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The Marable/Cockrum Families Collection

Dickens County
Garza County
McLennan County
Scurry County

By Dan E. Cockrum
Photos courtesy Marable/Cockrum Families Collection

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 County Texas.

McLennan County, Texas - Grandfather Bud Marable as Young Boy 1880

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 Texas.

Post Texas - F.E. (Bud) Marable Family 1914

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.

Snyder, Texas, Scurry County  - GD Marable and Ranch workers

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.

The following 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 of Justiceburg 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.

Henry C. and Mary Miles Callis, 1914

I wrote the biography for my Great Grandfather Henry Callis and posted it on the TXGen site for Garza County.

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.

"Staff" of the Spur Ranch in Dickens County - Early 1890s

The following photo is of my "soon to be" Grandmother and friends:

Dickens County TX - Spur Ranch workers
"Staff" of the Spur Ranch

Dickens County TX - Spur Ranch women -  Willie Etta Callis
My "soon to be" Grandmother Willie Etta Callis (in the white dress)

Dickens County TX - Spur Ranch men
Close-up of the men

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.

Post Dispatch

Post TX - Post Dispatch  work room
Post Dispatch, January, 1928

Post TX - Post Dispatch Ed Warren and Dan Cockrum 1928
"Ed Warren, 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.

Garza County TX, 1888 - OSRanchCowboys with F. E. Bud Marable
OS Ranch Cowboys, 1888 - Garza County, Texas
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