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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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BENJAMIN LAYFETTE, son of Pleasant Tanner and Mary Jane
Hare Tanner' was born March 29, 1868 at Coleta, Polk County,
Texas. He attended the small rural school at Coleta, this school
being located near Livingston, Texas.
During his young manhood he farmed in
the Kickapoo community in Polk County. He was married to Ellen
Benjamin Hickman, daughter of Jesse E. Hickman and Mary Ann Overton
Hickman, February 17, 1891 in the Hickman home at Carlisle,
Texas. Six children were born to Benjamin Layfette Tanner and Ellen
Benjamin Hickman Tanner: Burl H. Tanner, Olive Tanner Nelson, Glynn H. Tanner,
Daphne 0. Tanner, Sherman E. Tanner, and Harvey Lee Tanner.
Ellen Benjamin Hickman Tanner lived in
the Hickman Survey in East Texas, this land being granted to her
father, Jessie E. Hickman from the State of Texas.
Benjamin Layfette Tanner and his family
moved to Trinity, Texas in 1909. He began work with the Beaumont
& Great Northern Railroad and worked for this company until 1919
when he and his family moved to Hearne, Texas. In 1919 he worked
for the H. & T. C. Railroad Company at Hearne. In 1922 most
of the workmen in the Hearne repair yards went out on general strike
and Benjamin Layfette Tanner did not return to his job after the
strike. He was employed in general carpenter work until his
Benjamin Layfette Tanner was a member of
the Woodmen of the World and the Baptist Church. Ellen B. Tanner
was a member of Grace Methodist Church of Hearne.
TAYLOR, EFFIE LUTHER,
daughter of Luther Calvin Taylor and
Caroline Margaret Taylor, was born at Hearne, Texas, September 4,
1884. She attended the rural school at Henry Prairie in Robertson
County and also the Hearne public schools. She was graduated from
Hearne High School with the Class of 1902.
After completing high school, she
attended Baylor College where she received her B. L. and B. A.
Degrees. She also attended the University of Chicago, the
University of California, and Columbia University. She received
her Masters Degree from Columbia University. She also did
considerable work toward her doctorate in English.
Miss Effie, as she was affectionately
known to everyone, began her school teaching career in 1904 in the Cole
Branch school. Later she taught for eight years in the Hearne
public schools and was principal of Hearne High School for two
years. She left Hearne in 1915 and taught English in Franklin
High School for four years; taught at Marlin High School for four
years; taught at Bonham High School for four years; and in 1927 she
accepted a position with the East Texas State College in Commerce,
Texas where she taught English for 25 years.
In 1954 she retired from the teaching
profession and ended a career in the teaching field that lasted over 50
Miss Effie endeared herself to the
school children of Hearne during the years she taught in the Hearne
public schools. She is listed in two nationally known
organizations: "Who's Who In American Education," and "Who's Who In
America." In 1958, fifty years since she began her teaching career,
Miss Effie makes her home in Commerce, Texas, but throughout the years
has kept in touch with her many friends in Hearne and has continued to
maintain her interest in Hearne and her many former students.
Other children born
to Luther Calvin Taylor and Caroline Margaret Taylor are: Lula Taylor
(Mrs. M. L. Donnell of Fort Worth, Texas); Lizzie Taylor (Mrs. R. W.
Cole of Franklin, Texas); Willie Taylor (Mrs. G. P. Dickson of Dallas,
Texas); Agnes Taylor of Dallas, Texas; Verna Taylor (Mrs. G. 0. Wilson
of Houston, Texas); and a brother, Alfred E. Taylor of Baytown, Texas.
Her mother, Caroline Margaret Taylor,
was born at Beaumont, Texas and her father, Luther Calvin Taylor, was
born at Jackson, Mississippi.
was born at Hearne, Texas, October 6, 1877 and was the son of John
Mary Teeling. He attended schools
in Hearne and Temple, Texas.
On November 15, 1908 he
to Miss Sadie McGrew. For several
years he operated a grocery store at the corner of Fourth and Cedar
Hearne and later took over the management of the Exchange Hotel on San
Street. This hotel had been
operated for many years by his parents. He
was widely known in this section of the state and made
many friends of the traveling public in his days of operating the hotel.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Mrs. Teeling was born
November 27, 1877 and made her home in Hearne throughout her life.
