J. EARL RUDDER

Jim Holleman, state editor
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.

Jim Holleman, state editor
San Angelo Standard Times
6 December 1955

A.P., in an undated news item
from the Brady Standard

 
    Texas A&M College formally inaugurated Early Rudder, formerly of Brady, as president Saturday in ceremonies attended by an estimated 5,000 persons from many parts of Texas and the nation.
    The main speaker, Dr. Troy H. Middleton, president of Louisiana State University, declared, "If we are to keep pace with the future, we must educate more people and educate them better than we have ever before.
    "That we must make provisions to train more people for the scientific fields is not to be questioned," Middleton said. "However, we must not lose sight of the fact that to have the kind of society that will meet the test of time, we must train people in all areas."
    Other speakers at the inauguration and a luncheon which followed were John B. Page, college dean; James C. Matthews, president of North Texas State College; Bov. Price Daniel; A. E. Cudipp of the board of directors; Tyrus R. Timm, representing the faculty; Joseph J. Sekerka, representing students; former Gov. Allan Shivers; and Hugh M. Milton II, Under Secretary of the Army.
    Rudder, ex-Brady mayor, in his inauguration speech, said, "We are confident that our college will continue to make important contributions to the development of our state and nation."
    He added that "higher education is a joint responsibility of the public and of the educational institutions.  To meet this dual responsibility, i do now feel that we need to resort to severe restrictive measures to limit enrollment.  In deed, our collective interest would best be served if even larger numbers of young people with ability finished our high schools, qualified and motivated by a strong desire to continue their education."
A.P., in an undated news item
from the Brady Standard
Submitted by: Louann Hall