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The town of Reagan that existed up until the early 50's for the most part no longer exists. Most of the older inhabitants (who formed the bulk of the town) now rest in peace in the local cemetery. Most of the younger generation grew up and moved away with a few notable exceptions such as Carl Wayne Evans, Ben Morris, Dan Storemski, Ben Morris and a few others.

Most of the landmark buildings of the era about have been torn down, and for many of these, very little physical evidence remains of what once was a thriving little town in central Texas.

The old school campus was torn down and the bricks used to build a modern home. The town proper with its majestic sidewalks, banks, grocery stores, drug stores, variety stores, etc. were torn town a half century ago and the brick sold to brick vendors. Only vacant lots and memories stand in silent testimony to that thriving little town of yesteryear. Some of us are fortunate enough to hold deeds to these lots and entertain dreams of one day rebuilding Reagan to it's earlier glory!

This web page honors those earlier residents of Reagan by attempting to identify all former Reagan residents, provide brief biographical sketches, photos and other interesting stuff about the folks that once lived in Reagan. Over time, photos of scenes from early-day Reagan will also be posted to the Reagan web page.
Once word of this site gets out, I anticipate we'll get lots of contributions to keep the site growing!

In the 1950's, I was fortunate to have a Grit newspaper route in Reagan and as such got acquainted with just about every resident in Reagan at that time. The majority of the residents were elderly and had lived their entire lives in Reagan.

The following people either lived within the town of Reagan or within a few miles of Reagan and had children in the Reagan schools. These residents are mostly taken from memory, and also from Internet research, so inaccuracies are bound to crop in. Also, the spelling of some of the names may be different from actual names. If we've misspelled a name, I apologize in advance. If you have more information about any resident (photos, etc.), please send me an email.


Photo of early day Reagan Texas residents, Leonard, Jean, and Richard Kubiak
Leonard, Jean and Richard Kubiak, Reagan Residents in the 1940's and 1950's

James W. Adair and Alcey Eliza Dillard
James W. Adair, b ca 1824 in South Carolina, d February 17, 1853 in Coosa County, Alabama and his will files there was the eldest of ten children of Joseph and Ann(Bishop)Adair, natives of South Carolina.

On August 19, 1846, James married to Alcey Eliza Dillard, b January 25, 1828 in Laurens District, South Carolina, d March 10, 1912 and buried at Big Hill Limestone County, Texas.

James W. and Alcey Eliza Adair had four children, with the youngest born three months after his death. When a group of Alcey's family immigrated to Falls County, Texas after the Civil War, Alcey and her four young children came with them, including her son-in-law, Samuel B. Hancock, and his mother, Mrs. Sarah Holliday Hancock. Alcey's two brothers, Odell Duckett Dillard, and Thomas Milton Dillard, with her cousin, Jesse Burke , and others had left Alabama earlier, and settled in the Blue Ridge area.

ADAMS, Robert Pleides Orin, b 4-17-1848, d 12-30-1927

ADAMS, Cynthia Temperance ("Tempie" Crouch) - wife of R.P.O. Adams, and daughter of J. J. & Virginia (Mills) Crouch, b 10-28-1879, d 1-25-1963

Frank and Mertie Patillo Allen (Ran Allen's Grocery Store)
Norma Ray- Born January 29, 1930

Elizabeth Anderson
ANDERSON, Allen Martin, b 8-1-1855, d 2-15-1948

ANDERSON, Cordelia (Johnson) - wife of A.M. Anderson, and daughter of David Johnson and his lst wife, b 10-19-1881, d 5-21-1941

ANDERSON, Octelia J. - wife of E.R. Anderson ' b 10-30-1878 - no death date

ANDERSON, Elijah Richard, b 2-10-1876, d 10-31-1950

ANDRESS, Fannie (Tankersley) - wife of S.D. Andress, b 3-14-1867, d 5-1-1882

BAKUNAS, John, b 7-27-1911, d 11-2-1985

BANDER, Charlie, 1840-1918

Barganier, Hillary Herbert and Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick. Hillary Herbert Barganier was born 20 July 1834 in Fort Deposit, Lowndes Co., Alabama. He was the son of Jessie and Nancy (Salters) Barganier. Hillary served in Co. D (formerly I) of the 60 Infantry Regiment of Hilliard's Legion formed in the spring of 1862 in Lowndes County. Hillary was wounded September 20, 1863, at the Battle of Chickamauga.

On 21 December 1859, he married Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick, the daughter of James Sidney and Hannah Aurelia (McCurdy) Kirkpatrick.

Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick Barganier was born 1 March 1838 in Lowndes Co., Alabama. Mary Ellen was one of the passengers on the first passenger train from Fort Deposit to Greenville, Alabama in 1862. Hillary died 14 June 1915 in Alabama and Mary died 6 September 1925 in Fort Deposit, Lowndes Co., Alabama. They are both buried at the Myrtlewood Cemetery, Fort Deposit, Alabama.

Children: Alonzo Barganier born August 26th, 1863 in Fort Deposit, Lowndes Co., Alabama. He married Maude Lou Ella Rogers, the daughter of John Edwin, and Florella "Ella" Elizabeth (Cloy) Rogers on 27 December 1903 in Falls County, Texas. Maude was born 5 December 1879 in Marlin, Falls Co., TX and died 10 August 1962 in Marlin, Falls Co., TX. Alonzo died on 29 January 1951 in Lott, Falls Co., Texas. They are both buried in the Clover Hill Cemetery, Lott, Falls Co., Texas. Maude's mother, Florella "Ella" Elizabeth (Cloy) Rogers, is buried in the same plot.
and Mary Ellen Kirkpatrick Barganier

Mary Ellen's Obituary
March 1, 1838- September 6, 1925

Woman Known Here Dies in Alabama Home Survived by Sons and Daughters and Other Relatives in Falls County.

Mrs. Mary Ellen Barganier, aged 87 years, died Sunday afternoon, September 6, 1925 at her home in Fort Deposit Ala., states a message received in Marlin by relatives. Mrs. Barganier had enjoyed good health practically all of her life, death being attributed to her advanced age. Through visits to relatives, Mrs. Barganier became well known to many residents of this section of Texas. She was a member of the Presbyterian church. Her husband. H. H. Barganier, died at their home in Alabama about 10 years ago.

Surviving deceased are two brothers, Dr. E. M. Kirkpatrick of Greenville, Ala., and J. A. Kirkpatrick of Reagan, Texas; four sons, H. O. Barganier and J. G. Barganier of Marlin, A. Barganier of Lott, and W. T. Barganier of Fort Deposit, Ala., and three daughters, Mrs. T. H. Porterfield of Marlin, Mrs. A. S. Dickens of Reagan, and Miss Correll Barganier of Fort Deposit. Mesdames Porterfield and Dickens were on a visit with their mother at the time of her death.

Alonzo Barganier and Maude Lou Ella Rogers (December 27, 1903)

Children of Alonzo and Maude Lou Ella (Rogers) Barganier:
James Sidney Barganier-> born Dec 6, 1904, died June 22, 1987 married Zelma Faye McKenzie on July 31, 1950 in Paris AR

Maggie Correll Barganier born June 1, 1906, died May 20, 1983 married Robert Matthews Craig

Maebelle Elizabeth Barganier born May 10, 1908, died Feb 12, 1990 married Dell Keesee Foster, DDS on April 17, 1933 in Marlin, TX

Hillary Herbert Barganier -was born 12 Dec 1918 in Falls County, Texas. He died 12 Jul 1985 in Marlin, Falls County, Texas and was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Marlin, Falls County, Texas.

Hillary married Joni Dell Barnett, daughter of John Houston Barnett and Dell Ann Davidson, on 8 Aug 1947. Joni was born 9 Sep 1922 in Marlin, Falls County, Texas. Barganier was a major land owner in the Reagan area in the 1950's.

BARCLAY, Samuel F., 1856-1932

BARCLAY, Ann (Jones) - wife of S.F. Barclay, 1858-1920

BARCLAY, Raymond E., 1887-1927

Fleming James Barton-Early day tax collector, assessor of the Fish Creek Community during the Republic of Texas days. The Fish Creek Community later became the town of Reagan.

James served with Swinfield in the Mexican War with the Texas Mounted Volunteers, from August 2,1846 to 17 Aug 17, 1847 and then volunteered to join the Confederate Army when the Civil War came along. James was in Company B, TX Calvalry, Hardiman's Brigade, Smith's Army.

BEAUCHAMP, George Dorrell, b 4-5-1913, d 9-14-1982

BEAUCHAMP, Mavis White, b 9-25-1917 - no death date

Henry L. and Jane Marshall BENNETT. Henry L., b Wilson County, Tennessee 12-6-1808, d Falls County, Texas 9-20-1881

Jane Marshall - wife of H.L. Bennett, b Lincoln County, Kentucky 6-11-1807, d Falls County, Texas 8-24-1878

Eddie BENNETT, son of A. L. & @C. (or J .E. ) Bennett, b & d 1-5-1873

Allen Benson

BISHOP, Troy T., b 8-26-1910, d 2-8-1982

Seth Ward and Mary Wesley Shaunfield Brantner. Seth married Mary Wesley, daughter of E.W. and Tem Duke Shaundfield. Mary Wesley was born February 29, 1908 and graduated from Reagan High School in 1926. She graduated from S.W.C. (now TWU college) at Denton and taught school for 31 years retiring from teaching at the Bremond ISD. She also worked at the gin in Bremond.

Seth and Mary Wesley lived in Bremond and Wootan Wells until moving to Reagan in 1984. Seth Ward Brantner died on February 24, 1988 and Mary Wesley died December 12, 1997. Ray Bryant

BRYANT, James E., b 2-17-1927, d 4-16-1985

BRYANT, Angela Michel, b 7-2-1969, d 7-31-1969

BRYANT, James Oscar, b 11-11-1896, d 8-10-1968

BRYANT, Madie Jewel - wife of J.0. Bryant, b 6-18-1899, d 6-22-1981

BRYANT, Beth Ward Waite, b 10-25-1895, d 9-16-1981

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Buell (Claude was Superintendent of schools at Reagan)

Sallie Elizabeth Blocker- Born in Reagan in 1916 and died in Kerville at the age of 85.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Rockdale. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Blocker. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Keith Gordon and Pat Blocker of Houston and Billy Alexander and Marie Blocker of Ingram, Texas; three grandchildren; and her sister, Mary Eckerman of Navasota.

BUELL, Claude, b 11-25-1899, d 4-6-1979

BUELL, Tennie Raiford - wife of Claude Buell, b 9-23-1899, d 12-26-1967

John Tom Burkes:
Children: Jewel Burkes-graduated from Reagan in 1916 or 1917. She came back from Mary Hardin Baylor to teach for a year during the flu epidemic in 1919.

Burke, Walter Kirk, born 12/3/1918; died 3/16/1977. Walter Kirk played football for Reagan and loved Fish Creek. His mother was Ruth Flowers Burke. His father died when Walter Kirk was 12.

Burke, Betty Sue Crump (daughter of Nadine Winzer (Crump) McCollum). She was bornon 7/25/1925 and died on 2/10/1992.

Received the following informational email from India Burke Thompson (

My mother was Betty Sue Crump Burke, daughter of Nadine Winzer (Crump) McCollum...Born 7/25/1925..Died 2/10/1992...My mother and grandmother lived with Papa Winzer (Mr Will) after Mammy's divorce from Josh Crump...I believe she lived there until she went off to business school in Dallas after graduation from Reagan High...Claude McCollum was her stepfather, but more of a father than her own...I believe Mammy married Papa Mc when my mother (Betty) was 16...My brother and I considered Papa Mc our grandfather...Papa Mc and Mammy lived (built) on Hwy 6...I believe Billy John Richardson bought the house when my grandmother and grandfather moved to town...They bought the Strickland home just behind my great aunt India's..

My daddy was Walter Kirk Burke...He played football for Reagan and loved Fish Creek...His mother was Ruth Flowers Burke...His father died when my daddy was 12..Daddy was born 12/3/1918..died 3/16/1977..

I spent holidays and summers with Papa Mc and Mammy until I was in my early teens...I have such wonderful memories.....

I saw that Pam Kelly was at the 2010 reunion...We were born on the same day and our mothers shared a hospital room...I used to play with Pam and Karen Kirkpatrick, as a child..I have wonderful memories of vacation bible school and listening to my grandmother sing the hymns on Sunday mornings...

I hope to make the next reunion...Thank you so much for the great website...

India Burke Thompson

BURKE, Andrew P., b 8-10-1891, d 11-8-1931

BURKE, Ruth F. - wife of A.P. Burke, b 6-27-1894, d 11-9-1977

BURKE, Walter Kirk, 1918-1977. - WW II: BM1 - U.S. Coast Guard

BURKE, William Zebulon , DMV. Born in Reagan, Texas, he attended Texas A&M, graduating from the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1934. In the 1930s & 1940s he tested cattle for Bang's Disease & TB throughout TX & CA for the US Govt. until joining the Army during WWII.

Famous Reagonite, William Zebulon Burke

Following his honorable discharge as Lieutenant Colonel, he purchased a dairy farm on Bandera Road in San Antonio, TX & established a large animal practice. In the late 1940s he survived Anthrax, sold the dairy farm & built the Bandera Road Animal Hospital, expanding the practice to include small animals. The hospital continues in operation today.

Since his veterinary career retirement, he volunteered for the VA Hospital in Kerrville, TX; Memorial Primary School & Hope Hospice both in New Braunfels, TX.

William Zebulon Burke passed away Friday, April 14, 2006 at the age of 96 as a result of complications of congestive heart failure. Instrumental in the establishment of the Northside ISD, he was honored in 2000 when the W.Z. 'Doc' Burke Elementary School was named for him.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Hazel of 66 years, his parents Zebulon and Leona Burke, and sister Betty Ellwood. He is survived by his children Betty Ann & Michael Canney, W.Z. (Bubba) & Karom Burke, & Susan & Gary Osborn; grandchildren Katherine West, Gary & Karen West, Siobhan & Steve Fingado, Laura Kathleen Haass & Kayanna Pace, Karen & Chris Carrillo, Tom & Kim Osborn, Joy & Trey Drake; great-grandchildren Marshall Rosales, Matthew & Jared West, Benjamin & Isabelle Carrillo, Hansley & Halley Osborn; & numerous family & friends. His wit, sense of humor and care for all people was evident in that he never met a stranger. To know him was to love him. SERVICES Visitation will begin at 9am with the service at 10am, Thursday April 20, 2006 at Freedom Fellowship Church, 410 Oak Run Point, New Braunfels, TX 78132. Interment will follow in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. All arrangements by Zoeller Funeral Home of New Braunfels. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice, New Braunfels, TX. Zoeller Funeral Home. BURKE, Zebulon A and Leona P. Johnson - son of William Zebulon & lst wife, Elizabeth E. (Freeman)Burke, born 5-22-1881, died 4-6-1963
. Leona P. Burke was born on November 30,1882 and died on July 3, 1974

BURKE, Harrison D. - son of William Zebulon & 2nd wife, Isabella C. (Carter)

Burke, b 10-31-1897, d 4-10-1963

James Riley (J.R.) and Sibyl Moorehead Burnett. J.R. Burnett was born in Madisonville, Texas on November 5, 1872 and was Supertindent of the Bremond Public Schools before organizing the Reagan State Bank on January 8, 1908. J.R. was admitted to the state bar in 1929. Sibyl was born in Bremond on August 3, 1880.

Sibyl Moorehead Burnett, born in 1880; long time Reagan teacher, and Reagan Methodist sunday school teacher
J.R. and Sibyl Burnett had one daughter, Marion Leigh Burnett. J.R. and Sibyl were later divorced and J.R. moved to Cisco where he was elected County Judge.

Sibyl Burnett remained in Reagan and taught the elementary grades at the Reagan Schools in the early 1900's retiring in 1945. She and her mother, Mary Francis Moorehead, were long time Sunday School teachers at the Reagan Methodist Church.

Photo taken in Sibyl Burnett's front yard in mid 1930's. (Left to Right): Marion Leigh Burnett, Sibyl Burnett, Sibyl's mother, Mary Moorehead and George MacDonald (son of Marion Burnett)

Viola Matthews, house keeper for the Burnett family.

Marion Leigh Macdonald-Duclos Burnett was born on April 30, 1910. Marion grew up in Reagan and attended Reagan schools.

Marion Leigh Burnett at Age 16
(Senior at Reagan High in 1927).

Marion was a vivacious, and talented student of Reagan High and Played the Violen!

Marion married Mr. Macdonald-Duclos and moved to Washington, D.C. where she had a son, George Macdonald. Marion worked as a U.S. government employee for 50 years and spent many years in Europe. Marion died on February 27, 2001.

