Gene Autry in Childress, Texas

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Photograph of a smiling Gene Autry dressed in a button-up shirt, cowboy hat and cowboy boots with a baseball glove on his hand behind his back. We see his left profile. Behind him is a large building with a large screened window on the right side of the frame, a screened door behind Mr. Autry, and three electricity gauge boxes. There is grass and weeds in front of the building.

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One photographic image, b&w: 7.5 in. X 9.5 in. within 10.0 in. x 12.0 in. frame

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This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Rescuing Texas History, 2007 and was provided by Childress County Heritage Museum to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 955 times , with 7 in the last month . More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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Childress County Heritage Museum

The Childress County Heritage Museum partnered with us to provide access to historic photos from the 1880s to the 1950s. Images feature the local city streets and businesses; area ranches; the FW&D Railway Co; and the Childress Army Air Field during WWII. They have also contributed hundreds of items to the Rescuing Texas History, 2007 collection.

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Photograph of a smiling Gene Autry dressed in a button-up shirt, cowboy hat and cowboy boots with a baseball glove on his hand behind his back. We see his left profile. Behind him is a large building with a large screened window on the right side of the frame, a screened door behind Mr. Autry, and three electricity gauge boxes. There is grass and weeds in front of the building.

Physical Description

One photographic image, b&w: 7.5 in. X 9.5 in. within 10.0 in. x 12.0 in. frame

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Typed on the back is, "According to The Childress Index, April 18, 1938, "Gene Autry became involved in a contract dispute with his Hollywood studio, Columbia Pictures, and left Hollywood to "hide out" from the studio bosses. The western star came to Childress where he stayed for over two weeks. During the time, Autry ran out of cash and went to Palace Theater owner Rufus Layton and told Layton he would put on some shows for $100. Layton agreed, and Autry performed for Childress residents. A few days later, the contract dispute was resolved, and Autry returned to Hollywood." It is rumored that he lost a part during that time to Roy Rogers. It is fact that he bought handmade boots from the late Teddi Rushing who met the Singing Cowboy when he (Rushing) went to Hollywood to try to 'break into' the movies himself. Local historian Delbert Wilson has letters in his private museum from Autry to Rushing.
(next paragraph) This photo of Gene Autry playing a game of catch was taken during his time in Childress, probably in the alley behind the old Monogram Theater. The photo is presented to the museum by Judy and A.J. Johnson, April 11, 2007, on Childress' 120th anniversary."

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Rescuing Texas History, 2007

Rescuing Texas History 2007, presents materials from fifteen partners: Anderson County Historical Commission; Austin History Center, Austin Public Library; Bosque County Historical Commission; Childress County Heritage Museum; Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History; Dallas Heritage Village; First Christian Church, Port Arthur; Heritage House Museum, Orange; Historic Rose Marine Theater; Kemah Historical Society; Museum of the American Railroad; Palestine Public Library; Sanger Public Library; Sulphur Springs Public Library; and Val Verde Historical Commission.

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  • Feb. 18, 2008, 11:05 p.m.

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  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:34 p.m.

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Gene Autry in Childress, Texas, photograph, Date Unknown; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34442/: accessed December 8, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Childress County Heritage Museum.