To: Charles Wyly et al.
Bob Walker pointed out some serious errors in my recent posting:
Your detailed response to Charles Wyly brought back a good many memories. .
. . A couple of things in your letter I remember a bit differently: I
believe the driver of the car which carried several students to and fro
during the week was driven by Willie Reid Richards, mother of Billy Tom
Richards (who later married Euvonne Jones of Dublin). Willie was nicknamed
Tillie (as in Tillie the Toiler) by her co-workers at the A A A. Both she
and Euvonne are now dead; I'm not sure if Billy Tom is still alive-- the
last I heard he lived in far West Texas. Also, Ed Thiele was the younger
brother of Wilma Thiele Dorsey, a teacher of piano at Tarleton. Wilma was
Miss Thiele when I first went to Tarleton, but she married Harold Dorsey,
the band director at DeLeon that year. He became a public school
administrator in Waxahachie, and Wilma taught piano privately. She was a
fantastic musician. Ed became a Baptist minister and was a board member for
Houston Baptist University years later. I thought he was a great guy.
Their first cousin was a girl from Austin named Marjorie Leach, many years
later a widely-known and competitive golfer. She is the owner of a
leatherware boot and saddle shop on Airport Boulevard in Austin. Mrs.
Weichsel Baxley was the professor of art at Tarleton until long after I came
back to teach here. She did not have a younger brother, but she had a son
named Bill. Both Bax (Weichsel) and his son had something like cystic
fibrosis, which killed them both. As an adult Bill married a Ft. Worth girl
and produced a daughter, who is now in her thirties but afflicted by the
same disease. I don't know if a cure or therapeutic treatment has ever been
discovered. Marge Baxley lived until only a few years ago, both depresssed
and much embittered after the death of son Bill. She had a little house
across the street to the East of the Auditorium and Music Conservatory, next
door to Dollie Glover. Marge had redesigned the little two-bedroom house
down to the inch in order to make it more livable, and it was one of the
most workable and pleasant little places I had ever seen, then or later. It
still stands, but I think the Baxley estate sold it. That estate included
many pieces of property from Bax's parents (local photographers) which
became Marge's upon Bax's death, and then were passed down to Bill when he
married. When he died it all went to his daughter, to whom Marge left
everything that remained at the time of her death. I know nothing about it
since Marge's death......
Now back to my own memory, now revealed to be flawed. I think Ed Thiele was
an All-Conference center for the Tarleton Plowboys in the fall of 1948. The
next fall, he tried out with the Texas Longhorns, but quit before long. He
said they just used him for Bud McFadin's blocking dummy. Bud McFadin was
All-American that fall. The previous year he had played on the team with
Bobby Layne and Tom Landry that beat UGA in the Orange Bowl game.
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