George S. Macdonald, son of Marion Burnett Macdonald, was born in Washington DC and later came back to Reagan to attend school (1935 to 1945) while his mother was in Europe. During this time, George lived with his Grandmother, Sibyl Burnett, and great grandmother, Mary Moorehead.

George also lived in Reagan from 1949 to 1952 while attending the University of Texas. George is now retired in Grand Prarie, Texas.

Mildred Butler

BUTLER, James A., b 11-12-1925

BUTLER, Ophelia Queen - wife of James A. Butler, b 3-11-1925

CABANISS, M. W., 1850-1940

CABANISS, Clara - wife of M. W. Cabaniss, 1879-1957

Annie E., d 6-17-1922

Mr. and Mrs. Canalez
Farmed in the Reagan area in the early 1950's. Children:

Joaquin Canalez

Joaquin Canalez, 6th Grade, 1953; Editor of the Reagan Bearkat newspaper


Elen Canalez

Frances (Carter)

CHAPMAN, Annie Jones, 1875-1927
Cecil Phillips Chapman

CLARK, William Roy, b 3-9-1925, d 3-26-1968

GLAZE, Henry Homer, b 9-18-1886i, d 2-26-1973 - WW I: Pvt., U. S. Army

Clifford Joshua Cobb Sr and Mable Haley Cobb Children:
Clifford J. Cobb Jr.
Anne Fay (Cobb) Reed
Franklin Cobb
Silas John Cobb- Born July 22, 1935
William Riley Cobb- Born February 19, 1939
Evelina Cobb
Thomas Haley Cobb, Born December 11, 1940 (my classmate)

Thomas Cobb
Ernest Cobb

Received the following email from Jimmy Nutt, whose mom is the former Evelina Cobb:

Hit your website and what a joy. I am Evelina (Cobb) Nutt's eldest son Jimmy D. Nutt Jr. Seeing a picture of uncle Thomas during grade school was a real joy along with group picture with mom included. (She is still the prettiest gal in Falls county you know). If you need further detail on Cobb's or Nutt's let me know. My grandmother Cobb was named Mable Haley and she was the wife of Clifford Joshua Cobb Sr. Clifford J. Cobb Jr. (Mom's and Thomas' eldest brother) still lives in the old homeplace at Blue Ridge. Mom had an older sister Anne Fay (Cobb) Reed that is deceased. Franklin Cobb (brother) deceased. Johnny Cobb (brother) still lives on the old farm. William Cobb (brother) lives in Marlin. Thomas is still married to Carol..they live in Houston. Mom and Dad split their time at the farm and Ennis, Texas. Ernest Cobb (Youngest brother) lives in Houston but is about to relocate to Cobb farm.

William Houston Cornelison ("Tex") and his family first settled in Reagan in 1902; then moved to Haskell, Texas. About 1904, they settled in San Bernardino County, California, and later located in the desert community of Holtville, Imperial County, California, where Will served several years as Chief of Police.

Isaac Newton, Jr. and Rachel Louise Covington Crouch, pioneer settlers from Tennessee that settled in the Reagan area in the 1840's. Isaac was born Nov 1825 in Washington Co., TN and died Apr 15, 1900 in Reagan. Rachael was born on Jan 16, 1826 in Rutherford Co., TN and died in Reagan on January 26, 1887.

William W. Crouch was born in 1849 in Reagan.

William Henry Couch was born in Reagan on Jan 27, 1867 and died around 1903 in Falls Co.

CORNWELL, Charles A., b 8-9-1864, d 11-19-1934

Robert Ewell and Frances Raiford(Fannie)Covington
Children: Loraine Covington Smith-born in Reagan January 4, 1911.

Willard and Sally Kelly Curry


Hal Curry

Charles Curry, 6th Grade, 1953

Sally Kelly Curry (Oct. 18, 1914 � Sept. 28, 2000)
Sally Curry died in the College Station Medical Center at the age of 85 and was buried in the Blue Ridge Baptist Cemetery just east of Reagan.
Sally was born in Falls County and had lived in Bryan for 20 years. She was a homemaker and was a Methodist. She was a member of the Neighborly Sunday school class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Curry.
Survivors include two sons, Hal Curry of Reagan, Texas, and Charles Curry of Richmond, Va.; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Carl Bussell of Bryan; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Curry of Richmond, Va.; a foster sister, Erna Leutwyler of Austin; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

CLUCK, Dr. N. M., b 1-8-1839, d 7-31-1900

Ismond F. and Janie M. Matthews Danford (Ran the local dairy)
Shirley Gayle-Born June 14, 1935

DANFORD, Baby, 1944-1944

John Beecher Davis, born: Jul 3, 1888 in Reagan; Died: Aug 6, 1964 in Reagan; Buried in Waite Cemetery, Reagan. Spouse: Almeta Tate (1888-1962).

James Claude Davis, Born on Dec 24, 1889 in Reagan; Died on Mar 22, 1911 in Reagan: Buried in Covington Cemetery Reagan.

Isaac Newton Davis, Born: 1891 in Reagan; married Mollie Octavia Rochelle (1892-1968) on Dec 26, 1915; Died: Jan 10, 1968 in Houston.

Davis, Oliver Jacob "Buck" - Born: Jun 7, 1900 - Reagan, Falls Co., Texas; Died: Dec 4, 1972 - Marlin, Falls Co., Texas; Buried in Calvary Cemetery, Marlin, Falls Co., Texas.

Davis, Susan C. - Born: Jul 1897 in Reagan; married Walter Jackson Walker; Died at Port Arthur, Jefferson Co., Texas; Buried at Port Arthur, Jefferson Co., Texas.

Davis, Franklin Monroe - Born on Mar 4, 1866 in Arkansas; married Louise "Lula" Crouch in 1887. Died: Dec 31, 1932 in Falls County; buried in Covington Cemetery (Reagan). Louise "Lula" Crouch was born in Reagan on Aug 18, 1864; died on Jul 12, 1926 in Reagan.

Davis, Fred Allen Born: Jun 5, 1892 in Reagan; Died: Oct 6, 1916 in Reagan; Buried in the Covington Cemetery in Reagan.

Davis, Robert Emerson Born: Aug 31, 1894 in Reagan, Falls Co., Texas. Married Sarah Cornelia Hensley (1898-1971) on Jun 10, 1917 in Lampasas Co., Texas. Died: May 8, 1969 in Brownwood, Brown Co., Texas; Buried in Mullin Cemetery, Mullin, Mills Co., TX .

Davis, Arthur Larkin Born: Feb 20, 1896 in Reagan; Died on Oct 6, 1898 in Reagan. Buried in Covington Cemetery in Reagan.

Davis, Arthur Larkin - Born: Feb 20, 1896 in Reagan; Died: Oct 6, 1898 in Reagan; Buried in Covington Cemetery in Reagan.

Davis, Susan C. - Born: Jul 1897 in Reagan; Died in Port Arthur, Jefferson Co., Texas. Spouse: Walter Jackson Walker .

Davis, Oliver Jacob "Buck" - Born in Jun 7, 1900 in Reagan; Died on Dec 4, 1972 in Marlin, Falls Co., Texas. Buried in Calvary Cemetery, Marlin, Falls Co., Texas.

Davis, Anderson " Red" Davis - Born on Jul 3, 1902 in Reagan; Married Kathy Mae "Katie" Ray (1919-1980); Red Davis died on Dec 14, 1956 in Marlin, and buried in Calvary Cemetery in Marlin.

Davis, Alva Eunice - Born: Mar 10, 1904 in Reagan; Died: Jan 23, 1975 in Kerrville, Kerr Co., Texas; Buried on Jan 27, 1975 in Covington Cemetery in Reagan. Spouse: J.T. Turner ; Spouse: Guy Brooks and Spouse: Silas Dean Kelly (1879-1961).

Davis,Ida L. - wife of W.T. Davis, b 11-15-1870, d 11-3-1889

Davis, John B., b 7-3-1888, d 8-6-1964

Davis, Almeta T., b 4-18-1888, d 8-2-1961

John B. Davis Jr. Born 3/11/1915 born to Mr & Mrs JB Davis Sr - raised in Reagan - attended Reagan schools and Baylor University for two years - married Valeria Hunt from Kosse in 1937 - resided in Houston, Texas - retired from Shell Oil Company in 1976 after 36 years of service. Valeria and JB moved to Kosse after retirement in 1976, until his death in 1999 and Valeria's death in 2001. They had 3 children - two sons and a daughter. Luther Davis (oldest son) preceded them in death in 1962 at the age of 23 years. Danny Davis with his wife Patty, reside in Spring, Texas - they have 3 daughters and 4 grandsons. Daughter Dianne and husband Tommy Hayes reside in Pasadena, Tx - they have 2 daughters and 1 son. Dianne and Tommy have taken over the ranch in Kosse where they come every weekend and plan to retire.

Jesse F. Davis Born 9/16/1911, Oldest son of Mr & Mrs JB Davis Sr raised in Reagan - graduated from Reagan High School in 1935 and left Reagan in 1935. Jesse married Rooney Copeland of Port Arthur in 1940. Rooney and Jesse had 2 daughters. Lynette and husband Jim Bigham, Denise and husband Jim Tripp - both girls live close to Rooney and Jesse in Denham Springs, La. Lynette has 1 son and Denise has twin sons.

Davis, Willis

DAVISON, Dr. Stephen Decatur, b 4-18-1851 in Pineville, Monroe County, Alabama, d 10-7-1924 (lst wife, Katie Bell Stallworth)

DAVISON, Sarah ("Sallie" Tankersley) - 2nd wife of Dr. S.D. Davison, b 3-16-1861, d 4-27-1912

DAVISON, Katie Bell (Stallworth) - l st wife of Dr. S.D. Davison, b 8-2-1855, d 11-11-1877 - daughter of M.P. & C.E. Stallworth, of Monroe County, Alabama

DAVISON, Irbee E. - son of S.D. & S.T. Davison, b 7-7-1883, d 3-26-1884

DAVISON, B. F., b Monroe County, Alabama 5-20-1854, d 9-12-1878

DAVISON, Willie E. - son of M. & S. Davison, b 11-1-1876, d 8-18-1882

DAVISON, Mrs. N.C., b 7-8-1824, d 3-20-1912 - 2nd wife of Hugh E. Davison

DAVISON, Hugh E. Davison, b 2-22-1815, d 11-2-1889

CLUCK, Martha Jane ("Jennie" Davison) - wife of Dr. N.M. Cluck, and daughter of Hugh E. & Mary Jane (Andress) Davison, b 8-15-1841, d 6-8-1890

George E. Davison

Hugh Tankersley and Ruth Thomas Davison
Ruth Thomas Davison was born November 3, 1896 in Lanham in Hamilton County to parents James William and Martha Ann Adams Thomas. She attended schools in Needmore and Lanham and graduated from Hamilton High School. Ruth attended college at North Texas Normal College in Denton and taught school in Pottsville and Hico before coming to Reagan to teach in 1919.

Ruth married Hugh Tankersley Davison of Reagan on November 16, 1920. (Hugh died April 20, 1977). Ruth taught one year after marrying and did substitue teaching for a number of years. She was an active member of the Reagan Methodist Church in Reagan and was always interested in local community and political affairs. She was president of the P.T.A. Her hobbies included quilting, sewing and gardening.

Hugh and Ruth had two children:
Ruth Ann (Mrs. H.T. Torgerson of Marlin
Hugh Thomas (Tom) Davison of Bryan.

Stephen Alfred (Mud) and Beatrice Woodland Davison
(Mrs. Davison ran the local telephone office)
Sally Beatrice- Born September 2, 1930.

Hugh E. and Mary Jane Andress Davison

Hugh E. Davison was born 22 Feb 1815 in South Carolina. He died 21 Apr 1889 in Reagan, Falls County, Texas and was buried in Hog Island Cemetery, Falls County, Texas.

Hugh E. was a son of Hugh Davison and Lydia Holley of Monroe County, Alabama. Hugh married (1) Mary Jane ANDRESS, daughter of Stephen Singleton ANDRESS and Susan Jane MCCOY, on 21 Jan 1838 in Monroe County, Alabama.

Mary was born 31 Oct 1821 in Monroe County, Alabama. She died 19 Jun 1862 in Monroe County, Alabama.

Children of Hugh E. and Mary Jane Andress Davidson:

William Jasper Cluck DAVISON was born 20 Aug 1839 in Monroe County, Alabama. He died 1 Jul 1863 in Gettysburg.
Martha Jane DAVISON was born 15 Aug 1841. She died 8 Jun 1880 in Falls County, Texas and was buried in Hog Island Cemetery, Falls County, Texas. Martha married N. M. CLUCK, Dr. on 5 Sep 1860. N. M. CLUCK, Dr. was born 8 Jan 1839. He died 31 Jul 1900 in Falls County, Texas and was buried in Hog Island Cemetery, Falls County, Texas.

Susan F. DAVIDSON was born 1844 in Monroe County, Alabama.Susan married James F. COTTON on 22 Mar 1865.

Lydia T. DAVISON was born 21 Nov 1845 in Monroe County, Alabama. She died 15 Oct 1922 in Falls County, Texas. Lydia married Thomas G. FOUNTAIN on 11 Oct 1865 in Monroe County, Alabama.

Newton Monroe DAVISON was born 17 Dec 1848 in Monroe County, Alabama. He died 9 Aug 1915. Newton married Sallie Frances RILEY on 14 Dec 1871 in Monroe County, Alabama.

Stephen Decatur DAVISON was born 18 Apr 1851 and died 7 Oct 1924.

Mary Corine DAVISON was born 17 Aug 1853 in Monroe County, Alabama. She died 8 Feb 1912 in Falls County, Texas and was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Marlin, Falls County, Texas. Mary married J. B. COTTON on 19 Jan 1876. J. B. COTTON was born 12 Aug 1863. He died 15 Jan 1930 in Falls County, Texas and was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Marlin, Falls County, Texas.

Hugh Liston DAVIDSON was born 12 Apr 1856 in Monroe County, Alabama. He died 2 Feb 1862 in Monroe County, Alabama and was buried in Andress Cemetery.

Laura DAVISON was born 3 Sep 1861 in Monroe County, Alabama. She died 21 Aug 1862 in Monroe County, Alabama.

Hugh E. Davison also married Nancy GEORGE on 7 Jun 1864 in Monroe County, Alabama.

Second Generation

Stephen Decatur DAVISON (Hugh E.) was born 18 Apr 1851 in Pineville, Monroe County, Alabama. He died 7 Oct 1924 in Falls County, Texas and was buried in Hog Island Cemetery, Falls County, Texas. Stephen married Kate Bell STALLWORTH, daughter of Mark Parker STALLWORTH and Eliza Elizabeth LEE, on 5 Apr 1876. Kate was born 2 Aug 1855 in Monroe County, Alabama. She died 11 Nov 1877 in Falls County, Texas and was buried in Hog Island Cemetery, Falls County, Texas.

Children of Stephen Decatur Davison and Kate Bell STALLWORTH:

Clara DAVISON was born 1 Apr 1877. She died 19 Oct 1962. Clara married Edward L. COMPERE

Rev. Stephen also married Sarah "Sallie" TANKERSLEY, daughter of George TANKERSLEY and Flora A. JORDAN, on 20 Oct 1880 in Falls County, Texas. Sarah was born 16 Mar 1861. She died 27 Apr 1912 in Falls County, Texas and was buried in Hog Island Cemetery, Falls County, Texas.
Children of Stephen Decatur DAVISON and Sarah "Sallie" TANKERSLEY:

Verna Davison DAVISON was born 19 Aug 1881 and died 13 Jan 1969.

Clinton Gordon Davison DAVISON was born Jan 1885 and died Oct 1951.

Florence DAVIDSON was born 14 Sep 1887. She died 16 Jul 1962. Florence married George Allen ODAM.

Hugh Tankersley DAVISON was born 17 Nov 1889. He died 30 Apr 1977 in Falls County, Texas and was buried in Waite Cemetery, Falls County, Texas. Hugh married Ruth THOMAS, daughter of James William THOMAS and Martha Ann ADAMS. Ruth was born 3 Nov 1896. She died after Mar 1988 in Falls County, Texas and was buried in Waite Cemetery, Falls County, Texas.

daughter DAVISON was born 1892.

Dimple DAVISON was born 27 Jan 1892. Dimple married Cleve DAVIS.

Stephen Alfred DAVISON Dr was born 2 Jan 1897. He died 14 May 1966. Stephen married Agnes Beatrice WOODLAND.

Milton Andress DAVISON was born 17 May 1901. He died 27 Feb 1976. Milton married Lois THREADGILL on 21 Jun 1921.

Irbee E. DAVISON was born 7 Jul 1883. He died 26 Mar 1884 in Falls County, Texas and was buried in Hog Island Cemetery, Falls County, Texas.

