Lamar University Archives and Special Collections

Wanda A. Landrey Collection 1970-2006



Title: Wanda A. Landrey Collection
Dates: 1961-1982
Identification: Special Collections #63
Extent: 22.75 cubic feet
Repository Mary and John Gray Library Special Collections Department Lamar University

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Wanda A. Landrey is a historian whose work was strongly influenced by her roots in the Big Thicket of East Texas. Although she was born and raised in Beaumont, she was descended from early East Texas pioneers. As a child she spent much time in the Big Thicket visiting family and camping in the great outdoors. Her father entertained her with tales of the Big Thicket including lore of notorious outlaws who found the Big Thicket a place to hide from their crimes.

As she grew up, she followed a traditional path, graduating from South Park High School in Beaumont and then continuing her education at what was then Lamar State College of Technology where she earned a degree in history. Landrey married attorney Floyd Landrey, had three children, Leslie, Ricca, and Jed, and taught world history at Westbrook High School.

She returned to Lamar where she earned a masters in history. When it came time to write her thesis she remembered her father’s stories of outlaws in the Big Thicket and wrote, "Lawlessness in the Big Thicket," which she was encouraged to revise and publish resulting in her first book, Outlaws in the Big Thicket.

Landrey continued to research topics relating to the history of the Big Thicket and Beaumont. Her works were distinct due to Landrey’s ample use of oral histories which Landrey took great joy in conducting. Landrey’s books include the following, Boardin’ in the Big Thicket: Reminiscences and Recipes of the Early Big Thicket Boarding Houses; 1990, Lost in the Big Thicket: A Mystery and Adventure in the Big Thicket of Texas, 1997, The Historic Belle-Jim Hotel Jasper, Texas: Remembrances and Recipes of those Who Knew It Best; 1999, The Ghosts of Spindletop Hill 2000, and Betting, Booze, and Brothels: Vice, Corruption, and Justice in Jefferson County, Texas; 2006.


SCOPE AND CONTENT

The collection is chiefly composed of material collected by Landrey during her research for six local history books, which document social history of the Big Thicket and Beaumont. Her collection is primarily composed of cassette tapes and transcripts of oral histories, as well as other papers including photographs, newspaper articles, photocopies of books, and correspondence.

Some material originally in the collection was transferred to other repositories. Interviews with Texas attorneys and other related material, unless directly related to the history of Southeast Texas, were transferred to the State Bar of Texas archives. Genealogical information on the Crews/Cruse family, and Clan MacQuarrie castle in Scotland were transferred to the Tyrrell Historical Library.


Restrictions

LOCATION OF RECORD

Special Collections


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item]. Wanda A. Landrey Collection, University Archives and Special Collections, Mary and John Gray Library, Lamar University

PROVENANCE

Wanda A. Landrey donated material on vice and corruption in Jefferson County to the Mary and John Gray Library on March 25, 2011 and later donated her research material used in the Big Thicket publications on June 18, 2013.

These records were processed by Penny Clark, Charlotte A. Holliman, and Kersten Baylor. They were encoded by Elizabeth Levkoff Derouchie and Kim Wiley.

March 2013


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
1 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 1 of 42
1-2 Anonymous, June 19, 2001
3 V.J. Barranco, June 26, 2001
4 Carroll Buttrill, February 1, 2002
5-6 Gene Corder, May 22, 1997
7-8 R. E. "Dick" Culbertson, July 11, 2000, 2 tapes and copies (4 tapes total)
9 G.W. Daniels, June 24, 1997
10-11 Maudry DeWalt and Marie Price, October 11, 2001
12-13 Terry Doyle and Oliver Lawson, October 1, 2000
14 Roy Dunn, November 8, 2001
15 Gabe Duriso and Gilbert Alex August 28, 2001
16 L.D. Farrow and Cecil Holstead, May 22, 2001
17 R.T. Fertitta, Jr., July 20, 2000
18 Bruce Hamilton, 1 tape, January 24, 2002



Box
2 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 2 of 42
1 Tom Hanna, July 11, 2002
2 Dr. John Wesley Hardt, 1 tape, May 21, 1997
3 Bill Hataway, July 31, 2000
4 Bob Henderson, November 5, 2001
5 Cecil Holstead, June 28, 2000
6 Tanner Hunt, June 21, 2001
7-8 Tom James, November 15, 1996
9 Walter Juncker, June 14, 2001
10 Jack King, May 7, 2002
11 Melissa Ann Wernecke King, July 2, 2001
12 Raymond Lefkowitz, August 30, 2001
13 Julia Lester, also includes interviews with Pete Landolt and Joe Hughes
14 Minnie Palumbo Lindsey, March 25, 2001
15-16 Chuck Little, April 7, 2002
17 Jean and Gus McFaddin, August 2002
18 James McGrath, 1 tape, February 24, 1997, Anonymity issue



Box
3 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 3 of 42
1 Lloyd Martin, November 14, 2001
2 D.P. (David Phenus) Moore, May 4, 2001
3 Ray Moore, August 6, 2001
4 H.M. Nix, Jr., July 15, 2002
5 George W. Parks, June 5, 1997
6-8 John Parsons, interviewed twice, May 8, 1997, July 11, 1997
9 Dr. circaL. Pentecost, September 5, 2001
10 Joe Perl, June 29, 2001
11 Charles Perricone, March 10, 1997
12 Dr. Bill Reid, December 13, 2001
13 Cecil Rush, September 11, 2001
14 Clyde Rush, May 28, 1997
15 Dale Sheffield, June 14, 2001
16 Smythe Shepherd, September 26, 2001
17 Mark Simmons, "Tour of the Dixie Hotel," July 5, 2000
18 David Sockler, March 19, 2002
19-20 Buster Turner, 2 tapes, June 27, 2001, June 27, 2001
21 Ed VanZandt, July 3, 2001
22 Hilda Vickers, two tapes, July 25, 2000?
23 Hilda Vickers, two tapes, July 25, 2000?
24 Hilda Vickers, two tapes, July 25, 2000?



Box
4-5 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 4-5 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
Cassette tapes duplicates of previously listed tapes regarding vice and corruption



Box Folder
6 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 6 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1 Anonymous, June 19, 2001, 28-page transcript, Topics: documents a young man's first sexual experience at the Dixie Hotel
2 Ruth Aubey, June 17, 2007, 1-page transcript, Topics: corruption in Sheriff Charley Meyer's office
3 V.J. Barranco, June 26, 2001, 19-page transcript, contains a legal release, three photos, Topics: bookmaking
4 Carrol O. Buttrill, February 1, 2002, 13-page transcript, photographs Topics: prostitution in shotgun houses, acceptance of prostitution in the community, union and management conflicts
5 M.circa Carter, Jr. July 31, 2001, 21-page transcript, Topics: nicknames for father, nightclubs in Beaumont, Giles family, gambling in Beaumont, murder of Jake Giles, payoffs in Beaumont
6 E.T. "Gene" Corder, May 22, 1997, 21-page transcript, photo, legal agreement. (He served as a detective on the Special Services Vice Squad, which was appointed by WIllie Bauer, Beaumont Chief of Police, after the James Investigation. Topics: His interview discusses raids on the Dixie Hotel, interior decor of the Dixie Hotel
7 R.E. "Dick" Culbertson, July 11, 2000, 45-page transcript, discusses his six terms as sheriff of Jefferson County 1962-1986, corruption of elected officials
8 Reverend G.W. Daniels, June 17, 1997, 4 photos, release, 29-page transcript, Topics: biography of Daniels, treatment of German prisoners of war in Corpus Christi, Texas, gambling, United Citizens for Law Enforcement, ministers role in UCLE, sawmilling, mule skinners, John Wesley Hardt, relationships between black and white ministers, openness of gambling and prostitution in Beaumont, M.circa Carter
9 Maudry DeWalt and Marie Price, October 11, 2001, 45-page transcript, Topics: Savannah Godeaux's African-American brothel in Port Arthur that catered to white men, inter-racial children, women as entrepreneurs, inter-racial marriages, end of Savannah Godeaux's life
10 Terry Doyle and Oliver Lawson, October 1, 2000, 18-page transcript, Topics: L.D. Farrow, police's failure to enfore laws against prostitution, May 22, 2001
11 Roy Dunn, November 8, 2001, 30-page transcript, Topics: Prohibition, Ku Klux Klan and their attitudes toward gambling, bards, corruption of Charley Meyer, gambling, attitudes toward liquor stores
12 Gabe Duriso, Gilbert Alex, August 28, 2001, 35-page transcript, Topics: African-American businesses, M.circa Carter, also known as "Blue Buddy," the nightclub the Raven, entertainers who performed at the Raven, conflict between Giles' brother, murder of the Giles' father
13 L.D. Farrow, May 22, 2001, 30-page transcript, Topics: service in the military during World War II, community attitudes toward vice, power of labor unions, slot machines, Gordon Baxter radio shows, riding with police
14 R.T. Fertitta, Jr., July 20, 2000, 31-page transcript, Topics: Jake Giles and his power, Dixie Hotel, descriptions of prostitutes who worked at the Dixie Hotel, descriptions of Rita Ainsworth, RIta Ainsworth's control over girls who worked at the Dixie Hotel
15 Ramie Griffin, Jr., oral history conducted by Floyd Landrey, ca. February 24, 2005, 1-page transcript, Griffen discusses his father's biography and attitudes toward ending vice in Beaumont
16 Bruce Hamilton, January 23, 2002, 12-page transcript, Topics: Rita Ainsworth's children, demeanor of prositutes who worked for Rita Ainsworth, Steve McQueen's employment in vice business in Port Arthur, Charley Meyer's corruption
17 Tom Hanna, July 11, 2002, 28-page transcript, Topics: vice in Port Arthur, segregation in Port Arthur, African-Americans, Marcella Chadwick's business, courtroom tricks of attorneys, power of labor unions, efforts to work against labor unions, gambling, and prostitution in Port Arthur.
18 Dr. John Wesley Hardt, May 21, 1997, 38-page transcript, Topics: documents the role of ministers in cleaning up vice, public's demand for action against vice, integration of Minister's Association, corruption of Charley Meyer, corruption of city and county leaders, labor unions' connection to vice, organization of the United Citizens for Law Enforcement, Rita Ainswoth winning raffle, race relations
19 W.B. "Bill" Hataway, July 31, 2000, 31-page transcript, Topics: being a juror on the Blue Ribbon Grand Jury, character and popularity of Sheriff Charley Meyer, threats against jurors
20 Bobby J. Henderson, November 5, 2001, 23-page transcript, Topics: prostitution in Beaumont after the James Commission, paying taxes on illegal activities
21 Cecil Holstead, June 28, 2000, 21-page transcript, Topics: Marcella Chadwick and her personality, Steve McQueen's life in Port Arthur
22 Joseph M. Hughes, January 9, 2003, 13-page transcript, Topics: Attorney Hunt's defense of Rita Ainsworth, gangster Raymond Hamilton hiding out on Crockett Street, and description of Grace Woodyard's brothel in Port Arthur
23 Tanner Hunt, June 21, 2001, 24-page transcript, Topics: Attorney Hunt's defense of Rita Ainswoth, gangster Raymond Hamilton hiding out on Crockett Street, and description of Grace Woodyard's brother in Port Arthur



