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HARRIS COUNTY INDIAN ARTIFACTS

In time we hope to have many Indian Artifacts on this page, collected throughout Harris County. On April 7, 2006, Betty LaRoche gave Dr. Terry Proctor, as a gift from the HOWARD GENE LaROCHE Estate, Mr. LaRoche's lifelong collection of arrowheads, pottery shards and other indian artifacts.

We are pleased to announce that these items are now on display at the Proctor Museum of Natural Science. This is a FREE Museum, and anyone wishing to see these items personally, may contact the PMNS to view this wonderful collection. Terry Proctor is most appreciative of this gift from Betty LaRoche, who owned this collection, prior to giving them to Dr. Proctor.



Some biographical information on Mr. LaRoche:

HOWARD GENE LaROCHE was born in in the Heights of what is now part of Houston, Harris County, Texas on October 30, 1927. He died on December 3, 2004 leaving his beloved wife, Betty LaRoche, and his son and Betty's daughter as his close family.

While growing up, Mr. LaRoche and several of his friends scouted the Harris County Bayous, including especially White Oak Bayou, Buffalo Bayou and Addicks Reservoir. Most of the items shown on this page came from these three locations, with most being from White Oak Bayou. Mr. LaRoche attended Reagan High School in Houston, then obtained an Engineering Degree from the University of Houston, and became a Mechanical Engineer with the firm of Anderson Greenwood & Co, which after his retirement, was later purchased by Keystone and more recently by Tyco,. Mr. LaRoche collected firearms along with collecting the indian artifacts and other things, which he found mostly in the Harris County Bayous.

Mr. LaRoche made drawings of the arrowheads and other artifacts, showing numbers on them and then had corresponding maps and lists to help identify where the various items were found. These are of great benefit, as anyone who is familiar with the importance of not only collecting, but doing it in a way to help others know where things were found.

It is our pleasure to produce for you photos and eArt scans of some of the artifacts given to Terry Proctor, by Mrs. LaRoche. We hope you will enjoy these items and that they may prove useful and helpful to others in studying the history of Harris County, Texas before the arrival of Europeans. Click here to read Howard LaRoche's own story on collecting Indian Artifacts.



The Pride Of A Nation
by Artist Dan Brewer
Arrowheads collected by
Howard Gene LaRoche
Reflections of a Coup
by Artist Dan Brewer
Small clay lamp collected
by Howard Gene LaRoche
Side View
Pottery shards collected by
Howard Gene LaRoche
Note drilled holes
Small clay lamp collected
by Howard Gene LaRoche
Top View
Arrowheads #1 collected by
Howard Gene LaRoche
Mounted on Arrowhead Board
Arrowheads collected by
Howard Gene LaRoche
Arrowheads #2 collected by
Howard Gene LaRocheMounted on Arrowhead Board

HOWARD GENE LaROCHE and wife, BETTY LaROCHE, NOVEMBER 5, 2004