|Birth: ||May 6, 1888|
|Death: ||Oct. 6, 1967|
Cecil Winfred Barker attended Texas University while employed as an Ice Plant manager in Austin, Texas. He became interested in spinach and vegetable growing as a result of doing business with area farmers.
About 1925 he moved to Devine, Texas with his wife Elma Lela Hughes Barker and during this time period enjoyed whitetail deer hunting in Dimmit, Maverick and Web counties. This prompted him to take employment managing onion growing in Asherton, Dimmit, county, Texas around 1928. He later hunted deer and elk in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. His employer took bankruptcy and the court left him Cecil with an onion packing shed and several months short of his earnings.
A local bank financed a farm lease at Big Wells, Texas in 1930 which became very successful growing onions as well as other vegetables.
He then built a home in Big Wells in 1933 and moved his family there. The depression did not seem to hurt vegetable farmers and he prospered. Cecil's great break came in 1939 when a nation-wide freeze killed or damaged nearly all the spinach in the USA. He had a large crop of spinach and good Lord sent him 5 or 6 inches of snow which protected his crop from the freeze. Snow is extremely rare in the area. This large profit enabled him to buy his farm in 1940 and expand to farm and land of 4800 acres in 1941.
These accomplishments were shared by his helper and loving wife Elma Lela Hughes Barker a dedicated mother and Methodist Church worker in the small town of 450 in Big Wells, Texas.
Cecil Winfred Barker Activities:
President of Devine Chamber of Commerce
President if School Boards of Asherton and Big Wells
Elected county commissioner and served in Dimmit County for 25 years. The bridge on the Nueces River in Dimmitt, county bears a plaque in honor of his service to the County.
Boy Scouts of America award for leadership gifts. Received the highest award in Scouting, "The Silver Cross"
Chairman of the Red Cross, USA, Infantile Paralysis and Salvation Army. To quote a newspaper article: "There was never an infirmed and destitute person with in length of his elbow but what received his personal attention, sending them provisions and medical assistance.
Active member of the Masonic Lodge and Shriners Association.
Dedicated Baptist Sunday School teacher and supporter. The corner stone of the Big Wells Baptist Church bears his name.
Cecil Winfred Barker Sr. died October 4, 1967 at Dimmit Memorial Hospital while holding his son's hand.
Active Pallbearers: J.K. Mcallister, Weldon Blackard, Dent Ingram, Woodrow Pickett, Arnold Etheridge and Kenneth Bradshaw. Named were 63 honary pallbearers.
Willie Ann Barker (1889 - 1969)*
Cecil Barker (1916 - 1966)*
Mount Hope Cemetery
Created by: Bob Barker
Record added: Jan 14, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17429285