Mother’s missing from Country music annals. For years, I wondered why. Mom was charismatic Country songwriter Jewell House of Texarkana, Texas. Born in 1920 on a Delta County, Tex., farm and reared on a Red River County, Tex., farm, she wrote for and worked with Country giants during the ’50s and ’60s. Some were like family. But she’s not in their stories. Maybe I've found out why or at least a few clues. Jewell thrived backstage, not center stage. She was one tiny sparkle in the glittering universe of Country music’s golden age. I believe there are Country music fans and historians who would appreciate knowing about her and her world. This website is for them, as well as Jewell’s family and all who find value in exploring the human journey.
I’ve researched mother’s career since 2011. I haven’t had the resources for deep digging. But what little I have found, and may yet find, I gladly share with you. Stay tuned. Thank you for coming here. And thank you for holding Country music and its history close to your heart. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my mother and your good friend, Jewell House.
David House is Jewell House’s oldest son. He has been a semi-retired print journalist and freelance writer since 2008. He and his wife, Andra, reside near Fort Worth, Texas. He is the father of three daughters, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and a former member of ASNE, APME and other organizations.
House began his 43-year career in 1965 at his hometown newspaper, the Texarkana (Tex.-Ark.) Gazette and DailyNews. He held reporting and editing positions there and at several regional dailies, including the Dallas Times Herald, The Dallas Morning News, the Denver Post and the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times. He helped to rebuild the Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times during the 1990s and finished his career at the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth as senior editor/reader advocate (ombudsman).
He has been researching his mother’s career in Country music since the spring of 2011. His research and this companion website project are ongoing. To report content-related errors or suggestions, contact House at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will respond as soon as possible. To share recollections of Jewell or other thoughts, email RememberingJewellHouse@gmail.com.