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Carol was elected Band Sweetheart in 1964 and Martin was her escort.

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These pages were initially created to transfer photos from traditional scrapbooks to the internet in order to both preserve and make the pictures and history available to family and friends. It has become more extensive than I intended. However, I see it as a way to save the details before they slip away.

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Alpine, Texas

Part 1 1878 to 1945

Part 2 1946 to 1956

Part 3 1957 to 1963

Part 4  1963 to 1966

Part 5 1967 to 1970

Part 6  1970 to 1977

Part 7 1978 to 1982

Part 8 1982 to 1984

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Alpine, Texas 1960's

Alpine, Texas 1963 to 1966

1962 Falcon

Carol & Martin with grandparents and aunts from Ohio

Carol & friends in the Alpine Big Bend Players Follies at the Alpine Community Center 1963

     

Martin's early sound system

Martin's parents would roll back their carpet and let the kids have small dances in their living room.  Carol & Martin dancing.  Guess it kept us off the streets! 

Palmer and George in Theophilus' living room. 1963

picture from a prom

Martin and Donna Lynn at HS prom (walking together, not going together)

 

Carol's room and horse collection

 

Carol & Martin Junior Senior Prom

 

Martin contracted Yellow Jaundice in 1964.  Carol visited, but kept her distance

A&W Root Beer was a favorite hang-out "pop-corn & orange juice"

 

AHS classroom

Jeff, Palmer, Martin, Donna, Julie, Carol & Candy

Palmer Coats, Carol (second from left) 1964 - Twirlers for Alpine High School with Rochelle Sohl, Debbie Boyson, __ & Donna Mueller

Alpine High School Band bus returning from contest

AHS Band at Sul Ross Band Day

Sul Ross Band Day

Some of Martin's records 1964

Carol & Martin (Jim & Jan Gibson painting by Peg in background)

Carol AHS twriler 1964

Carol 1964 - Twirler for Alpine High School

 

In 1965 Martin's parents took he and Carol on a trip to see Martin's Aunts and Uncles in Baton Rogue, LA and Cincinnati, Ohio

 

Ollie and Sandy

   

Dad & Martin and Carol looking at Cousin Sandy's horse in Louisiana while visiting Martin's Uncle Bud and  Aunt Elsie in 1965

 

1965 Baton Rogue, LA

1965 Baton Rogue, LA

1965 Baton Rogue, LA

We also went through Kentucky, toured the Calumet Horse farms and Stopped by Churchill Downs

Alpine High School band in parade in 1964

picture from play

Martin in AHS Maskers  drama club

Alpine High School gym with Coach & Brodie

Alpine High School lunch hour crowd 1964

Alpine High School gym Home Economic building 1964

Alpine High School gym 2007 fire - MB Lockhart photo

Martin's Mom playing with Pepper

 

 

Alpine from the air mid 60's - view video

Battleship Texas as seen from the San Jacinto Monument

Martin on Texas coast

Carl Williams' ad in the April 30, 1964 Alpine Avalanche  Carl Williams' ad in the April 30, 1964 Alpine Avalanche

Carl Williams ran for Sheriff in 1964 and won.

Brewster County Sheriff Carl Williams and DPS Officer Jean Pate

 

Tom, Peggy,Peg, Ollie, Aunt Ina, Martin,Margaret (M's Grandmother), Carol & Uncle – movie

1963 Lee & Juda wedding - Mr. & Mrs. Fred Moore with Mr. & Mrs. Frank McCollum. Fred Moore allowed Martin to ride with him in the Alpine Police car which resulted in the strong interest Martin had for law enforcement.

