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Follow the Sun by E. V. Pete Hester Follow the Sun By E. V. Pete Hester Copyright Pending 2015     Foreword Butch Madison told this story to me several years ago and swore that everything he told was true and...

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J. I. Hall, Jr.....A Western Novel by E. V. Pete Hester This is my latest novel and it is not in a good format for reading, however, it is readable. I enjoyed writing this book and I had problems finding a publisher....so, what the heck, I wrote it just for...

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Confederates move to Brazil...John W. and Lisanna Brownlow... Otis Vaughn is interested in locating members of the Brownlow (Vaughn descendants) family who relocated to Brazil after the Civil War. In the past, I have had several readers from Brazil and if any of...

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The Saga of Zachary Williams, The Sabine Kid My book publisher gave me the rights back to my book, The Saga of Zachary Williams, well, kind of saying it was just "sorry and no good"....nah, he didn't say it that way but that is how it kind of came...

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Kasich…Should Be The Republican Party Nominee

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 04-03-2016

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Governor Kasich has been in the shadows for the entire Republican debate process. He has been quite, civil, intelligent with answers, knowledgeable in foreign affairs, knowledge in the economy, seems to know the working of Congress and I am just now beginning to see all that. I am now hoping that the rest of American will decide he is a pretty good candidate as well. The fighting between Trump, Cruz and Rubio has grown old and seems juvenile for the national political stage. So, I’m backing Kasich….Sorry I am so late getting on his bandwagon…

Election Year Blues….Or Not?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-03-2016

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We Americans are hard to please, aren’t we?  Looks like we are going for the front runners of both parties and the front runners are not my choices…They are certainly somebodies though. But to me, I’m kind of scared of the leading candidates….Trump is his own man, that’s for sure, but there are several issues that could start a blood bath, in my opinion anyway, that is unless Congress can control him. If he gets into a shouting match with Russia or North Korea or Iran or any of the others that have quick to act type leader…look out world. And Trump could get about half of our citizens infighting on issues most all American feel strongly about that requires some delicate handling. Trump has never been one to handle anything delicate.  And on the other side, if Hillary is elected, do we become putty in the hands of the other world leaders or be a credible world power under her leadership or lack thereof? Who knows. And handing our government money in an already stretched economy such as ours  today is also scary. I would like Rubio or Cruz or Carson to be the candidate then I could vote without a lot of worry. But Bernie Sanders is so far left that I could never vote for him and I don’t even want to write about the man. I think that what’s his is his and what’s mine is his, ok, I know, I really don’t want to go there. I hope that one of the other Republican candidates will pull through to become the Republican candidate forcing Trump to run on a third party ticket….Well, I’m not a political person and I know it shows, but I am an a American and I know that shows as well…America will be ok as long as God is on our side. I feel like His patience is getting pretty thin with us and He is about to take down the hedge rows of protection surrounding our nation.  And you, what do you think?

Owner/Slave=Friends …Submitted to Hesterbooks.com by Dan Hall

Posted by Pete | Posted in Downloads, News | Posted on 24-02-2016

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Owner/Slave=Friend….submitted by Dan Hall

Pretty much everyone has seen this photo of Andrew and Silas Chandler, but you may not know the back story of them.

“One of the most famous accounts of a close master/body servant relationship was of Andrew Martin Chandler and his servant Silas. Chandler, 15 years old at the time, joined the confederate service and was put in Company F of the 44th Mississippi Infantry. His 17 year old formal servant accompanied him as he always had done.
Silas Chandler just received his free papers just before the war began but chose to stay with his friend and followed him off to war. After the Battle of Shiloh, Chandler was thrown in a Union prison in Ohio. Silas ran various errands back and forth from the Chandler homestead back in Palo Alto, Mississippi to the prison, seeing to Chandler’s essentials. The boy was soon released and the two were very excited to rejoin their outfit.
During the fighting at Chickamauga, Andrew Chandler suffered a great wound to the leg which the surgeons were ready to amputate off. But Silas pulled out a gold coin that the boys were saving to buy some whiskey. Bribing the doctors to let Chandler go, he then carried the injured boy on his back to the nearest train. They rode all the way to Atlanta in a box car. Once there, the hospital doctors saved the boy’s leg and life.
Soon after, they returned to home to Palo Alto, where they continued their friendship until their deaths. Chandler gave Silas land to build a church for the black community and saw that his friend got his confederate veteran pension in 1878.
His grave was adorned with a Confederate Cross of Honor that was placed there in 1994. Shortly after that, the great-grandsons of Silas and Andrew met. Traveling from Washington DC, Bobbie Chandler introduced himself to Andrew Chandler Battaile who still lives in Mississippi. They both maintain a long distance friendship that was rooted over a hundred years ago.
Here’s a quote by Andrew about Silas:

“Silas was considered a servant by the other men and blacks in the unit, he was very much an equal, displaying just as much hatred for the Yankees as anyone in the whole unit!

