Mary Ruth Arnold Collection
By Robert Griffith, Updated July 2013

In 2008, Mary Ruth Arnold allowed me to scan many of her family's treasured photographs and documents. Mrs. Arnold, born Mary Ruth Haynes, is the daughter of Rufus and Jewel Haynes. Her maternal great-grandfather, Richard Burns, ran a blacksmith shop which is today Ron's Apothecary at 117 West Renfro Street. Her grandfather, Elisha Burt Burns, once owned the Burleson Waterworks. Mrs. Arnold's family even has roots in the founding of Johnson County; great-great-great-uncle, Thomas Jefferson Mills was among a hundred citizens to sign a petition forming Johnson County in 1854.

Mary Ruth is a 1943 graduate of Burleson High School. She wed Horace Carlton Gordon, Jr. in 1946, and to them were born four children, Elaine, Horace Carlton, III, Gary, and Richard. After Mr. Gordon's death in 1992, Mary Ruth married J.W. Arnold, a decorated World War II veteran. J.W. Arnold's dedication to honoring his fellow veterans continued until his passing in September 2011. The Arnolds are among the kindest, most decent people I have had the privilege of knowing.

Selected Documents, Part 1

Tax receipt for $4.70 dated March 30, 1863 for J.J. Mills, great-great-grandfather of Mary Ruth Arnold
Receipt is signed by J.R. McKinsey, Assessor & Collector for Johnson County, Texas

Confederate tax receipt dated April 12, 1864 for $82.05 for J.J. Mills

June 14, 1866 Oath of Amnesty receipt for J.J. Mills

Letter from J.J. Mills acknowledging the debt of [?] Levy and [?] Dilly. "Buchanan, Johnson County, April 9th, 1867 - I hereby acknowledge that I have [?] a note from [?] Levy [?] for twenty-eight hundred dollars, unpaid. He, Dilly [?], which I promise to return to [?] Levy [?] as soon as they pay me the amount of their note which I hold against them. - J.J. Mills"

April 5, 1886 deed (no. 288) signed by G.M. Dodge conveying Lot 6 in Block 28 of the original townsite of Burleson, Texas to James Pickett, one of Burleson's early physicians and settlers.

Promisary Note from Mrs. S.F. Graham to G.M. Dodge, April 1, 1895

The is June 21, 1895 S.F. Hackney Lumber Company Bill for Mrs. Sarah Frances Graham coincides to the first publication of The Burleson Banner. In the innaugural issue of the Banner, publisher W.B. Newton notes that, "The BANNER family is comfortably located in the new residence of Mrs. Graham." Coincidence?

Receipt to W.H. Haynes from Brister & Overton Dry Goods, October 11, 1908

Receipt to W.H. Haynes from Loyless & Robbins Drug Store, September 18, 1908

Membership receipt to W.H. Haynes from the Independent Order of Puritans, June 1, 1915

Membership receipt to W.H. Haynes from the Knights of the Modern Maccabees