Hailey Long was the rugged Texas cowboy
sensationalized as the original Marlboro Man.
Born January 9, 1910 in Paducah Texas he was the
foreman of the JA Ranch in 1949 when he gained
national attention when LIFE magazine published
a series of photographs on ranching in the
American West. Long was the basis of the popular
Marlboro cigarettes advertising campaign for
Long's Marlboro photographs led
to marriage proposals from across the nation,
all of which he rejected. In 1951, at forty,
Long married the former Ellen Theresa Rogers, a
nurse from Massachusetts.
Long joked that "If it weren't
for a good horse, a woman would be the sweetest
thing in the world. The Longs had five sons:
Clarence, Roger, Walt, Grant, and John.
Samuel Nathaniel Morris -
head of the Voice of Temperance radio broadcast
Nathaniel Morris was born March 6, 1900 in
Paducah, Texas. His father had left his mother
with two small children two months before Sam
was born, and she went to live with her parents
on their farm near Paducah. By the time Sam was
seven years old both his grandparents had died
and his mother supported herself and the three
children by taking in washing.
He did not see his father until he was nine
years old. Later, his parents re-married. His
father farmed a little, ran a saw mill, and
operated a tie camp. The children worked like
grownups. They lived in shacks, tents and
covered wagons. They never went to church or
school. From the time his father came back until
he left again in 1919, they were constantly on
the move in Texas or Oklahoma, from one place to
another, moving sometimes just across the farm
and sometimes across the state. They were always
in debt, always on the move, always embarrassed
. . .
Maury Bray, American
football offensive tackle who played two seasons
with the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National
Football League. He played college football at
Southern Methodist University.
Heatly usually known as W. S. "Bill" Heatly
was a Democratic member of the Texas House of
Representatives who served from 1955 to 1983.
Known as the "Duke of Paducah", a reference to
his hometown of Paducah, the county seat of
Cottle County, Heatly wielded significant
political power during his tenure in office.
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