Tioga Texas Hometown of Gene Autry n ...

Tioga Texas Hometown of Gene Autry n Randy Travis

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bob Schanz Google Me

Ozark, MO

#1 Feb 8, 2012
There’s only one town that can claim to be the birthplace

of America’s Favorite Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry:

Tioga, Texas.

Founded in 1881, Tioga flourished as a haven for those seeking the healing properties of its famed mineral water.

Born September 29, 1907, Gene was raised just outside of Tioga where his grandfather, E.W. Autry, was a Baptist preacher at the Indian Creek church.

When Gene was approximately five years old, his grandfather recruited him for the church choir.

As a teenager, Gene attended Tioga High School.
An ambitious boy, he worked in Sam Anderson’s barbershop shining shoes and later at the Tioga train depot.

It was not uncommon to find Gene singing on the steps of the school, at the barbershop, and at the depot.

At the height of his fame in 1941,

Gene returned to Tioga to visit his uncle Cal.
He also took time to visit old friends, including Sam Anderson, who trimmed his hair.

The town is currently in the process of designating Cal Autry’s house a historic landmark.

Gene at his aunt and uncle's house, November 1941.
Gene gets his hair trimmed by Sam Anderson, November 1941.
To celebrate Gene’s association with Tioga, the first annual Gene Autry Day was held on September 29, 2001. Texas House Resolution No. 575 was adopted April 30, 2001
honoring Gene and Tioga’s observance of Gene Autry Day.

The annual daylong September festival kicks off the night before with the Gene Autry Festival Ball and Benefit Auction.

On Gene Autry Day, visitors can see musicians, storytellers, and visit many vendors.

The festival also serves as a fundraiser for the Tioga Museum and Heritage Association, which seeks to preserve the historical artifacts of Tioga
and provide information about the area to the public.


ps: Randy Travis was trying to git home to his house In Tioga,Texas
when he got his ass arrested in a Sanger Texas
church parking lot
drunker than a waltzin piss ant on the 4th of July

Texas is a big place

Have U been there?

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