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

Collection Overview

Title: Hodges, Greve, Pierce Collection, 1830-1970Add to your cart.

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: Adam's Paint Co. vs. Wade Bates, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Pete Adams vs. Nacogdoches Co. Lumber, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 3: J.M. Aiken and Leola Aiken, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 4: R.L. Adame vs. The State of TexasAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Aisenstine-Woronock and Sons vs. George E. Kennedy, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Alamo Paint and Wallpaper Co. vs. J.L. McCabe, et al., 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Alexander vs. Union Producing Co. (correspondence), 1950 to 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Alexander Lands- De Soto Parrish, Louisiana, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Alexander Film Co. vs. Marvin McBride, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Alexander and Bolton Insurance Company/Johnson-Cotton Baking Company matter, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Lee Alford- Andrus Motor Co., 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Columbus and Elizabeth Allen Will, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Godfrey N. Allen vs. Doris Allen, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Allied Drug Product Co. vs. R.C. RawlinsonAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Gene W. Anderson (letters concerning debt to Stone Fort bank)Add to your cart.
Folder 16: William Anderson Survey, Collin Co., Tx.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Andrews, Kurth, Campbell and Bradley, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 18: F.L. Andrews deposition, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Bernice Armstrong vs. R.L. Armstrong - 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 20: A.T. Motor Company vs. Texas and New Orleans Railroad Co., 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Harvey Austin Estate, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Ayers vs. Putnam, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 23: A.E. Baker, 1943, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Baker Estate matters, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 25: L.C. Bailey to Bernice Starr Carrier (land transaction), 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 26: N.G. Bailey, 1941, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 27: J.W. Barker vs. E.L. Haltom, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 28: I.C.P. Bar/ W.B. McKnight-land transaction, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Charlie P. Barr, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Drs. Barrow and Harwell vs. W. H. Haire, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Ruth McMillan Bartlett vs. J.W. Bartlett, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Albert Bass (correspondence with Stone Fort Bank over debt), 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Basson Industries Inc., 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 34: George Beavers c/o Charles Morgan, 1944 - 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Mr. Fayette Bell (letter regarding debt to H.R. Mast Motor Co.), 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Willie W. Bell vs. R.B. Bell, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Mary Bennison vs. B. S. ShirleyAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Jack Benton, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Jack Benton, Gale Heirs, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Margaret Bird, Estate of Howell L. Bird, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Lawrence Birdwell (letters concerning boundary dispute with A.L. Nelson), 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Marjorie Birmingham vs. Edward Lee Birmingham, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 43: E.D. Blessing, 1947Add to your cart.
The map of the Colony Oil Field, Nacogdoches Co., Texas, made for the Nacogdoches Land Co. from this file is in Map Case 8, Drawer 5.
Folder 44: G.N. Boles vs. Floyd Wallace, 1944 - 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Ross Boles, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 46: W.C. and Ida BoozerAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: W.E. Boozer, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Mrs. Georgia Box, Gdn. Geraldine Mae Box, minor, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 49: W.J. Box, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 50: D.C. Boyd (correspondence with J.J. Greve) Quick Freeze Plant, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 51: A.E. Boyd vs. Caro Lumber Co. et al., 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 52: I.E. B. Briley to W.B. McKnight, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Byron G. Bronstad for Mrs. Helen Mcvey (correspondence), 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Annie BrownAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: Odis and Annie Lee Brown (land contract of sale), 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 56: L.O. and Thelma Brown/J.G. and Charlice Baugh (escrow holding), 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Brown and Bigelow vs. T.M. Reavly Taxi, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Noah Brown vs. Vera Brown, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 59: W.H. Bullard vs. Texas and New Orleans Railroad, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Clyde Butcher-Ins, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Jewel W. Byrd (list of land purchases and conveyances), 1941 - 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Jewel Byrd (oil gas and mineral lease), 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Willie T. Caldwell, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Bessie Campbell, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Carl and Lee Attorneys, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Carl and Lee Attorneys cont., 1947 - 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 67: W.F. Carnes to O.B. Muckleroy (land deed and debts), 1925 - 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Caro, Luis Sanches Survey, 1949 to 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Emmett Carpenter, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 70: C.C. Carroll, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 71: R.A. Carter, et al. vs. Douglass Patton, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 72: R.N. Cason, zoning, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 73: G.A. Cemons and Texla Lumber CompanyAdd to your cart.
Folder 74: Cason Monk and Co. vs. Oscar B Slay, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 75: Willie Maud Cason (will), 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 76: Central Pecan Shelling Co. vs. George Cowart, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 77: Elizabeth Chandler/Rollie Little, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 78: C.K. Chandler, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 79: Willie C. and Elise Chapman to E.B. Tucker (letters and property deed), 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 80: J.P. Clevenger/Abstract of 25 acres of De La Cerda grant, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 81: Christian and Haltom City Transfer Co., 1945 - 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 82: Edwin Clapp and Sons vs. Mayer and Schmidt Department Store, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 83: Aslee and Joe Clark, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 84: Clark-Downs, San Augustine, Tx.Add to your cart.
Folder 85: Horace Clifton (letters and suit filed/debt to Stone Fort Bank), 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 86: W.H. Clifton, Jim Green, W.E. McLain (letters regarding Federal Housing Administration), 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 87: Verna Lee Coats, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 88: J.J. Coker vs. Fidelity-Phoenix Insurance Co., New York, 1925Add to your cart.

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