Summary of WTHA Annual
Meeting- Lubbock, Texas
The 83rd annual meeting was held in Lubbock from March 31-April 1,
began at noon on Friday and was ongoing until 4:30 p.m. The first session began at
1:00 p.m. on Friday and concluded at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday.
Presented in 6 sessions will be 54 presentations, including the participation of
members of the East Texas Historical
Association and the Center for Big Bend Studies.
Facilities: All sessions were held at the Holiday Inn Park Plaza, 3201 South Loop 289 in
The 2006 Program Committee was made up of
the following members: Keith Owens, Tom Alexander, Gene Preuss,
Jean Stuntz, and Don Taylor.
The 2006 Local Arrangements Committee was
made up of the following members: Robert Hall and Tai Kreidler
Overview of the
Sessions and Events
Thursday's schedule, March 30,
Evening Buffet Meal and a special celebration of
Elmer Kelton's birthday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Friday's schedule, March 31,
from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
at approximately at noon.
- The Silent Book Auction
in the Magnolia Room ran from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
entitled, The Good, the Bad, and
the Ugly: Heroes, Villains, and Failures, was chaired by Keith
Owen, Lubbock Christian University, and included the following
- "William Bledsoe and the Ferguson
Impeachment," by Chad
DeMars, Texas Tech University
- "The Dramatic Career of an Enigmatic Outlaw: Hill
Loftis," Bill Neal, Quanah
- "The Second Santa Fe Expedition: Jacob Snively
and the Mission to Disrupt New Mexico Commerce
in 1843," Troy Ainsworth, Lubbock
entitled, West Texas Giants, a
Panel Discussion, was chaired by Tai Kreidler, Texas Tech
University, and included the following:
- "Harry Igo,"
by Don Dyal, Texas Tech University
- "George Mahon,"
by Janet Neugebauer, Texas Tech
- "Marshall Formby,"
by H. Allen Anderson, Texas
entitled, The West Texas Beat, was
chaired by Christopher Smith, Texas Tech University, and included the following
- "Buck Ramsey,"
by Bette Ramsey, Lubbock
- "The Only Mountain in Lubbock: A History of
Music Recording in West Texas," by Curtis
Peoples, Texas Tech University
- "Music and Sense of Place in West Texas,"
by Andy Wilkinson, Lubbock
entitled, Art and Aqueducts: Building a
Better West Texas, was chaired by Kregg Fehr,
Lubbock Christian University, and included the following
- "Traveling the Lower Road: The Paintings of Leon
Trousset," by R. B. Brown,
Museo Historico ex Aduana Fronteriza de Cuidad
- "Public Monument Sculpture in West Texas:
Honoring the Historical Heritage of Regional
Values," by Holle Humphries, Lubbock
- "John C. Williams and a Thirsty West Texas,"
Rusty Hawkins, Texas Tech University
Businessmen, Businesses, and Urban Life, was
chaired by Tiffany Fink, Hardin-Simmons University, and included the following
- "F.E. Ruffini – Architect, Husband, Father:
Building Career and Family in 19th Century
Texas," by Susan Dickey, Diocese of Springfield,
- "Oysters, Macaroni, and Beer: The Business
Enterprises of the Texas Pacific Mercantile &
Manufacturing Company," by Gene Rhea Tucker,
Tarleton State University
- "Life on Both Sides of the South Pacific Tracks
in the Big Bend on the Eve of the Great
Depression," by Paul Wright, Sul Ross State
Culture Comes to the Panhandle, was chaired by
Clint Chambers, Lubbock, and included the following
- "The History of West Texas A&M University,"
Kuhlman, West Texas A&M University
- "Texas Swing: Music in the Texas Panhandle from
Bob Wills to 'Texas!'," by Gil McNaughton,
Southwest Missouri State
- "Ladies and Libraries: The Cultivation of Culture
in the Texas Panhandle," by Jean Stuntz, West
Texas A&M University
entitled, West Texas Movers and Shakers,
was chaired by Leland Turner, Texas Tech University, and included the following
- "The Eccentric Dream: Entrepreneurism,
Philanthropy, and the Founding of Post City,
Texas," by Sam Prose, Texas Tech University
- "Captain Charles Schreiner: Weaving the
Golden Fleece for West Texas Ranchers," by Aaron
Riley, Texas Tech University
- "'I Never Saw Such Times:' The Life and Death of
Spottswood W. Lomax," by Michael L.Collins,
Midwestern State University
Share the Land: Trails and Travelers across West
Texas, was chaired by Shirley Eoff, Angelo State
University, and included the following
- "Texas Panhandle Branches of the Old Santa Fe
Trail in the 1860s," by Clint Chambers, Lubbock
- "Mapping Texas from a Comanche Perspective,"
Linda Pelon, McLennan Community College
- "Black Horse, the Last Comanche War Chief,"
Robert Truitt, Jr., Midland
Educators and Education in West Texas, was
chaired by Cynthia Savage, Midland, and included the following
- "Eva Camunez’s Teaching Career, 1932-1942,"
Gloria Duarte, Angelo State University
- "Our Story: The Teaching of Texas History in
Public Schools," by Robert Fink, Abilene
Independent School District
- "The Texas Tech School of Black History: An
Overview," by Bruce A. Glasrud and James M.
