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State Historical Association among the high school students of Texas."
The importance of Webb's innovation was soon realized. Dobie re-
marked in 1942: "I don't know but that when Webb gets to St. Peter,
he may not have more credit there for the Junior Historians of Texas
than he will have for the books he has written because [of] the far-
reachingness ... of this Junior Historian movement."' Little did I
know then how much of my own life would be determined by the Ju-
My second meeting with Webb and Dobie was on April 11, 1942,
when the Junior Historians met again in Austin at the Driskill Hotel.
The luncheon that day in the Maximilian Room cost seventy-five cents.
Participants for the morning and noon session included Webb, Harbert
Davenport, Duncan W. Robinson, E. C. Barksdale, A. Garland Adair,
Herbert P. Gambrell, Charles W. Ramsdell, and J. Evetts Haley (intro-
duced as a man who had been sued for a million dollars because of his
XIT book). Adina de Zavala, granddaughter of Lorenzo de Zavala, was
also in attendance. H. Bailey Carroll presided at the luncheon, and Do-
bie again served as chairman of the Committee on Prizes and Awards
and personally made the presentations. As second-place winner for a
paper on "New Birmingham, Texas," I accepted a check for $7.50 and
a Texas book from him. I also got him to autograph a copy of The Long-
horns for me. He wrote: "Branded with pleasure for Dorman Winfrey,
J. Frank Dobie, Austin, Texas, April 11, 1942" and drew several cattle
brands to complete his inscription.
After the meeting, on the way back to Henderson, I told our spon-
sor, Rosalind Langston (who took an M.A. degree under Webb) that I
thought I had detected the smell of liquor on Dobie's breath when he
signed my book. She said I may have observed correctly. Years later,
when I was at the University, I told Chancellor Harry H. Ransom about
the Junior Historian gathering in i942 with Webb, Dobie, Haley, and
the others. He said, "Dorman, that meeting was historic-and I doubt
if some in that gathering ever again were together under the same
roof." As the years went by, the gulf between their political views wid-
Webb received credit for founding the Junior Historians in a Time
magazine article, but was irked at the coverage.2 In a feature describing
his interest in developing the program, through which children and
young adults would learn to study and write history, the magazine had
summed up by quoting Webb: "By gosh, we've done it." Webb later told
'Southwestern IHstorcal Quarterly, XLIII (Oct., 1939), 237; Walter Prescott Webb, An Honest
Preface and Other Essays (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1959), 22 (2nd quotation).
2Tme, Aug. 11, 1947, pp. 77-78.
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