Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A new photo of Kerrville's Cotton Eldridge

Fred Bernhard, who participated in the water ski shows down in Kerrville's Louise Hays Park back in the late 1950s, sent along a photo of Kerrville's Cotton Eldridge I'd never seen before.  Thanks, Fred, for sending this.  I imagine this photo will spark some comments and memories.
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Cotton Eldridge, who along with his wife and others produced a water ski show
in Kerrville's Louise Hays Park, is pictured in this photograph by Francis Swayze,
taken around 1960.  That boat looks awesome.


  1. With this new blog system, it's a bit more difficult to post a comment.

    There are extra steps to go through, and most readers may not be aware that they can still post comments.

  2. I remember Cotton very well. He was such a nice person.

    Although he didn't teach me to ski, my uncle was my teacher, Cotton did give me many lessons.

    Those lessons were just what I needed to fine tune my skills.

    At his shop, he worked on my Grandfather's outboard motor numerous times.

    He knew the boat business, and knew it well.

  3. Cotton's ski shows were so much fun to watch.

    There were quite a few people in the shows, skiing forward, backward, without skis, and going over that old worn out jump that, for years, floated in the river.

    Oh what I would give to go back to those days.

  4. In the photo, do you see the old tree stump that is across the river?

    It is directly aligned with Cotton's outboard motor.

    Once when Cotton was pulling me at a high speed, past that part of the river, I lost control and ran aground, just barely missing that old stump.

    Thankfully, I missed it. It just wasn't my time to go. :)

  5. That's a great picture! Cotton passed away before I was old enough to remember him. But, I've heard so much about him from my father Bill Eldridge who skied with him for years and taught me how to ski. My father passed away this past November. I'm sure he would have loved seeing this picture!

  6. It is very difficult to post comments on this new system. It's also equally difficult to read comments.

    The old blog system allowed the reader to see the comments without taking any extra steps.

    It's quite a challenge now.

    I suspect that most readers, these days, just read the new article or look at the new photo that has been posted, and then go to something else because they no longer see the comment section.


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