Creator: Myres, S. D. (Samuel Dale), 1871-1953

Collection #: S 743.1

Language: English

Biographical Sketch

Born on November 22, 1871 in Johnson County, Texas, Samuel Dale Myres was the son of David Rittenhouse and Mary Jane Dale Myres. The oldest of six children, Myres opened the S. D. Myres Saddle Company in Sweetwater, Texas, in 1898. He was involved in many civic organizations including serving as president of the Sweetwater Commercial Club, serving on the local school board from 1914-1915, and being the mayor of Sweetwater from 1908-1911. In 1920, Myres moved his company to El Paso, Texas. The company became famous for its superior craftsmanship and Myres mingled with many famous western actors and personalities of his day. Myres marriage to Drusa Rogers produced three children - S. D. (Samuel Dale) Jr., William James, and Melrose, and his second marriage to Eva Forkner resulted in no offspring. In 1953, Myres passed away and was buried in El Paso.

The Handbook of Texas has published a more in-depth online biography of Samuel Dale Myres at http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/search.html

Scope and Contents

The materials include correspondence, financial materials, legal materials, scrapbooks, printed material, and literary productions. The collection bulks with literary productions (1927-1961) written about Myres' life. Correspondence includes both business and personal letters. Also included are papers related to Mrs. S. D. Myres, the David R. Myres estate, and Helene Chonla. Part of the collection, 47 leaves, is on microfilm. Transferred to Photographs were 411 prints, many of which are autographed, and 32 negatives.

Restrictions

Open for Research

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • S. D. Myres oral history interview [sound recording], 1950
  • S. D. Myres Saddle Company Records
  • Lee "Pop" Myres oral history interview [sound recording], 1970
  • Preferred Citation

    S. D. (Samuel Dale) Myres Papers, 1879-1962 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

    Accession Information

    Gifts, 1966

    Processing Information

    Lynn Whitfield, 2000

    Bibliography

  • Myres, Sandra L. "S. D. Myres: Saddlemaker. "Thesis (M. A.)--Texas Technological College, k1961.
  • "Big Spring Daily Herald," July 7, 1953.
  • Cunningham, Eugene. Tio Sam-Saddle Man. "Horselover Magazine," February-March 1951.
  • Collection Inventory

    Box 1

    General Files

    • Folder 1, Art: Pencil and Ink Drawings, 1938 and undated
    • Folder 2, Book: "S. D. Myres: Saddlemaker", 1961
    • Folder 3, Cards: Business and Calling Cards, undated
    • Folder 4, Cards: Myres Family, 1939-1954 and undated
    • Folder 5, Certificates, 1931-1946
    • Folder 6, Chonla, Helene, 1923 and undated
    +++ Correspondence
      • Folder 7, General, undated
      • Folder 8, General, 1910-1952 and undated
      • Folder 9, General, 1921-1958 and undated
      • Folder 10, Chonla, Helene, Mrs., 1920-1936
      • Folder 11, Crane, R. C., 1923-1947
      • Folder 12, Daniel, E. Q., 1945-1953
      • Folder 13, James, William, 1920-1923
      • Folder 14, Myres, David R., Estate, 1920-1935
      • Folder 15, Myres' Children - W. J. "Billy", Melrose, and Ted, 1920-1962
      • Folder 16, Myres Family (Unidentified ), 1923-1938
      • Folder 17, Myres, Mrs. S. D. (Alma), 1923-1924
      • Folder 18, Parrish, Mary, 1941-1950
      • Folder 19, Postcards, 1922-1946
      • Folder 20, Santa Fe Railway, 1907-1955
      • Folder 21, To S. D. Myres, 1907-1955
      • Folder 22, Tess, Letters from, 1921-1933
    • Folder 23, Financial Materials: General, 1879-1952
    • Folder 24, Financial Materials: Chonla, Helene, Mrs., 1909-1929
    • Folder 25, History of the S. D. Myres Saddle Company and its Founder, "Tio" Sam Myres, 1954
    • Folder 26, Legal Documents, 1898-1915
    • Folder 27, Legal Documents, 1916-1958 and undated
    • Folder 28, Literary Publications, undated
    • Folder 29, Literary Publications, 1927-1953 and undated
    • Folder 30, McDonald, C. C.: Pamphlet for Texas Governor, 1934
    • Folder 31, News Clippings, undated
    • Folder 32, News Clippings: Pauline Frederick, 1928-1938
    • Folder 33, News Clippings: "Tio" Sam D. Myres, 1938-1953
    • Folder 34, Newspapers, 1936-1952
    • Folder 35, Notebook: Chonla, Helene undated

    Box 2

    • Folder 1, Notebooks, undated
    • Folder 2, Payne Undertaking and Furniture Company, 1926-1927
    • Folder 3, Photo Album, undated
    • Folder 4, Religiou Materials, 1919-1953 and undated
    • Folder 5, Scrapbook, 1908-1947 and undated
    • Folder 6, Scrapbook: Poetry Clippings, undated
    • Folder 7, Scrapbook Materials, 1920-1927 and undated
    • Folder 8, "Tio Sam the Saddle Man", undated