 

Lee & Juda married

Lee & Juda married

Karl Karvonen, Margaret Crerar, Peggy Karvonen, Tom Karvonen, Peg Theophilus, George Karvonen, Pepper and Blue Ford Falcon (was red before Martin rolled it with George Cooley between Alpine and Fort Stockton)

Martin's Mom was fascinated by the Marfa Lights from the time she and his father arrived in three Big Bend area.  Judith M. Brueske, Ph.D. dedicated her book The Marfa Lights to Martin's Mom, Peg Theophilus

Judith M. Brueske, Ph.D.'s book The Marfa Lights available from Ocotillo Enterprises 205 N. 5th (POB 195, Alpine, Texas 79831

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Phil and LaFawn Avant, Carol's parents

Phil and LaFawn Avant at their home in Alpine, Texas

Carol was elected Band Sweetheart in 1964 and Martin was her escort.

  

 

Carol & Claude Guillemet the French foreign exchange student on the River Road 1964 - view video with Carol, Martin, Donna, Larry and Claude Donna & Larry 2012

Martin on the River Road 1964

 

 

Carol & Martin preparing to leave on AHS '64 senior trip to Topolobampo & Los Mochas, Mexico

AHS '64 senior trip to Topolobampo & Los Mochas, Mexico

 

Carol & Martin with Mexican train in back ground

AHS '64 senior trip to Topolobampo & Los Mochas, Mexico

One of the most scenic train trips in the world, it plunges travelers into 85 tunnels and over 37 bridges through Mexico's Copper Canyon.

AHS Band parade (Mr. Banks left)

Martin's Alpine High School Graduation invitation May 1964

 

 

Dingo Drive-In Alpine

Twin Sisters from SR Mountain - video

 

 

When the Believers (poster page 1, page 2) played at the AHS Junior Senior prom in 1964, Martin asked for a copy of the tape recording made on their Roberts recorder (seen above). The Believers were a group of Sul Ross State College (now University) students. After the prom the band members headed for their homes for the Summer of '64. Go to Believers page

 

For Alpine High School graduation, Martin's parents went in with him to purchase a Webcor reel to reel tape recorder from the Montgomery Wards catalog.  This enabled a life long career in audio recording and production

This photo shows the equipment in use in the early studio (1965-1966). The man in the picture was the PR person for the Alpine ISD who recorded a weekly radio program for the schools. 

The pictures above are of a Phantom Productions (Highland Sound Company) remote radio broadcast set-up for a concert at the Sul Ross State College's main auditorium. The equipment included an Ampex 800,the Sony 600, a Bogan MXM-A, and three pieces of remote equipment from Alpine's radio station KVLF.

SR Mountain from "A" mountain during freshman painting

 

 

 

Looking from the Sul Ross Band Hall toward Twin Sisters

Sul Ross kappa Kappa Psi

In September 1964, Martin received a Music scholarship to Sul Ross State College in Alpine.  In addition to continuing to record area original bands, he provided the recording services for the Sul Ross Music Department.  With Carol and Music major Louis "Corky" Thornton, Martin recorded all the recitals, choir and band concerts during the four years he worked on his Bach of Music degree.

Martin recital 1965

 

Sul Ross music arranging course

1965 snow Alpine, Texas

Snow Marathon 1965 - Peg was teaching school in Marathon, TX

 

Margaret Crerar, Peggy Anne, Peg and Pop Crerar

Carol and Martin delivering magazines for Martin's Dad

Carol and Martin delivering magazines for Martin's Dad 1963 - 1966. They also picked up the Odessa American papers in Monahans and drove them to Ft. Stockton, Ft. Davis, Marfa, Marathon and Alpine.

1965 Tom Karvonen, Martin, Carol, Margaret Crerar, George Crerar, Ollie Theophilus, Peg Theophilus, John Crerar, Ina Krogstad, Peggy & Karl • view movie from that period

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Joe Burgess, Carol & Martin around 1966 during Joe's visit to Alpine from NM.

