The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958 Page: 164
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
Southwestern Historical Quarterly
their fight and in so doing aroused the animosity of the political
clique in power. With no excuse other than unashamed political
pressure, he was fired from his job, and the statement was made
publicly that Lou Kemp was to be the "goat" for the group.
Taking this as a cue, Kemp began issuing a form of newsletter
which he entitled "The Goat Bleats." Scores of interested persons
pitched in to help him, and for several months "The Goat Bleats"
reported factually on abuses in the highway program. It is believed
by many that his activity was in a large degree responsible for the
election of Dan Moody as governor in 1926.
Following a brief interval of employment in the Midwest, Lou
Kemp returned to the Asphalt Division of the Texas Company,
where he remained until his retirement in 1951. Much of his time
was spent traveling, which he enjoyed because it gave him the op-
portunity to see and learn more about his native state. His con-
tributions to the history of Texas soon became numerous. An early
interest in the Republic of Texas grew as he filled notebook after
notebook with data on the lives of individuals who lived in the
Republic. In 1932 (with Sam Houston Dixon) he published The
Heroes of San Jacinto, an absorbing book containing biographical
sketches of the men who had fought under Houston to win Texas
independence. In 1944 he produced a similar book on the Signers
of the Texas Declaration of Independence. At his home in Houston
he maintained literally hundreds of looseleaf notebooks crammed
with unpublished biographical data about early Texans.
In the meantime he became the self-appointed sponsor of the
Texas State Cemetery. He was instrumental in the reinterment of
many early Texans in the State Cemetery, in securing markers for
their graves and the graves of others, and above all in establishing
a program of beautification and improvement on the tract. The
State Highway Department built a road through the park and named
it Lou Kemp Drive in his honor.
When Texas began laying plans for a centennial celebration in
1936 it was only natural that Lou Kemp's services would be re-
quired. He served as chairman of the advisory board of Texas His-
torians to the Commission of Control of the Texas Centennial Com-
mission from 1935 to 1938. The celebration has come and gone, but
the hundreds of markers erected under Lou Kemp's supervision all
across the state stand in perpetual memory of his interest in the
Texas heritage. He was co-editor of the well-known book describing
these markers, Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas
He helped to organize the San Jacinto Museum of History Asso-
ciation and to promote the construction of the San Jacinto Monu-
ment building, and he served as president of this organization until
his death. He provided an inspiring leadership in numbers of other
Here’s what’s next.
This issue can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Periodical.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958, periodical, 1958; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101164/m1/186/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.