Horace Lafayette Ribble was born to William "Bill" Alexander and Nancy "Nannie" Kutch Ribble on December 12, 1882 in Young County, Texas. He was the third child and second son born to Bill. He had an older half-brother, Thomas Edwin "Eddie" Ribble born to Bill and his first wife, Annie Davidson, who died during childbirth with her second child. The baby also died. They are both buried in Gooseneck Cemetery. Horace had an older sister, Ora Ribble Jarnagin and two younger sisters, Josephine "Josie" Ribble Caldwell and Willie Della Ribble Bigham.
Delayed Birth Record for Horace Lafayette Ribble
Horace's grandfather on his mother's side, Bolen Lafayette Kutch, had the middle name of Lafayette. Hence Horace was given that middle name.
Above is a map of where Horace's childhood home was located and how far he had to go to get to school at Henry Chapel. Horace probably began school at the age of 7 around 1889. He completed two years of high school. He turned 18 in 1900. At that time school was at the most 11 years, it could have been less than that, so he probably graduated from high school. More than likely he attended all years at Henry Chapel School in the Henry Chapel community. It was his future wife’s grand-uncle, John R Henry that donated the land for a chapel.
Below is a picture of his childhood home. Sometime between 1920 - 1945 Horace's young sister bought out all siblings share of the childhood place. This picture was after she had bought it and did a few updates on house, but this was the place were Horace and his siblings were born.
Home where Horace and siblings grew up (log cabin to right of big house)
W.A. Ribble Family - seated Nannie Kutch and W. A. Ribble, standing between them is Della Ribble,
behind her is Josie Ribble.
standing on back row from l to r
: Horace Ribble, Ora Ribble, Eddie Ribble
Pictured next are all of Horace’s father, W.A. "Bill" Ribble's, siblings with some nieces and nephews. The picture was taken in the 1890s. Horace is the far left person on the back row. The people listed are how they relate to Horace. Seated in the front row; Horace’s Uncle Jake Cross, Uncle Tom Ribble (not sure who the little boy is), Grandmother Susan Hunter Ribble, Aunt Lizzie (standing behind Susan and Harvey), Uncle Harve Ribble, Aunt Ellen, Uncle Edd Ribble, and father, Bill Ribble. In the center of the back row standing behind Harvey with a mustache is half-brother Eddie Ribble. The other people are his unidentified cousins.
ca 1890s Ribble family front row seated l to r: Jake Cross, unknown child, Tom Ribble, Susan Hunter Ribble,
standing Elizabeth Ribble, Harvey W Ribble, Ellen Ribble, Edward J Ribble, W.A. Ribble -
back row - Horace L Ribble, 3 unknown Ribble cousins, Eddie Ribble.
The 1900 census shows Horace living with his parents and his sisters, Ora, Josie, and Della in Young County, Texas. It shows Horace’s birth year as 1883; however, his tombstone and death certificate says 1882.
1900 Census for W.A. and Nannie Kutch Ribble and children.
Below is a breakdown of census questions
|Birth Date:||Dec 1883|
|Home in 1900:||Justice Precinct 1, Young, Texas|
|Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation:||
|Relation to Head of House:||Son|
|Father's name:||W. A. Ribble|
|Mother's name:||Nancy Ribble|
|Can Speak English:||Yes|
|William A Ribble||49|
On July 30, 1902, Horace married Zuma Tipton, the youngest daughter of Sam and Julia Evetts Tipton. Horace was a hard working farmer and rancher.
Zuma Tipton and Horace Ribble's marriage license
They had their first child, Horace (H L) Lafayette Ribble, Jr. on August 3, 1903. Their second child was a girl, Fatine Ribble born on June 14, 1905. They lived in a home in Henry Chapel area of Young County, Texas, where his grandfather, John Ribble, originally settled in 1855. Zuma's grand uncle was John R. Henry. He donated the land for Henry Chapel.
