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Ten Things You Should Know About

Texan Dan Blocker
AKA "Hoss" Cartwright

by John Troesser
Dan Blocker and buddies in US Army in Korea
Dan Blocker in the army
Photo courtesy of Frank Miklos

Ten small facts about everyone's favorite Cartwright.

1. His birth name was Bobby Don Blocker.

2. Born in DeKalb, Texas - he was raised in O'Donnell from age six.

3. At 14 pounds - he was the largest baby ever born in Bowie County.

4. He was sent to military school in San Antonio at the age of 12.

5. He once taught school for a few years in Sonora, Texas.

6. He was an Infantry sergeant during the Korean War.

7. He had a Master's Degree in Drama from Sul Ross in Alpine, Texas.

8. He married his college sweetheart, Dolphia Lee Parker.

9. He was a part owner in the Bonanza Restaurant Chain.

10. He died of complications from an operation in 1972.
Chuck Miklos and Dan Blocker
Chuck Miklos and Dan Blocker
Photo courtesy of Frank Miklos

More on Dan Blocker:

  • Mighty Hoss by Archie McDonald, Ph.D
    ("All Things Historical" Column)

  • Dec.10, 1928 Cartoon by Roger T. Moore

  • Dan Blocker at Indianapolis 500, 1962
    Dan Blocker at the Indianapolis 500 back in 1962.
    Photo by Ken Rudine
    Dan Blocker Tombstone in Dekalb, Texas
    Dan Blocker's grave in the Woodsmen Cemetery,
    near downtown DeKalb.

    Photo courtesy of John DeBusk
    Mary A. Blocker tombstone
    Mary A. Blocker tombstone
    Photo courtesy of John DeBusk
    First published June 2001
    Gleaned from The Handbook of Texas Online.
    Our special thanks to John DeBusk, Frank Miklos and Ken Rudine for supplying the above photographs.

    Dan Blocker Forum

  • Dan Blocker was in the Korean war with my father. I have attached a photo of Dan and three other men from their company. My dad and Dan met a number of years later when Dan was in Pittsburgh on a promotional tour for Bonanza. - Frank Miklos, November 01, 2002

  • I went to Sul Ross College and was in many classes, and out of class, with Dan and he was a very dear friend and beer drinking buddy of mine. I was also a classmate of his wife Dolphia's sister Elaine Parker all thru grade and high school. TOP PEOPLE!! I never get enough hearing or reading of them. Keep it up. Sincerely, J. Frank Woodward, Alpine, Texas. Now of El Paso, Texas, June 05, 2001

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