The Works & Lives of Local Artists

 MAJORS-PARCHMAN HOUSE ART COLLECTION

Since the re-location of its headquarters to the Majors-Parchman House in Mount Vernon, the Franklin County Historical Association has amassed a substantial collection of paintings and drawings mostly by Franklin county residents of past eras. Twenty artists are presently represented, all but one from the immediate area.

The nucleus of the collection was formed with a generous gift from Mrs. Mildred Brown. This gift consisted of nine paintings and ten drawings by her mother-in-law, Etta Lominack Smith, the mother of Mrs. Brown’s first husband, Alton Smith. A more recent gift of nine paintings from Tom Wilkinson included work by former Mount Vernon and Franklin County, artists including Mary T. Brooks; her daughter-in-law, Lucia Flagg Brooks; Fannie Maxton; Lottie Malone Stringer; and Gladys Wilkinson Winkle. The late Fannie Maxton gave the oldest painting in the collection, a Nineteenth Century American folk portrait of Amanda Wright Johnson, wife of pioneer Franklin County citizen, Joshua Johnson.

On display at 701 S. Kaufman Street, Mount Vernon, the paintings described below may be viewed Tuesday and Thursday, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. or by appointment (call 903-537-4760 during the given hours).

A GUIDE TO THE PAINTINGS AND THE ARTISTS

IN THE ENTRANCE HALL

Fall, Winter and Summer Panel Paintings (3)
Lottie Malone (Mrs. Claude Stringer)
Oil, 1894
Estate of Agnes Wilkinson Burns
Gift of Tom Wilkinson
Biographical Note on the Artist: Charlotte Malone Stringer (1881-1971)
Born in Franklin County, the eldest daughter of George and Florence Evans Malone, "Miss Lottie" was an accomplished oil and china painter who attended the Franklin County Institute. She married Claude W. Stringer of Mount Vernon in 1905 and later moved with him to Oklahoma City. After his death she made her home in San Antonio, but she is buried beside her husband in the Mount Vernon City Cemetery.

Fall Landscape
Gladys Wilkinson (Mrs. Charles Winkle)
Oil, circa 1920
Estate of Gladys Wilkinson Winkle
Gift of Tom Wilkinson
Biographical Note on the Artist: Gladys Wilkinson Winkle (1904-1997)
Born in Mount Vernon, the fourth child of R.T. and Lela Wilkinson, Gladys was an accomplished pianist and organist as well as painter in oil and watercolor. In 1923 she married Charles M. Winkle, and the couple soon moved to Pittsburg where they spent the rest of their married life. On her husband’s death, she returned to Mount Vernon, continuing to paint after she retired from a life-long music-teaching career. She is buried alongside her husband and children in the Mount Vernon City Cemetery.

IN THE PARLOR

Amanda C. Wright (Mrs. Joshua Johnson) as a Child
Anonymous Folk Portrait
Artist Unknown
Oil, 1830
Gift of Fannie Maxton

Landscapes: Sunrise & Sunset
Lucia Flagg Brooks (Mrs. Albert Brooks)
Oil, original frames, 1894
Collection of Nancy Barker Mays
Gift-Purchase of Tom Wilkinson
Biographical Note on the Artist: Lucia Flagg Brooks (1868-1946)
Born in San Antonio, Texas, "Miss Lutie" settled in Mount Vernon with her husband, Albert, in 1908, where Mr. Brooks worked for his father and later took charge of Brooks Dry Goods. Her mother-in-law, Mary T. Brooks, was also an accomplished oil painter. Albert and Lucia had ten children, including eight sons. After the death of her husband in 1934, she continued to live and paint in Mount Vernon until her death in a rail accident. She is buried in the Mount Vernon City Cemetery.

Muse or Grecian Goddess
Etta Lominack Smith
Oil, 1900
Gift of Mildred Smith Brown
Biographical Note on the Artist: Etta Lominack Smith (1879-1974)
Born in Franklin County, one of two daughters of Henry Lominack and Sarah Davis, Etta was an accomplished pianist and artist who worked primarily in oil. She married Elmer Smith and the couple had two children, Alton and Gertrude. Her work forms the nucleus of the FCHA?s art collection, a gift of her children and Alton Smith’s wife, Mildred Smith Brown. She is buried in the Mount Vernon City Cemetery.

