J. Frank Dobie and Walter Prescott Webb
J. Frank Dobie and Bee County
J. Frank Dobie was fond of the Bauer saddle for he wrote that the
best Christmas tree he ever had was a Bauer saddle tree given him as a
boy by his father. The famed author spent many hours in the Beeville
Bauer Saddlery trading tales with cattlemen when his parents (the R. J.
Dobies) and sisters Martha (Beeville teacher) and Fannie B. (Bee County
superintendent of public instruction, 1920-1924) lived in Beeville.
He assisted me with my M.A. thesis, "The History of Bee County,
Texas" (University of Texas, 1939), and with Bee County Centennial,
J. Frank Dobie's mother taught my husband, Paul Bauer II, in her
Methodist Sunday school here in Beeville and gave him a Bible, which
he treasured. Fannie Dobie was a charter member of the Beeville Busi-
ness and Professional Women's Club in 1922. Later Martha Dobie was a
member with me, as I have been in the club over fifty years. Our family
attended his funeral in Austin.
Walter Prescott Webb taught my husband in Beeville.
*Grace Bauer is a historian living in Beeville.
Dinner with Dobie
The date was April 27, 1941. There was a war going on in Europe.
Hitler was pillaging Germany's neighbors and threatening England.
All America was concerned, and especiallyJ. Frank Dobie, Texas's writin'
feller, who had announced unasked that we ought to fight Hitler's
J. Frank (Pancho) and Bertha Dobie had invited me and George Ses-
sions and Claire Perry, the writing couple from Rockdale, for a Sunday
dinner at their home on Waller Creek in Austin.
I was preparing to write an article on Dobie for my employer, the
Houston Post. My article on George Sessions Perry, the up-and-coming
author of Walls Rise Up and Hold Autumn in Your Hand, had already ap-
peared in the Post, and out of it had come my friendship with the Per-
*Truman McMahan is a retired newspaperman living in Columbus, Texas.
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