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Jim Hodges

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  1. Thank you for your very honorable birthday wish, and the relation of your feelings for others. It speaks highly of a man. All the posts here are authored by such caring people, and what a thrill to hear from Alice! What a great, and honorable man her grandfather was. That's not a political statement, that's a factual statement. If they only made them like that nowadays. As you gaze on the pistol your father left you, the emotions are certainly relative. As stated, I have posted the photo of the old Colt for all to see. My grandfather used it to protect many 'a person in peril, and never asked for anything in return. He was issued this 1901 Colt in WWI, and the Army used to let them take them home when discharged, which he did. There are, "RA" ( Regular Army ) #'s on each piece of the gun, and they all match, which indicates the parts were never changed out. Also, it still has the military lanyard ring on the butt. It is a six shot revolver, and shoots a .45 Long Colt bullet, which throws a 255 grain lead bullet at @ 950 feet per second - like getting hit with a baseball bat! You can see one of the bullets in the photo laying next to the pistol. It is in remarkably good shape, and I take it out occassionaly and shoot it with some hand loaded black powder loads. It roars like a cannon when discharged, and belches black - gray smoke for several feet. My grandfather never practiced with it, and didn't have much interest in guns. When I asked him about that, I got some in - depth advice. He told me that if you need a sight on a pistol, then you'd better get a rifle, and not position yourself to get in trouble at close range, and, " Stay out of the way of men that won't hesitate to spit lead, and get the job done". As he stated many times, " A handgun is just a tool to get you on the respectful side of evil people, other than that, it should be on a man at all times, in the quiet and ready ". My grandfather was, in every sense of the word, an outstanding gentleman, and a peace loving man, who avoided trouble in any way possible. Marmar, I would be interested to know of this pistol is similar to your father's.
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  3. Well, I hope you will all join me in wishing my grandfather, "Happy Birthday"!! Today was his birthday...born in 1884, and passed away in 1966. I talked to my Father today also, so here's some more info : Did you note in the Houston Press article the accent on the gov's trip as a secret mission. Who better than the Tyler of Reagan Lodge to keep a secret ? Also, same article, " Railroad Officials barred everyone but the doctor and the Justice of the Peace from the train". Note the word, " Barred". I will go to my grave knowing that my Grandfather, "Barred" them from the train, and the old Colt .45 blast was the real attention getter. My Grandfather always said, "By grab! " whenever he was ready to fight. Got that phrase from WW I. He wasn't a man to fool with, and that would not be the first time he pulled that gun in defense of someone else. My Father stated that he also remembered my Grandfather talking about A.C. Martindale being there - man, he was every where in the city. He drove a big car with several big antennaes, and lots of guns in it. **Sidebar : My Father stated that A.C. Martindale hung out with Houston oil man, "Silver Dollar" Jim West. West used to ride with Martindale with several of his guns on, and while showing off a new pistol, accidentally shot Martindale in the foot ! The old Southern Pacific Hopsital was a good find. My Uncle was in there ( Switchman for S.P.), and we went to visit him several times. reminded me of the old Jeff Davis Hospital, and I didn't like it much for that reason. My Father stated that LLoyd Barrett was not related to us, however he was, as most all in this story, a member of the Masonic Lodge, namely Reagan Lodge. He lived on 16th Street right across the street from "Pop" Sewell's Grocery Store. Frank Murray, Mason, Reagan Lodge. His son played in the Reagan High School Band with my sisters ( Hieghts High will shine tonight, Hieghts High will shine...sorry, I got swept away in the fight song! ). Ray Duvall Funeral Home was right next to J.B. Marmion's Sinclair Service Station, 19th & Yale. If his funeral home wasn't there yet, he was at the scene for some reason, maybe to pay his respects. My Father corrected me on the spelling of Babe's name, it was actually spelled, "Seres", but pronounced, "Sears". He was the, "Bumper Morgan" of the Hieghts, and he used to give me nickels to play the table juke box at Sammy's Cafe on 19th Street. Carried a beautiful Colt Government .45 auto, with silver hand carved grips. Also a Mason, Reagan Lodge. My Grandfather would be 125 years old today. I still miss my," Brother I never had", 43 years later, it still seems as yesterday I was rolling Bull Durham for him with one hand to show off. Anything for his very special love, and attention to a young man struggling his best to measure up. I couldn't make it to the bank today, but I'll try tomorrow, and post the photos of my Grandfather's pistol for those interested.