Floral Still Life (Roses)
Etta Lominack Smith
Oil, 1900
Gift of Mildred Smith Brown

Still Life (Fruit)
Sallie Green Hill (Mrs. Guy Hill)
Oil, 1896
Gift of Mary Brady
Biographical Note on the Artist: Sallie Green Hill (1879-1968)
The youngest daughter and tenth child of Dr. Roland and Sarah Holbrook Green, Sallie was the child of a pioneer family who was among the earliest settlers of Mount Vernon. Her brother, James Adkins Barkley Green, married Polly Taylor Thruston, widow of Edward Thruston and daughter-in-law of Col. Henry Clay Thruston. In 1899, Sallie married Guy Payne Hill, a local merchant. They had one child, Geraldine, who married S. Farrow Styles. Sallie was a graduate of Carr-Burdette College, an accomplished artist and founder of the Mount Vernon Shakespeare Club in 1902. She is buried in the Mount Vernon City Cemetery beside her husband and daughter.

Boat on a Lake
Sallie Green Hill
Oil, 1931
Gift of Jimmie Kate Terry Brown

John D. Parchman and His Wife, Jane Scott Parchman
Photographic copies of oil portraits
Gift of Hazel Parchman Coulson
Biographical Note on the Subject: John Darden Parchman is the uncle of Joseph Marshall Parchman (born 1869 in Franklin County, Texas, and died 1960 in Mount Vernon). Joseph Marshall Parchman owned the Parchman House from 1905 until his death in 1960.

IN THE VOLUNTEER WORK ROOM

Floral Still Life (Lilacs)
Etta Lominack Smith
Oil, circa 1900
Gift of Mildred Smith Brown

Brooks Pond
Lucia Flagg Brooks
Pastel, circa 1940
Estate of Gladys Wilkinson Winkle
Gift of Tom Wilkinson

House of Captain John P. Hill - Shadyside
Birdie Hill Willy or Sallie Green Hill
Pastel, circa 1900
Gift of Mary Turner Brady
Biographical Note on the Subject: Home on West Main built by Robert Jefferson Holbrook about 1860. It was located on the northeast corner of what is now the intersection of West Main and 37 Bypass. Occupied later by Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Holbrook Hill, mother of Guy P. Hill, and later by Guy and his family, the house burned in 1918. Guy Hill built a smaller house in front of the site of this house. That house was torn down some years ago by Hill’s daughter, Geraldine Hill Styles.

Floral Still Life (Yellow Roses with Lilacs)
Lucia Flagg Brooks (Mrs. Albert Brooks)
Oil, 1943
Estate of Agnes Wilkinson Burns
Gift of Tom Wilkinson

Floral Still Life (Yellow Roses with Lilacs)
Mary T. Brooks
Oil, circa 1900
Estate of Gladys Wilkinson Winkle
Gift of Tom Wilkinson
Biographical Note on the Artist: Mary T. Brooks (1835-1923)
Born near Covington, Kentucky, Mary T. Powell moved with her family to Lexington, Missouri, at the age of five. There she was married to John E. Brooks in 1855. The couple moved to Texas with their two children, Alfred and Lulu, in 1859, settling in Daingerfield. In 1860 they moved to Mount Vernon where they had two more children, John E. and Sammie, and lived for the rest of their lives. Their eldest son, Alfred, married Lucia Flagg who, with her mother-in-law, became noted for their artistic talents. Mrs. Brooks is buried in the Mount Vernon City Cemetery next to her husband.

Child and Grandfather
Etta Lominack Smith
Oil, circa 1900
Gift of Mildred Smith Brown

Still Life (Yellow Roses)
Christine Hughes Hicks
Oil, 1985
Gift of B.F. Hicks from the Christine Hughes Hicks collection
Biographical Note on the Artist: Christine Hughes Hicks (1922-1991)
Born to Agnes Kirk and Virgil Hughes, Christine was a fifth-generation resident of Franklin County and a 1939 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. She studied under Irene Zercher and Waters Reaves of Mount Vernon. She was married to Frank Hicks and both are buried in the Mount Vernon City Cemetery.

