerous magazines including teen, detective (10 years) and literary publications and Vocational Biographies (10 years). Exerts of my book of 17 true crime stories titled "Murders in the Swampland" and novel "Across the Red River to her Mysterious Heritage" can be read online.

My new novel titled "Bridged by Love" will be available May 3006. Here are my acknowledgements and foreword:
Historical fiction
Copyright © 2006 by Patricia Lieb
Cover photo provided by Wayne Adcock
Bridged by Love

In about 1885, give or take, two unalike women are linked by the love of an infant.

By Patricia Shipp Lieb

In appreciation
To all who read this book – Thank You.
Thanks oodles to Paul Shipp, Phil McKenna and Nicole McKenna for giving this novel its final reads; and to you, Phil, for putting up with me through it all. Y’all are gold!
Elvira Weaver, Carol Schott Martino, Judy Candis, and Glenn Swetman – Writers Rock!
Growing up in Texarkana would not have been the same without my life-long friend Carol Harvey Hoffman; my wonderful brother Paul Shipp; my dad Herbert Shipp and mother Rachel Reeves; Grandpa and Grandma Wood; and cousins: the Williams and Fishers.
I’m glad you’re here Doug, Colleen, Jessica, D.J., Demi and Meagan.
Wayne Adcock, friend from my teen-age years and now a Texarkana historian, thanks for allowing use of information you adapted from microfilm, as well as the lovely period photo where Arkansas and Texas meet at State Line Avenue in Texarkana.
Thanks Evelyn Manak for highlighting and cropping the cover photo.
Also, remembering Dr. Edward Hirshberg, co-founder of the Suncoast Writers’ Conference, St. Petersburg, FL, for the positive energy he spread to writers. He is missed.

