Howard Payne University Yearbooks

What's Inside this Collection.

Howard Payne University Yearbooks

The Lasso, 1913-2002, and the Swarm, 2002-present, are the yearbooks for Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. Featured are photographs of individual students, professors, campus buildings, campus organizations, and highlights of sporting events. The Howard Payne Lasso, 1912-2001, is an annual pictorial and literary publication that chronicles the yearly events in the life of the college (later university). The Lasso was published annually from volume 1, 1912, until the publication changed its name to Swarm in 2002.

Descriptive Summary.

  • Title: The Lasso

  • Date Range: 1912 (vol. 1) - 2001

  • Number of volumes and linear feet: 90 volumes in the most complete collection, housed in the Howard Payne University archives. Approximately 90 volumes are in the circulating collection. Numerous duplicate copies, not catalogued, are kept for possible replacement copies. Approximately six linear feet of shelf space per collection

  • Language: English

Collection description.

  • Name: Lasso
  • Variant titles:
  • Howard Payne yearbook
  • Hooverlasso, published in 1918
  • Yellow Jacket, published in 1922
  • Howard Payne College Lasso (1912-1974)
  • Howard Payne University Lasso (1975-2001)

Access and Provenance. The Lasso has been published on an annual basis since 1912 by the students of Howard Payne, under the auspices of the School. The earlier volumes usually have a statement on the title page that reads "published by the Senior Class", or sometimes "presented by the Senior Class." Student editors often became well known faculty members, business men and women, newspaper writers, or even college presidents, such as: Annie Shelton, a beloved teacher; and Don Newbury, the university president from 1986-1998. Special mention should be made of Miss Tessica Martin, whose name, during her tenure as journalism professor and Lasso advisor at Howard Payne, became synonymous with the Lasso publication. Around 1944, the title page began stating that the Lasso was the "annual publication of Howard Payne College." In 2002, the decision was made to change the title of the yearbook to "The Swarm." Although a separate description will be given, the Swarm publication continues in the same format and coverage as the Lasso.

Owner of literary rights. Howard Payne University assumes the sole ownership of literary rights to the student yearbook publications. Any questions concerning literary rights should be addressed to the library director of Walker Memorial Library, Howard Payne University. Address is 1000 Fisk Ave., Brownwood, Texas, 76801. Phone number: 325-649-8602.

Access statement. The Walker Memorial Library of Howard Payne University has two separate collections of the school yearbooks: a non-circulating one (and the most complete) is housed in the Treasure Room. This collection is not available to the general public. A circulating collection is housed in the open stacks, and is available for local patrons, as well as for interlibrary loan. The library also contains CD-ROM copies of certain yearbooks that have been scanned by the university historian. The CD-ROM's are not available to the general public. Questions about the availability of CD-ROM copies may be addressed to Dr. Robert Mangrum, HPU historian. All questions may be addressed to the library director of Walker Memorial Library, Howard Payne University. Address is 1000 Fisk Ave., Brownwood, Texas 76801. Phone number: 325-649-8602.

Collection sketch. The Howard Payne Lasso, 1912-2001, is an annual pictorial and literary publication that chronicles the yearly events in the life of the college (later university). To quote from the 1988 student editor's statement "The first Lasso was published by the Senior Class of 1912. The major goal of the staff is to crystallize the spirit of Howard Payne for that year and to provide a record of activities and events."

The Lasso was published annually from volume 1, 1912, until the publication changed its name to Swarm in 2002. The 1915 issue was supposedly published under the title "Howard Payne Monthly". However, no copies of this issue are available. The library collection of volumes is complete, except for the 1915 issue. The 1918 issue is in a soft cover format, and has smaller dimensions than the regular Lassos. It was published under the title "Hooverlasso", citing "financial conditions caused by the war." The 1922 issue also has a soft binding, and was published under the title "The Yellow Jacket", again citing budget restrictions.

From 1912 until approximately 1944, the title page states that the yearbook is published or presented by the senior class. Beginning in 1944, most issues state that the yearbook is an annual publication of Howard Payne College. The earliest volumes contain student art work and student writing, such as poetry and short stories, in addition to photographs. Many of the earliest photographs are of student groups only, rather than individual photographs. While many of the earlier yearbooks contain student rosters, the first real index is found ca. 1960. Even after that time, indexes are erratic at best. Some students in early volumes were only identified by their surnames.

