Oliver Percy “O. P.” Archer


Oliver Percy “O. P.” Archer

Death 3 May 1930 (aged 60)
Burial McAllen, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 25906576 View Source

Born in Garland, Tennessee.
Husband of Clara Hill Archer.
Father of Clara L. Archer Robertson & Hazle Archer Martin.
Oliver (OP) was Mayor of McAllen, Texas from 1913 - 1923.
OP donated a one-block tract of land to the City of McAllen for use as a public park in 1917, just six years after the town was incorporated. The McAllen Board of Commisioners officially named the site for him in 1933. The bandstand that was erected on the site has a basement which was the home of the McAllen Public Library from 1936 - 1949.

Buried in the South 1/3 of Lot 9, Block 14.


The following information was taken from the McAllen Daily Press, dated: May 5, 1930.

O. P. Archer whose long 22 year residence was ended Saturday morning by death, which followed in the wake of a lingering illness, Sunday, was honored by hundreds of McAllen and Hidalgo county citizens as last rites were held for him at McAllen High School auditorium.

Before a flower-banked stage, Mr. Archer's last remains lay in a silver casket at the foot of the auditorium. At the conclusion of services those attending filed past the casket to pay final silent tribute to the departed leader whose life span meant much to the city.

Frank G. Crow, John T. Cardwell, T. J. Powell, Stephen Jones, R. E. Horn and John W. Ewing served as pallbearers.

The services were both reverent and impressive, marking as they did the passing of one of the city's best known pioneers. Born in Garland, Tennessee, Mr. Archer came to Texas in 1900. He lived in Corpus Christi for four years, moving later to Brownsville, where from 1904 to 1908 he served as manager of the Texas and Ohio Company sugar plantation near there. In 1908 he came to McAllen, where he resided until his death. Here he was connected with various commercial and municipal enterprises. His outstanding work was his service as mayor of the city, from 1913 until 1923. Other connections included his term as president of McAllen Rotary Club and president of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce.

Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Clara Hill Archer; two daughters, Clara Martin of McAllen and Hazle Robertson of Fort Stotsenburg, P.I., his mother Mrs. S. E. Archer of Corpus Christi, a sister, Mrs. W. P. Drake of San Benito, and four brothers, Carl C. and Allen of San Antonio, Norman of Memphis, Tenn., and Harry of Corpus Christi.

All except Mrs. Robertson and Norman Archer were present at the Sunday rites.

Mr. Archer was interred at Valhalla Cemetery which was later renamed Roselawn Cemetery.


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