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.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Comic Book Super Heroes

Comic Book Super Heroes: I don’t think they got any better than these. Captain Marvel, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Yes, I read them all when I got the chance. Oh, there were literally hundreds of others, but poor kids had to be picky when I was young. I usually bought half price comic books at the magazine exchange in Wichita Falls when I had a dime to spare, then after reading them I swapped other kids for comic books I hadn’t read. We couldn’t afford to be collectors back then.

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