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Some of these photo's are taken from the book "History of Houston County, Texas 1687-1979"

with permission of Eliza Bishop

Andrew "Sparky" Rush


h/o Grace Shaw

f/o Donald Rush

   b. 11-28-1929

    Houston Co TX

Jane (Bennett) Collins Harrison & dau. Ann Collins in front of the family business on south Fourth Street, Crockett


Clarence G. "Rooster" Steed sitting on the porch of his home built in 1897.

W.W. "Uncle Billy" Aiken (1873-1959) - long time editor of the Crockett Courier newspaper.

Edgar &  Ethel Dixon  in front. Johnny & Jewel Hale in the back seat - 1916

Kennard, TX

1914.  J.M. Creasy 1st bale of cotton.

Dailey's Cotton Gin - located at Dailey community in n/w Houston County

Mary Aldrich - top row, left side of picture.

John Calvin Sullivan and Alma K. Sallas Sullivan.

Johnson Lundy Arledge, Character Actor, appeared in 1930's-40's in 47 films such as "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Gone With the Wind."

1907 - 1947

Franklin Pierce Knox and wife, Malissia Standley

Mabel Durst Hail

Civic Leader in Crockett, TX for many years.


Musician & band leader.  He wrote the music to "Lavender Cowboy" and other popular music of the 1930's.


son of John Fisher Arledge and Harriett Eliza Jones

Samuel Lee Yates b.1849 VA; d. bef. 1894 Grapeland, Houston Co., TX; married Della D. "Dovie" Waller 1877 in Trenton, Gibson Co., TN






Della D. "Dovie" Waller born Feb. 20, 1856 Charlotte, Dickson Co., TN; died Nov. 29, 1927 Crockett, Houston Co., TX; married (1) Samuel Lee Yates 1877 Gibson Co., TN; married (2) Samuel H. Rook July 15, 1903 Crockett, Houston Co., TX



Albert Jackson "Ab" Johnson & Ida Yates family. Taken about 1926 In the Wesley Chapel area of Houston County.  Besides their children: Jack, Eddie, Gertrue, Emmie & Abbie; also in the picture are nephews-Sammy and Johnny Yates, Edgar Crenshaw, Fred Cline, Lee Roy Yates and wife Madge Gossett.

Albert & Ida Johnson & some of their children... nephews to Abb Johnson are Charlie, Bennie & Grady Johnson, sons of Lee Johnson & Emma Reid.

Effie & Rebecca Murray







Stokes Reed







L.C. Yates, s/o Samuel L. Yates & Dovie Waller, b. 1892 Weches, Houston,TX; died 1968 in Crockett, Houston Co., TX.  A WWI veteran. He married Serena Alma Story 1922 in Crockett. 




Alma Story Yates, b.1904 Houston Co., TX, d. 1972 Crockett, Houston Co., TX; d/o Robert B. Story and Mary Jennings.She was the wife of L.C. Yates





Albert Jackson "Ab" Johnson born 1875 Buffalo, Leon Co., TX; died 1941 Conroe, Montgomery Co., TX and Ida Smith b.1875, dau. of John & Nancy Mary (Johnson) Smith.  She married Robert M. Crager.  John & Nancy Smith raised Albert J. & Lee Johnson.  They were their nephews.


Ida Yates and Lillie Smith.  They were best friends.  Ida Yates was the daughter of Samuel Lee Yates and Della D. "Dovie" Waller.  She was born1879  Dickson co., TN; died 1960 Conroe, TX.

Doc Williamson - uncle to Albert "Ab" Johnson, Lee Johnson & Laura Johnson.





Raymond Crager - son of Robert M. Crager and Ida B. (Smith) Crager





Albert Augustus Aldrich born 1837 Mustang Prairie, Houston Co., TX; married Josephine Coleman.




Mrs. Louisa Matlock Coleman







MONROE BRADLEY family of Latexo

L/R: Lacy, Kathleen, Monroe, Sallie (Craig) and Archie Bradley


L/R: A.C. Lemons; Lee Roy Yates (m. Zelma Oliver); Egbert Monroe Oliver (m. Josephine Kibby); Daniel Elbert Green (m. Lillian Grace Lively); Walter Mayo Yates (m. Ora D. Clark); Durwood Chapman (m. Winnie Whitaker)

Submitted by: Martha Yates Vandver

Wesley Chapel, Houston Co., TX - kids -- Louise Crenshaw, George Franklin Hargrove, Douglas Cline, Billy Eugene Hargrove, Esther Mae Hargrove, Lois Davis, Lucille Davis & LaQuina Davis


Wesley Jones & Emma Johnson

Taken in the Wesley Chapel area.