President's Reception at the United Spirit Arena began at 6:00 p.m.
started around 7
p.m., President J'Nell Pate presiding.
The evening program kicked off around 8:00 p.m. with guest speaker
Donald Blakeslee, Wichita State University
schedule, April 1,
- Registration began
at approximately at 7:30 a.m.
- The Silent Book Auction
ran from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Book pickup
from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
entitled, Center for Big Bend Studies Session,
was chaired by Tom Crum, Granbury, and included the following
Battle of Sacramento," by Glenn P.
Autonoma de Chihuahua, Chihuahua City,
- "The Trial
and Execution of General Felipe Angeles,"
Ruben Osorio, Sul Ross State University
Records from the Big Bend: A
Glimpse into Life and Death in
the Mining Towns of Shafter and
Terlingua," by Gerald G. Raun, Alpine
Phi Alpha Theta Session, was chaired by
Michael Whitley, Lubbock Christian University, and included the following
Comparison of the Southern Plains Dust
Bowl and the 1950s Drought," by Melissa
Gonzales, Wayland Baptist University
- "Broadening the Scope: The Texas
High Plains Klan of the 1920s," by
Nicholas Pruitt, Wayland Baptist
Home," by Shannon Sturm, Angelo State
entitled, East Texas Historical Association
Session: Church and State in East
Texas, was chaired by Dan Utley, East
Texas Historical Association, and included the following
Valley Criminal Commerce, was chaired by
Alice Olson, Lubbock, and included the following
- "Stand and
Deliver: Robbing the Stagecoach," by
Robert Stiles, Angelo State University
Black and the Soiled Doves of San Angelo," by Suzanne
Campbell, Angelo State University
- "Prohibition or Prescription?"
Bell, Angelo State University
Vestiges of World War II in West Texas,
was chaired by Thomas E. Alexander, Commissioner, Texas
Historical Commission, and included the following
and Eagle Pass: The Army Air Corps
and Small Towns," by William McWhorter,
Military Sites Coordinator, Texas
- "Fort D.A.
Russell in War and Peace," by Bob
Brinkman, Historian, Texas Historical
Angelo Army Air Field Bombardier School:
A Forgotten Piece of the City’s World
War II Heritage," by Shirley M. Eoff,
Angelo State University
entitled, Crimes of Greed, was
chaired by Don Abbe, Lubbock, and included the following
- "A Bank
Robbery in a Dust Storm," by Jim Fenton,
- "The 1927
Stanton Frame-Up," by T. Lindsay Baker,
Tarleton State University
Crooked Path that Led through El Paso:
Smuggling Chinese Immigrants into Texas
at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,"
Joe Grimshaw, Texas Christian University
entitled, Literary Elements in Some of the
Works of Elmer Kelton, was chaired by
Lou Rodenberger, Baird, and included the following
Tenets of British Romanticism as viewed
by Elmer Kelton," by Kenneth Davis,
Claymore as Tragic Hero," by Becky
Matthews, San Antonio
the Letter of the Spirit: Casuistry among Kelton’s Lawmen,"
Lewis Toland, New Mexico Military
entitled, Building the Brands: Ranchers
and Ranching in West Texas, was chaired
by Fred Rathjen, Canyon, and included the following
Webb Slaughter," by Barbara Barton,
Over: Charles Goodnight’s Return
to the Texas Panhandle," by Tiffany
Fink, Hardin-Simmons University
- "Life at
the T-Anchor Ranch," by Brenda Haes,
Texas Tech University
entitled, Protecting Our Heritage, Sharing Our
History, was chaired by Gene Preuss,
University of Houston, and included the following
Last Frontier Heritage Ranch Tour," by
Sammie Simpson and John Hope, Muleshoe
Muleshoe Heritage Center," Ann
Histories of the First Responders in the
Katrina Disaster: The United States
Coast Guard Disaster Area Response
Teams," Mark Howell, Texas Tech
Lunch and Business meeting
took place from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the Mahogany Room of the
Holiday Inn Park Plaza. WTHA President, J'Nell Pate, presented "A Syrian
Immigrant in West Texas."
Afternoon Program and Tour
began at 2:00 p.m. - Blanco Canyon Site and Floydada County
at the National Ranching Heritage Center and evening program by