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#1 djold1

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 10:47 AM

I have been slogging around in North Texas, Tarrant County & Fort Worth History for the last several years and have accumulated several topics that I haven't been able to track down or have little information about. Please take a look and post anything that you have that will help...

A.J. Luke or Luke & Co. 1514 Houston Street, Fort Worth: Luke was a postcard publisher in the late 1930's and did some outstanding B&W real photo cowboying, ranching and scenery postcards from the Big Bend, Jeff Davis County, Ft. Davis, Alpine & Marfa area that I know about. I have nothing else other than the address above. Did Luke also publish other items? Any Bio or History?

J. Foster Ashburn: From about the late 1930's to the 1980's this Fort Worth based publisher produced many maps of southern and midwestern cities. He has some of the defining maps of Fort Worth and Dallas for the 1940's and 1950's. He also published some County maps, Texas Centennial maps , maps of lakes and special maps of several kinds. He was at a number of addresses in Fort Worth over the years. I have been trying for several years to get some kind of a Bio on this apparently reclusive person who did so many distinctive Fort Worth maps.

The Peninsula Club: This club was on the western side of Lake Worth in the 1930's to the 1950's (at least) as far as I know. It is in the same general area as the Fort Worth Sailing Club marina and the land it was on is still empty. It shows up on many maps of the period. It is mentioned in passing in a few places and I get the impression that it was notorious ar at least frequented by notorious people of the period. Is there any history published or pictures or advertisements, etc?

Frank Grafa's Orchestra or Band: I have acquired some old advertisements about this local 1930's swing band that played at the Winter Garden, The Palm, Hilarity Club, Oak View Inn in Denison and other places (see below). Apparently in real life in 1939 (At 26 years old) he was partners in the Andrews & Grafa Cabinet Shop at2310 Merrick in Fort Worth. A trumpet player and product of Weatherford Junior College, he played with the bands of Vernon Finley, Hugo Kiedke and Wilson Humber as well. I have nothing to show that he played at the Casino Beach, but it sounds possible. This is post Dismukian music at the height of the big band era. Does anyone know if he recorded anything that was locally or nationally distributed or if there is any other information?

The Hilarity Club: On Roberts Cutoff road. 1939 era. Where was this? Anyone have any other information or advertisements, etc?

The Winter Garden: At the corner of Hemphill & Magnolia in 1939. Apparently a well known night spot. Any sources, stories, advertisements, etc.?

The Palm: On Jacksboro Highway in 1939. Where was this? Got to be notorious. Nothing in the Gamblers book that I can see about it.

The Casanova Club: 1939 I have no other information.

Club Forest: 1939 No other information

Northern Texas Traction camp on Lake Worth: This shows up on a 1920's map and was somewhere up off of Willaims Spring Road north of the present Jacksboro Highway on the east side of the lake. Any pictures or other information?

Neil P. Anderson Camp: In 1947 on the east side of Lake Worth a little ways up Meandering Road from the Dam.

Other 1947 Lake Worth Camps and places:

Frenchey's

Baby Red's

Morehead's

Huffman's camp

Camp Joy

Swift's Camp

Gunter's Boat works

Roach's Camp

Lake Shore Lodge


I would be interested in anything that anyone has on these topics..

Pete Charlton
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The Lost Antique Maps of Fort Worth on CDROM
Website: Antique Maps of Texas
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Posted 31 December 2006 - 11:12 AM

That's a pretty impressive job of coming up with Lake Worth material I know nothing about! About all I can say is that Peninsula Club and Camp Joy are at least commemorated in street names, which I'm sure you already know. I would guess that Gunter's Boat Works was located near the Lake Worth Marina, as I'm not aware of any boat works shops anyplace else.

Was the Neil P. Anderson camp on the north or south side of the lake?



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Posted 31 December 2006 - 11:26 AM

On Ashburn's 1947 map of Lake Worth & Eagle Mountain, Gunter's Boat Works is shown as right next to Marion Herring's Boat works. This location is about where the derelict Lake Worth marina and the park is now. Marion Herring's place is now up on the east Eagle Mountain lake at the end of Peden Road. There is some history available on Herring, but I know nothing of Gunter's. Possibly one or both of these places built the first "Longhorn" class sailboats for the Fort Worth Boat Club which was on Lake Worth until Eagle Mountain was built 1929-32. They probably also did custom building of both sail, oar and powerboats for others at that time.

The Neil P was about half way between the top of the dam and Mosque point as far as I can tell from the same map. Lake worth runs east west in this section so it was on the north shore of the east side of the dam.

I was aware of the street names but forgot to mention them..

Thanks..


