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Lowell McCarver, Sr. & Norman Lowell McCarver, Jr.
H E A R N E O N T
H E B R A Z O S
Century Press Of Texas, San Antonio, Texas
1958 by Norman Lowell McCarver
Lone Star Printing Company, San Antonio, Texas
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son of William Christian Sander and Annie Louise Warmke Sander, was
Brenham, Texas, August 18, 1916. He
attended school in that city and moved to Hearne in 1935 as manager of
& P. Grocery Store which was located on the corner of Magnolia and
At the outbreak of
World War II he
enlisted in the U. S. Navy Air Corps and served overseas.
After receiving his discharge from naval service he returned to
1946 and in partnership with Louis "Boyo" Cochran organized the C.
& S. Grain & Lumber Company and located this business on the
Market and Fifth Streets.
He was married to Miss
Beavers, daughter of Thomas Claude Beavers and Luella Xantippie Dickson
of Hillsboro, Texas in 1946. Mr.
and Mrs. Sander have two children; a son Tommy Sander and a daughter,
He has been one of
active business men since 1946 and served two terms as a member of the
Council of the City of Hearne. He is a
Past President of the Hearne Chamber of Commerce and
also served several terms as a Director of this organization; has
served on the
Board of Directors of the Hearne Rotary Club and was further honored by
elected to serve as President of this club; and is a member of the
Golfer's Association. During the
time that he served as President of the Rotary Club, under his
personal efforts, the Boy Scout Building at the Hearne Municipal Park
by the Rotary Club and presented to the City of Hearne for use in the
program. He continues his
activities in all of these organizations and is one of Hearne's truly
Mr. and Mrs.
members of the Grace Methodist Church where Mr. Sander serves as a
member of the
Board of Stewards.
was born in Franklin, Texas, October 13, 1905, the son of Mr. and Mrs.
early school years were at Bishopville, a rural community in the
eastern part of
Robertson County. He later attended
Franklin High School.
October 12, 1925 he moved to Hearne and began his employment with the
Pipe Line Company. Except for very
short periods of special work, all of his years with Humble have been
Hearne. He is station foreman for
the Hearne Products Station of the Humble Pipe Line Company.
was married to his childhood sweetheart Miss Bobbie Lloyd of
28, 1926 and all of their married life has been spent in Hearne.
Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Scott; jewel Ray Scott
Herbert Brooker Scott Jr., and Yvonne Scott Brady.
All of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Scott graduated from Hearne
and Mrs. Scott are members of the First Baptist Church of Hearne and
serves as Trustee for the Church. He
is a member and Past Master of Golden Rule Masonic Lodge of Hearne and
of the East Texas Chamber of Commerce. He
also served for several terms on the Board of Education of the Hearne
Independent School District.
SEALE, SAMUEL ROSS, son of Sam Houston Seale and Mary
Leathers Seale, was born August 23, 1903 at Benchley, Texas. His
parents were pioneer citizens of Brazos County, Texas.
He attended the rural school at Benchley
and after completing his schooling he engaged in the farming ranching
business in the Benchley area. During the early 1920's he was
employed in the cotton raising business on the Moreland Farm in the
Hearne Brazos Bottom. He served as Constable for the Benchley
Precinct during 1942-43. During this time he also served as
Deputy Sheriff of Robertson County under Sheriff Bob Reeves.
During 1943 he moved to Hearne and was
employed as a City Policeman and served in this capacity through June
1945. On July 1, 1945 he was appointed Game Warden in Hardin
County, Texas and moved to Kountz, Texas to make his home. He
worked on this job for one year and returned to Hearne on July 1, 1946
when he was appointed Game Warden for Robertson County, Texas with
Samuel Ross Seale was married to Belva
Cox, daughter of Sam Cox and Ola Davlin Cox, on May 6, 1937. He
is a member of Grace Methodist Church of Hearne; a charter member of
the Hearne Lodge of the Knights of Pythias which he helped to organize
in 1956; and a member of the Golden Rule Masonic Lodge of Hearne.
Mrs. Seale is a member of the First Baptist Church of Hearne and a
member of the Order of the Eastern Star where she has served as Marshal.
Samuel Ross Seale is known throughout
this section of Texas and is a respected member of the law enforcement
DR. TOM A.,
son of The Reverend and Mrs. T. A. Searcy, was born at Bryan, Texas,
1904. His family moved to Iowa when he was
five years of age and
lived in four towns in that state during his early life.
His father was a Baptist minister. His
grade and high school education was received in Iowa.
In 1923 he entered De
University at De Moines, Iowa and was graduated from this school in
From 1926 to 1930 he was a wheat farmer in western Kansas.
He entered Baylor University College of Medicine in 1930 and
Doctor of Medicine degree in 1934. He
interned at St. Paul's Hospital in Dallas for one year and then moved
LaGrange, Texas where he practiced medicine for two and one-half years.
moved to Hearne December 1, 1937 and practiced medicine until August 1,
when he entered the U. S. Army during World War II.
During the latter part of 1945 he received his military
serving in the European area.
his military service he met Dr. James P. Fleming and after the war Dr.
came to Hearne to practice with Dr. Searcy.