Carol & Martin's 1966 Mustang between Alpine & Ft Stockton. The Mustang was bought jointly while still dating.  The car was special ordered from Brewster County motors.  We knew it would be shipped and pass through Alpine on the train en route to El Paso where it had to be trucked back.   So we kept our eyes on the trains passing through.  - view video 

Carol beside water running between Ft Davis and Balmorhea around 1967

Carol beside water running between Ft Davis and Balmorhea around 1967

Carol beside water running between Ft Davis and Balmorhea around 1967

Carol beside water running between Ft Davis and Balmorhea around 1967

Parents office building

Martin's parents office building next to their home.  it served as a print shop, magazine and book distribution center and eventually a Book Store and Hallmark Card shop.

Peg Theophilus rock hematinuria passion!

 

 

Sul Ross Band preparing to play for Lady Bird Johnson's arrival at the old Marfa Army Air Base to have a float trip down the Rio Grande and dedicate the Fort Davis National Historic Site.  Tony Bronze, Carol & Martin in center of photo.  GO

Mom at Fort Davis dedication talking to Lady Bird Johnson

Mom at Fort Davis dedication talking to Lady Bird Johnson.  Mom gave Lady Bird some agate from the area.

 

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Peggy Anne, Karl & George Easter 1966

Martin's Mom & Dad , Nov 22, 1966 - 25th wed anniversary

 

 

 

Carol with Horse corral

 

Peg Theophilus & Carol Avant - River Road 1966

Sully Sul Ross mascot

During holidays, Martin & Carol took care of Sully the Wolf mascot for Sul Ross University in 1966. We took her out on 2 leads and walked around (or more accurately dragged around) campus. She loved to collect beer cans and bring them back to her cage.  She got to go to Sul Ross games.  It was hard for us to see her in a cage and unfortunately she was eventually poisoned.   Watch movie of Sul Ross University mascot "Sully" in 1966.

 

 

Martin's Mom and Dad helped him create a recording studio in their home by cutting a sound proof window between Martin's room and his sister Peggy's old bedroom.

 

Carol in recording studio that was built into Martin's parents' home

Martin with Carol in Alpine studio 1966 - Corky designed the Sul Ross uniforms so that they would be both concert and marching band uniforms.

Martin with Carol in Alpine Highland Sound Company studio 1966 (built into Martin's parent' house

 

 

Martin's Mom "Peg" upon receiving her Masters of Education 1966

Margaret Theophilus at Sul Ross

Margaret Theophilus (Martin's Mom) teaching Ceramics at Sul Ross State University.  She'd taught art and industrial arts in the Marathon school system and came back to teach at Sul Ross.

Martin's Dad getting ready to give Mom big present

Martin's Dad always liked surprises.  Every year he would wrap a huge box for my mother that contained any number of smaller boxes.  This year he gave her a ring celebrating their years together.  View video of Christmas celebration at the Theophilus home.

Phyllis Carol Avant in Who's Who

Carol (Phyllis) Avant in College Who's Who

Sul Ross Football field

Carol Thompson & Corky at Balmorphea State Park

Carol and Martin at Balmorphea State Park

Carol at Balmorphea State Park

Carol at Balmorphea State Park

Teri & Tony Bronze with their new baby and Carol at Balmorphea State Park swimming pool 1966

Alpine, Texas from the air in 1966

Alpine, Texas 1966

1966 - Carol and martin flying over the Big Bend National Park with M's Mom and Grandmother

Big Bend National Park from the air 1966

Big Bend National Park from the air 1966

Big Bend National Park from the air 1966

Cathedral Mountain South of Alpine from the air 1966

Margaret & George Crerar

George Crerar - Sept 20, 1881 to March 1, 1967

Grandma Crerar with Karl & George Karvonen
 
 

 

Mom & Pop Crerar - Pop, born Sept 20, 1881 passed away March 1, 1967

Immigrated to Cleveland, Oh from Glasgow, Scotland in 1907
Naturalized in US on 1/14/16.

Tom, Peggy, Martin and Carol 1967

 

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Part 5 1967 to 1970

Part 6  1970 to 1977

Part 7 1978 to 1982

Part 8 1982 to 1984

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