LIFE IN MACKAY Captions
and photos courtesy Ruben R. Hernandez
Wharton County, Texas Gulf Coast
Mackay was home to Mr. Ruben R. Hernandez'
1916 - 1940.
pictures of life in Mackay, 1920s and 1930s. They involve family members, but
they demonstrate the lifestyle in Mackay between 1920 and 1940 when we left to
make our home in Houston. I feel good that they are being seen in public, as they
should be, as part of a historical montage." - Ruben R. Hernandez, July
"My extended family and I want to thank you for posting
the Mackay pictures... Our ancestors live on through these photos and stories.
Attached are a few more photos..." - Respectfully. Ruben R. Hernandez,
October 04, 2005
Hernandez, La Cruz Azul |
"The picture of the woman in white is my mother,
Manuela "Meme" Ramirez Hernandez in 1925 as a member of one of the civic organizations,
the Blue Cross, very much a part of Mackay."
maternal grandmother, Martina Mendez Ramirez feeding her chickens, July 7, 1925"
Ramirez family home in Mackay. It is typical of the homes provided the farm hands
by A.P. Borden. Most of the tenants had beautiful flowers and shrubs planted around
their homes in addition to well tended vegetable gardens."|
M. Ramirez as a Texas A & M cadet in 1927. He is a maternal uncle who was sponsored
to A & M by A. P. and Marie Borden. Following graduation in 1928, "Lupe" returned
to Mackay as an elementary school teacher. |
picture of the flood in the 1930s was taken by my uncle, Guadalupe Ramirez, as
he stood on US 59 looking east. To the left is the Company Store and to the right
is the warehouse and some of the school buildings and teachers' homes.|
this is the warehouse photographed
by Ken Rudine."
Ramirez Girls in the circa 1930 flood are my Mom's sisters, Inez, Isabel, and
Ramirez Homestead, 1936, is my maternal grandparents home in Mackay along the
the Bosque Slough or Creek." |
man and the Model A (or is it a Model T?) is a paternal uncle, Rafael Hernandez,
driving along the main road in Mackay, 1926. Rafael also worked in the Borden
Manor House and as a chauffer." |
The School Yard. - "My paternal uncle, Miguel Hernandez, in the forground,
with teacher Irene Bennett on the right. The teacher on the left is unidentified,
but the other boy is a maternal uncle, Pepe Ramirez. Miguel went on to work for
the Bordens as a butler and chauffer. Irene Bennett was from either Taft or Refugio."
Hernandez of the Mackay Home Demonstration Club, improves the yard about her home
on the Borden Ranch with shrubs and screen plants. All Mexican tenants are encouraged
by the Bordens to improve their home environment." - News clipping.|
Girls 4H Club, 1936 |
family members on a picnic in Mackay enjoying delicious watermelons that were
grown on the rich fertile black soil of Mackay. From left, Isabel Ramirez, her
brother, Pepe, sisters Inez and Rosa, and brother-in-law, Trinidad Morales."
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