Changes in the street scenes and businesses of the city of Brownwood, as well as national events are chronicled alongside the changes in student body, faculty, administration, and campus buildings in the yearly publication. Examples are the "Hooverlasso" (1918), which cites "financial conditions caused by the war"; the 1919 Lasso, with an honor roll, photos, and roster of men in the Armed forces; the 1936 Lasso, which has the added title statement: "Centennial-Historical Brownwood edition", commemorating the Texas centennial; the 1944 Lasso, dedicated "to those who are making the supreme sacrifices: To the men and women of the Armed forces"; all portraying how the university publication became a microcosm of the world surrounding it.

In 1975-76, the name of the issuing body was changed from Howard Payne College to Howard Payne University.

Scope and Content Note.

Lasso: 1912-2001 (Lacking 1915)

A pictorial and historical chronicle of the yearly events in college life, the Lasso began issue ca. 1912 (numbered vol. 1 and the earliest library holding). Featured are photographs of individual students, professors, campus buildings, campus organizations, and highlights of sporting events. The set is generally uniform in size, although bindings and organization of contents vary from year to year. The 1918 edition was published under the title "The Hooverlasso", and differs in size and binding to the other issues. The 1922 edition was published under the title "The Yellow Jacket", and it also differs somewhat in format. The library holdings are in two separate collections: a non-circulating one (and the most complete) is housed in the Treasure Room; a circulating one is housed in the open stacks. In addition, the library also keeps a number of duplicate copies which are not catalogued.

Following is a list of special features of some of the Lasso editions. There are also subject tracings, which are a selective alphabetical index to the activities, people, and subjects in the Lasso yearbooks.

  • 1912: Black and white photos of Center Ave. (Brownwood, Tex.) and Club Lake (Brownwood, Tex.). The artist of note was Bertie Camp.
  • 1914: Features student writings. Artist was J. Marion Burkett.
  • 1918: Soft cover format - smaller dimensions. Title: "The Hooverlasso".
  • 1919: Honor roll, photos, and roster of men in the armed forces.
  • 1922: Soft binding. Title: "The Yellow Jacket". Note: "With limited funds and space- the Senior Class have striven to make this little book as representative of college life as possible."
  • 1929: KGKB: Gus Obenhouse announcer (studio at Howard Payne).
  • 1936: Title statement reads "Centennial - Historical Brownwood edition" to commemorate the Texas Centennial. A number of photos of the city of Brownwood will be mentioned in subject tracings.
  • 1937: Photos of the unveiling of the Noah T. Byars monument.
  • 1940: Unusual binding: A cameo in the center with a snap closure, designed to look like a Victorian album. The theme was "Rhapsody in blue": a number of pages have a deep blue background with photographs and writing superimposed on them.
  • 1944: Dedicated "to those who are making the supreme sacrifices: To the men and women of the armed forces"
  • 1946: Dedicated "To those who gave their all."
  • 1950: Rudy Hernandez, Director of Mexican Baptist Hour on station KBWD.
  • 1958: College theater did a Texas style production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" under the direction of Alex Reeve.
  • 1962: Color photograph of "Old Main" embossed on cover.
  • 1963: Dedicated to John Mitchell, a maintenance worker who wrote campus related poetry that was later published in "John Sez". "Hey Paula", a recording by Ray Hildebrand and Jill Jackson, known as "Paul and Paula" on their recording went to the top of the record charts. Another Howard Payne duo, Kim Espy and Neal Ford, recorded "Teenage Dream" for Mercury records.
  • 1964: First year of the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom. Photos show remodeling work on the Daniel Baker Administration Building to transform it into the Academy of Freedom
  • 1966: Photo of Dr. Newman on a stretcher at a Howard Payne basketball game, while recovering from an injury sustained in the tragic automobile accident that injured him and took the life of Dean Forrest Agee. Lasso dedicated in memoriam to Dr. Forrest J. Agee.

Subject Tracings.