In the telling of this historical novel, names of people and storefronts are fictional. However, the town’s layout, streets, depot, train yard and hotels mentioned are real, with some of the structures still standing. Some of my background information was obtained from the Texarkana Historical Museum and the historical societies of Miller (Arkansas) and Bowie (Texas) counties. Also, some historical notes from the former Texarkana Daily Independent and the Texarkana Daily Gazette newspapers are included within this book.
The twin cities of Texarkana have two governments — mayors, police forces, fire departments, and such. A main Post Office sits half in Arkansas and half in Texas, with State Line Avenue going around the Texas side southbound on the west; and on the Arkansas side northbound on the east. These twin cities are some 26 miles south of where Arkansas and Texas intersect with Oklahoma and about 28 miles north of the Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana crossroads.
The following historical items are to familiarize you with the area, but have nothing to do with the actual story. These editorial and news briefs were taken from articles that appeared in the Texarkana newspapers 1884-1887. They are only a few of the many events that town historian and genealogist Wayne Adcock has brought to life over the years from microfilm. As a history buff, I think you will enjoy:
· As stated by our West side contemporary, yesterday was the 11th anniversary of this city, and when we see what has been done in the past eleven years, it gives us great hope for the future. Let our people remain united in the advocacy and support of public schools and all public enterprises, and Texarkana will ere long become one of the most prosperous young cities in the southwest.
· The sewer running on the west side of Vine Street between Broad and Front streets, and alongside of which every stranger who enters the city must walk, is a disgrace to this city. It would be a shame in a village without incorporation. The water and mud is stagnated into a green loblolly, and the stench is sickening. In the name of the health of the town what is this city government for?
· The members of the Salvation Army have begun a crusade against the corset, which they denounce as a device of the devil.
· A wagonload of watermelons sold yesterday for 75-cents.
· A 5-gallon keg of “Hamilton Whiskey” created more enthusiasm than the speakers last night, but the hollering notwithstanding was for Dixon and Orr.
· Marshal Lonergan is seriously ill at his room at the City Hall. He is suffering intense pain from sore eyes.
· Marshal Lonergan will go to Hot Springs on Wednesday next for the benefit of his health.
· Pete Ivey will have the street in front of his new brick filled up to the grade. Let every other property owner do the same.
· Two of the recently escaped colored prisoners were captured below Garland City on Sunday by a posse of colored men.
· Officer McCouly locked up an intoxicated white woman this morning for stopping on the streets. She is an old offender and gives the officers much trouble. She has served several terms in the brickyard for failure to pay her fines.
· A colored barber working for Pete Williams was arrested last night by Officer McCauley for using vile and threatening language. When turning Levy's corner, he dodged back and before the officer could realize the move, bounded into Texas at two strides. He will not return (to Arkansas side) until ready to pay a fine.
· Marshal Lonergan returned from the hat shop last night where he went two weeks ago for the benefit of his eyes. We are glad to learn that his general health has improved and that he has discarded his eyeglasses.
· A dangerous washout exists on the corner of Vine and Front streets, just a place horses frequently step into and break a limb.
· Saturday night a rough knocked a poor disabled man down in Rogers Saloon, west side, and was in the act of cutting his throat with a razor when the proprietor forced him to desist by covering him with a pistol. He ran for the east side with officers in pursuit and firing at him. As he crossed the line Marshal Lonergan stopped him at the mouth of his pistol. He returned with the officer and is now in the calaboose. He is an old offender.
· The colored woman that cut her rival in the abdomen in Culloms Saloon last week was tried at Boston yesterday and fined $25.00 and cost.
· The street commission is fixing the crossing over the culvert on Vine Street between Broad and Front streets.
· A wagonload of fine trout was on the streets today. They were caught with a hook and line out of Old River, opposite Garland City. Some would weigh 3 lbs.
· An intelligence office will be opened in the city in a few days.
· The old well in the middle of Broad Street ought to be filled up.
· Texarkana needs street lamps.
· Mr. Mathon, a resident of College Hill, came into the city last night to meet the Iron Mountain pay car and get pay due him for labor and has not been heard of since. He is a sober and industrious man, and his wife is very uneasy about him.
· Malvina Wesly, a “lady of the darken hue” for disorderly conduct, added $2.00 worth of shekels to the city treasury.
· Considerable cotton came in today. The wood haulers are in demand. After the showers yesterday didn't the back yards & alleys smell? Whew!!
· Overcoats and fires were in demand this morning.
· It is rumored that a female lawyer from Chicago will soon locate in this city.
· There are too many children loafing around the streets that should be in school.
· Texarkana is very orderly at the present, we hear of but few misdemeanors. This speaks well of our officials.
· Why not have street lamps? It is awfully dark for the newspapermen to have to prowl around the streets at night, and we are fearful that brother Allen will hurt himself.
· We are informed that State Line Cemetery needs attention. Those owning lots there should see that they are in nice condition.