Box Folder
7 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 7 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1 Tom James, November 15, 1996, 51-page transcript, Topics: open operation of vice in Beaumont, corruption of local government officials, disregard vice in Southeast Texas, disregard for enforcement of the law, death threats to investigators of corruption, M.circa Carter and the Raven Club, murder of people who testified regarding corruption, employees fired or demoted for testifying, Jake Giles' murder
2 Walter Junker, June 14, 2001, 32-page transcript, Topics: serving as a juror on a grand jury, Juncker's work in forming the Grand Jury Association, differences between union members, formation of the Untied Citizen's for Law Enforcement, threats received by Junker for his activism, Gulf States Utilities financial support of the UCLE
3 Jack R. King, May 7, 2001, no transcript
4 Melissa Ann Wenecke King, July 2, 2001, 13-page transcript, Topics: Marcella Chadwick's character, ownership of property
5 circaE. "Pete" Landolt, January 7, 2003, 7-page transcript, Topics: attempt to re-locate prostitution to Hardin County, Ku Klux Klan in Southeast Texas
6 Raymond Lefkowitz, August 30, 2001, 52-page transcript, Topics: operation of gambling facilities, raids on gambling joints, character and personality of Grace Woodyard, Marcella Chadwick, and Rita Ainsworth, gambling in Beaumont after the James Commission
7 Julia Lester, January 3, 2003, 2-page transcript, Topics: Stella Nolan's role as the madam at the Boston Hotel, police's relationship with prostitution
8 Minnie Palumbo Lindsey, March 25, 2001, 26-page transcript, Topics: where ethnic groups in Beaumont lived, Italian immigration to Beaumont, prostitution, description of prostitution and madams, anti-Italian prejudice in Beaumont
9 Charles. "Chuck" Little, April 7, 2002, 52-page transcript, Topics: working as a police officer, vice in Beaumont after the James Commission, police's relationship to Rita Ainswoth, description of Rita Ainsworth
10 Helen Locke and Jeannette Greer, April 7, 2003, two signed interview agreements
11 Jean and Gus McFaddin, January 8, 2002, seven page transcript, Topics: Jack Thompson's casino on the Plum Nearly Ranch
12 Photographs of items relating to vice activities found on the Plum Nearly Ranch, 2002
13 James McGrath (worked as an assistant district attorney 1951-1958), February 24, 1997, 29-page transcript, Topics: providing legal representation to gamblers, openness of vice in Beaumont, popularity of Sheriff Charley Meyer, vice's economic impact on Beaumont, importance of unions in Southeast Texas, violence during strikes
14 Lloyd Martin, November 14, 2001, 13-page transcript, Topics: service on the Texas House investigative committee, corruption of local officials, popularity of Charley Meyer, importance of unions in Southeast Texas
15 D.P. (David Phenus) Moore, May 4, 2001, 31-page transcript, Topics: openness of vice in Port Arthur, changes in the way prostitution operated, houses of prostitution in Port Arthur
16 Ray Moore (served as assistant police chief),6-page transcript, August 6, 2001, Topics: serving on the Grand Jury of the James Commission
17 H.M. Nix, Jr., July 15, 2002, 15-page transcript, Topics: role as a foreman of the Grand Jury, popularity of Charley Meyer, juvenile delinquency
18 George W. Parks, June 5, 1997, 23-page transcript, press releases, Topics: work of the Grand Jury Association of Jefferson County, Incirca
19 John Parsons, interviewed twice, May 8, 1997, July 11, 1997, two transcripts, May 8, 1997, 82-page transcript, July 11, 1997 32-page transcript, Topics: corruption in the police department, corruption of Jim Stafford, police accepting prostitutes' services, Charley Meyer's charisma, Jake Giles' murder, Rita Ainsworth and the Dixie Hotel, teenage boys at houses of prostitution, prostitutes introducing boys to drugs, Rita Ainswoth's business and raids after the James Commission, George Dishman and his work with the UCLE, gambling, city's financial problems, drug abuse in Jefferson County



Box Folder
8 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 8 of 42 (.25 cubic feet)
1 Dr. circaL. Pentecost, September 5, 2001, 20-page transcript, Topics: physician to Rita Ainsworth and prostitutes, examining prostitutes for sexual communicated diseases, syphilis patients, abortions
2 Joe G. Perl, June 29, 2001, 24-page transcript, Topics: Rita Ainsworth's relationship to her daughter, descriptions of the Dixie Hotel, descriptions of prostitutes at Dixie Hotel, world-wide reputation of Dixie Hotel, comparison of Beaumont and Galveston's red light districts, raids on vice locales
3 Charles Perricone, detective on the vice squad, March 10, 1997, 38-page transcript, Topics: vice in Beaumont after the James Commission, gambling, M.circa Carter's privileged status in Beaumont, raids on gambling places, raids on Rita Ainsworth's Annex Apartments
4 Dr. Bill Reid, December 13, 2001, 14-page transcript, Topics: Pen Yan Club, gambling, folklore regarding Grace Woodyard
5 Cecil Rush, September 11, 2001, 36-page transcript, Topics: serving on the Beaumont Police Department, qualifications to become a police officer, investigations into Rita Ainsworth's activities after the James Commission, gambling
6 Clyde Rush, Beaumont police captain, May 28, 1997, 25-page transcript, Topics: character of police officers, threats received by police during the James Commission, murder of Jake Giles, gambling, Rita Ainswoth's origins
7 Walter Sekaly, March 2002. Landrey prepared interview questions but apparently no interview was conducted.
8 Dale Sheffield, June 14, 2001, seven-page transcript, Topics: Rita Ainsworth's prostitute who gave birth to a baby
9 Smyth Shepard, September 26, 2001, 15-page transcript, Topics: openness of red light district, violence during strikes, personality of the Ainsworth family
10 Mark Simmons, July 5, 2000, six-page transcript, "Tour of the Dixie," description of the Dixie Hotel, folklore of the Dixie Hotel
11 David Simmons, July 5, 2000, two-page transcript, Topics: prostitution in Beaumont during World War II
12 Buster Turner, Jr. One of the first black police officers in Beaumont, June 27, 2001, 44-page transcript, Topics: playing baseball for the Chicago American Giants, a professional black baseball team; description of M.circa Carter, gambling and the numbers racket, Jake Giles, the Raven Club, performers at the Raven Club, African-American vice operations, Jake Giles' murder
13 Ed Van Zandt, July 3, 2001, no transcript, no notes, some snapshots of Van Zandt
14 Hilda Vickers, July 25, 2000, 32-page transcript, Topics: prostitution in Port Arthur, Grace Woodyard, description of Grace Woodyard, Woodyard's children and way of life, Marcella Chadwick
15 Dr. Charles Walker, May 7, 1998, 21-page transcript, Topics: comparison between Beaumont and Galveston casinos, Attorney General Robert Kennedy's knowledge of vice in Jefferson County, Texas
16 Mary Ellen Wisrodt, April 30, 20002, three-page transcript, Topics: Beaumont Race Riot, theft from the Dixie Hotel
17 David Witts, legal counsel for the James Commission, May 1, 1997, 27-page transcript, Topics: undercover investigations into vice activities in Beaumont, attitudes of people being investigated, threats received by the James Committee, Robert Kennedy's attitude toward the James Commission
18 A Sociological Study of a Segregated District [Prostitution in Galveston, Texas] M.A. thesis, by Granville Price, University of Texas, 1930
19 Going Down the Line: Galveston's Red-Light District Remembered [booklet] by Mary W. Remmers, 1997
20 Report by the American Social Hygiene Association, "Commercialized Prostitution Conditions in Beaumont, Texas," December 1945
21 Partial photocopy of a newspaper, "Agent Used, Sold Narcotics, Suspects in Drug Cases Claim," August 26, 1979
22 Newspaper clipping, "Beaumont Bonnie and Clyde: Ida and Paul [Hadley]," April 22, 2002
23 Newspaper clipping, "Terry Samuel Found Guilty," November 22-28, 2001 The Examiner
24 Pamphlet, "Manual for Grand Jury Association of Jefferson County, Incirca"
25 Court records, W.G. Walley vs. City of Beaumont et al 1956, 1962
26 W.G. Walley criminal case papers, 1961
27-30 Court records, Criminal District Court, 136th Judicial District, 1961



Box Folder
9 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 9 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1-6 Court records Criminal District Court, 136th Judicial District, 1961
7-8 Court records 136th Judicial Court, 1961-1962
9-13 Court records 136th Judicial Court, 1962
14 Criminal case papers of Harold Robert Clayton, 1965-1966
15 Calendar of events of the James Commission [1962?]
16 Newspaper clippings 1955, July 1958
17 Newspaper clippings [early 1960?s]
18 Newspaper clippings, December 1960
19-23 Newspaper clippings, January 1961
24-27 Newspaper clippings, February 1961
28-31 Newspaper clippings, March 1961



Box Folder
10 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 10 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1 Newspaper clippings, May 1961
2 Newspaper clippings, June 1961
3 Newspaper clippings, July 1961
4 Newspaper clippings, August 1961
5 Newspaper clippings, November 1961
6 Newspaper clippings, December 1961
7 Newspaper clippings, circa 1962
8 Newspaper clippings, January 1962
9 Magazine article, "This Rotten Mess," Time, January 12, 1962
10 Newspaper clippings, March 1962
11 Newspaper clippings, May 1962
12
13 Newspaper clippings, May 1962
14 Newspaper clippings, January-February 1964
15 Newspaper clippings, 1989-2006
16 Landrey's notes on newspapers, n.d.
17 Magazine article, "How the Vice Lords Took over Beaumont," Tempo [circa1962?]
Papers Related to Rita Ainsworth and Other Personalities
18 Newspaper clipping documenting Charlie Ainsworth, 1903
19 Nat Ainworth's divorce papers, 1927, 1936
20 Nataniel Ainsworth's estate records, 1947
21 Play written by Rita Ainsworth, n.d.
22 Photocopy of play written by Rita Ainsworth, n.d.
23 Information about Rita Ainsworth taken from city directories, 1933-1962
24 Rita Ainsworth divorce filings, 1943-1944
25 Rita Ainsworth deed, 1946
26 Photocopy of Rita Ainsworth's card from Saint Anthony's Guild, 1948
27 Photocopy of Rita Ainsworth's business card, circa 1950
28 Photocopy of Rita Ainsworth's application for a Social Security card, 1952
29 Rita Ainsworth's cancelled checks, 1955
30 Rita Ainsworth's receipts, 1960
31 Rita Ainsworth's biographical information, 1978
32 Correspondence from Mary Lou Ainsworth, daughter of Rita Ainsworth, 2001, Mary Lou Ainsworth's diary, 1947
33 Newspaper articles on the Dixie Hotel, 1980-2001
34 History of site of Dixie Hotel, [Beaumont Heritage Society? 1980?]
35 "Remembering the Dixie," article written by Wanda Landrey, 2001
36 M.circa "Blue Buddy" Carter, 1978
37 Marcella Chadwell, n.d.
38 Harold Clayton, 1977, 1983
39 Harold Engstrom, 1996
40 Jake and Robert Giles' photos from high school yearbooks, 1913, 1926
41 Estate of Jake Giles, 1919
42 Robert Giles' death certificate, 1942
43 Jake Giles' criminal case papers, 1942
44 Todail Godeaux, 1985
45 "The Jefferson County Parade," poem about the James Commission, circa 1962
45 Lee Wesley Marshall, 1958
47 Charley Meyer, 1989



Box Folder
11 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 11 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1 Police in Beaumont newspaper clippings and papers, circa 1980?
2 Jim Stafford, 1962
3 Jim Stafford, 1979
4 Sam "Buster" Telle, 1963
5 United Citizens for Law Enforcement (UCLE), n.d.
6-7 UCLE, 1961
8-9 UCLE, 1962
10 UCLE, 1963
11 UCLE, circa 1972
12 W.G. Walley, 1975
13 David Witts photocopy of correspondence from Robert Kenedy, 1961, correspondence to Landrey, 1997
14 Correspondence regarding Grace Woodyard, 2006
15 Landrey's notes on Betting, Booze, and Brothels
16 Landrey's notes on the James Commission and vice in Jefferson County, circa 2000
17 Landrey's notes about the book, circa 2000
18 "Purging a Corrupt Government: The Clean-Up of Jefferson County," Honors Thesis, by Laura Kathleen Cernigilia [O'Toole] Presented to Plan II Honors Program, University of Texas, in partial fulfillment for the degree of Bachelor of Arts, May 1988, page 1-34
19 Cernigilia thesis, pages 35-53
20 Cernigilia thesis, pages 54-83
21 Draft of Cernigilia thesis, pages 1-14?
22 Laura Cernigilia's presentation "Purging a Corrupt Government: the Clean-Up of Jefferson County," Beaumont History Conference, 1993
23 Laura Cernigilia O'Toole correspondence, 1989-2005
24 Questions Laura Cernigilia O'Toole raised regarding research of the book, circa 2000
25 Typescript, "The Law West of the Neches: Illegal Booze, Brothels, and Betting in Jefferson County, Texas, and the 1960's Clean-Up
26 Typescript, "How the Law West of the Neches was Lost: Betting, Booze, and Brothels in Jefferson County, Texas, and the 1960's Purge of Corrupt Government," no correct pages numbers given
27 CD of a different version of the Betting, Booze, and Brothels, typescript circa 2002
28 Betting, Booze, and Brothels in Jefferson County, Texas, and the 1960's Purging of a Corrupt Government, typescript, i-37 pages
29 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, typescript pages 38-55
30 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, typescript pages 56-87
31 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, typescript pages 88-102
32 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, typescript pages 104-128
33 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, typescript pages 129-147
34 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, typescript endnotes pages 143-147
35 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, slightly different typescript i-49



Box Folder
12 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 12 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, pages 50-89
2 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, pages 90-112
3 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, pages 113-133
4 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, pages 134-150
5 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, different version, i-4A
6 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, pages 5-33E
7 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, pages 34-48C
8 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, different version, pages 48-52
9 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, different version, pages 102-115G
10 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, pages 1-92
11 Betting, Booze, and Brothels, corrections to book
12 "Sex, Booze, Cards, and the Political Dixie Mafia," [an article written by Landrey after the publication of Betting, Booze, and Brothels?]
13 Correspondence with a publisher about a book about the James Commission, 1999
14 Correspondence with the University of North Texas regarding the publication of Betting, Booze, and Brothels, 2003-2005
15-23 Presentations to groups promoting Betting, Booze, and Brothels, 2006-2009
24 "Remembering the Dixie" by Wanda Landrey, circa 2001
25 Promotional materials for Betting, Booze, and Brothels, 2006
26 Publicity on Betting, Booze, and Brothels, 2005-2006
27 Permission to use illustrations for Betting, Booze, and Brothels, 2002-2006
28 Manuscript of book with photocopies of photos, pages 53-69B
29 Photocopies of photos, pages 72-98
30 Photocopies of photos used in the book, pages 98A-114
31 Photocopies of photos used in the book, pages 115-133
32 Photocopies of photos used in the book, pages 132-169



