During a visit to Houston in June 1970, Emmett Kelly (a.k.a. Weary Willie the clown), left, watches local resident Claude Laffoon help Kelly's daughters Monika and Stasia ride "Stardust," a Tennessee Walker owned by Linda Spurgeon. Credit: HERALD FILE PHOTO

The June 18, 1970 issue of the Houston Herald-Republican chronicled a visit by Emmett Kelly to his former hometown.

Emmett Kelly at Dogs Bluff

“Back home” for the first time in 14 years in June 1970, Emmett Kelly (a.k.a. Weary Willie the clown) show 6-year-old Jennifer Davis (daughter of then Herald publisher Bob Davis) where he enjoyed swimming as a young boy at Dogs Bluff on the Big Piney River.

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