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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Friday's Photo: Borger, Texas

Dad (Whit Bryan) with niece, Jackie, and sisters - Marie, DeRay, and Willa Mae
614 North McGee Street in 1943

Most of Dad's childhood memories were of Borger, Texas. His sister, DeRay Bryan, moved to Borger in 1927 to teach. Dad said that teacher salaries offered by Borger were the highest in that part of the state. Dad and his other two sisters moved from Seymour to Borger after their father died in 1929. 

In 1930, Dad and his sisters were living at 608 Cable Street. There were several other families living in the house so it must have been apartments or a boarding house. DeRay wrote that they moved to 614 North McGee Street in 1932 where they rented an apartment owned by Homer E. Hardeman. When Homer died in 1972, he left the building to one or more of the Bryan sisters. DeRay and Marie passed away in in the 1980s and Willa Mae died in 1991. The home was sold by Willa Mae's daughter in 1992. 

614 North McGee Street in the 1980s

614 North McGee Street - September 17, 2014

I visited Borger, for the first time, earlier this week. The house on North McGee Street is still standing and well taken care of. My cousin, Sharon, and I enjoyed the museum, the antique shops on Main Street, and lunch at a wonderful restaurant. A nice day in Borger, Texas. Dad would have enjoyed it!


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Sources Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013.

Hutchinson County Historical Commission. History of Hutchinson County, Texas: 104 years, 1876-1980, Book, 1980; digital images, ( : accessed September 19, 2014), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Hutchinson County Genealogical Society, Borger, Texas.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Borger, Hutchinson, Texas; Roll: 2360; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 0002; Image: 554.0; FHL microfilm: 2342094.

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