|Birth: ||Mar. 14, 1905|
|Death: ||Sep. 4, 1977|
Sol Minchen Parks born March 14, 1905 in Crockett, Texas. He was the son of Cyrus Brohier Parks and Jeanette Langston.
Cyrus and Jeanette were living in Crockett, Texas when Jenaette's father passed away leaving her distraught.
Grandmother, Louise Lucas Parks boarded a train for Crockett and found that Jeanette was incapable of caring for young Sol.
Little SOl was just a few weeks old. Louise took the baby to Goliad to live on the Parks Ranch. The doctor told Louise that the closest thing to mother's milk was donkey milk. The gransdparents purchased a donkey and hired a young black boy to milk the donkey.The milk would still be warm when they gave it to young Sol.
Solomon Parks built a little house for Cyrus and Jeanette in Fannin. Cyrus and Sol did not get along well. Sol being a stern taskmaster and Cyrus a trained bookkeeper ranching did not please him.
Cyrus left for South America when Sol was a toddler. This left Jeanette with no means of support and no formal training. She did not have the means to support herself much less a child.
Sol and Louise Parks gave Jeannette a choice. They offered to adopt the boy and see that he received his due inheritance or she could take him with her.
Jeanette was paid $10,000 dollars and left Sol with his grandparents. Sol was legally adopted by Sol and Louise Parks.
Jeanette moved to Houston and Sol would visit her occassionally. On several occassions Jeanette tried to hide Sol and not return him to the ranch.
At the age of 8, Sol moved to Houston to live with his aunt Ida Laura Parks Huggins. Ida and her husband, W.O. Huggins raised him as their own child along with their two other children.
Sol graduated from Allen Military Academy and attended the University of Texas where he met his bride-to-be Helen Altman. They married on June 12, 1929 and lived in Houston, Texas. They raised 4 children.
After retiring they moved back to Fannin and operated his portion of the Parks Ranch. Sol Parks, grandson and namesake of the pioneer rancher who established the Parks Ranch in 1859, worked hard for more than a decade to bring his 14,000 acre ranch back to the condition it was in 100 years ago.
He became a cooperator with the Karnes-Goliad Soil and Conservation District in 1953 and was elected to the District Advisory Board in 1962. He resisted the tempatation to overstock his pastures in good years, by managing his ranch land properly and developing a complete conservation program.
In addition, he encouraged the reestablishment of native grasses on the ranch...Big and Little Bluestem, Switch grass, Crinklelawn, Indian grass, Eastern Gamma grass, Side Oats Gramma, Curley Mesquite and various varieties of Paspalums. He introduced Coastal Burmuda, Klieberg Bluestem, NK-37, African Star No. 2, African Star Zimmerly Select and four-Flower Trichloris.
The Sol Parks Ranch is still in operation in Fannin, Texas today.
Newspaper: The Victoria Advocate
Date: Monday, September, 5, 1977
Goliad - Sol Parks, 72, long active in civic affairs in Goliad County, died at 9:20 am Sunday in a Victoria hospital following a long illness.
Born March 14, 1905, near Crockett, Tex., he was a farmer and rancher, and a member of the United Methodist Church.
He was a member of the Goliad Chamber of Commerce, and was a district director of the Karnes-Goliad Conservation District.
Funeral services will be held at 3pm Wednesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Heacock officiating. Burial will be in Oak Cemetery under direction of Colonial Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Goliad; three daughters, Mrs Martha Goodman of Galveston, Mrs Patricia Burbridge of Richardson, Tx., and Mrs Sue Lilley of Kaiserslautern, Germany, and a son, Richard Parks, of Corpus Christi; a sister, Lorna McKinney of Seguin; two brothers, C.B. Parks Jr., of San Antonio, and Pryor Parks of Texas City; and nine grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be George Swickheimer, David Simmons, Milton Williams, Morris Dye, George Schroder and Fred Gunter.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Victoria Bird Dog Club.
The family has requested that in lieu of the usual remembrances, contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church of Goliad or the Boys Ranch Methodist Home of Waco.
The body will lie in state at the church from 2pm until time of services.
CYRUS BROHIER PARKS (1875 - 1959)
Jeanette Langston Darby (1882 - 1960)
Helen Altman Parks (1904 - 1996)
Martha Jean Parks Goodman (1933 - 2008)*
Oak Hill Cemetery
Maintained by: Bonnie Parks
Originally Created by: Tom Denham
Record added: Aug 11, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5036397