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Elm Grove School Students, about 1934

Photo & Information Submitted by Gene Lang

The Elm Grove School was located in the Galena Community on the Van Zandt/Smith County line, just south of present day I-20. In about 1937/38 it was integrated into the Van Independent School District. This photo is believed to be 1934 due to the youngest student shown was born 09 Sep1929. The student, Marshall Alexander (Jake) Brown Jr was the son of teacher Dick Brown and appears to be smaller than any of the other students on the front row, of which several were born in 1928.

An original of this photo is owned by Mr. Cecil Brown who lives near Longview, TX who also supplied the names submitted by Gene Lang.

1st Row Left to Right: Elbert Dempsey Maxfield; Jimmie Ruth Brown; A. J. Smith; Naomi Ruth Malone; Randall Boyd; Billie Girl Cox; Marshall Alexander (Jake) Brown Jr.; Ruby Wells; Jack Brown

2nd Row Left to Right: Ruth Malone; Kelly Earl Malone; Lilly Earl Brown; Dee Ashley; Maudella Bailey; Andrew Moore; Rachel Madene (Shorty) Brown; Vestal T Wells; Billie Ruth Ashley; J M Boyd; Tootsie Bailey.

3rd Row Left to Right; Virgie Brown; Era Jane Wells; Wylie Lee Malone; Nadine Bailey; Hershel Burnese Maxfield; Jurene Smith; Ray Malone; Odessa Brown; James Moore; Geneva Owens; William Eugene Maxfield; Luna Mae Brown; Fern A. Malone

4th Row Left to Right: Alvie LaRue Brown; Mrs Mary Cain (teacher); Audrey Smith; Avery Dell Malone; Adrian Brown; Ola Juanita Brown; Thomas Starr; Nadine Malone; Merle Smith

5th Row Left to Right: Iva Fay (Ivy) Malone; Mrs Dola Cox (teacher); Marshall Alexander (Dick) Brown Sr. (teacher); Mrs Ethel Martin (teacher)

Other notes about this school group:

Teacher and his five children:
Marshall Alexander Brown Sr (Dick) b. 22 Aug 1897 Erath TX - d. 01Jun 1991 Abilene TX m. Nannie Sue Riley 27 Mar 1917 Smith Co TX - Children in this photo were:
1. Adrian Brown b. 09 Nov 1918 Grand Saline TX d. 1993 Stockton CA - married Dorothy Phillips
2. Ola Juanita Brown b. 28 Sep 1920 d. Oct2 009 Katy TX - married Melvin Jenkins
3. Odessa Brown b. abt. 1922 married Roy H. Shipes
4. Rachel Madene (Shorty) Brown b. abt 1925 married (1) Joe Cairo (2)Leroy McGill
5. Marshall Alexander Brown Jr (Jake) b. 09 Sep1 929
d. 01 Feb1966 Abilene TX married Betty _____.

Alvie LaRue Brown b. 31 Oct 1918. married (1) C W McDow (2) Sam McKeethan
Jimmie Ruth Brown b. 23 Feb 1928 married _______ Head
Lilly Earl Brown b. 16 May 1925 d. 06 Jul 1967
Luna Mae Brown married Derrell Mayo
Avery Dell Malone married George Stoddard
Iva Fay (Ivy) Malone married Cecil Pruett
Nadine Malone b. abt 1921, married George Harper
Wylie Lee Malone b. abt 1924, married Vona Deville
Fern A. Malone b. 1922 - Enlisted in WAC 31 Jul 1944 Pvt.
Ruth Malone b. 26 Apr 1927 married Ray Garfield
Kelly Earl Malone b. 1926 married Norma Jean Harvey
Naomi Ruth Malone b. 07 May 1928 married Garland Strickland
Hershel Burnese Maxfield b. 18 Feb 1922

Mrs. Dola Cox (1894-1975) was married to Robert H. Cox (1891-1934). They are buried in Dover Cemetery, Carroll, Smith County, TX.

Odessa Brown b.1925 married Roy H. Shipes (1915-1979). He is buried in Mexia City Cemetery, Mexia, Limestone Co, TX.

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