Box Folder
13 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 13 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1-2 Betting, Booze, and Brothels photos
3 Photos of Rita Ainsworth and prostitutes
4 Photos of Grace Woodyard
5-6 Photos Savannah Godeaux's in Port Arthur
7 UCLE 1962
8 [Law Enforcement Officer?] circa 1960
9 Chuck Litter at an arrest, circa 1970
10 Photos and negatives of the Dixie Hotel, circa 1960-2000
11 [James Commission hearing?] circa 1962
12 Negatives and two CDs of photos used in Betting, Booze, and Brothels, circa 2006
13 Illustration of sites of illegal activities in Beaumont, circa 1960
14 Wanda Landrey in madam costume, circa 2006
15 Photo of event, those pictured include Evelyn Lord and Mamie Bogue, circa 2000
16 Photos of promotional activities for the book, 2006
17-20 Slides used at presentations to promote the book, circa 2006



Box Folder
14 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 14 of 42 (.3 cubic feet)
1 Framed photograph of Rita Ainsworth in her youth



Box Folder
15 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 15 of 42 (.75 cubic feet)
Oversize papers on the James Commission and related topics
1 Copies of newspapers documenting the excerpt, on the deaths of Robert and Jake Giles, July 26, 1942 and July 3, 1958
2 Newspaper clippings, January 1959
3 Bound newspaper clippings, 1960-1961
4 Newspaper clippings, January 1961
5 Newspaper clippings, August-September 1961
6 Newspaper, September 1961?
7-8 Newspaper clippings, October 1961
9 Newspaper clippings, "American's Sin Cities," [Corruption of a City] American Weekly, insert in Houston Chronical, October 8, 1961
10-11 Newspaper clippings, December 1961
12 Newspaper clippings, January 1962
13 Newspaper clippings, March 1963
14 Newspaper clippings, May 1964
15 Newspaper clippings, October 1964
16 Newspaper clipping, "What Lies Ahead for the Triangle," Texas Magazine, October 31, 1965
17 Newspaper clippings, document the death of Judge Owen Lord, 1967
18 Newspaper clippings, January 1971
19 Newspaper clippings, "Ten Years Ago a Leader of the City Predicted Great Progress There," Texas, August 3, 1975
20 Newspaper clipping, article on Port Arthur madam, Marcella Chadwell, February 19, 1989
21 Newspaper clippings on "sex clubs," 1996-1997
22 Newspaper clippings on history of the James Commission, "James Commission Aired Corruption, " November 1999, "James Panel Took Big Bite out of Crime," September 5, 2001, "100 Years of Justice," February 3, 2003
23 Newspaper clippings on Dixie Hotel, 2001-2004
24 Papers documenting the work of the United Citizens for Law Enforcement, 1962
25 Newspaper clippings about Landrey's publicity for the book, 2005
26 Newspaper clippings about Landrey and O'Toole's book, 2004-2006
27 Full-color book jackets, Betting, Booze, and Brothels: Vice, Corruption, and Justice in Jefferson County, Texas, from Spindletop to the 1960s



Box Folder
16 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 16 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
Cassette tapes of interviews conducted by Landrey
Batson, Texas
1 Jude Hart, April 9, 2985. Topics: early days in Batson, Aunt Doll's boarding house
2 Eda Johnson, circa 1980. Topics: Caldona Hotel, smokes for mosquitos, way men washed clothes, meals and gravy
3 Leon Kindle, October 16, 1990. Topics: Civilian Conservation Corps Camp at Beaumont, six man football, hog hunting, Irish stew, Judge J.D. Hughes, L.L. Singleton, Perricone Quads, Larry Jene Fisher
4-5 (Two cassette tapes) Ethel McCreight, May 1, 1985. Topics: Aunt Doll's boarding house, Daisetta, Texas, Ada Bell Oil Company, East Batson Oil Company, food served at a boarding house. Tape #4 includes an interview with Lon Wright who discusses his work on the railroad
6 Walter McCreight and Bessie Wells (niece and nephew of "Aunt Doll") March 15, 1985. Topics: "Aunt Doll's" Boarding House, Bragg Road, Gulf Oil Field, McCreight's song about the Big Thicket, Miss Duty, Miss Palmer
7 Ben Richey, April 29, 1985. Topics: Fet Caruthers, shackle lines, Gulf Oil Company, Ada Belle Oil Companies, tripe, Pearl Hotel at Daisetta, Texas, trains
8 "Pete" Landolt, August 27, 1998. Topics: reinstating bears into the Big Thicket, "fire huntin,'" "Tex," the bear
9-10 Buck Hobbs and Minnie West, April 27, 1985. Topics: life in the oil fields around Batson, town near Batson named Gusher, dangers of living near an oil field, boarding houses, divorce, Prohibition, bootleg liquor, "corduroy" roads
Beaumont, Texas
11 Mary Anna Crary Anderson
12 Sue Boyt, cassette tape is badly distorted, October 23, 1984. Topics: Clairemont Hotel
13 Ted Erickson, cassette tape is badly distorted, January 21, 1985. Topics: Clairemont Hotel
14 David Hoffman, 2006? Topics: Adding an addition to the Tyrrell Historical Library, which would be appropriate to the historical character of the building. Tape is marked that it includes an interview with Helen Locke and Jeannette Greer regarding KFDM [television and radio stations], April 17, 2003, but there was no discernible audio from this interview
Bessmay, Texas
15 Mr. and Mrs. Homer Holland, December 14, 1983. Topics: Bessmay Mill; Aunt Duck - Mrs. Lizzie Collins ran a boarding house in Bessmay?, life in sawmill towns
16-17 Ed Reichelt, October 24, 1984. Topics: Bessmay, Texas; Ginger Rogers and kidnapping by mother as a child; Tiny Scurlock; worked for the Beaumont Enterprise; Kirby Company Commissary; Halloween pranks
18 Duplicate created by Media Preserve of Ed Reichelt interview
Big Thicket
19 Walter McCreight, date unknown. Topics: piano music played by McCreight, including his composition, The Big Thicket Song



Box Folder
17 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 17 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1-2 Amber Eason, March 25, 1992. Topics: conversion experience; husband becomes a preacher; Votaw, Texas; Apostolic - Assembly of God - Pentecostal; story tellin'; quilting; Josie songs and parties; Baptist beliefs; swimming at Honey Island; songs sung at church; testimony service; alter call; baptism in the river
3-4 Sue Marcontell (and husband?), no date. Topics: railroad routes, Bragg Hotel, Ghost Road legends and explanations, sawmill workers, hog killing time, pranks, providing water for trains, race relations, White Oak, Texas, walking to school
Buna, Texas
5-6 Alma Hargrove and Kate Hargrove, January 23, 1984. Topics: John Henry Phelan, race relations, segregation, Evadale Ferry, boarding house at Buna, logging, Bessmay, Texas, cost at boarding house, squirrel hunting, "tramps" marking boarding houses as a place to get a handout, one-room schools, women operating businesses, John Henry Kirby, lumber business, eating wild game
7 Robert Scurlock, April 18, 1985. Topics: Scurlock Hotel, Buna, Texas, Texas Revolution, Ginger Rogers, Bonnie and Clyde, poaching cattle, women working outside the home, sawmill, rules for boarding house guests
Burkesville, Texas
Bess Childers, summer 1978 [see Box 21 Tape 1]. Topics: food served at boarding house, Latitias boarding house at Burkeville, Texas, sweet milk, school teachers' character, Bonnie and Clyde. This interview is on Side B of Mr. and Mrs. Cariker, Cariker Hotel, Kountze, Texas
8-9 Beatrice Maddox, Virginia Mattox Lee, February 27, 1985. Topics: "drummers" (salesman)
10 Jesse Watson, no date. Topics: East Texas inns, boarding houses, sawmill cottages for teachers, millponds [see Box 17 Tape 14 with Mrs. Russell Watts]
11 Earl Hines, February 7, 1985. Topics: Road Table Inn, history of the Round Table Inn, fire at the Round Table Inn, Gulf and Northern Railway
Camden, Texas
12 Mr. Joe Nerrin and Mrs. Jack Watts, January 25, 1985. Topics: boarding house at Camden, Moscow, Texas, trains, bootlegger being tricked by a cowbell, Percy Foreman, Office of Price Administration [OPA], bedbugs, sand fleas, sawmills
13 Mrs. Russell Watts, March 1, 1978. Topics: Camden sawmill, Camden Hotel, Office of Price Administration rules, railroad line from Moscow to Camden, wood stove
Canary Island, Texas
14-15 Gilbert Carvahal, February 26, 1991. Carvahal is a descendant from a Canary Island and Spanish family. Topics: family's migration to Texas
Castroville, Texas
16 Earl Tschirhart, no date. Topics: Henri Castro, ethnic history, hauling freight, Fort McKavitt, Geronimo, blacksmithing, Alsatians in Texas, race relations, learning English, Prohibition, food of Alsatians
Chester, Texas
17 Bascom Barnes and Mary Lou Barnes, circa 1985. Topics: early days in Chester, Josie parties, bell for church, Josie party songs, bank in Chester, work at the bank in Chester
18 Bascom Barnes and Mary Lou Barnes, no date. Topics: Riley Hotel, early days in Chester and Betty Enloe, circa 1985. Topics: traveling salesman - "drummers," race relations



Box Folder
18 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 18 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1 Lewis Bush, March 28, 1985. Topics: Riley Hotel, road building, dumpling recipe, death of George Enloe while testifying at a trial
2 Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Seamans, Irene Lewis, Inez Thornton. Topics: Riley Hotel, light plant, physical description of the boarding house, food served at the boarding house, recreation, transporting ice, opposition to church, Josie parties. Side B: Mrs. Lorene Sorey, Livingston, September 10, 1991. Topics: Keyes Hotel, witnessing a hanging, recreation on the courthouse square, planting pecan trees. Note: noise of cars passing by on the highway
3 Jack Donald Enloe, June 16, 1985. Topics: Riley Hotel, condition of roads; lumber from hotel used to build a house in Chester, Grandfather Riley was county commissioner in the 1930s
4 John Legget, [and Mrs. John Leggett?] ca. 1985. Topics: mercantile store, George Enloe, bank in Chester, floods, mud at Chester, race relations, football, bad behavior of boarders, laying pipelines, hygiene habits, early electricity in Chester
5 Lou Ella Mosley, February 5, 1985. Topics: murder at Colmesneil, going to a party at the Lewis home in Chester
6 Clarence Seamans, 1985. Topics: pipelines, poor roads, Riley Hotel, muddy roads
Colmesneil, Texas
7 Alvin and Ruth Crews, Betty Enloe, October 8, 1978. Side B has speaking but is unintelligible. Topics: East Texas Hotel at Colmesneil, closing of the Rockland sawmill, beginning of Colmesneil, railroad routes, bedbugs
8 Bob Mann and his mother, Winnie Mann, February 4, 1985. Topics: shoot out and death
9 Mayo McBride, no date. Topics: early days of Colmesneil and Woodville, story of the Commercial Hotel in Kountze
10 Easter Mann and Lou Ella Mosley, no date. Topics: East Texas Hotel, boarding house prepared lunch for people on the train, blocks of ice came on train, ice boxes
11 Aaron Durham, [unknown month] 25, 1985. Topics: East Texas Boarding House, bargaining over price for farm produce, African-American boarding house operated by "Aunt Cab" in Doucette. Roosters are heard frequently through the interview.
Daisetta, Texas
12 Mr. Pat Abshire, April 13, 1984. Topics: Abshire Hotel history, Greenwood, South Carolina, Smith Chapel Church, Park Hotel, pot belly stove, ambrosia and fruit cakes, a dollar a day for meals at the hotel, amenities for the hotel
13 Unknown interviewee. Topic: Abshire Hotel
14 Eda Belle Boyd, no date. Topics: Spring Hotel, Sour Lake, Texas, baths at the lake, sulfur, mud, Nome, Texas, hack rides from the train at Grayburg to the hotel at Sour Lake
15 Mrs. Jo Brunt, October 28, 1985. Topics: chicken pot pie, Park Hotel
Doucette, Texas
16 Mr. Wood Fain, no date. Topics: sawmill town, company store, ice plant, doctor in a sawmill town, segregation, businesses in Docette, African-American businesses, pay-scale for sawmill workers, demand for lumber during Work War I, violence in Doucette, recreation in Doucette, lumber camps
17-18 Fay Dell Greenwood, March 14, 1985. Topics: description of the hotel at Doucette, mother's desire for her daughters to be educated, woman as entrepreneurs, problems with artificial limbs, description of Babe Zaharias