Andrew Martin Chandler, 1912  information courtesy of Desert Rose Films

'Andrew and Silas Chandler. Co F 44th MS Inf'

Building a Wall…Our Southern Border

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 23-02-2016

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Someone posted on Facebook today that we should go ahead and build the wall across our southern border. I really don’t think it will ever happen if it comes to a vote…Consider some numbers, and I know these are rough numbers, but you get the idea. California has a population of roughly 39 million and 39 % of those are of Hispanic origin, roughly 72 % of those 39 million are democratic voters. Texas has about 27 million and 37% of those are of Hispanic origin and probably at least a 50% of those are democratic (I could not find a number or percentage but it is probably at least that.) 29% of Arizona’s 6.7 million people are Hispanic and half the voters or more are democratic. New Mexico is 48% Hispanic, more than half are democratic with a population of a little over 2 million people. If the wall issue comes down to a vote, “forget about it”. If we should get a bunch of conservatives elected, I reckon it could happen…. We really need to think along other lines of defense. I think investing heavily in industry in Mexico and getting Mexico out of the two class system and developing a middle class would solve most all of our problems and a lot of our illegals would want to go home. Do you suppose one of our politicians could come up with something like that or even better than that…..I’ll bet they could…Ah, heck, that may require a little work though….Well, it was just a thought.

Follow the Sun by E. V. Pete Hester

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-02-2016

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Really, I have not forgotten this novel and have not forgotten that I promised to finish it. Sometimes life gets in the way of what we want to do and makes us deal with things we have to do. I am thinking now, that because of the lull in writing that I may finish off this present story line and jump to a later time period for these same characters, a volume two if you will. Barring further interruptions of life that is my plan. So, give me some time here to get back in the grove, if that is possible, and I’ll start cranking out some words. One of the things my cpanel does is lets me see what is being read on the web site, so I can see Follow the Sun is one of the story being read consistently. Thanks for that. I’ll go to plugging away, whatever that means, and see what happens…….

Hunting In Texas…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 13-02-2016

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A company I worked for had a hunting lease down in southwest Texas. It was either 8200 acres or 8700 acres, I don’t recall now which it was, but it was big and some of my fondest memories was made there on that ranch. All of our employees who were involved with our customers on that ranch were very close knit, hard working and really cared about our customers. We were up early feeding our customers before taking them out to the blinds early in the morning, usually getting up about 4am to prepare a good breakfast and hunting the morning, picking them up and feeding lunch and after a rest period taking them back out for the pm hunt. Then we prepare them a big evening meal with lots of great food. Clean up of the kitchen was required to get ready for the next morning. Then we either played pool, watched movies or played poker….I was usually at the poker table as was a couple of my best buddies. We would play over into the night even knowing that a 4am wake up call would be soon forthcoming. The three of us, along with the  main cook, slept in one of the rooms upstairs. Being so tired, snoring was very common. It was necessary to be one of the first to get to sleep before all the snoring started up. That was the topic at one of the poker games one night and one said he was getting to bed early so he did not have to listen to all the snoring while trying to get to sleep. The rest of us beat him to bed by a few minutes. I was awake, so were the other guys, and listening as he came up the stairs and was approaching the door. I started a false snore as he walked in. He hesitated in the doorway and uttered, “shit”….All of us cracked up…Two of those guys have passed on but I have such fond memories of both of them and our adventures at the hunting lease….I miss them a lot.

Coalfire, Al story…Getting in Bad Trouble..

Posted by Pete | Posted in Downloads, News | Posted on 11-02-2016

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Pete Hester
 Coalfire, Al story  …Getting In Bad Trouble

Remember when Coalfire had two stores….Yep, that’s right…two stores, and both sold gasoline. Otis Burgess and Woodrow Bonner (Uncle Dee) both operated stores for a while. A lot of you know about that and remember where the house that the Bunny Bishop family lived as being the other store. And I don’t remember now just who all called that store home for a while. Uncle Dee lived there and I think Uncle Buck. Sister Virginia lived in the front when Danny boy was born as I remember trying to rock the little fussing rascal to sleep, but that may have been my singing, I don’t know. Then I think the Bishops may have moved in. I do not know about today and who lives there. Some of you can fill me in. But what I wanted to tell you this morning was about me getting in trouble up there, again. A bunch of us would wait on the bus to school there and U. S. Highway 82 ran right out in front of the store and it was a busy highway with a lot of truck traffic. I got the bright idea one morning to wait until an approaching truck was close, then I would throw a rock up in the air and let the truck run under it. Well, I misjudged one of them and the rock got a windshield. The old truck driver geared down and pulled into the Coalfire Church parking lot or driveway as I don’t remember now because my little butt went and hid under Uncle Dee’s house. The driver came back and asked Cecil who threw the rock and Cecil was honest and told him it was Pete. He asked where Pete was. Cecil said, “the last time I saw him he was running through that pasture” pointing to the pasture behind the house. I was listening and peeping out from under the house and was not about to show myself. The truck driver told Cecil all the problems and expense caused by Pete’s careless actions and Cecil told him he would sure tell me all about it. Luckily the driver left before the school bus ran and I did get to go to school. It scared me and I never played that game again. I was sure glad my buddy Cecil covered for me so well. Confession is good for the soul and so now I have confessed…Reckon that truck driver will read this…Ok, if he does…….I’m sorry sir. It will not happen again…..OK?