His mother was born in Poland and came to the United States in
settled in Hearne in 1872. She was
married to John Teeling Sr. in 1874. After
his death, she became the wife of Owen Nestor in 1888.
After the death of Owen Nestor she became the wife of E. B.
John Teeling Jr. died
June 29, 1949
and his wife Sadie McGrew died December 9, 1951.
was born at Hearne, Texas, December 3, 1880.
His parents were John and Mary Teeling, pioneer residents of
were married in 1874. Mrs. Teeling
was a native of Poland and came to the United States in 1869 and to
Phil E. Teeling
education in the public schools of Hearne.
After finishing his schooling he engaged in railroading in train
and when he left this work he was one of the most widely known railroad
employees in the state, universally loved by his fellow workmen and
respect and esteem of the officials of the railroad he served.
He preferred a business
decided to open a tailoring and gent's furnishing business.
Starting with borrowed capital secured for him by loyal friends,
up one of the most successful, widely advertised, and popular
Central Texas. If there were those
in other towns who did not know of Hearne's businessmen and
institutions, it was
rare to find one who had not heard of Phil Teeling, "The Honest
Tailor" and wholesale houses all over the United States knew of his
business and of his unique trade name.
If a stranger came to
no one, it was but a short time until Phil, as his friends knew him,
the acquaintance of the stranger and when he went away, it was with a
conception of the "splendid town," its "hospitable people,"
its "present greatness" and "future prospects," and
especially of his new found friend.
Hearne has had many
professional men, eminently successful business men, educators of state
reputation, financiers, known in the financial circles of this and
but none of them were more widely known than Phil Teeling.
"The Honest Tailor."
If the Hearne Band went
Phil was there in style and state to help boost his town.
If the baseball team played a game in the neighboring towns the
not complete if it was not headed by Phil.
With show people over the state, in all the different lines of
enterprises, he was a boon-companion, and knew more "player folk" than
many who had spent a life in the business.
Failing health cut
business career almost at its inception, but he was on his way to
of the large businessmen of the state. He
had made enough money, had it been hoarded instead of
distributed to those in need, to have constituted a small fortune.
He was a "friend-indeed" to many of the
"down-and-outs" whose unworthiness of help never caused Phil to close
He was reared in the
but was a loyal friend of all churches and he was always ready to help
religious movement for the betterment of his town.
Mr. and Mrs. Teeling
children: a daughter, Elizabeth Teeling who married Dr. A. S. Lang of
University in Waco, and a son, Phil E. Teeling Jr., a prominent Waco
He was a member of the
of Elks and Moose, of the Hearne Lodges of the Woodmen of the World,
and of the Ennis Lodge of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
With the passing of
Phil E. Teeling,
"The Honest Tailor," November 26, 1914, Hearne lost one of the most
unique and original characters and one of the most beloved young men
lived in Hearne.
was born in Kentucky in 1859 and came to Hearne in 1884.
Here he met Miss Lily Ayres to whom he was married in 1885.
Mr. Terry, known in
as "Baldy" Terry, began his railroad career in Hearne in the early
days when wood was used as engine fuel. He
was first engaged as a "hostler" at the round house of the H. & T.
Railroad and following this was in turn a fireman and locomotive
He was engineer for the Hearne & Brazos Valley Railroad
Hearne to Stone City for many years and during the latter years of his
service he had a run from Hearne to Giddings on the Dalsa.
For a number of years,
served on the local school board and was actively identified with the
Church all of his adult life. He
was a charter member of the Hearne Camp of Woodmen of the World and a
the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.
After he retired from
service in 1922, he spent some time in Houston but maintained property
in Hearne which brought him back often to visit with his many friends.
Mrs. Terry was born in
and moved to Hearne in early girlhood to make her home with her brother
Ayres. Mr. Ayres owned and operated
a variety store in Hearne and later served as town photographer.