Third Generation

Verna Davison (Stephen Decatur, Hugh E.) was born 19 Aug 1881 in Falls County, Texas. She died 13 Jan 1969 in Falls County, Texas and was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Marlin, Falls County, Texas. Verna married James Gerden BARGANIER. James was born 15 Aug 1872 in Fort Deposit, Lowndes County, Alabama. He died 14 Mar 1953 in Falls County, Texas and was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Marlin, Falls County, Texas.

They had the following children:Children of Verna Davison and James Gerden Barganieer:

Hillary Herbert BARGANIER was born 12 Dec 1918 in Falls County, Texas. He died 12 Jul 1985 in Marlin, Falls County, Texas and was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Marlin, Falls County, Texas. Hillary married Joni Dell BARNETT, daughter of John Houston BARNETT and Dell Ann DAVISON, on 8 Aug 1947. Joni was born 9 Sep 1922 in Marlin, Falls County, Texas.

Clinton Gordon Davison (Stephen Decatur, Hugh E.) was born Jan 1885. He died Oct 1951. Clinton married Eloise WOMACK on 22 Dec 1909.

Clinton Gordon Davison and Eloise WOMACK:

Doris Davison was born 26 Dec 1922. Doris married Cullen James ROGERS. Cullen was born 29 May 1921.

Clinton also married Eleanor BLEDSOE.

Lydia T. DAVISON and Thomas G. Fountain

Lydia Davidson married Thomas G. Fountain in Alabama in 1865. Lydia Davison, born November 21, 1845, d. October 15, 1922 and buried in Calvary Cemetery in Marlin-a daughter of Hugh E. and Mary Jane (Andress) Davison.

Thomas G. Fountain and Lydia Davison were the parents of seven children:
Mary Elna Fountain, b. March 17, 1867 in Alabama, d. February 13, 1951 and buried in Calvary Cemetery-married Thomas Benton Higgins, b. June 28, 1852 in Giles County, Tennessee, d. February 26, 1945 and buried in Calvary Cemetery-a son of Robert S. and Anna Elizabeth (O'Neal) Higgins-natives of Tennessee, who settled in the Blue Ridge Community of Falls County, Texas about 1871.

Claude T. Fountain, b. ca 1869-died in 1873 in Falls County, Texas.

Jasper Cluck Fountain, b. October 21, 1871 in Falls County, Texas, d. November 25, 1934 and buried in Calvary Cemetery-married Lola L. Kyser, b. March 27, 1873, d. May 12, 1953 and buried by her husband in Calvary Cemetery-a daughter of William Daniel Kyser and Mary Catherine Hawthorne.

Wade D. Fountain-no information.

Lula Fountain, b. 1877 in Falls County, Texas, d. 1947 and buried in Calvary Cemetery at Marlin-married John Hume, b. 1867, d. 1940 and buried in Calvary Cemetery. Andrew Fountain-died in 1883.

Thomas D. Fountain-no information.

Thomas G. Fountain served as a Justice of the Peace for six years, and was elected Tax Collector in 1884, serving four years in that position. He was also Oil Inspector for the Falls County schools for several years. He and Lydia were members of the Baptist Church, and he served as a Deacon, and was a Royal Arch Mason.

Descendants of Thomas G. Fountain-through children of both marriages-continue to reside in Falls County, Texas.

Newton Monroe DAVISON Falls County, Texas

Stephen Decatur DAVISON Falls County, Texas

Hugh Thomas and Ruth Thomas Davison
Son: Hugh Thomas (Tom) Davison-born on April 10, 1935 in Marlin- married Ruth Cadie Fitte, born March 15, 1935 in Marlin. Tom and Ruth have two children: Jyl Davison
Major Jeffrey T Davison (our auctioneer at the 2002 Reagan Reunion and the previous reunion). He is currently an active duty Air Force instructor pilot stationed in Oklahoma. As a young boy, he spent considerable time in Reagan while growing up in Bryan.

Doris Davison DAVISON-Doris was raised by her Aunt Vernie Davidson Barganier. DAVISON, Hugh Tankersley, b 11-17-1889, d 4-30-1977 - son of Dr. Stephen Decatur & Sarah ("Sallie" Tankersley) Davison, and husband of Ruth Thomas WW I: 2nd Lt., U. S. Army

DAVISON, Ruth (Thomas) wife of Hugh Tankersley Davison, and daughter of James William & Martha Ann (Adams) Thomas, b 11-3-1896

John E. Davis (Appointed Reagan postmaster on December 7, 1888)

W.T. Davis
(ran the Davis Barbershop in the early 1900's)
DAVIS, W. T. ("Tom"), b 1-17-1862, d 8-26-1948

DAVIS, Lizzie Robbins - wife of W. T. ("Tom") Davis, b 5-30-1879, d 7-21-1962

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse F. Davis

DEES, Robert H. b 8-10-1867, d 7-31-1943

DEES, Jimmie P. wife of R.H. Dees, b 1-20-1879, d 1-17-1964

Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Dees (Founded the Dees Garage and Service Station)

Mrs. Dees getting help from Milton Turnipseed in her garden.

Son: R.J.

Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Dees Ran the Dees Garage and Service Station after his dad's retirement

DILLARD, Frankie Waite - wife of Edward Howard, and daughter of W. E. & Mary M. (Powers) Waite, b 1-22-1883, d 7-3-1972

DILLARD, Edward Howard, b 12-21-1882, d 3-6-1922

Kathryn Jones Dillon

Thomas C. Downes

Charles Edward and Sybil Sanderson Drosche (Worked on the Danford Dairy)

Charles Edward, Jr.-Born August 11, 1940

Charles Drosche, one of my classmates in the late 40's and 50's.
Jimmie Leo-Born August 6, 1946
Earl Ray- Born July 17, 1949.

James Clairemond DUKE, born 11 February 1880 in Buena Vista, Monroe County, Alabama, and died 1948 in Falls County, Texas. She married Enoch Wesley SHAUNFIELD on May 22, 1896 in Falls County, Texas. Enoch Wesley SHAUNFIELD was the son of Charles SHAUNFIELD and Leah CARTER.
Children of James DUKE and Enoch SHAUNFIELD:
Walter Lynn SHAUNFIELD, born March 2, 1899 in Reagan, Falls County, Texas; died 26 June 1939. He married Alma WAGNON.
Mary Wesley SHAUNFIELD, born February 29, 1908 in Reagan, Falls County, Texas. She married Seth BRANTNER.
Jack SHAUNFIELD, born October 3, 1910 in Reagan, Falls County, Texas. He married Ila Belle SMITH

DUKE, William Clinton, b 12-21-1877, d 3-30-1940 (cement covered grave)

DUKE, Blanche M. Duke - wife of W.C. Duke, 1880-1966

James and Isabella McCoy Duke

Joe Lee DUKE
Byrd Rayor Duke.
Lelia Mae Duke (born August 17, 1873 in Monroe County, Alabama; died 1932). She married ABORGAST.
McCoy "Mack" Duke (born August 17, 1875 in Monroe Co, AL; died 20 April 1909 in MS).
William Clinton Duke (born December 21, 1877 in Monroe County, Alabama; died 30 March 1940.
James Clairemond "Tem" Duke, born 11 February 1880 in Buena Vista, Monroe County, Alabama; died 1948 in Reagan).
Tommie Duke (born October 10, 1884 in Reagan, Texas; died 26 October 1884 in Reagan, Falls County, Texas).
Richard Duke (born October 11, 1885 in Reagan, Falls County, Texas; married Maggie Mount and raised three children (Dick, Joe, and Juanita Belle); died November 07, 1926).
Annie Bell Duke (born June 30, 1890.
Walter Duke (born February 03, 1893 in Reagan, Falls County, Texas; died 15 February 1893 in Falls County, Texas).

Richard and Maggie Mount Duke
Joe (He married Mable Smith).
Juanita Belle Duke (married James Robert Thompson).

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dunham (Ran Dunhams Grocery Store)

Norman Dunham (Ran Dunham's store in the 30's)

Mattie Lou Earls

Mr. and Mrs. Ernball (Ran the Ernball Grocery Store on the north side of the Reagan State Bank)

Milton Erskine

Travis Erskine

Lena Faye Evans

Laurence Commodore Evans, b July 21, 1876, d August 10, 1942 near Rosebud, and buried in Powers Chapel Cemetery, was married to Martha Ellen Hudson, b September 25, 1880 in Alabama, d April 20, 1976 and buried in Powers Chapel Cemetery - a daughter of James Nelson and Martha Jane (Lee) Hudson of Alabama. Laurence C. and Martha Ellen had nine children:

Bertha Beatrice Evans, b June 26, 1900, d July 26, 1969 - married on June 29, 1922 to James Dewey Wright.

Lillian Estelle Evans, b March 9, 1903 - married a Mr. Fewell.

Laurence Edgar Evans, b September 12, 1906 -married Ruby Olivia Payne.

Raymond Quincy Evans, b April 21, 1909 - married Willa Pamplin.

Helen Pauline Evans, b July 19, 1912 - married Harper Williams.

L. C. Evans, b January 9, 1915 - married Larue Dowell.

John Nelson Evans, b February 23, 1918 - married Nadine Rohden.

Henry Clayton Evans, b October 5, 1920 - married Mary Ann Stricklin.

Geneva Inez Evans, b January 9, 1923 - married Charles Wilkerson.

Raymond Quincy and Willa Pamplin Evans. Raymond was one of nine children born to Laurence Commodore Evans (born July 21, 1876, d August 10, 1942 near Rosebud) and Martha Ellen Hudson (born September 25, 1880 in Alabama, died April 20, 1976 and buried in Powers Chapel Cemetery (daughter of James Nelson and Martha Jane (Lee) Hudson of Alabama).

Twins: Bonnie Lou- Born July 7, 1932, married Billy D. Ramsey
and Betty Sue- Born July 7, 1932; married Elliott D. Story, Jr
Raymond Blake- born November 22, 1935, married Martha L. Trampeta
Carl Wayne- Born on September 25, 1940

Carl Wayne Evans (1953)(one of my Reagan classmates)

James Wesley Evans- Born December 5, 1946 (deceased)

James Wesley Evans

Received the following email from Jared Ramey:

I did a search on for reagen texas and it gave me your website. I was shocked to see that such a small town had an actual website. Anyways, my great grandparents used to live in reagen and my fathers uncle (carl wayne evans) still lives up there and has built on some land in reagen for his business (Texas pneumatic). Ironically enough the family will be having thanksgiving on the Texas Pneumatic Campus. I hope this site is still maintained. It was very interesting reading about it's history.

- Jared Ramey

Jack Frank and Vancie Roppolo Falco
Jackie Paulette- Born December 9, 1942.

Sara Falco- daughter of J. T. Falco and Vincent Tusa Falco. Sara Falco Corpora attended school at Reagan, Texas and was graduated from Marlin High School of Marlin, Texas with the Class of 1940. She married Joseph Samual Corpora.

Sara and Joseph had four children including:

Samuel Anthony Corpora
Audette Corpora
Joseph Samuel Corpora Jr.
Priscilla Jean Corpora

Angelina Falsone

Billie Farrow

Roy and Myrtle (Kelly) Fenner

Roy and Myrtle Fenner. Roy Lee was a Grader Operator for the State Highway Department. He is the son of Samuel Joseph Fenner and Lela Fannie Popejoy Fenner. He was born on October 25, 1894 and died on October 27, 1952 at the age of 58. His death certificate lists Coronary Thrombosis as the cause of death. Roy and Myrtle owned the home next door to the Scroggins and across the street from the Dees and Kubiaks.

In 1948, Roy was a write-in for the County Commissioner Precinct 2 elections in Falls County on Tuesday, November 2, 1948. The story goes that friends and family worked to get him elected as a write-in candidate but he lost the election.

Myrtle was born in a leap year on February 29, 1892. She and Roy married on Thanksgiving day, November 26, 1914 at 11 a.m. They had eight children together. One child was lost during infancy. Myrtle passed away January 13, 1976.

Marie Fenner, Daughter of Roy and Myrtle Fenner.

Roy holding his second grandchild (first grandson). The picture was taken in June or July of 1949 in the front yard of their home in Reagan.

Henry Grady Wadsworth Kelly, son of Joel W. Kelly and brother of Myrtle. Probably taken in 1940 in front of his house in Kosse.

(The above information curtesy of Roy and Myrtle Fenner's great grand daughter, Shannan Martinez )

Florence Fenner

Edward Ferrel and Eula Caroline Toone Laxson. Edward Laxson was born 19 Nov 1860 in Huntsville Alabama. Died Apr 1945 near Reagan, Texas . Buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery, Texas (Near Reagan). Edward married Eula Caroline Toone. Born 20 Nov 1865 in Pulaski Tennessee. Died 22 May 1941 in Texas. Buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery, Falls County Texas.

Edward and Eula had the following children:
Opelia Laxson; Born 1 Mar 1884 in Alabama.
Raz Ferrel Laxson; Born 2 Feb 1886. Died 3 Sep 1951 in Biloxie Mississippi, VA Hospital. Buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery, Falls County Texas.
William Tell Laxson; Born 1888 in Reagan, Texas
Florence Elizabeth Laxson
Johnny Samuel Laxson
Edward Earl Laxson- Born 1893. Died 1938. Buried in Mustang Prarie Cemetery, Texas. He married Hattie Williams. Born 1871 in Huntsville Alabama (Madison County). Died 1886.
Minne Lee Laxson
Jesse B. Laxson; Born 8 Jun 1898. Died 3 Jan 1980
Perry Binjamin Laxson
Eula Mae Laxson- Died an infant at about 1 year old.
James R. Laxson
Daily Bell Laxson
Rosie Ann Laxson-Died at Birth
Earnest Laxson

Clinton Foley

FORD, Ishmael E., b 1-1-1911, d 4-25-1977

FORD, Janie Matthews, b 9-16-1910, d 9-5-1949

FOUNTAIN, Clara M. daughter of H.S. & E.G. Fountain, b 7-18-1869, d 7-17-1877

FOUNTAIN, Andrew H. son of T.G. & L. D. Fountain, b 5-2-1880, d 11-1-1883

FOUNTAIN, Claud - Elder Son of T.G. & L. D. Fountain, b 7-29-1869, d 11-20-1873

Mary Elna Fountain ( March 17, 1867 in Alabama, d. February 13, 1951) and buried in Calvary Cemetery-married Thomas Benton Higgins, b. June 28, 1852 in Giles County, Tennessee, d. February 26, 1945 and buried in Calvary Cemetery-a son of Robert S. and Anna Elizabeth (O'Neal) Higgins-natives of Tennessee, who settled in the Blue Ridge Community of Falls County, Texas about 1871.

FRANKUM, Ollie wife of Barney Frankum, b 12-2-1889, d 8-30-1931

FRANKUM, George son of Barney & Ollie Frankum, b 10-16-1922, d 8-18-1927

Mr. and Mrs. Fulton
Children: Bertha Fulton

Joseph William Funderburk (b 10-15-1901, d 1-18-1974) and Margaret Evelyn Heatherington Funderburk (b 11-2-1915, d 6-29-1972)
(Mrs. Funderburk ran the school lunchroom program in the 40's, early 50's)
Billie Kyle- Born August 10, 1936.
Harold Monroe- Born May 24, 1939.
Joseph Durwood-born September 28, 1940 (one of my classmates)

FUNDERBURK, James C. - son of Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Funderburk, b 9-24-1953, d 4-17-1981

Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gammage-born August 26, 1914. Eleanor was born in Reagan, Texas and attended Reagan schools; later received a degree from the College of Industrial Arts (now Texas Women's University). In 1940, she married Marshall O. Gammage but later divorced. In 1978, Eleanor retired as a librarian and teacher. Marshall and Eleanor had two children including: William Marshall Gammage, born 1950; Denise Gammage, born February, 1952.

Ishmael Nathan and Annie Mae Johnson Gresham
Luther Powell-Born July 10, 1936
Alice Cordelia- Born March 10, 1939
Martha Elizabeth-Born January 4, 1947 (Mother Josephine Agnes Wichkososki)

Billie Jones Groner

GUFFEE, W. Guy, b 4-13-1878, d 8-22-1965

GULLEDGE, Willie J., b 4-1-1864, d 10-29-1930

GULLEDGE, Mary E. - wife of W.J. Gulledge, b 8-3-1871, d 1-1-1945

William Beauregard Hagens was born in Richmond, Montgomery County, Alabama 11/26/1822. William died 06/13/1891 in Reagan, Falls, Texas, at 68 years of age.

William married Elvira Ann (Elvie) Moseley in Upshur County, Texas, About 1851-1852. Elvira was born in Richmond, Montgomery County, Alabama January 18, 1829. Elvira was the daughter of Mason Moseley and Lavina Mildred Shepperd. Elvira died 01/18/1890 in Reagan, Falls, Texas, at 61 years of age.

William Beauregard Hagens and Elvira Ann (Elvie) Moseley had the following children:

Mason Moseley Hagens was born in Upshur County, Texas February 7, 1853. Mason died January 4, 1931 at 77 years of age. He married Sallie McCoy.