· A great deal of cottonseed came in from the country by wagon today.
· Officer McCauley, who went in search of the thief that stole Solinsky’s horse, had to return for want of funds.
· In the exuberance of their joy the other night, some of our citizens painted one of the engines on the Iron Mountain red, about which the Interstate of this morning has this to say: “Gould’s rod engine did not go out yesterday.” Warrants were issued for the happy democrats. We trust the warrants will be withdrawn as no wrong was intended and the city was alive with excitement.
· Burglaries are becoming of too frequent occurrence in this city and it may be necessary to increase the police force. It cannot be expected that two or three men can do the work of a half dozen officers. It strikes us that Texarkana is large enough to have a regular organized police force.
· The bridge across Nix Creek broke yesterday evening as a wagon loaded with lumber was passing over it. It should be repaired at once as a matter of justice to the citizens on College Hill.
· This morning sheriff Hamilton carried two suckers to the penitentiary at Little Rock. Mason, 2 years for burglary and a colored man 1 year for grand larceny.
· General Albert Pike and Gen. G.D. Royston registered into the Marguand Hotel. They are two of the oldest Arkansas veterans now living. Gen. Royston was born 14 Dec. 1809. Gen. Pike was born 29 Dec. 1809. They both came to Arkansas in 1832 and taught school and afterwards practiced law.
· The water works are a certainty if the city councils will give free right of way and take a number of hydrants for public use.
· The telephone line to Hope has been repaired.
· About half past 1 o'clock this morning the fire alarm called our citizens from their warm beds to discover that the Marx Block — the most elegant structure in our city — was on fire. The fire having as it is supposed originated in the storeroom of the Texarkana Grocery and Provision Co. in the center of said block — some however are of opinion that it originated in the store of J.H. Draughn. But however that might be, the fire fiend has come and today our city is in gloom over losses estimated at $210,000.
· It is reported that the parties who killed Dept. Marshall Gosling on the train in Texas last Sunday have been captured. Mr. Gosling had many friends in this city who trust the rumor is true.
· A young lady fell three times on the broken planks of the wood sidewalk that leads from Broad Street to the Post Office. Every stranger coming to the city pronounces that so called sidewalk a disgrace.
· Sheriff Hamilton has notices posted that he will sell 131 bales of cotton at the compress in this city July 1. It is the cotton attached in the case of J.D. Hall vs. W.T. Whitman, and is sold by order of the circuit court to save the cost of storage, insurance, etc.
· Burglars entered the residence of postmaster Shaw yesterday and stole a pistol, a shirt, and a comb.
· Jimmy Rodden of Perryville, Arkansas, age 16, eloped with Mrs. Rodden, a grass widow, about 25.
· Alderman Fouke returned from Little Rock last night where he had been as defendant in a suit in Federal court charged with cutting government timber. He was defended by Judge Mitchell and after hearing the evidence Judge Caldwell ordered the jury to return a verdict of not guilty without retiring from the box. All who know Mr. Fouke think it will be a cold day in August before he intentionally violates any of the laws of his country.
· Yesterday Justice Cannon on the West side was engaged in the trial of James Howard, charged with branding his wife with hot branding irons. The testimony showed that in July last Howard was married to Miss Mary Minchew, aged 13, residing in Cass County, Texas. Since November he treated her most inhumanely, hanging her up by the toes, and a few days ago he branded the letter “H” upon her person in two places with a hot iron, whereupon she made complaint. The testimony developed a terrible state of affairs, and fully sustained the charges, when Howard asked this morning to get up his witnesses, which request the court granted, and Howard was committed to jail. Fearing violence upon the part of the people, who felt justly indignant at such barbarous treatment of a woman, officers Edwards, Lawler, Williams, Parker and Hargett determined to guard the jail which they did until about midnight and observing no one on the streets, and all quiet, Edwards, Parker, Lawler and Williams went to get a lunch, leaving the other on guard. As soon as they had left, unknown parties rushed upon the jail, broke in the door, overpowered the remaining guard, and took Howard out, carried him to the railroad trestle and hanged him, and when found by the guard, he was dead. This is an unfortunate affair, as all such transactions are, and we regret its occurrence, but think that if mob law is ever justifiable, this case was certainly that way. Up to the hour of going to press no clue had been discovered as to the parties who did the hanging.
· Just one year ago tonight the magnificent Telephone Exchange Saloon of C.E. Dixon was thrown open to the public, and within the past year under the judicious and courteous management of J.W. Ronen, it has become one of the most favorite resorts and is well known from Galveston to St. Louis for the excellence of it's cigars and liquors.
· C.E. Dixon once again assumes duty as Sheriff of Miller County, Arkansas.
· Texarkana, Texas, formed its first police force with John Taylor as chief. Four patrolmen serve under him.
· E.N. Maxwell and J.A. Polhamius built a small 10-ton ice plant where Waterworks Pumping Station was later built and in 1887 they built a 15-ton ice factory on the Texas Side. This plant had Texarkana's first electric lights.

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Published works:


  • Across the Red River to her Mysterious Heritage
  • Bridged by Love
  • Nonfiction

  • Murders In The Swampland