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Purley TX - From Noel

Franklin County in deep East Texas has an interesting history. While researching the birthplace of my father, W.C. or Mr. Bill as he was called by his peers, I remembered he mentioned once that he was born in Mount Vernon, Texas. This is also stated on his death certificate. When my last sibling died, a former Marine in WWII, he had written two statements in a small black notebook, one about the location of a bank account, the other mentioned W. C. "W. C. was born near Winnsboro in a log cabin." Where my sibling got that information is unknown, family history was rarely ever discussed with me the runt of the litter of 9. Presently and for some time, my closest family left is a nephew and his wife, who both profess the Mormon faith in their rural home south of Winnsboro. The majority of the Garland family who eventually settled in the Central community, (not located but on one map that Ive foun d) in Parker County northeast of Garner, north almost directly from Weatherford, the county seat, are buried in a Baptist cemetery on the outskirts of the old Camp/Fort Wolters, still in Parker County.

From others research, I find that Grandfather William Amos Garland, born in Mint Hill area of Charlotte, NC, who lived until 1939, came to Texas around April or May of 1886. Prior to that his sister, Jane Garland, who had married a James Parker in Western South Carolina, had settled in Purley, Texas area on Christmas Eve of 1885, in the Possum Flats area. It is known that my father was born on May 12th, 1886 somewhere near either Mount Vernon, or Winnsboro if you rely on the verbal or written recollections of the pertinent family members, my father or my eldest surviving brother about the birthplace of W. C. There is no written documented proof that I can find yet on that location. The fact that it is documented that James and Jane Garland Parker settled in the Possum Flats area prior to the arrival of Amos and the birth of my father, lead me to believe that Amos settled close by the homeplace of James and Jane Parker, so that she could act as a midwife, thus it is possible that they lived temporarily in a log cabin, being the only habitable space available at the time. While I would have found people still living in that period of time in a log cabin, I have found that another Garland family kin to our Garlands, still lived in a log cabin in the area of Garland Bend on the Brazos, southeast of the future Possum Kingdom Lake in Palo Pinto County, where my dad's first and only home would be located in Mineral Wells. Those Garlands still used the log cabin for the births and deaths of some family members clear upto 1960, where a female Garland was born in the fireplace room. That log cabin still exists being in the restoration and modernization stage.

I feel a trip to Purley with the hope of finding the Possum Flats area is in order, but do not expect to be so lucky as to find some representative log cabins still standing, but hope doth spring eternal.

Read the story of Purley in the below quoted URL about Franklin County, I can see my grandparents and my fathers siblings that had been born back in North Carolina, trying to exist in rural East Texas in the 1880's waiting for Mr Bill to come onto the scene. Noel

Ray Bowen

5/30/2008 - Appeals court: Texas A&M officials not immune in bonfire collapse lawsuits 05:04 PM CDT on Thursday, May 29, 2008 Associated Press - HOUSTON � An appeals court has rejected a claim by Texas A&M University administrators that they are immune from state lawsuits brought by the families of those killed or injured in the school's deadly bonfire collapse. Twelve people died and 27 were injured in 1999 when the 59-foot-high log stack � burned on the eve of A&M's game with archrival University of Texas � collapsed as it was being built. A&M administrators had argued they are protected under the state's constitutional right that prohibits government agencies and officials from being sued. But the 10th Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling that allowed the administrators to remain as defendants because they are being sued as individuals and not in their official capacities.

York to Be Guest Of War-Time Buddy
Dallas will be host Friday to the outstanding hero of the World War with the reception here Friday morning of Sergeant Alvin C. York, Tennessee mountaineer, who will relate his war experiences Friday night at North Dallas High School Auditorium.
The noted soldier will arrive at 7:40 a. m. to be greeted by a committee representing the Dallas schools and various patriotic organizations, by the Dallas R. O. T. C. Band and by an escort of honor chosen from the city high schools. He will then be driven to the Baker Hotel, where he will be a guest of Fenton Baker, who served with the Sergeant in France,
The proceeds from Sergeant York's lecture will be used by the Dallas grade teachers in relief work among the needy children in the local schools.

Date: 30 Oct 1931
Dallas Morning News

Mountaineer Comes Calling
Simple Tennessee Life
Glorified by War
Hero York.

Sergeant Alvin C. York, who left his Tennessee mountaineer neighbors only long enough to write his name into history as one of the greatest soldiers of all time, delighted an audience that crowded the North Dallas High School auditorium Friday night with his own account of his experiences in war and peace.

Now president and manager of the Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute, a vocational school he founded in his home county after his return from the war, Sergeant York's talk was devoted principally to the cause of education.

Dr. N. R. Crozier, superintendent of schools, recalled in his introduction that Sergeant York had been forced to overcome his scruples as a conscientious objector before he joined the army.

Backs "Us Mountaineers."
For Sergeant York, his one excursion into the world covered with glory not himself, but his mountaineer neighbors. He resents any implication that his folk are backward or ignorant, and in a high-pitched voice that sounds strange emanating from so virile and vigorous a frame, he drives home successfully the argument that "us mountaineers" are the secret of America's greatness.

Meeting the "higher-ups" in the world-people like Queen Marie of Rumania and King George of England, whom he accuses of having adulterated the King's English- and being forced to speak with them through interpreters, convinced Sergeant York of the value of an education.

Strengthened with his own difficulties in acquiring any "l'aran'" in the rough mountaineer schools, the determination to bring his people as many educational benefits as possible has become Sergeant York's lifework. Hence his school, supported by State and county aid and by his own lecturing.

Pleads for Simple Life.
For a while Sergeant York was a rural missionary in the Tennessee mountains. There was something of that in him as he addressed a plea to his audience Friday night not to neglect the underprivileged boys and girls. In his own school, he said, co-operation, neighborliness, community spirit and the personal touch are the aims sought. He pleaded also for the simple, religious life which has kept his own folk contented in their unchanging ways for many generations.

The soldier's appearance here was sponsored by the Dallas Grade Teachers Council, represented by the president. Miss Josephine Wilson, and Mrs. Morgan H. Cox. Among those on the platform were Congressman Hatton W. Sumners, who, a native of Tennessee; Lawrence Melton, Principal E. B. Comstock of the school; Alvin M. Owsley. Col. James Ronayne, Dr. John O. McReynolds, C. ?. Matthaei and Mrs. Crozier.  During the ? he was entertained by American Legion posts here and by Fenton Baker at the Baker hotel Mr. Baker was a buddy of Sergeant York's. In the morning Sergeant York visited Arlington to address the students at North Texas Agricultural College.
Date: 31 Oct 1931  Dallas Morning News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Sgt. Alvin C. York, an old soldier who has known long odds before, Monday battled both heart and lung ailments in a fight for his life.
The 75-year old World War I hero who won the Medal of Honor for single-handedly killing 25 Germans and taking 132 prisoners in the battle of Argonne Forest, was reportedly "slightly improved, but still critical" at St. Thomas Hospital.
York, who has been fighting a variety of illnesses for more than 20 years, was admitted to the hospital Saturday.

