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Twelfth Annual Meeting

The twelfth annual meeting of the Texas Folklore Society was held in the University of Texas YMCA auditorium, 
April 23 and 24, 1926.

Program of Twelfth Annual Meeting

  • Friday evening, April 23, 8 o'clock:

    Professor Gales Thomas (Southwest Texas State Teachers College, San Marcos) "South Texas Negro Work Songs: Collected and Uncollected" 

    Colonel M.L. Crimmins (Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio) "The Pictographs and Petroglyphs of the Fl Paso District", (illustrated)

  • Saturday afternoon, April 24, 2 o'clock:
  • President's Address:

    Professor R. C. Harrison (Texas Tech, Lubbock) "The Negro as Interpreter of His Own Folk-Songs" , 

  • Miss Adina de Zavala (San Antonio) 
    "Legend of the Mission Bells of San Augustine at Mission Nuestra Senora de los Dolores de los Ais" and 
    "The Legendary Origin of the Head Spring, or Ojo de Agua, of the San Marcos River" 

    Mr. Henry Yelvington (Three Rivers) "Foundation for Legends of Lost Mines on the Nueces" 

    Miss Louise von Blittersdorf (Austin) "The Enchanted Moat, or Irish Fairies in Texas" 

    Mr. G. T. Bludwort (State Dept. of Education, Austin) "The Legend of Caddo Lake" 

    Miss Fannie Ratchford (University of Texas, Austin) "The Making of Legends" 

    Mr. Leon Denny Moses (University of Texas, Austin) "Folk Tales of the Kentucky Mountaineers" 

    Mr. J. Frank Dobie (University of Texas, Austin) "The White Mustang: A Legend of the American Frontier" 

    The following papers were read by title: 

    Dr. William P. Barren (New York City) "The Piney Woods Folk: Their Superstitions and Remedies" 

    Mr. John K. Strecker (Baylor University, Waco) "Reptiles of the South and Southwest in Folk-Lore" 

    Mr. R. R. Smith (Jourdanton) "Negro Treasure Lore" 

    Mr. A. W. Eddins (San Antonio) "Uncle Remus in the Brazos Bottoms" 

    Mr. Paul Morgan (Clarendon) "The Sources of Some Texas Place Names" 

    Miss Mary Jourdan (Austin) "Familiar Sayings of Old-Time Texas Settlers" 

    Mr. E. R. Bogusch (San Antonio) "Superstitions of Bexar County" 

  • Saturday evening, April 24, 8 o'clock:

    Mr. John Lee Brooks (. Southern Methodist University, Dallas) "Paul Bunyan in the Oil Fields" 

    Mr. Samuel E. Asbury (College Station, Texas) "Music of the 'Holy-Rollers'" 

    Old-time frontier songs, dance calls, and fiddling by J. E. Newcomer and Jim Edwards, of Bandera County, 
    with Dean T. U. Taylor of the University of Texas leading the dancers, genuine old-time square dances were demonstrated. 

  • Business Meeting:

    Election of officers, and the following resolution presented by J. Frank Dobie, Secretary of the Society, was adopted:

    WHEREAS, The old-time Texas longhorn was, with cotton, the basis of the commercial prosperity of the State;
    WHEREAS, In song, romance, and sentiment the old Texas Longhorn is forever linked with the human and 
    soil background of the State; and
    WHEREAS, the Texas Longhorn is now bellowing his last bellow and is nearer extinction than the American buffalo ever was,
    THEREFORE, we of the Texas Folk-Lore Society recommend that the Legislature of the State of Texas appropriate 
    sufficient funds and provide adequate means for preserving in its original purity the longhorn breed--
    the most history-making breed of cattle the world has ever known.

    The Texas State Historical Association met on Friday afternoon, April 23, in conjunction with the
    meeting of the Texas Folk-Lore Society on April 23 and 24.

  • Officers:

  • Professor R. C. Harrison (Texas Technological College, Lubbock)

    First Vice-President:
  • Miss Adina de Zavala (San Antonio)

    Second Vice-President:
  • Mrs. Mamie Wynne Cox (Dallas)

    Third Vice-President: Mrs. A. B. Looscan (Houston) 

    Recording Secretary and Treasurer: Miss Fannie Ratchford (University of Texas)

    Secretary and Editor:
  • J. Frank Dobie (University of Texas, Austin)

  • Dr. L. W. Payne, Jr., (University of Texas)
  • Mr. Victor J. Smith (Alpine)
  • Miss Julia Estill (Fredericksburg)

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