Eliza Jane Hagens was born in Upshur County, Texas February 2, 1857. Eliza died February 24, 1886 at 29 years of age. She married Eugene Wyche.

Eugenia Hasseltine Hagens was born January 25, 1860. Eugenia died February 26, 1937 at 77 years of age. She married Reuben Price.

William Beauregard Hagens Jr. was born in Upshur County, Texas October 1861. William died August 3, 1889 at 27 years of age. He married Annie Snell.

Louisa Ann "Huddie" Hagens was born in Falls County, Texas May 11, 1866. Huddie died March 8, 1889 at 22 years of age. She married Robert Snell McCoy.

Thomas Cogborn Hagens was born January 31, 1869.

Annie Hagens was born in Falls County, Texas May 14, 1870. Annie died June 9, 1956 at 86 years of age. She married Robert Snell McCoy after the death of her sister, Huddie Hagens McCoy.

Eli A. Hagens was born in Falls County, Texas June 16, 1873. Eli died November 26, 1874 in Reagan, Falls, Texas, at 1 year of age.

Mary Hagens was born in Falls, Tx April 26, 1875. Mary died June 8, 1875 in Reagan, Falls, Texas, at less than one year of age.

Robert Snell and Louisa Ann "Huddie" Hagens McCoy. Louisa Ann "Huddie" Hagens McCoy was born in Falls County, Texas May 11, 1866. Huddie died March 8, 1889 at 22 years of age.

Beatrice Hodges (married Frank Hodges)
Cliff McCoy

After Huddie's death, Eugenia Hagen Price carried for the two children until R S McCoy remarried Huddie's sister,Annie Hagen.
Robert and Annie had six children.

Mrs. Gertrude Garrett Hancock

Her father, Jasper Garrett, reared a large family, 12 girls & 1 son. He settled in Falls County near Marlin, Texas.
The following information was taken on May 13, 1979 in the home of Rachel Garrett Hesterly, Prescott, Arkansas. She was about 83 at this time. She had a shoebox full of data.

Joseph E Garrett was born in 1802, died in 1853. Stacy Reeder, his wife, is buried beside him on the farm near Sutton, Arkansas., about 1 mile from the Harmony Cemetery, under a fig tree, where they lived & died. A concrete slab covers both graves today with the above inscriptions on it. Nothing about Stacy Reeder, only name. This slab was placed there in the 1920's by a grandson, Tom Garrett (son of Frank & Caroline Garrett). Children of Joseph E. & Stacy Reeder Garrett are as follows:

Frank Garrett b 19 March 1823, d 8 Dec 1899. He married Adlyn Caroline Steele, she was b 1 April 1840, d 28 April 1916.
Dora Garrett, married a Powers.
Sara Garrett, married Hiram H. Wootton.
Thomas Odelle Garrett b 10 July 1827, d 25 July 1876, married Matilda Adeline Wylie on 17 Nov 1852. She was b 14 Jan 1832, d 16 Feb 1905.
Children of Thomas Odelle & Matilda Adeline Garrett are:

Fannie Garrett, married Larkin H Hill, a Baptist minister.
William Baxter Garrett b 3 Feb 1857, d 16 Jan 1928, married Mary A. (Molly) Hare. She was born 28 Sept 1865, d 22 May 1907.
Martha Alice Garrett, married John D. McMath.
James F. Garrett b 13 Feb 1862, d 4 Oct 1924, was married twice. First to Sally Thompson b 25 Mar 1860, d 23 Feb 1901. Second wife was Harriet Jane Thompson Evans b 5 Mar 1876, d 5 Jan 1958.
Dora Garrett b 7 Jan 1864, d 16 June 1891, married Willie Phillips.
Joseph E. Garrett b 23 Feb 1860, married Anna Lisa Brooks.
Johnny Garrett died at 2 years of age.
Ella Garrett died a 1 year of age.
Thomas Augustus (Gus) Garrett b 19 June 1870, d 2 Feb 1959, married Lydia Permelia McGough (these were Rachel's father & mother). They were born & raised within 2 miles of each other & lived in the same community until 1926 when they moved to Prescott, Arkansas. Sara Stacy Garrett b 31 Aug 1875, d 15 Feb 1947. She was twice married, first to a Baptist minister name of Wilson, second time to D. A. Wood of Jonesboro, Arkansas; divorced both.

Thomas Odelle Garrett, a brother of Joseph E Garrett was born in Pulaski, Giles Co., Tennessee and married a Miss Reed there & moved to Texas. He is buried near Stranger, Texas. His grave marker says Thomas Odelle Garett died in 1848 age 50 yrs & 1 mo old. Doesn't give a date (month and day) when he was born. Information given by grandaughter Mrs. Gertrude Hancock of Reagan, Texas. Her father Jasper Garrett reared a large family, 12 girls & 1 son. He settled in Falls County near Marlin, Texas.
Joseph Edward Garrett, son of Jasper Garrett, visited in Prescott, Arkansas in 1940. He is Mrs. Gertrude Hancock's brother. He was in his seventies and lived in Corpus Christi, Tx.

GRAMS, Nelson A., b 6-27-1925, d 12-10-1984

GRAMS, Valeria F. - wife of Nelson A. Grams, b 12-23-1928 - no death date

GRAMS, Walter H., Jr., b 8-4-1961, d 11-25-1981 - inscribed "Son"

Haleys of Reagan (Curtesy Bob Haley "I really enjoyed your web site. Found a lot of pictures of kin. Thanks for the memories. I spent a lot of summer weeks with Uncle Clifford and Aunt Mable and the Cobb kids out at Blue Ridge.I am the grandson of John C Haley; he moved the family to Reagan around 1901; Mable and Mark are twins born 1902 in Regan and Leslie in 1905.

Joe and Helen his wife moved back to the home place after he retired from the Army.

Mable married Clifford Cobb; they farmed the Cobb farm. Clifford Jr lives there now. I am sure all the children went school in Reagan. Thomas Cal was my father; he moved back to Leon County when he got married.

My older brother Calvin Haley married Cleo Tacker, they moved back to the Tacker place in the early 90's. Both are buried in the Tacker cemetery.

Below is a list of the Haley's of Reagan Falls County Texas.

John Cloud Haley Father Alabama 1863-1939
Georgia Sinclair Mother Mississippi 1864-1947
Charlie L Haley Son Nineveh TX 1888-1944
Thomas Cal Haley Son Nineveh TX 1891-1964
Joe I Haley Son Nineveh TX 1898-1960
Annie R Haley Daughter Nineveh TX 1900-1994
Mark A Haley Son Regan TX 1902-1983
Mable Haley Daughter Regan TX 1902-1988
Leslie A Haley Son Regan TX 1905-1988

HARDCASTLE, Hela Mae (Moore) Watts, b 4-12-1920, d 6-5-1958

William Beauregard Hagens was born in Richmond, Montgomery County, Alabama 11/26/1822. William died 06/13/1891 in Reagan, Texas, at the age of 68 years.
He married Elvira Ann (Elvie) Moseley in Upshur County, Texas, Abt 1851-1852. Elvira was born in Richmond, Montgomery County, Alabama January 18, 1829 Elvira was the daughter of Mason Moseley and Lavina Mildred Shepperd. Elvira died 01/18/1890 in Reagan, Falls, Texas, at 61 years of age.

William Beauregard and Elvira Ann (Elvie) Moseley Hagens had the following children:
Mason Moseley Hagens was born in Upshur County, Texas February 7, 1853. Mason died January 4, 1931 at 77 years of age. He married Sallie McCoy.
Eliza Jane Hagens was born in Upshur County, Texas February 2, 1857. Eliza died February 24, 1886 at 29 years of age. She married Eugene Wyche.
Eugenia Hasseltine Hagens was born January 25, 1860. Eugenia died February 26, 1937 at 77 years of age. She married Reuben Price.
William Beauregard Hagens Jr. was born in Upshur County, Texas October 1861. William died August 3, 1889 at 27 years of age. He married Annie Snell.
Louisa Ann Hagens was born in Falls County, Texas May 11, 1866. Hudie died March 8, 1889 at 22 years of age. She married Robert Snell McCoy.
Thomas Cogborn Hagens was born January 31, 1869.
Annie Hagens was born in Falls County, Texas May 14, 1870. Annie died June 9, 1956 at 86 years of age. She married Robert Snell McCoy.
Eli A. Hagens was born in Falls County, Texas June 16, 1873. Eli died November 26, 1874 in Reagan, Falls, Texas, at 1 year of age.
Mary Hagens was born in Falls, Tx April 26, 1875. Mary died June 8, 1875 in Reagan, Falls, Texas, at less than one year of age.

Eli A. Hagens was born in Falls County, Texas June 16, 1873. Eli died November 26, 1874 in Reagan, Falls, Texas

Mrs. Gertrude Garrett Hancock- her father was Jasper Garrett who lived near Marlin.

HALEY, John C., b 10-17-1863, d 10-7-1939

HALEY, Georgia E. (Sinclair) - wife of J .C . Haley, b 12-3-1864, d 5-20-1947

HALEY, Charlie Lee, 1-1-1944 - only date on tombstone - WW II, Engineman, 2 CL, U. S. Navy

Henry and Mary Harlan

Dr. Isaiah and Nancy (Henry) Harlan
Dr. Isaiah Harlan came by covered wagon to Robertson's Colony, State of Coahuila, Mexico (near Viesca) in the fall of 1834. On February 20, 1835, Dr. Harlan received a land grant at Viesca, seat of government of Empressario Sterling Clack Robertson's Colony.

Charles Harlan, b June 2, 1833 in Parke County, Indiana, d June 22, 1869 and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery, Falls County, Texas

Charles was the son of Dr. Isaiah and Nancy (Henry) Harlan.Charles settled in 1854 in Falls County, on his portion of the land inherited from his parents, and lived there the rest of his life.

On June 7, 1861 in Falls County, Charles Harlan was married to Martha E. Long, b January 27, 1839 in Giles County, Tennessee, d January 28, 1870 in an accidental shooting by a young nephew (son of her sister, Louisa, and her husband, Allen H. Morrell), and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery by her husband.

Charles was one of the organizers and a charter member of the Blue Ridge Baptist Church, and was the carpenter who was given the "contract" to erect the first church building. Martha E. (Long) Harlan was a doughter of Jarrett Long, b December 15, 1799 at Crab Orchard, Lincoln County, Kentucky, and his wife, Catherine S. (Strong) Long, b june 22, 1812 in Tennessee.

Charles and Martha (Long) Harlan were the parents of four children:
Catherine Harlan (called "Katie"), b August 14, 1862, who married and moved away.
Benjamin Harlan, b November 14, 1863 --- who married Viola Peebles, who reared his family in Falls County, Texas.
Louisa Harlan, b May 6, 1866, d October 16, 1868 in Falls County, Texas.
Frances Harlan (called "Fannie") b October 10, 1868 --- married and moved away.

George Harlan
Born on February 2, 1835 near Viesca on the Brazos and died on December 30, 1919, at Blue Ridge, Falls County, Texas. George is buried in the Blue Ridge Cemetery.
On July 25, 1859, in Montgomery County, Texas, George Harlan was married to Pauline Jane McCaleb(born November 5, 1830 in Tennessee, d November 30, 1889 and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery, daughter of Zill Harrington and Mary Elizabeth (Martin) McCaleb, natives of Tennessee who settled first in Montgomery County, Texas and later Blue Ridge in Falls County, where both died and were buried.

George Harlan enlisted in the Confederate States Army in Montgomery County, Texas, serving throughout the Civil War as a Private in Company K, 20th Texas Cavalry, and served until the conclusion of the war.
At the end of the Civil War, George returned to Montgomery County, Texas, where he and his family loved until about 1867, when they settled at Blue Ridge in Falls County, Texas on his portion of land inherited from his parents, a part of the league granted to Dr. Isaiah Harlan in 1835.

In 1859, George had conveyed twenty-eight acres, formerly a part of the inherited portion of his sister, Mrs. Memnon A. (Martha Harlan) Mitchell, from their father. In 1872, George re-recorded the transfer of the twenty-eight acres to the Trustees of the Blue Ridge Baptist Church, for school, church and cemetery purposes, as a number of graves were already located there while it was still a part of the Mitchell land.

George and Pauline Jane (McCaleb) Harlan were the parents of five children:
Zill Isaiah Harlan, b July 24, 1860 in Montgomery County, Texas, d July 25, 1911 in Marlin, Falls County, Texas and buried in Calvary Cemetery -- married September 21, 1884 to Maude Graves, b September 5, 1867 in Alvarado, Johnson County, Texas, d August 11, 1960 and buried in Calvary Cemetery

George McCaleb Harlan, b September 14, 1862 in Montgomery County, Texas, d September 30, 1880. His arm was severed in a gin accident, and he bled to death before medical assistance could be obtained. He was not married, and was buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery.

Maggie Jane Harlan, b November 14, 1865, in Montgomery County, Texas, d July 26, 1867, and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery.

Charles Harlan, b April 4, 1869 at Blue Ridge, Falls County, Texas, d November 27, 1945 and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery -- married December 25, 1889 in Falls County to Cynthia Tallulah Varnado (called "Lula"), b November 7, 1872 in Mississippi, d April 12, 1954 and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery -- a daughter of Cornelius Willington and Mary Elizabeth ("Betsy" Ratcliff) Varnado, who settled in the Stranger Community of Falls County, Texas about 1887.

Mary Emma Harlan, b March 3, 1872, at Blue Ridge, Falls County, Texas, d August 26, 1900, married Charles W. Jennings, b March 8, 1856, d April 15, 1916, and buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery. After Pauline Jane (McCaleb) Harlan died, George married second to Maggie Densman, b July 20, 1849, d May 15, 1933. They had no children, and she was buried at Blue Ridge Cemetery when she died. She received a pension for George's Civil War services after his death, until she died.

There are many descendants of George and Pauline Jane (McCaleb) Harlan who continue to reside in Falls County, Texas, including such family names as Bartlett, Harlan, Erskine, Shaw, Norton, Sehon, Sprott, Windsor, and others.

WILLIAM ELIHU HARLAN, JR. was born December 6, 1907, in Falls County Texas. He is currently a retired engineer for Humble Oil and Refining and resides in Baytown, Texas. His father was W.E. Harlan Sr., of tenth generation and his grandfather was James Henry , a veteran of the Army of the Confederacy.

HAYS, Earl - son of S.E. & S.J. Hays, b 2-2-1896, d 9-9-1900 (surveyed in 1963 by Norma Rutledge Grammer as: 2-2-1896, d 9-3-1900)

HAYS, Rena F. - daughter of S.E. & S.J. Hays, b 1-14-1884, 'i 11-16-1884 (surveyed in 1963 by Norma Rutledge Grammer as: b 1-14-1884, d 11-6-1884)

MURILLO ELIZABETH (HARLAN) SMITH was born December 26, 1908 near Reagan Falls County. She currently resides in Walters, Oklahoma. She is the only living child of James Henry , born November 18, 1839 who was a veteran of the Army of the Confederacy. She is also the aunt of William Elihu Harlan, Jr. who also belongs to the club.

Jean Harlan

Lawson Harlan

Robert S. Harper (Appointed Reagan Postmaster on June 23,1873)
Thomas P. Harper, Sr. (Appointed Reagan Postmaster on May 8,1876 and reappointed on June 15, 1876)
Thomas P. and Mary Louise Harper- wife of Rev. Thomas P. Harper, died Reagan, Texas, Sept. 27, 1878; native of New Jersey; moved to Texas in 1871.

Thomas P. Harper, Jr. -(Appointed Reagan Postmaster on May 22,1876)

HARRIS, Plunkette, b 10-4-1857, d 12-6-1930

HERING, Timothy (Nathan) Andrew, b 11-8-1984, d 6-25-1985 - Adoptive Parents: Wayne & Gloria Coker

HERING, Betty Jane (Grams), b 7-6-1959, d 12-11-1984 - inscribed "Daughter"

HERRIDGE, Jesse M., b 12-27-1881, d 8-3-1941

HERRIDGE, Ida H. - wife of Jesse M., b 10-12-1891, d 2-21-1978

Higgins, Thomas B., 20 Aug 1889(Appointed Reagan Postmaster on August 20,1889)

Archie Herbert Hetherington; born 24 SEP 1908 in Reagan, Texas. He married Vida Elizabeth Sissom, born: 14 JUN 1915 MAY 1989 in Reagan, Texas. Her father was Lewis Preston Sissom, b. 04 OCT 1880 in Cannon County, Tennessee and her mother was Mary Miriah Parker, b. 26 FEB 1887.

Archie married Vida Elizabeth Sissom in Belton on Dec. 24, 1934. Mr. Heterington lived his entire life at Reagan, where he farmed and was a carpenter and paper hanger. He was a member of Reagan Baptist Church.