Date: 16 Apr 1963.
Dallas Morning News

Obituary - Sgt. York
Sgt., Alvin C. York, a one-time conscientious objector who became America's most famous soldier In World War I, has lost his last battle with the infirmities of age. In an era that has freely applied heroic superlatives to everything from flagpole sitters to crooners, the Tennessee mountain man was the real thing, a genuine America hero.
In the closing days of the war, York single-handedly put a German machine-gun battalion out of action, a feat unequaled anywhere on the world's battlefields. This mountaineer who did not really want to fight had not been reared, as had many of the soldiers of the Great Powers, on a steady diet of chauvinism nor had he been painstakingly indoctrinated to seek the glories of military conquest. But the qualities of courage and determination were part of him and when his country needed them, they were there.
He was held in high regard by his countrymen, not only for his gallantry in combat but for his conduct afterward. When the sergeant returned to this country he was greeted by a ticker-tape parade in New York, a standing ovation from both houses of Congress. He was given offers of up to a million dollars to capitalize on his fame. His answer to these was simple and to the point: "This uniform is not for sale."
Instead, he returned to his home and the brown-haired girl he'd left to go to France. He settled back into the quiet life of a farmer.
At 76, the Tennessean could look back on a long life of service to his country and his community. The end was not unexpected, for he had fought his way back from serious illness 10 times in the past two years. But when it came all Americans were saddened to see him go. He was one of our great ones.

Date: 4 September 1964
Dallas Morning News

William Blessing

Just read in a new book, a former North Dallas High football player, William Blessing, went to North Texas Agricultural College, now UT-Arlington, arrived in time at Aggieland to be a part of the 1939 Aggie football team which became the unbeaten-untied champions of the country that year. Played end on his sophomore year, but was sidelined due to an appendectomy that fall put him out of action. Came back in 1940, to earn his Aggie "T".
Another Dallas boy, Joe Boyd, out of Crozier Tech, and Paris Junior College, won his spurs winning SWC honors at strongside tackle, the at least one previous year, again in 1939, plus being All American in 1939. He joined Joe Routt, John Kimbrough in 39, Marshall Robnett made it in 1940, but was a standout in 1939. 

Does anyone remember Bob Smith, another A&M back who made All American in 1950, Im thinking he went to Sunset?
Source on Blessing:  The 1939 Texas Aggies: The Greatest Generation's Greatest Team

01/18/2008 - Ray Bowen - TAMU Vision 2020

By the way, the Vision 2020 plan was initiated by ND's own Ray Bowen, then president of TAMU, the plan mentioned in the previous article in todays Aggiegram.
Vision 2020
In 1997, university president Ray Bowen appointed a task force to create a new
strategic plan for the university. The task force, comprised of more than 250 faculty, staff, students, former students, local residents, and various private- and public-sector representatives, devoted more than two years to examining all aspects of the university and studying benchmark institutions before unveiling the plan, dubbed Vision 2020, in 1999.[33]
Vision 2020's goal is to make Texas A&M University recognized as a consensus "top 10" public university by the year 2020. The plan identifies 12 areas in which the university should focus on improving.
[33] Dr. Robert M. Gates succeeded Bowen in 2002, and during his four year tenure as president, Vision 2020's short-term focus narrowed to four key steps:[34]

  • Increasing the size of the faculty by 447 positions within five years.
  • Improving student diversity among minority groups.
  • Building new academic facilities totaling roughly US$272 million.
  • Enriching the undergraduate and graduate education experience.
The Master Plan for TAMU's Future



The below article, with included photographs, was written by Lane Stephenson. For more information, please visit the following web address.


Texas A&M University is in the midst of a $500 million building program in conjunction with its unprecedented endeavor to add almost 450 new faculty members to its teaching and research ranks. Construction is being conducted in adherence to the university�s award-winning master plan, which is designed to provide guidelines for shaping the campus over the next half-century.


      Texas A&M�s 5,200-acre campus, by some estimates the largest in the nation, serves a student body that now exceeds 46,000�one of the country�s 10 largest�and is expected to continue to grow modestly over the next few years. The campus also serves as home base for a variety of research activities --those conducted by the university and associated agencies within The Texas A&M University System. Their combined funding exceeds $550 million annually, a level that ranks among the top institutions nationally, according to the National Science Foundation.


      The campus master plan is the result of extensive work by university officials, assisted by two nationally prominent architectural and land-use consulting firms, with input throughout the process by faculty, staff, students and others.


            One of the plan�s objectives is to have the campus evolve in a manner that will help the university achieve its Vision 2020 goals. Vision 2020 provides a roadmap for the institution to enhance its programs to the degree that it will be recognized as a consensus top 10 public university by the year 2020.


     Campus Plan Reflects Texas A&M�s Mission


�Our intent is to build a university campus that reflects our vision, mission and strategic plan,� notes Texas A&M Vice President for Facilities Charles A. Sippial, Sr., whose office headed the campus master plan project. �A campus is space and buildings, but it is the people who make a university great.  The campus must support their efforts through its quality facilities and its pleasant and functional surroundings.�


      In addition to following campus master plan guidelines, Sippial points out that facilities placement, development and use are overseen by the Council on the Built Environment, a top-level group that has major faculty representation.


      The campus includes hundreds of buildings containing more than 15 million square feet of floor space. That is three times more than the university had in the early 1960s when it began its rapid enrollment and research expansion. (See the Good Bull Section for where A&M stood among state colleges in the early 1960s)


     Construction Presents Challenges


      Current construction includes a $95 million integrated life sciences building�which will be the largest facility on campus � and two physics buildings.


      One of the more ambitious master plan proposals calls for redeveloping the Wellborn Road/railroad area as a �seam� or boulevard framed by buildings, rather than having it continue to be a �divider.� The intent is to extend the "civic structure" of the eastern part of the campus across Wellborn Road by providing a major new quadrangle for the western part. Two more underpasses are proposed for the area.


      The master plan also calls for replacing as much surface parking as possible with green spaces, buildings and garages�and limiting the number of private vehicles within the core of the campus.


      The plans include eight overarching goals: Reinforce campus identity, reinforce campus community, establish connectivity, create architecture that contributes positively to the campus community, promote spatial equity and appropriateness, establish an accessible and pedestrian campus, promote sustainability and develop a supportive process.

