Tag Archives: History

Faculty: Kenneth H. Margerison

History professor rewarded for his dedication and service to teaching

By Mindy Green

Photo of Kenneth H. Margerison

Kenneth H. Margerison is the 20th Piper Professor from Texas State University.

Faculty member Kenneth H. Margerison is fascinated by the past and the way that people in earlier time periods dealt with the opportunities and problems they faced. Convinced that we have much to learn from the experiences of previous eras, he provides the opportunity for his students to gain insight and respect for history.

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Spotlight: Price Seniors Center

Retired Texas State professor, drama teacher devoted to the community

Ron and Marie Jager

Ron and Marie Jager

By Catherine Harper

For retired Texas State University professor Dr. Ron Jager and his wife Marie, life has been full of “little coincidences” that have kept them serving the San Marcos community for over 30 years. With a passion to help others, the Jagers have always found a helping hand to keep them motoring onward.

“We’ve always come into what we needed in some way or another,” Ron says. “We’ve been full of little coincidences that have taken place here [in San Marcos]. Something happens that’s connected with people and other places that come here to roost.” Continue reading

Happenings: Official Ring Ceremony

Official Ring Ceremony honors           gilded Texas State tradition

By Catherine Harper

fountain used during ring ceremony

Texas State class rings are dipped in a fountain of waters from the San Marcos River.

With its unique design and rich tradition, Texas State University’s class ring represents a university experience like no other. Next week, Bobcat seniors are invited to share in the shining tradition and history of the Official Ring Ceremony.

Since Texas State’s founding in 1899, the university has passed its unique legacy to its students. The Official Ring Ceremony, to be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Strahan Coliseum, commemorates this legacy with the receiving and dipping of class rings as well as the opportunity to share the pride of the Bobcat experience.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick Wasn’t Irish?!

On March 17, people of all backgrounds will honor the Irish, celebrating with parades, feasts, green attire and good cheer. Originating in Ireland as a religious holiday, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a worldwide celebration.

Many people are not aware, however, that St. Patrick wasn’t actually Irish, but a Roman-Briton missionary born in England. He didn’t have an easy life; he was abducted by Irish brigands at the young age of 16 and sold into slavery. Escaping six years later, Patrick had the notion that he would preach Christianity to the Irish, and did exactly that for roughly 30 years.

He died on March 17, A.D. 461, which became recognized as St. Patrick’s Day.

A few facts about the green holiday:

♣ The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City in 1762. Irish soldiers serving in the U.S. Revolutionary War marched to reconnect with their Irish roots.

♣ The color originally associated with St. Patrick’s Day was blue, but switched to green in the 19th century.

♣ More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States. New York City and Boston hold the largest celebrations.

♣ The Chicago River is dyed green for the occasion with a special dye that only lasts a few hours. Click here to watch a stop motion video of the transformation by Anthony Stewart.

♣ The shamrock, which was also called the “seamroy” by the Celts, was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring.

♣ The original Irish name for the leprechaun of folklore is “lobaircin,” meaning “small-bodied fellow.”

Spotlight: Glenda Jurek-Rahe

Advisor awarded for outstanding work with students, as student

By Billi London-Gray

Glenda Jurek-Rahe, an advisor in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas State University, works hard to help students. Herself an alumna and a grad student at Texas State, she knows how to make the most of a college education. Recently, her peers recognized her exceptional skills as a student and an advisor by awarding her the Texas Academic Advising Network Scholarship. Continue reading

Presidents Day

Celebrate Presidents Day with LBJ

Lyndon Baines Johnson, class of 1930.

Presidents Day, celebrated the third Monday in February, is a day to remember past American leaders, and perhaps also find a good sale. Officially known as Washington’s Birthday, the federal holiday was created by an Act of Congress in 1879 to commemorate the nation’s first president, George Washington, who was born Feb. 22, 1732.

We’ll expand our observance today and remember President Lyndon Baines Johnson, a member of the Texas State University class of 1930. The following notable quotes are from speeches made by Johnson, both before and after he became president of the United States in 1963.

You can also find more LBJ links and videos on the Texas State Blog.

Remarks at Gettysburg, Pa., on civil rights

May 30, 1963

Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact. To the extent that the proclamation of emancipation is not fulfilled in fact, to that extent we shall have fallen short of assuring freedom to the free. Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Integration

Low-key registration came at end
of legal battle for integration

University president John G. Flowers helps Dana Jean Smith register in February 1963.