They moved very near where Horace’s grandfather, John Ribble, built the double log cabin in 1855. They lived on Henry Chapel Rd (now Arthur’s Camp Rd), just a couple of miles from Zuma’s parents. Also, less than 5 miles from where Horace had been raised.
Horace farmed and ranched with his father, Bill. Bill had several pieces of land on both sides of the Brazos River plus the land that his father had obtained in 1855. On the video of Bill’s grandchildren, Horace’s nieces and nephews, they discuss that Horace would buy a piece of Bill’s land. At times, Bill would give Horace a piece of land for doing this or that.
The picture below is a family portrait of all of Bill and Nannie’s children and grandchildren up to that time. Taken around 1906, this was a professionally done photo. On the video recording mentioned above, one of the grandchildren, either Carnace or Carson, mentioned that he thought the picture took place on Bill’s newly purchased property closer to Graham. He recognized the tree as one in his grandfather’s yard. Both Carson and Carnace were in the picture and remembered that day. In the early 1900s, Bill purchased some property that he eventually built a house on with enough room for his mother, Susan, and sister, Ellen, to live with him. As Graham grew this property became known as Cherry St extending out Hwy 16/Bunger highway. At the time, he bought it the street was considered Bunger Road.
ca 1907 back row l to r: Horace Ribble, Fatine Ribble in her mother, Zuma Tipton Ribble's arms, Ida Chandler Ribble,
Eddie Ribble in his arms Amiee B,
Ora Ribble Jarnagin, Will Jarnagin with Sue Jarnagin in his arms (she passed away soon after this picture was made), standing in front of Willl is his son, William
Carnace Ribble. Front row l to r: seated on ground Della Ribble,
standing behind her is H.L. Ribble, Jr, seated is W. A. Ribble, Norman Carson Ribble,
seated is Nannie Kutch, seated on ground is Josie Ribble.
Horace and Zuma were 27 when the 1910 census was prepared. The couple was still living on Henry Chapel Rd with their two children, H.L., and Fatine.
1910 census for Horace Lafayette Ribble's family.
At some point their home burnt down. No one was injured but they lost everything. During this time they moved into the barn and lived there until Horace could build a new house. He built a rock house.
Rock House close to Finis, TX that Horace built.
On August 18, 1913, the Ribbles had a fish fry. Zuma, Horace, and children are in this picture, but yet to be identified. The fish were probably caught in the Brazos River or one of the creeks that flow into it. The location of Ribble Park is unknown, but it was probably at the home in what is now Graham, Texas. At the time, the property was located just outside the city limits of Graham. (Roll-over the picture with a mouse and the recognized ones have a link)
1913 Ribble Fish Fry
Horace's mother, Nannie Kutch Ribble, died April 9, 1917 due to complications with gall bladder surgery. In 1920, it looks like Horace and his father swapped homes. Or his father moved back to the river place and Horace and his family moved to his father's new home on the outskirts of Graham. This could have been during the time that their house had burned. Also, it could have been just so H.L. and Fatine could go to Graham High School to complete their education.
The Great War began for Europe in the summer of 1914. During the summer of 1917 the US started mandatory registration for what we now call the draft. Men between the ages of 21 and 31 had to begin registration on June 5, 1917. June 25, 1917 the first American troops landed in France. On December 7, 1917 the US declares war on Austria-Hungary. The second US men registration was held on June 5, 1918 for all the men that had turned 21 since the first registration. The third and final registration started on September 12, 1918 for men age 18 through 45.
Horace fell in the age group for the September 12th registration. He was 36, however, the wrong birth year is listed on his registration card. Making him appear one year younger, which doesn’t make any difference. The age range was 18 to 45 so whether he is 35 or 36 doesn’t change the situation. The birth year on his death certificate and his headstone is 1882.
September 12, 1918 The Great War (now known as WWI) draft registration card
January 2, 1920 a census taker interviewed Horace. This census shows Horace, Zuma, H.L., and Fatine living on Plum St. in Graham, Texas. The same census shows his father, W.A. “Bill” Ribble, living off Finis Rd., which is where Horace and Zuma built the rock house after the fire. Plum St home was a home on part of his father’s land that was partially within the city limits of Graham. On the census, he states that he owns the home mortgage free. The reason to move into town is probably so that H.L. and Fatine could attend Graham schools. Horace and Bill worked together ranching and farming.