Together, they built the Searcy-Fleming Hospital & Clinic in
Dr. Searcy was married
Jessie Eveland of Oskaloosa, Iowa, May 31, 1931.
Dr. and Mrs. Searcy have two children: John Thomas Searcy and
Dr. Searcy is an active
the First Baptist Church; a member of the Golden Rule Masonic Lodge of
Knights Templar in Bryan; a member of Ben Hur Shrine in Austin; a
member of the
Texas Medical Association; a member of the American Medical
member of the Miles Scriviner American Legion Post of Hearne; a former
the Hearne Rotary Club; and serves as Health Officer for the City of
WAYNE H., was
born at Fort Sumner, New Mexico, July 23, 1908, the son of Harry Crowel
Lena Hanna Shaw. His parents were
natives of Alabama.
With his parents he moved to Texas
when he was a baby, the family settling in Coleman County where he
1929 he entered the service station business at San Saba, Texas and
after a few
years at this location he moved to Richland Springs, Texas operating a
station there until 1936 when he returned to San Saba.
In 1939 he worked on the Texas A&M campus and continued this
through 1940 at which time he again returned to San Saba to work on a
project. He was employed at
McCloskey Hospital in Temple, Texas in 1942,
moved to Hearne December 20, 1944 and formed a partnership with M. L.
and opened a service station. On
July 29, 1946 he acquired the entire ownership and management of this
was married to Miss Ethel Lois Fry of San Saba, Texas, August 19, 1931
and Mrs. Shaw have a son, Jon Wayne Shaw, who was born in 1941.
H. Shaw served as a member of the Hearne School Board for three years.
He has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hearne
of Christ where he is an active member. He
is a member of the Hearne Rotary Club and serves as Secretary of this
organization. He is very active in
the civic and business activities of Hearne.
was born in Grodno, State of Grodno, Russia, February 12 1872, the son
of a poor
Russian Jewish father and mother who suffered many hardships during his
and young manhood. About the only
time that he had enough food was while he served on KP duty in the
during the years of 1893 to 1897. Military
service in that country was compulsory for all males with the exception
oldest male in each family who was exempt from military service and
go to school. Mr. Silverman did not
have an opportunity to go to school. Mr.
Silverman often told the story of his young life and the hardships
the 'old' country stating that he had practically no clothes and owned
pair of shoes and pants when he was 13 years old.
In 1898, after
military service, he came to the United States and landed at New York.
Here he found employment at a meat packing plant.
Silverman, had come to the United States a few years before his arrival
established himself as an itinerant merchant in the Franklin area as
people of that day had done.
In 1901, Mr. Silverman
to Miss Janie Taub of New York, Mrs. Silverman having also come to the
States in her early girlhood. In 1908 the
family consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Silverman and
their children Jakie Silverman and Rebecca Silverman who were born in
came to Franklin, Texas to make their home where Mr. Silverman was
with his brother Abe Silverman. Their
third child, Willie Silverman was born in Franklin.
In 1909 Mr. and Mrs.
to Hearne where Mr. Silverman established a confectionery business on
Street and he continued to operate this business until his retirement
During his business
residence in Hearne, Mr. Silverman built up an excellent business and
respect and admiration of all that knew him.
His youngest son, Morris Silverman, was born in Hearne.
Mrs. Silverman, who was
Austria, January 12, 1880, passed away in New York, April 30, 1942.
Mr. Silverman died March 9, 1933.
SILVERMAN, JAKIE, son of Alex Silverman and Janie Taub
Silverman, was born in New York City, New York, March 8, 1904.
He moved to Franklin, Texas in 1908 and
in 1909 moved to Hearne, Texas. He attended the Hearne public
schools and was graduated from Hearne High School with the Class of
1921. During his high school days he was a member of the high
school football, baseball, and basketball teams. After completing
his high school education he attended the University of Texas.
In 1923 he worked for the City of Hearne
in the utilities department and on September 11, 1924 he began his
employment with the H. & T. C. Railroad. He is Chief Clerk at
the yard office and during World War I1 he served this railroad as
yardmaster in the Hearne yards. As a sideline he wrote life
insurance for several years in the late 1930's and early 1940's.
He has been employed by the railroad for 34 years.
He was married to Adele Smith, daughter
of William Arlington Smith and Mary Holland Whiteley Smith, July 19,
1934 at Killeen, Texas. Adele Smith Silverman attended the
Gatesville public schools and was graduated from Gatesville High School
with the Class of 1924. Upon completing her high school education
she attended North Texas State College at Denton, Texas where she
received her B. S. Degree. Later she received her M. A. Degree
from Sam Houston State Teachers College at Huntsville, Texas. She
also attended the University of Texas and Texas A. & M. College
during the summer months. In 1927 Adele Smith Silverman moved to
Hearne, Texas and became a teacher in the Hearne public schools.
She has taught school for 11 years.