Mr. Ayres was married to Miss Lula Jennings and thee daughters
to this couple: Lillie Belle Ayres Delhome, Marvel Ayres Ferney, and
Ayres Rasco. Mrs. Ayres was a
sister to Mrs. J. H. Jett, and their father was Professor Jennings, a
schoolmaster in Hearne in the early days.
William David Terry and
Terry had eight children: Charles B. Terry, Dwight L. Terry, Eli B.
Terry, Willie Terry, Clifford Terry, Lougenia Terry, and Helen Terry.
Mr. Terry died
March 27, 1935
and Mrs. Terry died March 26, 1936.
son of Joseph Walton Thames and Emma Lou Hodges Thames, was born in
Texas, October 30, 1901.
attended grade school and high school in Smithville, Texas, graduating
high school with the Class of 1919. Upon
completing his high school education, he enrolled at the University of
1920 and received his B. S. Degree in Civil Engineering in 1924.
While attending the University of Texas he was a member of Theta
Sigma Delta Psi fraternities. He
was also a member of the University of Texas varsity track team winning
letters in 1921, 1922, 1923, and 1924. He
was a charter member of the Texas Cowboys, member of Student Assembly
Engineering, President of the Senior Class of the College of
President of the Engineering College of the University of Texas in 1924.
receiving his college degree, he began his employment with the Texas
Department in 1924 and worked at LaGrange in Fayette County, Texas.
He was made a resident engineer with the Texas Highway
1926. He moved to Hearne, Texas,
May 7, 1927 as Resident Engineer.
April 20, 1929 he was married to Miss Katy Ely, daughter of William
and Myra Abigail Walker Ely, pioneer residents of Hearne.
Mrs. Thames graduated from Hearne High School and enrolled at
Baylor University where she was graduated with a B. A. Degree in 1928.
Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Thames: Clement Beal
who was born March 29, 1931 and Elsa Carolyn Thames who was born June
C. B. Thames Jr. was graduated from Hearne High School and
B. S. Degree in 1954 and his M. A. Degree in 1957 from the University
Elsa Thames graduated from Hearne High School and received her
B. B. A.
Degree from Baylor University in 1958. C.
B. Thames Jr. was married to Miss Carolyn Bratton of Austin, Texas and
three children: Joseph Walton Thames II, born May 6, 1954; William
born December 21, 1958; and Lisa Anne Thames, born December 21, 1958.
Elsa Thames was married to William Bruce Sanders, a graduate of
University with a B. S. Degree in 1955, of Greenwood, Mississippi.
A daughter, Barbara Lynne Sanders, was born to William Bruce
Elsa Thames Sanders, September 8, 1955.
Beal Thames was commissioned a Captain in the Corps of Engineers in the
Army June 1, 1942 and assigned to the District Engineer's Office, Fort
Houston, Texas during World War II. He
was separated from military service June 5, 1946 with the rank of Major.
He returned to Hearne after his military service was completed
continue as Resident Engineer for the Texas Highway Department.
He continued his reserve status in the U. S. Army and is serving
Colonel, Corps of Engineers Reserve, 4992 Control Group, College
May 1, 1953 he was promoted to Assistant District Engineer of the Texas
Department with his office being located in Bryan, Texas.
On February 11, 1957 he was appointed District Engineer of the
and Mrs. Thames are active members of the First Baptist Church of
He is a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Shriner; a member of
Society of Professional Engineers; a member of the National Society of
Professional Engineers; Registered Engineer No. 892 Texas; and was
"Engineer of the Year" by the Brazos Chapter of the Texas Society of
Professional Engineers on February 20, 1958.
is a former member of the Hearne City Council; a former member of the
Education of the Hearne Independent School District; a Director of the
Chamber of Commerce; a former member of the Hearne Rotary Club; a
former president of the Hearne Golfer's Association; and a Director of
Planters and Merchants State Bank of Hearne, Texas.
LOUIS, son of Robert Richard Theiss and Emma Marie Pehrs Theiss,
was born August 1, 1927 at Hearne, Texas. He attended Bethany
rural school and later attended Hearne High School and was graduated
with the Class of 1944.