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There’s a little girl……

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 04-02-2016

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There’s a little girl, in our neighborhood, her name is Victoria…er, her name is Victoria, uh, well, ok I can’t say it, so I will spell it, Victoria Namusavyumuremyi, which in Swahili means, “I Ask Jesus For Liife”. She is a 5′ 4″ guard for the Highland Hornets here is Albuquerque. The coach and all her team mates call her Victoria N. There is a very interesting article about her in today’s, Feb. 4, 2016, Albuquerque Journal written by Ken Sickenger. It is very well written and you can read all about her online. Victoria “I Ask Jesus For Life” may never become a household name, but we will never forget her, huh?

Coalfire, Al Story…Plane Crash

Posted by Pete | Posted in Downloads, News | Posted on 27-01-2016

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Pete Hester
Coalfire, Al Story….Plane Crash

Well, it has been a while since I posted a story on Coalfire! Where’s Coalfire? (Facebook)  That’s in Alabama, folks….So I reckon its time for another one…. The store was at the new location already, about 1944 or so, during the war years as I recall and at a time when airplanes were flying overhead a lot. We always stopped to watch them doing the maneuvers. There was a training base over at Columbus. (I suppose it is still there.) Anyway, several of us kids were drinking a coke as Uncle Shorty had treated us and was telling one of his famous stories. Cecil Bonner, Virgil Bonner, maybe Donald Bishop and maybe Charles Darling….Cecil and Virgil for sure. We were standing out in front of the store when suddenly we looked up and here comes a plane right over Ms. Mamie Darlings house and a few feet higher than the store. No noise was coming from the plane as it was headed in the direction of Uncle Dee’s house. Uncle Shorty said, “it’s engine has quit, he’s a gonna crash.” And Uncle Shorty went to running as fast as he could down in the direction of the crashing plane, toward Uncle Dee’s corn patch. A beautiful patch of corn about head high to me at the time. Us kids went to chasing Uncle Shorty, but kind of letting him stay in front, for myself anyway, I did not think the end results was gonna be very pretty. The plane went behind the trees down around Uncle Dee’s house so we lost sight of it for awhile. Between Uncle Dee’s and Uncle Stillman’s house it came into view again. It was still moving, mowing down the corn crop, pretty as you please, taking out about 10 to 15 rows as it sliced through the crop. It mowed it down as good as a sickle could. Uncle Shorty had been warning us kids on the run down there to be careful in approaching the plane as it may explode even after it stopped. Well, it didn’t. And when we got there the pilot was climbing out of the cockpit. Uncle Shorty hollows to him, “Did your engine fall off?. The pilot says, “No sir, this is a sailplane. It does not have an engine.” Well sir, we all learned something that day, there was something called a sailplane. He was an instructor over at Mississippi State, Starkville, MS and had a piece of metal flapping and he decided he better put down in the corn field he had seen. All us boys helped him push the sailplane out close to our house near the highway where he waited on help to arrive from Starkville. That was a big deal around Coalfire for a time. Uncle Shorty bought us another coke later to retell the story…..we enjoyed him telling the story again, especially since he was buying…..And I think Uncle Dee made pretty good money on the new airplane runway down through his crop…

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Oscars…Take my ball and go home…..

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-01-2016

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The Oscars or any awards show, for the most part, is not something I care to watch. Sports, news, an occasional movie and American Pickers or some of the car rebuild shows are about it for me. I don’t know who wins what and quite frankly really don’t care. Of course, that does not mean it is not important to some folks or even a lot of folks. And to some, if things do not go their way, they are going to boycott them. I don’t think one should be judged by his or her color, win or lose and I dang sure don’t think you should go to playing the race card because you did not win….Hollywood is the most liberal place on earth and if ever a minority had a chance anywhere it most probably would be Hollywood. So in my mind, if a fellow did not win, he was not deserving….and if he wants to boycott them, well, just have at it mister…see you whenever you decide to show up. It is ok…