Lamar University Archives and Special Collections

Roy H. Towell, Jr. Photograph Collection 1961-1982



Title: Roy H. Towell, Jr. Photograph Collection
Dates: 1961-1982
Identification: Special Collections #46
Extent: .5 cubic feet
Repository: Mary and John Gray Library Special Collections Department Lamar University

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Roy H. Towell was born in Seguin, Texas on June 17, 1915. He graduated from Eagle Lake High School and moved to Houston to attend the University of Houston where he worked during the day and attended classes at night.

Roy received his B.S. degree in Engineering in June, 1940. He then moved to Beaumont, Texas as owner and operator of All Right Parking Lots on Pearl and Liberty. On November 17, 1940 Roy married Juanita Marian Brown at the Methodist Church in Eagle Lake, Texas. They continued to live and work in Beaumont for over 50 years.

During World War II Roy worked at the shipyard as an electrician. Roy sold the parking lot business in 1951 and he and Juanita owned and operated the snack wagon at the corner of Pearl and Liberty where they were well known for serving the best hotdogs as well as an assortment of other treats such as frozen custard and hot peanuts. They continued this business until 1979 when they retired.

In 1988 Roy wrote and published a book about the Towell family genealogy and history entitled Isaac Towell and His Family 1764-1990.


SCOPE AND CONTENT

The collection is comprised of photographs and slides of Lamar homecoming parades, Spindletop Boom Days and miscellaneous images such as Halloween, Christmas and downtown Beaumont from 1961 to 1982.


Restrictions

LOCATION OF RECORD

Special Collections


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item]. Towell, Roy H., Jr. Photograph Collection, Special Collections, Lamar University.

PROVENANCE

The collection was donated to the Mary and John Gray Library in 2006 by Cindy Sheen, daughter of Roy H. Towell. Jr..

Processed by Charlotte A. Holliman

March 2013


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
1 Roy H. Towell, Jr. Photograph Collection
1 Lamar Parade - October 28, 1961 (Kodachrome Stereo Transparencies)
2 Lamar Tech Homecoming Parade - November 1962 (Kodachrome Stereo Transparencies)
3 Lamar Tech Parade - November 16, 1963
4 Lamar Tech Parade - October 31, 1964; November 1964
5 Homecoming Parade - November 6, 1965
6 Lamar Tech - October 31 Halloween (not used), Christmas, Machinery, Lamar Parades
7 Homecoming Parade - Lamar Tech - November 12, 1966
8 Lamar Tech Homecoming Parade - November 4, 1967
9 Lamar Homecoming Parade - November 16, 1968
10 Lamar Parade - November 16, 1968
11 Lamar Parade - November 1, 1969
12 Lamar Homecoming Parade - November 4, 1969
13 Lamar Parade - November 21, 1970
14 Lamar Parade - November 13, 1971
15 Parade (Texas Festival?) - October 21, 1972
16 Lamar Parade - November 11, 1978
17 Lamar Parade - November 11, 1978
18 Lamar Parade - October 6, 1979
19 Lamar Homecoming (?) Parade - October 6, 1979
20 Lamar Homecoming Parade - October 6, 1979
21 Lamar Parade - November 8, 1980
22 Spindletop Boom Days - September 28, 1980; Lamar Homecoming Parade - November 8, 1980
23 Downtown Beaumont - December 25, 1980
24 Lamar Parade - October 3, 1981
25 Lamar Parade - October 3, 1981
26 Spindletop Boom Days - Lamar - September 25, 1982
27 Lamar Parade - October 30, 1982
28 Lamar Parade - October 30, 1982
29 Lamar Homecoming Parade - November 21, 1970
30 Lamar Parade - n.d.