News and Events - November 2022



November 2022



News and Events from

The Museum of North Texas History



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Happy Fall Greetings (well…most days…that it isn’t hot).  I am Tim Swagerty and current Board President for MoNTH.

              As you know by now, our Executive Director, Madeleine Calcote-Garcia has accepted a position as Executive Director of the Fort Bend Historical Association. To her credit and our benefit, she has gone above and beyond working tirelessly to ensure that we were in the best situation possible in advance of this transition. To that point, I also serve on the transition committee and charged, along with Lindsey Barker, Paul Fleming, Whitney Beeson, and Joshua Ysasi, to recruit, interview, and secure a suitable person with comparable experience and drive to continue the direction our museum has been set upon by the previous Executive Director.

              As we begin the process of reviewing and interviewing candidates, please continue to support our Museum of North Texas History as you have so faithfully in the past.

              Upcoming events of note include our Halloween event this Saturday, October, 29th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in conjunction with other downtown businesses and Wichita Falls Downtown Development. Besides candy for the kids, MoNTH’s Holiday exhibit, the Heart of Downtown Railroad, will be open for a sneak peek. The official opening of the amazing model train exhibit, mounted by Museum Volunteer Ron Mauch, is scheduled for November 3rd. The trains travel around the tracks at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm Thursday through Saturday and will continue to January 28th.

              Thank you all so much for your support of the Museum of North Texas History.


Tim Swagerty, MoNTH Board President



Heart of Downtown Railroad

Arrrives at MoNTH





Upcoming Holiday Hours





Legends of North Texas - October 12th



Eddie Hill




Eddie and Ercie Hill



Eddie, Ercie,

and Sabrina Hill


The Red Neck Culinary Institute prepared fish and the "fixings" for the crowd.


The Crew from Eddie Hill's

Fun Cycles.



The crowd enjoyed the meal and the stories about Eddie Hill.


The Red Neck Culinary Institute 



We honored Eddie Hill as our sixth Legend of North Texas on Wednesday, October 12th. A sell-out crowd enjoyed hearing the stories of Eddie Hill from friends and family. The crowd also enjoyed the delicious fried fish meal prepared by the Red Neck Culinary Institute.

Throughout the event, Eddie Hill was quick to acknowledge his wife, Ercie, and the support she has provided through the years. Eddie Hill is truly a Legend Of North Texas!



North Texas Tales - Pod Cast






The Wichita County Historical Commission and the Museum of North Texas History are sharing stories of North Texas in a new way, a podcast. There are currently five episodes available. The topics are and will be, as varied as the people, places, and events of North Texas. As we post more episodes, we’ll let you know.


Do you have a topic you would like to hear about? Let us know!!


Click on the link below and give a listen.


North Texas Tales 



Halloween at MoNTH




Downtown Trick or Treat -

Saturday, October 29, 1:00-3:00 PM

MoNTH will be handing out candy and the Heart of Downtown Model Train Exhibit will be open!

We will also have a spooky photo background for some fun Halloween pictures!



We need VOLUNTEERS to help corral

the ghouls and goblins!



If you'd like to volunteer, call 940-322-7628 or send us an email at!



Bit of History



Each month we will highlight "bits" of North Texas history.



Wichita Truck and Nettie







When you think about the beginnings of motorized vehicles, your mind (if you are a car aficionado) goes to people like Ford, Duesenberg, Daimler, Benz, and too many others to list. And, moving past the most simple people-mover, what about a truck to take the place of that ox, mule, or horse-drawn cart to move cargo from one place to another?

There are plenty of trucks and truck dealers in north Texas and southern Oklahoma; take a drive along Interstate 44 and you see plenty.

However, did you know for a few heady years, Wichita Falls was known for more than the falls; it was known for Wichita Truck. And also, did you know a woman may have been involved in the organization of the company?

Organized in 1911, the Wichita Falls Motor Company built heavy-duty trucks for the oil field and logging industry.

Known for their durability, contracts came from the military and fire departments. The company took the slogan, “the sun never sets on a Wichita Truck,” thanks to the worldwide sales of the truck during and following World War I.

The trucks, assembled from parts from other manufacturers, rolled out of the building at an average of two per day. During peak production during World War I, the plant employed 100 people and employed security to prevent sabotage. The company also produced a 20-person bus and, in the early 20s, in an attempt to replace lost truck production, the “Wichita Combination Car.”

Ultimately, over 10,000 were sold before the company succumbed to the ravages of canceled orders after World War I and the Great Depression. Despite efforts from a San Antonio businessman, the sun sat on the Wichita Falls Motor Company in 1932.

The individuals mentioned in the history of Wichita Truck are also interesting and involve some mystery.

Several references describe Joseph Kemp as the founder of Wichita Falls Motor Company and among the original incorporators Frank Kell, J.W. Culbertson, and J.C. Ward among others.

As mentioned in some references, Charles A. McKiernans (McKeenon according to Louise Kelly) held several patents related to steering and “unit control of spark, throttle, clutch, and transmission.” This “unit” put control of all four mechanisms in a lever on the steering column, different from other vehicles of the time. McKiernans allegedly sold these patents to Kemp, etal, for $80,000 in company stock and was involved in early marketing of the vehicle. After a subsequent mentions, McKiernans disappears from the story.

And finally, the mystery woman of the story, Nettie Certain McIntyre, appears in two Wichita Truck references. Described as the organizer and director in the development of the company, Nettie came to Wichita Falls from Colorado on business. Meeting McKiernans in the early 1910s and believing the “unit” applicable to trucks, she allegedly solicited the support of Kemp and Kell in the project. From that point, Nettie, too, disappears from the Wichita Truck story.

However, in the mid-1920s, Nettie appears again as an oil operator in West Texas. Articles described her as a “well-known woman operator” in the oil fields near Anson, Texas.

The Wichita Truck story stands as part of Wichita Falls history. And finding that a woman might have been the “mover and shaker” who brought the company to life, certainly deserves more investigation.



Photo of logo courtesy of

Photo of truck with people from New Zealand: History & Natural History,








Wichita Falls Junior College opened in September 1922, the second municipal junior college in Texas. It was operated by the Wichita Falls Independent School District and superintendent Randolph Lee Clark. Its liberal arts curriculum drew fifty-five freshmen that fall. Classes met in the high school on Broad Street. What a change 100 years brings!

(Photo from MSU Texas; Text from Texas State History Online)



MoNTH Honored At ACE Awards







During the inaugural Arts and Cultural Empowerment awards, sponsored by the Wichita Falls Arts and Cultural Alliance, the Museum of North Texas History was honored to receive the Mayor's Choice Award.  This award, chosen by Mayor Stephen Santellana, was presented to the Museum to acknowledge the significant contribution to the arts and cultural climate of the City of Wichita Falls made by the Museum.



Important Days in November
















Museum of North Texas History








Jenny to Jet


Wichita Falls Municipal Airport


4000 Armstrong Drive Wichita Falls, Texas 76305



Museum of North Texas History

Officers of the Board of Directors


President: Tim Swagerty

Vice President: Lindsay Barker

Secretary: Bryce Blair

Treasurer:  Paul Fleming


Executive Director: OPEN

Curator: Leanne Ray

Newsletter Editor: Becky Trammell, Ph.D.



Museum Hours

Thursday - Saturday

10:00am - 4:00pm

Wichita County Archives

Located in the Museum

Hours: 10:00am - 4:00pm (By appointment)

Tuesday - Thursday

Bryce Blair, Archivist




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