Jakie Silverman is a member and Past
Master of the Golden Rule Masonic Lodge of Hearne; a member of the
Scottish Rite Bodies of Austin, Texas; and a member of the Ben Hur
Shrine of Austin. Mrs. Silverman is a member and former president
of the Hearne Music Club. She also served as vice president,
secretary, and treasurer of this organization. She is Chairman of
the Parent-Teachers Association Welfare Committee; a former member of
the Hearne Shakespeare Club; a member of Grace Methodist Church where
she has served as President of the Dorcas Sunday School Class; a member
of the Robertson County Teachers Association; and a member of the Texas
State Teachers Association.
daughter of William Jackson Lord and Nannie Louise Martin Lord, was
her family she moved to Hearne, Texas in 1902, the family settling in
northern part of town on the Lord property.
She attended the Hearne Public Schools and November 4, 1909 she
married to George Marvin Sisson of Houston.
With her husband she lived in Houston and later established
their home at
Bay City, Texas where they lived until 1910 when they moved to Hearne.
1918 the Sissons moved to Yoakum, Texas making their home there until
Mr. Sisson, a railroad man working for the old San Antonio &
Pass Railroad Company, was killed in Yoakum October 1, 1923 in a
accident. Mrs. Sisson returned to
Hearne and she was associated with her father in the operation of a
business until May 1926. At this
time Mrs. Sisson accepted employment as a bookkeeper for the Chevrolet
in Hearne and continued in this employment until May 7, 1927 when she
ladies ready to wear store in Hearne. She
also engaged in the real estate and loan business and is one of
active businesswomen. Mr. and Mrs.
Sisson had three children: Louise Sisson Whitlow, Dorris jean Sisson,
and a son
George Lord Sisson. Mrs. Sisson's
grandchildren of Hearne are: Jack Whitlow, Jane Whitlow, George Smith
and Mary Lou Sisson.
SLAGLE, ERNEST ERLE, son of John Henry Slagle and Kate
Burford Slagle, was born June 2, 1886 at Garrett in Ellis County,
Texas. His father was a native of Kentucky and his mother was
born in Texas.
He attended school at Garrett and was
graduated from high school in 1903. After finishing high school
he attended telegraphy school in Dallas and began his railroad career
as a telegrapher at the Garrett station of the H. & T. C. Railroad
in 1903, at the age of 17 years. In 1910 he was made a dispatcher
with this same railroad in Ennis, Texas. He worked on this job
until he was promoted to Trainmaster in 1924.
In 1926, with his family he moved to
Hearne, Texas to make his home and continue his duties with the
Ernest Erle Slagle married Minnie Leigh,
daughter of Richard Henry Leigh and Mattie Jacques Leigh, March 21,
1906 at Corsicana, Texas. Her father was born in East Texas and
her mother was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Minnie Leigh Slagle
was born at New Boston, Texas, September 13, 1888. Five children
were born to Ernest Erle Slagle and Minnie Leigh Slaale: four
daughters, Julia Slagle, Martha Slagle, Marie Slagle, and Sarah Slagle;
and a son, Lucien Erle Slagle. All of the Slagle children except
Julia Slagle are graduates of Hearne high school. Julia Slagle
graduated from Ennis High School.
Ernest Erle Slagle retired from railroad
service in 1930 and went into the insurance business. He became
Division Manager for the Universal Life & Accident Insurance
Company and served in this capacity until his death in 1941. He
was a member of the First Baptist Church; a member of the Ennis Masonic
Lodge No. 369; a member of the Mystic Shrine of Karem Temple of Waco;
and the Ennis Council No. 181 and Waxahachie Commandery No. 71 Knights
Templar. Mrs. Slagle is a member of the Order of the Eastern
Star; the Hearne Garden Club; and the Baptist Women's Missionary Union.
SMITH, CHARLES EDMOND, son of Charles Lewis Smith and Sallie
Armer Smith, was born May 16, 1891 at Hempstead, Texas.
After his schooling he farmed from 1910
to 1922 in Waller County and Grimes County.
He moved to Hearne, Texas, August 9,
1922 and went to work for the H. & T. C. Railroad Company as a car
inspector and worked for this railroad until his retirement July 1,
1956. He spent 34 years in railroad service.
He married Julia Elizabeth Mitchell,
daughter of Dick G. Mitchell and Molly Elizabeth Tompkins Mitchell,
December 1, 1910 at Hempstead, Texas. Three children were born to
Charles Edmond Smith and Julia Elizabeth Mitchell Smith: Kathryn
Elizabeth Smith who married Andrew C. Love Jr.; Molly Mildred Smith who
married Claude Nathaniel Chaffin; and Julia Ann Smith who married Rex
Z. Michael. Grandchildren of Charles Edmond Smith and Julia
Elizabeth Mitchell Smith are: Ermine Michael and Margie Michael.
Julia Elizabeth Michell Smith was born
December 12, 1892 at Hempstead, Texas and died January 28, 1947.
On June 14,
1949, Charles Edmond Smith married Maude Wallace Henderson, a
widow. Two sons were born to Maude Wallace Henderson by her first
marriage to Richard P. Henderson: Richard Henderson and William
Henderson. Grandchildren of Richard P. Henderson and Maude
Wallace Henderson are Richard Henderson Jr. and Plez Henderson.
