In the early 1930s, Attorney George Pearis Brown interviewed pioneers who came to or were born in Collin County, Texas. This book presents these important oral histories along with annotations and illustrations from the North Texas History Center Collections. It is the only known collection of pioneer oral interviews in North Texas.
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Helen Gibbard Hall: Born to Emma Hart Gibbard and Isaac Franklin Gibbard on the Chisholm Trail in Indian Territory, Hellen Gibbard Hall spent her childhood years in Durant, Oklahoma, and graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The former history major also pursued graduate coursework at North Texas State University in Denton. In 1936 she married Captain Roy Hall and moved to Texas, where the couple pursued the state s rich history together. The Halls had five children (Sydney Ann Hall Weaver, Roy Franklin Hall, Jr., Nancy Wilmeth Munger, David Gibbard Hall, Stan Hall). One of the founders of the Collin County Historical Society, Helen Hall also taught public school in McKinney for eight years and wrote historical articles for the McKinney Courier Gazette during a twenty - year period. Her latest book, The Way It All Began McKinney, Texas A History was published in 2006 by the Collin County Historical Society (now the North Texas History Center). Donald Robert Hoke, Ph.D. Donald Hoke was born in Bethesda, Maryland in 1951 and has spent his career in the museum field. He received his BA in theoretical economics and theater arts from Beloit College in 1973, a master s in history in 1975 from the University of Delaware, where he held a Hagley Fellowship, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1984. In 1985 his dissertation, Ingenious Yankees: The Rise of the American System of Manufactures in the Private Sector won the prestigious Columbia University Prize in Economic History in Honor of Allen Nevins, given annually by the Economic History Association. It was published by Columbia University Press in 1990. In 1992, his The Time Museum Catalogue of American Pocket Watches was published by The Time Museum in Rockford, Illinois. When the Time Museum was liquidated, his book formed the basis for Sotheby s auction catalogues. As an undergraduate (funded by a National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Grant) and a graduate student (Smithsonian pre - doctoral fellowship), he worked at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of History and Technology (now named the National Museum of American History), before becoming the youngest curator on record at the Milwaukee Public Museum in 1977. In 1985, he became the Executive Director and Director of Development at the Outagamie County Historical Society in Appleton, Wisconsin. Under his direction, OCHS created the Houdini Historical Center, restored two National Register buildings, received the Dibner Award given by the International Society for the History of Technology for its permanent exhibit installation, and endowed four positions. When he departed Wisconsin, Donald Hoke held the Niels C. & Elizabeth Miller Executive Director Position. In 1988, he attended the J. Paul Getty's Museum Management Institute. He has written over 80 scholarly and popular articles. Dr. Hoke lives in north Dallas with his wife Carolyn, and their daughter CJ. He has chronic Steam Car Disease and is restoring a 1925 Stanley Model SV 252 - G.
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