W. T. Block, 1992-2004 | East Texas Research Center

By Linda Reynolds, 2004

Collection Overview

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ID: A/195

Primary Creator: Block, W. T. (William Theo) (1920-)

Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/2001. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Block, W. T. (William Theo), 1920- --Manuscripts, Ghost towns -- Texas, East, Logging -- Texas, East, Lumbering -- Texas, East, Lumber trade -- Texas, East, Postmasters -- Texas, Sawmills -- Texas, East, World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of manuscript pages of Mill Towns and Ghost Towns of East Texas which contains information about mill towns, sawmills, tram roads, and logging camps relating to East Texas lumbering towns.

Collection Historical Note

William Theodore (W. T.) Block was born in Port Neches July 29, 1920, the son of W. T. "Will" Block, Sr. and Sarah Jane Sweeney. He was in the anti-aircraft artillery corps of the U. S. Army early during WW II, and met his first wife, Maria Elisabeth Kothe in Germany shortly after the end of the war. They settled in Nederland, Texas in 1947, where Block became assistant postmaster until 1972, when he was transferred to postmaster at Orange, Texas. He retired from there in 1973 and took over as director of the campus post office at Lamar University where he remained for the next ten years. He retired a second time in 1983. Block earned his Master's Degree in History from Lamar University and authored a number of books, including Sour Lake, Texas: From Mud Baths to Millionaires, Cotton Bales, Keelboats, and Sternwheelers: A History of The Sabine River and Trinity River Cotton Trades and Early Sawmill Towns of The Louisiana-Texas Borderlands . After losing his first wife in 1992, W. T. remarried in 1996 to Helga Woods, and continues to be active researching and writing about the history of Texas. This collection consists of some of the manuscript chapters from his book "East Texas Mill Towns and Ghost Towns" which includes information about sawmills, tram roads and logging camps in East Texas. There are also manuscripts about Louisiana sawmills. Deevy, Bill. "Profile of W. T. Block a Historian." Southeast Texas Business News . March 1996, qtd. in "W. T. Block, Jr. - Historian."      [Accessed 4/23/04]

Subject/Index Terms

Block, W. T. (William Theo), 1920- --Manuscripts
Ghost towns -- Texas, East
Logging -- Texas, East
Lumbering -- Texas, East
Lumber trade -- Texas, East
Postmasters -- Texas
Sawmills -- Texas, East
World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Accruals: 2004

Access Restrictions: Opne for research.

Acquisition Method: Gift


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