Author and Historian W. T. Block

William Theodore Block, Jr.

7/29/1920 - 12/15/2007


William Theodore Block, Jr., age 87, known as “W. T.” or “Bill” to his friends, passed away at Christus St. Mary Hospital on Saturday December 15, 2007. He was born in Port Neches on July 29, 1920, the son of Will and Sarah Jane Sweeney Block, and he moved to Nederland in 1935. He grew up on his father’s farm, which is currently the land occupied by Oak Bluff Memorial Cemetery.

He graduated from Nederland High School, Cheniers Business and Radio College, and Lamar University with an MA degree in history. He also served 3 years in the U. S. Naval Reserve, and taught at Lamar for 2 years as a teaching fellow.

During World War II, he served from 1942-1946 in the 78th Infantry Division, earning 3 battle stars for the Battles of the Bulge, Rhineland, and Central Europe. After the war, he worked 31 years for the Postal Service, including 20 years as assistant postmaster and postmaster in Nederland, or as officer-in-charge in Orange. Later he served on the Lamar University staff for 11 years, retiring in 1981.

Mr. Block was a dedicated historian, publishing 9 books of East Texas history, many academic articles in historical journals, and he was a guest columnist for Beaumont Enterprise for many years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Nederland, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Texas Gulf Historical Society. He was also a Knight of the Royal Order of Orange-Nassau, a knighthood conferred on him by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. He had also been a ham radio operator for 32 years, and served several years as an assistant scoutmaster.

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The contents of the WT Block website are in the process of being transferred to this new website. Until it is complete please access the materials through the original website at http://www.wtblock.com/wtblockjr/. Thank you for your patience.

The content is divided into six categories described as follows:

bullet Biography: Some biographical information including an article about W. T. published in "The Southeast Texas Business News" in March of 1996, by Bill Deevy.
bullet Books: W. T.'s books  
bullet Published, and
bullet Unpublished
bullet Articles: a summary of W. T.'s articles divided into
bullet Historical Journals
bullet Popular History Magazines, and
bullet Newspapers
bullet Documents: several articles are published here online
bullet Familyarticles about W. T's family
bullet Photo CreditSeveral of the photographs in the family section are very old and were in very bad shape.  One of our readers, Mr. Francis M. Barnett, Jr. contacted W. T. and offered to "digitally repair" these photographs. Look at this page to see "before and after" pictures.
bullet Willem Renooij: Completed some of the Dutch translations.
bullet Guest Bookleave the site and other visitors messages here
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