Beverly Larkam is the owner of the historic Caswell house at 207 East 9th Street in Georgetown. This is a summary of her interview by Dan Doss in May, 2022. Written histories of the Caswell House by Beverley Larkam, Parts I, II and III can be found among the Commission files located at the Williamson Museum.
Mayor, merchant, banker, vet - Carl Doering has done it all. It’s as a veteran of the U.S. Army that he speaks of his participation in World War II. He describes several harrowing encounters, dramatic escapes, and historic moments during his service as a member of the 38th Infantry Division. He claims the privilege as one of six Americans to witness the Japanese surrender of the Philippines into U.S. control. As First Sergeant, he was the only non-commissioned officer present that auspicious day, August 14, 1945, which coincidentally was his 21st birthday.
Ed Lansford said he had never heard of Georgetown until he was an adult, but after surviving the Depression and World War II, he got here as soon as he could (to re-coin a Texas boast!). He joined the faculty at Southwestern University teaching biochemistry in 1962, becoming full time in 1966.
At age 98, Esther Weir offers a clear-eyed glimpse into the year 1938, when she arrived in Georgetown at age 22. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in math from Lander College, a master’s degree in physical education from Northwestern University, and the mettle to face the task ahead, Esther drew on great reserves of creativity to fill her job at Southwestern University. Not knowing what to expect at her arrival, she was able to build the women’s physical education department from the ground up, then stayed on for 17 years.
Even as a young child, Lillian Rachael Magill was a figure about town, known by all the shop keepers and their clientele for her outgoing nature and loquacious style of engaging people. Traits that remained with her throughout her life.