Texas Heritage, Fall 1984

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Preservation News in Texas

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Institute of Texan Cultures
Exhibits:
The Texas Landscape, a photographic exhibit, produced
by the Wichita Falls Museum, featuring the beautiful
scenes found along Texas' highways. November 11November
26, 1984.
Austin Woodworkers Guild-December 4, 1984January
13, 1985.
Theo Boss German Immigrant Metal Worker-December
11, 1984-January 13, 1985.
Christmas Puppet Show-A puppet show depicting the
various ethnic cultures in the state describing the ethnic
goods popular to each group. December 1-December
31, 1984.
"Tyler-Texas Black Film Collection" will hold its first
re-presentation of restored films such as MIDNIGHT
SHADOW, MIRACLE IN HARLEM, SOULS OF SIN,
and MARCHING ON on February 1, 2, and 3, 1985 at
the Bob Hope Theatre, Southern Methodist University,
Dallas, Texas. The films, made during World War II, are
concerned with black culture and heritage. These films
will go on a National Tour preceding the opening preview
here in Texas.

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Texas Heritage magazine is proud to have received an
Honorable Mention at the International Association of
Business Communicators 5W Awards Program in the
category of one- or two-color magazine design. An
Honorable Mention in the category of feature writing
was also awarded to Mr. Jefferson Lewis of Houston for
his article, "The Lone Star of Texas," which appeared in
the Fall 1983 issue of Texas Heritage.
Sesquicentennial Oral History Workshops will hold
their last two sessions November 17, 1984 in Waco and
December 8, 1984 in Marshall. Persons interested in attending
one of these free, one-day workshops in oral history
should contact the Institute of Oral History, CSB
401, Baylor University, Waco, Texas 76798.

The Museum Assessment Program (M.A.P.) is a service
provided to offer experienced museum professionals
to visit your museum and offer practical and friendly advice
in improving its operation. There is no cost to your
institution. A brief questionnaire and a one-page application
form are necessary by the two deadline dates: October
and April. All institutions, regardless of financial
resources, size, or accreditable status may apply to
AAM, 1055 Thomas Jefferson Street, N.W., Washington,
D.C. 20007, Attention: Kim Igoe, (202) 338-5300.
The Free Enterprisers of Texas, a who's who listing of
over 400 businessmen and women who have practiced
the Texas tradition of working for community betterment
and invested in the improvement of life in their home
towns, is now available for purchase through the Texas
Historical Foundation office in Austin. The cost is
$10.00 per copy.
The Land Myth in Texas Agriculture, a free public
symposium sponsored by the Department of Philosophy,
Texas A&M University and the Texas Committee for the
Humanities will be held November 16 and 17, 1984 at
the Rudder Conference Center, Texas A&M University,
College Station, Texas.

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When Ima was 13, her mother died of tuberculosis. She
was later told by an aunt that she must never marry because
she would be a carrier of the disease. (Ima Hogg
took the aunt's advice, though she once told a friend she
had received more than 30 proposals during her lifetime
and "wouldn't have any of them.")
After her mother's death, she became a devoted companion
to her father, who called her "the sunshine of my
household." She was also his nurse and constant companion
for a year after he was injured in a train accident
in 1905, and it was she who found him dead in his bedroom.
She was 23 at the time.
The shock of losing both parents within a decade was
apparently devastating to the young woman. She was
placed under the care of a physician, and for the rest of
her life would suffer what appeared to be periods of depression.
(Biographer Bernhard is a bit hazy on this
point, obviously lacking complete information.) In
1919, she spent a year in a Philadelphia "rest home,"
and for three years was treated by a noted Philadelphia
specialist in nervous and mental diseases.
Meanwhile, Ima's oldest brother, Will, was managing
the family's financial affairs. The Hogg's oil field at West
Columbia had begun to produce, providing all four chil18

dren the family fortune they would later use not only to
live extremely well, but also to fund Will and Ima's numerous
philanthropic activities. Both inherited their father's
dedication to public service. Will, a big blustery
lawyer-turned-businessman, was a donor to innumerable
worthy causes as well as the developer of posh River
Oaks. Along the way, they acquired a Park Avenue apartment
and a ranch in Mexico, took frequent trips to Europe,
and had one of the finest collections of Frederic
Remington paintings in the country, according to biographer
Bernhard.
But Will's flamboyant lifestyle apparently took its toll.
He died in 1930 at 55. By 1949, Mike and Tom, the
other two brothers, had also died, leaving "Miss Ima,"
as her brothers rather formally referred to her in their
correspondence to each other, to outlive the whole family
by more than a quarter of a century.
It was in those last few decades of her life, at an age
when most people begin to slow down and think about
retirement, that Miss Ima seemed to really come into her
own. Old age agreed with her. The spark plug of the
city's cultural life, she was an active member of civic
organizations in her 70s and 80s. She was 81 when she
took on her most ambitious project: a ramshackle
113-year-old inn at Winedale, about 80 miles west of
Houston.

She rented a cottage nearby and spent her weekends
there, supervising construction and inspecting every detail.
Never one to waste time or energy, she napped in the
car carrying her between Houston and Winedale, curling
up on a pillow on the back seat so she could be fresh and
ready for work when she arrived.
Active to the very end of her life, Ima Hogg was on a trip
to London in 1975 when she fractured a hip. She died
five days later. Almost 300 newspapers around the country
noted the grand old lady's passing, including the
Houston Post in a front-page banner headline.
These are the kind of fascinating details biographer
Bernhard tells us in this rather skimpy volume of 130
pages. We long for more. There were problems getting
all the facts, as Bernhard, a history professor at the University
of St. Thomas, notes. For one thing, she was
unable to gain access to Hogg's personal papers in the
Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center at U.T., which
are still not open for general use.
Ima Hogg-perhaps fearful of exposing her bouts of depression
with the whole world- never wanted her biography
written, notes Bernhard, and some of the persons
closest to her "guarded her memory and her private papers
with meticulous care." Still, until a more complete
biography comes along, this one is well worth the price.
(Reprinted with permission of the HOUSTON POST.)

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