Archie and Vida Elizabeth had a daughter, Frances Elizabeth �Beth� Boettcher married to Charles Boettcher, of East Bernard and a son, Dan Herbert Hetherington married to Sharon.

John H. and Rebecca Kyle Heatherington

Received the following early-day Hetherington family photos from Charles Cozzens (

"This is my grandfather and his two brothers: L to R: George, Harold, & Travis Heatherington, Photo taken around 1914". (photo curtesy Charles Cozzens (

"This is George W. Hetherington, Sr. and wife Bertie Mae Adams Hetherington. George grew up in Reagan and left for Texas City around 1927. Bertie grew up in Thornton near Kosse." (photo curtesy Charles Cozzens (

"This is a picture of George Kyle ,George William,& Fannie (Herridge) Hetherington around 1907. Note the dark burn marks from a home fire. My grandfather, George William Hetherington was born in 1906 ." (photo curtesy Charles Cozzens (

Sam and Rosa Edna (Ritter)Heatherington

Sam Heatherington (1875-1951)was born in Monroe, Monroe County, Alabama.

Sam married Rosa Edna Ritter. Rosa was born in 1880 in Ben Lomand, Sevier County, Arkansas. Rosa Edna died in Reagan in 1915.

Sam Heatherington (1875-1951)and First Wife Rosa Edna Ritter (1880-1915)

Sam then married Mamie Carter.

Sam Heatherington died in 1951. Sam, Rosa and Mamie are buried in the Covington Cemetery in Reagan.

Lucy, Franklin, Annie, Johnnie, Effie, Bessie, Lilly, William

Email from Lisa Luther, May 2002

"I ran across your website for Regan, Texas where my grandmother was born and went to school. In her 60's and 70's she would still do a cheer or two for me, and I would ask her what a bearkat was; now I know. Her father was Samuel Hetherington. He was born in 1875 in Monroe Co, Alabama. After his first wife Rosa died, he married my great grandmother, Mamie Mae (Carter) and they had two girls (Margaret and Mary). My great grandmother Mamie lived to be well into her 90's and died in Yoakum, Tx around 1980. I was very surprised to see the photo of Sam & Mamie (which I have). I didn't know the names of the other children, but do remember meeting Effie, and remember my mother talking about going to visit uncle Frank.

For Charles Broughton and Mary Snell, I show Mary's death as April 15, 1895, but I don't have a date for Charles. My grandmother gave me a book of her family tree which includes a biography of Charles Broughton. I will be looking for it and writing my Aunt Mary (Hetherington) Chandler for any information. She lives in Humble, Texas.
I enjoyed your website.
Thanks,Lisa Luther in Virginia

John Monroe and Margaret Ann Broughton Hetherington
Margaret Ann Broughton was the daughter of Charles R. Broughton who emigrated from Green County, Georgia to near Monroeville (Monroe County) in Louisiana with his father, brother and sister around 1830.
Charles Monroe settled north of Monroeville in the Burnt Corn area. In 1840 he married Mary R. Snell and established their home at Monroeville.
During the early days of their marriage he was sheriff of Monroe County. As time went by he is reported to have acquired around 9,000 acres of land. He was believed to have had a cotton gin drawn by horses, a grist or water mill, he tanned leather, made shoes, raised sheep, cows, horses, and hogs. He had looms to spin and weave cloth, weaved both cotton and woolen cloth. He made molasses and sugar and was a beekeeper. During the Civil War, he served as a Captain. The date of death of Charles and Mary is not known.

Charles Broughton was a Mason who was a member of Alabama Lodge No. 3 and later was a charter member of Monroeville Lodge No. 153.

Charles and Mary Broughton raised seven children: William Nataniel was killed in the Civil War.
Mary first married a man named Fore and later married Will Stacy.

Susan M. married William G. Hetherington and they moved moved to Reagan, Falls County, Texas (buried in the Reagan Covington Cemetery).
Nancy Jane married a Billie Hixon and they moved to Robertson County, Texas and are buried there.
Charles Edward married a Miss Ross and both are buried in the Baptist Cemetery at Monroeville.
Laura married Julius Wiggins living in Monroeville and is buried in the Baptist Cemetery at Monroeville.

Margaret Ann married John Monroe Hetherington and later moved to Reagan, Falls County, Texas and raising their family there. John and Margaret are interned in Covington Cemetery in Reagan.

Johnnie Alex and Effie Mae (Stafford) Heatherington,Sr.
Johnnie was born in Reagan on November 20, 1906 and died in Mineral Wells on February 20, 1999. His wife, Effie Mae Stafford was born in Dallas on May 30, 1911 and died in Galveston on December 12, 1937.
Children: Edna Mae-Born February 3, 1931
Johnnie Alex,jr.- Born January 8, 1935
Dorothy Ann- Born March 3, 1937 in Galveston County, Texas.

Johnnie Heatherington (1906-1999) and wife Effie Mae Stafford (1911-1937)

HETHERINGTON, Harold - son of G. K. & Fannie Hetherington, b 6-1-1910, d 6-10-1927

MATTHEWS, Mary Ann, b 6-3-1954, d 6-3-1954

HETHERINGTON, George K., b 12-31-1879, d 10-1-1961

HETHERINGTON, Fannie H. - wife of G. K. Hetherington, b 2-29-1884, d 4-23-1973

Travis Monroe Hetherington was born in Reagan, Texas, on February 20, 1908 to George and Fannie (Herridge) Hetherington. He graduated from Reagan High School in 1926 and entered Tyler Business College and later Texas A&M.

Travis Monroe Hetherington (Feb. 20, 1908 -Oct. 22, 2002)

In 1929, he received a congressional appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. He graduated in 1933, 66th in a class of 347.

Second Lieutenant Hetherington's initial assignment was that of student officer at Randolph Field, Texas. In 1934, he received his pilot's wings at Kelly Field, and today is rated a command pilot, current in both the B-47 Stratojet and the KC-97.

Lieutenant Hetherington's first assignment after Kelly Field was with the 72nd Bombardment Squadron on Ford Island, located in Pearl Harbor. In 1936, he was ordered to Chanute Field, Ill., where he attended the Communications Officers' Course. He was retained there as an instructor. From 1939 to 1945, he was the director of various Radio and Radar Schools, two of these he organized and activated. They were the largest technical schools in the Air Training Command. During this period, he was progressively promoted from first lieutenant to colonel. Such activities earned Colonel Hetherington the Army Commendation Ribbon, and later in 1945 the Legion of Merit.

In 1945, Colonel Hetherington was ordered to the Pacific Theater where he was appointed deputy chief of staff and later A-3 of the Fifth Bomber Command. In 1946, he became assistant chief of staff for operations, Fifth Air Force. For his particularly superior ability and diligent work in the Fifth Bomber Command, he was awarded the Second Army Commendation Ribbon. From July 1947 to July 1948, he commanded the 315th Composite Wing in Fifth Air Force, Japan.

Upon returning to the U.S. from Japan in August 1948, Colonel Hetherington entered the Air War College from which he graduated in 1949. His next assignment was as commander of the U.S. Air Force Security Service at Brooks Field, Texas. In January 1951, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he became deputy director of the National Security Agency. For the next two and one-half years, while working as deputy director of NSA, Colonel Hetherington attended The George Washington University two nights each week. He received his master's degree in advanced management from that institution in November 1953.

Following graduation from the National War College in 1954, Colonel Hetherington was appointed director of operations of the 806th Air Division Lake Charles Air Force Base, La. During this assignment he attended the B-47 Transition School at McConnell Air Force Base. When the 379th Bombardment Wing (Medium) was activated at Homestead Air Force Base, Fla., he was designated its commander. On May 31, 1957, he assumed command of the 823rd Air Division at Homestead, being promoted to brigadier general in July 1957.

In June 1957, he was awarded an oak leaf cluster to the Commendation Ribbon. The citation which accompanied this award read in part: "As commander, 379th Bombardment Wing, Colonel Hetherington continually exhibited the highest qualities of leadership and resourcefulness in developing his organization within the time limitations from a small cadre to a highly effective and efficient combat unit ... (he) surmounted many obstacles prevalent in building a formidable bombardment wing, applying mature judgment and enthusiasm to enable his unit to assume its position as an integral part of the command mission."

General Hetherington was awarded the first oak leaf cluster to the Legion of Merit in October 1958 for distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct of outstanding service during the period June 1, 1957 to Aug. 15, 1958 as commander, 823rd Air Division, Strategic Air Command. The citation stated: "The professional and aggressive leadership displayed by General Hetherington had a profound effect upon the buildup of Homestead Air Force Base, and was a significant factor in making his command an integral element in the striking force of the Strategic Air Command."

Following his assignment with the 823rd Air Division, General Hetherington was a student at the Military Assistance Institute, Arlington, Va. Later, in November 1958, he became chief, Air Force Section, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Japan.

In July 1959, the general assumed command of the 39th Air Division, Japan. Two years later, he became deputy chief of staff, plans and operations, Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. He retired from the United States Air Force August 31, 1963. Upon his retirement, Gen. Hetherington embarked on his second illustrious career. He formed T. Hetherington & Daughters, Inc., a home-building company with his wife and two daughters. During the twenty-five years of business, the company built 500 homes in San Antonio and Leon Valley.

Brigadier General Travis Monroe Hetherington, USAF (Ret.) passed away on October 22, 2002 after a lengthy illness at Air Force Village II.

William G. and Susan M. Broughton Hetherington (See also John Monroe and Margaret Ann Broughton Hetherington above)(both buried in the Covington Cemetery in Reagan).
Mr. and Mrs. Heatherington
Children: Beth

Mr. and Mrs. Hy Heflin
Operated Gulf Service Station; you could also pay your gas bill here and get your car tags

Mildred Davis Hill

John and Tracy Smith Hillman
Son Milton Curry Hillman, born August 21, 1926, in Reagan, Falls County, Texas.

Rev. and Mrs. Tommy Holcomb
Methodist Minister

HOLLAND, Infant Son of T.H. & M.J. (or M.E.) Holland, b & d 4-12-1873

HOLLAND, Viola B. - daughter of T.H. & M.J. (or M.E.) Holland, b 9-17-1880, d 11-10-1882

Mr. and Mrs. James Holland (supplied water to the city)

Herbert Ray Houston

Patricia Quinn Houston

HOWELL, John William, b 5-2-1888, d 8-4-1959

HOWELL, Hazel Weir - wife of John Wm. Howell, b 4-29-1900, d 9-4-1975

HOWELL, John W. - son of John Wm. & Hazel (Weir) Howell, WW I: Pvt., Co. fl, 135 Infantry

(John Howell was Sheriff in the 40's, early 50's)

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Jefferson (Ben cooked Bar-B-Que for Kubiak's place)

Cecil Johnson

JOLLEY, Henry, b 1-3-1904, d 4-13-1923

Received the following information courtesy Cindy Jones (

JONES, Alonzo Pennington "Lon"

Alonzo Pennington "Lon" Jones

ALONZO PENNINGTON JONES Alonzo Pennington Jones (called "Lon", and later "A. P."), b December 3, 1856 in Warren, Bradley County, Arkansas, d November 7,1944 in Marlin, Falls County, Texas - was a son of Hastings and Mary Ann (Hanna or Hannah) Jones.

By 1870, he had settled with his parents and siblings in Falls County, Texas near present-day Reagan. In 1884 in Falls County, Alonzo married Mary Lydia Cornelison (called "Mamie"), b April 1, 1866 in Falls County, d November 10, 1957 in Marlin, and buried by her husband in Calvary Cemetery at Marlin - a daughter of Jesse and Mary Elizabeth (Saxon) Cornelison.

Alonzo and Mamie had eight children:
Infant Jones - died unnamed
Infant Jones - died unnamed
Lelia Jones - died young.
Magnolia Jones - died young.

Dovie Dagmar Jones married first to Jess Crouch, and had no children, and married second to Dorsey Hays and had one son: William Herbert Hays, b March 8, 1922 - married Eleanor Keizer, and had no issue.

Itasca Jones, b February 1899 - married first to Julian Williams, and had no issue; married second on July 7, 1924 to Carl David Currie, b March 20, 1897, d in 1964 in Coleman, Texas, and had one daughter, Carlie Currie, b August 9, 1926 - married Harrison Lowery Saunders and had Sandra Sue b March 20,1947, Carlie Currie b August 1, 1948, and Harrison Lowery, Jr., b August 20, 1949. Itasca resides in Austin with her daughter.

Boyd Cornelison Jones, b February 14, 1903, d October 20, 1975 in Galveston, Texas and buried in Dickinson, Texas - married Opal Clarice Beason, b January 10, 1905, and had issue.

Verna Elsie Jones, b August 16, 1904, d 1971 in Dallas, Texas - married James Herbert Guthrie - a school teacher in the Reagan School, and an attorney. They had three children: James Herbert, Jr. b September 22, 1923; Rosemary b May 23, 1925 who married a Mr. Knight; and Betty Ann, b July 12, 1929.

The family of Alonzo and Mamie settled near Reagan, Texas where Alonzo was a farmer and a gin wright. The family home, a large, white, two-story structure, said to have resembled the famous "House of Seven Gables," was surrounded by a beautiful garden, orchard, and vineyard in which Alonzo took great pride. His father, Hastings Jones owned a lot of land and donated land for the Shady Grove Cemetery.

If anyone has more information on the Alonzo Jones family, please send Cindy Jones an email (

JONES, W. Lee, b 7-22-1894, d 1-24-1981

JONES, Olivia Davis - wife of W. Lee Jones, b 9-2-1902 - no death date

Genevieve Jones- Born October 1, 1887, Reagan, Falls County, Texas: Married Admiral Charles Wesley White (born 1880, and retired in the Los Angeles area). They were married in 1909. Genevieve died on December 24, 1931, in Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Mary L. Jones, born March 21,1898 in Reagan-a daughter of Charles D. Jones (b April 1, 1874, d October 19, 1941) and his wife, Dovie (Marlin) Jones (b November 18, 1877, d August 11, 1954), who married in 1895 in Falls County, Texas. Dovie's parents were William Payne Marlin (b April 14, 1855 at Hog Island in Falls County, d October 5, 1916) and his wife, Sarah Ellen Erwin (b September 22, 1854, d January 23, 1923) - a daughter of A. J. Erwin (b ca 1825 in Tennessee) and Ellen A. (Adams) Erwin (b ca 1830 in Arkansas, d before 1870). A. J. Erwin married second to Minerva Curry. William Payne Marlin was a son of James Marlin (b October 29, 1794 in Tennessee, d July 28, 1862) and his second wife, Emeline (Payne) Gentry (widow of Samuel Gentry), who was b April 3, 1816, d in 1881 in Falls County, Texas.

In 1915, Mary L. Jones married Abner Mandell Peacock, b ca 1890 d in 1966, who was a prosperous farmer in the Highbank area of Falls County, Texas until the heavy floods of the Brazos River wiped him out. He was a brother of Frank Peacock, who settled in Marlin, Texas.
Abner Mandell and Mary L. (Jones) Peacock had four children:

Abner Mandell Peacock, Jr., b February 3, 1916

Richard Lee Peacock, b March 26, 1918, married Katherine Gillespie

Mary Louise Peacock, b September 15, 1919

Dorothy Jean Peacock, b March 26, 1924.

The Abner M. Peacock family moved to Marlin, where the children all attended school. Abner and Mary were later divorced, and she remarried Sam H. Oakes, having one son, Charles Robert Oakes, b February 3, 1944.

Received the following email recently from Bill Jones of Milan, Tennessee.

