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+ Page 2C COMMUNITY Hays Free Press July 16, 2014 FOSHEE Betty J. Foshee, 79, of Manchaca, TX, passed away Sun- day, July 6, 2014, at home. She was born in Floresville, TX. She was mar- ried to her one and onlyWilson for 60 years. They had three children. Betty worked for several insurance com- panies and was a civil service employee for over 20 years, before she retired. She loved garden- ing, sewing and cooking. Survivors are hus- band Wilson Foshee Jr., sons Don Foshee and Grady (Lori) Foshee, all of Manchaca; daughter Linda Peters of Kyle, TX, and four grandchildren, Kyle Peters, Kristen Peters, Hannah Foshee and Sarah Foshee. She is also survived by sisters, Rose Marie Havalah of Floresville, TX, and ]oAnn Bland of Metairie, LA. She will be very much missed by her family and caregivers. Graveside services were held Friday July 11, 2014, at Fort Sam Hous- ton National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX. Online condolences may be made at www.har- John A. Hall, John Hardy, Michael Butler Attorneys & Counselors At Law 130 Hall Professional Center Kyle TX 78640 512-268-6425 Probate Wills & Trust Family Law + Whdaen his last val worthy of e name fled Galveston for a healthier climate on July 21, 1817, the self-proclaimed "President of Texas" consolidated complete control of the island. Whether Jean Lafitte made that ludicrous claim after going into business on the strip of sand off the Texas coast in the spring of 1817 is highly questionable as are most stories told about the legendary pirate. Maybe the buc- caneers that terrorized the Gulf of Mexico under his leadership called him "president" as an inside joke. But no matter because it was this blend of fact and fiction that in the end made Lafitte immortal. While still in his teens, Jean Lafitte stowed away on a French ship bound for the West Indies. The lad was put ashore at Santo Domingo and forced to fend for him- self, a task he performed with a resourcefulness far beyond his years. By the age of 20, he could point with pride to a pretty wife and his own ship bought with the savings from back-breaking labor on a Caribbean plantation. When a violent native uprising made Santo Domingo dangerous for Europeans, the couple put to sea. Spain and France were at war, as usual, and Lafitte made the mistake of flying the flag of his homeland. A Spanish warship spotted the enemy colors, seized the vessel and dumped the Lafittes without provisions on a deserted island. A passing American ship saved the castaways from a fate worse than death, but the love of Lafitte's life never recov- ered from the ordeal. In spite of the best medi- cal care New Orleans had to offer, she soon passed away. The grief- stricken widower blamed Spain for his tragic loss and vowed revenge on a grand scale. Obtaining a privateer commission from one of Spain's many foes, Lafitte set out to even the score. Seagoing Spaniards anxiously scanned the horizon for a sign of the young pirate, who at any moment might relieve them of their cargo and their lives. Teaming up with his brother Pierre, the Lafittes parlayed high- seas hijacking and smuggling into a colos- sal fortune. With their enormous profits, they built an impregnable bastion on Grand Terre north of New Orleans. The Lafittes' force of sev- eral hundred cutthroats known as the Baratarians was more than a match for the outnumbered authorities. William C.C. Claibome, the stubborn governor of Louisiana, would not ad- mit defeat and for years pursued the brothers Lafitte. The contesl did, however, have its lighter moments such as the time Claibome posted a reward of $500 for Jean's capture, and the wanted man countered with a $15,000 bounty for the infuriated governor. During the War of 1812, Lafitte offered the Ameri- can side his impressive services on the eve of the Battle of New Orleans. Gen. Andrew Jackson at first snubbed the . unsavory character but changed his mind in the face of superior British forces. In exchange for a pledge of a blanket pardon, Lafitte and the Baratarians fought like tigers in the victory which paved Jackson's way to the White House. But peace apparently shortened Old Hickory's memory, and the prom- ised pardon was forgot- ten. A disgusted Lafitte departed Louisiana in search of a new haven. Haiti was his first choice, but the government declined to play host to a pirate horde. Hearing Galveston was up for grabs, Lafitte set a course for the strate- gic island on the Texas coast. When a Mexican rebel leader returned to his hideaway, he was shocked to find it occu- pied by the Baratarians. But he was more than happy to trade the refuge for his head. Galveston, renamed Campeche, blossomed overnight into a pirate colony and contraband center. Lafitte was back in business, and busi- ness was very good. The Frenchman and his legion of outcasts made money hand over sword and savored the pleasures of their ill-gotten gains beyond the reach of the hated Spaniards. Political reality prompted Lafitte to put American shipping off- limits. So long as the raiders steered clear of its vessels, the U.S. govern- ment secretly applauded the looting and sinking of Spanish craft. However, the freeboo- ters lacked discipline, and the inevitable finally hap- pened. William Brown, an overeager American recruit, broke Lafitte's cardinal rule by launch- ing an unsuccessful at- tack against a U.S. ship. Washington's wrath was swift and decisive. Backed by a war fleet anchored in the bay, a naval officer delivered a brusque ultimatum. Lafitte had two choices: abandon Galveston or forfeit his life. The next day, the sullen pirates put the torch to Campeche and left under the guns of the American armada. Lafitte sailed off into obscurity in 1821. On several occasions the Spaniards boasted of killing their old nemesis, but their unsupported claims were dubious at best. Nearly two full centuries after his Galves- ton exodus, the fate of Jean Lafitte remains an unsolved mystery of the Lone Star past. Bartee welcomes your comments and ques- tions at P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549 or and invites you to visit his web site at This anonymous portrait of Jean Lafitte is on display in the Rosenberg Gallery in Galveston, where Lafitte claimed his 'presidency'. 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