Category Archives: G.M.C. Massey

Granddad Writes of his Memoirs and Retired Life

My grandfather, G. M. C. Massey, wrote memoirs of his life in a series of manuscripts after he turned 80 in 1960. One of his daughters, my mother Dell Buller, did an excellent job editing some portions of the material … Continue reading

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Granddad on Qualifications for Educational Leaders

A bit of a follow-up on my most recent post from my grandfather’s memoirs about his days teaching in Snyder. Here he tells why he turned down the offered chair of the mathematics department at Snyder High School, as well … Continue reading

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Granddad’s Solves a Math Problem in Snyder

My grandfather, G.M.C. Massey, started his career as a teacher in East Texas but eventually taught many places around Texas, notably a memorable year in Asherton in South Texas as well as the West Texas town of Snyder, as described … Continue reading

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G.M.C. Massey, Rural Texas Educator, 1900-1918

My grandfather, G.M.C. Massey, worked as an educator in rural Texas over a hundred yeas ago. I’ve shared a number of his stories here on the blog, including the early episode that earned him a reputation as an effective disciplinarian, … Continue reading

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Granddad Stranded on the Road to Sonora

Granddad often wrote more than one account of the same incident in his memoirs. As he explained, he just wrote whatever came to mind when it came to mind, so some repetition is to be expected. This is another instance … Continue reading

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Granddad Witnesses a Wedding — That Wasn’t

  As a lay minister, my grandfather, G.M.C. Massey, would perform a few marriages during his life. Witnessing one scene of wedding vows going wrong impacted him enough as a young man to write about it years later in his … Continue reading

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Hard Winter for Granddad

Born in 1880, my grandfather, G.M.C. Massey, wrote memoirs describing his life in Texas. The winter of 1918-1919 saw him facing new hardships in San Angelo after he moved his family there to take a Star Mail contract. His first … Continue reading

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Granddad Loses a Leg

I have very few specific memories of my grandfather, G. M. C. Massey. He was very old when I was very young and he lived hundreds of miles away in San Angelo, so we only visited infrequently. I don’t even … Continue reading

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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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