Box Folder
19 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 19 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1 Henry Hendrix, 1985. Topics: description of lumber companies' company houses, living conditions in Doucette, end of sawmill in Doucette, description of hotel in Doucette, end of sawmill in Doucette, descrption of hotel in Doucette, grain door builders, musical entertainment, recreation of teenagers and adults, meals served at Baskin Cafe, popularity of baseball in community, old-time cooking, John Tower's family
2 Henry Hendrix, Fay Fell Greenwood, Doucette Homecoming, May 19, 1985. Side A only. Near the end of the tape, Landrey speaks briefly with a woman whose parents, Susan and Edgar Myron SUtton, operated a boarding house in Doucette in the early 1900s. Topics: Senator John Tower's origins, playing with Babe Zaharias in sports, popularity of food at the boarding house, migration of sawmill workers from town to town, characteristics of sawmill workers, soda fountain in Doucetter, J.H. Kenneson and his concern for the well-being of the company.
Dick Dowling
3-4 Joe Collerain and Ann Ivins, relatives of Dowling, November 14, 1990. Topics: Dick Dowling, arrival of Dick Dowling in New Orleans, discrimination against Irish, Dowling's business in Houston, Dowling's command of Sabine Pass, Dowling's life after the Civil War and death from yellow fever. First tape is on sides A and B. Second tape is only on side A.
Larry Jene Fisher
5 Juanita Martin, June 13, 1991. Topics: Martin's early life, production of Fisher's play, "The Kaiser Burnout," Jayhawkers, death of Larry Jene Fisher, description of Larry Jene Fisher's personality, accusations of Fisher being a Nazi, Fisher's status as an outsider, Fisher's education, Fisher's musical training.
6 [James] Elmo Rosier, October 1989. Topics: biographical information on Larry Jene Fisher, personal appearance of Fisher, plays written by Fisher, accusation of Fisher being a Nazi spy, friendship between Fisher and Lance Rosier, R.E. Jackson, movement to save the Big Thicket, accusation of Richard Noark being a Nazi spy, bear hunts in the Big Thicket, Lance Rosier's knowledge of plants, Lance Rosier's poverty, German attacks on merchant ships, German submarine activity in the Gulf of Mexico
Folk Medicine
7 R.A. Parker, Elton Parker, and Louis [Sam?] Hendrix, November 5, 1985. Topics: folk remedies used in the Big Thicket, including the toothache tree.
Grayburg, Texas
8 "Smooth" King, no date, lots of background noise. Topics: origins of nickname "Smooth," women of ill repute, shooting incident with a member of the Sapp family, character of the Sapp family, King Hotel, going off to World War I, tithing to the church.
9 Mrs. Ada Wright, no date, quality of tape poor. Topics: piano and fiddle players for dances at the hotel, demolition of the hotel and use of lumber to make tourist cabins at Anahauc, guests at hotels work as tie makers, woodsmen, and planers, use of persimmons in different foods, how Grayburg got its name.
Honey Island, Texas
10 Minnie Cruse, February 9, 1984. Topics: working as a principal for the Island School, discipline of students.
11 circaW. Hendrix, Henry Hendrix, Lester Holmes, May 9, 1985. Topics: how Honey Island got its name, Jayhawkers evading the draft, sawmills at Honey Island, primitive conditions of boarding houses
12-13 George H. McMillan, September 10, 1991. Topics: discovery of oil at Saratoga, learning to play the fiddle, Josie parties, Jayhawkers in the Civil War, religious prohibitions against dancing, square dances, courtship, White Oak, Texas, harvesting of white oak trees
14 W. H. Neuhold, February 6, 1984. Topics: mother's work in managing boarding houses, end of sawmill at Honey Island, transport of lumber mills in Beaumont, description of the hotel, poor roads, John Richardson and his work as a deputy sheriff, race relations, company houses
15 Albert Parker, May 13, 1985. Topics: Kirby Lumber Company moving 163 company houses to Honey Island, closing of Kirby sawmills in Hardin County, living conditions in boarding houses
16-17 Albert Parker, Nelda Johnson, and Geraldine Hooks (boarding house owner Bertie Parker's children), May 16, 1985. Topics: destruction of the hotel by fire, children's labor at the hotel, rat's theft of false teeth, eating wild game, sausage recipes, customs of setting a table, cats' mischief in boarding houses, courting customs, Bragg Lights
18 Mary Sells, May 13, 1985. Topics: working as a maid in the boarding house, prostitution at the boarding house, sawmill closing



Box Folder
20 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 20 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
Hull, Texas
1 Two interviews of the tape, Bill Brett, October 20, 1985. Topics: oil boom at Batson, Daisetta oil boom, board walks in oil towns, first at Daisetta, Clyde Barrow, coffee produced by old time methods, Jews in Southeast Texas, Ku Klux Klan in Southeast Texas. Second interview is with Cadilac Thompson, October 20, 1985? Topics: bootlegging
2 Pickney Smith, October 20, 1985. Topics: Layton Boarding House in Hull, Texas
Jasper, Texas
3 Judy Adams, June 4, 1985. Topics: Swann Hotel at Jasper, Swann hotel's food drawing Beaumonters to the hotel
4-5 Carl Bledsoe and Ann Bledsoe Hancock, March 20, 1985. Topics: biographical information on owners of Belle-Jim Hotel, clock on the courthouse, sawmill in Jasper, woman as entrepreneurs
6-7 Dr. Joe Dickerson, January 27, 1996. Topics: Army personnel staying at the Belle-Jim Hotel, war exercises, war maneuvers
8 Faye Seale Hancock, 1985?, Topics: popularity of the Swann Hotel's food, women as entrepreneurs
9 James Houlihan, March 12, 1985. Topics: description of the Belle-Jim Hotel, prices paid for lodging, Jasper County Courthouse clock
10 Continuation of James Houlihan interview is on Side B, Lola Ingram, March 12, 1985. Side A. Topics: construction of the Belle-Jim Hotel, Swann Hotel, description of the college at Jasper, women entrepreneurs, women's suffrage
11 Side A. Dallas Matthews, November 19, 1984, Topics: Swann family history, General Eisenhower and General Patton eating at the Swann hotel. Helen Jackson, November 19, 1984. Topics: working at the Swann Hotel, Eugenia Swann’s illness and death, rodeo stars eating at the Swann Hotel. Bum Winfrow, November 19, 1984, Topics: Swann Hotel, boarders who lost their lives in World War I. Side B Continuation of Bum Winfrow interview; and Floyd Addington, November 19, 1984. Topics: families who operated Belle-Jim and Swann Hotels in Jasper, quality of food at the hotel, conversion of the Belle-Jim Hotel into office space.
12 Ira Ralph, March 20, 1985. Topics: working at Swann Hotel, race relations, women as entrepreneurs, Jasper Bottling Works
13 Ben Williamson, June 4, 1985. Topics: bathing facilities at the hotel, traveling salesmen, lumber industry, Ginger Rogers at Bessmay, turpentine production, cleaning outhouses, cyclone, board walks, life in Jasper, Texas teens-1940s, men conscripted for road construction, cisterns, recreation at the hotel, explosion making home brew, life on the home front during World War I, treatment for bedbugs, early automobiles and accidents and maintenance.
Kirbyville, Texas
14 Lexie Herndon, no date. Topics: Round Table Hotel, Burkeville, hacks bringing people to the hotel.
15-16 Frank and Faye Powell, March 21, 1985. Topics: Cooper’s Café, rooms over the Opry House picture show, famous chili at Cooper’s Café, turpentine camp, early businesses in Kirbyville, rough reputation that Cooer’s café had.
17 Ferrelle Richard, George Wynne, no date. Topics: operating a boarding house above the Old Opera House,” Bonnie and Clyde’s visit to the boarding house.



Box Folder
21 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 21 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
Kountze, Texas
1 See cassette 26: Tape bad. (note: see also interview with Bess Childers on side A) Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Cariker, August 1978. Topics: snow in Southeast Texas, transporting people from depot, sawmills, food served at the boarding house, photo of hotel.
2 Hettie Crews Crosley, May 9, 1985. Topics: operating a boarding house, Commercial Hotel, father’s role in the family, hotel’s popularity with attorneys and jurors
3 Ruby Harrington, 1985, tape bad. Topics: construction of the boarding house, description of the boarding house, methods to keep food from insects or spoiling
4 Thomas Sydney Hooks, October 16, 1985. Topics: biographical information on Dr. John Roberts, bears in the Big Thicket.
5 Versie Johnston, May 13, 1985. Topics: Cariker Hotel, deer hunting, Hooks’ family and hunting, Kountze Baptist College, African-American college, relationships with servants and employers.
6 Minnie McKim and Mary Francis Richardson, and Mrs. Richardson’s daughter, January 17, 1985. Topics: Long Station, Texas, Village Mills, sawmills, Kountze at the turn of the century, bank in Kountze, serving as county judge, businesses in early Kountze, courthouse at Kountze.
7 Ila Sanders, November 9, 1977. Topics: Old Commercial Hotel, prices for boarding, traveling salesmen, description of boarding house, working to attend Lamar College, telephone operator at Lamar, biscuits and gravy. Side B: Joe Combs, reforestation, Ye Olde Round Inn, East Texas boarding houses, ephemeral quality of sawmill towns, violence at Bessmay.
8 Mr. and Mrs. Truitt [Roy Edward and Peggy J.?], April 12, 1985. Topics: Williford Store, businesses in Kountze, appearance of Kountze, fires in Kountze, putting out fires, railroad round houses.
Liberty, Texas
9 Mrs. Jack [Artesmia] Echols, Topics: use of African-American servants, boarding houses in Liberty, family history
10 Virgie Reviere, no date. Topics: family history, French ancestry, traveling salesmen, good quality of food served in the hotel, cousins marrying, importance of work of African-American servants, Judge Hightower, people attending court for entertainment, disputed elections, gumbo recipes, play parties, an establishment owned successively by the LaCour’s, the Cameron’s and the Norman’s.
11-12 Nita Van Deventer, [sister of Virgie Reviere], poor sound quality, November 16, 1984, family history, rice farming, [Cameron Hotel, now known as the Norman House on the grounds of the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center], boarding houses in Beaumont, description of the Cameron Hotel, burial and funeral customs, Sabbath observance, entertainment before television, Partlow family, school bullies, Moss Bluff, Texas, cures for bedbugs, Judge Hightower
Livingston, Texas
Mrs. Lorene Sorey, Livingston, September 10, 1991. [See Box 18, Tape 2-Side B, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Seamens] Topics: Keyes Hotel, witnessing a hanging, recreation on the courthouse square, planting pecan trees. (Note: noise of cars passing by on the highway)
Nederland, Texas
13 Marie Fleming, October 3, 1990. Topics: immigrants from Holland in Southeast Texas, differences between Dutch in Texas and Holland, Dutch in other parts of the United States, objection to monarchy in Holland, Pella, Iowa, traditional Dutch food, rice production in Southeast Texas, differences between Dutch and American food, magic lantern shows
14 Marion Rienstra, September 25, 1990. Topics: Dutch settlement in Southeast Texas, financing of Dutch businessmen with Dutch capital, father’s immigration to America, travel from Galveston to Nederland, magic lantern shows, rice industry in Southeast Texas, destruction of the rice crop due to salt water, reasons for immigration from Holland, Interurban railroad, differences between Frieslanders and other Dutch
Newton, Texas
15 Fay Gilchrist Duncan, no date. Topics: race relations, African-American prisoner's escape from jail, death of sheriff in Newton in 1932, boarding house in Newton
16 Eula Cain/Kain?, April 18, 1985. Topics: Norton Hotel, bear hunts, importance of the fair in Beaumont, Goodwill Train that advertised the fair in Beaumont.
Nicknames
17 Juanita Martin, July 1991. Topics: nicknames, depiction of handicapped, Wanda Landrey, short address to Big Thicket Day
Railroads
18 Lon Wright, [1979?] no date. Topics: history of the Santa Fe Railroad, routes of railroads in Southeast Texas, nickname for the Houston, East, and West Texas Railroad, appearance of train interiors, work as a railroad agent, John Henry Kirby and railroads, ethics of railroad passes, amenities for railroad passengers, advertising the fair at Beaumont, food at boarding houses, influenza epidemic, railroad employee working while deathly ill.



