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The Clemens

Augustus D. Clemens, Jr.
1) Genealogy and Biography...
2) Mr. A. D. Clemens Dead

Mary Bordley Clemens
Obituary: Mrs. Mary B. Clemens

Augustus Ducas Clemens

Eleanor Collins Clemens
1) San Antonio Debutante Becomes Maryland Bride
2) Debutante Announcement
3) Engagement Announcement
4) Brides Are Busy
5) Wedding Announcement
6) from Eleanor in Italy 1950s(?)
6) to Eleanor, a Colonial Dame
7) to Eleanor, from a Joy descendant

Elizabeth 'Becky' Rogers
1) A Bird in Hospital Cage
2) Death Claims ‘Becky’ Rogers
3) Miss Elizabeth Rogers – ‘Becky’ Rogers Service Friday

The Family Home
Living room


Debutante Announcement

[one page newspaper article, undated and source unknown:]

"EXTRA SPECIAL" in today’s social news is the formal announcement of the identities of the young ladies who will grace the season’s most brilliant social affairs as debutantes and who will be honored (not introduced) by the San Antonio German Club at its ball on Nov. 5 at the Gunter Hotel.

These young ladies are all members of prominent families of the town and their attractiveness and vivacity will do much toward making the coming season one of outstanding gayety.

And so, ladies and gentlemen, the season’s "debbies" will include Misses Mary Marcella Beckmann, Eleanor Clemens, Barbara Davis, Sarah Lillian Dugger, Sarah Douglas, Gerry Fraser, Mary Keator, Vera Morey Searcy, Annie Terrell, Margaret Terrell, Mary Louise Tips, Evelyn White, Martha Wiggins and Anne Wright.

Mary Marcella Beckmann, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Beckmann, will no doubt follow in the footsteps of her mother, the former Milby Giles, and be "the belle of the ball." Mary Marcella was graduated from the University of Texas.

Another charming miss who will "add" to the debutante coterie is Eleanor Clemens, daughter of Mrs. Donald Rogers, wife of Lieut. Col. Rogers of Fort Sam Houston. Eleanor has traveled extensively abroad, having spent last year in Paris studying. During the holiday season she was in St. Moritz, where she enjoyed taking part in the winter sports there. She is the great-granddaughter of the late Dan Sullivan.

Barbara Davis attended the University of Texas in Austin and will no doubt continue to be as popular in the debutante circle as she was in the university group. Her mother is Mrs. Wayne Davis.

Slim and attractive is Sarah Lillian Dugger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Dugger. She, too, was popular at the University of Texas and her presence as a debutante will add "pep" to any party.

Sara Douglas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Morgan Douglas, comes by her personality naturally as both of her parents are delightful folk. Sara is tall and has a wealth of lovely chestnut brown hair. She has traveled extensively in Europe.

Gerry Fraser, daughter of Mrs. Jesse I. Newton, is more than attractive, she is outstanding in both personality and looks. She is very, very brunette and oh my the pep!

Mary Keator will be a representative member of the debutante group. She attended college in Washington, D.C. Mary, with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Keator, recently returned home from a trip to interesting points in the North and Middle West.

Vera Morey Searcy (very blonde) is an outdoor girl. She plays a lively game of tennis, adores to swim and is full of fun, and jolly. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Seth S. Searcy.

With two of the Terrell girls "coming out" we really can be assured of a gay and peppy season. Annie and Margaret are cousins and live next door to one another. Annie’s father is Marshall W. Terrell and Margaret’s mother is Mrs. Dick O. Terrell. Annie attended Mary Baldwin College and Margaret the University of Texas.
Petite and brunette is Mary Louise Tips, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tips. She attended school in Washington, returned home, joined the sub-deb set and will now continue her popularity as a debutante.

Blonde and lovely is Evelyn White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. White. She has spent the summer traveling in Europe in company with a party of friends. Evelyn attended Hockaday in Dallas and finished last June at Mills College in California. She will no doubt enjoy the gay and popular debut season, as did her attractive sister, Mrs. John A. Bitter Jr., nee Joella White.

Martha Wiggins, that red-haired miss, will certainly put life into the "deb" set. At the University of Texas, where she attended, she was the "heart-throb" of the campus. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Wiggins.

Comely Ann Wright is already a belle of the younger set. She is very bright, good company, dresses like a vogue model and will no doubt keep the debutante coterie very much alive this winter. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Wright Jr.


Copyright 2002 Gabriel Brooke, (website). Transcription and editing: John Thomas, (website). Design and production: Marc Kundmann, (website).