Still Life (Pink and Red Roses)
Mozelle Coe Ramsay
Oil, circa 1970
Estate of Gladys Wilkinson Winkle
Gift of Tom Wilkinson
Biographical Note on the Artist: Mozelle Coe Ramsay (1913-2006)
The daughter of Tommy and Willie Barrett Coe of Winnsboro, Mozelle moved with her family to Mount Vernon where she met and married Landon Ramsay in 1934. She and Landon spent the rest of their lives in Mount Vernon raising four children. Mozeile received her early art training in oils from Mrs. Lutie Brooks. She painted in watercolor and acrylic and also painted china and had her own kiln. Until the time of her death she was still active and maintained her own studio in the home where she and the late Mr. Ramsay, who died in 1998, had lived since 1959.

Red and Pink Roses
Rhema Arthur
Oil, 1978
Gift of B.F. Hicks from the Christine Hughes Hicks Collection
Biographical Note on the Artist: Rhema Odom Arthur (1900-1991)
Rhema Odom of Cumby, Texas, married Rua Arthur of Saltillo, Texas. She was an active community volunteer. She left her estate for charities, including a $50,000 bequest which allowed completion of restoration of the fire station museum for Mount Vernon. She painted as a hobby and studied with Mozelle Ramsay.

Texas Bluebonnets
Deva Hays Carroll Edwards
Oil, circa 1950
Gift of Patti Carroll Rommel
Biographical Note on the Artist: Deva Hays Carroll Edwards (1907-2002)
Dee came to Mount Vernon in 1945 from her native Henderson, Texas, to operate the telephone company for Southwestern States. She married Howard Edwards in 1959. She was active in many civic organizations. She was president of the Shakespeare Club, member of the Franklin County Historical Association and the First Baptist Church.

Lovers on Boat
Etta Lominack Smith
Oil, circa 1900
Gift of Mildred Smith Brown

Lady with Flowers
Etta Lominack Smith
Oil, circa 1900
Gift of Mildred Smith Brown

Floral Still Life (Red, Pink & Yellow Roses)
Etta Lominack Smith
Oil, circa 1900
Gift of Mildred Smith Brown

IN THE BATHROOM

Landscape with Pond
Sallie Green Hill (Mrs. Guy Hill)
Oil, 1930s
Gift of Jimmie Kate Teny Brown

Young Lovers on a Swing
Etta Lominack Smith
Oil, circa 1900
Gift of Mildred Smith Brown

Child Sleeping
Artist Unknown
Print in original frame
Estate of Geraldine Hill Styles
Gift of Mary Turner Brady
Biographical Note on the Painting: This picture hung in the Robert Jefferson Holbrook home on West Main in the early part of the Twentieth Century. The home was later occupied by their daughter, Mary Elizabeth Hill, and the Guy P. Hill family.

French Memorial 1914-1919
Gift of J.L. Armstrong
Biographical Note on the Artifact: This is a commemorative certificate given by the president of the French Republic to the family of Bob Merrell, a soldier from Franklin County who died in France during World War I.

IN THE KITCHEN

Landscape (On the road to Daingerfield from Hughes Springs)
Sallie Green Hill (Mrs. Guy Hill)
Oil, circa 1900
Gift of Jimmie Kate Terry Brown

Dog Painting
Mae Hughes Masters Milam
Oil, 1927
Gift of B.F. Hicks
Biographical Note on the Artist: Mae Hughes Masters Milam (1895-1975)
Mae was the daughter of rancher/lawyer C.G. Hughes and Mary Melody Aikin Hughes. She was a fifth-generation Texan through both her father’s and mother’s lines when she was born in Franklin County in 1895. She was married first to Ira Temple Masters, graduate of the University of Texas and superintendent of schools in Mount Vernon in the 1920 s. After his death she married Hal Smith Milam, brother-in-law to the first editor of the Optic-Herald, Charles R. Devall. Mae studied art under Lucia Flagg Brooks in the 1920s and maintained a life-long interest in the arts.