"Read your article on Mary L. Jones who married Abner Peacock. Although my grandfather lived in Graves County, Ky. he corresponded with Mary L. Peacock's father Charlie D. Jones who was his first cousin. I was to young to know what part of Texas all of his cousins lived in but have lately learned they lived in the Falls County in Reagan. At least 5 Jones siblings lived in the Reagan-High Banks-Bremond area. They were Eliza Jones Moore whose husband and sons owned a drug store in Reagan. William H. Jones who drowned about 1918-1919 while he, a doctor and another man were crossing a swollen creek in a buggy between Reagan and Marlin when the bridge collapsed. The doctor and William H. Jones drowned but the unknown passenger was saved. Nora Jones Flowers (Buried in Bremond). Robert Bruce Jones a farmer near Reagan and Charlie D. Jones mentioned above. All were born in Scott County, Mississippi and came to Reagan after 1878 to be near their maternal grand father Henry Bennett (Buried in Hog Island). A few minutes ago I was reading your page on High Banks and found the same entry on Charlie D. Jones that appeared in the Reagan Page. I also noted that Charlie D. Jones was appointed Post Master of High Banks on March 8, l916. Naturally all of this is most interesting to me. I have never learned where Charlie D. Jones and wife are buried. I was wondering if there is a documented cemetery near High Banks where they might be interred? It certainly would be great to learn who submitted this Reagan and High Banks information. (They are identical articles). It states that Mary L. and Abner Peacock moved to Marlin after a flood wiped them out in High Banks and they were later divorced and she married Sam H. Oakes in Marlin. I find Sam H. Oakes buried in Calvary cemetery but she doesn't appear to be buried beside him. She and Sam Oakes had a son named Charles Robert born in 1944. Any help you could give me in contacting the submitter of this excellent entry in your web pages would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely,

Bill Jones
3082 Maple Ave.
Milan, Tennessee 38358
1 (731) 686-1197

JONES, Mr. Charlie P., 1872-1937
JONES, J. W. H. (--Dick"), b 7-1-1903, d 2-5-1949
JONES, Stan S., 1869-1925 and wife JONES, Perla C., 1888-1932
CHAPMAN, Annie Jones, 1875-1927

Richard and Sara Jones-Lived in Carolina County, Virginia; moved to Texas in 1860.
Son: William P. Jones

Interview with William P. Jones of Reagan, Texas:
"My parents were Richard and Sarah Jones, and I was born in Carolina County, Virginia, in 1852. I came with my parents to Texas in the year 1860. We came by boat down the Mississippi river, then through the Gulf of Mexico and landed at Galveston, Texas, and came from there up the Bayou to Houston and from Houston we came overland in ox-wagons to our first home, which was at Navasota, Texas. My father bought land from some squatters and in time, the rightful heirs came and claimed it, so we lost the land.

"While we were living in Navasota, the Civil War was declared and four of my brothers served under the flag of the Confederacy. Walter was in Hood's Brigade and was killed in action; another, Napoleon, was in the same Brigade but he lived to return home. Stanfield fought in Speight's Brigade and he, too, returned home after the war. He fought in Louisiana. Richard Hampton was in Tom Green's Brigade and he, too, came back. He was also in some of the battles.

"At the close of the war, the yellow fever broke out in Texas and was getting close to where we lived near Navasota, so, when the Houston and Texas Central Railroad reached Bryan, we moved to Falls County. I rode the first engine into Bryan, Texas. We settled on Hog Island, a little settlement a few miles above the present town of Reagan, nine miles south of Marlin, Texas. At this time the town of Reagan had not been laid off, but when the railroad came, Bill Reagan, brother of the late Judge John H. Reagan, owned a lot of land near by and he donated {Begin page no. 2}the town site, hence the name of Reagan, in honor of the man who gave the land for the town-site.

"When father became settled at Hog Island he organized a Baptist Sunday School. However other denominations worshipped with us until their church was built. Until we built a church, we held services in our home. Two of our first ministers were Rev. Harper and Tubb. Rev. Harper was the first postmaster and Brother Tubb had a store and later the post office was located in his store. The present postmaster, Mr. Higgins, has served as postmaster at Reagan for fifty-two years.

"As the railroad was being built through the community, I spent my time playing around and watching the men at work, and during their lunch hour I remember how the men had their fun with me. After the railroad was built on to Marlin and Waco, we moved to Reagan and lived there while I was a boy in school. The first stores at this time were owned by Sam and Andrew Peyton, Captain Johnson and Dr. McDowell had a drug store. Other families were those of Harper, Robbins, Fountain, [Boyles?], McCoy, Cotton, Rankin, Hayes, Hagen, Rogers, Guffy, Davidson, and J. E. Davis. At the foot of Blue Ridge were the families of Dick Beal, Owen, Hunnicutt, Harlan, Johnson and Adams. This was only about six or eight miles from Reagan and they came to attend church after the Reagan churches were built.

"At the close of the war there was constant fear of the negroes "rising up" against the whites, but in our community they settled peacefully to work, most of them stayed on with their former masters. They worked the land on the "shares" (part of the crop). Until the railroad {Begin page no. 3}came through, we travelled by stage coach. There is an old stage stand on the [Kosse?]-Reagan road, eight miles from Reagan, and it stands today just as in the days when the stage travel was at its best. But it is now used for a barn for stock in a pasture. As one looks back a vision of the hurry of the stage on its way as the horses dash madly up to the stand and the wait is only long enough for the horses to be changed. Instead of changing cars for "all points north and south, to Houston or Waco, Fort Worth and Dallas" the driver shouts as the ringing of the bells on the bridles of the horses, warn the passengers they are nearing a stop, "Change - Stage Coaches". And the passengers crawl out of the old coach and feel to see if their hats or perhaps their heads are still on. For you know that those coaches did not even have any springs to make riding easy, but were held by huge leather straps instead of the later-day springs.

"Our freight was brought by wagon train from Houston and [Milliken?], the terminal of the Houston and Texas Central railroad when we moved to Falls County. Gil Ward ran a freight line and Mr. Mance Cabiness handled race horses and sold not only cattle but fine horses to men who followed the race track. A thousand dollars was not uncommon for a fine race horse to bring when it was sold.

"In September 1877, I married Miss Willie Riley, a daughter of Captain Riley of Alabama. To us were born thirteen children. All lived to be grown. There are two boys: Howard and Austin, who live in Reagan; another, Walter Lee, lives in Beaumont; Willard lives in Goose Creek; Clyde, Otis, Chester, Earle and Byrd live in Port Arthur. Two daughters {Begin page no. 4}live in Dallas. Orville Groner, liver in Dallas and is financial secretary of the Baptist Convention. Mrs. Maud Dilworth, lives in Longview, and Dexter in Waco, Tom, deceased.

"After I reached manhood I lived for a few years in Marlin and did contracting work. I helped to build some of the first business houses and hotels in Marlin. The wrecking of the Arlington Hotel recently, brings back to memory the days when the first hotel was called a tavern. This was during the days of the stage coach and the "tavern" was owned and operated by H. B. Coleman, who was known to all who frequented the place as "Uncle Henry". T.J. Read bought it from Mr. Coleman and owned the lot which was bought by the Marlin Natatorium Company in 1895.

"The tavern was the center of social life in Marlin and the better class of visitors, travelling men and politicians stopped here. It became the favorite gathering place, especially of the politicians. Here they gathered to select their candidates and to hold their party meetings. But it was not until 1894 that the first indication of the curative power of the Marlin Hot Wells became a thing to consider, when a visitor was cured of a blood infection after bathing in the hot water.

"In the spring of 1895, the first effort was made to commercialize the hot wells and the Marlin Natatorium Company was formed of local residents and bought the lot where the old [?] tavern stood from Mr. Foster. The tavern was torn down and the company created a hotel and bath house. The name of the firm was changed to the Marlin Sanitarium Company. A swimming pool was first built, but later the bath tubs were installed. In January 1899, fire destroyed the bath house and hotel. After this {Begin page no. 5}happened, the company sold the property to Marx Levy, who immediately began the building of the New Arlington Hotel, which was to serve the town for many years. The cost of the hotel and furnishings were in excess of 200,000. An artist was secured at an expense of several thousand dollars to decorate the interior of the building and these decorations were recognized as some of the most beautiful in the southwest for many years.

"The hotel when first erected contained its own heating system, laundry, power plant, barber shop, bar, and all conveniences of a modern and up-to-date hotel of this period. L. Z. Harrison, a son-in-law of Mr. Levy, was made manager of the New Arlington, and C. O. Chetham was the manager of the old hotel. As the old Read tavern in days gone by was the center of the social and political life, so the New Arlington became the center of this same life again.

"It was about this time that the major league baseball teams began to send their teams to Marlin for their training. The White Sox first came in 1900. Then the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnatti Reds, St. Louis Browns and a number of other leagues trained here for a number of years. All of these teams made the New Arlington their headquarters, adding many illustrious names of the baseball world to the hotel register.

"But it was for the New York Giants to bring fame to Marlin as the training site for baseball teams. They prepared their own training field that was known as "Giant's Park", and is remembered by old baseball fans. They too, made their headquarters at the old Arlington and it was there that Bob Ripley, creator of the "Believe It Or Not" cartoon spent a time {Begin page no. 6}with the Giants. He sustained a broken arm while working with the Giants and gave up baseball after this, devoting his time to his present work of cartooning. While the major teams were training here, famous sport writers including Sam Crane, Boseman [olger?], Damon Runyan and Grantland Rice accompanied the teams to Marlin.

"Famous politicians, statesmen, governors and others who visited in Marlin stopped at the Arlington. One of them was Butler. Butler who rose from a blacksmith to one of the most famous ward bosses of St. Louis. Among the famous lecturers who stopped at the Arlington were Henry Watterson and Ex-Governor Bob Taylor of Tennessee who were in Marlin as lecturers.

"Just as the old tavern served its time, so the Old and New Arlington Hotels served theirs. After retirement of Mr. Levy, the hotel changed hands several times and in 1935, it ceased to operate as a hotel and was turned into an apartment house. A number of more modern hotels had been built in the intervening years. In 1937, the property was sold to the Falls Hotel Company at a low price, and a few months later the building was deeded to the Marlin Independent School District, with the understanding that the school would see the material salvaged from the huge structures for the purpose of creating an auditorium-gymnasium for the school. The sole consideration was that the school district was to secure a project for wrecking the building and erecting the auditorium-gymnasium and fill the basement of the hotel site and cover the entire site of the building with eighteen inches of soil. This consideration has been carried out and the lot is ready once more for another building.

"Another interesting incident worthy of note is the wrecking of the Falls County Court House, preparatory to building a new $218,000 County Court House. Of especial interest to me is the removing of the old Falls County clock, which hung in the [cupale?] of the building. It was silenced after fifty-one years of service. It had gone thro' all kinds of weather, but had always tolled the dinner and quitting hour for the employees of the court house and town.

"Neither the heat of summer or the cold of winter was ever able to completely conquer the old time piece and it has been in constant use save for short periods when minor accidents caused it to cease its constant ticking. The big hail of 1913, which shattered 144 windows in the court house, including those about the clock tower, failed to halt its ticks. Thick blankets of snow or heavy coating of ice did not halt its faithful striking of the hour. In times of storm or calm, always the hour would be struck, though sometimes muffled by the blowing of the wind or heightened by the stillness of the night.

"Towering as it did above the country-side, the clock tower was used as a lookout in times of flood, to observe the progress of the rising water from the near-by Brazos river, and many a warning was given in time to rescue inhabitants of the lowlands by the use of the tower. It is possible to view the whole country on a clear day or night. The lights of Waco 28 miles away, may be clearly seen. Many bird's eye views of Marlin and Reagan, (just 11 miles away) have been viewed from the tower as it has been in other nearby communities. Many an old pioneer can remember in his early days the lookout when the Courthouse was first built, and how it was often used by visitors for a view of the country.

"The story of the Falls County Courthouses are of equal interest to the people over the whole county. The old time court days are still held, and at this time the whole county is usually represented. You may see the crowd, a typical one, from the Brazos bottom negro tenant to the wealthy Brazos bottom planter who takes this day to come and visit with his friends or to listen to the latest case being tried in the Courthouse.

"I remember the City Hall as being the oldest building in [Marlin?]. It was erected before the Civil War and was occupied in ante-bellum days as a mercantile establishment by Bartlett and Bowles and then by Green and Bartlett. It served as a school building for a time and was finally bought by the city and converted into the City Hall, housing all of the city's officers.

"On a certain occasion during the reconstruction days, its roof supported a citizen's squad of vigilantes, armed with long rifles and shotguns with eyes riveted on the courthouse, watching every crook and turn as the white voters marched between lines of bayonets in the hands of "freedmen soldiers" to exercise their right of the polls. The wall of this building afforded a good gun rest for the vigilantes during the watch.

"For four days this scene was repeated, it taking this long for the voters to register, the county only allowing one voting place by the "carpet-bag" government then in power. But as it so happened the negro "freedmen soldiers" managed to help keep the peace and the voting went off with no trouble, altho' it was said that out of a spirit of mischief a reckless white man began shooting on the last day and this caused a hurried departure to the Brazos bottom of the negro voters who had been to register.

"At the southeast corner of the building there was erected in 1872 a great flagpole, 100 feet high, from the top of which suspended an immense flag by the supporters of Horace Greely when one branch of the National Democratic party accepted him, a Liberal Republican, as a compromise candidate for the presidency. The pole stood there for many years after the heat of the campaign had died down and the flag, ripped and torn by the wind, was finally lowered. For many years afterward (until it finally succumbed to the elements of nature) the flag pole was known as the "Greely Pole".

"When the city of Marlin bought the building and converted it into a City Hall, it was worked over, inside and out, and a wing was added. Today all the officers of the city are housed there, during the building of the new Courthouse, while the American Legion meets upstairs where the City Library is also housed. The Auxiliary meets downstairs.

"The second floor of this old building was used for many years as law offices by some of the Marlin attorneys. Among them was the firm of Goodrich and Clarkson, attorneys in the famous suit of "Hancock vs Hancock involving the title to a large tract of Falls County land and which went up and down through the courts of Texas for thirty years.

"The engineering workmen of Levi Goodrich, city engineer occupies the same office where his father's law office was during the years he was a {Begin page no. 10}practicing attorney in the early days. This building was also used for a high school building following the burning of the high school building in September of 1900, that stood in the lot where the Marlin Compress Company now stands.

Aline Jones

Austin Jones

Howard N. Jones
John Wesley Hardin and Sarah Jane Jones

I am the youngest daughter of Dick (John Wesley Hardin Jones) and Sarah Jane Jones who were from Reagan. They had twin girls on January 25, 1932. One only lived 2 days and the other 4 days. They are supposed to be buried in Hog Cemetery. This is October 10, 2004 and I just returned from visiting Hog Cemetery. I found the Jones plots but no markings for the twins. I also don't know who Luther Jones and Carrie Jones were. If you can shed any light on this I would appreciate it. My mother just died this June 26, 2003, and I have no one left to ask questions of. She and my father are buried at Waite Cemetery. Thank you.

Sarah Connelley

JONES, Carrie B. - wife of Luther Lee Jones, b 1-18-1882, d 4-18-1912

JONES, Luther Lee, b 3-1-1879, d 8-19-1919 - engraved "Our DaD"

JONES, Sebastian Stanfield; b 4-6-1834, d 6-9-1901. Received the following email from Bill Jones, a Great Great Grandson of S.S. Jones:
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008
Subject: Re: Hog Island
Attached is a photo of my Great Great Grandfather, Sabastian Stanfield Jones, born April 6, 1834 in Caroline County Virginia, Died June 9, 1901 in Falls County, Texas. His wife was Frances Elizabeth Pruett, Died January 3, 1930 in Falls County as well.

Bill Jones

Sabastian Stanfield Jones, born April 6, 1834 in Caroline County Virginia, Died June 9, 1901 in Falls County, Texas. His wife was Frances Elizabeth Pruett, Died January 3, 1930, also in Falls County.

JONES, Frances Elizabeth (Pruett) - wife of Sebastian S. Jones, b 6-22-l832, Died January 3, 1930

JONES, James R. - son of S.S. & F. E . Jones, b 9-10-1867, (I 6-1-1888)

Mabel Jones
W.P. Jones

William M. Jones, brother of Wiley Jones.

William Bunting and Sarah E. Wright Jones

Received this email recently from a distant relative of the Jones family in Reagan:

"I stumbled on to your page, and was throughly impressed with it. I have distant kin folk who have resided and died in Falls Co., Texas.

My gg-grandparents on my mothers side are William Bunting Jones and Sarah E. Wright. On my fathers side William M. Jones is the brother of my gggg-grandfather Wiley Jones.


JOHNSON, Lloyd Wells, b 2-6-1907

JOHNSON, Mary Flowers Clark, b 6-21-1903, d 4-22-1983

JOHNSON, Harvey Lee, b 7-28-1886, d 8-7-1975

JOHNSON, Grace R., b 9-2-1896, d 8-9-1962

JOYNER, Henry L., 1877-1953

JOYNER, Maggie (Flowers) - wife of Henry L. Joyner , 1877-1958

Received this email from Joy Flowers:

May 31, 2012
From: Joy Flowers ( After reading the section on former residents of Reagan, I see that I don't even exist. In truth, I am the first born of Mildred Herridge Joyner and Andrew Christopher Joyner. I was born one day after and less than a mile away from Billy Hugh Kirkpatrick in Tarbox. His birthday is July 31; mine is August 1. Our dear friend/my cousin, Billy Kyle Funderburk, was born on August 10 of that year (1936) so we were all pretty close. I am so saddened that Billy Hugh and I won't get to exchange happy birthdays this year.

I enjoyed that section so much. I called Imogene Turnipseed Burton around 4:30 and told her I'd spent the afternoon reading forttumbleweed and she was going to get her husband (Ramdy) to pull it up for her. I know when she gets started, she'll be up all night.

