New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 1, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Sunday, April 1, 2007
Museum aims to preserve collection of 500-plus hats
Austin hopes to lead in plug-in car technology
WICHITA FALLS (AP) — For more than 50 years, Nat Fleming’s western wear store didn’t just sell cowboy hats— it became a shrine to them.
The hundreds of wont hats nailed to the wooden rafters actually were a tribute to his customers — the ranch hands, wealthy oil investors and businessmen who gave him their old hats when they bought new ones. I Ie even had one from Gene Autry, although it was stored in a glass case and on loan from the collector who owned it.
But Fleming, 85, closed the Cow Lot when he retired late this past year in this North Texas city near the (Mahonia border. Now the Museum of North Texas I listory wants to preserve the 511-hat collection and has raised about a third of the $40,OOO needed to build the display room.
Some, like the white hat owned by Fleming’s wife, look pristine. A Kansas game warden’s straw hat also appears new. Others are a bit worn, the gray or tan felt brims stained brown from sweat, dirt and oil off the
farmers’ and workers’ hands so many decades ago.
“I’m so proud of every one we got in because everybody that came in the store had a different one,” Fleming said.
Soon after Fleming opened his store in 1952, his brother gave him a dark brown 10-gallon hat with a bullet hole in the back brim. So Fleming decided to hang it on the wall, never anticipating the trend he would start, he said.
“I had no idea — I didn’t dream it; I didn’t imagine it; I didn’t plan it,” Fleming said. “Every time somebody came in, they said, ‘I have one I can bring in.’ And they did."
He tacked small cards bearing the owner’s name to each hat. Then a few years later as more customers began bringing in their hats, he began adding each person’s hometown to the laminated cards. When a hat’s owner died, he placed a gold star beside the name.
“It became obvious that the collection was more popular than we were,” Fleming said.
AUS FIN (AP) — In some ways, Texas’ capital city doesn’t belong in stereotypical Texas at all. Its quirky music scene and liberal attitudes defy the state’s wellknown rough-and-tumble character.
Now the liberal enclave of Austin wants to distinguish itself again.
Austin hopes to be the first city in the nation to put the emerging technology of
plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to use in the fight to reduce dependence on foreign oil, combat high oil prices and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.
Austin Energy, the city’s public utility, has big plans for plug-in vehicles beyond just cutting down on gas consumption. The city hopes the cars eventually can supplement the city’s electricity supply
during peak hours.
“People have said for many years that eventually the electric grid and the transportation sector will unify into one,” said Roger Duncan, deputy general manager for Austin Energy.
Duncan said it’ll take a few years for enough plug-ins to hit the road to make a difference on the power grid.
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