Upon completing high
school, he was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad Company in
Hearne as a caller. he entered military service July 19, 1945 and
served in the U. S. Navy. After completing navy schooling, he
served at the U. S. Navy Hospital in San Diego, California. He
received his discharge from military service February 19, 1947 with a
rating of Hospital Apprentice First Class. He returned to Hearne
and was employed as a bookkeeper for the C. & S. Grain & Lumber
Company. In 1948, he went to work for the Planters &
Merchants State Bank of Hearne. He was recalled to military duty
January 3, 1951 and served at the U.S. Navel Training Center in San
Diego, California until his discharge May 1, 1952. At the time of
his discharge, he had a rating of Pharmacist Mate Third Class.
After returning to Hearne, he resumed his duties at the Planters and
Merchants State Bank.
Raymond Louis Theiss
married Doris Viola Brewer, daughter of Jack R. Brewer and Ethel Vila
Davis Brewer, March 19, 1949. The marriage was performed at
Franklin, Texas. Doris Viola Brewer Theiss attended the rural
school in the Elliott community and later attended Franklin High School
where she graduated with the Class of 1948. A son, Jerry Lynn
Theiss, was born to Raymond Louis Theiss and Doris Viola Brewer Theiss.
Raymond Louis Theiss is
a member and Treasurer of the Robertson County Gun Club; a member of
the Miles Scriviner American Legion Post of Hearne; a member and past
Secretary-Treasurer of the Hearne Lions Club; serves as District Boy
Scout Committeeman; has served as Scout Master; is a member of the
Hearne Parent-Teachers' Association; and a member of the Bethel Luther
Church of Bryan, Texas. Doris Viola Brewer Theiss is a member of
the First Baptist Church of Hearne and a member of the Hearne
son of Mr. and Mrs. K. Tidemann, was born November 24, 1912 in Fort
received his grade school education in Galveston and graduated from
School in Dallas in 1930. He
received his college education from Oklahoma University from which he
and received his B.S. Degree in 1937. After
completing his college work, he went to work for the Humble Oil &
Company in Baytown, Texas, working in the industrial relations
1943 he entered the U. S. Army to serve during World War II and
discharge from military service in 1946. He
moved to Hearne in 1946 after forming a corporation to purchase and
large Goodland Farms in the Brazos Bottom near Hearne.
He is majority stockholder and manager of the Goodland Farms.
was married to Miss Mildred McCollum of Pawnee, Oklahoma, February 20,
he and Mrs. Tidemann have two children: Robert Tidemann and Katherine
is a member and President of the Board of Education of the Hearne
School District; a former member of the Hearne Rotary Club; Secretary
Director of the Old Cotton Belt Association; and a member of the Hearne
and Mrs. Tidemann and their family are communicants of St. Philips
Church where he has served as a member of the Vestry and also served as
Warden. Mrs. Tidemann is active in
the Women's Auxiliary of St. Philips Church and has served as President
Mr. and Mrs. Tidemann take an active interest in the welfare of the
the Hearne schools.
TIDWELL, HOUSTON L. "OX" JR.,
son of Houston L. Tidwell and Carrie
Reynolds Tidwell, was born at Hearne, Texas, July 17, 1924. He
attended the public schools of Hearne and was graduated from Hearne
High School with the Class of 1941. He lettered at the center
position with the Hearne High School Eagles football team in 1939 and
In March 1943 he entered the U. S. Armed
Forces and served in Australia, North New Guinea, and the Philippines
during World War I1. He was awarded the CCM, AP Ribbon, 3 Bronze
Stars, PL Ribbon, and Victory Medal. In February 1946 he was
discharged from military service.
After World War II he returned to his
home in Hearne and accepted employment with the Clark Chevrolet Company
and worked for this firm until 1957. During 1957 he was employed
by the Lucien Reed Buick Sales.
He was married
to Lucy Templeton, daughter of Monroe Templeton and Eunice Derrick
Templeton of Calvert, Texas, December 31, 1947. Lucy Templeton
Tidwell attended the Calvert public schools and was graduated from
Calvert High School with the Class of 1945. After completing high
school she attended Durham's Business College in Austin, Texas.
