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Austin Songwriter Posts Youtube Tribute to Gordan Spaulding
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 • Posted June 1, 2011

Forty years ago, two young Mason men, Gordon Spaulding and Robert McWilliams, were killed in a motorcycle-tractor accident at the intersection of Rainey Street and FM 1871. An Austin songwriter, Harold Hedges, has posted a tribute song to his friend, Spaulding, on YouTube commemorating that anniversary.Hedges was a neighbor of Spaulding in Austin, and often came with his friend to Mason in the late 60s and early 70s. They would stay in a room at the Carter Motel on the north end of town, and help its owner, Spaulding's grandmother, Mrs. Ralph Carter, at the motel, at the Texan Cafe and at her Streeter ranch.Hodges and Spaulding were members of a group of friends that included John Beam, Thomas Haley, Michael Haley and Richard Haley. The four friends began their motorcycle tour, "The Bluebonnet Run," as a way to enjoy their hill country home.To find the tribute, go to and in the search box, type in "Hodges," "Gordon" and "tribute."Hodges is working on a screenplay about those years in Mason and about the many friends he had, and the friends he has lost. Spaulding was killed on May 22, 1971. Thomas and Michael Haley have also passed away, leaving only a few of the original friends remaining to pass along the stories.Spaulding's brother, Chester, and sister, Shana James, still live in the Streeter area and in Mason, respectively.

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