was reviewing E mail before I download it to a small floppy and free up
Noticed the Gamble and Looney names I had not responded to. I think I
taught a Gamble boy or twp in the 1960's in Walnut Springs, High School
One was Ronnie Gamble. They would be in Bosque County records and in
I knew W.R. Looney. about 60 when I returned from army duty in 1952. I
attended Tarleton while laid off from Convair and worked afternoons in
Uncle Emmett Carey's shop on HicoRoad near the park. Mr. Looney ran a
wrecknig yard and welding shop on U.S. 67 across from the present
Sheriff's office and jail. I used to buy used parts from him to repair
farm trucks and cars. He always had cash change in his pockets, in rolls
of bills. One of his customers was dad's cousin, "Uncle" Ed Hatchett,
rancher and on the board of the Farmers First National Bank. Either man
in his work clothes sitting in a Dallas park could have been arrested as
a vagrant, and we used to speculate which one could buy the other
out.Neither was famous for buying a new car every year, but they could
have , Depression memories were too strong.
Mr. Looney's son Ancil had a shop across South Graham from Uncle Emmett
and they used to sometimes borrow specialty tools from each other. Ancil
used to tune Uncle Lewis Wyly's International milk pickup . Think the
Army had trained him, besides his dad. Most cars were old and the older
people had been through a few years of WW2 45 MPH speed limits, which
was fast for some rural roads. Ancil and others would pour some casite or
transmission fluid through the carburetor after changing plugs and points
and take them out the hiway about 60 MPH or so and "Blow the sut out"
and they would run much better. Ancil had a brother who had worked with
him and for his dad. His dad built trailers and truck hay beds and sold
scrap iron, parts, and steel casing and construction iron.
Hope this helps some, take care.
On Wed, 12 Aug 1998 10:45:49 -0700 David & Dawn Roberts
Emery GAMBLE married Martha ??. Emery born 1860 died 1897.
had at least two children, Barto GAMBLE, who worked for the post
office as a mail carrier in Hico. She also had a daughter,
Ethel,who married Sam LOONEY around HICO TX. Martha (Eddie) married
John M STARLEY 24 Jan 1900. Is there someone who knows descendants
of these families? Any information appreciated.
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