History of Hutchinson County, Texas: 104 years, 1876-1980

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L-R: Robert E. Andrews, Mrs. Robert E. Andrews, Richard McDuffie, Laurella Andrews, Mrs. W.V. McDuffie,
E.H. Andrews, (baby), W.R. Andrews Borger, 1931.

Carl M. Archer Family
My grandfather, John M. Archer and his
wife Mary Mullins Archer, came to the Hansford/Hutchinson
County area in 1897 with his
family, among them my father, R.B. "Bob"
Archer, Sr.
My mother's father Ernest Sheets came to
this area in 1903. My mother's name is Gertrude
Lucille (Sheets) Archer, who presently
lives in Spearman, Texas.
I was born in Hutchinson County on
December 16, 1920, and have lived in Hutchinson
and/or Hansford County since then
except for two years in Amarillo. My wife,
Mary Frances "Peggy" (Garrett) Archer was
born in Pittsburg, Texas, which is in Camp
County, Texas, on December 1, 1921. Her
parents, the E.G. Garretts, moved to Amarillo
in 1926 and on to Gruver in 1928, where her
father still resides. Peggy and I were married
on August 22, 1939, and presently live in
Spearman, where we are in the cattle, oil, and
grain business as well as other investments.
We have two daughters, Mary Frances born
in 1945, and Carla Lee born in 1949. Mary is
married to Perry Dixon, whose family are
long-time residents of Hutchinson and Hansford
County in the Morse, Texas, area. Mary
and Perry live in Spearman and have three
children, Monty, Mike and Carlee. Carla Lee is
married to Tommy Gumfory, who is an attorney,
and they reside in Grover. Tommy is the
son of Ruth and Paul Gumfory. Ruth's mother
and father, Dave and Divona McClellan, longtime
Gruver residents, still live in Gruver. Carla
and Tommy have three children, Kathryn,
Garrett Mac and Julie. Carl M. Archer
The Archer Family
John McQuity Archer came to Texas during
the Civil War and drove a supply wagon for
the Army. His wife was Mary Mullins, and they
had eleven children-Walter, Bud, Pinkney,
Ell, Jim, Melissa Bradford, Paralee Campbell,
Mattie Foreman, Florence Sanders, Mary
Womake and Rosa Bates. Mary died and John
married Nancy Melissa Mullins, and they had
ten children-Fannie, Dan, Sam, Otis, Bob,
Ben, Nannie, Pearl, and Branch T. Archer. At
the time of his death in 1917, all twenty-one of
his children were still living. His second wife
died in 1934, and both are buried at the Holt
Cemetery in Hutchinson County.
He first came to Correll County, then Bell
County, then to Jones County, then to the
Hansford/Hutchinson County area in 1898.
When he first came to this area he brought a
herd of horses branded JS, his family brand,
which gave amusement as well as jobs for his
sons and all the cowboys who came through
the country seeking work. Many of the cowboys
tried out their skills riding. It was said that
Roy Archer never saw a horse that he could
not ride. All of the others were good riders
too. Mrs. Archer, the mother, always had