12/25/2007 - Twelve Things You Should Know About The Texas A&M Game

That's what the Bryan Eagle Column Says, but it should have been the thirteen things you should know about the game. Thirteen because its Friday, and TU is ranked 13 in the football polls, so you know what Friday the 13  usually means for a person or a team, they should be wary, for they may be headed for a fall.

Here's 12 things you need to know about the Texas A&M-Texas game:

It has been 85 years since E. King Gill was called down from the stands and asked to suit up and stand ready on the sidelines as the Aggies faced off against Centre College.

The 11 players on the A&M football team ended up winning that game 22-14 and Gill never was needed. But his gesture -- which created the storied tradition of the 12th Man -- wasn't forgotten.

When the Aggies go up against the No. 13 Longhorns at Kyle Field on Friday, students, former students and fans swathed in maroon once again will stand ready.

In honor of Texas A&M's storied 12th Man, here are 12 fun facts about the long-standing rivalry between Texas A&M and the University of Texas.

1. The Aggie War Hymn The Aggies have caught a lot of grief about this fight song, which seems to focus all of A&M's hostility toward just one school: University of Texas. But there is more to the fight song. Turns out there is a first verse that not many know about.

According to the Singing Cadets Web site, the second and more popular verse was written in 1918 by J.J. "Pinky" Wilson while he was standing guard on the Rhine River during World War I. Because the Aggies aren't always matched up against Longhorns, Wilson wrote a first verse when he returned to the United States.

The verse, however, was a little too Ivy League for the Ags, who promptly refused to sing it. As a result, the Web site states, the verse never caught on.

Hullabaloo, Caneck, Caneck

Hullabaloo, Caneck, Caneck

All hail to dear old Texas A&M

Rally around Maroon and White

Good luck to dear old Texas Aggies

They are the boys who show the real old fight

That good old Aggie Spirit thrills us

And makes us yell and yell and yell

So let's fight for dear old Texas A&M

We're gonna beat you all to



Rough, Tough, real stuff Texas A&M

2. Yell Practice The tradition of Yell Practice -- the Aggie's version of a pep rally, just don't ever call it one -- dates back to 1913, when cadets would gather after dinner to "learn heartily the old time pep," according to But it didn't take its current form until just before a game against the University of Texas in 1931.

That year, a group of cadets were in the old Puryear Hall when someone suggested the freshman meet on the steps of the YMCA building at midnight, the Web site states. Though it wasn't authorized by senior yell leaders, the word spread quickly and a new tradition was born.

3. Pregame pep: Bonfire and Hex Rally The nearly century-old tradition of Bonfire -- built by students each fall and then set ablaze just before the annual match up -- was designed to symbolize A&M's burning desire to beat the University of Texas. The on-campus version was suspended in 1999, when the logs toppled, killing 12 Aggies, but students have continued to build an Aggie bonfire off campus.

The Hex Rally, the Longhorn's pre-game equivalent, was started in 1941, when Texas students consulted an Austin fortune teller, asking how to break the Aggies jinx over the Longhorns, according to At the time, the Longhorns had lost every game at Kyle Field since 1923.

The psychic instructed the students to burn red candles the week before the game. Throughout that week, the Web site states, candles were burned in store windows, fraternity and sorority houses and residence hall lounges. Apparently, it worked. Texas came to College Station and defeated the No. 2 Aggies 23-0.

4. Tickets The average price for a pair of tickets to the big game: about $400, according to a quick search on eBay. Yes, some people still were trying to sell the tickets they bought for $90 or so on the online auction site just hours before kick off. A trio of seats in section 101, row 39 had a starting bid of $900, though no offers had been made as of late Thursday.

But the most ridiculous award goes to seller "bri31an," who placed two tickets on the site for a whopping starting bid of $2,000 each. Big surprise: there were no bids as of late Thursday. The seller detailed in his listing that the tickets would be given to a family friend if there were no takers.

5. The origin The match up between Texas A&M and the University of Texas always is the last game of the regular season for both teams. But when was their first game? Friday will mark the 114th time the two teams have battled for bragging rights since the series began in 1894 -- A&M's first football season, according to The Ags and Longhorns have played annually since 1915.

6. Wins and losses Texas has led the series 73-35-5. The last time Texas A&M bested the Longhorns at Kyle Field was in 1999, just weeks after the Aggie Bonfire collapsed. The rivalry is the third most-played game in college football, behind Minnesota and Wisconsin, and Kansas and Missouri.

7. YouTube The phrase "Aggies and Longhorns" returns just 20 hits on the popular video-sharing Web site. Links range from game clips to a compilation of photos portraying A&M in a less than favorable light. But the funniest might just be a commercial in which an Aggie playing charades would rather lose than utter the phrase "Hook 'em Horns."

8. Coach connections Offensive coordinator Les Koenning Jr. played wide receiver for the Longhorns in the early 1980s, according to Defensive coordinator Gary Darnell served in the same capacity at Texas from 1992-96 and helped Texas to a pair of conference titles.

Cornerbacks coach Van Malone was an all-conference defensive back for Texas and helped the Horns to the 1990 SWC crown. Texas OC Greg Davis coached the Aggie QBs from 1978-84, the Web site states, while Texas running back coach Ken Rucker coached the Aggie running backs from 1994-97 and 2001-02.

9. Player connections Running back Jorvorskie Lane and Texas tight end Jeremichael Finley are half-brothers and grew up within five miles of each other in Lufkin and Diboll, respectively, according to the Aggie sports Web site. A&M quarterback Stephen McGee and Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley were a record-setting pass/catch combination at Burnet High School.

10. Making music The Fightin' Texas Aggie Band is known for its precision military marching drills and with more than 300 members, it is the largest military marching band in the nation, according to the Aggie Band Web site. Dressed in tan Corps of Cadets uniforms, the band members couldn't be more different than Longhorn Band, which is known as "The Showband of the Southwest." The Longhorn Band touts its use of Big Bertha, the largest marching drum in the world, according to the band's Web site.

The two bands do have a couple of things in common, though. Both are known to march across the field in a block "T" formation. And both have pages on

11. Mascots The Aggies long have taken credit for the naming of BEVO, the Longhorn's beloved mascot. According to lore, it was 1917 when a group of Aggies branded the steer with the score from the previous year's game: 13-0. Supposedly, the Longhorns, embarrassed by the desecration of their mascot, turned the 13 into a B, the dash into an E, threw in a V and used the zero as an O.

But Jim Nicar, the director of the UT Heritage Society in Austin, has debunked that popular myth. The Aggies did, indeed, brand the animal. But the Longhorns, so they say, already had named their mascot Bevo -- eerily close to beeve, the plural of beef, according to Mack Brown's Web site -- months earlier.