The following lists are a selective alphabetical index to the activities, people and subjects in the Lasso. These subject tracings are intended to lead the researcher to a few of the significant materials in the collection:

Artists of Howard Payne Yearbooks

  • Boone, Olive: Artist: 1922
  • Bridges, Jim: Art editor: 1928
  • Camp, Bertie: Artist: 1912, 1917
  • Camp, Carrie: Artist: 1914, 1916
  • Camp, David: Cartoonist: 1919
  • Chadwell, Olive: Artist: 1921
  • Charnquist: Artist: 1929
  • Dodd, Cecil: Artist: 1927
  • Duke, Wilbur: Cartoonist: 1917
  • Gilbert, Joyce: Artist: 1935
  • Morse, Corrine: Artist: 1938
  • Nanny, Tyline: Cartoonist: 1914
  • Newton, Emalita: Artist: 1930, 1931
  • Painter, Reginald: Artist: 1919
  • Pippen, Carole: Artist: 1951, 1952
  • Rippetoe, Alice: Artist: 1923
  • Stewart, William: Artist: 1924, 1925, 1926 ( Artist's drawings have a copyright statement):
  • Tolman, Mrs. J. A.: Artist: 1919
  • Walker, LaVern: Artist: 1933
  • Woods, Edna: Artist: 1913; Cartoonist: 1916

Brownwood area photographs found in Howard Payne Yearbooks

  • Alfred's Restaurant (Brownwood, Tex.) - Interior scene
  • Austin Avenue Presbyterian Church (Brownwood, Tex.) - 1939
  • Band Stand at Coggin Park (Brownwood, Tex.) - 1936
  • Banner Printing Company (Brownwood, Tex.) - Interior scene
  • Bettis & Gibbs shop window (Brownwood, Tex.) - 1926
  • Bishop's Service Co. (Brownwood, Tex.) - Interior scene
  • Bowie Theater (Brownwood, Tex.)
  • Bridge over Pecan Bayou (Brownwood, Tex.) - 1912
  • Brownwood Coca-Cola Bottling Co. (Brownwood, Tex.) - Interior scene
  • Brownwood Floral Co., Inc. (Brownwood, Tex.) - Interior scene
  • Brownwood National Bank - 1912
  • Camp Chester Harrison of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Lake Brownwood, (Tex.) 1934 - 1936
  • Carnegie Library (Brownwood Texas) - 1913
  • Center Ave. (Brownwood Texas) - (View from campus) - 1912, 1913
  • Central Methodist Church (Brownwood Texas) - 1939
  • Church of Christ (Brownwood Texas) - 1939
  • Citizens National Bank (Brownwood Texas) - Interior scene
  • City Park (Brownwood, Tex.) - 1912
  • City Reservoir (Brownwood Texas) - 1913
  • Club Lake (Brownwood, Texas) - 1912
  • Coggin Ave. Baptist Church (Brownwood, Texas) - 1913, 1939
  • Coggin Ave. Drug and Variety (Brownwood Texas)
  • Court House (Brownwood, Texas) - 1913
  • Denman Insurance Agency (Brownwood, Texas)
  • Denman Insurance Agency (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • Dublin's (Brownwood, Texas)
  • Dublin's (Brownwood, Texas) -Interior scene
  • Early First Baptist Church (Early, Texas)
  • Eaton's Drive-In (Brownwood, Texas)
  • Fiesta Bowling Lanes (Brownwood, Texas)
  • First Baptist Church (Brownwood, Texas) - 1913, 1939, 1958
  • First Baptist Church Choir and Orchestra (Brownwood, Texas) - 1937
  • First Christian Church (Brownwood, Texas) - 1939
  • First Methodist Church (Brownwood, Texas) - 1939
  • First National Bank (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • First Presbyterian Church (Brownwood, Texas) - 1939
  • Gary's Beauty College (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • H. L. Cravens Co. (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • H. R. Kaneaster's Home (Brownwood, Texas) - 1917
  • Henrietta's Beauty Salon (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • Holiday Inn of Brownwood - Interior scene
  • Home of T. C. Yantis (Brownwood, Texas) - 1912
  • Hotel Brownwood (Brownwood, Texas) - 1932
  • KBWD Radio (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • KEAN Radio Corporation (Brownwood, Texas) - 1962
  • Lagoon at Coggin Park (Brownwood, Texas) - 1936
  • Lake Brownwood view looking from Club House (Brownwood, Texas) - 1936
  • Ledbetter & Sons (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene 1957, 1958
  • Lyons Drive In (525 West Commerce) (Brownwood, Texas) - 1962
  • M System Store (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • M. B. Creamery (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • M. B. Creamery and Monroe's Minit Market (Brownwood, Texas) -1959
  • Maple Lanes Bowling Alley (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene 1957, 1958
  • Melwood Baptist Church (Brownwood, Texas) - 1939
  • Nathan's Jewelers (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • Office of the Daily Bulletin (Brownwood, Texas) - 1914
  • Owings Jewelry (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • Palace Drug (Brownwood, Texas)
  • Palace Drug (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • Pat's Fashion Shop (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • Prescription Laboratories (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • Ranch House Restaurant (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • Rehoboth Baptist Church (Brownwood, Texas) - 1939
  • Renfro Drug (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • Residence of R. B. Rogers (Brownwood, Texas) - 1914
  • Round Mountain near Brownwood - 1912
  • S. F. Porter Insurance & Loans (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • Sanitary Barber Shop (Brownwood, Texas) - 1914
  • Santa Fe Depot (Brownwood, Texas) - 1913
  • Shaw's Model Laundry (Brownwood, Texas) - 1930
  • Sheppard & Parker Furniture (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • Southern Hotel (Brownwood, Texas) - 1913, 1916
  • Southwestern States Telephone Company (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • St. John's Episcopal Church (Brownwood, Texas) - 1939
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church (Brownwood, Texas) - 1939
  • Street Scene 1959 showing Chevrolet, Bowie Theater, Bettis & Gibbs (Brownwood, Texas)
  • Street scene of Brownwood, Texas in 1880 - 1936
  • Sunrise Dry Cleaners and Men's Wear (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • Texas Power & Light Company (Brownwood, Texas) (Street scene 1957)
  • Tom Lafferty Electric (Brownwood, Texas)
  • W. A. Bell & Co. (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • Waisman's Department Store (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene
  • Walker Smith Company (Brownwood, Texas) - 1912
  • Weakley Watson (Brownwood, Texas) - Interior scene) 1957, 1958

