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Martin & Carol pictured with diplomas after receiving bachelor degrees at Sul Ross State College in Alpine, Texas

Sul Ross Graduation Alpine, Texas 1968

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These pages were initially created to transfer photos from traditional scrapbooks to the internet in order to both preserve and make the pictures and history available to family and friends. It has become more extensive than I intended. However, I see it as a way to save the details before they slip away.

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Alpine, Texas

Part 1 1878 to 1945

Part 2 1946 to 1956

Part 3 1957 to 1963

Part 4  1963 to 1966

Part 5 1967 to 1970

Part 6  1970 to 1977

Part 7 1978 to 1982

Part 8 1982 to 1984

1984 to present

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Carol & Martin's home in Odessa 1970 built by Wylie Brown Builders

 

Alpine, Texas 1967 to Odessa, Texas 1970

Mom & Pop Crerar - Pop, born Sept 20, 1881 passed away March 1, 1967

Immigrated to Cleveland, Oh from Glasgow, Scotland in 1907
Naturalized in US on 1/14/16.

George Crerar and George Karvonen

April 1967 double rainbow

Margaret & George Crerar

Alpine cemetery = George "Pop" Crerar • George Crerar - Sept 20, 1881 to March 1, 1967

 

Martin's aunts in Alpine for George Crerar's funeral and parents

 

Margaret Crerar and her sister Isabel after Pop Crerar's funeral, March 1967

 

Carol's Mom La Fawn Avant graduating from nursing school in 1967

 

Carol's Mom and brother Ben after her nursing school graduation

 

Carol's room 1967

Ollie, Karl, George & Pepper

Grandma Margaret Crerar with Karl & George

Peggy Anne, Karl & Grandma Margaret Crerar

Tom, Peggy, Martin & Carol - April 1967

Carol's family 1967

 

Carol  (Phyllis) & Martin (Buddy) married First Baptist Church, Alpine, Texas August 29, 1967 • video clips

Carol  (Phyllis) & Martin (Buddy) married August 29, 1967

Carol's maids of honor at wedding

Carol's Maid of Honor was Donna Lynn Mueller (Johnson), and maids Terri Bronze and Debbie Boysen

Carl Williams, the Brwster County Sheriff was Martin's Best Man.

Carl Williams was Martin's Best Man.  After serving a Sheriff of Brewster County, Carl moved to Midland, TX and helped create the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Education and Standards

Wedding party at Carol & Martin's wedding

In addition to Carl, Tony Bronze, Corky Thornton and Ben Avant served at the wedding party

 

George Cooley, Debbie Boysen and Debbie's Dad Vernon Boysen at Carol and Martin's wedding reception

George Cooley, Debbie Boysen and Debbie's Dad Vernon Boysen at Carol and Martin's wedding reception.  Vernon taught Martin photography and sold him his first professional Voigtlander camera.

Dallas 1967

 

Dallas 1967

Martin's parents often attended the Sul Ross football games.  This was homecoming 1967.

Martin's parents and Peggy in Sul Ross stands during game

 

 

Carol third from left

Carol, Martin and Baron (from Jack O'Donnell)

Sul Ross Band and Lady Bird Johnson

Tom, Peggy, Mom Crerar, Martin, Carol, Dad, with Karl and George Karvonen in front  1968

Sul Ross band at Kokernot Lodge

      

 

 

Carol & Martin between Ft Davis & Balmorhea as we were driving Martin's Dad's Odessa American paper delivery

 

1969 Christmas dinner hosted by Carol & Martin at their new home bought from Carl Williams after he and Alice moved to Midland. . At the table: Dr. Karvonen, his wife Hilia, Ollie Theophilus, Martin, Carol, Margaret Crerar, Tom Karvonen, Peggy Anne and Dan Karvonen

Tony and Terry Bronze with new baby at Carol and Martin's first home in Alpine

Tony & Terry Bronze with new baby at Carol and Martin's first home in Alpine, Texas 1967

Martin's Dad distributed books and magazines in Alpine and the surrounding counties.  Unsold books periodically would be stripped of their covers and destroyed.  Tony often came by to see what he might salvage.

Carol & Martin with Corky (Louis Thornton) .  Many hours were spent studying and playing cards.  Corky also worked as a dispatcher at the Alpine Police Department.  Corky and Martin also shared their practice teaching (Band Directing) at Alpine High School. 

   

Corky on his 22nd birthday

Corky's 1968 birthday.  Corky and Martin were lucky to complete their Student Teaching at Alpine High School.  They split the schedule and thus were able to be there during both the Marching and concert seasons.  View video

Corky repairing our TV

view video that also includes Sul Ross band

Corky's Dad was a track Foreman for the Santa Fe Railroad in West Texas.  He had warned the Santa Fe that there were rock slide problems that needed to be addressed between Alpine and Presidio.  However before the work could be completed, a freight train ran into a slide derailing 2 engines and numerous cars.   view video

 

Corky's Dad allowed Corky, his Mom, Carol and Martin to go down to the sight, including getting to ride a work trolly.  Unfortunately there was not enough room for Corky on the trolley and you'll see him staggering in in the movie.  Great fun!