12. The last word 12-7. That would be the score from the 2006 match up in Austin. Wonder of wonders, the Ags finally won one. Wonder who will have the last word this year?

� Holly Huffman's e-mail address is


12/25/2007 - The Durango Kid
TMC Channel is having a reprise today of the early films of Charles Starrett, better known in our day as the Durango Kid. Must be the Sons of the Pioneers doing the singing in various scenes of the movies. Seeing these films make me wish we could see more of William Boyd, aka Hopalong Cassidy, the Red Ryder films, Bob Steele, Lash LaRue, and many others. Gene Autry and Roy Rogers were not my favorites, their singing wasn't my favorite way to be entertained in the 40's when I first started seeing the Saturday matinees in Mineral Wells and later in Dallas.
There was one of these Saturday morning heroes of us young'uns who bought a ranch west of Mineral Wells to stay at when he came to town to take advantage of the Mineral Baths at those hotels and spas that sprung up during the 20's and 30's, I think he was known as Wild Bill, not the Wild Bill Elliott that was another one of my favorite actors, but I cant remember the actors names, having a spell of CRS.

12/12/2007 - George Edward Jones: WWII bomber pilot captured by Germans

By JOE SIMNACHER / The Dallas Morning News

George Edward Jones survived 10 months in German prisoner of war camps after being shot down on his 33rd mission as a World War II bomber pilot.

Mr. Jones initially was imprisoned in Stalag Luft III, which became legendary as the setting for the movie The Great Escape.

Four months before they were liberated, the prisoners were forced to march for 10 days without shoes through the snow to another camp. Mr. Jones' legs bore the trauma of the winter march the rest of his life.

After the war, he became a Dallas homebuilder and an active member of his church.

Mr. Jones, 87, died Monday of complications of pneumonia at the Edgemere retirement community in Dallas.

A memorial will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Royal Lane Baptist Church. Burial will be in a private ceremony at Restland Memorial Park before the memorial service.

"He was funny; he was witty. He was a very gentle, amiable, outgoing, friendly person," said his daughter Jana Shafer of Dallas. "He loved poetry and language."

Born in Gilmer, Texas, Mr. Jones moved to Dallas with his family as a young child. He graduated from North Dallas High School and was studying art at Southern Methodist University when he was called to war.

"He was a wonderful artist who made a lot of drawings of his war experience," Mrs. Shafer said.

During World War II, Mr. Jones was a B-24 Liberator pilot with the 392nd Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force. He had successfully completed his required 25 missions, when the war necessitated that he fly a total of 35.

On the 33rd mission, he was shot down and taken prisoner.

Mr. Jones received the Purple Heart, the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He learned to cook as a POW, he told The Dallas Morning News in 1995. POW rations often amounted to a hard piece of bread and a cup of tea or instant coffee for breakfast and a spoonful of Spam and a piece of bread or biscuit the rest of the day, he said.

Mr. Jones, who was a second lieutenant, learned to cook with rations the American Red Cross sent to the camp.

"Sometimes, we'd get things from the Red Cross parcels that the Germans didn't use themselves," he recalled in 1995. "We pooled everything. There was a small stove, so I decided to experiment.

"The best thing I came up with was cream gravy," he said, explaining that many of his fellow officers were from the North and didn't know what it was. "But they loved it, which made me feel good. In a situation like that, you learned to appreciate the simplest of things.

"I made it by saving the grease off the Spam, mixing it with water and some powdered milk we'd been given from the Red Cross parcel. We'd put it on Spam and potatoes. Some of us took turns cooking, but, modestly speaking, I was the best cook."

Mr. Jones and his group were liberated by Gen. George S. Patton's troops.

After the war, Mr. Jones maintained his newfound skills in the kitchen.

"After he retired, he was in charge of the kitchen at Royal Lane Baptist Church for many years," his daughter said. "He enjoyed it. He loved concocting things."

At Royal Lane Baptist, Mr. Jones also sang in the choir and was known for bringing doughnuts and muffins on Sunday mornings.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Jones is survived by two other daughters, Christie Jones of Arlington and Becky Jones of Waco, and 10 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Royal Lane Baptist Church, 6707 Royal Lane, Dallas, Texas 75230
Additional facts of interest to Happy Warrior Members

George Jones

JONES, GEORGE EDWARDWill long be remembered by his friends and family for his kindness and good sense of humor. Born February 14, 1920, in Gilmer, Texas, Mr. Jones died Monday of complications relating to pneumonia. He was 87. George was a B-24 bomber Pilot in WWII where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and a purple heart. He was shot down over Germany and was a POW until the end of the war. After the war, he completed his education at SMU where he met Wanda Culpepper whom he married in 1948. He was a home builder until he retired. In retirement, Mr. Jones enjoyed serving at his church where he sang in the choir, helped with Wednesday night suppers, and brought donuts and muffins on Sunday morning. He attended the Happy Warriors where he could connect with other WWII veterans. George was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Wanda Jones, and two sisters, Lila Davenport and Evelyn Davis. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Jana and Steve Shafer; daughter Christie Jones; and daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Charlie Jones. He had ten grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday at Royal Lane Baptist Church from 5:30-7:30 p.m. A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Royal Lane Baptist Church, 6707 Royal Lane. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Royal Lane Baptist Church. ,

12/15/2007  Proper Identification
By Libby Cluett

When Mineral Wells resident Howard T. Garland died in November 2004 at the age of 87, his younger brother, Noel, made it his goal to honor his brother with a military marker in Elmwood Cemetery.

Garland, who also buried his sister�s and mother�s urns in the family plot, explained that families of deceased soldiers must work with the funeral home to apply or submit paperwork for a military marker. He said he submitted his brother�s paperwork three years ago.

�I knew it would take a while,� said Garland.

With much persistence and follow-through, Garland, who lives in Mesquite, Texas, finally saw his work come to fruition last Friday.

Howard Garland served during two conflicts. In World War II, he was a U.S. Marine who, �participated in action against Japan forces on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan and Tinian,� according to his discharge papers.

�They took the islands so the Seabees could build air bases for the B-29s to take off from and land for the bombing [of Nagasaki and Hiroshima].

�He never got wounded,� said his brother.

An interesting side note Noel Garland shared was that his brother�s discharge papers cited that Howard Garland enlisted in June 1940 to fight the Japanese for a rate of $21 per month. This is roughly the equivalent of $313 per month today, according to the Consumer Price Index�s inflation calculator. Garland�s September 1945 discharge pay rate was $81.90 per month.

Garland said that before his brother enlisted, Howard �was laying bricks on U.S. Highway 180, between Weatherford and Mineral Wells.�

Howard Garland served again in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, but remained in the states and Greenland.

Noel Garland, a Cold War veteran, visited his brother�s completed gravesite Friday and it seems that is pleased with laying his brother to rest, making sure he has the granite marker he is due.


