|This is a before
and after comparison of an image I just restored from a tintype of
my Great Grandmother Martha M. Marable and my maternal Grandfather
Francis Edward (Bud) Marable that was probably made around 1875 when
they lived in McLennan
|This is another
tintype image I just restored of my Grandfather Bud Marable when he
was a young boy of 6 or 7. If I am correct about his age, it was made
around 1880 when the U.S. Census found he and his family still living
in McLennan County
|I don't know
where the the photo was made but it was taken about one year after
the family moved to Post
according to the date on the back of the original which was two years
before the birth of my Mother, Sybil Lorene and three years before
Bud passed away. In any case, it looks as if it was made on a typical
West Texas day since the breeze was enough to cause the ladies' dresses
to move and blur in the photo.
|The above is
a restored copy of a Cabinet Photo with my Grandfather Bud Marable
standing at the right on the back row. I don't know the identities
of the other individuals or the exact date of the photo. My Grandfather
lived in Scurry County
with his family and worked on their ranch as well as ranches in nearby
counties while growing up and I believe this photo was made when he
was in his teens sometime during the mid to late 1880s or early 1890s.
is a biography I wrote for my Grandfather that was Posted on the Garza
County TexGen site:
Francis Edward "Bud" Marable was born the oldest son of Thomas
Edward and Martha Davis Marable in McLennan
County, Texas on February 12, 1874. He had an older sister, Rosa
Lee, and eventually a younger brother, Robert. Sometime after Bud's
birth the family moved to Scurry County, Texas, where Bud grew up
working on his father's farm and as he grew older working as a cowboy
on various ranches in Scurry and surrounding counties.
On August 24, 1894, he married Willie Etta Callis at her parents’
home in Snyder.
After the birth of two children, Will Tom and Rose, the family moved
to Bud's father's place southwest of what is now Justiceburg,
Texas, in 1901. According to family history, the trip took two
days by covered wagon, spending a night in the settlement of Old Light.
In 1904 the family moved back to Snyder
where a daughter, Frances was born in September. Tom and Rose attended
school in Snyder.
In the spring of 1905 the family moved back to the vicinity of Justiceburg
and in the fall of that year a Miss Ella Smith taught school for about
three months in the Marable home.
Bud and his family homesteaded three sections of land 10 miles southwest
and moved there around 1910. In addition to farming and running some
livestock on his homestead, Bud worked as a cowboy on the Curry Comb
and U Lazy S ranches and as a cook for the OS ranch. Eventually he
sold the land he homesteaded and moved to Round Tub Camp where he
worked for the U Lazy S Ranch.
In 1913 he moved his family to Post,
Texas, after buying a wagon yard from Ed Scott. The Marables'
youngest daughter Sybil Lorene was born there in 1916.
Bud was operating his wagon yard when he passed away on January 27,
1917, and now rests in Terrace
Cemetery on the outskirts of Post.
| I wrote the
biography for my Great Grandfather Henry Callis and posted it on the
TXGen site for Garza
Henry Charles Callis 184*-1915
Henry Charles Callis was born on March 10, 184* (*different sources
provide various birth years ranging between 1840 to 1849) to Edward
M. and Sarah Callis in Hickory County, Missouri. A copy of his enlistment
document indicates he was an eighteen year old farmer when he volunteered
for service in the Union Army and was mustered into the Second Regiment
of Kansas Calvary Volunteers at Waldron, Arkansas, on February 8,
1864, which would indicate his birth year was 1846 or ’47 but family
oral history claims he was a “big for his age” fifteen or sixteen
year old who lied about his age.
During Henry’s service with the 2nd Kansas, the regiment was stationed
around Western and Central Arkansas taking part in the battle of Prairie
D’Anne, April 9–13, 1864, and two of the battles of the Union Army’s
“Red River Campaign” (Poison Springs, April 16, 1864 and Jenkins Ferry,
April 29-30, 1864) an offensive initiated with the intent of conquering
the last Rebel stronghold of West Texas. With the end of the war,
Henry was mustered out of the regiment at Fort Gibson, Cherokee Nation,
on June 22, 1865.
Family history states that sometime after the war he and a friend,
Bill Lowrance, traveled to Henrietta,
Texas, for a visit with Bill’s family. It was here that he met
and eventually married Bill’s sister Elizabeth (Betty) Lowrance Abt
1872 at Henrietta.
Sometime after their marriage the young couple moved to Lampassas
County Texas where their daughter Sofrona (Fronie) Isbell was
born in 1873 followed by daughter Willie Etta in 1877. The 1880 U.S.
Census found the family living in Jack
County, Texas but they apparently moved back to the Henrietta
area where Betty died of unknown causes in 1881.
Henry moved his little family to Snyder,
Texas, where he left his two young daughters with relatives while
he worked on surrounding ranches and farms. On May 5, 1884, he married
Mary J. Miles in Mitchell
County, Texas, and the couple made their home in Snyder
where the two daughters by his previous marriage were eventually joined
by six “half siblings”: four sons, Charlie, Joe, Bob and Boley; and
two more daughters, Allie and Annie.
He worked for the Currycomb Ranch in what was to become Garza
County and for Pete Scoggins and Boley Brown who owned large range
holdings in Kent County,
On July 8,1907, he was elected to the office of County Hide and Animal
Inspector after the formation of Garza
County that year. He continued to lead an active life on the range
until age and physical disabilities kept him out of the saddle.
Henry C. Callis died at his ranch home in eastern Garza
County on August 14, 1915. Mary lived on until May 22, 1948, when
she passed away in Portales, New Mexico. Both were buried in Terrace
Cemetery at Post, Texas.
of the Spur Ranch in Dickens County - Early 1890s
photo is of my "soon to be" Grandmother and friends:
|"Staff" of the
|My "soon to be"
Grandmother Willie Etta Callis (in the white dress)
|The above is
a photo of the "staff" of the Spur Ranch in Dickens County
made sometime in the early 1890s when my Grandmother, Willie Etta
Callis (in the white dress), worked there as a cook. My Grandfather,
Bud Marable, also worked on the Spur Ranch as a cowboy on separate
occasions (but he isn't in this photo) and both of their families
lived in or near Snyder
at the time. They were married in Snyder
on August 29, 1894.
Owner/Editor of the Post Dispatch newspaper,
and my Dad, Dan B. Cockrum (age 16)"
|This photo is
of Ed Warren, Owner/Editor of the Post Dispatch newspaper,
and my Dad, Dan B. Cockrum, (age 16) in the composing area
of the newspaper. The calendar on the wall in the left of the photograph
reveals that the photo was made sometime in the month of January,
1928. The building still stands in downtown Post
and currently holds the newspaper offices but the paper itself is
now printed off-site. Dad worked for the Dispatch as a pressman, photographer
and Linotype operator until about 1949 when he was employed by the
Lubbock Avalanche Journal as a Linotype operator. In the early
1950s he left the Lubbock
paper and with a friend, printed the Post Shopping News in
Post for a short time before
he established his own business, Cockrum Printing and Office Supply
in Post. He and my Mom
operated this business for more than 30 years and during that time,
Dad developed a four color business card printing press that he marketed
nationwide in the 1970s under the corporate name Cockrum Enterprises.
|OS Ranch Cowboys,
1888 - Garza County, Texas
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