A view Upstream: History of the Houston Canoe Club
by Greg Walker
The Houston Canoe Club has a long and distinguished history, perhaps much longer than many members appreciate. In an effort to highlight
that history I offer this "View Upstream" of documents gleaned from the
club archives. Here is a document that traces the founding and early
years of the club. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have.
I have put a PDF file of the scanned original hand-typed document pages on the web site in a new Documents folder named
"Club History". The link to the PDF document is: here.
The text below was produced by digitally scanning the original pages and converting the images to text. It is posted here with it's original font and line spacing, and also all of it's original flaws, to keep it as faithfully true the the original as possible.
HISTORY OF THE HOUSTON CANOE CLUB 1964-1977
A group of interested Canoeists met at the home of J. L. Bludworth and talked of organizing a Canoe Club. On October 7, 1964 this interested group was called to a special meeting at the Assembly room of the Park Place Police Station by Jimmy Jones to organize a Canoe Club. A slate of officers were nominated as follows: Jimmy Jones Commodore, Fred Hurd Vice-Comm. and Jo Anne Hurd as Recorder and Purser. These officers were elected by acclamation. Jimmy Jones was acting at this time as Chairman. Marie Hurd took over as Recorder in the latter part of the year. The name C.A.T. Canoe Assn. of Tex. was discussed, and the name decided was to be the Houston Canoe Club as we did not want to be a Club governing the entire state of Texas. On October 28, 1964 a meeting was called to order to discuss and draw up a Constitution and By-Laws and the following members to serve on the Board of Governors: Lyn Maughmer, Homer Liddell, and J. L. Bludworth. At the Nov. 3, 1964 meeting an emblem and pennant designed by Lyn Maughmer was voted on and accepted by club members. Colors to be red, white, and royal blue. The emblem of the club shall be a Bobcat paddling a canoe. The pennant of this club shall be triangular in shape, two units high by three units long, white field, blue border with a bobcat portaging a red canoe. It was decided on by members and all memberships paid by March 1, 1965 to be Charter Members, this being our annual meeting. The following were listed as Charter Members according to payment of dues in following order:
|1. Fred Hurd
| 9. James A. Jenkins
|2. Kenny Hurd
|10. Paul Carr
|3. Lyn Maughmer
|11. Harold D. Edwards
|4. Bobby Suttle
|12. A. R. Long
|5. Dwane Dutoifc
|12. A. R. Long
|6. Dr. E. L. Burnett
|14. Phil Hartell
|7. James H. Jones
|15. N. V. Denton
|8. Homer Liddell
|16. Sam Hare
(For more on several of these club founders and the Bobcat club
logo, see the "Texas Water Safari" article in the February, 2012 newsletter.)
During the past 13 years club members and guests have canoed in
Texas Waters the following: San Jacinto, Colorado, Trinity, San
Bernard, Guadalupe, Medina, Rio Grande, Pertanalis, Brazos and San
Marcos River. Creeks: Oyster, Spring, Village, Clear Creek, Buffalo
Bayou, Dickinson, White Oak, Greens, Armands and Bastrop Bayous. We
have camped in our State Parks and Forests and Lakes, our National
Parks and forests. The club has held family cruises, stag runs, polka
runs, gar shoots, Easter Egg Canoe hunts, Halloween Scavengar hunts,
even a cruise for the blind. Some of our members have canoed out of
state on the Colorado and Cossatot Rivers in Arkansas, Snake and Hoback
in Wyom. Green River in Utah and even waters of Canada, both in racing
and cruising and camping in the Canadian Wilderness. The club held
canoe races each year for her first 8 years until Texas Canoe Racing
Assn. was organized. The first Texas Water Safari was held in 1963 and
was won by two Houston teams: Jimmy Jones and Lyn Maughmer, Fred Hurd
and Sam Hare. They were the only two teams out of a entry field of 68
to finish the race. All four of them helped organize and were charter
members of the Houston Canoe Club.
Since the year 1963 we have had members to enter, finish and win the
Water Safari several times. The club has also had National winners.
Kenny Hurd Men's National Kayak Champion. Tim Janak and Ken were C-2
winners also that year (1974) Ingrid Kast the Woman's Kayak Champion.
In 1974 again we had National winners Nova Hall and Pricilla, 1975 Nova
Hall and Ingrid Kast and 1976 Nova Hall and Carol Keirnan. (1974-6 th.
1975 10th., and 1976 10th.)
The Ho uston Canoe Club have had Honorary memberships, honoring Frank Buck, who helped us to organize and Father Dyer Sullivan, besides
others mentioned and one life membership in the Lyn Maughmer Family.
