I remember as a boy that dad, John Syers, and Mack Ewer's dad had the
best Model T pickups in the county after many had worn out a Model A and
a Model B Ford and had graduated to 60 hp V8's Dad skipped the Model A
and B stages. "CAP" STEWART
RAN A SHOP ON South Graham Street (Hico and Glen Rose Hiway) at the old
low bridge in the Bosque flood plain. CAP was our model T Ford mechanic ,
he and a Mr. Lockhart.
Back then, if the river was over the road and you were in a V-8 you just
turned around and went back home. High clearance vehicles like Model Ts
and old Chevys could go through gates and mud roads and get to
Stephenville on the Fort Worth Highway, but might not get home if it
In 1954 or 5 they were launching boats one block east of the court house
to rescue people from houses that had never flooded before. (West of Jake
& Dorothy's Cafe) when the water broke the 75 year old record marked on
a tree. It was 20 feet bove the newer bridge still in use. I lost a
pontiac and a Buick and all my books and notes a week before finals at
Tarleton and almost lost me. You could not swim that water because of the
downstream barbed wire which would catch you. My garage apartment tilted
into a pecan tree and Tarleton students pulled me out with rubber hose.
The Fire Dept. would not come- they thought the water would go down.
Several cows, alive and dead, went downstream including some of Dr. Vance
Terrell's Brown Swiss Cattle, found half way to Hico. 3 of us were
hospitalized that night. Two were on top of a Milk truchk hanging on to
the nailed down tarp, sitting on the cab for a few hours. They said they
were in knee deep water when the truck died and they saw a wall of water
almost straight up , looked over 6 feet high coming at them, on the
Huckaby Highway. They were loaded with full milk cans so the truck did
God was merciful.
I was dating Jeannie Riley of Clyde, Texas and she brought her parents to
see me in the hospital. Her roommate's fiance (Her roommoate was Sandra
Hull of Irian, Texas) was one who helped rescue me. , but my identity was
unknown to him at the moment. Right away her parents suspected she had
not been studying and working in the library all the time. We were
married that summer and moved to NTSU Denton . We now have 2 children and
Cap Stewart's son has a building on the east loop now which was a parts
store and attached garage. Seems like Uncle Emmett Carey deliverred Cap
Stewart Neper's Desdemona (Hogtown) gas for a 2 pump overhead glass bowl
Ira Stewart married mon's first cousin, Cloye(?) Stone. He had an Erath
County ranch and was a school Superintendent at Penelope, Hill County ,
Texas. for several years after I started teaching. She and mom were
across the hall from each other in Stephenville Nursing Home, 1980's.