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The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family’s Quest to Bring Him Home By Sally Mott Freeman“Photographing Texas: The Swartz Brothers, 1880-1918”

By Richard Selcer

Dr. Richard Selcerwas born in Fort Worth the same year that Leonard Brothers Department Store installed the city’s first escalator and the statue of Will Rogers was dedicated in front of Will Rogers Coliseum (1950). He grew up soaking up the city’s history by osmosis and has lived long enough now to be part of Fort Worth history. As an adult he has lived in several foreign climes --- Austria, Bulgaria, the Ukraine, South Dakota --- but he always returns to his Fort Worth roots.

He received his higher education at Austin College (Sherman, TX.) and Texas Christian University (Fort Worth), graduating from Austin College with a B.A. in history in 1972 and an M.A. in education in 1973, and from TCU with a Ph.D. in 1980. He has taught at Tarrant County College, Dallas County Community College, Jarvis Christian College (Hawkins, TX.), Cottey College (Nevada, MO.), and City University (Austria, Ukraine, Bulgaria). For 30 years he split his time between teaching locally and in Eastern Europe. Most recently he taught for Weatherford College, Tarrant County College, and Trinity Valley Prep School. He is also a member of the Tarrant County Historical Commission.

Dr. Selcer has authored twelve books and more than fifty magazine/journal articles. Most of his writing has been on the Civil War, Fort Worth, and the West. His book titles include Hell’s Half-Acre: The Life and Legend of a Red-light District(TCU, 1991), Lee vs. Pickett: Two Divided by War(Thomas Pubs., 1995), and Legendary Watering Holes: The Saloons That Made Texas Famous(TX. A&M, 1994), Written in Blood, Vols. 1 & 2(UNT Press, 2010, 2011). His most recent book (Aug. 2019) is Photographing Texas: The Swartz Brothers, 1880-1918(TX. A&M University Press). He is currently working on a biography of Confederate General George E. Pickett and a history of law enforcement in the bad old days (“Law & Disorder on the Trinity”).

Dr. Selcer also leads walking tours and bus tours of Fort Worth. His favorite themes on those tours are crime and vice, trail-driving days, the Stockyards, and “Forgotten Fort Worth” (black and ethnic history).

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