The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 92, July 1988 - April, 1989 Page: 372
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
An impressive collection of original records, letters, books, photo-
graphs, and memorabilia once belonging to the late governor Ross S.
Sterling and his wife, Maud Abbie Gage, has been donated to the Wal-
lisville Heritage Park. The large collection is chiefly composed of items
once in the possession of the couple's son, the late Walter Gage Sterling
Ross S. Sterling, born near Anahuac in 1875, rose to fame and for-
tune as the organizer of Humble Oil and Refining Company (now Ex-
xon) and arrived at the Governor's Mansion in 1931. The governor was
well known prior to his election for his service as chairman of the Texas
Highway Commission from 1927 to 1930. The collection records, ac-
cording to Wallisville Heritage Park director Kevin Ladd, will be an in-
dispensable resource for any scholar or student of history interested in
Sterling's significant career of public service. Among the items are sev-
eral records from Sterling's term as governor, including scrapbooks of
press clippings, campaign literature, campaign biographies, photo-
graphs of his 1931 inauguration, and other items. Some scrapbooks
kept by First Lady Maud Sterling are also in the collection and help to
document her activities during her husband's administration. The bulk
of the collection consists of records from Sterling's term as chairman of
the Highway Commission, a troubled time for the agency during the
early years of the depression. Other records deal with his early business
career as an oilman in the towns of Dayton, Humble, Sour Lake, Bat-
son, and Saratoga. The Wallisville Heritage Park is located midway be-
tween Houston and Beaumont at Exit 807 on Interstate o10. For more
information contact director Kevin Ladd at P.O. Box 16, Wallisville
77597 (telephone 409/389-2252).
The American West: Creation of the American Identity is a new ex-
hibition now open at the Stark Museum of Art in Orange. Phase One,
Finding the Way, is now on exhibit. Phase Two, Building the Myth and
Towards an American Culture, opens in the summer of 1989. The
theme of the exhibition, which features work by artists such as George
Catlin, Paul Kane, Karl Bodmer, Alfred Jacob Miller, John James Au-
dubon, and Thomas Moran, is the exploration of the American West.
The Stark Museum of Art is located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange
and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10o:oo00 A.M. to 5:oo00 P.M.
and Sunday from 1:oo00 to 5:oo. Admission is free.
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