The Post Man 2 - Texas Governor Series LbNA # 55899
|Placed Date||Oct 1 2010|
|Last Update||Jun 10 2014|
The box is temporarily unavailable due to construction in the area. It will be placed in a new spot when possible. Thanks to Wry Me, NLW and Open Space for recognizing the danger and picking the box up for me.
The original letterbox was located in Moscow, Texas, but went missing very quickly. This box is in a new location and with a new and different stamp, so should be considered a new box.
William Pettus Hobby, editor, publisher, and the 27th governor of Texas, was born in Moscow, Texas. He moved in 1893 with his family from Livingston to Houston, where he entered Houston High School. In 1895 he began working for the Houston Post as a circulation clerk. Hobby became a business writer for the Post in August 1901. He began to take an active interest in politics, was a founder of the Young Men's Democratic Club of Houston and in 1904 was secretary of the party's state executive committee. He became city editor, then managing editor of the Post, and participated in the covering of some of the most spectacular stories of the time. In 1907 he left the Post to become manager and part owner of the Beaumont Enterprise, which he soon acquired. Hobby was elected lieutenant governor in 1914 and was reelected in 1916. When Governor James Edward Ferguson was removed from office in 1917, Hobby became the twenty-seventh governor of Texas and the youngest man, at thirty-nine, to hold the office. Hobby served during an eventful period. During World War I he set up an effective military draft system for Texas, a state in which half of the country's military camps and most of its airfields were located. In 1918 Hobby defeated Ferguson by the largest majority ever received in a Democratic primary. Hobby's administration saw the passage of measures for drought relief, runoff requirements in party primaries, and state aid for schools and highways. He appointed the first Highway Commission in 1917. Laws included measures for oil conservation, the establishment of the oil and gas division of the Railroad Commission and of the Board of Control and provision for free school textbooks. After completing his term, he returned to the Beaumont Enterprise and purchased the Beaumont Journal. He retained control of both papers for more than a decade. In 1924 he became president of the Houston Post-Dispatch. When J. E. Josey acquired the newspaper in 1931 from Ross S. Sterling, Hobby continued in the presidency and maintained executive control. In 1939 he acquired the paper, again called the Post. Hobby died in Houston on June 7, 1964 and is buried in Glenwood cemetery. A state historical marker at his birthplace was dedicated at Moscow, Texas in 1964. Hobby Airport is named for him.
Glenwood Cemetery is located at 2525 Washington Avenue in Houston, Texas.
To the box:
The cemetery office is located in an old Victorian house. Go to the office and get a map showing the locations of the graves of famous people. (They’ll be glad to point them out to you on the map).The Hobby gravesite is #4. Or, continue past the office and turn right at the Lee plot (the gravesite of Gene Tierney). Drive to the large white marble columns on the left and park. The Hobby grave is just adjacent to that spot. Governor Hobby’s wife, Oveta Culp Hobby is there also. To the left is a concrete wall, the foundation of the column structure. Walk behind the wall and, from the corner, walk to the left 18 steps. Look downhill 5 steps away for a multi-trunk tree. The box is under the concrete rock. Please rehide as found.