Mesquite, Texas, resident Noel Garland looks at the military marker he worked for three years to obtain for the gravesite of his brother, Howard Garland, at Elmwood Cemetery in Mineral Wells. Libby Cluett/Index/

Members of the Garland family pictured are, back row from left, Howard, Gayle, father W.C. Garland and Linwood; and front row, Bennett and Noel.All the sons served in the U.S. military in various branches and capacities. Noel Garland/Courtesy/


Pictured above is Howard T. Garland with his Marine Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, Eighth Marines, Second Marine Division taken in Saipan in July 1944 prior to their last action against Japanese forces on the island of Tinian during World War II. Noel Garland/Courtesy/

Anticipation is at its Peak at SMU, TCU

Both schools anxiously await the naming of the next foosball coach at the Hilltop girls school. What a deal, both the Dallas and the Fort Worth institutions would look forward to the exciting times to come if the candidate mentioned in this Dallas Morning Snooze article becomes that coach.

SMU, Franchione discuss coaching opening - School, ex-Texas A&M coach have been in contact, sources say

07:35 AM CST on Wednesday, December 19, 2007
By KATE HAIROPOULOS / The Dallas Morning News

SMU and former Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione have been in contact regarding the school's open football coaching job, and Franchione has shown interest, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. SMU has declined to comment on candidates while the search is ongoing. The school has been looking for a coach since firing Phil Bennett on Oct. 28 and has reportedly interviewed former Miami coach Larry Coker. Franchione has been out of work since resigning from A&M following a win over rival Texas on Nov. 23. His tenure in College Station was rocky.

Dennis Franchione stepped down as head football coach at Texas A&M on Nov. 23.ICH SCHLEGEL / DMN

Dennis Franchione stepped down as head football coach at Texas A&M on Nov. 23.

He had a 32-28 record in five seasons, and his final season was marked by a fiasco involving a secret e-mail newsletter that sold insider information about the Aggies. A&M athletic director Bill Byrne wrote a letter of admonishment for Franchione's personnel file that stated the e-mails violated NCAA rules. Franchione's settlement with A&M guarantees the coach $1.7 million from the school during the 2008 season. He will make another $1.7 million in 2009, though A&M will owe only the difference between the total and Franchione's salary, if he is working. The same holds true with a $1 million total in 2010. If SMU hires Franchione, it would certainly add fire to the school's rivalry with TCU. Franchione helped turn around the long-struggling private school, going 25-10 from 1998 to 2000, before leaving for Alabama. He started TCU's ongoing streak of playing in nine bowl games in the last 10 seasons. SMU athletic director Steve Orsini has said that he wants a proven coach and that he is aiming high. Orsini has insisted that he has been pleased with the search process, despite its duration. Former Navy coach Paul Johnson interviewed at SMU two  before taking the Georgia Tech job days later.


Response to inquiry about Ms Griffen

The story that has gone on around here was that she ruled the hall with her ruler, yours is the first where Ive heard of the cane. Perhaps someone will clarify on Mr Tardy, the Spanish teacher, did he hold the offending student, males I think, by his feet or by his belt. Not having been there to ever see the man I cant say what his method operandi was. I do remember both of the ROTC teachers I had at ND and at CT, Major Menezes and Colonel Moses, former PMS&T of Dallas. Both were unique characters, Menezes was a WWI vet I think, coming to North Dallas in 1930, I have a picture of him from the 1930 Viking I found at the library, Colonel Moses, had lost an eye in a battle he was in there in Italy and was retired though a West Point graduate. The rumor was that he was retired mostly because he lost most of his battalion during that battle, but that was strictly latrine house bull. He did look after his cadet students, have heard too many tales about that since leaving high school. The other standout teacher I had at Tech was Mr Walter Davis, a drafting teacher and coach, who was Diane Davis' father. I cant remember if I had him but he did sign my senior annual. He was a very nice man, probably strict though, being of a coaching nature. Diane may have got her athletic ability because of him, possibly his coaching may have helped her also. Noel

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Friday was the celebration of the establishment of a state historical marker honoring the namesake of Stephen J Hay, a project worked on by Mrs Frances Ware, granddaughter of Mr Hay. Am working on getting more pictures of the ceremony for you to see, having a problem with one group. Another person at the ceremony took many pictures which I understand will be available shortly.

The large group of attendees began to arrive a little after 10:30 am, and by eleven oclock there appeared to be between sixty and seventy people there for the event. A total of 49 people signed the guest book, plus there appeared to be several spouses who may not have signed the book, plus at least five men from the DISD, including Dr Hinojosa, Superintendent, Michael Brown, Orlando Alameda, plus  at least two other men, who opened the school and the parking lot for a tour thru the building. Also last but not least Ms Vivian Taylor, principal of Irma Rangel Young Leadership Academy dropped in for a quick visit, was nice to see her again. People who attended the ceremony had attended Hay started there in the 1920's, the oldest graduate present was Jack Biard, class of 1932, younger brother of North Dallas' Captain Forrest Biard. Younger alums were from the class of 1951 perhaps even younger. The majority of graduates attended Hay in the 30's and 40's. I met two of the Hay family who were present, one was Stephen J. Hay, VI, who said there was also a Stephen J. Hay, the VII.

I believe one can read the text of the historical marker by clicking on the picture, which will enlarge it. I found it interesting to read that the architect who designed the building had designed other school buildings in the state, even as far south as Cuero, Texas.

The program handout about the program is as follows:

Stephen J. Hay Elementary School

  Texas Historical Marker

  Dedication Ceremony

   Friday, October 26, 2007


WELCOME                 Katherine Seale, Interim Director

                                   Preservation Dallas



  • Orlando Alameda

  • Noel Garland

  • Bettina Hennessey

  • Kitty Canfield Ritchie Holleman

  • Councilwoman Angela Hunt

  • Former Councilwoman Veletta Lill

  • Eleanor Maclay

  • Mary Jean Johnson Manning

  • Barbara Lomax Hitzelberger Wooten


Remarks                                   Frances Golden Ware

  • Recollections

  •  Tour of School

  •  Adjournment

 On the back side is a letter from the secretary of the Dallas School Board, dated July 13, 1921, to Mrs Stephen J. Hay announcing the naming of the new school on the corner of Gilbert and Herschel to be named after her husband, Stephen J. Hay. Copies of this two sided paper can be provided upon request.

AND NOW FOR ANOTHER INTERESTING DEVELOPMENT FOUND OUT ABOUT DURING THE EVENT IS,  Two DISD executives, one, Michael Brown, both said it had been decided to restore the original name to the building, thus at some point in the near future the building will be again known as Stephen J. (for John) Hay building. What use will eventually happen for the school is not known at this time.



