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By Mrs. Jo Ann Haltom

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Rufus Dalton Tyer was born on November 19, 1892, in Water Valley. Mississippi, the son of Joseph Johnston Tyer and Molly Johnson Tyer. He served in the United States Army Infantry during World War I.

On November 3, 1923, Rufus Tyer married my mother, Nina Ellen Plane, at Ardmore, Oklahoma. She was born on September 24, 1900, in London, Arkansas, the daughter of Charles Alphus Plane and Mary Ellen Nordin.

My father was a machinist by trade, and my mother, Nina Tyer, worked for the telephone company. My older sister Mary was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma, but the remainder of the family were born in Nederland, Texas. My parents moved from Ardmore to Mexia, Texas, in 1928, and in 1932, they moved to Nederland, where they remained for the rest of their lives.

My father and mother built their home at 1220 Avenue A, across from what was then the Nederland High School. My father then went to work for Pure Oil Pipe Line Company, but later, he transferred to the main Pure Oil (now Unocal) refinery, where to continued as a machinist.

My sister, Mary Elizabeth Tyer, was born in Ardmore on August 21, 1924; she married Carl R. Osborne of Port Neches. Later they moved to Tomball, Texas, where Mary Elizabeth Osborne died on January 20, 1976.

All of us attended the Nederland schools. I was born here on June 17, 1933, and I (Jo Ann Tyer Haltom) married David Lee Haltom (deceased in 1989). My younger sister, Joyce Elaine Tyer, was born in Nederland on February 18, 1935, and she is married to E. Victor Tibbetts. My brother, Hubert Dalton Tyer, was also born in Nederland, and he is married to Dianne DuPuis.

Rufus Dalton Tyer retired from Pure Oil Company in 1957. He and my mother continued to live at our home at 1220 Avenue A during their retirement years. My father, Rufus D. Tyer, died on December 1, 1965, at age 73. My mother, Nina Tyer, died three years later, on September 28, 1968. I can truly say that my parents were a gentle and Christian couple, who lived their religious faith in their everyday lives and who brought up their four children in a loving and disciplined home. They are still fondly remembered and sorely missed by their surviving children, grandchildren, and a whole host of friends whose lives they touched.

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