Sul Ross Campus from the air in 1968

1968 Alpine parade

Brewster County Sheriff Carl Williams - view video

George's DPS car by house

George's DPS car

 

George and barbara in Uvalde

George and Barbara - view Video

Carol outside the Theophilus home in 1968

Carol with Central School behind her

Ollie & Peg

 

Carol working at the City of Alpine - Brewster County dispatch office  Martin working at the City of Alpine - Brewster County dispatch office

Martin, Carol and their friend Corky Thornton (below) went to work for the joint City of Alpine and Brewster County police dispatch services during 1967 and 1968.

Alpine Police dispatch (North 5th) 1967

Carol Avant, Martin Theophilus & Louis "Corky" Thornton in 1967

Carol, Martin & Corky - 1967 Sul Ross Annual

Martin and Corky were able to share their student teaching at Alpine High School. The arrangement was unusual, however it allowed us to participate in both the marching and concert seasons.

    

 

Louis "Corky" Thornton 1968 Sul Ross

When Martin's Mom was teaching at Sul Ross, Carol was a Graduate Assistant teaching English and Martin was working for the Sul Ross Police Dept.  Martin stopped a student for running a stop sign on campus and he said "Geezz, I just left your mother's class and am late for your wife's class.  This is too many Theophili!"

   

 

Martin & Carol pictured with diplomas after receiving bachelor degrees at Sul Ross State College in Alpine, Texas  

Martin receiving Bachelor of Music degree from Sul Ross University

Carol (Bach & Masters English) & Martin's (Bach Music) Sul Ross State College graduation, May, 1968

Martin's Mom down on Woodward ranch where she hunted rocks regularly.

view 1950's video of SR Geology trip

When it grew up on the Woodward ranch, Martin's Mom was bitten on top of the head by this mountain lion.

 

After graduation, Carol, Martin Corky & Tony Bronze traveled to San Antonio to see Hemisfair - view video clip

 

 

Carol playing basket ball with Pepper

Carol playing with pepper.  Martin's Grandmother hanging clothes on the line in background.

Glider flying over hanger at Marfa Army Air Base during Marfa Glider meet in 1967

Glider over old Marfa Army Ai Base

Go to more about the Marfa, Texas area

 

Carol and Martin acquired Baron in 1969.  He was kept part time in our first garage apartment and part time at Martin's parents.  Baron's sister was acquired for Corky.  Martin, Carol and their friend Corky Thornton (below) went to work for the joint City of Alpine and Brewster County police dispatch services during 1967 and 1968.

 

Baron given to Carol & Martin by Jack O'Donnell

 

   

Baron & Tonya (came from El Paso)

 

Carol & Martin's Baron & Tonya with their pups - video

Carol & Martin bought Alice & Carl Williams home when they moved to Midland.  Martin's ex-DPS car.

 

 

Carol & Martin bought Alice & Carl Williams home when they moved to Midland.

Mom (Peg) Santa Elena 1971

Larry & Donna Johnson with Carol & Martin

Martin's personal DPS car 

Having enjoyed working for the Brewster County Sheriff' Department and City of Alpine Police Department as a police dispatcher, Martin wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement.  After graduating with his Bachelor's degree from Sul Ross, Martin worked as a State of Texas Sul Ross Police Officer.  Go to more about the Sul Ross security force - page 1  page 2

  Sul Ross Security Chief's police car 

Martin's Sul Ross police car & Chief's police car

Used DPS Lt's car

Martin's Sul Ross Police car

SR Police patch

Jean Pate assisted us in working with the DPS motor pool to find really good used cars from the DPS sales.  Martin's Dad used the cars for the newspaper delivery and testing tires for the Firestone company test track in Fort Stockton.

 

1st Anniversary 1968

Louis "Corky" Thornton with Baron's sister

 

 

Carol & martin with Baron and Pepper

Martin's Grandmother Margaret Crerar (bottom rt), Her sisters:Ina, Mary and Bella (late 1960's) - video of Grandma's arrival back in Midland.

 

 

Mom building snow bear

Mom never built a simple snowman.  Here she's made a snow bear.

    

Carol's Grandfather, Grandmother, Carol, her father Phil, Mother LaFawn and brother Ben, and brother Jesse.- View Pyote video

       

 

Fort Stockton water carnival

Martin's Grandmother arriving back to Midland Odessa Airport from her trip to Scotland

Carol & Martin lived in an alley apartment belonging to the Perryman's after they married and then bought Alice and Carl Williams' home (above) in Alpine when they moved to Midland, Texas. Peggy and Tom bought the house from Carol & Martin.