Box Folder
22 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 22 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
Sabine Pass, Texas
1 Jennie Watts, February 15, 1989. Topics: family history, first child born at Sabine Pass, history of Sabine Pass, lighthouse at Sabine Pass, Brad Johnson’s two families and life of crime, construction of a channel
E.E. Sapp
2 Charles Sapp, son of E.E. Sapp, and Mrs. Charles Sapp, August 5, 1994. Topics: corruption of Texas prisons, biographical information on Sapp, curiously nice furnishings of Sapp family home, family’s reaction to Sapp returning to live with family after prison, Sapp’s carrying of gun, Sapp’s wads of currency, Sapp’s story that family had been killed in the Galveston Storm of 1900.
3 Clarence Sapp, son of E.E. Sapp, March 2, 1995. Topics: death of E.E. Sapp, Sapp’s characteristics as a father, Sapp’s religious conversion, Sapp’s close connections to important people in East Tennessee, Mrs. Sapp’s hard work to provide for her family, Sapp’s first marriage, children from first marriage, Sapp’s status as a Mason, Sapp genealogy
Saratoga, Texas
4 Harriette Bonner Coley, April 25, 1985, Topics: description of the boarding house, laundering guests clothing, death from hook worms, suffering in Great Depression, labor of a child, sightings of bears, poor roads, Josie parties, Bonner Boarding House
5 Mamie Belle Smith Loftin, April 9, 1985. Topics: oil boom in Saratoga, amenities in Saratoga during the oil boom, discovery of oil at Saratoga, biography of "Daddy" Skaggs, description of "Aunt Matt" Evans, Robert "Bobby" Evans, food eaten in early Saratoga, amenities of the Rio Bravo oil field, violence during strike, labor unions in oil business, hardships of striking workers.
6 Juanita Martin, April 3, 1985. Topics: family history, sawmills, location of Dearborn, Texas, living in tents during oil boom
7 Walter Nickells, April 9, 1985. Topics: Rio Bravo oil field, boarding house operated by Rio Bravo Oil Company, housing for oil field workers, oil field strike, ownership of the Rio Bravo Oil Company, health resort at Saratoga, labor unions among oil workers, labor unionizer Robert E. Evans, "black balling" union members from jobs in the oil industry, opposition to "scabs" in the community, Ku Klux Klan and violence, saloons and opposition to saloons
8 James Elmo Rosier, March 19, 1984. Topics: biographical information on "Aunt Matt" Jordan Evans, who operated the Vines Hotel, genealogy of Jordan family, Robert Evans and oil field workers labor organization, race relations, lynching, violence against African-Americans, biographical information on Lance Rosier, Lance Rosier’s tours of the Big Thicket, description of the Vines Hotel, Lance Rosier’s finances, Lance Rosier’s knowledge of plant life, Rosier’s honors from universities, Geraldine Watson’s knowledge of the Big Thicket, Larry Jene Fisher, suspicion of outsiders in the Big Thicket, famous people given tours of the Big Thicket, attitudes toward the Big Thicket National Preserve, demolition of the Vines Hotel.
9-10 Allie "Granny" Ryan, and unidentified woman, April 24, 1985, Topics: slave woman’s long tenure with family, African-American’s servants care of white children, casino at Saratoga, treatment of orphans, shooting in Saratoga in 1907, violence in boomtown Saratoga
11 Jack Stalsley and Margaret Williams, April 3, 1985. Topics: Saratoga history, Bingville, Texas, [includes a photocopy of a letter written to Mattie Jordan by her first husband], social life based around church, violence in oil boom towns, boarding houses at Saratoga, strictness of father, Josie parties. Side B: Buelah Skinner, Margaret Williams, Topics: description of Saratoga in the teens, Dearborn, Texas, hardwood sawmill, wealthy oil barons’ origins in Saratoga, Rothwell family, health resort at Saratoga, teenagers’ entertainment.
12 Ida Walton, May 23, 1990. Topics: Ghost Light, Ghost Road, young people’s entertainment, causes of the Ghost Light, Josie parties
Silsbee, Texas
13-15 Mrs. Eugenia Nixon, and Marie Fregia, no audio, condition of hotel, work of hotel keeper, hours worked, wife abuse, prices charged by the hotel, duties of workers at the hotel, robbery by Bonnie and Clyde, bedbugs
16-17 A.S. Norrid, January 18, 1985, [other dates listed are February 17, 1981 and November 13, 1990] Three different interviews? Topics: description of parents who operated hotel, description of hotel, Huey Long’s family, description of Huey Long, learning he was adopted, description of hotel, bargaining for produce for hotel, African-American servants, experiences with a parrot, Huey Long’s contributions to Louisiana, Bonnie and Clyde in Silsbee and Beaumont
18 Erie May Overland, no date. Topics: family history, John Henry Kirby’s dominance of Silsbee, descriptions of John Henry Kirby’s family, boarding prisoners at family home, description of Harvey House, Kirby-Hill House in Kountze, courtship, elopement, segregation, prostitution, character of women who worked in the Harvey House, E.E. Sapp’s being a "scab," union activity, support for the Ku Klux Klan



Box Folder
23 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 23 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
Silsbee, Texas (continued)
1-2 Otis Thomas, May 10, 1984. Topics: Harvey Houses, destruction of the Harvey House in Silsbee by fire, amenities of the Harvey House, causes for the end of the Harvey Houses, dress of Harvey house employees, qualities of Harvey House employees, perks of Harvey House employees, Kirby Lumber Company’s connections to the Santa Fe Railroad, animals running loose in Silsbee, descriptions of Silsbee in the Teens and Twenties, training to work in a Harvey House, biographical information on Fred Harvey
Sour Lake, Texas
3-4 Margarite Graham, David Payne, Mildred Payne, Ann Payne, and Vivian Payne, no date. Topics: bird dogs, family history, slavery, white man’s sexual advances to a black woman, transport of logs to mill via train, descriptions of amenities on trains, description of children’s clothing and dress, lunches eaten on trains, descriptions of sawmills, descriptions of work in sawmills, sawmills’ whistle, josie party
5 Mrs. Hardage-Malavansos, Harold Carpenter, [circa 1985?] parent’s reaction to a child punished at school, deaths in a hotel fire, man killed by bull, suspicion of Germans during World War I, Christmas celebrations, sawmill, oil boom in Sour Lake, violence during the oil boom
Trinity, Texas
6-7 Hortense Callahan, Alfreda Foster, no date. Topics: cleaning lamps, self-sufficiency, remedies for bedbugs, African-American boarding houses, perfectionism of boarding house owner, race relations, self-image of African-Americans, evicting unmarried couples from hotel, making lye soap, sanctified religion, foot washing in churches, African-American churches, feeding African-American troops heading to World War I, experiences at Houston College for Negroes, funeral customs
8 Dollie Dunn, date unknown. Topics: Sequoia, Texas, Camden, Texas sawmill towns, elopement
9 Doris Lucas, Ruby Sutton, date unknown. There is also a telephone interview with Ruby Sutton. Topics: Sawmill Boarding House, widow’s need to earn a living, description of the boarding house, sawmill whistles, end of sawmill, family history, labor of children at boarding house, dress of women, African-American servants, lunches of lumber workers, getting around Prohibition
Village Mills, Texas
10 James Neushafer, no date. Side 1. Topics: life in a sawmill town, segregation, African-American’s entertainment, description of felling wood for sawmill, description of a log skidder, description of a log skidder accident, Alice Keith and her family’s involvement in Village Mills and the lumber industry, Baptist and Methodist churches sharing ministers, lumber company commissaries, home remedies, medical care. Side 2 of Tape is Vera Reichelt, who discusses Wiergate
Wiergate, Texas
11 Calvin Smith, Massie Rae Smith, 1985?, Letitia's boarding house, drummers (traveling salesmen), segregation, sawmill’s bell, requirements for teachers, end of sawmilling, violence among sawmill workers, African-American owned businesses, log scaling, mill ponds
Woodgate, Texas
12-13 Emma Busby, April 15, 1985. Topics: self-sufficient lifestyle, production and slaughtering of chickens, entertainment at the boarding house, food served at the boarding house, fire at the boarding house, women as entrepreneurs, fighting bedbugs, childcare
14 Don Crain, [1985?]. Topics: Pickett House’s operations, use of hog fat in cooking, end of boarding houses in East Texas, apparel worn by boarding house workers, transportation to boarding houses, family feuds.
15-16 H.L. Rainey, [1985?].Topics: hotels in Woodville, bed bugs, fires at boarding houses, automobiles’ effect on boarding houses, importance of trains to daily life, isolation of area, introduction to grapefruit, work at the shipyard in Beaumont during World War II, lifestyle of Native Americans, dangers of fires, difficulties of moves, lumber industry, introduction of mechanization to cotton farming.



Box Folder
24 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 24 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
World War II
1 Dr. Joe Dickerson, December 2, 1996, Topic: death of Tojo
Big Thicket
2-4 Tales of the Big Thicket: a ten-part series on the nature, history, folk, and folklore of the unique part of Texas: The Big Thicket by KFDM Radio.
Pattillo Higgins
5 Recording from a video, "American Stories," speaker who recreates Topics: Higgins’ determination to drill for oil at Beaumont, collaboration with Anthony F. Lucas
6 Unknown choral group signing popular Josie song, "Old Joe Clark," no date
7 Messages to Wanda from Virginia Eakin regarding a book Wanda was working on, no date
8 Duplicate tape of Easter Mann interview
9 Dr. Joe Dickerson duplicate of interview
10 Duplicate of unknown choral group singing "Old Joe Clark,"



Box Folder
25 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 25 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1 I.V. Eason interview agreement
2 Connie [Riln?] on interview release on Texas Ethnic Culture, 1991.
3 Generic Oral History Release
Batson, Texas
4 Jude Hart, April 9, 1985. Topics: early days in Batson, Aunt Doll’s Boarding House, Batson during the second oil boom, no stock law in Batson, Saratoga Ghost Light, race relations in the oil boom, violence against African-Americans
5 Eda Johnson, circa 1980. Topics: Caldona Hotel, smokes for mosquitoes, way men washed clothes, meals and gravy, oil boom town, description of Batson, doing laundry, mosquitos, remedies
6 Leon Kindle, October 16, 1990. Topics: six man football, hog hunting, Irish stew, Judge J.D. Hughes, L.L. Singleton, Perricone Quads, Larry Jene Fisher
7 Ethel McCreight, May 1, 1985. Topics: Aunt Doll’s Barding House, Uncle Fete, Daisetta, Texas, Ada Belle Oil Company, East Batson Oil Company, food served at the boarding house, Uncle Fete, Daisetta, Texas, Ada Belle Oil Company, East Batson Oil Company
8 Walter McCreight, Bessie Wells (niece and nephew of Aunt Doll), March 15, 1985. Topics: Aunt Doll’s in Batson, Bragg Road, Gulf Oil Field; McCreight’s song about the Big Thicket, Miss Duty, Miss Palmer
9 Ben Richey, April 29, 1985. Topics: Fete Caruthers, shackle lines, Gulf and Ada Belle Oil Companies, tripe, Daisetta, Texas – Pearl Hotel, train
10 circacirca "Pete" Landolt, August 27, 1998. Topics: Reinstating bears into the Big Thicket; "Fire Huntin’", "Tex" the bear.
11 Buck Hobbs and Minnie West, April 27, 1985. Topics: life in the oil fields around Batson, town near Batson named Gusher, dangers of living near an oil field, boarding houses, divorce, Prohibition, bootleg liquor, "Quotcorduroy" roads
Beaumont, Texas
12 Mary Anna Crary Anderson, January 13, 2000. Topics: Sabine Pass, boarding houses in Beaumont, women working in offices, women wearing make-up, cisterns, Tyrrell Public Library, opinions of library directors, Hotel Dieu, a Roman Catholic hospital in Beaumont
13 Mr. and Mrs. Homer Holland, December 14, 1983. Topics: Bessmay Mill, Aunt Duck – Mrs. Lizzie Collins ran a boarding house in Bessmay?, life in mill towns
14 Ed Reichelt, No date. Topics: Bessmay ( Bessie May), Texas, and Ginger Rogers and kidnapping by mother as a child, Tiny Scurlock worked for the Beaumont Enterprise, Kirby Company Commissary, Halloween pranks
Big Thicket, Texas
15 Walter McCreight, date unknown. Topics: piano music played by McCreight including his composition, The Big Thicket Song
16 George Moye (92 years old), October 11, 1990. Topics: large family (15 children), square dancing, candy drawing game, slave – Aunt Mandy, Josie parties
17 Amber Eason, March 25, 1992. Topics: conversion experience, husband becomes a preacher, Votaw, Texas, Apostolic – Assembly of God - Pentecostal; story tellin’, quilting, Josie songs and parties, Baptist beliefs, swimming at Honey Island, songs sung at church, testimony service, altar call, baptism in the river
Buna, Texas
18 Mrs. Alma Hargrove, Mrs. Kate Hargrove, January 23, 1984. Topics: Evadale Ferry owned by the Kirkpatrick's, boarding house at Buna, logging, Bessmay, Texas, cost at boarding house, squirrel hunting, "tramps" marking boarding house as a place to get a handout.
19 Mrs. Alma Hargrove, Mrs. Kate Hargrove, January 23, 1984. Topics: Evadale Ferry owned by the Kirkpatrick's, boarding house at Buna, loggin, Bessmay, Texas, cost at boarding house, squirrel hunting, "tramps" marking boarding house as a place to get a handout.
20 Mr. Robert Sculock, Scurlock Hotel, Buna, Texas, April 18, 1985. Topics: Bessmay, Texas, sawmills, boarding houses, William Scurlock in the Battle of Goliad and the Battle of San Jacinto, Browndale, rules at the boarding house, occupancy of the boarding house.
Burkeville, Texas
21 Mrs. Beatrice Mattox, no date. Topics" "drummers" (salesman), Roundtable Inn or Windom Hotel, meals served at boarding house, timber estimators, Fort Polk
22 Jesse Watson, circa 1985. Topics: Letitia's Boarding House, food served at the boarding house, cavalry training at Burkeville.
23 Mrs. Earl Hines, no date. Topics: East Texas inns, boarding houses, sawmill cottages for teachers, millponds
24 Earl Hines, February 7, 1985. Topics: Round Table Inn, history of the Round Table Inn, a.k.a. Harold House early on, "drummers" (salesman) fire at Round Table Inn, Gulf and Northern Railway, sawmill cottages for teachers, mill ponds
Camden, Texas
25 Mrs. Joe Nerrin and Mrs. Jack Watts, circa 1985. Topics: Camden Boarding House, Moscow, Texas, trains, bootlegger tricked by cowbell, Percy Foreman, Office of Price Administration (O.P.A.), bedbugs sand fleas, sawmills
26 Mrs. Russell Watts, March 1, 1978. Topics: Camden sawmill, Camden Hotel, Office of Price Administration rules, railroad line from Moscow to Camden, wood stove
Canary Islander
27 Gilbert Carvahal, a descendant from a Canary Island family and a Spanish family. February 26, 1991. Topics: tells about original families and how they came to Texas
Castroville, Texas
28 Carl Tschirhart, no date. Topics: Henri Castro, ethnic history, hauling freight, Fort McKavitt, Geronimo, Native American/white relations, blacksmithing, African-American/white relations, speaking Alsatian, children's entertainment, World War I and the end of German language in schools, Alsatians volunteering for military service, bootlegging in Castroville, food in Castroville, Alsatians in Castroville, visiting Alsace-Lorraine
Chester, Texas
29 Mrs. Bascum Barnes, Mrs. Mary Lou Barnes, no date. Topics: early days of Chester, Texas, deer hunting, first business in Chester, Josie parties, bell for church, Josie party songs
30 Mr. Lewis Bush, March 28, 1985. Topics: Riley Hotel, road building, dumpling recipe, death of George Enloe while testifying at trial
31 Betty Enloe, circa 1985. Topics: traveling salesman (drummers)
32 Jack Donald Enloe, June 16, 1985. Topics: Riley Hotel, condition of roads, lumber from hotel used to build a house in Chester, Grandfather Riley was county commissioner in the 1930s
33 John Leggett, 1985. Topics: mercantile store, Saturday night tradition, social status of African-Americans, tobacco use, Riley Hotel, boarding house description, domestic work, misbehavior of boarding house guests, traveling store on a truck