Smith is a member of the First Baptist Church where he has served on
the Board of Deacons since 1922; Sunday School Superintendent for ten
years; taught the Intermediate Boys Class for five years; and served as
Chairman of the Building gc Grounds Committee for ten years. He
is a member of the Woodmen of the World; a member of the Brotherhood of
Railroad Carmen of America; and represented the Local No. 337 at the
International Convention in Chicago when the members of this
organization of the United States and Canada met in 1947.
retirement from the railroad in 1956, Charles Edmond Smith has engaged
in farming and ranching activities in Hearne.
son of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Smith, was born at Winters, Texas, April
attended school at Winters, graduating from high school in 1931 and was
in all high school sports. Entering
McMurry College at Abilene, Texas in 1931 he lettered in football,
and tennis, receiving his bachelor degree at this school in 1934.
graduating from college in 1934 he accepted a position as assistant
Lefors High School, a position he held until 1936 when he was made head
for six years. In 1942 he returned to his
hometown of Winters, Texas as head
coach and science instructor at the high school.
1944 he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served until 1946 during World
Upon receiving his discharge from the Navy, he became assistant
physical education instructor at Southwestern University at Georgetown,
At this time he also began work toward his master's degree at
Southwestern University and received this degree in June 1948.
the fall of 1948 he moved to Beaverton, Oregon and taught science in a
high school for one year. On July
11, 1949 he came to Hearne, Texas and took over as head coach and
instructor at Hearne High School. He
also directed the municipal recreation program for several years. In 1955 he resigned his position as head coach
the position of head pincipal of the elementary schools in Hearne.
was married to Miss Harriet Hunkapillar of Pampa, Texas on February 25,
Roswell, New Mexico. Mr. and Mrs.
Smith have three children: George Francis Smith Jr., Jo Loy Smith, and
is a member of Grace Methodist Church; a former Director of the Hearne
Club; former President of the Hearne Little League Baseball
Association; and a
former President of the Hearne Golfer's Association.
son of Charles Lewis Smith and Sallie Armer Smith, was born in the
Community of Waller County, Texas, August 22, 1893.
His parents were pioneer citizens of the Lexington community in
attended school at Shiloh and later at Navasota, Texas when his parents
that city in 1910. He lived in
Navasota from 1910 until 1914 when he moved to Ryan, Oklahoma where he
1917, he entered the U. S. Army and served 13 months overseas with the
Division during World War I. He received his discharge from military
1918 and returned to Ryan, Oklahoma to continue his barber business.
He moved to Hearne, Texas, February 1, 1928 and established
Barber Shop on Fourth Street and he continued to own and operate this
until February 7, 1958 when he sold his shop and began operating as a
barber at Cayce's.
married Nellie Lucille Clearwater, daughter of Ike Clearwater and Edna
Thompson Clearwater, of Snyder, Oklahoma, June 19, 1922.
Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith: Robert Smith,
Lynn Smith, Marinell Smith Gambill, Charles Isaac Smith, and Eddie
Lee Smith was honored by the citizens of Hearne in being elected to
serve on the
Hearne City Council in 1931-33. He
is a member and Past Master of the Golden Rule Masonic Lodge, a member
Miles Scriviner American Legion Post, served as Superintendent of the
School of the First Baptist Church for 20 years, has served as a member
Board of Deacons since 1930, a member and Past President of the
Baptist Brotherhood, and has served since 1946 as a member of the
County Draft Board, having received his appointment to this board from
Harry S. Truman.
was born November 5, 1859 in Weshartlepool, England.
In 1884 he was married to Miss Elizabeth H. Johnson of
England who was born September 17, 1859, and the young couple came to
States, settling in Hearne shortly after their arrival and resided in
the remainder of their lives.
Mr. Smyth was a sailor
British Navy for twelve years, but abandoned the seafaring life when he
the United States.
During his early
residence in Hearne
he was engaged in the restaurant business and was assisted in the
this business by his wife. After
retiring from the restaurant business, Mr. Smyth followed the trade of
and paper hanger, building up a reputation in his work which caused a
demand for his services.
Mr. Smyth and Mrs.
Smyth were good
citizens in their adopted homeland throughout the many years of their
and accumulated a host of friends among the old time citizens of Hearne.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Smyth were communicants of St. Philips
were born to
Mr. and Mrs. Smyth: a daughter Frances who died in infancy, John G.
Smyth Brown, Earl Smyth, and Bettie Smyth Childers.
Smyth died in 1927 and Mrs. Smyth died in 1938.
son of T. C. Snell and America Snell, was born at Hempstead, Texas,
his family, he moved to Hearne when he was a young boy and attended the
his early manhood he went to work for the H. & T. C. Railroad and
a switchman in the Hearne yards of this company throughout his railroad
was married to Mrs. Eddie Griffin and the following children were born
and Mrs. Snell: T. C. Snell, Phil S. Snell Jr., William Snell, James R.
Joe Snell, Tommy Snell, Julia Ruth Snell, Katie Snell, Ann Snell, Janie
Snell, and two step-daughters; Mrs. Bernadine Griffin Morgan and Mrs.
