New Releases: May 2014


May’s featured new releases come from the Marks Family Films and tell the story of a cattleman’s life in Texas. Donated by Milo Marks, the family films document the life of his grandfather, Emil Henry Marks. Born in Addicks, Texas in 1881, E.H. Marks began working as a cowboy at age ten and became one of the first cattlemen on the Gulf Coast to cross breed Brahman bulls with common longhorn cattle. Marks' ranch, the LH7, also protected the foundation stock of Texas longhorns in an attempt to save the breed from extinction. The Texas Longhorn Breeding Association of America declared the Marks line one of the “seven families” of Texas longhorn cattle. See E.H. Marks and his historic longhorns in this picturesque home movie, where he feeds his cattle and surveys them on horseback. Also included in the collection is this footage of the annual rodeo held on the LH7 Ranch from 1918 until 1945.

Marks was also one of the four original riders to participate in the inaugural Salt Grass Trail Ride from Brenham to Houston in 1952. The annual event now kicks off the start of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This home movie documents the Salt Grass Trail Ride of 1956, where Marks rode alongside Bill Daniel, a former member of the Texas House of Representatives who later became the Governor of Guam from 1961-1963. This home movie captures the trail ride participants lining up and leaving Brenham for the event in 1958. Marks can be seen shaking hands with actor Hugh O’Brian, in costume as his character, Wyatt Earp, from the television series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.

E.H. Marks died in Houston on September 15, 1969. In 1985, the Texas Historical Commission designated the LH7 Ranch in Barker, Texas a state archeological landmark.

Enjoy these historic home movies, and check back next month for more new releases from the Archive!