The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 92, July 1988 - April, 1989 Page: 39
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J. Frank Dobie and Walter Prescott Webb
Potts responded to Webb's gratitude:
I deserve no credit for it, but I am glad that I happened to be the instrument
through which the administration of that day spoke . . . We have another in-
terest in common, and I have always felt a very keen interest in your progress
due, in part at least, to the fact that we were in a way neighbors though we did
not know it out at the little village of Ranger in pre-oil days.'0
At the 1954 Society meeting held in Austin, Webb invited Mrs. Webb
and daughter Mildred to come as his guests for the formal dinner ban-
quet in the Maximilian Room of the Driskill Hotel. Mildred recalls that
"Mama and I dressed up and got there early. As we took our seats Papa
walked in, dressed in a rusty green tweed suit and rust-colored bow tie.
Every man there, including Mr. J. Frank Dobie, had on a tuxedo.
Mama was furious, but Papa said if his 'going out' clothes were all right
for his classes at the University of Texas, they should do for that 'damn
stuff shirt outfit.'"
Reading the following papers submitted by members of the Texas
State Historical Association, former students, associates, acquaintances,
and others has recalled for me many happy memories since I first met
Webb and Dobie.
Robert E. Davis's piece on Dobie takes me back to the early sixties,
when the Texas State Library and Davis planned to bring out the Heroes
of Texas (1964), and Dobie was the obvious choice to write on James
Bowie. Abigail Curlee Holbrook, who examines the wives of Dobie and
Webb and how they in many ways affected their celebrity, presents a
broader perspective on each man. And Jane King Fohn and Richard
Morehead evoke beautiful memories with their comments about Dobie's
home. During my first year of marriage I lived near East Woods Park,
which was adjacent to the Dobie home at 702 Park Place. After our chil-
dren were born we went to the park frequently and called it "Mr.
Dobie's Park." Although we often saw the Dobies in the backyard, we
never went over for a visit. Perhaps we should have. Dobie did auto-
graph the Domini recording of J. Frank Dobie Tells the Ghost Bull of the
Mavericks and Other Tales (1960) for "Laura Madge Winfrey-I'm glad
you like the stories-J. Frank Dobie 8-28-63."
I always had a great respect and admiration for Dobie, but I never
knew how he felt about me. Then, on October 12, 1974, Robert H.
Fetridge, Jr., advertising and publicity manager of Little, Brown and
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