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Bruceville-Eddy in Falls County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Roy Bedichek

(June 27, 1878 - May 21, 1959)

Roy Bedichek Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, May 5, 2020
1. Roy Bedichek Marker
Inscription.  Born in Illinois to J. M. and Lucretia (Craven) Bedichek, Roy came to Falls County at the age of six. Educated first in his parents' school at Blevins and later at the Bedichek's Eddy Literary and Scientific Institute, he graduated from the University of Texas in 1903. He and Lillian Greer were married in 1910; their children were Mary, Sarah, and Bachman.

Bedichek was a reporter, editor, teacher, and homesteader before joining the staff of the University of Texas in 1917; he became the second director of the University Interscholastic League (UIL) in 1922. For twenty-six years he tailored league policies to the American ideal of education for every child. His use of educational competition as "a spur to industry and a whetstone of talent" has shaped the lives of the countless students who have participated in UIL academic, athletic, and musical contests.

A lifelong outdoorsman and animal lover, Bedichek wrote "Adventures with a Texas Naturalist," which was published in 1947; his letters, evidence of his enthusiastic correspondence, were collected into two books. Bedichek is fondly remembered as a conversationalist, folklorist,
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and storyteller who related all experience to the natural world. "He had the most richly stored mind of any man I ever knew," said his friend J. Frank Dobie.
Erected 1998 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11871.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1903.
Location. 31° 17.129′ N, 97° 15.288′ W. Marker is in Bruceville-Eddy, Texas, in Falls County. Marker is on Interstate 35 Frontage Road, 0.4 miles north of Blevins Road (County Road 459), on the right when traveling north. Marker is in the Eddy Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eddy TX 76524, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eddy Methodist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Flowers House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bruceville Baptist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Site of Bruceville Methodist Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Martin Irons (approx. 3 miles away); Moody United Methodist Church (approx. 6.2 miles away); Moody Cemetery (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bruceville-Eddy.
Also see . . .  Roy Bedichek. (Submitted on May 5, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.)
Roy Bedichek Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, May 5, 2020
2. Roy Bedichek Marker Area
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 5, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.

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Sep. 25, 2023