Solomon Snell died July 19, 1957.
was born in Bremond, Texas, October 2, 1917, the son of Albert Sowma
Abraham Sowma. His father was born
in Lebanon and came to the United States in early boyhood.
attended public schools in Bremond and was graduated from high school
city with the Class of 1935 and then entered Baylor University in Waco.
he was associated with his father in the retail dry goods business in
moved to Hearne in June 1940 and established the Main Hotel & Cafe
corner of Fourth and Market Streets.
January 7, 1939 he was married to Miss Norene Stellbauer, daughter of
Herman Stellbauer and Beulah Lee Hall Stellbauer of Bremond, Texas.
Mrs. Sowma also attended Bremond High School and graduated in
Mr. and Mrs. Sowma have two children: Jerry Sowma and Judy Sowma.
is active in the business and civic life of Hearne and is a member of
Chamber of Commerce. His religious
affiliation is with St. Mary's Catholic Church.
son of Henry L. Spiller and Isabella Ellison Spiller, was born at
Texas, August 22, 1890 and moved to Hearne, Texas in 1918 where he was
by the Railway Express Agency and the Southern Pacific Railroad.
entered military service during World War I and served as a gunner in
Machine Gun Battalion and took part in a number of major battles
Argonne offensive and the Battle of St. Miheil.
He was discharged from the armed forces in June 1919 after
in the Army of Occupation.
He was married to Miss
Lena Dixon at
Wheelock, Texas, November 29, 1919. Mr.
and Mrs. Spiller had two children; a daughter, Mary Katherine Spiller
and a son, Harvey Sidney Spiller Jr.
Mr. Spiller was
employed by the
Humble Pipe Line Company at Hearne, June 21, 1923 and completed 30
employment with this company, receiving a gold wrist watch from this
which was presented to him at his home during his lengthy illness.
Always extremely active
in the civic
life of Hearne, he served on the Hearne City Council for 10 years as an
and was later elected Mayor of the City of Hearne to fill the unexpired
J. G. Philen, later being elected to two full terms in that office and
serving as Mayor at the time of his death.
He served the community well in public office and was always
the betterment of Hearne.
He was a member of the
Masonic Lodge, a member of the Baptist Church, a director and stock
the P. & M. State Bank of Hearne and had extensive real estate
Hearne. Harvey Sidney Spiller died July 5,
SPOEDE, COLONEL HERMAN HENRY, son of William Spoede and Pauline
Koehler Spoede, was born at Secaucas, New Jersey, August 25,
1892. He attend the public school at Secaucas and was graduated
from the Staten Island High School in New York with the Class of 1908.
He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant
in 1917 and served in the U. S. Army during World War I. In 1919 he
moved to Texas and farmed in Austin County until 1934. He
continued in the army reserve and in 1934 became active and was
promoted to Captain. During World War II he served in India,
China, and the European Theater with the rank of
Lt. Colonel. In 1947 he was promoted to Colonel and
continued in military service until his retirement in 1952.
In August 1952 he moved to Hearne, Texas
to make his home after his retirement from military service.
Colonel Herman Henry Spoede was married
to Elizabeth Yeager Guyler, daughter of Robert William Guyler and
Amanda Franklin Poindexter Guyler, December 23, 1919. The
marriage was performed at Wallis, Texas. The following children
were born to Colonel Herman Henry Spoede and Elizabeth Yeager Guyler
Spoede: Herman Henry Spoede Jr. who was killed in action in the Pacific
area during World War II; Stuart Lee Spoede of the U. S. Navy; and
Captain Robert Spoede of the regular U. S. Army. The following
are grandchildren of Colonel Herman Henry Spoede and Elizabeth Yeager
Guyler Spoede: Herman Henry Spoede III; Louise Spoede; Stuart Lee
Spoede II, Rebecca Spoede, and David Spoede.
Colonel and Mrs. Herman Henry Spoede are
communicants of St. Philips Episcopal Church where he has served as a
member of the Vestry and as Senior Warden. He is a member of the
Miles Scriviner American Legion Post of Hearne; helped to organize the
American Legion Post at Wallis, Texas; is a former member of the
Bellville, Texas American Legion Post; and is a member of the Board of
Education of the Hearne Independent School District. Mrs. Spoede
is a member of the Women's Auxiliary of St. Philips Episcopal Church; a
member of the Hearne Shakespeare Club; and a former member of the
Hearne Garden Club.
STASNY, CHARLES HAROLD, son of John J. Stasny and Jennie
Carrie Kosh Stasny, was born at Bryan, Texas, September 22, 1921.
He attended the public schools of Bryan and was graduated from Stephen
F. Austin High School of Bryan with the Class of 1938. After
completing high school he attended Texas A. & M. College.
During 1942 he worked for the Texas Highway Department Soils Laboratory.
He entered the armed services during
World War II.
On January 2, 1946 he was employed by
the Lone Star Gas Company and worked as a serviceman and
engineer. Later he served this company as South Texas Regional
In February 1954 he was appointed Local
Manager of the Lone Star Gas Company in Hearne, Texas.
