Hodges, Greve, Pierce Collection, 1830-1970 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

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ID: B/111

Extent: 19.0 Boxes

Subjects: Law firms -- Texas -- Nacogdoches, Law offices -- Records and correspondence, Law offices -- Texas -- Nacogdoches, Lawyers -- Texas -- Nacogdoches

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The documents (ranging from 1830s-1970s) consist of the papers belonging to the three attorneys who practiced at the firm, and were acquired from the clearing out of the former office of Judge Jack Pierce, the last attorney to practice at the firm. The collection includes letters, correspondence, land deeds, timber deeds, oil and gas leases, debt collection, civil court cases, criminal court cases, estate matters, various miscellaneous legal matters, maps, and approximately five photographs included in the files. The bulk of the materials are from the 1910s to 1960s time period.

Collection Historical Note

This collection consists of the papers from attorneys Charles Hodges, J. J. Greve, and Jack C. Pierce, all having practiced law at this particular firm over the years. The firm located on Main Street, between Fredonia and Pecan Street, in downtown Nacogdoches is believed to have first belonged to Hodges, though when he started the practice is unknown. Charles Albert Hodges was born in Florida on September 10, 1871 and two years later the family moved to Nacogdoches. Hodges married his wife Edna in 1897, and they had a daughter, Carrie born in 1898. Though much is unknown about Hodges's background or specifically when his legal career began, the 1900 U.S. Census records Hodges's occupation as salesman. However, according to 1910 census records, he was the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace for Nacogdoches County. According to what can be derived from Hodges's documents in the collection, he practiced law since circa 1900, and served as a county judge through the 1910s and 1920s.

J. J. Greve began at the firm with Hodges in 1918, and carried on working at the firm well after Hodges's death on October 8, 1933. James Joseph Greve was born in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana on February 19, 1880. Ten years later, the family moved to New Orleans. Greve finished his public school education in New Orleans and then pursued his higher education by attending night school. Beginning around 1900, he worked for the Morgans' Louisiana Railroad and Steamship Company, a subsidiary of the Southern Pacific Company. On February 9, 1907, J. J. Greve married May Cauwenberg of New Orleans, Louisiana with whom he had four daughters: Irma, Elsie, Louise, and Bernie. In 1909, Greve was transferred to the general office of Southern Pacific at Houston, Texas, where he served in the Freight Claims Department. In 1914, he was appointed agent for the Southern Pacific office at Nacogdoches, Texas. While employed with Southern Pacific, Greve continued studying law, and on June 14, 1916 was admitted to the Texas State Bar. In early 1917, Greve left Nacogdoches to serve as agent for Southern Pacific in Houston during World War I. In December of 1918, after the Armistice, Greve was granted a leave of absence to pursue practicing law. Greve left Houston to return to Nacogdoches and began working at the law firm of C. A. Hodges.

Hodges and Greve continued from that time forward as partners until the senior member of the firm passed away. After Hodges's death, Greve maintained the firm as his personal practice until Jack C. Pierce came in 1958. Pierce recalled that many people referred to Greve as Judge Greve, although he was not technically a judge. According to Pierce, in those days it was customary for a well-respected lawyer to be called judge after many of years of practice. Greve earned a reputation for being honest and fair through his frequent handling of delicate matters while solving problems for many people in the community and continued to practice until just prior to his death on November 20, 1958; after which Pierce took over the firm.

Charles Aubert Jack Pierce was born in Nacogdoches, Texas on August 31, 1928. Pierce grew up in Nacogdoches, where he attended public school and Stephen F. Austin State College. As a young man, Pierce worked as a stock boy for McCroys General Store downtown and as a swamper for Coca Cola and the Ideal Bread Company. He also worked for Oakley Metcalf Funeral Home driving the hearse for funerals and, as a public service, taking new mothers home from the hospital. Pierce went on to open his own insurance company, which he owned and operated until he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. While serving in the Army, he reached the rank of Second Lieutenant, and he gained legal experience working in the Judge Advocate General's Office at Fort Benning, Georgia. During his time working in the JAG office, Pierce was injured in a terrible car accident. The injury would eventually lead to his discharge from the army. Pierce then served as assistant to the sergeant-at-arms at the state capitol in Austin, Texas. Pierce left Austin and moved to Waco, Texas to attend law school at Baylor University. In 1958, Pierce graduated from law school and on August 6th that same year married Willene Joan Bird. They had two daughters, Mary Elizabeth born March 11, 1963 and Rosemary born November 4, 1967. They took up residence back in Nacogdoches where Pierce opened his own law practice for a short time before going into practice with Greve.