VIRGINIA LEE JAMISON, age 68, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, was a dedicated volunteer, friend to many, and active member of St. Francis de Sales Parish for over forty years, passed away surrounded by her loving family after her battle with cancer on October 6, 2007. She was born in Dallas, Texas, on January 1, 1939, where she attended the Ursuline Academy for twelve years, and then graduated from SMU as a member of the Chi Omega sorority. Virginia and Sam were married in Dallas, TX in 1962, and moved to Houston in 1965. Virginia, co-founder and president of the Catholic Women's Organization at St. Francis de Sales, served as an active member of the parish counsel and rectory assistant for many years, and directed the cake walk booth and the coke booth at the bazaar. Among her many other activities, she assisted the Boy Scouts and also coordinated blood drives. She was a Girl Scout leader and organizer for the area's Summer Girl Scout Camp for many years near the banks of the Brazos.Virginia taught at various parochial schools. Mom's favorite saying as we grew up was "where there is a will, there is a way." "Ever since we were little children, mom and dad liked to travel; they were adventurous and loved seeing new places" said her son, Marc Jamison, a Lt Col in the USAF. For the last twenty years, she has organized international travel for friends and family. Above all, she believed in her family and friends, and always recognized the best qualities in each person; she will be missed. She is survived by Sam, her husband of forty-five years; sons, Samuel Jamison, and Lt Col Marc Jamison and his wife Kassia; daughters, Michelle Jamison Wilkins, and Melinda Jamison Kane and her husband David; sister, Carol Cohen; and eight grandchildren, Sean Wilkins, Madeleine Wilkins, Amber Jamison, Parker Kane, Sydney Jamison, Harrison Kane, Joshua Kane, and William Jamison. Visitation: Monday, October 8, 2007, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Earthman Southwest Chapel, 12555 South Kirkwood, Stafford, with a Rosary to be recited at 7:30 PM. Mass of the Resurrection: Tuesday, October 9, 2007, 10:00 AM, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 8200 Roos Road, Houston, with the Most Rev. Vincent M. Rizzotto, D.D., J.C.L., Celebrant. A reception will immediately follow the service in the parish hall. Rite of Committal: Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston.
02/27/2007 - RE: Cotton Bowl - Say goodbye to other Games. I see others think as I do. So long tu-OU, Prairie View-Grambling. Oh yes, also to 30 million taxpayer dollars, perhaps 50 million. thanks Mayor Miller, City Hall.
02/2007 - From Noel Garland  -- Last night I was approached about compiling an all encompassing alumni list of the North Dallas High class of January and June of 1954 class for a new Alumni Directory which is slated to be available at the All Class reunion of your high school in September of this year. Since I have a lot of that information already in a box of material here dealing with my grade/high school experiences, that didn't seem like something that would be difficult to provide.  I talked to a couple of your classmates who were very involved with the planning of your 50th anniversary of the class in 2004, and they along with another involved classmate are to provide me with further updates that they have received since 2004. What I need from each of you, my online contacts, is any changes that you think appropriate that apply to your situation, residence wise, or any future changes that you anticipate, a sort of alert for us, the planning committee of the class, or myself to be aware of. While talking to the two classmates, I was made aware that it is time for some planning and connecting to be begun, mainly to locate everyone again, for the 2009 reunion. Also for you to let others who do not have computer connections, or have recently surfaced, to let them know of the current efforts being done in this regard. Also to let your class officers or planners know of these new people, or hopefully not any newly deceased classmates. If your address hasn't changed since the 2000 directory has been published there is probably no need to forward any information on changes, but otherwise it would be helpful to have those changes. For you who are not of either of the 1954 classes, I was told that other early 1950 classes, plus the 1955 class have people working on those classes. Before 1950, you may want to contact me or an officer of the Greater Dallas North Dallas High School Assn, with your address or changes. If you do not have a contact name or address you may send them to me and I'll see that the information gets to the right party. Any questions or comments, don't hesitate to send them on. Thanks,  Noel
02/02/2007 - From Noel Garland.  This doesn't sound like an A&M event to me, must be a Tea-sip function. 

A&M cancels pull  -  Thousands of fans forced to leave after chaos  -  By: John Farmer and Ryan Mulligan  - 

Issue date: 2/1/07 Section: News
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<div class=caption align=left>Wade Barker - THE BATTALION<br>About 6,000 fans wait in the underpass near the Rec Center Wednesday night to pull tickets for the men's A&M-UT basketball game. Students were sent home at 12:20 a.m. because of the large crowd.</br></div>
About 6,000 fans wait in the underpass near the Rec Center Wednesday night to pull tickets for the men's A&M-UT basketball game. Students were sent home at 12:20 a.m. because of the large crowd.
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5:45 Rose Belzung is one of six students who arrives early to pull tickets for Monday's game against the University of Texas. Belzung has a broken clavicle and a third-grade separation in her shoulder. However, Belzung is not daunted. "I would stand at the basketball games even if both my legs were broken," she said.

8:30 The Texas A&M men's basketball Team defeats Iowa State soundly and encourages fans to start heading toward the ever-increasing line for the ticket pull. In the next hour, organization dissolves.

9:15 Aubrey Bloom, a senior history major and head of the Reed Rowdies, arrives at the scene with two security guards. He urges people under the bridge, saying that he has a plan to organize the pull. Bloom's plan is to allow groups of students to form into 30 lines under the bridge. The front people of each line would move forward to pull tickets.

10:15 The once distinct line turns into a mass of 1,500 people. "This is absolutely ridiculous," said sophomore Ricky Schoerman. "The organized line we originally had has been completely lost, and no one seems to have a clue what's going on."

10:40 Despite the frustration about the ticket pulls, three students, Leslie Warren, Jourdan Bremmer and Jesse Petty lead the crowd in singing the Aggie War Hymn and the Spirit of Aggieland. By this point, the crowd is more than 3,000.

10:45 The mob advances forward, at first organized, but as each row progresses, the students adopt a more frantic pace. "I really have no idea what's going on right now; my gut tells me this is an hour away from falling apart," said Jimmy Smith, a sophomore.

11:00 The students decide that it is time to settle for the night, and tents sprawl out, covering the entire under walk. There is no room to move anywhere. Students arriving at 11 p.m. have no idea where this line came from. "Is there a plan? It seems to me like the only thing that's certain out here is that no one knows what's going on," said freshman Diana Lizmi. "I thought the line wasn't supposed to start forming till 11 p.m."
11:15 Students are frustrated with one another at the lack of organization. The last vestiges of the line are clearly falling apart.

11:35 Student Body Present Nic Taunton, Student Body Vice President Joe Licata, and the Vice President of Student Affairs Dean Bresciani arrive at the scene. "There is no organization, it fell apart," Bresciani said.

