Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Fifty-Seventh Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume 1 Page: 83
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January 19, 1961 HOUSE JOURNAL
the resolution congratulating Rep.
Marshall O. Bell.
JAMES E. BARLOW,
STANFORD S. SMITH,
JOHN C. ALANIZ,
ADDRESS BY THE HONORABLE
ELIGIO de la GARZA
Mr. de la Garza was recognized by
the Chair, and addressed the House
"Mr. Speaker. Distinguished Members
of the House:
It is my happy privilege to say a
word on this memorable occasion.
When I was asked, I thought about
what I could say concerning Marshall
O. Bell, and going back and thinking
of my past ten years of service in this
House, half of those as a deskmate
of Marshall O. Bell, I decided that to
me he was a Legislator's legislator,
such as you have a lawyer's lawyer or
a doctor's doctor. In his twenty years
of service in this House he has shown
the proper dignity and decorum neces-
sary in the deliberations of a legis-
lative body. I have observed him in
the past ten years and have never
seen him once question the integrity
,of a fellow member, question the
motive behind a yes or a no vote on a
measure, or lose his patience in the
heat of a debate. He is truly a model
I think it would be proper for all
of us and especially the new and
young members to follow in Marshall
Bell's footsteps. Not that you have to
agree with his political philosophy or
vote the same way he does for if we
all agreed then there would be no
need for a Legislature, but to follow
in his steps in all the matters which
truly make a legislator great, con-
ducting yourself with dignity, and re-
specting the rights and feelings of
your members. While sitting by Mar-
shall Bell, we have not always agreed
on all matters but he has always re-
spected my opinion and in so doing
taught me to respect his.
Yes, many of us, including myself,
have been at fault at one time or
another, but I think it is very fitting
and proper to pay tribute to a fellow
member who has not once acted in
any manner to discredit our hon-or-
So, I think it is indeed fitting for
us to pay tribute to Marshall O. Bell
for his twenty years of service to the
State of Texas and I say to you that
the State of Texas is a better State
and this House is a better House be-
3ause of the presence of Marshall O.
I personally and on behalf of the
membership of this House say to you,
Marshall Bell, God bless you and
your service to our State and for be-
ing what you are."
ADDRESS BY THE HONORABLE
W. S. HEATLY
Mr. Heatly was recognized and ad-
dressed the House as follows:
"Mr. Speaker and Ladies and Gentle-
men of the House:
It is indeed an honor to have the
privilege of making a few remarks
eulogizing our fine colleague, Mar-
shall O. Bell, of San Antonio. Of
course, my acquaintance dates for
almost a decade with Representative
Bell, and it has been my privilege
and honor to serve with him on com-
mittees and serve under him on com-
mittees. I know him to be a man of
the highest integrity, who always
places principle above everything and
with the courage to stand for that
principle. One of his greatest attri-
butes is his ability to study the prob-
lems, never becoming surprised, an-
gered or emotionally upset, but the
stabilizer that he is brings about
thoughts for the best solutions that
can be made of these questions. He
has always been a great help to
younger men In this House, and I
know you join me in thanking the
700,000 people of Bexar County for
sending this fine statesman here to
represent them and aid in the solving
of the many state's problems. He has
warranted this support for these two
decades, and I trust many more.
To you, Marshall-I wish you the
best of luck and may God bless you."
ADDRESS BY THE HONORABLE
Mr. Bartram was recognized, and
presented Mr. Bell with a certificate
of service, speaking as follows:
January 19, 1961
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