Raymond Ellsworth Hubbard

Raymond Ellsworth Hubbard

Birth
USA
Death 22 Oct 1970 (aged 77)
USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot Section 59
Memorial ID 5346946 · View Source
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Hubbard, Raymond Ellsworth (1893-1970), oilman, civic leader and City of Dallas Park Board President from 1943 to 1970, was born in Centralia, Illinois on May 30, 1893, the son of Gentry Ellsworth and Minnie Ruth Morgan Hubbard. Father and son were close companions. Ray left during high school to join his father in a Florida real estate venture. Back in Centralia, Illinois, drilling of a coal vein test hole resulted in the discovery of oil. Centralia became an oil town and the Hubbards were in the middle of it. The Hubbards sought more oil plays in Oklahoma as lease brokers and came to Dallas in 1918. With service in West Texas as a private of a machine gun company, Ray was discharged in March, 1919 and his partnership with his father resumed, securing leases in the Ranger field boom, covering his territory in a 2-horse surrey. He married Miss Janet Richardson in San Angelo, Texas in November, 1919. They had three sons.
Then Dad Joiner discovered the East Texas oil field, and the Hubbards later joined Walter William Lechner along with C. A. "Barney" Skipper in securing a 9,300-acres in the Lathrop Block near Longview, Texas. In exchange for selling 5,000 acres, John Farrell, Eddie Showers and W. A. Moncrief would later drill the third discovery (in January, 1931) well that further defined the massive East Texas field, which opened up the rich Longview area in Gregg County. While Lechner had assembled this large block of acreage, some of the title was in bad shape, at which time, he decided to call in Ray Hubbard. In exchange for curing title to the leases, Lechner and Skipper gave Hubbard a third of their remaining 4,300 acres. Later, the Hubbards under the name, G E. Hubbard & Son, turned from leaser brokers to oil and gas drillers and producers.
With their fortune made, Ray obtained appointment as a member of the Dallas Park Board in April, 1942 and served as its president from May, 1943 until his death, and placed emphasis on getting play grounds for children and adding landscaped parks and pools to Dallas' landscape. His Lakewood home in East Dallas exhibited his passion for the outdoor beauty of gardening; he and his wife were hosts to enumerable garden and social gatherings at their home, which was described as a showplace of Dallas.
In addition, Ray served as president of Hope Cottage Association,
Honorary Life member of the American Institute of Park Executives, SMU Campus Beautification Committee member, Director of Richmond Freeman Memorial Clinic and the Red Cross, Division Chairman for the 1943 Red Cross War Fund, panelmember for the special Grand Jury to investigate the South Dallas Negro home bombings, Board of Directors for the Dallas Zoological Society, Member Dallas County Grand Jury, board director and past president of the Dallas Petroleum Club, commissioner for selection of Dallas County Grand Jury, Dallas director and Executive committeeman for the Dallas-Fort Worth district, Texas Independent producers & Royalty Owners Association, member of the Citizens Memorial to John F. Kennedy Committee. He was a member of the Dallas Petroleum Club, Club Imperial, Brook Hollow Golf Club and the Chaparral Club, Koon Kreek Hunting and Fishing Club and the Dallas Fishing and Hunting Club.
In other business, he was a director of Texas Bank & Trust Company, West Coast Pipeline Company , Guardian Savings and Loan Association, and Wichita & Willington railroad. In 1967, the Rockwall-Forney Reservoir which was under construction at the time, was named Lake Ray Hubbard by the Dallas City Council to honor Hubbard's service to the city. The Ray Hubbard Lake area included 27,000 acres, of which 21,000 would be water area in Rockwall, Collin, Dallas and Kaufman Counties. He died on October 22, 1970 in Dallas, Texas and was buried at Grove Hill Memorial Park in east Dallas.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: James A. Clark and Michael T. Halbouty, The Last Boom, (1972). The Dallas Morning News Historical Archive (1885-1997) from NewsBankInc.




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  • Created by: Larry Chenault
  • Added: 8 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5346946
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Raymond Ellsworth Hubbard (30 May 1893–22 Oct 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5346946, citing Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Larry Chenault (contributor 4246615) .