Box Folder
26 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 26 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
Chester, Texas (continued)
1 Mrs. Moody, circa 1985. Topics: shooting at Chester, Texas
2 Clarence Seamans, 1985. Topics: pipelines, poor roads, Riley Hotel, muddy roads
3 Clarence Seamans, Mrs. Irene Lewis, Mrs. Inex Thornton, no date. Topics: Riley Hotel, light plant, physical description of the boarding house, food served at the boarding house, recreation, transporting ice, opposition to church, Josie parties
Colmesneil, Texas
4 Ruth Crews, Alvin Crews, and Ann Crews, no date. Topics: meal prices, closing of the sawmill, Ogden Texas, railroad routes
5 Bob Mann, February 4, 1985. Topics: shootout and death at railroad station
6 Mayo McBride, no date. Topics: early days of Colmesneil and Woodsville, story of Commercial Hotel in Kountze
7 Easter Mann and Lou Ella Moseley, no date. Topics: East Texas Hotel; boarding house prepared lunch for people on the train, blocks of ice came on the train, ice boxes
Daisetta, Texas
8 Mr. Pat Abshire, April 13, 1984. Abshire Hotel history. Topics: Greenwood, South Caroline, Smith Chapel Church, Park Hotel, pot belly stove, ambrosia and fruit cakes, a dollar a day for meals at hotel, amenities at hotel
9 Eda Belle Boyd, no date. Topics: Spring Hotel, Sour Lake, Texas, baths at the lake, sulfur mud, Nome, Texas, hack rides from train at Grayburg to hotel in Sour Lake
10 Mrs. Jo Brundt, October 28, 1985. Topics: chicken pot pie, Park Hotel
11 Mr. Wood Fain, no date. Topics: sawmill town, company store, ice plant, doctor in a sawmill town, segregation, businesses in Doucette, African-American businesses, pay-scale for sawmill workers, demand for lumber during World War I, violence in Doucette, recreation in Doucette, lumber camps
12 Fay Dell Greenwood, March 1985. Topics: description of the hotel at Doucette, mother's desire for her daughters to be educated, woman as entrepreneurs, problems of artificial limbs, description of Babe Zaharias
13 Henry Hendrix and Fay Dell Greenwood, Doucette Homecoming, May 19, 1985. Side A only: near the end of the tape, Landrey speaks briefly with a woman whose parents, Susan and Edgar Myron Sutton, operated a boarding house in Doucette in the early 1900s. Topics: Senator John Tower's origins, playing with Babe Zaharias in sports, popularity of food at the boarding house, migration of sawmill workers from town to town, characteristics of sawmill workers, soda fountain in Doucette, J.H. Kenneson and his concern for the well-being of the company
14 Henry Hendrix, 1985. Topics: description of lumber companies' company houses, living conditions in Doucette, end of sawmill in Doucette, description of hotel in Doucette, grain door builders, musical entertainment, recreation of teenagers and adults, meals served at Baskin Cafe, popularity of baseball in community, old time cooking, John Tower's family
Dick Dowling
15 Joe Collerain and Ann Ivins, November 14, 1990. Topics: biographical information on Dick Dowling, anti-Irish prejudice, Battle of Sabine Pass
Debbie Gore Ennis
16 Debbie Gore Ennis, April 29, 1999. Topics: childhood experiences
Larry Jene Fisher
17 Juanita Martin, June 13, 1991. Topics: Martin's early life, production of Fisher's play, "The Kaiser Burnout," Jayhawkers, death of Larry Jene Fisher, description of Larry Jene Fisher's personality, accusations of Fisher being a Nazi, Fisher's status as an outsider, Fisher's education, Fisher's musical training
18 James Elmo Rosier, March 19, 1984. Topics: biographical information on "Aunt Matt" Jordan Evans, who operated the Vines Hotel, genealogy of Jordan family, Robert Evans and oil field workers labor organization, race relations, lynching, violence against African-Americans, biographical information on Lance Rosier, Lance Rosier's tours of the Big Thicket, description of the Vines Hotel, Lance Rosier's finances, Lance Rosier's knowledge of plant life, Rosier's honors from universities, Geraldine Watson's knowledge of the Big Thicket, Larry Jene Fisher, suspicion of outsiders in the Big Thicket, famous people given tours of the Big Thicket, attitudes toward the Big Thicket National Preserve, demolition of the Vines Hotel
Folk Medicine
19 R.A. Parker, Elbert Parker, Sam Hendrix, November 5, 1998. Topics: folk medicine, making soap, folk remedies, utilizing phases of the moon
Grayburg, Texas
20 "Smooth" King, no date. Lots of background noise. Topics: origins of nickname "Smooth," women of ill repute, shooting incident with a member of Sapp family, character of the Sapp family, King Hotel, going off to World War I tithing to the church
21 Ada Wright, no date. Topics: piano and fiddle players for dances at the hotel, demolition of the hotel and use of lumber to make tourist cabins at Anahuac, guests at hotels work as tie makers, woodsmen, and planers, use of persimmons in different foods, how Grayburg got its name
Honey Island, Texas
22 Mrs. Minnie Cruse, February 9, 1984. Topics: working as a principal for the Honey Island School, discipline of students
23 circaW. Hendrix, Lester Holmes, May 9, 1985. Topics: how Honey Island hot its name, Jayhawkers evading the draft, sawmills at Honey Island, primitive conditions of boarding houses
24 George Henson McMillan, September 10, 1991. Topics: discovery of oil at Saratoga, learning to play the fiddle, Josie parties, Jayhawkers in the Civil War, religious prohibitions against dancing, square dances, courtship, White Oak, Texas, harvesting of white oak trees
25 Albert Parker, May 13, 1985. Topics: Kirby Lumber Company moving 163 company houses to Honey Island, closing of Kirby sawmills in Hardin County, living conditions in boarding houses
26 Albert Parker, Nelda Johnson, and Geraldine Hooks (boarding house owner Bertie Parker's children), May 16, 1985. Topics: destruction of the hotel by fire, children's labor at the hotel, rat's theft of false teeth, eating wild game, sausage recipes, customs of setting a table, cats' mischief in boarding houses, courting customs, Bragg Lights
27 Mary Sells, May 13, 1985. Topics: working as a maid in the boarding house, prostitution at the boarding house, sawmill closing