The letters from all those dear Reagan folks really hit home. I knew the parents of several of those out-of-towners. In fact, Jeff Darby is my cousin Ron's first born. He knows more about my family history than I do, which I found very interesting.
Keep up the good work, dear friend. Joy Ann

JOYNER, Andrew Christopher, b 10-15-1910, d 11-16-1979 and Mildred Herridge Joyner (b 3-25-1919

Joy Ann-Born August 1, 1936
Robert Leslie - Born September 20, 1938
Wanda Leona- Born September 28, 1941
Donald Mack- Born July 12, 1944

JOYNER, Charles David, b 1-15-1918, d 6-24-1978

JOYNER, Mary C. (Young) - called "Cathy" - b 5-15-1945, d 11-14-1975

Heny A. Keeling (Appointed Reagan postmaster on June 6, 1879)

Milton B. KEESEE, b 2-7-1853, d 11-12-1878 (surveyed in 1963 by Norma Rutledge Grammer as: b 2-7-1856, d 11-12-1878)

Henry Earl and Ola Lee Winzer Kelly. Henry Earl Kelly came to Reagan from Boyce, Texas in the 1920's and met and married Ola Lee Winzer, one of six children of Reagan pioneer, Will Winzer. Henry and Ola had two children: Patricia Ruth and Robert Milton. Henry Earl was the Southern Pacific Railroad station agent in Reagan until 1940 when the family moved to Riesel.

L-R: George Macdonald, Patsy Kelly, dog Mitzi, and Patsy's brother, Robert Kelly. Photo taken in 1938-1939 timeframe).

Henry Earl and Ola Lee and their children,Patricia Ruth and Robert Milton moved to Riesel in 1940 and then to Waller, TX later that summer. The Kelly family remained in Waller until daughter, Patricia went away to college. Ola Lee Kelly later moved in with patricia in Deer Park after Henry Kelly died.

Ola Lee Winzer Kelly, Husband Henry Earl Kelly (the Southern Pacific station agent in Reagan), and children, Patricia Ruth and Robert Milton.

Ola Lee Winzer, Daughter of William Winzer, Reagan pioneer.

Patricia Kelly recalls some of her early-day Reagan memories,"I went back to Reagan many times to visit my Grandfather, my Aunt Nadine and Uncle Bill and their children Betty Sue Crump and Jack Warren Winzer. Jack and I were the same age and visited together quite a lot. I sometimes stayed a night or two on the farm but I usually stayed with my grandfather, Mr. Will as he was called by all who passed him on the street. In his later years. his daughters did not want him to drive but he did anyway for a really long time. When I visited, he would let me drive him to Bremond to get a shave and a haircut when there was no longer a barber in Reagan".

Pat had many fine memories of her Grandfather, Will Winzer, "Mr. Will is my kin but I would claim him even if he were not. His children loved and respected him and so did his grandchildren. I am sure there are others who did too because I never heard him say an unkind word about another person. I did hear him �cuss� a mule one time, mildly but he never mistreated an animal, a child nor an employee. He was a Gentleman in the truest sense of the word, beloved by all of us who knew him well. I am proud of my Grandfather".

He died at the age of 94 in a hospital in Marlin, Texas on June 25, 1955 . He was cared for in his later years by his daughter Bess Winzer Shirley. Grandfather lived a full and exemplarily life of playing by the rules but not getting rich except in the devotion of his family, the respect of his friends and service to his community. He was my grandfather, this MR WILL. �

Roscoe Conklin and Ida Lou Strickland Kelly
Willie Odessa-Born August 21, 1914 in Reagan, Texas; married Herschell Holloway Criswell (2nd husband: Melton Guderian-born April 4, 1916 in Satin Falls County, Texas.) Willie Odessa died in Waco on March 19, 1988.
Thomas Roscoe Kelly

Thomas Roscoe Kelly (Little Tom) and Elsie Kathleen Nunnelly Kelly
(Kathleen taught 5th Grade in the 1950's)
Cheryl Dianne Kelly
Pamela Kay Kelly

KELLY, Isaiah Claude - Twin Son of Levi W. & Sara (Millerman) Kelly, 1880-1963

KELLY, May (Woodland) - wife of Isaiah C. Kelly, 1883-1950

KELLY, Charles Clay - Twin Son of Levi W. & Sara (Millerman) Kelly, b 10-12-1880, d 4-18-1936

KELLY, J. Ellen (Sprott - wife of Charles C. Kelly, and daughter of Alston & Sarah E. (May) Sprott, b 10-22-1886, d 7-20-1965

Mrs. Ellen Kelly
(her mother was Mrs. Sprout)

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Z. Kelly

Roscoe and Ida Kelly

W.E. and Florence Pringle Kindred
Delores Faye- Born December 26, 1937

Charles Lavelle and Essie Kelly Kinnard (Blue Ridge)
Rosalyn Audrene-Born November 23, 1932
Charles Sanford-Born April 30, 1935
Donna Jane- Born January 12, 1937

Bernard "Red" Kinred

Ed Kinred

Florene Pringle Kinred

Hugh and Essie Clyde Johnson Kirkpatrick
Essie was born Dec. 6, 1911 in Bremond, Texas to Emory and Georgia (Jackson) Johnson. She was a member of Reagan Baptist Church and a life-long resident of the Reagan area. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh, in 1985 and her daughter, Linda, in 2002. Children of Hugh and Essie Johnson Kirkpatrick include:
Robert Weldon- Born April 13, 1934
Betty- Born November 3, 1937
Billy Hugh - Born July 31, 1936
Jack Thomas- Born February 3, 1944

Dec. 6. 1911 - March 1, 2004

Received the following email from Larry Hauk (

I stumbled across your website today. Saw a lot of of familiar names and faces (including a photo of Aunt Essie Kirkpatrick).

My grandmother was Lillian Ocker Kirkpatrick. Her siblings were Hugh, Charles and Leah. There was a brother in Commerce who was a doctor, although I don't know if he was a medical doctor or had his doctorate, another sister and I think another brother. We didn't see most of the family but on rare occasions.

The only talk I had with Uncle Hugh was when I was going to SWT. He told me he went there briefly and he remembers a lanky young man who worked in cafeteria. He was get a running start and slide on one knee up to a table to bus dishes. He said he dropped out and became a farmer, and that young man graduated and became president.

I grew up in Clarkson and we eventually moved to Cameron. My wife and I moved back to Cameron in 1997 to run the Cameron Herald and we made the trip to Rockdale to meet our state rep. He said he grew up in Falls County and of course I asked where. We discussed Reagan and some of the people we knew. His passing seemed to mark the decline of the Democratic Party, although it was probably inevitable with all the people moving into Texas.

I've decided I'm heading to Cameron next weekend. Mom is pushing 80 and I want to know all the names and dates so I have a family history. We currently live in Copperas Cove. My work email is I check it more than I check this email.


Larry Hauk

Julius Adolphus Kirkpatrick, seventh child of James Sydney and Hannah A. McCurdy Kirkpatrick, was born on July 8, 1853 in Fort Deposit, Alabama. He married Lula Herlong (daughter of Elihu Fletcher and Cynthia Josephine Camp Herlong, born in Greenville on July 17, 1862) on November 14, 1878. Julius and Lula and family came to Texas in 1879 by train to Calvert and by wagon to Wilderville where they settled. Lula died in Reagan on October 26, 1933 and Julius died in Marlin on April 11, 1948 (both are burried in Calvary Cemetery in Marlin.

Julius and Lula Kirkpatrick had eight children including:

Mildred Kirkpatrick (September 7, 1879-December 4, 1880)(infant death; born and died in Wilderville)

Anna Kirkpatrick Moore, born February 10, 1880. William Ulmer and Anna Kirkpatrick Moore were married on December 18, 1901. William was born December 18, 1878 in Lott, Texas and died November 28, 1956.William and Anna had one child, Mildred Moore, born December 29, 1902 and died July 27, 1916.

Herman Hillary Kirkpatrick-born April 3, 1884 in Wilderville. He married Georgia Lynn Crump in January of 1905. He then divorced Georgia and married Leah Lowery. Later, he divorced Leah and remarried Georgia. Herman died in Reagan on March 25, 1970 and is buried in Waite Cemetery in Reagan.

His children include:
Robert Elon Kirkpatrick, born March 23, 1907
Annie Hermoine Kirkpatrick Carroll, born November 10, 1912
Wallace Braxton Kirkpatrick, born January 19, 1921.

Ingemiska "Gem" Kirkpatrick, born January 9, 1886 in Wilderville. Gem married Newton Walker Due, Sr. on September 28, 1921 and they had one child, Newton Walker Due, Jr. Gem died in Longview on August 11, 1977.

Pauline Kirkpatrick Robbins, born June 12, 1888 in Wilderville.She married William George Robbins in 1907 and had three children: Anna Paul Robbins Miller (born January 24, 1917), Lucia Robbins Pickett (born September 23, 1920), and Edwina Robbins Evans.

Horne Kirkpatrick, born August 23, 1890. Horn Kirkpatrick married India Burke (born October 31, 1894 in Reagan) on November 2, 1913.

Thagard Keith (T.K.) Kirkpatrick, born July 15, 1900

James Alvis Kirkpatrick, born January 15, 1903.

Herman Hilliary and Georgia Lynn Crump Kirkpatrick.
Herman Hillary Kirkpatrick was born April 3, 1884 in Wilderville, Texas. He married Georgia Lynn Crump in January of 1905. He then divorced Georgia and married Leah Lowery. Later, he divorced Leah and remarried Georgia. Herman died in Reagan on March 25, 1970 and is burried in Waite Cemetery in Reagan. His children include:
Robert Elon Kirkpatrick, born March 23, 1907
Annie Hermoine Kirkpatrick Carroll, born November 10, 1912
Wallace Braxton Kirkpatrick, born January 19, 1921 in Reagan, Texas. He married Mary Joe Bradley on October 24, 1946. Mary Joe was born October 29, 1924 in Haynesville, Louisiana. Wallace served in the U.S. Air Force as a navigator on a B-17 bomber. His plane was shot down over France in WW II and he was held as a prisoner of war for 24 months. Wallace retired in 1976 from Civil Service with the U.S. Air Force as a logistics specialist. Wallace and Mary Joe had four children including Melissa Bradley Kirkpatrick Braithwaite, born June 23, 1950; Joe-Beth Kirkpatrick Preston, born March 25, 1953; Tara Lee Kirkpatrick McKee, born May 27, 1956; and James Boy Kirkpatrick, born April 10, 1961.

Horne and India Burke Kirkpatrick.
Horn was the 6th child of Julius A. and Lula Herlong Kirkpatrick, born August 23, 1890. Horn married India Burke (born October 31, 1894 in Reagan) on November 2, 1913. India was the daughter of William Zebalon and Isabell Carter Burke. Horn and India had three children including:

Marshall O. and Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gammage
Eleanor Kirkpatrick was born on August 26, 1914 in Reagan, Texas and attended Reagan schools. Later, she received a degree from the College of Industrial Arts (now Texas Women's University). In 1940, she married Marshall O. Gammage but later divorced.

In 1978, Eleanor retired as a librarian and teacher. Marshall and Eleanor had two children including: William Marshall Gammage, born 1950; Denise Gammage, born February, 1952.

Burke and Loretta Van Pelt Kirkpatrick
Burke Kirkpatrick was born August 29, 1916 in Reagan, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Burke was a banker for many years, a Mason, a Shriner, and a County Judge in Falls County.

Burke married Loretta Van Pelt of Houston on November 15, 1946. Burke and Loretta had one child from a previous marriage, Robert George Kirkpatrick, born August 15, 1943 in Wharton, and a daughter, Abigail Kirkpatrick, born December 8, 1951 in Marlin, Texas.

William Edwin "Bill" and Doris Dunkum Kirkpatrick
Bill Kirkpatrick was born October 14, 1921 in Reagan, Texas. Bill married Doris Dunkum on August 3, 1946. Doris was born in Marlin, Texas on April 21, 1921, the daughter of W.G. and Edith Roberts Dunkum.

Bill Kirkpatrick received a BA degree in Agriculture from Texas A&M University and a BS and MS degree in Education from Baylor University. Bill served in the Marine Corps during WWII (1942 to 1946) and was a high school teacher until he retired . Bill and Doris Kirkpatrick have two children: Jean Kirkpatrick, born January 6, 1948 in Marlin, Texas and Susan Kirkpatrick, born August 16, 1950 in Marlin.

Thagard Keith and Mary Virginia Holloway Kirkpatrick.
Thagard was the 7th born child of Julius A. and Lula Herlong Kirkpatrick, born July 15, 1900 in Tomplinson Hill, Falls County, Texas. He received a BS degree from A&M University.

Thagard Kirpatrick (Photos taken in 1927)

Thagard married Mary Virginia Holloway on July 23, 1936 in Chapel Hill, Texas. Mary was born on April 9, 1908 in Bremond, Texas, the daughter of Joe and Rose Somma Holloway. Mary was a teacher in the West End School in Wootan Wells and Bill was a rancher.

T.K. and Mary were active in the Reagan Methodist Church and Mary taught in the Reagan Schools and was a Sunday School teacher in the Methodist Church. Thagard was also active in the church serving as Sunday School superintendent for 40 years. He was also a member of the Reagan and Marlin school boards and a member of the Reagan Homecoming Association.

Thagard and Mary Kirkpatrick were active members
of the Reagan Methodist Church for the biggest part of a century!

Thagard and Mary had two children:
Children: Donovan Julius- Born December 16, 1939.

Donovan Kirkpatrick, 6th Grade, 1953; career army officer with service in Germany, Viet Nam and other assignments.
Karen- Born August 29, 1944. Karen married Tom Griffin of Houston.

Karen Kirkpatrick, Grew up to be a teacher and Antiques Shop Merchant!

Donovan Julius Kirkpatrick, born December 16, 1939 in Marlin, Texas, oldest child of Thagard Keith and Mary Virginia Holloway Kirkpatrick. Donovan attended Reagan elementary school and graduated from Marlin High School. He then received a BA degree in Business Administration from A&M university and joined the U.S. Army retiring with the rank of Lt. Col. Donovan had tours of duty in Germany, Viet Nam, Okinawa and the U.S. On June 28, 1963, Donovan married Charolette Beth Wasserman in Marlin. Charolette was born on August 7, 1943, the daughter of Frank and Vivian Balhorn Wasserman. Donovan and Charolette are now divorced. Donovan and Charolette have two children:
Kara Lynn Kirkpatrick Kenny, born March 18, 1964 in Germany. She married John Michael Kenny in June of 1986.

Kathryn Lea Kirkpatrick, born August 14, 1968 in Marlin, Texas.

The following recollections of Reagan in the 1940's and 1950's comes to us from Donovan J. Kirkpatrick, son of Thagard and Mary Holloway Kirkpatrick:

"Rev. Tommy Holcomb was a Methodist minister in the late 40's. His wife was Florence.

Hy and Willie Mae Heflin ran the gas sation. Hy Heflin drove a school bus for Reagan and farmed. They had two daughters. Billie Hy and(?). Billie Hi married Hedrick Maxwell from Marlin who sold hats on the road. Their son is a Colonel in the Air Force and currently a Professor of Air Science at Texas A&M.

Willie Robbins was a carpenter and painter in Reagan. He married Pauline Kirkpatrick, an older sister of T. K. Kirkpatrick and they had three girls: Lucia,Edwina and Anna Paul. I believe all three girls graduated from Reagan.

"Little" Tom Kelly was son of Roscoe. Seems like Claude Buell owned the garage before R. J. Dees bought him out.

Horne and India (Burke ) Kirkpatrick had three children; Elanor, Burke and William (Bill). I think Billy was on one of the Reagan football teams.

Dad use to talk about how good a pitcher Harrison Burke was. He ran a grocery store in Reagan. I remember him working for Ernest Boyles and later he had the old Shaunfield grocery.

Dad mentioned numerous time how the "Woodland girls" rode horseback to Reagan to school, even though they lived in Robertson County, because Reagan had a better school.

Mr Dees (R. J. 's dad) was a very successful farmer but went broke during the depression. The Restaurant over by the railroad, south of the depot about where Pete Saxon's place was, was a honky tonk in the late 40's early 50' s. Sam Cole ran it. He lived in that little house in a hole on the Highbank road in that turn before you got to Jimmy Hetheringtons and the Kindred place.

Sam Cole also ran the Sinclair gas station located on Hi-way 6 before Mr. Charlie Short bought the station.

The folks who lived behind the Sinclair station were Brittian and "Pete" Moore. Pete's dad was the druggist in Reagan that ran Moore's drug store. I remember buying school supplies and ice cream there about 1946. (first and second grade). I think Beth Boettcher has the soda fountain that was there).

Mr Hughs, School Superintendent, lived in Herman Kirkpatrick's house. They had a son my age, Larry. I can remember eating supper over there and drinking tea out of Mason jars. I thought that was neat.

There was another Moore who was in charge of the Section Gang that worked on the railroad. Seems like Will Hickman, Ed Linton, Mose Rogers and others were in the gang. Black people who worked on the railroad were well respected in their community. It was a big deal. I can remeber the trains going by the house at all hours and Blimps flying over . This was during WWll.

