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 2

Receipt to W.H. Haynes from Rudd and Son's Drug Store, ca. 1910


Receipt for $1 to W.H. Haynes from M.E. Bockmon of the Burleson News, April 17, 1916


November 1, 1921 Burleson Water Works receipt for T.J. Mills, great-great-uncle of Mary Ruth Arnold


Birth Announcement of Mary Ruth Haynes, October 1, 1925


Receipt to E.B. Burns from Loyless & Loyless Interurban Drug Store, February 1, 1927


Check from E.B. Burns to Jess Garner, September 24, 1938


Check from E.B. Burns to Big Four Company, September 27, 1938


Promotional Card for Burleson, Texas, date unknown


War Ration Book No. 3 for Rufus Haynes, 1943


Check from W.H. Haynes to The Toastry, March 4, 1954


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