Hegman and Crow Families Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
William Price Crow was born in 1876 to Galen Alexander Crow and Cordelia Ann Jones. Galen and Cordelia Crow came to Austin in 1870 after Galen Crow served as a colonel in the Confederate Army. William Price was a lifelong resident of Travis County where he worked as a dairyman, and was also a veteran of the Spanish-American War. He married Lola Ellen New in 1910 and they had five daughters and one son. Lola Ellen New was the daughter of Henry New and Mary Catherine Koonce.
One of the daughters of William and Lola Crow, Virginia Ann Crow, married Elmo Hegman, the son of J. J. Hegman. J. J. Hegman came to Austin in 1915 and opened the Queen Theater, and then after leaving to operate the Grand Opera House in Galveston, returned to Austin and opened the Ritz Theater on East 6th in 1929. Hegman also operated other theaters in Austin, including the Crescent, the Casino, and the Star. Elmo and Virginia Hegman took over management of the Ritz in 1937 until 1964.
The collection is arranged into two series documenting the Crow and Hegman families. The Crow family materials consist of genealogical research, correspondence, post cards, and photographs dating largely from the mid-20th century. The items primarily document William P. Crow and Lola Ellen New, the parents of Virginia Crow Hegman who married Elmo Hegman. The marriage certificate of William P. Crow and Lola Ellen New is included as well as William's account book dating from 1951-1955. Maybelle Regina Crow Gruetzmacher (1923-2005), another daughter of William Price Crow (1843-1955), is represented in the collection through her genealogy charts and applications for Daughters of the American Revolution. The Crow family first came to America in 1612 when James Tomas Crowe settled with the 3rd Virginia colony.
The Hegman family materials consists largely of photographs, but also contains genealogy research on the Hegmans going back to the late-16th century, as well as theater memorabilia from the Queen Theater and Ritz Theater operated by the Hegmans in the 20th century. Of interest is a ledger for the Queen Theater documenting each day's feature attraction, added attraction, unusual counter attractions and remarks, weather, number of tickets sold, and daily income from January to November 1923. The photographs mostly consist of candid shots of friends and family, including local snow scenes from the 1930s and 1940s. There are also several photos of buildings and houses in East Austin taken in 1936. Houses/buildings on Sabine Street, East 3rd, East 14th, and East 11th are documented in the photographs.
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Materials were donated by descendent of Crow and Hegman families.
Hegman and Crow Families Papers (AR.2019.036). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2019/069
Donation Date: 2019 October 24
Processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus in January 2020.
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