Category Archives: G.M.C. Massey

Granddad’s Days as a West Texas Cattle Rancher

Granddad wrote of his many endeavors from farming in east Texas as a young man to teaching in multiple rural schools across Texas to running a Star mail route to hustling highway work when he found himself suddenly out of … Continue reading

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Granddad Writes of Memories, Memoirs, & Dreams

In writing his memoirs, my grandfather, G. M. C. Massey, tended to repeat himself. He excused this tendency by mentioning more than once that he basically wrote these stories of his life experiences at the time he remembered them. He … Continue reading

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Granddad Struggles Settling into San Angelo, 1919

After living in rural East Texas most of his life, my grandfather, G. M. C. Massey, age 38, moved his family out to West Texas to run the Star Mail route between San Angelo & Sonora. Within the year, his … Continue reading

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Granddad’s Summer Vacation, 1925

With a new school year starting up, many students across the country kick off their return to classes with reports of “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” Here’s Granddad’s account of his vacation 1925. I remember in the year 1925 when I … Continue reading

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Granddad’s Confession

My grandfather, G. M. C. Massey, spent close to 20 years teaching all over rural Texas, ranging small towns near his east Texas home in Yantis to Asherton in southwest Texas as well as numerous other locales across the state. … Continue reading

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Granddad & the Mystery of the Missing Money (Part 2)

Continuing Granddad’s account of trying to resolve the issue of $75 missing in the mail and an irate customer threatening violence unless it is returned. In Part 1, we learned how the customer mailed an envelope with $75 in it … Continue reading

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Granddad & the Mystery of the Missing Money (Part 1)

In his memoirs, my grandfather, G. M. C. Massey, wrote of having several vocations during his life. After close to twenty years teaching and as a rural superintendent, he came to realize he would never earn enough to comfortably support … Continue reading

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“All Kinds of People in the World of Business”

My grandfather left the teaching field after nearly 20 years to take a contract delivering mail on a Star route in and around San Angelo circa 1918. He gave it a good try but heavy rains kept washing out the … Continue reading

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Granddad Trades Up — For a Bicycle

My grandfather, G. M. C. Massey, (1880-1962) wrote extensively about specific horse trades he made in rural Texas as he grew to manhood. He prided himself on driving a good bargain., often recounting his best deals more than once. He … Continue reading

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Granddad Writes of Writing His Memoirs

Working with the manuscript pages and reconstituted scraps of my grandfather’s typewritten memoirs can be challenging. Not only will he repeat stories (sometimes with variations), but there are short fragments scattered throughout the transcription that I hate to leave out. … Continue reading

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