People from Mason County, Texas

Posted May 3, 2011
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  1. Dewey Martin

    Dewey Martin


    Dewey Martin (born December 8, 1923) is a retired American film and television actor.

  2. Johnny Ringo

    Johnny Ringo


    John Peters Ringo (May 3, 1850 – July 13, 1882)—known as Johnny Ringo—was a known associate of the loosely federated group of outlaw Cochise County Cowboys in frontier Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona Territory. He was affiliated with Cochise County Sheriff Johnny Behan, Ike Clanton, and Frank Stilwell during 1881–1882.

  3. Rusty Russell (American football)

    Rusty Russell (American football)


    Harvey N. "Rusty" Russell (December 1895 – December 21, 1983) was an American football coach. He is mostly known for head coaching Southern Methodist University from 1950-52 as well as the longtime head coach at an Orphanage in Fort Worth Texas, The Masonic Home and School. Russell was inducted to the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 1990, and is also a member of the Sports Hall of Fame at Howard Payne University, the school he graduated from in 1922, as well as The Texas High School Coaches Hall of Honor, and The Texas Sports Hall of Fame. He won NCAA National Coach of the week when at SMU, once in 1950 and again in 1951 for his respective wins over Ohio State and Notre Dame . He helped co-author the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Code of Ethics in 1952 along with Coaches Bill Murray of Duke, Lloyd Jordan of Harvard and Bud Wilkinson of Oklahoma. That document is still used today. Russell was also a charter member of the National Football Hall of Fame Association. While in College at Howard Payne University in Texas, he was a three sport letterman (Track, Basketball and Football), was captain of both the Basketball and Football teams, and was named All Conference End in football in 1921 in the TIAA (Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association- forerunner of the Southwest Conference).

  4. Anna Mebus Martin

    Anna Mebus Martin


    Anna Henriette Mebus Martin (1843–1925) was a German-born Texas rancher and business woman. She rose from poverty to become one of the wealthiest Texans of German ancestry in her time. She chartered the Commercial Bank of Mason in 1901, and served as its president for twenty-four years. In 1986, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark 11270 was placed at the bank, acknowledging the contributions of Anna Mebus Martin and her family.

  5. Ira C. Eaker

    Ira C. Eaker


    General Ira Clarence Eaker (April 13, 1896 – August 6, 1987) was a general of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. Eaker, as second-in-command of the prospective Eighth Air Force, was sent to England to form and organize its bomber command. However while he struggled to build up airpower in England, the organization of the Army Air Forces kept evolving and he was named commander of the Eighth Air Force on December 1, 1942.

  6. Roy McKay (American football)

    Roy McKay (American football)


    Roy Dale McKay (February 2, 1920 – May 29, 1969) was a player in the National Football League.

  7. Herman Lehmann

    Herman Lehmann


    Herman Lehmann (June 5, 1859 – February 2, 1932) was captured as a child by Native Americans. He lived first among the Apache and then the Comanche but eventually returned to his family later on in his life. The phenomenon of a "white boy" raised by "Indians" made him a notable figure in the United States. He published his autobiography, Nine Years Among the Indians in 1927.

  8. Gene Zesch

    Gene Zesch


    Gene Zesch is an American sculptor, who gained national recognition in the 1960s when prominent figures such as Lyndon Johnson and John Connally started collecting his woodcarvings. Born in 1932, he grew up on a Texas ranch in Mason County and also ranched in Durango, Mexico. Mr. Zesch started working as an artist in 1954 and has made a living out of carving caricature figurines of Texas cowboys and cattlemen. The characteristic expression of the subjects of his work is an eyed rolling resignation. He still lives in Mason County on his family ranch. He hand paints bronze castings of his more notable carvings and sells signed prints of photos of his work. Mr. Zesch's work has been featured in one-man shows at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (2005), the Institute of Texan Cultures (1988), the Witte Museum (1967), and the Forsyth Gallery at his alma mater, Texas A&M University (1997). His work has also been displayed in special exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery (United States) (1993), the Museum of Western Art (2004), and HemisFair '68 (1968).

  9. Lindsay Brown

    Lindsay Brown


    John Lindsay Brown (July 22, 1911 in Mason, Texas – January 1, 1967 in San Antonio, Texas), is a former professional baseball player who played shortstop in the major leagues for the 1937 Brooklyn Dodgers.

  10. Fred Gipson

    Fred Gipson


    Frederick Benjamin "Fred" Gipson (February 7, 1908 – August 14, 1973) was an American author. He is best known for writing the 1956 novel Old Yeller, which became a popular 1957 Walt Disney film. Gipson was born on a farm near Mason in the Texas Hill Country, the son of Beck Gipson and Emma Deishler. After working at a variety of farming and ranching jobs, he enrolled in 1933 at the University of Texas at Austin. There he wrote for the Daily Texan and The Ranger, but he left school before graduating to become a newspaper journalist.

  11. Hugh Wolfe

    Hugh Wolfe


    Hugh Othello Wolfe (June 13, 1912 – May 20, 2010) was an American football fullback who played one season with the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 1938 NFL Draft. Wolfe first enrolled at John Tarleton Agricultural College before transferring to the University of Texas. He attended Stephenville High School in Stephenville, Texas. He was a member of the New York Giants team that won the 1938 NFL Championship. Nicknames attributed to him include "Big Bad" and "Red", although he may have never been called "Red".

  12. Leonie von Meusebach–Zesch

    Leonie von Meusebach–Zesch


    Leonie von Meusebach–Zesch (November 27, 1882 – July 7, 1944) was an American early 20th-century pioneer female dentist who practiced in Texas, Alaska, Arizona and California. She is also known as Leonie von Zesch or Leonie Zesch. She was inducted into the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame in 2012.

  13. Louis (Ludwig) Martin

    Louis (Ludwig) Martin

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    Ludwig "Louis" Martin (1820–1864) was with the first settlers to Fredericksburg, Texas. He was the first sheriff of Gillespie County, and also served as District Clerk of the county. Martin was a co-founder of the Mason County community of Hedwigs Hill.

  14. J. Marvin Hunter

    J. Marvin Hunter


    John Marvin Hunter (March 18, 1880 – June 29, 1957) was an author, historian, journalist, and printer who founded the Frontier Times Museum in Bandera, Texas. The museum, which contains about 40,000 artifacts of the American West, opened in 1933, It is named for Hunter's Frontier Times magazine, which was first published in 1923.

  15. Tom Loeffler

    Tom Loeffler


    Thomas Gilbert (Tom) Loeffler (born August 1, 1946) is a Republican former member of the United States House of Representatives from central Texas. He was an advisor and fundraiser to the 2008 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona until resigning on May 19, 2008 .

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