We lived by the railroad tracks across from Hugh Davison's and across the tracks from where Carl Evans lives now. Henry and Elizabeth Anderson lived next to us. Henry made arrow heads out of scrap metal for Tom Davison and the Porter boys to use on their arrows. I was very envious but I suppose I was too young to have such.

Mr "Lige" (E. R.) Anderson drove a mule powered scrapper to build up the road berm up by Big Creek when they were building Highway 6.

Brother Wyatt was the Baptist minister in the 1946 time frame. He had five daughters. Jessie was in my 1st grade class, maybe 2nd grade too. He was pastor when they built the addition on to the Baptist church.

Too bad we did not save that log house behind the Methodist Church.

Donovan J. Kirkpatrick (

Karen Kirkpatrick Griffin, born August 29, 1944 in Marlin, Texas. She was the second child of Thagard Keith and Mary Virginia Holloway Kirkpatrick. Karen attended Reagan elementary school, graduated from Marlin High School, and obtained her BS degree in Elementary Education from Sam Houston State University. Karen has taught school and operated an antiques store. In 1975, Karen married Leslie T. Griffin, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Kirkpatrick

John T, and Connie (Snider)Kubiak-born in Robertson County, educated in the West End School in Wootan Wells. John and Connie grew up together living and farming the Cambell place in Wootan Wells. They attended the West End schools where a young Mary Kirkpatrick was their teacher (She later taught school and later became the Principal at Reagan schools).

In 1936, John and Connie were married and moved to a small farm on Bee Creek just a couple of miles west of Reagan off the Highbank road where their first three children (Dan, Leonard and Jean) were born. In 1945, John Kubiak bought the Lonnie Robins Black Smith shop which he operated until 1951.

As business in Reagan declined, John went to work as a plumber in Marlin and in 1952, suffered a major automobile/truck accident that left him bedridden for the best part of the year. During this time, the Kubiak family pulled together and survived without a family income; the kids picking up grass mowing jobs, chopping cotton and pulling cotton in the fields.

In 1953, John went to work for Alcoa Aluminum in Rockdale and in the summer of 1955, moved his family to Rockdale. He retired with Alcoa and continued farming and ranching until his death in April 13, 2001. His wife, Connie died a year earlier.

L-R: Leonard, Jean, Dan, and LB in the Basket!

L-R: Jean, Leonard, L.B., John (Dad), and Dan

L-R: Dan, LB, and Leonard

L-R: LB, Dad, Dan, Leonard, and Jean.

Everyone had chores at the Kubiak homestead. One of my major jobs was milking the cow, making butter and feeding the critters which meant shucking and shelling corn, putting out hay, gathering eggs, carrying buckets of water to water the fruit trees in the orchard and staking out the family cow out on some of the roadsides where she had access to fresh grass (and bringing her home for water on hot afternoons). Many a corn cob fight broke out in the barnyards , mostly between Dan and myself!

Leonard and Dan Kubiak, their older children, hired out to hoe and pick cotton in the cotton fields of Reagan and Highbank and mowed laws and found other jobs to help make ends meet. Then in 1953, John was employed by Alcoa in Rockdale where he worked until his retirement in the late 1970's. John and Connie then moved from town to a farm where John raised cattle and Connie planted flowers and still raised chickens and turkeys!

Children:Daniel Eugene (dan)
Leonard Paul
Shirley Ann

John Kubiak Homestead, a 2-acre tract next to the Methodist Church and Reagan School.

Dan holding up hay that Dad planted with a mule and plow. Our Dad, John Kubiak continued to work our large garden area with a mule and plow that he would borrow from the Stewart's, a colored family that lived just north of the Methodist church.

What a crew! L-R: Dan Kubiak, L.B. Kubiak, and Leonard Kubiak.

Daniel James Kubiak


(1938-1998) Daniel James Kubiak was born March 19, 1938 in Reagan, (Falls County) Texas (near Bee Creek a couple of miles west of HW 6), the oldest son of John T. and Connie Snider Kubiak. Dan graduated from Reagan Jr. High (8th grade class of 1953) and graduated from Marlin High School in 1957 where he was class president and a letterman in football, basketball, track and baseball.

Dan Kubiak received an Associate of Arts Degree in 1959 from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas and a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1962 from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. He attended UT on a football scholarship.
In 1968 he received his Masters of Education from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas and performed graduate work at Georgetown University in Washingon, D.C. Kubiak later received a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Texas.

Dan Kubiak was a teacher and coach for Vernon Public Schools, Vernon, Texas (1962-1963) and Cypress-Fairbanks Public Schools, Houston, Texas (1963-1968). He was a semi-pro football player for the 1962 state champion Vernon Vikings. He received the Teacher of the Year Award in 1967 for both Cypress-Fairbanks High School and the Texas State Teachers Association District Award.

Kubiak began his political career in 1968 when he won his first term in the 61st Texas Legislature by defeating the incumbent state representative of District 27 (Milam, Falls and Robertson Counties).
He was reelected to his second term in 1970 and in 1972 defeated the District 36 (Burlington, Milam, Robertson, Washington and Waller Counties) incumbent to win his third legislative term. In 1973 Kubiak was a delegate to the historic constitutional convention in Milam County as Chairman of the Committee and Section on Education. He was later reelected in 1974, 1976, 1978 and 1980 as the representative for District 36.

During these seven terms in office, Kubiak served on the Education Committee, Agriculture and Livestock Committee, Parks and Wildlife Committee, Penitentiaries Committee, Special Committee on Four-Quarter School Plan, Rules Committee and the Appropriations Committee. He served as Chairman of the Budget and Oversight Committee and the Subcommittee on Federal Funds during the 67th Legislature (1981), his seventh term in office. Speaker of the House Bill Clayton appointed Kubiak as Chairman of the State Fire Ant Committee in 1981. After his seventh term in office, Kubiak left public office to pursue other political and business interests. He unsuccessfully ran for Texas Land Commissioner in 1982 and lost to Republican Phil Gramm in a special election for U.S. Congress in 1983. In 1984, he lost another bid for Congress againtist the GOP's Joe Barton of Ennis. During this time he also concentrated on personal real estate, farming and construction projects. In 1990 Kubiak was reelected to his 8th term in the legislature representing District 13 (Burlington, Milam, Robertson, Washington and Waller counties). He was reelected in 1992, 1994 and 1996. In 1992, District 13 was redrawn to include Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Lee, Milam and Washington Counties. During these terms he served on the Higher Education Committee, the Agriculture and Livestock Committee, the Committee to Study Texas State Technical College, the Appropraitions Committee, the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee and the Joint Interim Committee on State Investment Policy. He served as Chairman of the Funding Formulas for Higher Education Committee, the Deferred Maintenance Committee, the Sub-Committee for regulatory Agencies and the Oversight of Major Information Systems Interim Committee.
Kubiak was Vice-Chairman for the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee. Kubiak was running for reelection in 1998 when he died unexpectedly at his home in Rockdale, Texas.
Throughout his 22 years in public office he was the recipient of many awards and a member of many private and non-profit organizations in addition to being active in his hometown community of Rockdale, Texas. Dan Kubiak was the father of three children and is buried at the Texas State Cemetery.


1-1 WHEREAS, The untimely passing of the Honorable Daniel James
1-2 Kubiak on August 30, 1998, at the age of 60, brought a tragic loss
1-3 to his family and friends, as well as to the people of Texas; and
1-4 WHEREAS, A veteran lawmaker, Representative Kubiak served his
1-5 constituents for more than 20 years, participating in 11 meetings
1-6 of the state legislature from 1969 to 1997 and capably serving the
1-7 residents of Districts 27, 36, and 13, respectively, over the
1-8 course of his illustrious career; and
1-9 WHEREAS, Born in Reagan on March 19, 1938, he attended Marlin
1-10 High School, where he was class president and lettered in football,
1-11 basketball, baseball, and track; he earned an associate of arts
1-12 degree from Blinn College in 1959, and three years later he
1-13 received his bachelor's degree in business administration from The
1-14 University of Texas at Austin; and
1-15 WHEREAS, While pursuing a master's degree in education from
1-16 Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Representative Kubiak
1-17 worked as a teacher and coach for Vernon and Cypress-Fairbanks
1-18 schools and was named "Teacher of the Year" during his tenure; he
1-19 later attended graduate school at Georgetown University and earned
1-20 his doctorate in education from UT-Austin; and
1-21 WHEREAS, After his election to the Texas House of
1-22 Representatives in 1968, Representative Kubiak began a legislative
1-23 career characterized by his staunch advocacy of education issues,
1-24 with particular emphasis on youth-related programs and projects, as
2-1 epitomized by his initiatives in support of the Texas Buffalo
2-2 Soldier Program; he was also known for his strong support of state
2-3 employees' causes and his expertise in budgetary matters, and he
2-4 recently helped lead the initiative to tackle the state's Y2K
2-5 computer problems and to heighten Year 2000 awareness throughout
2-6 the state's public and private businesses; and
2-7 WHEREAS, At the time of his passing, he was serving as vice
2-8 chairman of the licensing and administrative procedures committee
2-9 and as a member of the appropriations and redistricting committees;
2-10 he had previously led committees on public and higher education and
2-11 subcommittees of the agriculture and livestock committee, and
2-12 served on numerous vital legislative committees throughout his
2-13 years as a member of the house; and
2-14 WHEREAS, Representative Kubiak was recognized for his
2-15 outstanding leadership and dedicated public service by many groups
2-16 and organizations; in 1973, this remarkable gentleman was named one
2-17 of the "Ten Best Legislators" by Texas Monthly magazine, which drew
2-18 attention to his fine work as chairman of the education committee,
2-19 and he was also known for his efforts to promote cooperation and
2-20 compromise within the house of representatives; and
2-21 WHEREAS, In 1981, the Texas County Agents Association
2-22 selected him as "Man of the Year" in agriculture, and he was named
2-23 "Legislator of the Year" by the Texas Classroom Teachers
2-24 Association, the Texas Public Employees Association and State
2-25 Employees, and the Texas 4-H Alumni; he was also the author of
2-26 several books, including Ten Tall Texans and Monument to a Black
2-27 Man; and
3-1 WHEREAS, A devoted father and son, Representative Kubiak was
3-2 supported in his political endeavors by his children and his
3-3 parents, particularly his mother, Connie, whose recent passing has
3-4 further saddened the Kubiaks and their extended family; and
3-5 WHERAS, Dan Kubiak earned the respect and admiration of his
3-6 fellow legislators during his long and productive career as a state
3-7 representative, and although his presence and guidance will be
3-8 missed by his family, friends, and colleagues, his legacy of
3-9 dedicated service and commitment to the citizens of Texas will
3-10 ensure that he is remembered for many years to come; now,
3-11 therefore, be it
3-12 RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 76th Texas
3-13 Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of the Honorable Daniel
3-14 James Kubiak and extend sincere sympathy to the members of his
3-15 family: to his sons, Kelly Dan Kubiak and Kody Earl Kubiak; to his
3-16 daughter, Alyssa Lea Kubiak; to his father, John T. Kubiak; to his
3-17 brothers, Leonard P. Kubiak, L. B. Kubiak, and Richard Kubiak; to
3-18 his sister, Shirley Ann Stewart; and to the many other relatives
3-19 and friends of this beloved and respected public servant; and, be
3-20 it further
3-21 RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
3-22 prepared for the members of his family and that when the Texas
3-23 House of Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of
3-24 the Honorable Daniel James Kubiak.
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Speaker of the House
I certify that H.R. No. 300 was unanimously adopted by a rising vote of the House on March 1, 1999.

Chief Clerk of the House

Leonard Kubiak

Leonard was born on a farm 1-1/2 miles west of Reagan near Bee Creek (Falls County), Texas on November 15, 1940, the second son of John and Connie (Snider) Kubiak. The Kubiaks were cotton farmer share croppers in the Reagan area until John Kubiak bought the Lonnie Robbins Blacksmith Shop in 1945. Then in 1946, the family moved to a two-acre homesite directly across from the Reagan Methodist Church and adjacent to the Reagan Schools.

Leonard is the Young Lad Holding His Younger Brother Richard and Standing Next to His Sister, Jean.

Leonard attended elementary school at the Reagan schools and participated in sports (played on the Reagan Bearkats football, baseball, basketball and soccer teams).

Leonard (bottom row, 2nd from left) with teammates, Carl Wayne Evans, brother Dan Kubiak, Pete Railsback, Royce and Boyce Moudy, Juaquin Canalez and others (1953 Photo)

Leonard in his work overalls!
We didn't dress fancy in Reagan!

After completing the sixth grade in Reagan, Leonard attended Junior High School in Marlin (caught a bus out in front of the Reagan school for the 9-mile trip to Marlin).
In the summer of 1955, the Kubiaks moved to Rockdale where Leonard participated in all sports and graduated near the top of his class.

Leonard Kubiak, Varsity Football at Rockdale High School

After graduation from Rockdale High School in May of 1959, Leonard joined the Navy where he completed boot camp in San Diego, California, and went through an additional year of training in electronics in Memphis, Tennessee.

After completing the Navy electronics schools, Leonard was assigned to the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi (near Padre Island) for three years where he worked on military electronic equipment and spent a lot of time flying to the Caribbean and back as a crew member on various kinds of Navy aircraft.

After receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy in June of 1963, Leonard obtained a degree in Math and Engineering from the University of Texas and has been employed as an electrical engineer and technical writer for such computer companies such as Texas Instruments, IBM, Compaq, Dell , Datum Austron and others for the past 30 years.

Leonard is married to the former Rosemary Allison and has four sons (Randall, John, Todd, and David) and 11 grandchildren (Miracle, Randi, Dakota, Rocky, Cierra, Nicole, Heather, Mark, John, David, and Tabatha).

As his sons were growing up, Leonard was active in scouting and coached Little League Baseball teams for many years.

In addition to a full time position as an electrical engineer with Texas Instruments, Leonard spends much of his spare time restoring historic buildings and running antiques shops at an old west town near Liberty Hill called Fort Tumbleweed.

Jean Kubiak (November 5, 1942- May 1997)
Jean was born on a farm 2 miles west of Reagan and attended Reagan elementary school up to the 5th grade. In 1955, she moved to to Rockdale. At Rockdale, Jean became a standout in girls basketball leading her team to the state playoffs in 60/61. Jean graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jean taught school at Sealy and then became librarian at Blinn College. Jean married Newton Cundieff and moved to Alvin where Jean worked as a schoolteacher and wrote a series of educational articles for the local newspaper. Then in 1971, Jean and Newton moved to Farson, Wyoming where she taught English and reading for all grade levels 1 through 12. Jean was an outstanding teacher and educator (named Teacher of the Year twice) and made a big difference in the lives of her students. In her own life, Jean always pursued excellence and was a deeply religious person. She continued her education obtaining a Masters degree in Education from the University of Wyoming and working on a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.
Then in the early 90 s, Jean contracted breast cancer. For a while, be managed to live a normal life helping her brother Dan, campaign for office and working on her Ph.D.
During Jean s final two months, she was hospitalized in Seton's Hospital in Austin. Although racked with pain, her beautiful smile was an ever-present inspiration to us all. A few weeks before her death, Jean received her sheepskin diploma (Ph.D. in Education) from the University of Southern California.

L.B. Kubiak,

L.B. Kubiak was born a couple of miles east of Reagan on December 5,1945. Long before he was old enough to attend school, L.B. joined in with recess activities on the Reagan school playground and occasionally dined in the lunchroom!
He then attended elementary school at Reagan until the family moved to Rockdale in 1955.

L.B. graduated from Rockdale High School where he was active in all sports and then graduated from A&M as a veternarian (has his practice in south Austin but lives in Rockdale.

Richard Kubiak, the third son of John and Connie Kubiak, was born in Torbitt Hospital in Marlin on November 2, 1948. Richard lived in Reagan until July of 1955 and then moved with the Kubiak family to Rockdale. Richard graduated from Rockdale High School, attended Blinn College and graduated from Lamar College in Beaumont where he played football and received all regional recognition for his abilities as defensive captain and linebacker for the Lamar Cardinals.
Richard graduated from the Houston Dental School and has a dental practice in Giddings, Texas. Richard is married with five children and the first grandchild on the way.

Shirley Ann Kubiak Stewart

Shirley Ann was born at Torbitt Hospital in May of 1955 and was a Reagan resident for three short months before moving to Rockdale in July of 1955 with the Kubiak family. Shirley Ann is married to Ricky Stewart and they have two children:
Kriste Stewart
Shaun Stewart

Shirley and Ricky currently live in Country Club Estates in Rockdale where Shirley teaches school and Ricky works for Alcoa and raises cattle on their nearby 36-acre farm. Shirley and Ricky have many grandchildren that keeps them active.

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