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27 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 27 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
Jasper, Texas
1 Judy Adams, June 4, 1985. Topics: Swann Hotel at Jasper, Swann hotel's food drawing Beaumonters to hotel
2 Dr. Joe Dickerson, January 27, 1996. Topics: Army personnel staying at the Belle-Jim Hotel, war exercises, war maneuvers
3 Mrs. Faye Seale Hancock, no date. Topics: popularity of the Swann Hotel's food, women as entrepreneurs
4 James Houlihan, March 12, 1985. Topics: description of the Belle-Jim Hotel, prices paid for lodging, Jasper County Courthouse clock
5 Lola Ingram, March 12, 1985. Topics: construction of the Belle-Jim Hotel, Swann Hotel, description of the college at Jasper, women entrepreneurs, women's suffrage
6 Helen Jackson, Bum Winfrow, and Floyd Addington, November 19, 1984. Topics: families who operated Belle-Jim and Swann Hotels in Jasper
7 Ira Ralph, March 20, 1985. Topics: working at Swann Hotel, race relations, women as entrepreneurs, Jasper Bottling Works
8 Ben Williamson, June 4, 1985. Topics: bathing facilities at the hotel, traveling salesmen, lumber industry, Ginger Rogers at Bessmay, turpentine production, cleaning outhouses, cyclone, board walks, life in Jasper, Texas teens - 1940s, men conscripted for road construction, cisterns recreation at the hotel, explosion making home brew, life on the home front during World War I, treatment for bedbugs, early automobiles and accidents and maintenance
Kirbyville, Texas
9 Lexie Herndon, no date. Topics: Round Table Hotel, Burkeville, hacks bringing people to the hotel
10 Frank Powell, March 21, 1985. Topics: Cooper Cafe's famous chili, turpentine camps, rough reputation of Kirbyville, businesses in Kirbyville
11 Ferrelle Richard, no date. Topics: operating a boarding house above the old Opera House, Bonnie and Clyde’s visit to the boarding house
12 George Wynne, no date. Topics: novelty soft drink machine, performers at the opera house, punch boards
Kountze, Texas
13 (note: see also interview with Bess Childers on side A) Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Cariker, August 1978. Topics: snow in southeast Texas, transporting people for depot, sawmills, food served at the boarding house, photo of hotel
14 Hettie Crews Crosley, May 9, 1985. Topics: operating a boarding house, Commercial Hotel, father's role in the family, hotel's popularity with attorneys and jurors
15 Ruby Harrington, no date. Topics: construction of the boarding house, description of the boarding house, methods to keep food from insects or spoiling
16 Thomas Sydney Hooks, October 16, 1985. Topics: biographical information on Dr. John Roberts, bears in the Big Thicket
17 Versie Johnson, May 13, 1985. Topics: deer hunting, Hooks' family and hunting, Kountze Baptist College, African-American college, relationships with servants and employers
18 Minnie McKim and her daughter, Mary Frances Richardson, January 17, 1985. Topics: sawmills, Long Station, Texas, businesses in Kountze
19 Ila Sanders, November 9, 1977. Topics: Old Commercial Hotel, prices for boarding, traveling salesmen, description of boarding house, working to attend Lamar College, telephone operator at Lamar, biscuits and gravy
20 Mr. and Mrs. Truitt, [Roy Edward and Peggy J.?], April 12, 1985. Topics: Williford Store, business in Kountze, appearance of Kountze, fires in Kountze, putting out fires, railroad round houses
21 Esther Hooks Walker, April 12, 1985. Topics: correspondence regarding boarding houses in Kountze and other Southeast Texas towns
Liberty, Texas
22 Mrs. Virgie Riviere, 1985? Topics: family history, French ancestry, traveling salesman, good quality of food served in the hotel, cousins marrying, importance of work of African-American servants, Judge Hightower, people attending court for entertainment, disputed elections, gumbo recipes, play parties
23 Nita van Deventer, November 16, 1984. Topics: family history, rice farming, Cameron Hotel (now known as the Norman House on the grounds of the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center,) boarding houses in Beaumont, description of the Cameron Hotel, burial and funeral customs, Sabbath observance, entertainment before television, Parlow family, school bullies, Moss Bluff, Texas, cures for bedbugs, Judge Hightower
Livingston, Texas
24 Lorene Sorey, n.d. Topics: Keyes Hotel, witnessing a hanging, recreation on the courthouse square, planting pecan trees. Note: noise of cars passing by on the highway
Nederland, Texas
25 Marie Fleming, October 3, 1990. Topics: immigrants from Holland in Southeast Texas, differences between Dutch in Texas and Holland, Dutch in other parts of the United States, objection to monarchy in Holland, Pella, Iowa, traditional Dutch food, rice production in Southeast Texas, differences between Dutch and American food, magic lantern shows.
26 Marion Reinstra, September 25, 1990. Topics: Dutch settlement in Southeast Texas, financing of Dutch businessmen with Dutch capital, father's immigration to American, travel from Galveston to Nederland, magic lantern shows, rice industry in Southeast Texas, destruction of the rice crop due to salt water, reasons for immigration from Holland, Interurban railroad, differences between Frieslanders and other Dutch
Newton, Texas
27 Eula Cain/Kain?, April 18, 1985. Topics: Norton Hotel, bear hunts, importance of the fair in Beaumont, Goodwill Train that advertised the fair in Beaumont.
28 Fay Gilchrist Duncan, no date. Topics: race relations, African-American prisoner' escape from jail, death of sheriff in Newton in 1932, boarding house in Newton
Nicknames
29 Juanita Martin, July 1991. Topics: nicknames, depiction of disabled, Wanda Landrey, short address to Big Thicket Day
Railroads
30 Lon Wright, circa 1980. Topics: history of Santa Fe Railroad, routes of railroads in Southeast Texas, nickname for the Houston, East, and West Texas Railroad, appearances of train interiors, work as a railroad agent, John Henry Kirby and railroads, ethics of railroad passes, amenities for railroad passengers, advertising the fair at Beaumont, food at boarding houses, influenza epidemic, railroad employee working while deathly ill
Sabine Pass, Texas
31 Jennie Watts, February 15, 1989. Topics: family history, first child born at Sabine Pass, history of Sabine Pass, lighthouse at Sabine Pass, Brad Johnson's two families and life of crime, construction of a channel
Emory E. Sapp
32 Charles Sapp (son of E.E. Sapp) and Mrs. Charles Sapp, August 5, 1994. File contains only two interview agreements, one with Charles Sapp and one with Clarence Sapp. Topics listed come from the tapes of the interviews. Topics: corruption of Texas prisons, biographical information on Sapp, curiously nice furnishings of Sapp family home, family's reaction to Sapp returning to live with family after prison, Sapp's carrying of gun, Sapp's wads of currency, Sapp's story that family had been killed in the Galveston Storm of 1900.
32 Clarence Sapp (son of E.E. Sapp), March 2, 1995. Topics: death of E.E. Sapp, Sapp's characteristics as a father, Sapp's religious conversion, Sapp's close connections to important people in Eastern Tennessee, Mrs. Sapp's hard work to provide for her family, Sapp's first marriage, children from first marriage, Sapp's status as a Mason, Sapp genealogy
33 Herriette Bonner Coley, April 25, 1985. Topics: description of the boarding house, laundering guests' clothing, death from hook worms, suffering in Great Depression, labor of a child, sightings of bears, poor roads, Josie parties
34 Mamie Belle Smith Loftin, April 9, 1985. Topics: oil boom in Saratoga, amenities in Saratoga during the oil boom, discovery of oil at Saratoga, biography of "Daddy" Skaggs, description of "Aunt Matt" Evans, Robert "Bobby" Evans, food eaten in early Saratoga, amenities of the Rio Bravo Oil field, violence during strike, labor unions in oil business, hardships of striking workers
35 Juanita Martin, April 3, 1985. Topics: family history, sawmills,
36 Walter Nickells, April 9, 1985. Topics: Rio Bravo oil field, boarding house operated by Rio Bravo Oil Company, housing for oil field workers, oil field strike, ownership of the Rio Bravo Oil Company, health resort at Saratoga, labor unions among oil workers, labor unionizer Robert E. Evans, "black balling" union members from jobs in the oil industry, opposition to "scabs" in the community, Ku Klux Klan and violence, saloons and opposition to saloons
37 James Elmo Rosier, March 19, 1984. Topics: Vines Hotel, biographical information on "Aunt Matt" Jordan Evans, who operated the Vines Hotel, genealogy of Jordan family, Robert Evans and oil field workers labor organization, race relations, lynching, violence against African-Americans, biographical information on Lance Rosier, Lance Rosier's tours of the Big Thicket, description of the Vines Hotel, Lance Rosier's finances, Lance Rosier's knowledge of plant life, Rosier's honors from universities, Geraldine Watson's knowledge of the Big Thicket, Larry Jene Fisher, suspicion of outsiders in the Big Thicket, famous people giving tours of the Big Thicket, attitudes toward the Big Thicket National Preserve, demolition of the Vines Hotel
38 Allie "Granny" Ryan and unidentified woman, April 24, 1985. Topics: slave woman's long tenure with family, African-American's servants care of white children, casino at Saratoga, treatment of orphans, shooting in Saratoga in 1907, violence in boomtown Saratoga



Box Folder
28 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 28 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1 Jack Stalsey, Buelah Skinner, and Margaret Willaims, April 3, 1985. Includes a photocopy of a letter written to Mattie Jordan by her first husband. Topics: Saratoga history, Bingville, Texas, social life based around church, violence in oil boom towns, boarding houses at Saratoga, strictness of father, Josie parties. Side B: Buelah Skinner, Margaret Williams. Topics: description of Saratoga in the teens, Dearborn, Texas, hardwood sawmill, wealthy oil barons' origins in Saratoga, Rothwell family, health resort at Saratoga, a teenagers' entertainment.
2 Ida Walton, May 23, [1985?]. Topics: Ghost Light, Ghost Road, young people's entertainment, causes of the Ghost Light, Josie parties
3 Mrs. [Eugenia] Nixon and Marie Fregia, 1985? Topics: condition of hotel, work of hotel keeper, hours worked, wife abuse, prices charged by the hotel, duties of workers at the hotel, robbery by Bonnie and Clyde, bedbugs
4 A.S. Norrid, January 18, 1985. Other dates listed at February 17, 1981 and November 13, 1990. Three different interviews? Topics: description of parents who operated hotel, description of hotel, Huey Long's family, description of Huey Long, learning he was adopted, description of hotel, bargaining for produce for hotel, African-American servants, experiences with a parrot, Huey Long's contributions to Louisiana, Bonnie and Clyde in Silsbee and Beaumont
5 Erie May Overland, circa 1980? Topics: family history, John Henry Kirby's dominance of Silsbee, description of Harvey House, Kirby-Hill House in Kountze, courtship, elopement, segregation, prostitution, character of women who worked in the Harvey House, E.E. Sapp's being a "scab," union activity, support for the Ku Klux Klan
6 Otis Thomas, May 10, 1984. Topics: Harvey Houses, destruction of the Harvey House in Silsbee by fire, amenities of the Harvey House, causes for the end of the Harvey Houses, dress of the Harvey house employees, Kirby Lumber Company's connections to the Santa Fe Railroad, animals running loose in Silsbee, description of Silsbee in the teens and twenties, training to work in a Harvey House, biographical information on Fred Harvey, a photocopy of recipe from 1903 and newspaper articles on Harvey Houses
Sour Lake, Texas
7 David Payne, Midred Payne, Ann Payne, Vivian Payne, and Margarite Graham, no date. Topics: bird dogs, family history, slavery, white man's sexual advances to a black woman, transport of logs to mill via train, descriptions of amenities on trains, description of children's clothing and dress, lunches eaten on trains, descriptions of sawmills, descriptions of work in sawmills, sawmills whistle, Josie party
8 Mrs. Hardage-Malavansos and Harold Carpenter, no date. Topics: parent's reaction to a child punished at school, deaths in a hotel fire, man killed by bull, suspicion of Germans during World War I, Christmas celebrations, sawmill, oil boom in Sour Lake, violence during the oil boom. File also contains a newspaper obituary of Harold Carpenter
Trinity, Texas
9 Hortense Callahan and Alfreda Foster, circa 1985? Topics: cleaning lamps, self-sufficiency, remedies for bedbugs, African-American boarding houses, perfectionism of boarding house owner, race relations, self-image of African-Americans, evicting unmarried couples from hotel, making lye soap, sanctified religion, foot washing in churches, African-American churches, feeding African-American troops heading to World War I, experiences at Houston College for Negroes, funeral customs
10 Mrs. Doris Lucas and Ruby Sutton, circa 1985? telephone interview with Ruby Sutton. Topics: Sawmill Boarding House, widow's need to earn a living, description of the boarding house, sawmill whistles, end of sawmill, family history, labor of children at boarding house, dress of women, African-American servants, lunches of lumber workers, getting around Prohibition
Village Mills, Texas
11 James Neushafer, no date. Topics: life in a sawmill town, segregation, African-American's entertainment, description of felling wood for sawmill, description of a log skidder, description of a log skidder accident, Alice Keith and her family's involvement in Village Mills and the lumber industry, Baptist and Methodist churches sharing ministers, lumber company commissaries, home remedies, medical care
Wiergate, Texas
12 Vera Reichelt, 1979. Topics: traveling salesman, African-American employees, entertainment of African-Americans, African-American churches, segregation, sawmill towns, company towns, Depression's effect on lumber industry.
13 Calvin Smith and Massie Rae Smith, 1985? Topics: Letitia's boarding house, drummers (traveling salesman,) segregation, sawmill's bell, requirements for teachers, end of sawmilling, violence among sawmill workers, African-American owned businesses, log scaling, mill ponds
Woodville, Texas
14 Emma Busby, April 15, 1985. Topics: self-sufficient lifestyle, production and slaughtering of chickens, entertainment at the boarding house, food served at the boarding house, fire at the boarding house, women as entrepreneurs, fighting bedbugs, childcare
15 Don Crain, circa 1985? Topics: Pickett House's operations, use of hog fat in cooking, end of boarding houses in East Texas, apparel worn by boarding house workers, transportation to boarding houses, family feuds
16 Mr. "H.L." Rainey, circa 1985? Topics: hotels in Woodville, bedbugs, fires at boarding houses, automobiles' effect on boarding houses, importance of trains to daily life, isolation of area, introduction to grapefruit, work at the shipyard in Beaumont during World War II, lifestyle of Native Americans, dangers of fires, difficulties of moves, lumber industry, introduction of mechanization to cotton farming
17 Dr. Joe Dickerson, December 2, 1996. Topics: discussion of Dr. Theo Wiesbach's military service and death of Tojo at the end of World War II
Oral Histories not Conducted by Wanda A. Landrey
18 Recording from a video, "American Stories," in which a great-grandchild of Pattillo Higgins is interviewed about Higgins and his determination to drill for oil at Beaumont, and his collaboration with Anthony F. Lucas
19 Typescript, "My Life Remembered," by Rosario Charles Maceo with Josephone Fertitta Maceo as told to Frank G. Molly Messina, 1982. Topics: Sicilian immigration to Beaumont, conditions aboard ship bound for America, prejudice against Italians, cousins marrying



Box Folder
29 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 29 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
Subject files on Big Thicket and Texas History
1 African-American history, transcript of an interview with Edison Neely on segregation and race relations, for a sociology class at Lamar University, 2001
2 African-American History, photocopy Folk Beliefs of the Southern Negro, by Newbell Niles Puckett, 1926, beginning through page 127
3 African-American History, Folk Beliefs of the Southern Negro, 128-261
4 African-American History, Folk Beliefs of the Southern Negro, 262-371
5 African-American History, Folk Beliefs of the Southern Negro, 372-451
6 African-American History, Folk Beliefs of the Southern Negro, 452-537
7 African-American History, Folk Beliefs of the Southern Negro, 538-582
8 Alabama-Coushatta Indian Tribe
9-10 Batson, Texas
11 Bears in the Big Thicket
12 Newspaper clippings on Beaumont in 1850s-1860s
13 Beaumont during Spindletop, newspaper article, 1976
14 Beaumont, Port of, 1988
15 Beaumont Sesquicentennial celebration, 1987
16 Bessmay, Texas
17 Big Sandy, Texas
18 Big Thicket, copies of articles written by Buddy Moore, circa 1990
19 Typescript, "The Big Thicket," by Mrs. Carl James, P.W.
20 Big Thicket Association, information about the museum, 1980
21 Big Thicket Association, 1990
22 Big Thicket hotels, notes by Landrey circa 1985
23 Big Thicket map, circa 1975
24 Article on the Big Thicket in the National Geographic, October 1974
25 Big Thicket National Preserve, 1973
26 Boarding houses, critique of by W.E. Merrin, January 1975
27 Boarding house recipes, 1985
28 Bouton Lake ghost stories, 1988
29 Uncle Bud Bracken's house, circa 1965
30 Bragg, Texas, 1985
31 Branch Davidians, 1993
32 Brown, Danny, 1973
33 Buna, Texas, 1984
34-36 Burkeville, Texas, 1985
37-38 Camden, Texas, 1970-1985



