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My grandmother, Bessie Agnes Rhodes Wilkinson, 1904-1998, graduated (1923) from Silsbee High, Hardin Co., Texas.

I found these photos in her high school scrapbook. Perhaps someone will find family or friends here.

Be sure to check out my grandmother's School Friendship Book.

Unless otherwise stated, all names are in the traditional format of reading Left to Right.

Class of 1923 ~ Silsbee High School

Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas

My grandmother is on the far right, sitting down. If you know who any of the other  students are, please send me an email and let me know.

School Group Picture - Silsbee, TX ca . 1914
If you know someone in this photo, please contact me

1. (First name is unreadable), Elzah, Jewel, Edward, Charley, Fred, Sidney, Leonard, Virgil, Louis, Don, Ray

2. Selman, Lee, Jessie Lee, Esther, Sudie, Alma Lorene, Bessie Rhodes, Ruth, Louise, Tessie, Berta, Francis,

3. Jessie, Willie Mae,  Paulene, Clara, Evaline, Maggie, Lillie, Ethel E, Naomi, Albertine, Mae, Ruth M.

4. J.B., Marvin, Elmer, Richard, Esker, Lawerence, Wesley, + Buren (Van Buren Wallace, Jr)

+  "...oldest son of Van Buren Wallace and Mary Jane Kelley Wallace. After dropping out of school to support his family, years later, he met and married a feisty woman from Louisiana, Edna Mae McLeod and they raised 4 sons and 1 daughter. Papaw worked for Santa Fe and Bethlehem Steel. We are very, very proud of him and our lives were enriched to have him in it. Papaw encouraged education for all of us and had one son who was an Assistant Supt in Silsbee, one an engineer for Santa Fe, one an agent for the American government, and one a safety supervisor in one of the refineries. His daughter, [is] Mary Evelyn Wallace Reeves..." -- Lynda Ingram, granddaughter

School Group Picture

Teacher standing: Mr. Coleman

Boys on back row
:  C.V. Deax, Earl Neely, Virgil Chance, Norman Coats, David Reed, Casper Landolt, Allen Littlepage, Ira Wilson, Bevis Ashworth, W. F. Deax

Gentleman sitting
:  Mr. Amos D. Rawlingson, Superintendent

Girls standing:
 Paulyne Rucks, Alma Lightsey, Willie Mae Jones, Lee Beard, Charlie Sheffield, Vernelia Patillo, Clara Jett, Melba Upshaw, Irene Thornal, Miss Wright.

Girls sitting
: *Frances Etelka Hardin, Jessie Lee David, Daisy Collier,  Louise Barnkill(?), Vyrl Dunbar, Dottie Warr.

* Frances Etelka Hardin, daughter of William H. Hardin and Mary Alice Maxwell, was born on Aug 31, 1903 and died June 25 1997 in Houston, Harris Co., TX.  She married Benjamin Kirven Richardson on July 4, 1925 in Jasper Co., TX. He was the son of Sargent Jasper Richardson and Burgess Russel Magouirk. Kirven was born Aug 12, 1899 and died Mar 21, 1981 in Beaumont, Jefferson Co, TX.  They are buried in the Antioch Cemetery in Buna, Jasper Co., TX.

 The picture below was taken in Bessmay, Jasper Co., TX and is part of my grandmother's collection.


unkn couple Village Mills TX, ca1930

Tessie Gore, later Tessie Reed

My grdmother's best friend through her school years

Ed Reed & Mrs. Georgia Trull Reed Mayer

Willie & Betty George

Edna Jones, Beckie Hooks, Auby Singletary

Unkn Man, Edna Jones, Becky Hooks, Auby Singletary

Tommy Reed

Tessie Gore

Georgia Trull Gore, Tessie's Mother. Aft her
husband died, she married Wm Edward Mayer

Gladys Gore ca. 1926
Tessie's sister

Bessie & Essie George

Lillie Caraway & Becky Hooks

Taking a break ca. 1920

From the photo collection of my grandmother, Bessie Agnes Rhodes Wilkinson, d/o Henry Howard Rhodes & Frances Milbre "Fannie" Pate

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