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Albany in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

James Robert Green

1924 - 2009

 

—Rancher, writer, conservationist, historian —

 
James Robert Green Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
1. James Robert Green Marker
Inscription. Bob Green was born on his family ranch about 17 miles northeast of this spot in 1924, and he died there just before Christmas in 2009. Bob was a noted local rancher, conservationist, historian, writer, public speaker, and musician. He was immensely proud to be from and of this area. Bob was the youngest son of pioneer parents, who had settled on nearby Hubbard Creek in 1885. He was a direct link to the early history of this part of Texas, a subject he studied and wrote about his entire life. From his parents, a rancher and a school teacher, Bob inherited an enormous intellectual curiosity and a pioneer work ethic. Bob spent his childhood on the ranch, leaving only to serve in the U.S. Army in World War II, where he was a tank commander who saw combat action at Okinawa and the Philippines. He was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star for his “conspicuous bravery” in the Pacific Theater. After World War II, Bob returned to Texas, where he married Nancy Ebersole and moved back to the ranch. He and Nancy raised their own family there, with Bob working on and running the ranch until he died. A lover of animals, Bob was a renowned rancher and conservationist, and he received numerous awards from the ranching community honoring this work. Bob was a frequent columnist in the Albany News, chronicling life in this area
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By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
2. James Robert Green Marker
and the history of this area, and he was for years the narrator (and calliope player) for the Fort Griffin Fandangle. Towards the end of his life, he wrote Okinawa Odyssey, which told the story of his journey from the ranch to Okinawa and back. Bob was funny, kind to all, and wise. Bob’s curiosity, understanding, and observation allowed him to draw direct lines from past to present in his writing and speaking. He knew that we have much to learn from those who came before us, and when called upon (which was often) he generously shared this wisdom, by way of his many writings and speeches.

“We understand now and thank you. We know now it wasn’t as easy as you made it appear.”
 
Erected 2013.
 
Location. 32° 43.388′ N, 99° 17.814′ W. Marker is in Albany, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker is at the intersection of S. 2nd Street (State Highway 6) and S. Main Street (U.S. 283), on the right when traveling east on S. 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in the northwest corner of the grounds of the Shackelford County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 225 S. Main St, Albany TX 76430, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rear Admiral Emory Arden Grantham (here, next to this
Soldiers and Sailors Markers<br>at Shackelford County Courthouse Grounds image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
3. Soldiers and Sailors Markers
at Shackelford County Courthouse Grounds
James Robert Green marker is in the center on the stand-alone marker base
marker); Lt. Colonel William Edwin Dyess (here, next to this marker); Lt. General Robert Boyd Williams (here, next to this marker); Lt. Col. William E. Dyess (here, next to this marker); Shackelford County War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Texas Cattle Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Jack Shackelford (within shouting distance of this marker); First Producing Oil Well in West Texas (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Shackelford County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
4. Shackelford County Courthouse
Marker is in northwest corner of the courthouse grounds
View to Northwest towards Intersection<br>of S. Main Street (US 283) and S. 2nd Street (SH 6) image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
5. View to Northwest towards Intersection
of S. Main Street (US 283) and S. 2nd Street (SH 6)
Courthouse Grounds image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 27, 2015
6. Courthouse Grounds
View to southeast across S. 2nd Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 232 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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