-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
A weekly publication, published by the ship's
company of the U. S. S. HOUSTON, Captain
G. E. Baker, U. S. N., Commandine
and Commander P. K. Robottom, U. S. N.
EDITOR, Ensign C. J. Mackenzie
Ass't. Editor:- R. C. Ball Ch. Pay Clerb
Associate Editor:- R. W. O'Brien, BMlf
Re- Write:- W. H. Osborne, Y3c
26 DECEMBER, 1936.
SPONSO* R FO* R " HO* USTO "
In the last two issues of the " Blue
Bonnet" has appeared a series of articles,
as written by Col. Ball, dealing
with the selection of a committee to
get a cruiser named after the City
of Houston and how his committee
accomplished i~ s ends. This week
Col. Ball goes on to tell how he was
thanked for his work by the citizens
of Houston and how the sponsor, Miss
Elizabeth Holcombe, was chosen:-
I have among my prized possessions
a copy of the resolution prepared
by a committee consisting of Judge
Norman Atkinson, Gavin Ulmer, C.
B. Gillespie and Col. Jacob F. Wolters,
which was adopted by the full committee.
A copy thereof was beautifully
engraved upon parchment, and
was sent to me, inscribed as follows:
" Whereas, official announcement
has been made by the Secretary of the
Navy that one of the cruisers now
under construction will be named
Houston, in honor of the City of Hou-ton;
" Be it resolved, in recognition of the
unselfish service, valuable leadership
and counsel of the Honorable Thomas
H. Ball, who acted as chairman of the
committee for a U. S. S. Houston, that
he be tendered a special vote of thanks
on behalf of the citizens of Houston."
The construction of the cruiser at
ewport ews, Va., was speedily begun
and it was ready to be christened
and launched on September 7, 1929.
The mayor and cruiser Houston committee
decided to make the occasion a
In acordance with established custom,
a sponsor and maid of honor had
to be chosen. The committee had
chosen Miss Elizabeth Holcombe, the
mayor's daughter as sponsor, prior
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to tne election of his successful opponent,
W. K Monteith. At a called
meeung of the committee some
tnough~ it might be well to select
MIS:> rlolcombe and present her name
to Mayor MonteIth. I told my comembers
that it was inadvisable to
select her otiicIally, that I knew Mayor
MonteIth would gladly and graciously
name Miss Holcombe as sponsor, with
the right to choose her maid of honor.
The committee called upon Mayor
Monteith and advised him of the desire
of the committee that he name
Vliss Holcombe as sponsor, with the
nght to choose her maid of honor, and
that he invite Miss Charlotte Williams
the granddaughter of Sam Houston, to
attend the launching as the sole guest
of the city, others going at their expense.
Our recommendations were
promptly and favorably acted upon by
Mayor Monteith. Miss Williams and
Miss Holcambe accepted and Miss
Holcombe named Miss Mary Ellen
Bute as her maid of honor.
Thereupon, my work as chairman
of the committee being completed, I
tendered my resignation and upon my
motion Mayor Monteith was made
chairman over his objection, which he
waived when assured by our committee
that the launching of the cruiser
Houston should be attended by the
mayor of the city as head of the delegation.
OS- CAR - 0 OPUS
When Oscar was first induced to
contribute to the columns of the Blue
Bonnet he very definitely said, " Ay
ban artist so Ay got temperemen tu
and Ay ain't can promise regular
Opuses." We would think that the
Holiday season would provide plenty
of feeling for such a tempermental
soul, and true it did. When contacted
for a contribution for the Holiday
Issue, Oscar said, " Dis hal' Christmas
Spirit make me feel so gud Ay
ban going tu take leave, go tu de
mountains and du nutin but sit in
front of fireplace." No amount of
persuasion would change his stand so
it therefore looks like there will be no
Opus this week. Before leaving, Oscar
did wish his readers a Merry Xmas
and a Happy New Year. Since in the
past he has been so good about contributing,
the Blue Bonnet wishes
Oscar the Seasons Greetings.
HAPPY EW YEAR
After Xmas day I am sure everyone
\ s happy and is looking toward the
coming New Year with great expectations.
The gang got one Xmas present
this year in the form of Andy Mellon.
He has returned from the Naval Hospital,
Mare Island, California. Welcome
Our dashing 3/ c ordinance man
seem to have had a very merry Xmas.
Give an acount of yourself Swede.
For the benefit of the few men that
have been asking about our fourth
plane - It is in San Diego Air Station
for repairs - In custody of Jr. R.
Wright, AMM3/ c and our dashing
Chief No. 2 - Charlie Noble.
Everyone of the " V" seemed to
enjoy those after- dinner snacks Xmas
day of nuts, candy, pie, and fruit,
washed down with hot coffee-.? ?
Our regular Exhaust pipe correspondent
will be here to fill the column
A word might be added thanking
Steele of the " V" for the excellent
drawing of the new cut you see
heading this column, also the Xmas
cut in front.
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O'BRIEN LEAVING SHIP
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with, he was generally the moving influence
behind the scene. If there was
a Ship's Party or dance it was he who
could always be found doing more
than his share of the work. If anyone
wanted to find out anything about
the history of the Houston or the
Navy they went to him, a veritable
walking encyclopedia on all events
connected with the Houston and Navy
he loves so well.
Obie, we salute you as a man and
shipmate and wish you the best of
luck wherever you may be. May we
all be shipmates with you again.
The folks at home will enjoy reading
the Blue Bonnet. Send it!