Editors of Howard Payne Yearbooks, arranged by year of publication

  • W. E. Lockhart: 1912
  • Fred Alexander: 1913
  • Joe Fielder: 1914
  • Annie Shelton: 1916
  • F. Willard Taylor: 1917
  • Olive Davanay: 1919
  • Eula Belle Marshall: 1920
  • Jesse M. Macon: 1921
  • William Stewart: 1922
  • Henry Sevier: 1923
  • Earley Harris: 1924
  • Raby J. Newton: 1925
  • Herman B. Bettis: 1926
  • John Harding: 1927
  • Jack Agee: 1928
  • Herbert Lewis: 1929
  • Morris H. Richards: 1930
  • Sheridan Newman: 1931
  • Oswald Daughety: 1932
  • Orville Walker: 1933
  • Roy E. Ramsour: 1934
  • John A. Wester: 1935
  • Jean Burleson: 1936
  • Vergel Perry: 1937
  • W. A. Skinner: 1938
  • James F. Huggins: 1939
  • Charles Day: 1940
  • Clifton Tennison: 1941
  • Lillie B. Landua: 1941
  • Rector H. Huggins: 1942
  • Joe Bob Rushing: 1942, 1943
  • Colleen Petty: 1944
  • Grayson Tennison: 1945
  • Rosemary Hargett: 1946
  • Gloria Robnett: 1947
  • Eloise Trigg: 1948
  • Zachie Knox: 1949
  • Eddie Ham: 1950
  • Billie Faye Hartsfield: 1951
  • Ramona Tennison: 1952
  • Mary Frances Baskett: 1953
  • Henry Burton: 1954
  • Sandra Bay: 1955
  • Bill Hart: 1956
  • Melba Ray Harrelson:
  • Betty Bray: 1958
  • Don Newbury was sports editor of both the Lasso and the Yellow Jacket newspaper in 1958-60
  • Susie Bartholomae: 1959
  • Beth Scott: 1960
  • Pat Howard: 1961
  • J. R. Bevers, Jr.: 1962
  • Martha Turner: 1963
  • Jerry Perkins: 1964
  • Virgina Ford: 1965
  • Mitch Wilson: 1966, 1967
  • Sovola Don Ballenger: 1968
  • Diane Gould: 1969
  • Diane Blair: 1970
  • Theresa Thompson: 1971
  • Liz Carleton: 1972
  • Karen Craghead: 1973
  • Linda L. Autry: 1974
  • Norm Hall: 1975
  • Melinda Bynum: 1976
  • Ardith Miller: 1976
  • Diane Davis: 1977, 1978
  • Leesa Huey: 1978
  • Ted Miller: 1979
  • Albert Perez: 1979, 1980
  • Bill Miller: 1981
  • Tim Samples: 1982
  • Clarence Bagby: 1983, 1986
  • Steve Freeman: 1984
  • Sandra Sotcheff Schumack: 1985
  • Sandi Dreer: 1986, 1987
  • Melody Frerich, 1988, 1989
  • Michael Ganus: 1990
  • Ginger Taylor: 1990
  • Donna Dorman: 1990
  • Heather Cabiad: 1991, 1992
  • Donna Dorman: 1991
  • Jana Patton: 1991, 1992
  • Phillip Chapman: 1993, 1994
  • Jessica Dotson: 1995, 1996
  • Ana Levario: 1997
  • Karen Schmidt: 1998
  • Amy Mayberry: 1999
  • Gina Blevins: 2000
  • Lilly Guzman: 2001