He married Mary Anne Beran, daughter of
Antone T. Beran and Elizabeth Sablatura Beran of Caldwell, Texas, April
8, 1947. The marriage was performed in Bryan, Texas. Mary
Anne Beran Stasny attended Caldwell High School and McKenzie-Baldwin
Business School in Bryan. She is a communicant of St. Mary's
Catholic Church and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church Altar
Three children were born to Charles
Harold Stasny and Mary Anne Beran Stasny: James Stasny, David Stasny,
and Gregory Stasny.
Charles Harold Stasny is a communicant
of St. Mary's Catholic Church; a member of St. Mary's Men's Club; a
member of the Miles Scriviner American Legion Post; a member of the Boy
Scouts local committee; a member of the Knights of Columbus; and a
member of the Hearne Rotary Club.
A childhood romance that had its beginning in Europe during the
Bismark, Blucher, Napoleon III and Queen Victoria, was responsible for
to Hearne one of its early pioneer families.
daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Andreas Gerbracht, was born in the province of Rheinhessen,
March 12, 1849. In the same
province there also lived young Jacob Steffan who was born June 7, 1844.
Young Steffan and his bride-to-be grew into manhood and
romance blossoming into love.
After serving his
required number of
years in the Prussian Army, to escape the growing militarism of the old
and to insure a happier, more prosperous life, young Steffan immigrated
America, coming directly to Hearne in 1871.
The story of his early days in the New World differed little
from that of
thousands of other young immigrants who came to America's shores in the
nineteenth century to play such an important part in the development of
Seven years after his
Hearne, Jacob Steffan had prospered sufficiently to buy a home and
He sent for the sweetheart he had left in the old country and in
bride-to-be was met in New Orleans by Mr. Steffan.
The marriage rites were solemnized in the Crescent City and the
couple came to Hearne to make their future home.
The dwelling which Mr. Steffan bought for his bride was located
200 block on Second Street and in 1958 this house is still standing.
Mr. and Mrs. Steffan
through the years, becoming business and social leaders in the little
Hearne before the coming of the 20th century.
Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Steffan; a son, who died
infancy and a daughter, Valesca Steffan Marshall.
Mr. Steffan died
1883 and Mrs. Steffan died February 18, 1940 at the age of 91 years.
STEWART, GEORGE DAVID, was born December
9, 1853 and was a pioneer of Hearne, Texas. he owned and operated
a farm east of Hearne on the acreage near the East Side Elementary
School. For many years, he was one of Hearne's most respected and
substantial citizens. His cattle brand, 7JK, was one of the most
familiar brands in the early days of Hearne. The Stewart farm
acreage is now owned by Mr. & Mrs. L. Wilson; Mrs. Wilson is a
daughter of George David Stewart.
Stewart married Ida Ann Belcher, who was born February 19, 1868.
The following children were born to George David Stewart and Ida Ann
Belcher Stewart: Georgia Stewart, Lutie Stewart Wilson of Tucson,
Arizona; Emma Clyde Stewart; Fanny Stewart; Jewel Stewart; Berry Lee
Stewart; Leah Paul Stewart; John Stewart, Marvin Stewart, Harper
Stewart, and Belcher Stewart. All of the children of George David
Steward and Ida Ann Belcher Stewart attended the public schools of
Hearne and graduated from Hearne High School. John Stewart owned
and operated the Queen Theater in Hearne for many years during the
silent picture days. George David Stewart died November 13, 1929
and Ida Ann Belcher Stewart died June 27, 1947. Both are buried
in Norwood Cemetery in Hearne, Texas.
STOVALL, ROBERT MOFFAT, son of Jesse Franklin
Stovall and Betty Ruth Scott Stovall, was born at Hearne, Texas, August
7, 1928. He attended the Hearne public schools and was graduated
from Hearne High School with the Class of 1946. While attending
Hearne High School, he was a member of the Hearne Eagles football team
during the years 1942-45.
After completing his high school education, he enlisted in the U.S.
Marine Corps in 1946 and served through 1947. He was stationed at
El Toro, California.
In 1947, he was employed by the Humble Pipe Line Company and worked for
this firm for six months at Baytown, Texas. During 1948-49, he
was employed by the Texas Highway Department at Hearne. In 1949,
he was employed by The Texas Company and continues this employment in
Hearne in 1958.
Robert Moffat Stovall married Betty Lee James, daughter of Lonnie
Franklin James and Lucille Roberta Baker James of Hearne, Texas, July
5, 1947. Betty Lee James Stovall war reared in Hearne, Texas and
graduated from Hearne High School with the Class of 1947. The
following children were born to Robert Moffat Stovall and Betty Lee
James Stovall: Robert Michael Stovall, born 1949; James Scott
Stovall, born 1951; and Robbie Stovall, born 1957.
Jesse Franklin Stovall and Betty Ruth Scott Stovall moved to Hearne,
Texas, March 2, 1917. They formerly lived in Belton, Texas.