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The Lost Antique Maps of Fort Worth on CDROM
Website: Antique Maps of Texas
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Posted 20 August 2007 - 01:08 PM

Hi Pete,
As you already found out, A. J. Luke was my Grandfather. 1514 Houston St. was The Union Gospel Mission Hotel (UGM Hotel) where my Grandfather, my Father and my Father's best friend,Ed Tate lived in one room in 1936. A. J. owned the Telephone Coffee Shop at 9th and?. My Dad and Ed both worked at the coffee shop, although Ed only worked there for about a month. A. J. also owned a cafe' in South Fort Worth in what was the known as the "trucker section".
Do you mind my asking how you became interested in Ft. Worth history?
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QUOTE(djold1 @ Dec 31 2006, 10:47 AM) View Post

I have been slogging around in North Texas, Tarrant County & Fort Worth History for the last several years and have accumulated several topics that I haven't been able to track down or have little information about. Please take a look and post anything that you have that will help...

A.J. Luke or Luke & Co. 1514 Houston Street, Fort Worth: Luke was a postcard publisher in the late 1930's and did some outstanding B&W real photo cowboying, ranching and scenery postcards from the Big Bend, Jeff Davis County, Ft. Davis, Alpine & Marfa area that I know about. I have nothing else other than the address above. Did Luke also publish other items? Any Bio or History?

J. Foster Ashburn: From about the late 1930's to the 1980's this Fort Worth based publisher produced many maps of southern and midwestern cities. He has some of the defining maps of Fort Worth and Dallas for the 1940's and 1950's. He also published some County maps, Texas Centennial maps , maps of lakes and special maps of several kinds. He was at a number of addresses in Fort Worth over the years. I have been trying for several years to get some kind of a Bio on this apparently reclusive person who did so many distinctive Fort Worth maps.

The Peninsula Club: This club was on the western side of Lake Worth in the 1930's to the 1950's (at least) as far as I know. It is in the same general area as the Fort Worth Sailing Club marina and the land it was on is still empty. It shows up on many maps of the period. It is mentioned in passing in a few places and I get the impression that it was notorious ar at least frequented by notorious people of the period. Is there any history published or pictures or advertisements, etc?

Frank Grafa's Orchestra or Band: I have acquired some old advertisements about this local 1930's swing band that played at the Winter Garden, The Palm, Hilarity Club, Oak View Inn in Denison and other places (see below). Apparently in real life in 1939 (At 26 years old) he was partners in the Andrews & Grafa Cabinet Shop at2310 Merrick in Fort Worth. A trumpet player and product of Weatherford Junior College, he played with the bands of Vernon Finley, Hugo Kiedke and Wilson Humber as well. I have nothing to show that he played at the Casino Beach, but it sounds possible. This is post Dismukian music at the height of the big band era. Does anyone know if he recorded anything that was locally or nationally distributed or if there is any other information?

The Hilarity Club: On Roberts Cutoff road. 1939 era. Where was this? Anyone have any other information or advertisements, etc?

The Winter Garden: At the corner of Hemphill & Magnolia in 1939. Apparently a well known night spot. Any sources, stories, advertisements, etc.?

The Palm: On Jacksboro Highway in 1939. Where was this? Got to be notorious. Nothing in the Gamblers book that I can see about it.

The Casanova Club: 1939 I have no other information.

Club Forest: 1939 No other information

Northern Texas Traction camp on Lake Worth: This shows up on a 1920's map and was somewhere up off of Willaims Spring Road north of the present Jacksboro Highway on the east side of the lake. Any pictures or other information?

Neil P. Anderson Camp: In 1947 on the east side of Lake Worth a little ways up Meandering Road from the Dam.

Other 1947 Lake Worth Camps and places:

Frenchey's

Baby Red's

Morehead's

Huffman's camp

Camp Joy

Swift's Camp

Gunter's Boat works

Roach's Camp

Lake Shore Lodge


I would be interested in anything that anyone has on these topics..



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Posted 12 November 2007 - 10:07 PM

QUOTE(djold1 @ Dec 31 2006, 10:47 AM) View Post

Camp Joy


Camp Joy is a 2 acre or so sized park on the west shore of Lake Worth near Silver Creek Rd. There used to be a fishing dock and a beer joint there along with a boat ramp and playground/picnic area. Now there is just a playground and picnic area.


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Posted 12 July 2008 - 10:52 AM

Swift's Camp would probably be the Arrow S Club, located on he north shore of the lake right where the Loop 820 bridge crosses the lake. As a kid I once found concrete tent slabs accross Meandering Road near this site. I have since looked for them and cannot find them. I believe they may have been where 820 is now.




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