|Holland crosses the line|
After the Republic of Texas was secured, one early item of business was to settle things with the Catholic Church. Several Canadian churchmen played a leading part in the agreements which saw the restoration of property to the Catholic Church by the Republic of Texas and the establishment of a local Catholic hierarchy. Canadian Catholics also played a major part in reviving Catholicism in the border region of Texas where the faith had lapsed during the period of the early Mexican republic and Texas independence. The founding father of the vital port city of Galveston, Texas was a Canadian and it was a Canadian priest, Father Paul Joseph Foik, a native of Ontario, who became a noted librarian and historian. He later founded the Catholic Archives of Texas. One of the most famous ranchers in Texas history was Henry W. Cresswell, an English-born immigrant to Canada. He was a ranching legend with vast holdings across the Texas panhandle, the western U.S. and Canada. He was also good friends with the famous Charles Goodnight. One that even a few outsiders might have heard of was Bartholomew (Bat) Masterson. He was a U.S. Marshal, born in Ontario who became a noted lawman in the Texas panhandle and eventually a living legend across the American west. He helped construct Adobe Walls on the Canadian River in north Texas, was involved in many a business venture and many a gunfight and had such a colorful life he inspired a popular television series.