|Haden Hart was born in Adam County, Oklahoma, March 23, 1914, the son
of Ben Franklin and Edna (Simmons) Hart. At the age of two and a
half, his mother died. It was her request that his aunt Ellen Saunders
raise him (see Philip Jones Saunders). In the fall of 1917, his father
brought him to Coleman County, to be raised by his aunt and uncle, the
Philip Jones Saunders family. Haden grew up in the Viets or Old Silver
Valley community. He went to school at Viets and Silver Valley.
At age 19, Hadenís aunt passed away, and his Uncle Philip went to live
with his children by his first wife. This left Haden alone, so he
entered the CCC camp. Here he spent about three years. While
in camp, he came home on a leave and met his future wife, Nellie Mae Pricer,
daughter of the John Thomas Pricer (see Pricer Family). Mr. Pricer,
with seven children, came to Coleman County in the fall of 1926.
They settled in the Voss community and lived on the Joe Pepper farm.
Nellís first year of school was in Voss. They then moved to the Anderson
Community, where she went to school, and finished at the Silver Valley
Haden B. Hart and Nellie Mae Pricer met in 1936. They married
October 8, 1939. They had three sons: Ben Thomas (Tommy) born June
28, 1940; Claude Austin, June 27, 1943; and Bobby Jack, February 15, 1946.
They each graduated from Coleman High School.
Haden was a farmer for a number of years. He was a heavy equipment
operator for the Central Colorado Authority and County Precinct 1 for 25
years. He is retired now. He and his wife have lived in Coleman
the past 25 years, living at 616 W. 4th Street.
Ben Thomas is a minister of the Primitive Baptist Church, he has been
Administrator over 5 nursing homes. He married Joy Huckaby, November
28, 1964, have two children, Carl and Katrina, both adopted. They
are living in Midlothian.
Claude entered the Navy, serving four years. He was in Vietnam
with a C. B. specialist force for a period of time. While in the
Navy, he met Charlie Sue Garrett of Santa Anna, married December 25, 1963.
They have two girls, Robbin Christie and Pamela Elizabeth. Claude, after
leaving the Navy, went through the D.P.S. Academy in Austin. He was
stationed at Brenham, Navasota, San Angelo and San Antonio, then sent to
Chicago for a yearís study in law enforcement. He returned to Austin,
where he is teaching in the D.P.S. Academy. He and his family live
in Round Rock.
Bobby Jack, entered the Army and spent most of his time in Germany.
After three years in the Army, he returned to Coleman. He was Deputy
Sheriff and night dispatcher, serving under Sheriff John Smith. During
this time, he married a childhood sweetheart, Alfredia Poldrack, daughter
of Arthur and Avis (Thompson) Poldrack of Coleman. They have two
children: Shannon Dewayne and Douglas Bryan. Bobby Jack went through
the D.P.S. Academy in Austin. Upon graduation, he was assigned to
duty as State Trooper in Eagle Pass, then Bronte, then to Mineral Wells,
where he now lives.
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The Hart family ó Bobby Jack, Nell, Ben Thomas (Tommy), Haden, Claude