  4. Hello Krisitin, and thank you for your comments. As you will find, the Houston area has some unique, and fascinating history, especially the Hieghts. I grew up there, and rode horses with my other Grandfather ( Father's side) all over the area. It was a city of it's own, and J.B. Marmion's dad was the last mayor of the Hieghts. I'm sure you've seen Marmion Park. J.B. was a really great man, who had an interesting history as well. Unfortunately, as history goes, it DOES become word of mouth, as truthful documentation is poor, and almost non - existent. The Horace Greely's take care of twisting the real event to "Read better". I love to hear, and tell these stories as well - they make my heart warm, and reaffirms to me that the world is O.K. Very Best Regards, Jim Hodges
  5. Yes Alice, that is the Lodge. It is beautiful on the inside with wood paneled walls, and lots of photos in the den area. My Uncle, J.S. Barrett went there until he died just about a year ago at 95 years old. My entire family was involved heavily, but some died, and my parents moved, leaving my Uncle the last of our direct family to actively attend. My Grandfather that I outlined in my story was the Tyler for 26 years, and my Father ran a radio & TV repair business, so we knew everyone. My Grandfather's picture is in the foyer, and also by his tyler station upstairs. In answer to your question, I don't know how many old timers are left, but I would guess that not any of them are still around that remember them, as they would be pretty old. The Hieghts was THE place to be in those days. Some really grand memories, so thanks for allowing me to share them. Jim
  6. Good Afternoon Alice, I do swear that the Internet IS remarkable. I'm very pleased that this story added some excitement, and disclosure to the memory of your Grandfather. I'm sure you enjoy the history that your Grandfather entrusted, and relayed to you, as I did with mine. In answer to your question, we had just celebrated my Mother's 92 nd birthday this past weekend. During the accompanied family reunion, I overheard my Father ( 89 y.o.a.) telling this story to my brother - in - law, so I joined in. My Father didn't remember the intricate details so I threw in what I knew. The discussion was precipitated by my older sister, who gave me a recently discovered Pullman Company towel that belonged to my Grandfather. My Grandfather was my room mate until his death, the brother I never had, and a mentor of monumental stature as well. So were all of his Masonic friends, who dominated the Harris / Galveston County area in those days - ALL from mainly one lodge, and that was Reagan Lodge. After we returned home, I just thought that I would just check in on the story, and see where history ( Or the lack thereof ) had taken it. I was reading through tidbits of information on different websites, all of which had just a casual mention of the event. Then, I stumbled across your post, and comment, noticing your name, and the revelation of this being your Grandfather. What a nice coincidence, and rewarding result! I felt compelled to square this up, even if it wasn't important to others, it is important to me. Thank you for your response, Jim Hodges
  7. Hello Alice, I'm not sure that you are still watching these posts, but my Grandfather was L.M. Barrett, who was a Pullman Company Exec, and Tyler of Reagan Lodge ( AF & AM ). He was assigned to ride this train, and stated that the Governor was very ill, and they kept a close watch on him. My Grandfather tried to wake him as they approached Houston, but found him dead in his sleep, and there was no woman, no porter, or anyone else assigned to watch him but my Grandfather. If you are familiar with what the Tyler does at the Masonic Lodge, you'll know why my Grandfather, alone, was chosen to look out for him. When they pulled into Houston, someone had sent out the news, and though the Pullman Company had tried to keep everyone away, reporters had jumped the fence, and were running through the train, as my Grandfather described, " They were like wild Indians, and were pushing, and shoving each other down - even trying to take the window out of one coach to get on the train for photos". My Grandfather always carried a .45 Colt, ( 1901 Army issue from WWI. I still have the pistol ), in the front of his waistband, and finally pulled it to defend the Governor's body. He actually fired a warning round into the roof of the Pullman Car to get them off. According to my Grandfather, "They ran like Hell after that - I wasn't fooling". There was not much real coverage to be had, because my Grandfather quelled every attempt. He guarded the Governor's body until the Houston Police arrived. If I'm not mistaken, he stated that Houston Police Sgt. Babe Sears took control of the scene, and Harris County Sherriff, C. V. " Buster " Kern arrived as well with several deputies, accompanied by A.C. Martindale from the Harris County Morgue, and the hearse that was used was from Ray Duvall Funeral Home. It should be noted that all of these men were Masons from Reagan Lodge, and considered this a most serious, and honorable duty. I heard these men talk about the Governor's detah as a tragedy all my young life growing up. I can tell you that they were emotionally tied to this event as if it had just happenned, and they lost a personal family member.They were good men in those days. There was no conspiracy, or cover - up ... just honorable men, trying to keep the press from scavengering the death of a good man. If you respond, please contact me on my e - mail @ jim@writeemcowboy.com I would love to hear from you. Very Best Regards, Jim Hodges
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