Nederland High School senior Sierra Wiltz is looking forward to the responsibility of being the cavOILcade queen for 2020-21.
“The responsibility I hold is going out and volunteering in the community and representing the cavOILcade organization the best way I can and be a role model for younger girls, and that is what I hope to be,” Sierra said, less than a week after being crowned cavOILcade Queen.
The pageant was held Oct. 17 at Groves Middle School.“It’s a big opportunity,” Sierra said. “It opens many doors for myself. I’m very proud to represent the cavOILcade organization and to be able to go out and volunteer in the community.”
A couple of people have posted
on the internet about Bonnie and Clyde's connections with East Texas. I recently learned of another that was new to me: one of the reasons the couple was so often in East Texas was that Bonnie Parker’s sister Billie Jean Parker lived in Nacogdoches (and later in Gladewater). They were also known to stay in a hotel in Groveton.
I’m not sure of the total number of Lufkin robberies but the first two below are usually attributed to the gang.
-April 25, 1932 at the Magnolia Station at First & Burke where they kidnapped the attendants and made them drive 4 miles out of town.
-May 5, 1932 when they robbed two Lufkin gas stations, and they stole a car with a baby named Benton Musselwhite in the backseat. Discovering the baby they ditched the car and robbed another. I think the police slip attached to this post from that robbery though curiously it doesn't mention the car theft.
Mack Henry Hannah Jr. was born into an enterprising family. His father, "Daddy Mack," was a colorful character associated with many business ventures in the early days of the city - - saloons, a barbershop, poolhalls, a restaurant, a drug store, and in 1920 the Hannah Funeral Home, which still operates in Port Arthur today. His son Mack Jr. became one of the nation's outstanding citizens. He graduated from Lincoln High School and Bishop College, where he became that school's first All-America football player. He worked as a physical education teacher at Lincoln High School and later joined the Orange Casket Company, becoming their first black salesman.
Spooners Camera Store
Texaco float in down Port Arthur parade
Jim Andrus and Steve Robison (August 2020)
Cecelia (Trevino) and Tony Esqueda with granddaughter, 2020 CavOILcade queen, Sierra Wiltz
The Rue De Soldats
Lakeview is southeast of State highways 87 and 347, twenty miles southeast of Beaumont in eastern Jefferson County. It overlooks Sabine Lake. Artesian wells at the site provided water shipped up the Neches River to Beaumont during the latter nineteenth century. In 1928 the Gist Realty Company platted the Lakeview addition to Port Arthur. In 1938 Lakeview voters incorporated their residential community by a 51–13 margin. In the early 1940s the city had 852 residents. Impelled by wartime expansion of Jefferson County industries, the population jumped to 3,083 in 1950. Ten years later the figure reached 3,849, and during the mid-1970s it fell slightly to 3,597. Port Arthur attempted to annex the residential community in 1929 but was blocked by a court injunction. By 1980, however, Lakeview had been merged with its larger urban neighbor.
Port Arthur News
"Keep your helmet on. They're gonna throw whiskey on you and it's still in the bottle," advice Cotton Speyrer received before the Game of the Century.