11:45 "Right now, it's hard to predict how this will work out," Taunton said. Students continue to arrive, and the number grows close to 6,000.

12:20 A&M students Kevin Zaiontz and Craig Coolidge announce the ticket pull is cancelled and that University police will arrive in 20 minutes. Zaiontz and Coolidge have no affiliation with a student organization. "We were some of the first in line and it just got chaotic," Coolidge said. Bresciani said the decision was made by an unnamed collection of people.

12:25 Bresciani takes the megaphone and confirms the announcement. "I have no idea what the plan is tomorrow," Bresciani said. "You will just have to wait and see.
Forrest Biard, news - from Noel Garland --2006 issue of World War II History magazine, about his adventures and career as a cryptanalyst-Japanese translator, written by another cryptanalyst and author, Hervie Hauer, author of "The Codebreakers," the book, not the current ESPN movie that has just been on tv, with the same title. Then on February 12th, 2006, on the Fox Channel, at 10 PM, CST, there will be a one hour special on the Ollie North program, that will feature Biard. The reporter and two TV cameramen came to Dallas in November and conducted a lengthy interview with Forrest, as the basis for this program.
TOPPING OFF CEREMONY --  Friday March 10, 2006 - Today was the day for a special ceremony at good ol' North Dallas High. It was the day to celebrate the topping out ceremony of the new addition over south of the school. Around the top of the new building was a rope or wire with orange tape attached. When I first arrived and parked on that side street north of campus, I forgot to check behind the tall green hedge there to see if the old tennis courts are still there.  Onwards toward school, I still am amazed at the number of rows of temporary class rooms lining the old parade field, on both the east-west side and the north side. Still enough room inside for the large group of lads playing some kind of round ball. Saw two students carrying in a large canvas divider net inside, possibly a volley ball net. In front of the school were numerous young boy and girl students, some of the boys sporting yellow T Shirts which had NDHS Drill Team Logos. These students were spread out on both sides of the front entrance, with an Army Sgt 1st Class monitoring the students.  Evidently the students, members of the Army ROTC boys and girls drill teams, the color guard, and the academic team are headed for Texas A&M for a competition this weekend.  WHOOOOOOP!!! Across the street the adults and workmen were gathering at several tables lined up between the construction trailers and the new building. On the tables between the eaters and the building were some men and women wearing MDI hard hats, serving up BBQ, beef and ham, potato salad, pickles, onions, bread, Sprite and bottled water iced down. The construction company, MDI hosted the luncheon. We weren't there long after 11 o'clock, when all of a sudden, on the top of the structure, facing NDHS, a large number of long timbers started falling, fortunately only down to the next level, but single timbers continued to fall for a few more minutes. Really got everybody's attention. I had photographed a workman in that area just a few minutes earlier, but he must have moved before the excitement. Prior to that I had visited with Frank Meier, the architect and former alumni of ND, and told him of some mentions about him I had had from two young ladies of the 1954-55 classes who have fond memories of him in high school. That may have made his day.  More visiting was done during the meal, but we couldn't fail but notice the dark clouds rolling in from the southeast. Sure enough, we almost had a repeat of the earlier ground breaking ceremony, which was rained out. Shortly large rain drops started falling, but only lasted maybe five minutes or less, then gradually tapering off. This was enough though for those attending to go scampering off for cover, only us tough old former servicemen to hang in, come rain, hail or high water.  Some familiar faces at the ceremony were Bill Driscoll, Kelly Parks, Ann Leslie Guynes, Dr Bobby Temple, and the lady who works at the library at the end of my block here in Mesquite, a 1957 alum, who is a good friend and tennis partner of Diane Davis.  So again, we missed out on some hopefully inspiring speeches, which disappointed the attendees as always. I did have the pleasure of meeting a graduate of ND who finished in 1928, a W. Llewellen Powell, who lives in North Dallas, who remembers my friend, Captain Forrest Biard, class of January, 1930.  I hated to leave the festivities, but had to return home and get my fixin's and TV all set up for an exciting round bouncey ball game on Channel 52, and ESPNU, between the Fightin' Texas Aggies, and Colorado at 2 PM at the American Airlines Center in West End in Dallas.
A resuscitation for Old Parkland

