|Tom Jamison, born October 13, 1891, was an early day oil driller from
Marienville, Pennsylvania, who first came to Texas in 1917, when he was
a member of the fledgling flying branch of the United States Signal Corps.
He helped set up the first row of tents on what is now Kelly Air Force
Base, San Antonio. After the hostilities of World War I were over,
Tom returned to Texas, where the oil business was in its infancy.
He started out in Ranger, but New Domain Oil and Gas Company hired him
away from Mobil Oil and set Tom and his friend, partner, and soon-to-be
brother-in-law, Charlie Pollard, up with the second rig to drill on top
of the Caprock. Clarance Dodd (see George W. Brooks) and Tom Jamison
were married June 15, 1921 in Coleman at the Dodd residence, but drilling
enterprises took them to the Panhandle area for several years. During
this time, a daughter, Patsy, was born in Amarillo, June 30, 1925.
They moved back to Coleman in 1928. A son, T. E. “Tommy,” Jr. was
born September 21, 1930. They bought a home in Coleman, but Tom’s
drilling took him to West Texas. Clarance was a member of the Lome
Stevens Class and the First United Methodist Church, the Justa Bridge Club,
and busied herself with the rearing of her children. She served as
Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star in 1935.
Patsy grew up and attended South Ward and Coleman High School, playing
the piano and various instruments in the band and also served as drum major.
She graduated in 1942 and left for Texas Tech. J. P. Miller, Jr.
had been dismissed from the Naval Air Corps in December of 1945, and Patsy
and Bub took up a friendship that had begun at CHS. Patsy was a senior
at Tech at this time, but she discontinued her college work to marry J.
P. Miller, Jr. (Bub) on May 15, 1946 (see James A. Jameson). They
lived at the Miller Ranch about a year, and soon after their first son,
John P. III, was born, they moved to Avance, South Dakota. Their
second son, Thomas E. was born December 27, 1948, in Rapid City, South
Dakota. Both boys grew up on the ranches. John and Tom both
attended school in Sturgis where they excelled in all sporting events.
Tom went to National in track in broad jump. John and Tom much preferred
the ranch life, but attended college. In 1970 and 1971 Tom Miller
was awarded trophy saddles for being the best “All Around Cowboy” for the
National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Tom won the bronc riding
average at the National Finals Rodeo his first year, 1975, and twice later
won the coveted Feeke Tooke Award (trophy and money) in 1981. He
was the first bronc rider to win the average three times. John Miller
married Colleen Donahue, November 7, 1969 and they have a daughter, Cathy.
The John Miller family resides at Red Owl, South Dakota. In 1972
Patsy and Bub left their boys in charge of the South Dakota ranches and
returned to Coleman County to assist J. P. Miller, Sr., in running ranches
in this area and because of the serious illness of Patsy’s mother, Clarance
Jamison. Clarance Dodd Jamison died August 16, 1974.
Tom Jamison, Jr. attended schools at South Ward and was a 1948 graduate
of Coleman High School. He was active in the band and participated
in many sports activities. The 1946 football team which defeated
their arch-rival Ballinger for the first time in thirteen years was Tom’s
most memorable high school event. After high school, Tom attended
Texas Tech and graduated in 1951 with a BBA in Business Management.
He then served as an Air Intelligence Officer, 509th BW, SAC in the United
States Air Force from 1951 until 1953. After his service time, Tom
returned to Texas Tech where he received an MBA in Business Management
in 1954. He taught Business Management at Baylor University while
attending Baylor Law School and received his Juris Doctorate in 1962.
His father, T. E. Jamison, Sr. died this same year in March 1962.
Both Clarance and Tom, Sr. are buried in the Coleman Cemetery. While
attending law school at Baylor, Tom, Jr. met and married Jo Ann May in
1962. After graduating from law school, Tom worked in the Land and
Legal Department of Standard Oil of Texas in Midland, Texas. Two
children were born to Tom and Jo Ann in Midland, Dru Ann Jamison, August
12, 1964, and Mark Brian Jamison, March 14, 1966. In 1970 Tom, Dru
Ann and Mark returned to Coleman where Tom bought the law practice of the
late John O. Harris and practiced law as well as accumulating numerous
oil interests, his first love, as his father before him had taught him
well and instilled a deep interest in exploration and production.
On December 12, 1971, Tom married Mary Jane (Scott) Craddock who he had
known in high school before but had only had one date with (see Perry Stobaugh).
Mary Jane had one daughter, Camille Craddock. This made one family
out of two halves. Tom is active in the oil business, still maintains
his law office, is a member and past Senior Warden of St. Mark’s Episcopal
Church. He was president of the Coleman Chamber of Commerce in 1975,
is one of the rotating Sunday School teachers at the Downtown Men’s Sunday
School Class, and holds ranching interest. He is at the present time
Worshipful Master of Lodge 496, Ancient and Free Masons, a 32nd degree
Mason, and Shriner.
Camille graduated from CHS in 1978 and then attended Angelo State University
where she was a member of the Angelette Drill team and is still an accomplished
dancer. She now resides in Lubbock, Texas and is employed at the
Republic National Bank of Lubbock. Dru Ann Jamison attended Coleman
and Mozelle schools and was a 1982 graduate of Mozelle High School graduating
as Valedictorian. She was a cheerleader her senior year and class
favorite. She attends Angelo State University as a sophomore and
is also a member the Angelette Drill Team and the ASU Dance Ensemble as
she also is an accomplished dancer and musician. Mark Jamison attended
Coleman and Mozelle schools and is a senior at Mozelle High School and
an honor student and class favorite. In 1983 and the county livestock
judging team went to state and Mark placed 11th high individual and the
team placed 5th. Mark is also an accomplished musician possessing
a beautiful baritone voice. In 1982 Mark won an essay contest sponsored
by the Rural Electric Cooperative and as a prize received a trip to Washington,
D.C. After high school graduation, Mark plans to attend Texas Tech.
Both Dru Ann and Mark are active members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
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T. E. Jamison