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Sybil Agnes Harris


II.  Sybil Agnes Harris

Born: August 3, 1890 in Palo Pinto, Texas

Died: November 2, 1954 in Mineral Wells, Texas

Married: May 19, 1909

Van Buren Garvin, Sr.

Born: March 9, 1890 in Spur, Texas

Died: November 10, 1980 in Mineral Wells, Texas


Sybil and Van lived on a farm about seven miles north of Mineral Wells in Palo Pinto County. They had eight healthy and happy children—four boys and four girls. They farmed, and raised cattle and horses until 1925 when they moved to Spur, Texas. They farmed leased land for three years, then moved to McAdoo, Texas in 1930 where Van raised cotton and wheat.


Sybil became ill, resulting in a move back to the Mineral Wells area farm in the 1930’s.


The memories of childhood on the farm were happy ones. They all worked very hard but made fun out of it. They would sit on the porch which almost went completely around the house and shell seven or eight bushels of peas or prepare an equal amount of peaches for Sybil to can. They made their own sugar cane syrup and grew water melons up to a hundred pounds. They even had a cotton gin on the farm, and a vat for killing hogs. Cousins from town would come out to visit, ride the horses, and play on the hay stacks. Helen once thought the visiting cousins were the rich ones because they lived in town, but grew to realize it was the other way around.


The older brothers and sisters in the Garvin family would have their own rodeos on Sundays and break wild horses. They would have ice cream parties and Sybil loved home made ice cream.


Ollie, Doc, Gladys, and Juanita all went to West Texas to live with their Aunt Opal and Uncle Henry. The boys worked in the oil fields. Both Gladys and Juanita got married there as did both of the boys.


Sybil never did live down the time she woke up at around 1:00 AM and got the children all ready and sent them off to school (they had to walk three miles to Valley View School) at this ungodly hour. They stopped at a neighbor’s house, where they usually joined friends for the walk to school, woke up this family and ended up sleeping the rest of the night in their house.


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