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: Perkins Brothers Vs. C.C. Lowery, 1940 - 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Perkins Brother (tax records, etc.), 1944 - 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Dr. H. Clay Perkins (letters, correspondence over life insurance matter), 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Mrs. Louise Perkins, et al and Huey Matthews (insurance policy for Goff House), 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 5: W.U. Perkins (Nacogdoches Oil Mill matter), 1939 - 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 6: W.U. Estate, 1940 - 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 7: W.U. Estate, 1940 - 1957 (cont.)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: W.U. Perkins (life insurance matters, letters), 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 9: : W.U. Perkins (letters, land conveyances, insurance policies, etc.), 1930 - 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 10: A.R. Perry/E.W. Moore (property conveyance), 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Perry Brothers/ Louise Cooper ( bounced check), 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Thomas J. Peterson (policy loan agreement), 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 13: R.P. Petty vs. Della Florence Petty, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 14: N.L. Phillips Estate, 1936 - 1937, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Ida Pinkston vs. Viola Creech, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Pisgah Block (oil, gas, and mineral leases), 1934, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Pisgah District (letter to landowners in regards to drilling), 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Fannie Polk (timber contract), 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Nettie Porter (Western Union life insurance policy), 1937 - 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 20: I.D. Powers (San Angelo, TX) (land matters), 1952 - 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Amelia Pressler Estate, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Emma Lean Price vs. Leo price, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Miss Dora Price (stock matters), 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Walter Prisentine (letters concerning debt to Stone Fort National Bank), 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Progress Paint Company vs. Edna Moore Terrell, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Property rent increases (Greve), 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Jean Baptiste Prud' home (adoption), 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Publishers Distributing Company vs. V.L. Edwards, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Lloyd Pulsipher vs. V.L. Harvley, 1944 - 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Ben Ramsay (letter to E.W. Monk), 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Rambin Tract (correspondence regarding oil drilling), 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Tom K. Ray (correspondence over debt to Stone Fort National Bank), 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Fred W. Rayburn and Mildred Rayburn (correspondence over debt with Stone Fort National bank), 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Tom Reavley (letters), 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Redland Hotel vs. W. W. Alexander, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 36: W.C. Reedy/ J.P. Muckelroy, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Easter Henderson Reeves vs. Will S. Reeves, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 38: J.W. Retting To Jewel Byrd, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Remington Rand INC., 1935 - 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 40: C.E. Richardson to Lillie Mae Sparks, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 41: State of Texas vs. Guy RichardsonAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Richardson, John D. 11/17/1951Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Henry Richardson - Veterans Benefits testimonialAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: Clay V. Rivers vs. Matilda Rivers, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Rivers, Geo. Oscar Jr., 1943 - 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Rivers , Geo Oscar Jr. ( Cont'd), 1943 - 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 47: R.R. Rollins vs. Floye Rollins (divorce), 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Rose Lumber Company, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Samuel Rothkoff vs. Money Bros., 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Rothrock vs. Graham heirs (William Graham, Esther Matthews, Lassie Bryson)Add to your cart.
Folder 51: George Washington Row (Veterans benefits for spouse ), 1937 - 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Rozelle vs Rozelle (letters), 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Grace Rucker (probate, guardianship matters)Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Henry Rusche, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Jn. C. Sanders - A. O. Phillips, A.D. Locke, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Lucy Mae Sanders vs. Ernest Sanders, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Elizabeth K. Schmidt Estate (letters), 1942 - 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Charlie Scourton vs Berline Scourton, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Mrs. Agnes Seale vs Shirly L. Seal Child Support, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Mrs. Allen Richardson Seale, et al to Lillie Mae Spanks (Property Conveyance), 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Sears Roebuck and Company Inc. vs. W.E. Duncan, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 62: W.O. Self, 1947 - 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Co lease Sellers, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Co lease Sellers (Correspondence regarding Veteran Admin affairs), 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Shady Grove Block, 1949 - 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 66: Shady Grove Block - 1950 (cont. 1949 to 1956)Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Shady Grove Block (Part III), 1949Add to your cart.

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