Pat Shingleton: "A Boxing Champ and... A Hurricane"
My columns have appeared in the The Advocate for 15 years. Along with Kevin Fambrough, Bill Sierichs was my copy editor, ensuring that they met the appropriate criteria. Bill forwarded a note about an historic storm, "The 1900 Galveston Hurricane." Galveston was never the same after this storm and Bill's relatives were there when it hit, settling there in the 19th century. Bill noted that his grandmother, great-grandmother,in addition to aunts and uncles, survived. Bill related that the island's black milkman gathered his relatives in a horse drawn wagon as Bill wasn't certain if it was before during or after the storm. The milkman was Jack Johnson, famous heavyweight boxing champ. All the best to Bill who retired from the "paper" yesterday.