Box Folder
30 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 30 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1 Captain James and Mary Sabinal Campbell, 1990
2 Castroville, 1982-1990
3 Cattle drives, 1998
4 Center, Texas, 1979
5 Chambers County, Texas, 1937
6-7 Chester, Texas, 1979
8 Cleveland, Texas, 2000
9 Civil Air Patrol, 1944
10 Coastal Prarie Corridor of Southeast Texas, 1981
11 Colmesneil, Texas, 1973
12 Concord, Texas, 1933
13 The Confederacy, 1990
14 Cold Spring, Texas, circa 1970
15 Cruse, Squire, 1930
16 Daisetta, Texas, 1983
17 Dearborn, Texas, circa 1975
18 Doucette, Texas, circa 1985
19 Dowling, Dick, 1951-1993
20 Fisher, Larry Jene, 1924-1984
21 Folk Medicine, circa 1985
22 Frazer, Harmon, 1933
23 The French in Texas, circa 1985
24 French, John J., circa 1980
25-26 Galveston, 1986, 1994
27 Ghosts, 1998
28 Gillard-Duncan House, 1932
29 Goleman, Red, 1940-2006
30 Grayburg, 1985
31 Greeks in Texas, 1990
32 The Green Inn, west of Beaumont, Texas, 1932
33 Hardin County, 1936-1973
34 Hardin County cemeteries, 1973
35 Hardin County petroleum, 1970-1974
36 Hardin County poll-tax list, 1927
37 Hardin family, circa 1980
38 Hardin, Texas, 1963
39 Harvey Houses, 1951
40 Harvey Houses, circa 1982



Box Folder
31 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 31 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1-6 Harvey Houses, 1911-1989
7 Hightower, Judge L.B., circa 1970
8 Honey Island, Texas, circa 1970
9 Hooks, Ben, circa 1965
10 Houston, Texas, circa 1980
11 Native Americans in Texas, circa 1965
12 Japanese in Texas, 1990
13 Jasper, 1975
14-18 Jasper - The Swann Hotel, 1930-1995
19 Jayhawkers, 1963
20 Jeff Davis Rifles, 1931
21 Jefferson County history, circa 1980
22 Kennard, Texas, 1971
23-24 Kirbyville, Texas, 1956-1980
25-26 Kountze, Texas, circa 1985
27 Lamar, Mirabeau B., 1985
28 LaSalle Community, circa 1985
29 Liberty County, Texas, circa 1980
30 Liberty, Texas, circa 1985
31 Lindsey, "Red," Hardin County Sheriff, circa 1975
32 Livingston, Texas, 1979
33 Lumber industry, 1972
34 Lumber industry - Spies in the Piney Woods: John Henry Kirby's Agents Provocateurs and the Brotherhood of Timber Workers in East Texas, 1910-1912. circa 1982 by Marilyn Rhinehart.
35 Glen McCarthy obituary, 1988
36 McFaddin-Ward House, 1985
37 Murrel, John A., 1853
38 Nederland, Texas, 1986
39 Newton, Texas, n.d.
40 O'Brien, Capt. George W., 1905
41 Origins of Names of East Texas Towns, circa 1975



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32 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 32 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1 Orange, Texas, 1987-1988
2 Parker, Lois, circa 1975
3 Pompeiian Villa, 1973-1979
4-5 Port Arthur history, 1937-1946
6 Potter, Robert, circa 1975
7 Railroads, 1988
8-10 Recipes, n.d.
11 Red-eye gravy, circa 1985
12 The Republic of Texas, 1934
13 Rockland, Texas, 1962-1968
14-15 Sabine Pass, Texas, 1933-1984
16 Sabine Pass, Battle of, circa 1970
17 Sam Houston Regional Library, 1989
18 "Sandy Creek: A Study of an Isolated Community," M.A. thesis, Irvin Thompson, submitted to the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, 1942
19 Sapp, Emory, 1907-circa 1950
20 Saratoga Lights, 2012
21 Saratoga, Texas, 1952
22-24 Sawmills, 1878-1990
25 Scottish in Texas, 1990
26-28 Silsbee, Texas, 1956-1984
29 Slovakians in Texas, circa 1985



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33 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 33 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1-7 Sour Lake, Texas, 1857-1977
8 Spanish in Texas, 1932
9 Steamboats, 1936
10 Syrup mills, 1981
11 Texas Forest Association, 1946
12 Thicket, Texas, circa 1965
13-16 Trinity, Texas, circa 1950-1979
17 Tyler County, Century Farms, 1936
18 Village Mills, Texas, circa 1985
19 The Wendish in Texas, circa 1985
20 Wiergate, Texas, 1979
21 Woodville, Texas, circa 1975
22 Yoakum House, Henderson, circa 1980
23 Yocum, Thomas D., circa 1975
24 Yokum Gang, 1897-1952
Articles by Wanda Landrey
25-27 "Christmas in the Big Thicket" by Bill Vandiver and Wanda Landrey, circa 1980
28 "Christmas Memories," 1973
29 "How Far Have We Come in the Field of Prejudice?" 1998
30 "'Tex,' the Last Bear in the Big Thicket," circa 2000
31 "The Trials and Tribulations of a Duck Hunter's Mother," 2002
Articles by Bill Vandiver
32 "Clarence Jacob and the Elf's Pie," circa 1975
Papers about Wanda Landrey's books on the Big Thicket
33 Correspondence on Landrey's thesis, "Lawlessness in the Big Thicket," 1970-1974
34 Correspondence regarding publication of Landrey's book Outlaws in the Big Thicket, 1975
35 Correspondence regarding Boarding' in the Big Thicket, 1988
36 Correspondence regarding Lost in the Big Thicket, 1997
37 Manuscript of Outlaws in the Big Thicket, circa 1975
38 Manuscript of Boardin' in the Big Thicket, circa 1988
39 Manuscript of Lost in the Big Thicket, 1994
40 Manuscript of Ghosts of Spindletop Hill, circa 2001
41 Manuscript of The Historic Belle-Jim Hotel, 2005?
42 Publicity for Boardin' in the Big Thicket, circa 1980s-2000s
43 Publicity for Ghosts of Spindletop Hill, 2000
44 Publicity for Lost in the Big Thicket, 1997
45-50 Presentation, Outlaws in the Big Thicket, circa 1975-1999



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34 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 34 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
1-12 Presentation, Boardin' in the Big Thicket, circa 1988-2002
13-16 Presentation, Lost in the Big Thicket, circa 1997
17 Presentation, Ghosts of Spindletop Hill, circa 2001
18 Presentation, The Historic Belle-Jim Hotel, circa 2005
19-22 Presentations regarding Landrey's writing career and other topics, ca. 1981-2005
Personal Papers
23 Jefferson County Bar Association Auxiliary, 1981-1992
24 Correspondence with Lamar University president Rex Cottle, 1996
25 Marriage program of Ricca Landrey, 1998



Box Folder
35 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 35 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
Photographs of Big Thicket and Texas history topics
1 Big Thicket photos information
2-5 Batson, Texas
6 Bayous
7 Bears in the Big Thicket
8-9 Beaumont, Texas
10 Bessmay, Texas
11 Bragg, Texas
12-13 Buna, Texas
14 Burkeville, Texas
15 Camden, Texas
16-18 Castroville, Texas
19 Chester, Texas
20 Colmesneil, Texas
21 Daisetta, Texas
22 Dark, Major J.N.
23 Dowling, Dick
24 Doucette, Texas
25 Fisher, Larry Jene
26 Galveston, Texas
27-29 Goleman, Red
30 Gore, Velma Baker and Debbie Gore
31 Grayburg, Texas
32 Hadley, Ida and Paul
33 Honey Island, Texas
34 Hull, Texas
35-36 Jasper, Texas - The Belle-Jim Hotel
37 Jasper, Texas - The Swann Hotel
38 Kirby, John Henry
39 Kirbyville, Texas
40 Kountze, Texas - Cariker Hotel
41 Kountze, Texas - Commercial Hotel
42 Liberty, Texas
43 Livingston, Texas
44 McMillan, George
45 Nederland, Texas
46 Newton, Texas
47 Palmetto huts
48 PHS [Pineland?, Texas] basketball team, 1922-1923
49 Port Arthur, Texas
50 Rockland, Texas
51 Sabine Pass, Texas
52 Sapp family
53-56 Saratoga, Texas
57 Silsbee, Texas
58-60 Sour Lake, Texas
61-63 Trinity, Texas
64 Village Mills, Texas
65 Wiergate, Texas
66-67 Woodville, Texas
68 Wright, Long



Box Folder
36 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 36 of 42 (.5 cubic feet)
Photographs, negatives, slides, and drawings
1-3 Unidentified photographs and negatives
4 Semi-identified photographs
5 Slides used for Big Thicket presentations
6-9 Outlaws in the Big Thicket images
10-16 Boardin' in the Thicket images
17 Lost in the Big Thicket images
18 The Ghosts of Spindletop Hill slides
19 Book signing at the Sam Houston Regional Library photographs, circa 2003
20 Wanda Landrey photographs at a South Park school as a child and of South Park Class of 1952 Reunions (45th and 50th)
21 Wanda Landrey family photos
22 Floyd Landrey



Box Folder
37 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 37 of 42 (.75 cubic feet)
Scrapbook containing photographs and a guest register for a book signing and autograph party, April 1, 1990, Lost in the Big Thicket autograph party, September 21, 1997, guest roster



Box Folder
38 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 38 of 42 (.75 cubic feet)
Scrapbook containing school and church documents from Wanda Landrey's childhood in South Park, 1937-1951
Scrapbook (dark blue cover with a depiction of a Viking ship) containing material compiled by Minnie Cruse, mother of Wanda Landrey, documenting her leadership in South Park Elementary P.T.A. and the Order of the Eastern Star, 1940-1943



Box Folder
39 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 39 of 42 (.75 cubic feet)
Promotional posters for Landrey's book sales events



Box Folder
40 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 40 of 42 (.75 cubic feet)
Oversized illustrations from Landrey's book



Box Folder
41 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 41 of 42
Oversize Papers
1 African-American history, 1990-1991
2 Aldridge, Texas, 1979
3 Bear hunting, 1977
4 Belgrade, Texas, 1974
5 Big Thicket, 1978-2005
6 Big Thicket Association, 1979
7 Branch Davidians, 1996-2000
8 James Byrd murder, 1998-1999
9 Camden, Texas, 1980
10 Chambers County history, 1975
11 Chester, Texas, 1974
12 Chinese in Texas, 1990
13 Chireno, Texas, 1974
14 Governor Bill Daniel, 1975
15 Major J.N. Dark murder, 1975
16 Dutch in Southeast Texas, 1990
17 Fort Houston, 1975
18 French in Texas
19 Ghost Light, Saratoga, 1970
20 Commodore Basil Muse Hatfield, 1977
21 Hillister, Texas, 1974
22 Hispanics in Texas, 1990
23 Hull, Texas, 1985
24 Humble Oil and Refining Company, 1987
25 Native Americans in Texas, 1990
26 Italians in Texas, 1990
27 E.I. Kellie, 1985
28 John F. Kennedy Assassination, 2003
29 Kountze, Texas, 1970, 1979
30 Lumber industry, 1978 (see also sawmilling)
31 Magness Baygall in the Big Thicket, 1975
32 Middle Easteners in Southeast Texas, 1990
33 Milvid, Texas, 1973
34 Parker's Fort, 1975
35 Petroleum Production, 1991, 1995
36 Port Arthur, Texas, 1965
37 Sabine Pass, Texas, 1935, 1936, 1971
38 Saratoga, Texas, 1954
39 Silsbee, Texas, 1954
40 Sour Lake, Texas, 1974
41 Syrup making, 1974
42 Vietnamese in Texas, 1990-1991
43 Geraldine Watson, 2006
44 Wildwood, Texas, 1971
45 Woodville, Texas, 1978
46 World War II veterans in Southeast Texas, 1994
47 Historic documents: Original newspapers documenting the John F. Kennedy Assassination, November 22 (Beaumont Journal), November 23 (Beaumont Enterprise and Journal), November 25 (Beaumont Enterprise), 1963



Box Folder
42 Wanda A. Landrey Collection, Box 42 of 42
Bottle of Spindletop commemorative oil, probably purchased at the Spindletop/Gladys City/Boomtown Museum