Orice Marvin Beck and Emma T. Lark Beck
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O.M. and Emma Beck

O.M. and Emma Beck
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Birth Date:   Sep 15, 1888       Birth Date:   Apr 4 1888
Death Date:  Jul 18, 1954       Death Date: Jan 13, 1947


Orice Marvin Beck was born Sept. 15, 1888, in Pilot Point, Denton Co. He was the oldest child of James Lesley Beck and Sophia Deets Beck. O.M. had five brothers and one sister. He spent all his childhood at Pilot Point. At the age of 21 he met and married Emma T. Lark, daughter of Frank M. and Fannie Lark.

Emma T. Lark was born Apr. 4, 1888 in Pilot Point. This couple made their home in or near Pilot Point until 1920. On Oct. 10, 1910 a son, Marvin M. Beck, was born to this couple.

Beck and his wife moved to the country where he was engaged in farm work. On Jan. 29, 1914 this union was blessed with twins, a boy and a girl, J.P. and Nola B. Three years later, Sept. 11, 1917, a daughter, Willie Mae, was born.

In 1919, finding it hard to make a living for his family, O.M. came to Crosby County to pick cotton for an old timer, Henry (Uncle Henry) Austin. while picking cotton here he made a down payment of $800 on a quarter section of land near Savage Gine. At that time he returned to Pilot Point and made arrangements to move his family to West Texas. Mr. Beck told the four children, age one, six, and three, that they were going to move to West Texas where "money grows on trees". On Feb.15, 1920 he brought his family to Ralls on the rail. On their arrival, as soon as the children´s feet touched ground, they ran out looking closely at the trees. Their father asked what they were doing. To his embarrassment, they told him they were looking for the money that grew on the trees.

O.M. went into cafe business with Tip Williams in Ralls. He also owned and operated two trucks - hauling groceries, feed, and other supplies from Lubbock to Ralls. He traded his trucking business and trucks to the Crowley family, for horses, mules, and farm equipment to farm the quarter of land he had bought.

After living in Ralls two years, Mr. Beck moved to his farm in League 4 community.

O.M. and his brother, Arlis Beck, built and operated the first grocery store at Savage.

On June 21, 1923, a daughter, Vivian was born to this union.

In 1926, Mr. Beck bought farm land at Caprock, and moved his family to this farm. The family came to know Caprock as their home.

Apr. 1, 1928, a daughter, Emma Lee was born.

In 1944, Mr. Beck retired from farming and went into the motel business. He owned motels at Sweetwater, Colorado City, Kermit, Big Spring and Lovington, NM.

Emma T. Lark Beck died Jan. 13, 1947. Orice M. Beck died Jul 18, 1954. Willie Mae Beck Holland died Nov. 14, 1974.

Source: "Crosby County History Book 1876-1977", Crosby County Historical Commission, ©1977

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