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FFA Livestock Shows and Governor Allan Shivers in Beeville Parade (1952)

Brazoria County Historical Museum

Silent | 1952

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  •  The Future Farmers of America livestock show and competition 
  •  Farmers plow their fields 
  •  A birthday party picnic unfolds on the farm 
  •  Farmers laying fences 
  •  Rows of vegetables  
  •  A horse show and rodeo 
  •  The parade in Beeville begins 
  •  Governor Allan Shivers doffs his cowboy hat to the camera 
  •  Little cowgirls drive an unusual vehicle 
  •  A cowgirl smiles for the camera 
  •  A woman in her military uniform rides by atop a convertible 
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This footage begins with scenes of FFA Livestock shows in Crosby and Dayton in 1952, followed by scenes of a family picnic on a farm to celebrate a birthday. Later, a parade proceeds down the streets of Beeville, Texas and features, among other floats, Governor Allan Shivers riding in a convertible. The producer of this film, Jim W. Keeland, was a photographer and videographer in the Houston area for sixty years. He took photographs and films for Houston's NBC affiliate, KPRC-TV, from 1948 until 1961, worked for the Houston Post from 1951 to 1982 as a printer, and was a freelance photographer of agricultural subjects.
Allan Shivers was a Texas politician who held several offices spanning the legislative and executive branch.  Born in Lufkin, Texas in 1907, he entered the University of Texas after high school hoping to become a lawyer like his father. Shivers dropped out a year later but returned after a brief stint working at an oil refinery.  Ever determined to the make the most of his college career, he joined several student groups and became president of the Student's Association.  He practiced law in Port Arthur after graduation until 1934 when the 27-year-old ran for his first position in public office: state senator.  His campaign was successful, making him the youngest member of the Texas Senate.
After serving in the U.S. military during World War II, Shivers was elected as state lieutenant governor in 1946 and again as an incumbent in 1948.  He is credited with consolidating much of the executive branch's power into this position with roles including the choice of which senators serve on particular committees to setting daily agendas.  Shivers succeeded Governor Beauford Jester upon the latter's death in 1949 and held the position for the next 7 and 1/2 years.  Under this new position he helped create the Legislation Council, the Legislative Budget Board alongside other pieces of legislature, including tax increases that served to expand state services.
Shivers took on several controversial positions that marred his image in later years.  He supported Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower's bid for Presidency in 1952, seen as a traitorous move by his Democratic party.  Opposing Brown v. Board of Education and scandals involving his administration (such as the Veteran's Land Board Scandal) lost further support.
With his political life coming to an end, Shivers took on several leading roles at banks in Texas until gaining a six-year appointment to the University of Texas Board of Regents.  He helped raise funds for both the Law school and College of Communications (a $5 million grant) during this time.  Shivers passed away on January 14, 1985 after suffering from a heart attack.