The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 103, July 1999 - April, 2000 Page: 500
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Longtime TSHA member Al Lowman will
serve as President of the Texas State His-
torical Association for 2000-o2001.
that follows has phrases that sound as if they were written by Al, it is only
because we have shamelessly stolen them from him. No one tells a story
better than Al, especially when it is his own life.
Al was the middle of three children born to Grace and Fred Lowman,
whose Nueces County cotton farm was three miles south of Violet on the
road to Petronila. Had he stayed put, he would eventually have had for-
mer TSHA president Dan Kilgore of nearby Clarkwood as a neighbor.
Kilgore's history of Nueces County overlooks Al's birth on Groundhog
Day 1935 at Fred Roberts Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi, a facility
reportedly financed by the Ku Klux Klan and named for one of its for-
mer officials who had been shot out of office by the Nueces County sher-
iff in 1922. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported the weather on Al's
birthday as cloudy with rough sailing. The Lindbergh kidnap case domi-
nated the headlines most of that year, but of far greater import was the
invention by a Hungarian refugee in Brazil of a tiny, ink-dispensing
metal sphere that made the ballpoint pen possible and the decline of
Western civilization inevitable.
The two greatest moments of Al's Nueces County childhood were the
arrival of rural electrification shortly before Christmas in 1938 and the
arrival of the bookmobile the following summer, after which life was
never the same.
In 1944 he moved with his parents to the ranch home in historic
Stringtown where he has lived for fifty-five years. He graduated from San
Marcos public schools, attended Southwest Texas State Teacher's
College, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a
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