Back L/R:

Bubba Dickey, Pat LeGory



Sue Nichols


Louella A. Parker Dulaney

of the family of

Lemuel Parker & Nancy Jane Godwin


Submitted by: Gay Ousley

Brother & Sisters: L/R - Ida (Yates) Johnson, L.C. Yates, & Eddie (Yates) Somers-Crenshaw

L/R: Myrtle Lois Summers (wife of Bat Smith); woman & child unknown; Barthlomew "Bat" Smith Leo Goolsby and Abbie Johnson Leo Goolsby & Lucy Nealy

Annie Mae Bradley,

Leo Goolsby,

& Lodine Nealy

Lucy Nealy, Annie Mae Bradley, Fred Cline, Eula Bradley, Abbie Johnson, Carrie Tims, Alice Bradley, Archie Bradley & Lodine Nealy

Eddie Johnson, Annie Mae Bradley, Lodine Nealy, Eula Bradley, Lucy Nealy, Abbie Johnson, Carrie Tims, Alice Bradley

Lola Hall


Effie Murray


In the photo album of  Emma Johnson.  Probably friends in the Wesley Chapel Area, Houston Co., TX.

Della Mae Smith, born about 1901; died 1906.  Daughter of Elmon/Elmus Smith and Ida Yates (dau. of Samuel Yates & Della D. "Dovie" Waller).  Ida Yates married (1) Wilson "Willie" Bell (2) Elmon/Elmus Smith (3) Albert Jackson "Ab" Johnson.  Della Mae Smith was born with a heart defect.

ENON SCHOOL - 1923-1924 located on the road to

Augusta, FM227, 6 miles east of Grapeland.  Ora Clark is

the girl on the bottom row, right; her twin brother, Olan Clark is standing on the back row, right. 

Submitted by: Martha Yates Vandver

Crockett Rotary Club; circa 1937-1938 in front of the Royal Cafe on the east side of the courthouse square. Some names are Smith Clines, Henry Paul, Joe Humphery, Joe Arledge, Mr. Shultz, (2) Ben Perdue, Leo Knox, (3) Judge A.A. Aldrich, Bertha Smith, Staley Mims, I.J. Deck, Claude Brown, Jake Currey, John Long, Dr. Greene, (1) Henry Reinike, James BeLal, Betty Cole, Dorothy Hazlett, Kathryn Stikes.










Crockett Ladies Group abt. 1908:

Mrs. T.D. Craddock, Mrs. Dan McLean, Mrs. Lucy Collins, Mrs. W.A.R. French, Mrs. H.J. Castleberg, Mrs. S.F. Tenney, Mrs. Eamma Adams Castleberg, Mrs. A.R. Spence, Mrs. Gussie Worthington Shivers, Mrs. Mable Curst Hail, Mrs. Denny Arledge, Mrs. Sue Wootters, Mrs. Hennie Millar, Mrs. Mary C. Douglas, Mrs. Virginia Frymier, Mrs. Angeline Craddock, Mrs. Bettie Chamberlain, Mrs. J.L. Lipscomb, Mrs. Nannie Morrison, Mrs. J.H. Wootters, Mrs. Geo. W. Crook, Mrs. Florence J. Arledge, Mrs. John R. Foster, Mrs. Margaret Grace, Mrs. Mary Wootters Morris, Miss Missouri Adcock, Mrs. Julia Barbee, T.D. Craddock, Alfred Lee Foster, Marian Foster, & Mrs. Margaret Woodson.

Jim Yarbrough sent this picture he discovered on the internet described as Morris Bormberg, Pres. of Crockett Chamber of Commerce dated c.1920 taken by H.F. Brower, former County Agent, Denton County.

I am sure it is a picture of Mose Bromberg.  The story is, Mose Bromberg was offered the position of manager of the Crockett Chamber of Commerce at a handsome salary.  He declined all compensation and actually served for a considerable period of time without compensation.

He was the son of Mendel Bromberg, brother of Solomon and Perry Bromberg,  Lena Bromberg Kline, Sarah Bromberg Harrison and Pauline Bromberg Weis.

Mineola Welch & cousin Weldon Hendrick c.1929Mineola Welch & cousin Weldon Hendrick ca1929 in front of the old Eastham prison building.  Mineola married Gerald Lundy; her father was Virgil Welch who was killed in a 1935 prison break.

John Burr Clark & Eva Jewel Williams family:

1913 Grapeland, TX

sons: John Ersey, George Edward & Velmer L. "Bigen" Clark

Submitted by:  Martha Yates Vandver


Meredith and Rachel Whitaker


Photo Album of the descendents of of Meredith and Rachel.



Reynard Methodist Church group - abt. 1915

The Harris family:

Submitted by: Jevette Burciaga Duncan

Doris Opal Parker Harris; Fredna Sue Harris; Lester W. Harris; Lester W. Harris, Sr.

John Wilson Parker:

Submitted by: Jevette Burciaga Duncan

with sons, John Wilson BURCIAGA  and Billie Winston Parker.