He worked for the Railway Express Agency, the U.S. Post Office, and the
Humble Pipe Line Company in Hearne. Jesse Franklin Stovall worked
for the Humble Pipe Line Company in Hearne from 1921 until his death in
1951. The following children were born to Jesse Franklin Stovall
and Betty Ruth Scott Stovall: William Alonzo Stovall, Robert
Moffat Stovall, Jesse Franklin Stovall Jr., Rowena Bass Stovall, who
married Joe C. Mahan, and Betty Frank Stovall, who married W. W.
Robert Moffatt Stovall and his wife Betty Lee James Stovall are members
of the First Baptist Church of Hearne. He is a member of the
Hearne Golfer's Association and serves on the District Council of the
Boy Scouts of America.
son of Charles A. M. Strong and Emma Johnson Strong, was born April 29,
Texas City, Texas.
attended the public schools in Texas City and graduated from high
the Class of 1929. He entered the
University of Texas in 1935 and received his Degree in banking and
completing his college work he returned to Texas City where he was cost
accountant for an oil company, later becoming associated with a bank in
entered the U. S. Navy in 1943 and served during World War II,
discharge in 1945. After completing
his military service, he returned to Texas City where he became cashier
First State Bank. He later was
promoted to vice president of this bank and was made president in 1950.
November 1956, with his family he moved to Hearne, Texas to supervise
construction of the First State Bank of Hearne and to employ personnel.
The bank was formally opened for business September 6, 1957 and
assumed his duties as Executive Vice President and Director.
was married to Miss Josephine Stanton, daughter of Joe Brown Stanton
Summers Stanton, of Crockett, Texas, June 15, 1940.
Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Strong: Wilbur Stanton
Milton Stanton Strong.
Strong and his family are members of the Grace Methodist Church and he
an adult Sunday School Class and sings in the church choir.
He is a member of the Hearne Rotary Club and served as Song
this organization at the District Rotary Conference held in Waco, Texas
He is a past Worshipful Master of the Texas City Masonic Lodge,
a registered Scouter for 17 years and active in Boy Scout work for many
He is Scout Master for Troop No. 84 in Hearne and is on the
Board of the Sam Houston Area Council of Boy Scouts.
He has been active in Red Cross work and serves as vice-chairman
Robertson County Red Cross Chapter, and is on the executive board of
American Cancer Society. Mrs.
Strong is also very active in local and county organizations.
SAMUEL JR., son of Joseph Samuel Sturgis Sr. and Annie Gibbs
Sturgis, was born November 21, 1913 at Crockett, Texas. In 1914,
he moved to Trinity, Texas where he attended the public schools and was
graduated from Trinity High School with the Class of 1930. After
finishing high school in Trinity, he attended a business school in
Houston, Texas and completed a course in public accounting.
When he was 12
years old, he was employed at the Queen Theater in Trinity and after
completing his schooling in Houston, he returned to Trinity to work at
this theater, alter becoming manager. He left Trinity in 1935 and
moved to Wharham, Texas, where he managed the Worth Theater for six
months. Later in 1935, he managed the Queen Theater in Longview,
Texas. In 1937-1938, he managed the Queen Theater in Trinity,
Texas, and in 1939 he moved to Houston where he worked in grocery
stores for a short period of time before becoming a welder for the Reed
Roller Bit Company. In 1941, he left this employment and went to
work for the Brown Shipbuilding Company. He enlisted in the U.S.
Navy in 1943 and served until 1946 during World War II. At the
time of his discharge from military service, he was a Radioman First
After receiving his
discharge from military service, he returned to Trinity, Texas where he
accepted employment with a livestock auction business as a bookkeeper.
On August 8, 1948,
Joseph Samuel Sturgis Jr. moved to Hearne, Texas where he accepted
employment with The Hearne Democrat as advertising manager. He
continues in this employment in 1958.
Joseph Samuel Sturgis Jr. married
Jimmie Smith in Fairfield, Texas, October 11, 1954. Both Mr.
& Mrs. Sturgis are communicants of St. Philips Episcopal Church of
Hearne; he serves as a member of the Vestry and she is an active member
of the Woman's Auxiliary. Jimmie Smith Sturgis is employed as
librarian for the city library. He is a member of the Masonic
Lodge, the Miles Scriviner American Legion Post of Hearne, and a former
member of the Hearne Lions Club.
SUGGS, EUGENE CUMMINGS, son of Melvin Eugene
and Stella Aline Bishop Suggs, was born at Hearne, Texas, August 8,
He attended the Hearne public schools and was graduated from Hearne
High School with the Class of 1944. During 1942 and 1943, he was
a member of the Hearne High School Eagles football team. After
finishing high school, he was employed by the Sheffield Company of
Houston, Texas for a short period.
In June 1944, he entered the U.S. Navy CB at the age of 17 and served
in the Asiatic Pacific area during World War II. He received his
discharge from military service in August 1946. After receiving
his military discharge, he returned to Hearne and was employed by the
Culpepper Chevrolet Company and worked for this firm until 1952.
In 1952, he was employed by the City of Hearne as an electrician.
Later, he was promoted to Chief Electrician and Assistant Utilities
Eugene Cummings Suggs married Martha Louise Boggan, daughter of John B.
