Downtown Wichita Falls, Texas, in the mid 1940’s was a bustling metropolis for a boy of 7 just away from the farm and ranch community where he was born. My father, a cook and cowboy by trade, had just started as one of the first cooks for the Casa Manana restaurant in 1947. He moved us to an apartment on Ohio Street, right across from the Gem Theater, between 7th and 8th Streets. It’s here that we would stay for the next three years. The Gem Theater became a magic palace for a young mind. But it had to share that distinction with the rest of the magic that was Wichita Falls. I attended San Jacinto and Carrigan elementary schools, as well as Reagan Junior High, and belonged to the Boys Club on 6th Street. Please join, and share your stories and pictures through a Guest Blog, of early Wichita Falls - or your home town. Contact me at or leave a comment. We could use old pictures of movie houses, drive-in theaters, and other nostalgic pictures related to our youths.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Red Ryder BB Bun & Double Holster Gun Set

Red Ryder BB Gun & Double Holster Gun Set

Santa arrived a little early tonight. Ginger asked me a couple weeks ago, “What does the man who has everything want for Christmas this year?” I told her the only thing that came to mind was that double holster cowboy outfit my dad wouldn’t buy for me when I was a kid, because he needed the money for booze. I never did have a double holster gun set. Well, look what appeared on my wall. That Red Ryder Model 1938 BB Gun has a wooden stock and hand rest. The double holster set is real leather, and the gun set are twin Outlaw models. The belt is 35 inches long. I wonder if I’m still fast on the draw?

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