Just five years after taking over the former practice of the late Greve, on September 2, 1963, Pierce was sworn in as judge of the 145th District Court of Nacogdoches County. He would remain on the bench for the next thirty-seven years earning a reputation for fairness and consistency in his rulings. In 2000, Pierce retired from his position as District Court judge, which was immediately followed by a sharp decline in health that left him very ill. It was discovered that his illness was the result of arsenic poisoning by a close female companion, with whom he had become involved well after the death of his wife Willene in 1991. After his recovery, Pierce went on to work as a visiting judge throughout the state of Texas. In 2006, Pierce remarried and now lives with his new wife Sue in Georgia, though he still retains his residence in Nacogdoches.

In March 2008, the owners sold the building where Hodges and Greve had practiced, and where Pierce still maintained an office. The documents, which constitute the Hodges, Greve, and Pierce Collection, as well as other items, were cleared out to make way for renovations to the building. It was during this time that the collection was discovered accidentally by SFASU faculty and was then transferred into the possession of the university.

Subject/Index Terms

Law firms -- Texas -- Nacogdoches
Law offices -- Records and correspondence
Law offices -- Texas -- Nacogdoches
Lawyers -- Texas -- Nacogdoches


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Folder 1: State of Texas vs. C.A. Blair (assault and battery), 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 2: The State of Texas vs. Calvin Boles (homicide), 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 3: The State of Texas vs. Walter Bryant (arson), 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 4: State of Texas vs. J.G. Cortinas (unlawful transport of intoxicating liquor), 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 5: State of Texas vs. H.A. Duncan vs. Will Cryer (unlawful manufacturing of liquor), 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 6: State of Texas vs. G. C. Dunn (murder), 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 7: State of Texas vs. Jake Flacher (theft by conversion), 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 8: State of Texas vs. Glen Glass and Tom Haley (burglary), 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 9: State of Texas vs. Frank Husband (murder), 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 10: State of Texas vs. Murray Jackson (assault with a prohibited weapon), 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 11: State of Texas vs. Troy Moose (assault and battery with intent to murder), 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 12: State of Texas vs. Pete Nichols (rape), 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 13: State of Texas vs. Orene Pond (alcohol related case), 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 14: State of Texas vs. Leon Power (theft by privately stealing from Elias Davis), 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 15: State of Texas Vs. Leroy Redford (theft by conversion), 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 16: State of Texas vs. Willie Roseborough (theft case), 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 17: State of Texas vs. Buck Sission (attempt to rape), 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 18: State of Texas vs. C.C. Sparks (forgery)Add to your cart.
Folder 19: State of Texas vs. Dee Thomas (theft of property), 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 20: State of Texas vs. Eddie Weaverand Alfred Weaver (murder), 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 21: W.H. Stewart (letter), 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 22: C.D. Stoker vs. Al Parrish, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 23: P.D. and Adelia Stokes (oil lease), 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Stone Fort Bank vs. W.J. Green et al. (bill of costs), 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Stone Fort National Bank vs. Len Phillips and T.J. Phillips (judgment and bill of costs), 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 26: E.J. Strahan (regarding C. L. Chandler survey), 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 27: A.J. Stripling (land), 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Stripling and Haselwood vs. Ed Buchanan (judgment and interest), 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Stripling and Haselwood vs. W.J. Coats (judgment and interest), 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Stripling and Haselwood vs. J.O. Duck (judgment and interest), 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Stripling and Haselwood vs. H.L. Petty (judgment and interest), 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 32: J.H. Tarrant (letter: In RE: land title), 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Thomas and Blount vs. Gray (letters regarding debt owed), 1931 to 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 34: W.E. Thomason “for senate club" (petition by Nacogdoches Democrats)Add to your cart.
Folder 35: A. Tibble (report and letters), 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Louis Tobian vs. W.T. Wilson Grain Co., 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Charles Trawick and T.A. Neill (land transaction), 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 38: J.J. Trawick (land), 1893Add to your cart.