plenty of food-a big pot of beans and plenty
of food for all. No one was ever turned away
from their home.
Their daughter Fannie taught school in a
dugout on Bugby Creek. Fannie married
George Whittenburg.
Dan married Lena Sheets and they had two
sons, Ernest and John M. Lena passed away
in 1916.
Ernest married Louise Harvey. John M. lives
near Shamrock and has five children, including
one set of twins.
Sam married Grace Upshaw and they had
three children-Johnnie of Plainview,
Blanche Fuller of Spearman, and Fancher of
Hale Center.
Otis married Jessie Karr who taught school
for several years. They had eight children.
Otis is now deceased and Jessie is living in
Austin.
Bob married Gertie Sheets in 1913 and they
had six sons-R.B., Jr., Dan, Oscar, Carl,
Charles Patten, and one died shortly after
birth. Bob was killed in a car accident in 1939,
and Gertie lives in Spearman.
Roy married Katie Cocke, who was an
early-day school teacher. Roy had three
daughters and one son. Roy was also County
Judge of Travis County and later was District
Judge for several years.
Ben married Ruth King who was a niece of
the famous Billy Dixon.
Nannie married Claude Sheets and they
had several children.
Pearl married Lewis Karr. They had three
sons and one daughter.
Branch T. married Luta Bob Goodlett, who
was a school teacher. Branch T. is the father
of Branch T., Drs. John and Richard Archer of
Amarillo. He had two daughters, Mary and
Luta Bob.
All twenty-one of the Archer children are
now deceased as of 1975.
R.B. "Bob" Archer, Sr. and Gertrude
Lucille Sheets were married on April 6, 1913,
and lived on the old Archer homeplace for
several years. After my mother married the
second time, she decided to sell the old
Sheets homeplace. We bought it and lived
there, where we did extensive farming and
ranching. We still own and operate this farm,
which my father bought in 1904.
We had six sons-R.B., Jr., Dan, Oscar,
Carl, Charles Patten, and one son died a few
hours after birth.
R.B., Jr. married Gertrude Barkley, and they
had two daughters-Sue and Patten Ann.
R.B., Jr. died of burns from an accident in the
home. Gertrude still lives in Spearman.
Dan married Opal Thomas and they had
one son Scott and one daughter Danna Kay.
Dan is an attorney in Perryton and also does a
lot of farming and ranching.
Oscar married Effie Pearl Cluck and they
had a son Bobby and a daughter Catherine
Patterson. Oscar was killed in a highway accident
in 1955. Effie later married Dr. D.E. Hackley,
who died in 1975. Effie is still living in
Spearman.

Carl married Peggy Garrett and they have
two daughters, Mary Frances Dixon and Carla
Lee Gumfory. Carl and Peggy live in Spearman
where he owns and operates the Speartex
Grain Company and does farming and
ranching.
Charles Patten married Estelle Barkley and
they had a daughter, Mattie Lou, whose husband
is in the Air Force and they have lived in
Spain for three years. Charles Patten was
killed in France in 1944 during World War II.
He was with Patton's Third Army. Estelle married
Olin Chamber, who has since died. She
resides in Dalhart.
Bob was killed in a highway accident on
February 18, 1939. I still reside in Spearman.
We had nine grandchildren, twenty-one
great grandchildren, and one great-great
grandchild. Submitted by Gertrude L. Archer

James Calvin and Nancy Lena Archer with children
Jay Scott, Ron Alan, and Jami Gail

James Calvin Archer Family
I, Jenna Ownbey was a personnel associate
at Phillips Petroleum Company, Gasoline
Plant, located at Phillips, Borger, Texas prior
to our first child's birth. Robert was farming
and ranching at our home in North Hutchinson
County, and we were farming the old
Churchill place and the Jim Ownbey Home
place east of the Spearman-Stinnett Highway,
as well as Gochnaur sections. Robert went to
War in October, 1944. I had given up my job
with Phillips, taken leave, and had Nancy
Lena Ownbey, at the Phillips Petroleum Hospital,
December 19, 1944 a week before my
own birthday!
I took Nancy after 14 days in the hospital to
Sedan, New Mexico, to stay with my parents,
Lena Hill and William Henry Stephenson. We
remained there until Robert's discharge from
the army. Then, we returned to our home at
Morse, Texas. Within nine months we were at
West Texas University working on our
degrees. We found a lady to take care of
Nancy. I attended classes Tuesday, Thursday,
and Saturday, with Robert attending Monday,
Wednesday and Friday, so he could go home
on Friday afternoon to see about the farming
and ranching.
Sometimes I took Nancy to class with me in
her little bassinette complete with diapers,
bottle and blanket. Never once did she disrupt
a class. Everyone grew use to her, and paid
her no attention. So it was, that she attended
West Texas University from age nine months
to age three!
Nancy later attended Oklahoma University
at Norman, Oklahoma and both she and her
husband are graduates of Texas Western at El
Paso. She was interested in Merchandising
and was beginning a modeling career when
she and James Calvin Archer were married in
Oklahoma. She had modelled at Colbert's,

Hutchinson County Historical Commission. History of Hutchinson County, Texas: 104 years, 1876-1980. Dallas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20204/. Accessed April 18, 2015.