Crow Holdings to fill hospital's early buildings 11:36 PM CDT on Thursday, August 17, 2006 By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News When Dallas' historic Parkland Hospital opened its doors in 1913, the location on the edge of town was described as "rolling meadows  on all sides." Today, the landmark complex of vacant buildings is surrounded by urban development. And starting next year � if things go as planned � the old Parkland Hospital will become a centerpiece for revitalization of western Oak Lawn. MONA REEDER/DMN  The colonial-style Parkland Hospital, at Maple and Oak Lawn, opened in 1913 and held 100 patients. Crow Holdings, the investment company operated by Dallas' Trammell Crow family, and Phoenix-based Alliance Properties are teaming up to redevelop the 8.3-acre complex into office space, residential and other uses.Alliance Properties, a major apartment builder, is paying $16.5 million for the old Parkland property. "When we found out we were the successful bidder for the property, one of the first groups we talked to was Crow Holdings," said Alliance managing director Nick Chapman. "It's a ground zero location as far as proximity to employment and entertainment. "We are going to try and maximize the potential of the property." As part of the historic building redo � which still must be approved  by Dallas County � Crow Holdings will move its headquarters from Uptown to the old Parkland site.   See pictures and a news story from Parkland's opening in 1913 Project elevation Site plan for project The company's corporate offices will occupy the original 1913  hospital buildings plus new construction behind the landmark.Historic preservationists are pleased with what they have seen of the plan, which would keep most of the old buildings. Even the hospital's sweeping front lawn and the grove of oak trees, which  predate the buildings, would stay.  "This is one of the best historic building reuse proposals I have seen in a long time," said Dwayne Jones, executive director of Preservation Dallas. "The concept for the addition is a brilliant solution that is rarely done with buildings." Plans for the property by other developers called for everything from surface parking lots in front to towers perched above the landmark."Some proposals came up that looked like spaceships sitting on top of that building," Mr. Jones said. Its history Parkland got its start in the horse-and-buggy days. Crow Holdings In 1912, city fathers decided Dallas needed a replacement for the  old wood-frame hospital (above) that had been built in the 1890s. In 1912, city fathers decided they needed a replacement for the old  wood-frame hospital on Maple Avenue.Back then, the city hospitals were on the edge of town where country air and bucolic views were supposed to help patients get well. To build the new charity hospital, Dallas chose a 23-acre patch of rural land described as "one of the most delightful spots in the vicinity of Dallas." They spent $112,000 building what was hailed as "one of the most  modern and best equipped institutions of its kind in the Southwest." With room for 100 patients, the "Colonial-style" brick, stone and terra-cotta building had a staff of six doctors, five nurses and "a dozen servants of all kinds." The complex, at the corner of Maple and Oak Lawn, was designed by Dallas architect Hubble & Greene to be fireproof, with concrete and masonry construction. Inside the buildings, there were six wards,
two "sun parlors" and all the other facilities needed in a medical center. Dallasites were particularly proud of the hospital's parklike setting, back then more than 20 acres."Set far back among tall and stately oak trees and commanding a view of woods and great, rolling meadows on all sides, it is an ideal place for the rapid convalescing of patients," said The Dallas Morning News.And today Today, the complex is nestled near booming Uptown, the Dallas Design District and Love Field.And it's near where developer Trammell Crow got his start building warehouses and wholesale marts."The site is less than a half-mile down the road from the Design District, where we own 23 buildings and 28 acres," said Crow Holdings director Steve Bancroft."We think we can be under construction on our new office in the first quarter of 2007." The project will take about 18 months to complete. Good Fulton & Farrell Architects has designed the addition to the old buildings. It will be constructed of limestone, metal and glass."We are fortunate that we have all the architectural drawings for the original buildings," said architect Larry Good. "Even though there has been a lot of deterioration over the 15 years it has been vacant, we are able to restore it." Parking for the first-phase office construction will be in an
underground garage. Rather than mimic the landmark, the new design will be modern-style construction with complementary materials. "We don't want to match the old," Mr. Good said. Alliance Properties is still working on plans for the mixed-use
complex that will join the old hospital on the site, which backs up to the Dallas North Tollway."We have the ability to develop an additional 740,000 square feet on the site and the ability to go as high as 240 feet," Mr. Chapman said. "We are talking to hotel developers, and we are exploring plans for residential, retail and office."Alliance hopes to complete its purchase of the property in late September or October.Area in transition Redevelopment of the hospital property will be the most visible change in a neighborhood already in transition.East of Maple from old Parkland, developers are knocking down blocks of apartments and small houses and putting up new apartments, condos and townhomes. Alliance has one of the largest such redevelopments in the area �
the 230-unit Seville apartments under construction two blocks from old Parkland at Shelby Avenue and Brown Street."We have already leased over 90 units and have 62 occupied," Mr. Chapman said.Historic groups will be keeping a close eye on the Parkland
redevelopment. "It's the single building I get the most phone calls about," Mr. Jones said."It is such a strong presence in the neighborhood and across the city."People are very concerned about what is going to happen there, and I think most will be pleased."

I didnt know this trophy existed and dont understand why HPHS wasnt included. And why NDHS Didnt win it,? Athletic relic lost, then found  Sanger Trophy, bygone symbol of sports prowess, going to museum   09:39 AM CDT on Thursday, August 24, 2006  By DAVID FLICK / The Dallas Morning News  

The Sanger Trophy is an almost-forgotten piece of Dallas history. But Sonny Kemble remembers it well. "As far as athletics was concerned, it was the biggest thing in Dallas," said Mr. Kemble, 82, a coach at Sunset High School from 1949 to '55. "When your school got its name on it, you were the big dogs." For more than a quarter-century, the award was presented to the Dallas high school with the best overall record in varsity sports. Of course, the competition wasn't as stiff as it would be today. Six Dallas high schools competed for the trophy in 1929 when it was first awarded. Today the district has 22 high schools.

The trophy, long believed lost, will return to the public sphere today for the first time in more than two decades. In a brief ceremony, officials of the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture will officially accept it as a gift from representatives of the six DISD schools. The trophy will go on display next spring in a temporary exhibit celebrating the opening of the county museum. Tom Smith, the museum's project director, said the trophy was important for its role in local athletics and for its association with one of Dallas' leading families. "I thought it was interesting because of the Sanger background and the amazing influence they had on 19th-century Dallas, right into the 1920s," he said. Since 1872, when Phillip and Alex Sanger founded their department store on the courthouse square, the family was a progressive factor in city life. In 1929, their company announced the creation of a silver trophy "to encourage a high standard of competition and interest in athletics." The competition ceased in the 1950s, though there is some confusion about the date. Each year's winner was engraved on the back of the trophy, and the last entry reads "Sunset High School � 1954." As a result, that year has often been accepted as the final date. Contemporary news clippings, however, show that Woodrow Wilson High School won the trophy in 1954 and that it was awarded to Sunset in 1955 and 1956. In any case, the trophy remained on display at Sunset until the late 1970s, when it disappeared during a school renovation. It did not resurface until 2001, and only then as a result of an alumni hunt for something else. The 1950 Sunset football team was holding a reunion that year to commemorate winning the state championship trophy. That award, like the Sanger Trophy, had been missing for years, and Don Martin, 73, a Carrollton resident and member of the Sunset Class of '52, went searching for it. He found the state championship trophy in a corner of a school storage room. A few months later, in December 2001, the Sunset principal, who knew the alumni were interested in old trophies, called to say school employees had found another large trophy in a storage bin above a classroom. Mr. Martin immediately recognized the Sanger Trophy, but it was difficult to do so � the trophy was dented, its silver plating was nearly gone, and its ornate cap and wooden base were missing.

I cried, but really, I got mad," he said. "To think they would take something that beautiful and big and almost ruin it. ... I still can't understand it." Mr. Martin raised funds on the Internet to restore the trophy. After several years and $2,100, the Sanger Trophy had regained its original luster. Mr. Martin and other supporters eventually contacted Dr. Smith, who was interested in putting the trophy on display. Players and alumni of an earlier era remember when the trophy was the source of intense competition among city high schools. "We looked forward to it every year," said Garland Collette, 82, who played baseball, basketball and football for Forest from 1939 to '41. "We just could never win it." At Woodrow, a frequent winner, the annual quest to win the Sanger Trophy was a rallying point. "The coaches would use it to say that it was a way we could represent our school to the rest of the city," said Bulldog Cunningham, 75, who played football for Woodrow from 1946 to '48. There were other motivations. "Mostly, of course, we played football as a way to get attention from the ladies." E-mail

Facts about the Sanger Trophy: A three-handled loving cup, decorated with laurel leaves and a small figure of the Goddess of Victory. 38 inches tall, made of wood and silver-plated pewter The six original Dallas high schools competing for the trophy were Woodrow Wilson, Forest, Adamson, Sunset, Technical and North Dallas. Awarded on a point system. For example, a first place in football was worth 1,200 points; basketball and track, 900 each; and golf and tennis, 600 each. Sunset High School won the trophy at least 12 times, the most of any DISD school. SOURCES: Sunset graduate Don Martin; Dallas Morning News archives