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: Vinnie Dee and Tempie Ann Kirkland, Becky and Tom Tolbert to W.B. McKnight (land deed), 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Land Transactions, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Land Transaction Notes, 1902 - 1908, 1912 - 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Lasalle Extension University vs. C.H. Elliott, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Lasalle Extension University vs. J.B. McMillan, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Lasalle Extension University vs. Minnie C. Norton, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Mrs. Effie M. Lattimer to Mayme V. Jarrett (deed/settlement of R.T. Patterson Estate), 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 8: W.A. Lawson vs. Bob Manning, et al.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: W.E. Lawson (collection), 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Louis Lazarine (veteran's affairs), 1933 - 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Lee Hardware Co vs. Wright hardware Co., L.E. Wright (collection), 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Edgar Lee vs. LiLaha Mae Lee, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 13: D.A. Lee and Mattie Lee (land matters), 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 14: J.J. Lee and C.E. Lee to Jessie Hargrove (building/property lease), 1948 - 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 15: W.M. and Ruth Lee (land/timber deed), 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 16: George W. Le Van, Humble Oil Company (Re: Trawick Gas Unit No. 9), 1951 - 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Levy Brother's Dry Goods (correspondence), 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Myrta Liles Heirs (land division), 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Mr. and Mrs. T.L. Lilly (letters, correspondence), 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 20: W.E. Lilly (will), 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Robert Lindsey (land inquiries, letters), 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Clara Linthicum (deed of trust, land matters), 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Robert Linsey to A.A. Seale (property deed, note of transfer to Mrs. B.F. Thompson), 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Cecil P. Little (letters, music composition matters), 1936 - 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Gertrude Littles, et al. vs. Jack Murray, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 26: E.W. Long Sr. (collection), 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Mamie W. Long Estate/ W.H. Sory Administrator, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 28: C.J. Loofs, Sr. (Houston, TX) (correspondence concerning water bill), 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Louisiana oil Refining Corporation vs. E.M. Denman, 1935 - 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 30: A.L. Lowry (letters regarding settlement of Homestead Loan), 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 31: T.J. Lucas et ux., H.R. Jones Estate, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Charles K. Luman(dec'd)/O.B. Luman(heir) (wrongful death), 1951 - 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 33: J.C. Luman (note owed to E.W. Moore), 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Louis Luna (letters concerning debt to Stone Fort National Bank), 1954 - 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Jessie W. Lunsford (estate/probate/land conveyance), 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Luyite's Pharmaceutical Company vs. J.W. Muckleroy, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 37: A.W. Lyles (letter concerning old house on Perkin's 60 acres), 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 38: L.N. Lyles to L.N. Hill (property deed/ note transfer to Perkins Brothers Firm), 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Alice Lynch vs. Virgil Marion Lynch, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 40: W.C. Madden vs. A.V. Rawlinson, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 41: W.C. Madden vs. A.V. Rawlinson, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 42: W.C. Madden (Mutual Benefit Health and Accident Association policy claim), 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Mollie Maddox (letter), 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 44: J.A. Mayors Company vs. Fred, Felix, and Stephen Tucker -, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 45: James Manuel Manchac vs. Joy Sue Manchac, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Eva Mandelstam (guardianship), 1952 - 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Herman Mandelstam (correspondence), 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Sarah Mandelstam and Herman Mandelstam (guardianship), 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 49: J.C. Marglin (Dec'd)/H.A. Williamson (administrator), 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Jessie Marisett (African-American, land), 1947 - 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 51: John M. Martin Estate, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Rex Martin vs. Ailene Martin, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Martinsville Baptist Church (land deed), 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Jane Mason vs. William Mason, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Mildred Mason to M.G. Moore (letter and land deed), 1949 - 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 56: A.T. Mast and Ozzie Wilson (land contract)Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Mast vs. Trinity Mill and Lumber Company, et al., 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 58: A.T. Mast; Minor Bradshaw; Wyman Windham (timber lease), 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 59: A.T. Mast, George Kennedy Release (dog bite), 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 60: A.T. Mast vs. Doyle LeGrande, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 61: A.T. Mast to Hollis Roberts (land sale), 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 62: A.T. Mast and B.F. Thompson ( land matters), 1940 - 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 63: H.R. Mast (land matters), 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Walter R. Mast (debtor's petition), 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Annie Laura Matthews (minor)/J.D. Matthews (guardian) (probate/land conveyance to J.R Gray), 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 66: George and Francis Mathis and Maude and Pat Murphy (land matters/attorney appointment), 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Brownie Eugene Matthews (minor) E.E. Matthews (guardian), 1935 - 1937, 1941, 1944 - 45, 1948, 1951, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Huey Matthews - land transfer to guardianship of Huey Matthews from W.U. PerkinsAdd to your cart.
Folder 69: E.E. Matthews (letter from J.J. Greve), 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 70: J.D. Matthews (guardian)/Annie Laura Matthews(minor) (oil, gas and mineral lease), 1940 - 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 71: J.D. Matthews (guardian)/Annie Laura Matthews (minor) (oil, gas and mineral lease), 1947 - 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 72: J.K. Matthews and Bettie Matthews (list of estate heirs), 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Chas Maddox/Mark C. Pickerel (letters), 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 74: J.T. Maynard/Chas Popp(land conveyance), 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 75: F.E. McAuliffe, I.J. Hall/Chireno Tract matter, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 76: J.E. McBrady and Company vs. Thelma D. Brown, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 77: Bessie and R.C. Mcbroom to Haden Wagoner (property deed), 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 78: Earnest McClain House (letter and receipts ), 1944 - 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 79: C.N. McClain Estate, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 80: Greer McClain (Appleby, TX) (correspondence regarding unauthorized timber cutting), 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 81: Mrs. F.M. McCorley vs. Lacy Brothrs, et al. (involving M.P. Richards), 1949 - 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 82: R.K. McCarmack (correspondence over debt to Stone Fort National Bank), 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 83: Scotty McCranie (timber deeds), 1945 - 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 84: Leola McCrow (letters concerning debt owed to home Decorators of New York State), 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 85: Carrie Hodges MacDonald (letters/correspondence), 1944 - 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 86: Everlyne Mason McCarty vs. Edd McCartyAdd to your cart.
Folder 87: W.M. Matteson Inc. (waiver of notice meeting), 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 88: Virginia Lee Mattox vs. Charles Vernon Mattox, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 89: Byford McCuistion (Appleby TX) (letters regarding debt to McDuffie and Beard), 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 90: W.M. McCuistion/Hardware Dealers Mutual Fire Insurance Company policy, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 91: T.E. McDuffie and Valerie McDuffie to W.F. Stephenson and Clarice Stephenson (land/ homestead conveyance), 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 92: L.R. McDuffie vs. Lula Nix, et al., 1946 - 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 93: J.D. McEnery and Jennie Roberts McEnery (rental agreement), 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 94: McKnight Heirs (estate/probate/oil gas and mineral leases), 1944 - 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 95: Chas R. McKnight (Las Animas, Colorado) (correspondence regarding land purchase), 1946Add to your cart.

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