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Commerce's Duke Jernigan Was An Aviation Star

Jul 14, 2020

Duke Jernigan (right) with glider pilot Frank Hawks
Credit Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, relates the story of J.D. (Duke) Jernigan, Jr., grandson of Commerce co-founder William Jernigan, who received acclaim as a star aviator during the Great Depression.  He made a cross-country flight for Texaco towing a glider, and later became a top executive with the company. An historical designation is being sough for the home of Duke Jernigan's family on Bonham Street in Commerce.