Southwestern Times (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 29, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 8, 1952 Page: 2 of 16
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Thursday, May 8, 1952
Are Held Sunday
For Fred McManis
Funeral services were held last
week for Fred McManis in his
residence at 20 Sunset Boulevard.
He was a philanthropist, steward
and leader in St. Paul’s Methodist
Church and executive head of the
He has given $250,000 to the
Moody Bible Institute of Chicago
and established a million dollar
McManis Mission Fund in Hous-
ton, which is administered by his
He came to Houston 32 years
ago, from his native Indianapolis,
Indiana. Along with Clint Wil-
liams and L. O. Koen, he establish-
ed the W-K-M Company.
Other interests included Whea-
ton College in Wheaton, Illinois,
and Southwestern University in
Georgetown. He was a member
of the Houston Club.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs.
Carolyn McManis; a son, Fred Mc-
Manis Jr.; five grandchildren and
a niece, Miss Dorothy Dignam of
New York City.
Pallbearers were officers of his
company. They were Don Carter,
J. S. Downs, John Helenberg, Tony
Mann, J. D. Rice, Joe Sink, Charles
M. White Jr. and Robert O. Wynn.
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A Short Story, Complete In This Issue
Jo Ann said, “You come stay
with us, Dad!”
I said, “I don’t want to be a
bother to anyone, Daughter.”
She said, “As if you would!
We’ll love having you. Harry’ll
talk your arm off about politics,
I warn you. You can enjoy the
television. And have a chance to
get to really know your grandson.”
Fact of the matter is I’ve never
seen much of the boy though he's
going on fifteen. He’s the sort
keeps to himself. Jo Ann said
again: “You come along! Now that
Mother’s passed away you don’t
want to stay on in the shop by
yourself. Harry says that’s a good
offer you’ve had. Sell and come
visit a spell. You might put some
right ideas into young Harry’s
I said, “You worried about the
boy?” There was something in her
voice gave me the notion. But she
said no—no she wasn’t. Only my
being ’round might influence him.
So I sold my shop, gave Jo Ann
what she wanted of her mother’s
furniture and do-dads and went to
visit like she asked me. Seemed as
how I couldn’t stay on in my own
place with Martha gone.
Jo Ann turned the boy’s room
over to me. Said that now the
weather was warming up he
wouldn’t sleep anywhere but on th-a
porch. I told him he need’nt worry
about me meddling with his books
and such and he said he wouldn’t.
But I thought he sort of cast his
eye ’round just the same. He had
a lot of little automobiles, models,
looked like. Science magazines
along with comics were all over
I said, “You interested in auto-
He said, “Yeah, I guess so.”
1 said, “Good to get around in.
Don’t know much about them ex-
cept I been driving the same one
the past fifteen years and it’s still
good.” He looked at me out of the
corner of his eye. I said, “Got a
good garage man who looks after
it for me and I drive careful. You
like to go fishin’?” He said he
hadn’t been much.
Day or so later Jo Ann got talk-
ing to me about him. She said,
“It isn’t that I’m really worried
about him, Dad. He’s never given
us any trouble. It’s just that here
lately he’s taken to going with
boys who have cars — boys who
speed. I’m so afraid of that! He’s
old enough to get a driver’s li-
cense right now and—well I just
thought, you being such a careful
driver yourself and not as close to
him as his father or I—well he
might listen to what you said.
Know what I mean?”
I knew but I had my doubts.
Anyhow I was ready to try. I made
out like I wanted the boy to help
me find a good fishing place—
which I did. He didn’t sound too
interested but he perked up when
I got out the car. We put the
tackle and such in the back and
off we set.
It was a nice day for going fish-
ing. Nice day for traveling a good
road. But the boy looked kinder
bored. He slid as far down on his
spine as the seat would allow and
just looked ahead. When another
car would pass us he’d give it a
quick look. Once a carful of young
squirts most took my right fender.
They yelled something at him I
didn’t catch—he was on that side
of the car—and he got red in the
I said, “Friends o’ yours?”
He said they weren’t.
I said, “People drive like that
got no right on the road!”
He said he’d read how folks who
drove slow caused more accidents
than those who drove fast.
I didn’t go on about it with him.
Had to keep my mind on my driv-
ing. Noticed he was fidgeting,
though. We got where we were
going and he sat there like a bar-
nacle the best part of the day.
Only time he showed any interest
was when a car parked by the road
started up fast and loud, spurting
shell all over the place. He said
something about somebody burning
out something. On the way home
I said something about his learn-
ing to drive a car. He said he
knew. I didn’t offer to let him
drive mine. Not then. But couple
of days later, danged if something
didn’t go wrong with the engine.
And us fifty miles or more from
home and no garage in sight. I
was fit to be tied. But bless Pete
if that boy didn’t take over—got
right into the middle of the thing.
I asked did he know what ailed it
and he said he did. Told me but I
couldn’t tell you. He worked on it,
though, and got it going again.
Least I could do after that, seemed
to me, was to ask did he want to
drive going home.
Did he! He rolled up the win-
dows, got behind the wheel and
started up as nice as you please.
Don’t know when I’ve enjoyed a
“Couldn’t have done it better
myself! “I told him when I was
climbing out. He grinned. First
time I ever thought the boy felt
friendly to me. After that I got
in the way of letting him drive
home. Enjoyed it. Noticed two fun-
ny things—he always rolled the
windows up before we started and
we always got home a mite before
Jo Ann was expecting us.
Then one day I got to thinking
about something else and took the
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