Boggan and Maurine Stephens Boggan of Hearne, Texas, January 27,
1947. The following children were born to Eugene Cummings Suggs
and Martha Louise Boggan Suggs: Connie Gayle Suggs, Steven Eugene
Suggs, and Carla Jo Suggs.
Martha Louise Boggan Suggs attended the Hearne public schools and was
graduated from Hearne High School with the Class of 1945. After
completing her high school work, she attended Sam Houston State
Teachers College in Huntsville, Texas. Later, she was employed
for four years by the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company of
Hearne. She is a member and former president of the Hearne Music
Club and a former member of the Hearne Study Club.
Eugene Cummings Suggs and Martha Louise Boggan Suggs are members of the
First Baptist Church of Hearne. He is a member of the Golden Rule
Masonic Lodge of Hearne, and has been a member of the Hearne Fire
Department since 1950. He has served as Fire Chief since
SUGGS, MELVIN EUGENE, son of Calvin Washington
Suggs and Lula Shields Suggs, was born at Blackjack, in Robertson
County, Texas, October 19, 1900. He attended the rural school at
After finishing his schooling, he worked for Sam V. Burts on his ranch
from 1917 until 1921. In 1921, he was employed by the Robertson
County Precinct No. 2 and did road construction work under H. P. Hill,
County Commissioner for sever years. In 1928, he was employed by
the State Highway Department in the maintenance division and worked on
this job for three years. In 1931, he was employed by the Lincoln
Petroleum Company and worked at Luling, Texas. In 1943, he was
employed as an electrician by the City of Hearne and later was made
foreman of the city water department.
He was married to Stella Aline Bishop, daughter of Webb Bishop and
Losia Guynes Bishop, December 28, 1926. The following children
were born to Melvin Eugene Suggs and Stella Aline Bishop Suggs:
Cummings Eugene Suggs, who married Martha Louise Boggan; Billy Frances
Suggs, who married James Baker; and Janice Odell Suggs, who married
Donald Maurice McLeroy Jr. Grandchildren of Melvin Eugene Suggs
and Stella Aline Bishop Suggs are: Connie Gayle Suggs, Steven
Eugene Suggs, Carla Jo Suggs, James Paul Baker, Jerry Allen Baker,
Ronnie Dell Baker, and Mark Dean McLeroy.
Melvin Eugene Suggs has been a member of the Baptist Church since
1919. He and his wife are members of the First Baptist Church or
Hearne and he serves on the Board of Deacons. He is also active
in the Baptist Brotherhood; served as superintendent of the Bethany
Baptist Church Sunday School; served as a Sunday School teacher in the
First Baptist Church of Hearne; is a former member of the Hearne Fire
Department; and is a member of the Golden Rule Masonic Lodge of Hearne.
SUGGS, ROBERT LEE SR., son of
Calvin Washington Suggs and Lula Shields Suggs, was born July 21, 1897
at Blackjack in Robertson County, Texas. He attended the Bethany
rural school. During his boyhood, he helped his father in farming
and carpenter work.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army, May 18, 1917, and served in France during
World War I with the 131st Field Artillery, 36th Division. On
April 15, 1919, he received his discharge from military service and
returned to Hearne.
During 1919, he was employed by the Humble Pipe Line Company in
Hearne. He moved to Brackenridge, Texas in 1920 and was employed
in the oil fields in that area. From 1922 to 1941, he was
employed as a driller for various companies in California, Corsican,
Luling, Wortham, and the East Texas oil fields.
In 1941, he was appointed a special officer for the Humble Oil &
Refining Company and worked in Corpus Christi and Houston, Texas until
1944. In 1944, he returned to Hearne and established a plumbing
contracting business which he owned and operated for one year. In
1945, he formed a partnership with C. N. Lockhart and operated a
cleaning and pressing business in Hearne for ten years. In
October 1955, he sold his interest in this business and accepted
employment with the City of Hearne.
Robert Lee Suggs married Odell Hooper, daughter of Hubbard Hooper and
Maggie Sholia Hooper of Joaquin, Texas, August 24, 1932. The
marriage was performed at Mansfield, Louisiana. Her parents were
natives of Shelby County, Texas. Odell Hooper Suggs attended the
public schools of Joaquin and was graduated from the Joaquin High
School. After finishing high school, she attended Stephen F.
Austin College in Nacogdoches, Texas. A son, Robert Lee Suggs
Jr., was born to Robert Lee Suggs and Odell Hooper Suggs. Robert
Lee Suggs Jr. attended the public schools of Hearne and later attended
Sam Houston State College at Huntsville and Baylor University at
Waco. In 1955, Robert Lee Suggs Jr. enlisted in the U.S. Navy and
served three years.
Robert Lee Suggs and Odell Hooper Suggs are members of the First
Baptist Church of Hearne. He served as President of the Baptist
Brotherhood in 1958; is a member of the Golden Rule Masonic Lodge No.
361 of Hearne; is a member of the Scottish Rite of Austin, is a member
of the Ben Hur Shrine of Austin; and is a former member of the Hearne
Chamber of Commerce. Odell Hooper Suggs has been active in
business circles in Hearne and has been field worker for the State
Department of Public Welfare since May 1957.
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