House with Cotton Fields
Fannie Hall Maxton
Oil, 1983
Gift of Tom Wilkinson
Biographical Note on the Artist: Fannie Hall Maxton (1912-1996)
Born in Omaha to Teny Hall and Ida Smith, Fannie was the great-granddaughter of pioneer citizen of Franklin County, Joshua Foster Johnson, and a life-long supporter of the Franklin County Historical Association. She was married to Dean Maxton who died in 1972. She enjoyed painting as a hobby and was active in the Mount Vernon Garden Club for many years.

Floral Still Life
Etta Lominack Smith
Oil, circa 1900
Gift of Mildred Smith Brown

Landscape with Sunset
Etta Lominack Smith
Oil, circa 1900
Gift of Mildred Smith Brown

House with Mountains
James Wood
Monochrome, 1935
Gift of B.F. Hicks from the Christine Hughes Hicks Collection
Biographical Note on the Artist: James Wood
According to Miss Virgie Beth Hughes, James Wood was a local Mount Vernon painter of the 1930s who "peddled" his paintings to local citizens.

Old Barn
Sarah Davenport
Oil
Gift of B.F. Hicks from the Frank Hicks Collection
Biographical Note on the Artist: Sarah Jo Campbell Davenport (1920-1994)
Sarah was born in Texas to Norman Campbell and Jewell Floyd Campbell. She married Lawrence Davenport and the couple had two children, Richard and James. Sarah and Lawrence retired to Mount Vernon and after his death she moved to a retirement home. She died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is buried in the Mount Vernon City Cemetery.

IN THE SECRETARY’S OFFICE

Floral Still Life
Sallie Green Hill
Oil, circa 1900
Gift of Jimmie Kate Terry Brown

IN THE ENCLOSED BACK PORCH

Vase of Purple Flowers
Sallie Green Hill (Mrs. Guy Hill)
Oil, circa 1935
Estate of Geraldine Hill Styles
Gift of Mary Brady

Child with Bowl
Birdie Hill Willey (Mrs. Horace Willey)
Oil, 1895
Estate of Geraldine Hill Styles
Gift of Mary Brady
Biographical Note on the Artist: Birdie Hill Willey (1876-1963)
The youngest child of Captain John Payne Hill and Mary Elizabeth Holbrook Hill, Birdie was raised in Mount Vernon and married Horace Willey. The Willeys lived in Gilmer and later in Novice, Texas, where Horace ran a lumber yard. Birdie survived Horace by many years and spent her last days on a small farm near Novice. "Aunt Birdie," as she was known, became an excellent artist whose paintings are still mostly in the hands of caring relatives.

Floral Still Life
Sallie Green Hill (Mrs. Guy Hill)
Pastel, circa 1900
Gift of Mary Brady

Fruit Still Life
Waters Reaves
Oil, circa 1980
Gift of Sue Bolin
Biographical Note on the Artist: Waters Reaves (1880-1982)
Born in Lebanon, Tennessee, to W.S. Lancaster and Sissy Meador, Waters had 5 children, 11 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. Coming to Mount Vernon as a small child, she married into the prominent Reaves Family and remained in Mount Vernon until her death. She taught oil painting classes in her home for over 30 years through the 1960s in a small home to the south of her daughter Evelyn Kidwell’s home on Rutherford at Miller Street. She painted this painting at the very end of her long life.

Caddo Lake
Evelyn Anderson Edwards
Oil, circa 1980
Gift of Tom Wilkinson
Biographical Note on the Artist: Evelyn Anderson Edwards (1914-1982)
Evelyn was the daughter of Clyde Anderson and Minnie Ester. She married Woodrow Harvey Edwards (son of Maud Harvey and Martin Luther Edwards). Woodrow and his brother, Howard Edwards, practiced law in Mount Vernon for over 40 years, maintaining separate offices. Both Evelyn and her sister-in-law, Deva Hays Edwards, painted. Deva’s work hangs in the Volunteer Work Room. Evelyn studied under Waters Reaves.