1920 census Horace, Zuma, HL, and Fatine
1930 census for Horace and Zuma
Below is a breakdown of 1930 census questions
|Birth Year:||abt 1883|
|Relation to Head of House:||Head|
|Home in 1930:||
Precinct 1, Young, Texas, USA
|Map of Home:||View Map|
|Street address:||Henry Chapel Road|
|Home Owned or Rented:||Owned|
|Lives on Farm:||Yes|
|Age at First Marriage:||19|
|Able to Read and Write:||Yes|
|Able to Speak English:||Yes|
|Class of Worker:||Working on own account|
In the 1920s both of Horace and Zuma’s children married. H.L. married Jimmie Lorraine Dillinder and Fatine married Jimmie’s brother, Loyd Dillinder. On September 17, 1926, Horace's first grandchild, Billy Loyd Ribble, was born.
Below is a picture taken for a 1932 Parade in Graham, Texas with 4 Ribble 4 generations. From left to right is Horace’s grandson, Billy Loyd Ribble, his son, H.L. Ribble, himself, then his father William ”Bill” Alexander Ribble.
Lining up for a parade ca 1932 from L to R: Billy Loyd Ribble (Bill's great grandson),
H.L. Ribble (Bill's grandson), Horace Ribble (Bill's son), Bill Ribble
By 1940 census, Horace and Zuma are living in the Henry Chapel/Finis area next door to H.L., Jimmie, and Billy Loyd, Horace and Zuma's first grandchild.
1940 census shows HL and family living next door to Horace and Zuma
World War II began in Europe in 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. Subsequently Great Britain and France declared war on Germany. In October 1940, the US had the first time peacetime draft.After the US entered the war, on 8 December 1941, a new law requiring all men between ages 18 and 65 to register for the draft. On April 27, 1942 what was termed the "old man's registration", started for men born on or between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897 (45 to 64 years old) to register for the draft. In 1942 Horace is 59 years old, but has to register for the draft. This is his registration card:
Draft card for WWII
As happened with many men, Horace had to register for the draft for both WWI and WWII. He was never selected to serve in either war. Horace's grandson joined the marines for WWII.
His 94th birthday party made the newspaper
In 1946 he bought a place in Stephens County close to Breckenridge, which is only about 30 miles from Graham.. His father, W. A. 'Bill" Ribble had moved closer to the town of Graham, in Young County.
Bill's birthday party of 1945
from r to l: Eddie Ribble, Ora Ribble Jarnagin, Horace Lafayette Ribble,
W.A. Ribble (seated), Josie Ribble Caldwell, Della Ribble Bigham
On the first Sunday of the month of June, has always been Gooseneck Day. It has been called a homcoming day, a pioneer day, and a clean-up day. Lunch is pot luck and there is a short church under the tabernacle. On Sunday, June 6, 1946, there were 5 generations of male Ribble in attendance. They sat on a bench in front of the rock wall of the tabernacle at Gooseneck to have their photograph taken. Below is that picture.
June 6, 1948 - W.A. "Bill" Ribble, Horace Ribble (Bill's son), H.L. Ribble (Bill's great grandson),
Billy Loyd Ribble (Bill's great grandson), Wayne Ribble (Bill's great great grandson).
Horace with his first grandchild, Wayne Ribble.
By 1950, Horace's grandson, Billy Loyd Ribble, had married Jackie Phinney and they had 2 children, Wayne and Cheri.
Wayne and Cheri swimming in Zuma and Horace's tank on their Breckenridge place
Horace and Zuma celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 20, 1952.
Celebrating 50 years of marriage
Celebrating 50 years of marriage
Horace died at 70 at his home on February 20. 1953 and was buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Graham, Texas. He had been ill for several months with lung cancer.