Woodward Maurice Ritter was born on Jan. 11, 1905, deep in the piney woods of East Texas at a wide spot in the road called Murvaul.

Besides the finest voice in the musically-gifted family, Woodward also had the best mind. Graduating at the head of his high school class in Beaumont, he obliged his parents by taking pre-law courses at the University of Texas.

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. He welcomes your comments and questions barteehaile@gmail.com or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 and invites you to visit his website at barteehaile.com.

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