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