Jim Holleman, state
San Angelo Standard Times
6 December 1955
In the late spring of 1927, Earl Rudder, in company with another Tarleton
student, met the Brady to Fort Worth train in Dublin, Texas, boarded, and
accompanied this then 16 year-old to Stephenville where he was to enter
John Tarleton to complete his high school work. As we recall, the
distance was about 10 miles, and the train stopped at a street crossing
near the school in Stephenville to let us off. Rudder and his
friend carried the new student's steamer trunk to the men's dorm.
It was a nice welcome, and it has been a long remembered one.
Earl became famous for his heroism in the Normandy landings during World War II, and the story of his life would fill a big book.
We offer only the following which speaks briefly of some of his successes:
The J. Earl Rudder family was on the move early here today. And it wasn't just the early morning showers in drought-ridden McCulloch County that was producing the excitement.
The head of the house, big personable Earl Rudder, ex-Texas A&M hero who holds a host of other distinctions also, was on his way to a new job. Just a few hours before, Rudder's appointment as Texas Land commissioner had been announced.
Most of the family was moving by 5:30 a.m. and there was an air of excitement in the Rudder household. Dad had to be in Austin at 9:30 a.m. to take his oath of office, and nobody had time for much idle conversation.
Some of the excitement obviously was wearing off on Rudder, thought he maintained his composure. He had just returned to Brady late Tuesday night from a trip to Fort Worth.
After looking at the banner story in the Standard-Times about his appointment, Rudder good humoredly took note of the showers which were falling in the Brady area.
"If we'd known this would bring rain to West Texas, we would have tried to so something about it earlier," he quipped.
Then in true West Texas fashion, he had to stroll to his front porch even in the early morning darkness, to survey the effects of a brief downpour.
The appointment came to the ranchman, farmer, and businessman during a rushed, two-day period. Gov. Allan Shivers questioned him on the position Monday.
Tuesday afternoon, Reed Granbury, the governor's assistant, informed Rudder his appointment was made. Mr. and Mrs. Rudder received the news while in Fort Worth. Mrs. Rudder had obtained a physical check up there.
Also hurrying about the house Wednesday, aiding in preparation for the Austin trip, were James Earl, Jr., 14, and Margaret Ann Rudder, 12. Typical of children his age, Robert D. 8 months, was aroused by the first signs of activity. With Margaret Ann, he accompanied his parents to Austin.
James Earl, Linda, 7, and Jane, 6, remained at home for school.
The family's nervous tension broke through to affect their mealtime habits during the morning. They grabbed a hurried breakfast on their way to Austin.
A.P., in an undated
from the Brady Standard