States: Texas: Archer
Hi, kids. Here it is nearly 3 years later & I'm just now accessing the forum: Genealogy.com after "Googling" my mother's name. For the record, her name was spelled "Joe Betsy Miller Allred." (There's only one "e" in Betsy.) She was born in Altus, Oklahoma, October 15, 1905 on what her parents called "The Red Farm (because all the buildings were painted red....) Her parents moved to Oklahoma City not long after that. I have a 1912 photo of her father, Claude McCalmot Miller, with other members of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. He built the first 6-story building in Oklahoma Ctiy (to house Miller Brothers Department Store) & fancied himself a "leading citizen" of that town. He "went to market" each year in New York City, buying merchandise for his store in Oklahoma City. In 1913, he bought a Steinway Model B grand piano from the factory on Long Island & shipped it to Oklahoma City for his 8-year-old daughter. My mom learned to play on that piano, & would later study at the Glenn Dillard Gunn Conservatory in Chicago, as well as in New York, & at SMU (with Dr. Paul Van Katwijk, head of the SMU Music School). She took that piano with her when my father was inaugurated as governor of Texas in 1935 & practiced on it an hour every day 'til 1939. I was born in 1937 & learned to play on that piano in our home in Bellaire, Texas. I've made a living playing piano & singing in piano-bars & other "concert venues" for 48 years. My talents were inherited from both my parents & some came as a gift of my own intuitions.... O.K., nobody's perfect. Peace & love, Houston Allred. (since dropping out of law school in 1962 & going into "show biz," I've used my middle name --- finding Houston Allred "more theatrical" than Sam Houston Allred -- 'cause everyone in Texas knows that "Sam" is a 2-syllable word....) 134 Kapahulu Ave., #412, Honolulu, HI 96815 (415) 816-9901 (my San Francisco cell 'phone's still active --- as am I, hopefully....)
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