Buildings on the Howard Payne Campus as portrayed by the Lasso (Note: Some of the same buildings may appear with different names

  • Academy Building - 1920
  • Academy of Freedom
  • Band Hall/Studio
  • Bath House and Steam Heat Building - 1913
  • Bible Building (formerly First Christian Church) - 1960
  • Boys' Dormitory - 1920
  • Business Building
  • Cap Shelton Track
  • Centennial Plaza
  • Classroom buildings for Art Department, Business Administration, Bible and Social Science and Band Hall - 1951
  • Coggin Chapel Theater - 1956
  • Cottage Home Building - 1913
  • Daniel Baker Administration
  • Daniel Baker College Auditorium - 1954
  • Daniel Baker College Dormitory - 1954
  • Daniel Baker College Library - 1954
  • Fine Arts Building - 1921
  • Fleming Religion Center (see above Bible Building)
  • Fountain of Freedom
  • Girls Dormitory (Veda Hodge Hall) - 1957
  • Girls' Dormitory - 1913
  • Girls' Dormitory erected 1912 (Architect's drawing)
  • Gymnasium - 1929
  • Gymnasium interior, 1924 - 1929
  • H Pond - 1963
  • Harris House
  • Hart Hall - 1955
  • Home Economics Building - 1938
  • Howard Payne Bookstore Interior - 1950
  • Howard Payne Hall - 1914
  • HPU TV, Channel 36 (interior view)
  • J. Howard Hodge Memorial Bell Towers
  • Jacket's Nest - 1952
  • Jennings Hall
  • John Allen Walker Memorial Library - 1953
  • KHPU Radio (interior scene)
  • Mabee Center
  • Main Building (Old Main)
  • Maintenance Building
  • McClelland Library
  • Men's Dormitory (Later called Taylor Hall) - 1950
  • Mims Building (earlier Fine Arts Building) - 1928
  • Ministerial Courts - 1951
  • Newman Hall
  • Old Main Fire photos
  • Packer Administration Building
  • Phelps Chapel
  • Physical Education Building - 1946
  • President's home - 1928
  • President's Home (Dr. Guy D. Newman)
  • Quinn House
  • Robnett Hall - 1959
  • Science Building Plan and Construction scenes - 1962
  • Science Hall - 1950
  • Sid Richardson Hall
  • Taylor Hall - 1957
  • Telephone Lodge
  • U. S. Naval Reserve Electronics Facility - 1960
  • Unveiling of Noah T. Byers monument - 1937
  • Veda Hodge Annex No. 2
  • Walker Memorial Library under construction - 1952
  • White House
  • Winebrenner Science Hall
  • Yantis Hall - 1955
  • Yellow Jacket's Nest (D. H. [Doc] Peeples and wife, owners) - 1928

Presidents of Howard Payne in Lasso yearbooks

  • A. J. Emerson (1890-1893)
  • Dr. J. D. Robnett (1893-1896)
  • J. H. Grove (1896—1910)
  • R. H. Hamilton (1910-1911)
  • John S. Humphreys (1911-1913)
  • Dr. James Milson Carroll (1913- 1915)
  • Anderson E. Baten, Acting President (1915-1917)
  • Dr. J. A. Tolman (1917- 1919)
  • L. J. Mims (1919-1922)
  • William Robert Hornburg (1922-23)
  • Edgar E. Godbold (1923—1929)
  • Thomas H. Taylor (1929-1955)
  • Guy D. Newman (1955-1973)
  • Roger L. Brooks (1973-1980)
  • Ralph A. Phelps, Jr. 1980-1986
  • Don Newbury (1986-1998)
  • Rick Gregory (1998-2002)

Other Photographs of note

  • Mrs. J. D. Robnett (Dollie Robnett), wife of Presiden J. D. Robnett
  • Professor J. H. Grove - 1950
  • Football team at Howard Payne College in 1909
  • John D. Robnett, Jr. (first graduate of Howard Payne in 1895)
  • Thomas H. Taylor with Mrs. Taylor