Big Thicket People: Larry Jene Fisher's Photographs of the by Thad Sitton, C. E. Hunt

By Thad Sitton, C. E. Hunt

Dwelling off the land—hunting, fishing, and farming, in addition to quite a number really expert crafts that supplied barter or funds income—was a life-style that continued good into the 20 th century within the mammoth Thicket of southeast Texas. sooner than this fashion of lifestyles ended with international conflict II, specialist photographer Larry Jene Fisher spent a decade among the Nineteen Thirties and Forties photographing giant Thicket humans residing and dealing within the outdated methods. His photos, the one recognized assortment in this topic, represent an irreplaceable list of lifeways that first took root within the southeastern woodlands of the colonial usa and finally unfold all around the Southern frontier.

Big Thicket humans provides Fisher's photos in suites that record a large slice of huge Thicket life-people, canines, camps, deer hunts, farming, syrup turbines, rooter hogs and inventory elevating, railroad tie making, barrel stave making, chimney construction, peckerwood sawmills, logging, turpentining, city lifestyles, church companies and picnics, funerals and golden weddings, and dances and different amusements. Accompanying each one suite of pictures is a cultural essay via Thad Sitton, who additionally introduces the e-book with a ancient evaluate of existence within the giant Thicket. C. E. Hunt presents an informative biography of Larry Jene Fisher.

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Fisher stayed close to Texas, with his final engagement as a professional organist at the Jefferson Theater in Beaumont from March 1931 to August 1934. Fisher also dabbled in other artistic and literary pursuits. During his career as an organist, he directed various revues and wrote newspaper columns concerning the performing arts. Although he began to wrap up his career as a theater organist, Fisher continued to give concerts, and he achieved a local following as the director of the “Accordionaires,” an accordion band that per- t he r en a iss a nce m a n of e a s t t e x a s | 19 formed throughout Texas.

Fisher meticulously did research for the play, interviewing local people who claimed to have knowledge of the incident and researching the locations of Union Wells and Drew’s Landing on the Trinity River, where much of the action took place. 10 Two years later, in 1942, Fisher completed a second historical play, this time in a lighter vein. ” It is likely that some of his characters for this play, set in 1902, such as “Flirdy” and “Smoky,” were modeled on former “boomers” or their descendents, still walking the quiet streets of Saratoga in 1942.

Implements such as firepans and milk warmers are also illustrated. Numerous places and buildings are covered such as the Keyser Burnout and Union Wells areas, the Concord Church and Saratoga t he r en a iss a nce m a n of e a s t t e x a s | 23 saloons. Among the persons pictured are R. E. Jackson, president of the first Big Thicket Association formed in the early 1930’s; Dr. H. B. 12 With the exception of a few individuals, such as Lamar University’s Maxine Johnston and Lois Parker, most people did not recognize at the time what a treasure this donation was.

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