By David King

On a February afternoon almost 50 years ago, four young African-American women strode into the registrar’s office at Texas State and quietly registered for classes.

But the seven months leading up to the afternoon of Feb. 4, 1963, had been anything but quiet.

It had taken a formal letter of application, a formal rejection, a lawsuit and a court order for the university, known at the time as Southwest Texas State College, to open its doors to four African-American students: Georgia Hoodye, Gloria Odoms, Mabeleen Washington and Dana Jean Smith.

Texas State wasn’t the first university in the state to integrate, nor was it the last. The enrollment of African-American students in February, 1963, was part of a tide rolling across the nation, one that began at the end of World War II and one that continues today. Continue reading

Cheatham Street Warehouse: Part 3

Texas State alum, professor is ‘Godfather of Texas Songwriters’

By Christian Wallace ‘10

Kent Finlay, the owner of Cheatham Street Warehouse and “Godfather of Texas Songwriters,” was born in Brady, Texas in 1938. The oldest of James and Grace Short Finlay’s five children, he was raised on a farm north of Brady in McCulloch County near the small community known as Fife.

Music was an integral part of Finlay’s upbringing. His earliest memories of music are, as a three-year old, listening to KNEL, a 250-watt radio station out of Brady. The Finlay home was often filled with the music of relatives, who played in bands throughout the area. Music was a staple of family gatherings and was the main event of many nights spent under the West Texas stars.

At the conclusion of a vacation bible school one summer, the seven-year old Finlay, along with three other boys, performed the traditional gospel song, “Do Lord,” to a whopping crowd of seven or eight people. It was after this performance that the music bug bit him.

“People said it was good, and, man, I was hooked,” Finlay recalls.
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Cheatham Street Warehouse: Part 2

San Marcos venue launched many Texas stars to national fame

By Christian Wallace ‘10

At the time of Cheatham Street’s opening in 1974, a certain musical phenomenon was taking place throughout the Central Texas area. In the early 1970s, Austin became the epicenter of what would later be called the Progressive Country movement.

This movement was the result of a unique blending of various genres including rock’n’roll, traditional country, R&B, blues, zydeco and others. The musicians and fans promoting Progressive Country were equally eclectic – hippies, cowboys, bikers and students – coming together at such venues as the Broken Spoke, the Split Rail, Soap Creek Saloon, Threadgill’s, the Skyline Club, Antone’s and the Armadillo World Headquarters.

With such an atmosphere of excitement and unique music existing only 25 miles up the interstate from San Marcos, it took no time for Kent Finlay, the owner of Cheatham Street, to start booking the area’s top acts. The artists who played his little stage during the 1970s reads like a list of Progressive Country all-stars: Willie Nelson, Ernest Tubb, Billy Joe Shaver, Guy Clark, Flaco Jiménez, Gatemouth Brown, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kinky Friedman, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Joe Ely, Townes Van Zandt, Dough Sahm, Augie Meyers, Joe Bob’s Bar and Grill Band, Ponty Bone, Joe “King” Carrasco and many others.

Among the bands playing at Cheatham Street during the peak of the Progressive Country era was the Ace in the Hole Band. The band’s lead singer was a Southwest Texas student named George Strait. Continue reading

Cheatham Street Warehouse: Part 1

San Marcos venue’s roots go deep into Texas music history

By Christian Wallace ‘10

Photo courtesy Cheatham Street Warehouse

Since its opening in 1974 by Kent Finlay, the “Godfather of Texas Songwriters,” Cheatham Street Warehouse has been an ideal place to watch the history of Texas music evolve. Within those tin walls, history is made nightly on the well-worn stage and also in the crowd where artists both famous and unknown mingle while drinking beer from mason jars.

George Strait and the Ace in the Hole Band had their first gig ever in the venue and continued to play weekly until Finlay and Strait took an old van to Nashville to find a record deal (more on that story later). A young guitarist, Stevie Vaughan, used to play the blues in Cheatham before he became internationally renowned as Stevie Ray Vaughan. Other artists such as, Charlie Sexton, Bruce Robinson, Todd Snider, Teri Hendrix and Randy Rogers grew their musical abilities in the fertile soil of the Cheatham Street stage. Continue reading