Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Arnold-Hightower Family Collection

Collection Summary

Creator Warren G. (Bubba) Arnold, L. V. (Dugan) Hightower Jr., Milam Douglas Hightower and Mildred (Hightower) Arnold
Title: Arnold-Hightower Family Collection
Dates: 1938 - 1945
Abstract: The Arnold-Hightower Family Collection includes football photographs of games played at Texas College of Arts and Industries (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville) during 1938 – 1939. Donald Hightower and Warren Arnold are featured in the photographs. In 1941 Arnold received offers to play pro football for the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Chicago Bears. Two other Hightower students during those years were L. V. “Dugan” Hightower and Mildred Hightower. Wallace Arnold married Mildred Hightower and joined the Navy after America’s declaration of war. This collection contains information highlighting the college days and World War II of the Arnold and Hightower families.
Identification A2011-026
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/ead.php?xml=Arnold%20Hightower%20EAD
Quantity: .25 linear ft
Location: STAD Box 1295 and STAD Photo File
Language: English

Historical Note

Warren Arnold , Don, Dugan, and Mildred Hightower grew up together in Liberty, Texas. Warren G. Arnold, affectionately known as "Bubba" was born September 4, 1918 in Dallas. His father was a barber; there were a long line of barbershop owners in the family, including his grandfather, father, and four of his six uncles. Warren's family moved to Liberty in 1924. In high school Bubba was an agile and athletic student and was named captain of the Liberty Panthers varsity football team, he played defensive end and offensive end while also participating in track and basketball. Bubba first became interested in Mildred Hightower when she was a cheerleader for the Panthers football team. He played sports with her brothers and won a scholarship to Texas College of Arts and Industries in Kingsville. Arnold and all three Hightowers attended Texas College of Arts and Industries. Bubba received letters of interest and offers from a number of the pro football teams but instead he enlisted in the U. S. Navy. Arnold married Mildred and went to Maritime Officers School in 1942 just after America’s declaration of war. After training he obtained entrance into the U. S. Coast guard and became "acting officer" aboard troopship Cacique. After the war ended Bubba was employed at Eastman Directional Drilling Co. in Houston. His job sent him traveling between Texas and Louisiana as an engineer. Mildred and Bubba had three sons: Jay, Gene and Jim, during those years. After Bubba left Eastman Drilling, he started a new company with his brother, naming it Arnold Bros. Directional Drilling. The Javelina Hall of Fame was organized in 1972 to pay tribute and give recognition to former athletes, coaches, and others making exceptional contributions and / or meritorious service to the advancement of Texas A&M University-Kingsville / Texas A&I College. Donald Hightower is a charter member of the Javelina Hall of Fame. He received a health and physical education degree from Texas College of Arts and Industries in 1939. Hightower was co-captain of the 1938 football team and was selected as an All-Alamo Conference Player in 1936, 1937, and 1938. Hightower was considered one of the outstanding members of the team. L. V. (Dugan) Hightower Jr. married Dorthoy "Dot" (Lee) Hightower and completed his degree in education at Texas A&I. Dugan served the Ft. Bend, Texas school district for over thirty years providing leadership to the district as an athletic director, coach and assistant principal of Dulles High School. He retired in 1980. The new high school was named, Hightower High School as a tribute to Dugan for his service in education to the Ft. Bend community.

Scope and Contents

The collection focuses on Warren G. (Bubba) Arnold's college and military records. Included are letters from many teams of what is now the National Football League expressing an interest in recruiting Arnold. The Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles were some of the teams offering contracts to Arnold. News clippings, telegrams and photographs of football action at Texas College of Arts and Industries during the late 1930s and early 1940s comprise some of the materials. Arnold's U. S. Navy Officer Service records, war ration books, financial statements of wages and deductions and certificates of accomplishment during the war are present. Photographs of Mildred (Hightower) Arnold, Dugan and Don, her brothers, are included. Shots of the Texas A&I Javelina's during practice and games also are present. In the late 1930s Texas A&I joined Sul Ross and St. Mary's Universities to form the Alamo Conference, playing against each other and the teams of the Southwest Conference. Half back Donald Hightower was selected as an All-Alamo Conference Player in 1936, 1937, and 1938.


Arranged in Folders: Correspondence News clippings and telegram Publications U. S. Navy Officer Service Record War Ration Books Identification Cards Statement of Wages and Deductions Certificates Accounting Memo Books Photographs Books

Index Terms

Arnold, Warren Goodrich, 1918-
Arnold, Mildred (Hightower)
Hightower, Milam Donald
Hightower, L. V. "Dugan"
Javelinas (Football team)
Liberty Panthers (Football team)
Texas College of Arts and Industries -- Football
Texas College of Arts and Industries – History
Southwest Conference (U.S.)
United States – Navy
United States – Coast Guard
Eastman Directional Drilling Company
Arnold Bros. Directional Drilling Company
Geographical Names
Kingsville (Tex.)
Liberty (Tex.)
Ft. Bend (Tex.)
Pacific Ocean – Strategic aspects
World War, 1939-1945
Football players -- Texas, South -- Biography
College athletes -- Texas, South – History
Athletic directors
Football coaches – Texas – History
School sports – Coaching
Assistant school principals
Sea control
Sea-power –- United States
Merchant marine – Officers
Oil well drilling
Directional drilling
Petroleum – Prospecting
Petroleum engineering