Folder 39: R.J. and M.I. Trawick to J.J. Trawick (warranty deed), 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Tucker, Hayter and Co. Inc. vs. Sarah Eddings (debt collection), 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 41: F.W. Tucker (land), 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 42: L.D. Vawter, et al. vs. J.D. Vawter, et al. (partition of property)Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Von Boeckman - Jones Company (regarding bonds), 1924 to 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Kate Wade (land), 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Lela Bell Wade, et al. “minors" under guardianship of Flora Wade (estate matters), 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 46: S.H. Watkins (Land Deed), 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 47: J.H. Weatherly (oil), 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Jesse Welling Survey, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Wendling - Thurmon Lumber Co. vs. G.B. StuddardAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: A. John Whittaker vs. No. 1102 Pearlina Whittaker, 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 51: T. J. White vs. H.E. and W.T.R.R. Co. et al., 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Ennie Wilkerson et al. vs. No. 5964 HE and WT Ry. Co., 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Norris E. Williams et al. vs. Yuba Oil Company, 1931 to 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 54: David Wilson 1/3 league, Leon County Texas (memorandum of conveyances affecting title), 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 55: J.L. Winder vs. Sam Petty (judgment and interest), 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 56: William Y'Barbo vs. J.W. Martin, et alAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: Yuba Refining Co. (letter regarding lease forfeiture), 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 58: J.J. Greve, Hodges - Greve and Mast (inventory of property), 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 59: C.A. Hodges (inventory of property), 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Hodges - (bill of costs documents), 1911 to 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Hodges and Greve (bill of cost documents), 1923 to 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Hodges and Greve (tax records), 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Hodges and Greve (tax records), 1926 to 1929, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Rural Route 3 - Nacogdoches, TX (list of residents)Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Willie Burrows/Blake School District #66Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Nacogdoches Common School District #4 (correspondence concerning school bonds), 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Union Springs Common School District # 8 (school bond matters), 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 68: A.A. Meador (bankruptcy), 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 69: American Surety Company vs. No Cooperative Furniture CompanyAdd to your cart.
Folder 70: Attoyac School District (property matters)Add to your cart.
Folder 71: Blake Common School District #66 (bond dispute)Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Bethel School District No. 38 (land)Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Brewer's Chappel District (field notes)Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Caro School District No. 24 (field notes)Add to your cart.
Folder 75: Center School District (list of landowners in district)Add to your cart.
Folder 76: Clear Branch School District (field notes), 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 77: Common School District No. 3 (school house bonds)Add to your cart.
Folder 78: : Common School District No. 63 (bonds), 1924 to 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 79: Consolidated District No.1 (field notes), 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 80: Cross Roads School District No. 45 (field notes)Add to your cart.
Folder 81: Douglass School District (list of landowners and field notes), 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 82: Eden School District (list of landowners and field notes)Add to your cart.
Folder 83: Gravel Ridge District (field notes)Add to your cart.
Folder 84: Libby School District (list of land owners)Add to your cart.
Folder 85: Lone Pine School District (list of land owners and field notes)Add to your cart.
Folder 86: Lone Star school District (field notes)Add to your cart.
Folder 87: McKnight Seminary District (list of property owners and field notes)Add to your cart.
Folder 88: Moral School District (field notes)Add to your cart.
Folder 89: Mahel School District (field notes)Add to your cart.
Folder 90: Mt. HarefAdd to your cart.
Folder 91: Myrtle Springs District (field notes) and Sacul School District (field notes and list of owners)Add to your cart.
Folder 92: Nacogdoches School District (bond election), 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 93: Nagel's Work (field notes)Add to your cart.
Folder 94: Nat School District (field notes)Add to your cart.
Folder 95: Oak Flat Common School District (bond election and field notes), 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 96: Oak Ridge Common School District No. 17 (bond election), 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 97: Oil and gas leasesAdd to your cart.
Folder 98: Persimmon Grove School District (list of property owners and field notes)Add to your cart.
Folder 99: Pleasant Hill School District (bond election and list of property owners), 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 100: Sand Ridge Common School District No. 29 (black C.S.D. #66) bond election, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 101: Spradley District (field notes), 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 102: Swift School District (field notes)Add to your cart.
Folder 103: Trawick Common School District No. 5 (field notes)Add to your cart.
Folder 104: Trinity Common School District (field notes and rendition of grants as shown by tax collector's records)Add to your cart.
Folder 105: Unknown DistrictAdd to your cart.
Folder 106: Upshaw district (field notes)Add to your cart.

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