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Release Date: June 22, 2011ASU Logo

ASU to Host Book Signing by West Texas Author

Angelo State University’s West Texas Collection (WTC), in conjunction with the Friends of the Porter Henderson Library, will host a book signing event featuring West Texas author Jane Spraggins Wilson on Thursday, June 30, in the ASU Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. June 30 and is open free to the public. Wilson will be signing copies of her book, Texon: Legacy of an Oil Town, a pictorial history that was released in May by Arcadia Publishing. Copies of the book will be available, and the WTC will also present a program about Texon.

Wilson is a native of Texon, an oil-boom town that existed from 1924-62 about 80 miles west of San Angelo in Reagan County. Texon was built by the Big Lake Oil Company off U.S. Highway 67 next to Santa Rita No. 1, the discovery well whose dramatic success in May of 1923 touched off an oil boom. Along with her four siblings, Wilson was raised in Texon by her parents, Bill and Bernice Spraggins, until they retired to San Angelo in 1960.

After moving to San Angelo, Wilson became secretary of the ASU History Department until 1970. That was when she married James Wilson, an associate professor of history, and relocated with him to San Marcos, where he taught for 37 years at Texas State University.

Wilson’s extensive photo collection and research, including numerous personal interviews, questionnaires, and notes from microfilmed newspapers and archival sources, is the basis for her book’s introduction and expansive photo captions. Her collection will ultimately be donated to the ASU West Texas Collection.

For more information on the book signing, contact the West Texas Collection at 942-2164.

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