The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 57
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Until recently W. E. Wrather was president of the Texas
Geographic Society, but his former post is now held by Victor
H. Schoffelmayer. The subscription rate to the magazine
is one dollar per year, and rather obviously its excellence is
guaranteed by the quality of the men associated with the en-
terprise. A line of absolute demarcation between history and
geography cannot be found. A good example of this is in the
featured article in the most recent number, "D. Port Smythe's
Journey Across Early Texas," edited by Donald Day and Sam-
uel Wood Geiser. In 1852 Smythe traveled the Texas fron-
tier from Centerville to the present Palo Pinto. He left an
excellent account which is at once both history and geography.
In the course of Smythe's journey he visited Ham's Hole, in
present southwestern Johnson County, "a very remarkable
natural reservoir." As a matter of fact, Ham's Hole is one
of the outstanding natural objects in Texas, and, incidentally,
one completely overlooked down to the present time. Ham's
Hole should be brought to the attention of the Highway De-
partment; it should be made into a park; and if it is made
available and brought to the attention of Texas people, it will
be appreciated annually by thousands.
John R. Suman of the Humble Oil and Refining Company
delivered the address and performed the launching functions
of the Liberty ship, Anson Jones, at the Houston Shipyards
on May 14, 1943. A portion of Mr. Suman's address is given
Today we pause a few moments in our wartime tasks to launch the
Anson Jones, the sixtieth ship which you have built. . .. We are proud
that you honor the great names of Texas history by using them for these
Liberty ships. It is appropriate that these ships should carry the names
of such illustrious heroes in man's eternal struggle for liberty into ports
of call all over the world. ...
Anson Jones . . . would be proud to know that this symbol of victory
which is about to slide down the ways will bear his name. So long as the
men and women of the Houston Shipbuilding Corporation and of ship
yards throughout the Allied nations keep the "Anson Joneses" coming,
we can keep the Axis going.
A recent editorial in The Junior Historian by Ensign Vir-
ginia A. Hillyard, first Texas girl to enter the WAVES, appro-
priately pointed out that Texas was half salt water and half
sagebrush. We are today making our contributions, "on the
land, in the air, and on the sea." Texas belongs in all three
Here’s what’s next.
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