Grey McGown Collection

Fort Worth Boat Club

Summary: Donated three manuscripts and related correspondence concerning the history of the Fort Worth Boat Club. The donor is the son of a founding member of the sailing club. He also was highly involved in the activities of the club including serving as historian. Additional information can be found on the Fort Worth Boat Club McGown Family named collection page. Scanned scrapbooks are available on the Grey McGown Scrapbooks page.


  • "In the Matter of: A Brief History of the Fort Worth Boat Club from its Beginning." Transcription from taped interview conducted August 2, 1972, Fort Worth Club. Interviewer was Quentin McGown. Early Boat Club members being interviewed: Dillard Kuykendahl, George Patrick Hill, George Q. McGown, and Marion Herring Sr. - 52 page transcription.
  • "Fort Worth Boat Club Meeting." November 11, 2002. Transcribed by Marsha Sharp, CSR. Interview conducted by donor, Grey McGown. Recorded responses of Quentin McGown,  Lucy Darden, Commodore O. L. Pitts, Commodore Lee Smith, and Commodore Glenn Darden. The subject of the interview was the role of the Fort Worth Boat Club in the America's Cup. 74 page transcript


  • Great Developments Follow Small Beginnings, History of the Fort Worth Boat Club 1929-2000 by Bill Fairley. Author was commissioned to write a history of the club. This 223-page, unpublished manuscript was to have been used as part of the 75th anniversary of the club.
  • Fort Worth Boat Club Recipes Fort Worth Boat Club History. History portion written by Ethel J. La Branche. Recipes portion was written by Cookbook Committee, chairman Ethel J. La Branche, 1987, privately printed, no printing company cited, hardback.


  • "Women in Speedboating" by Blake Gilpin. Boat Sport, February 1954. Three-page photocopy of article highlighting Ruth Herring of Fort Worth
  • "The Vintage Culture of Outboard Racing", page 136. Author unknown. Page describes experience of Ruth Herring and her role in speedboat racing.


  • Letter from John Rousmaniere to Grey McGown, December 24, 2003, giving details of how he would edit and lay-out a book on the history of the Fort Worth Boat Club, based on the manuscript written by Bill Fairley.
  • Letter from Marsha Sharp to Grey McGown, January 8, 2003, mentioning enclosure of corrected pages 65-74 of November 2002 transcription. One page machine copy


Rosters and Directories:

  • Fort Worth Boat Club Log Books

o   1930's:    1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939

o   1940's:    1940, 1941, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1949

o   1950's:    1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958

o   1960's:    1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969

o   1970's:    1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 

o   1980's:    1980-1981,  1982, 1983,  1984,  1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989

o   1990's:    1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

o   2000's:    2001, 2002

  • Introductory roster giving plans for club, dated March 1934
  • Fort Worth Power Squadron Roster, 1971-1972


  • "Scat" sailboat owned by McGown family, black and white, 7 by 9 inches. Dry mounted, some tears on board and a stain on photo left of center. Inscription in ink on lower right section.
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