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Boyce House Papers

Biography

Boyce House was born in Piggott, Arkansas on November 29, 1896. He spent his early boyhood in Texas and grew up in Tennessee. He was a cub reporter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal. He returned to Texas in 1920. He became editor of Eastland County’s daily newspaper.

He wrote about “Old Rip”, a horned frog which had been placed in the cornerstone of the Eastland County Courthouse. The horned frog was found alive in 1928 after 31 years when the Courthouse was torn down. He edited newspapers in Cisco, Olney and Brady and worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for five years.

He was technical advisor for the movie, Boomtown (1940). After returning from Hollywood, he began writing humorous columns and books. He was a candidate for lieutenant governor in the Texas Democratic primaries in 1942, and 1946. He was married to Golda Fay Jamison on April 8, 1927, and they had no children. He died on December 30, 1961, in Fort Worth.

Provenance

The provenance in unknown, but the collection was probably donated by Boyce House in the early sixties.

Scope and Contents Note

The collection consists of three boxes of books, articles, programs, and clippings relating to Boyce House including his I Give You Texas column.

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Last updated: June 9, 2014