She has been active in the business circles of both Hearne and Calvert
having been employed by the Citizens State Bank in Calvert, the
Planters & Merchants State Bank of Hearne, and the Hearne Building
& Loan Association. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church
of Hearne; a member and Past Matron of the Hearne Chapter No. 722 Order
of the Eastern Star; a member of the American Savings & Loan
Institute of Chicago, Illinois; and a former member of the Green Thumb
Garden Club and the Hearne Study Club.
Houston L. "Ox"
Tidwell Jr. is a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Hearne; a member
of the Golden Rule Masonic Lodge; a member of the Miles Scriviner
American Legion Post; a member of the Hearne Chamber of Commerce; and a
former member of the Hearne Lions Club.
of Houston L. Tidwell Jr. and Carrie Reynolds Tidwell are: Elsie
Tidwell Ondrej, Billy Tidwell, Danny Tidwell, and Johnny Lou Tidwell
played football with the Hearne High School Eagles and made his letters
at the tackle position. Billy Tidwell also was a football player
with the Eagles, lettering in the backfield and later attended Texas A.
& M. College where he was a star. He earned his freshman
numeral and three varsity letters in football with the Texas
Aggies. He later played professional football.
son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben 0. Tomlin, was born in Smith County, Texas near
September 19, 1918. He received his
early schooling there and graduated from the White House High School in
1937. He then went to work at the Rice
Hotel in Houston, Texas in
the accounting department.
He enlisted in the U.
S. Marines in
1941 and served during World War II, receiving his discharge in 1946.
Upon completing his military duty after the war with the rank of
he went to work for the Tidewater Associated Oil Company in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. He left this position in
September 1947 to enter Texas A.
& M. College where he received his B. S. Degree in 1950.
In 1955 he received his Master of Education degree from Texas A.
He came to Hearne in
July 1950 to
teach in the Vocation Agriculture Department of Hearne High School and
made head of this department.
He was married to Miss
of Houston, Texas, January 24, 1941 and Mr. and Mrs. Tomlin have two
son, Charles Dean Tomlin; and a daughter, Judy Lorraine Tomlin.
James Tomlin is a member of Grace Methodist Church; former
of the Hearne Lions Club; Past Director of
the Hearne Chamber of Commerce; Past President of the Robertson County
Association; Honorary Lone Star Farmer; Past District President of the
Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association; Charter Member of, the
Chapter of Alpha Zeta, a national agriculture society; Member of the
for Vocational Agriculture Instructors; and Sponsor of the National
Society at Hearne High School.
JOSEPH RUFUS JR.,
son of Joseph Rufus Turner and Elmira May Baxter Turner, was born
1910 at Franklin, Texas. His
parents were pioneer citizens of Robertson County.
received his schooling in Franklin and was graduated from Franklin High
in 1930. He played on the
basketball team while attending Franklin High School.
graduating from high school he assisted his parents on their farm north
Franklin until 1934.
1934 he worked in the office and in the field for the Robertson County
Agent and continued this employment until 1936 when he moved to Kermit,
where he operated a service station and later worked at the Kermit post
1938 he moved to Caldwell, Texas where he was with the post office
a Star Route Mail Carrier until 1942. At
this time he went to work for the Gulf Oil Corporation at Port Arthur,
the refinery, working in the machine department.
1944 he returned to his hometown of Franklin where he operated the
agency for the Gulf Oil Corporation for judge A. G. Scott.
In 1945 he moved to Hearne and accepted a position with the
Culpepper Chevrolet Agency as an accountant and remained in this
April 5, 1948 when he went to work in a clerical position for the City
Hearne. He was later appointed City
Secretary for the City of Hearne.
was married to Miss Florine Hart of Franklin, November 25, 1934, and he
Turner have a daughter, Cindy Lou Turner, who was born September 14,
Mrs. Turner is a teacher in the Hearne public schools.
is a member of the Board of Stewards of Grace Methodist Church and is
Church Treasurer and a member of the Finance Committee; a former member
Hearne Lions Club; and a member of the Golden Rule Masonic Lodge of
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