Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Homage To Kirbyville, Texas

Click on the above link and check the notables from Kirbyville, Texas.
I see someone has added my brother Bhob Stewart to the list.

With The Kirbyville High School Band on the way to New Orleans to march in the Crescent City mardi Gras parade on Sunday March 20, 1955. That is me standing in front of the tree.

Click on the pictures to enlarge them. I took this picture above of an old man sitting in a chair. When I raised my little camera to take his picture he covered his face. I still wonder why.

Waiting on the other band members to get going.
 The band walking in front of the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans 1955.

 On the steps of the Capitol Building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

In front of the Palace Theater. It is impossible to overstate the importance of a movie theater
in a small town like Kirbyville, Texas. It was our link to the outside world. Now they only play country music on the weekends. Back in 1952 to 1955 when we lived there we saw first run movies all the time. And the jukeboxes and radios played all the country and rock and roll music that was just beginning. Another link to the outside world. We had no TV set  back then. But radio was great. WWL radio station in New Orleans played modern and old jazz music late at night.

 The mural that is there now of the old men on the hookworm bench.
The real old men on the "hookworm bench".

Two pictures of Bhob Stewart from the 1955 Kirbyville High School annual THE WILDCAT.
That is Bhob at the blackboard with some of his drawings. Note the bolo tie.

 Old Kirbyville Texas around 1952.
 Kirbyville Texas downtown now. Main street a ghost town now. This was around 1996.
Click on the name Kirbyviile Texas in the Labels box below to read many more of my posts and view pictures about Kirbyville Texas back in the day.