Some old photos from Reeves Co
Alice Vivian Grissom El Paso, Texas 1921 18 May 1900 10 Sep 1984
Vivian Grissom Divers Los Angeles, California 1927 piano teacher.
Vivian Grissom Divers Palmdale, California 1949 with 1927 Hudson Super Six
Omer Divers at the Dixieland oil field about 1919. Although she was living in Pecos at the time, he met Miss Vivian Grissom sometime in 1926-7 working as a stenographer at the downtown Los Angeles office of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. They married in November 1927.
Vivian's father Robert Franklin Grissom age 55 with oldest daughter Kate Taylor Lewis age 33, granddaughters Kathy Lewis age 2 and Gladys Vivian Lewis age 6 Pecos, Texas 1924.
Picture postcard postmarked Henderson, Texas 6 Nov 1911
Electra Christian Hall 1868-1911
Robert Franklin Grissom 4 Aug 1869 17 Aug 1938
This picture sent by a cousin, which was broken in half, is grandfather Hall's house near Palestine, Texas around his 68th birthday, November 1896. L to R are Robert Bob Franklin Grissom age 28, wife Electra Christian (Hall) Grissom 28, holding daughter Mary Jewell Grissom 9 months, daughter Kate Taylor Grissom 5, holding hand of grandfather Stephen Taylor Hall. He was living with his daughter and son-in-law on Bobs farm on the Pecos River near the oil town of Dixieland, when he died sometime in Aug or Sep 1904. His grave location is unknown. The rest of the family are in the Pecos Fairview Cemetery.
The drawing is from the inside cover of 'The Sharp Top School' by Joe Cross 1937.
Rev. Robert (Bob) Barron Lewis pastor of Presbyterian Church 9 Sep 1926-21 Jul 1997
Ira J. Bells 1919 Essex Super Six touring sedan crossing the Pecos River with his family . His son Earl was a friend of the Grissoms and is in Reminscence.
Ira J. Bells daughter Ethel Bell at oil well in Dixieland.
This photo of main street in Pecos was taken by my father Omer Fetguson Divers circa 1919.
My mother Alice Vivian Grisson lived in Pecos with her two sisters Kate Taylor and Mary Jewell on their fathers farm. Grandfather Robert Franklin (Bob) Grissom and grandmother Electra Christian (Hall) Grissom and their daughters are all at Fairview Cemetery.
It's ironic that he and his mother Lillie Maud (Davis) Tucker were selling oil shares for promoter Ira J. Bell and his future wife Miss Alice Vivian Grissom was living there. Right next door is the 'Mint Cafe' where Uncle Bob Lewis had coffee every morning. There is a short story about him and his daughter Gladys and son-in-law Bob Penn in the book Pecos, A History of the Pioneer West Volumes 1 & 2 by Alton Hughes. On First St. the West of the Pecos Museum has a jail picture of a stable boy who stole Bob Lewis' guns and horse. He was the last horse thief hung in Texas. Grandfather Bob Grissom came from East Texas to farm in the rich Pecos River Valley. He bought 320 acres and built a two story house for his family. It was located 26 miles North of Pecos on US #285 near the old ghost town of Dixieland which later became a boom town with the discovery of oil. I have letters to R. F. and Electra Grissom postmarked 1905 Dixieland. He sold the farm and moved to Pecos so the children could attend school but his frail wife soon died in 1911. Later he married Miss Marion Snow Hudson and they grew some of the finest Pecos cantaloupes on the 68 acre farm located at Range Road #1216 about 11 miles North of Pecos. What stands out in my boyhood memory how grandfather grew the sweetest melons. I think he sold his interest in a successful company to his partner M L Todd because he saw his life ending. He was 69 when they found him slumped over the wheel of his tractor. In front of the West of the Pecos Museum is a Historic Marker #5397 Title: The Pecos Cantaloupe. The name R F Grissom a true pioneer of the industry is missing from the story.The above 11 pictures
Baptist Church, Toyah, Texas 1904
Toyah Public School - 1911
Odell girls sewing class - Jenny and Gertie at front machines
Gertie Odell by T. A. 'Dick' Odell' s barber tent in Balmorhea
A parade, probably in Pecos
Balmorhea street scene
Balmohea school circa 1905 - Assorted Odell children
This must be a deversion dam built in the Davis Mountains by Mr. Smith's grandfather.
For more info on the Odell family check this web site:SMITH~OATMAN~MURRAY~ODELL
Pictures donated by Bill Smith of Sanderson, Texas
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Updated Sept. 11, 2009