The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 501
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sion Dr. Nixon presented Mr. Waggener with a check in the
amount of $1.00, making Mr. Waggener the first dollar-a-year
man in the history of the Association.
The fiftieth, golden anniversary, meeting of the Association
will be held, on April 25 and 26.
The Amarillo Globe-News for January 26, 1947; carries a
feature story on Earl, Vandale, vice-president of the Associa-
tion. Vandale was retired as an official with the Magnolia
Petroleum Company on January 1 after service with the com-
pany for twenty-four years. As a young man, Vandale attended
the University of West Virginia, and he taught school for a
time. He began work in the oil business in 1911 and in 1924
moved to Amarillo. Vandale made his purchases of oil prop-
erties without the assistance of a geologist. He has repeatedly
stated that he knows nothing about geology, but that he knows
creekology from the source to the mouth.
Actually Vandale has had two careers: one in oil and one
as a collector of Texas books. It seems quite reasonable to
believe that his collection of Texas and Southwestern material
will prove to be a much more lasting monument than even his
remarkable achievements in oil. Vandale is recognized through-
out the nation as a foremost authority on Texas books.
At a dinner given in Vandale's honor at the Amarillo Country
Club on Friday, January 24, a large number of persons from
several southwestern states were in attendance. Among them
was Walace Hawkins, vice-president of Magnolia Petroleum
Company and a member of the Executive Council of the Asso-
Harry M. Konwiser, editor of Postal Magazine, 181 Clare-
mont Avenue, New York City, has unearthed a charming bit
of Texana in connection with annexation. This was in the form
of a letter addressed to James Gordon Bennett, warm friend
of Texas and editor of the New York Herald. The letter was in
Bennett correspondence recently acquired by Irwin Heiman, a
New York stamp dealer. This particular letter is not only
treasured as Texana but valued by philatelists for its postal
markings. Konwiser notes that
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