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Laura Vernon Hamner / Amarillo / Claude, Texas

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Laura Vernon Hamner / Amarillo / Claude, Texas

Posted: 1316030782000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1316032426000
Surnames: Hamner
There is a semi-famous author, Laura Vernon Hamner, who is interred "next to her parents in a cemetery in Claude, Texas, county seat of Armstrong County." Claude is a little east of Amarillo, Tx.

Laura was an author, radio commentator, and ranch historian. For several years, she taught school while working as postmaster at Claude, Texas, from 1913 to 1921. She then moved to Amarillo and served as the superintendent of Potter County schools from 1922 to 1938.

For thirty years, she wrote several columns for the Amarillo Globe-News, including "Talk to Teens" and "Panhandle Scrapbook." With her friend Phebe K. Warner, Hamner co-founded the association, Panhandle Pen Women, in the 1920s.

For over thirty years she lived in the Herring Hotel, Amarillo, keeping open house for literary agents, publishers, writers, and would-be writers from many parts of the world.

Associates gave her such tributes as honorary membership in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and municipal observances of "Laura V. Hamner Week." Indeed, for a time she was known informally as "Miss Amarillo."

Laura died in 1968 at age 97. She has been memorialized in a mini opera, "Laura V," written by Gene Murray under the auspices of the Amarillo Opera. The premiere production was at the Gem Theater in Claude in June 1998.

There are 4 cemeteries in Claude but none of them on show Ms. Hamner. Does anyone know in which cemetery she is buried?

Thanks so much!

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