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Ray Lofton Dudley, publisher, son of Nicholas Lee and Cordelia (Stover) Dudley, was born on August 8, 1891, at Stoverville, Denton County, Texas. He attended Lewisville Academy, Denton High School, and North Texas State Teachers College (now the University of North Texas), then taught in a rural school for three years. He entered Baylor University but did not stay to receive a degree. As a young man he held various newspaper positions in Dallas, Marshall, El Paso, Fort Worth, and Houston. His first connection with the oil industry was as oil editor of the Houston Post, a position he held briefly before becoming editor in 1918 of the Gulf Coast Oil News (later called the Oil Weekly and, still later, World Oil).

In 1918 he purchased the Oil Weekly and became president of Gulf Publishing Company, publisher of the magazine. In 1923 he became general manager for the Houston Post Dispatch in addition to presiding over Gulf Publishing. Sixteen months later he retired from daily newspaper work and thereafter devoted full time to his oil publications.

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Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Stoverville is part of or belongs to the following places:

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Stoverville is classified as a Town

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