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The Thirties in Texas

Although it has been repeated many times as a joke, there was some truth to the story of people in Texas not being aware of a depression - let alone a "Great" Depression. For most Texans there was little change in their standard of living. Here are stories, photos and memories of the 30s in an informal scrapbook of events and personalities.
Harold Bell
Excepts from "I Was a Teen in the 1930s and Some More Stuff"
  • Miss Bell
    Nobody in the world, dead or alive, knew how long Miss Bell taught the fourth grade in and around Decatur, Texas...

  • The Sheriff
    "You never know when somebody says something, or does something, that it may have a big effect on you the rest of your life."
  • The Tight-Wire Walker
    "She's very daring. They put her wire up to the very tiptop of the tent thirty-five feet above the ground, and she does exciting maneuvers without using a net."
  • My Date with Mary
    Mary was the cause of the most exciting week of my young life.


    George Lester - Memoir
    Spunky Flat and Beyond
  • Norris Chambers
  • How We Made Gasoline
    " As cheap as fuel was in those days, [the old tractor] required an item that was extremely scarce - cash. So we did as many others in that part of the county did. We decided to make our own tractor fuel."

  • Typing Conan Stories
    "I did typing for Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan the Barbarian. I never dreamed that Conan would be featured in comic books, movies ..."


    More Stories

  • Rockets Over The Rio or Waiting for Goddard
    The mix of gunpowder and the US Postal System always guarantees a good story. The time was 1936...
  • Sally Rand and Yesterdays ‘House of Tomorrow’ by Clay Coppedge
    News that Sally Rand would come to Texas for the Forth Worth Frontier Centennial in 1936 was met with outrage by some and curiosity by many. Her reputation, gained at the 1933 World Fair in Chicago in 1933, preceded her...
  • Billy Rose, Sally Rand's Nude Ranch and the 1936 Fort Worth Frontier Centennial by George Lester
  • A Gonzales County Rite of Passage by
    Dawson Minear

    I never realized until I became old how much fun I had as a youth...
  • Hunter Texas in the 20s and 30s -
    A Memoir by Pablo L. Sanchez

    Vintage photos courtesy Paul O. Sanchez
  • Wester than Far West Texas
    If you happened to be graduating from high school in 1936, you faced a bleak and uncertain future....
  • Football "Fields" in 1930 by Louise George
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