Shafter, Texas church during filming of the Andromeda Strain opening sequence.

Shafter, Texas church during filming of the movie "The Andromeda Strain" in 1969.  Martin was working for the TxDHS when he went to visit clients in Shafter, the production crew was shooting.

View Martin's movie while driving around Shafter

Go to more about the Marfa, Texas area

This was Martin and Rosario De La O's DPW Food Stamp certification office in 1969.  Interestingly the services were funded by Brewster, Jeff Davis & Presidio counties.  When one of the county's defaulted, the office had to be closed.  Martin was instructed to save the files before the owner locked us out of the office.  A quick move was made (with the help of an Alpine PD officer) and the files were set up in Martin's old bedroom in his parents home which had an access door to North 5th street.  Rosario & Martin certified Food Stamp recipients from that location for several weeks.

Carol Baron & Tonya Oct 1969

Carol's horse collection Oct 1069

 

Marfa, Presidio county courthouse 

  Marfa, Presidio county courthouse

Once the Food Stamp office closed, Martin went to work for the Alpine Texas Department of Transportation, but was subsequently asked to return to the Tx DPW to be a Social Worker in the Marfa (Presidio County courthouse), managing the APTD and OAA programs.  His area included Brewster, Jeff Davis, Presidio and Terrell counties.

TxDPW - USDA Surplus Food warehouse Marfa, Texas

This was the old grocery where martin conducted Food Stamp interviews in Redford.

(from left) sitting Carol's Grandfather from Pyote, (standing) Tom Karvonen, Dad, Mom, Ben, Lafawn Avant (Carol's Mom), Ben, Mom, Grandma Crerar, Carol's Grandmother, Peggy, (in front) Karl, George & Carol)

 

Christmas 1967, George, Peggy,Tom, Oliver (Dad) Margaret (Grandma) Peg (Mom) Carol & Martin walking into scene - Carol's guitar

 

Larry and Donna Johnson (San Antonio) with Carol - Video

Larry's bat

1964 Larry & Donna River Road w/Carol, Claude & Martin

 

Martin's Dad's letter / resume in 1969.  He continued to be selfemployed and grew the magazine distribution and Hallmark book store into a successful business.

Martin's Dad's resume from 1969.  While he briefly thought about getting out of the magazine distribution, he and Martin's Mom built a very successful business later turning the distribution building into a book store and Hallmark Card shop.

Carol with her parents and grandparents in Pyote, Texas

Carol with her parents and grandparents in Pyote, Texas

Martin's Grandmother (bottom right) with sisters Ina, Mary & Bella

Paisano Pass between Alpine and Marfa

 

1969 glider crash near Paisano Pass between Alpine and Marfa

Martin and his Dad went to crash site

Phyllis Carol Avant Theophilus- Masters - Sul Ross

Carol receiving her Masters Degree from Sul Ross UNiversity

Carol receiving her masters Degree at Sul Ross University in 1969

 

Carol receiving her Masters

Carol receiving her Masters Degree from Sul Ross UNiversity

 

Barbara & George Jones' Study Butte store

 

George Jones with Barbara, Jerry & Jim at their Study Butte store

 

 

    

Jerry cashiering at Jones' Study Butte Store

Barbara & George Jones in NM  -view Midland video

Jack O'Donnell's DPS car in Alpine.  Jack later was assigned to Sanderson and eventually went to work for the US Border Patrol in Alpine and Marfa.

Jack O'Donnell with his family in Marfa after taking position with US Border Patrol • view video from 1967 while Jack was a Highway Patrolman in Alpine

Parents Christmas 1969

Carol by Martin's Grandparents house by blossoming tree

Ollie at Grand Canyon 1970

 

Peg Calsbad Caverns 1970

 

Peg swimming at Dr. Gaddis' pool in 1971

Ollie & Karen by Brewster County Courthouse 1970

 

  

Karl and Tom at home in Aline. This was the home that was originally Alice & Carl Williams ' home, bought by Carol and Martin after they married and then sold to Peggy and Tom When Carol & Martin moved to Midland.

Sally Peggy Anne & Karen 1970 - Alpine

Peg, Sally, Peggy Anne, Karen & Elsie

Don Ollie, Karl & Sally - Alpine 1970

Don, Sally & Ollie

Alpine Community Band 1970's?

Margaret Crerar watching Alpine Community Band 1970's?

 

 

   

Corky - High School Band Director in Bronte, Texas, Oct 1969 • Married Lynda May Taylor June 11, 1971.

 

 

Bronte High School 1969

 

 

Memorial page to Louis "Corky" Thornton

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