We have also had sadness with the loss of members through death. Of
the 16 Charter Members, 13 years latter, we still have 2 paid up
members and 1 of the 2 still active, this being Fred Hurd. In March
1966 new officers were in order and the following were elected. Comm.
Jimmy Jones, Vice-Comm. Fred Hurd, and Recorder Betty Maughmer. In
March 1967 Comm. Paul Carr, Vice-Comm. Jimmy Jones and Recorder Betty
Maughmer were elected. Due to illness and then death in the Maughmer
family, this being Lyn, Marie Hurd took over for the remainder of year
as Recorder. IN March 1968 Comm. Paul Carr, Vice Comm. Garry Knight and
Recorder Marie Hurd were elected to serve for a year. March 1969 again
Paul Carr, Comm. Vice-Comm. Wayne Walls, and Recorder Marie Hurd. March
of 1970 again Comm. Paul Carr, Vice-Comm. Wayne Walls and Recorder
Marie Hurd. March 1971 the club elected Paul Carr as Comm., Vice-Comm.
Joe Bowen and Marie Hurd Recorder. At the end of 1971 the Houston Canoe
Club honored Marie Hurd with a beautiful clock and plaque for her
services from 1964 to 1971 as a voluntary secretary in need of trouble
or as a elected officer. During these 8 years she had not missed a
March 1972 the following officers were elected to serve as follows:
Comm. Art Turner, Vice-Comm. Pat Simmons and Recorder Betty Walls.
After 5 month Pat Simmons took over as Commodore and then was elected
to fill out the term of office as Comm. due to the death of Art Turner.
Wilson Downs was elected to serve as Vice-Comm. to fill that vacancy.
An Appreciation Dinner was held for Paul Carr and his wife Mary for
their services given to the club as members and elected officers. The
Club gave a memorial for Art Turner in his name in the amount of
$200.00 towards the purchase of Armands Bayou. $100.00 from the sinking
fund and $100.00 from personal contributions. In December of 1972the H
ouston Canoe Club held an Armand Bayou Canoe Day and after a full day
of canoeing for fun $100.00 was raised by contributions and sent to the
Armand Bayou Bund.
March 1973 elections: Comm. Pat Simmons, Vice-Comm. Wayne Walls and
Recorder Betty Walls. Jerry Fruit as Fleet Capt. and Fred Hurd on the
Board of Governors. In the summer of 1973 the Club voted to send
$200.00 from the sinking fund to the Trinity River Task Forces to keep
the Trinity River hopefully from becomming the Trinity River Barge
Canal. $60.00 was also taking up by personal donations. The By-Laws and
Constitution were revised, voted on and passed with Joe Martin acting
as chairman of committee. Burt Reynolds was given an Honorable
Membership in the Houston Canoe Club.(The movie "Deliverance" came out the previous year.)
March 1974 officers were as follows: Comm. Pat Simmons, Vice-Comm. Roy Tyrone and Recorder Marie Hurd. Fleet Capt. again Jerry Fruit and Wayne Walls to join the Board
of Governors. This year the club gave Mayor Fred Holfheinz an honorary
membership. Also this year we decided to have the club INC. Tom
Cunningham gave his assistance in this matter.
March 1975 Pat Simmons was again elected Comm.. rather Pres. due to
INC. Joe Wolf, Vice-Pres. and Treasurer Marie Hurd. Fleet Capt. Doug
Irby and Joe Martin on the Board of Governors. After the resignation of
Doug Irby, Morris Ballew was elected to fill that office. A Canoe Pier
was built at Armands Bayou by members of the Houston Canoe Club to make
canoeing a little easier for guests as well as members to launch our
canoes. On March 1976 Joe Wolf was elected to act as Pres. with Lewis
Massengil as Vice-Pres. and Judi Wood as Secretary. Fleet Capt. Morris
Ballew and Pat Simmons Board of Governors. The club with Joe Wolf
presenting a lovely plaque to Pat Simmons for his faithful services to
the club for four years as Commodore and other duties and to Marie Hurd
again for faithful services. The big event for this year has been the
Cruise for the Blind in which the Houston Canoe Club had a part with
the United_States Canoeing Assn. Texas Delegation held at Armands Bayou
in May. Wesley Liles as Chairman, held a day cruise on Buffalo Bayou
with the Bayou Preservation Society in hopes of cleaning, clearing and
perserving Buffalo Bayou as a future project for beautification of
There has been many many more things the club has done during the 13
years we have been organized but this is only a few highlights.