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Famous People from Tom Green County Texas

Fess Parker

Born August 16, 1924, Fess Parker grew up on a farm outside San Angelo Texas. He was a star quarterback for San Angelo High School. He's best known for his portrayal of historic figures Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone.

 

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the latter part of World War II, hoping to become a pilot. He was turned down because he was too tall at 6 feet 6 inches. He then tried to become a radioman gunner, but he was found too big to fit comfortably into the rear cockpit. He was finally transferred to the United States Marine Corps as a radio operator and shipped out for the South Pacific shortly before the atom bomb ended the war.

 

He was discharged in 1946 and went to Hardin–Simmons University in Abilene, Texas where he was involved in an argument over a car accident and was stabbed in the neck.

 

Fess retired from the screen in 1964 and went into real estate, which was profitable. He was later forced to sue his "Daniel Boone" producers over the profits generated by the series.

 

The farm boy from San Angelo who was every baby boomer's idol in the 1950s and launched a craze for coonskin caps as television's Davy Crockett died March 18, 2010 in California.

 
Resources:

IMDb

San Angelo, TX: History and Memories

San Angelo Memories Facebook

Books about Tom Green County People and Places

Books about Tom Green County, San Angelo Texas

The Bone Pickers of Tom Green County

Women, Whiskey & Sin: Historical account of the first twenty-five felonies in Tom Green County.

My Kind of Heroes by Elmer Kelton

Biscuits O'Bryan: Texas Storyteller by Monte Jones from San Angelo

Pearl's Historical Tour: photos and historical facts about San Angelo, Fort Concho, cowboys and . . .

Fort Concho and the Texas Frontier: History of San Angelo, Fort Concho and West Texas

. . . see them all

 

Tom Green County Unclaimed Estates

The State of Texas is holding life changing money for the heirs of these unclaimed estates from Tom Green County. See the list

Life in Tom Green County Texas 1875 - 1950Life in San Angelo Texas 1875 - 1950
 
 
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