During the time he was paying out this land, Cornelius C. Cuyler of the Borough of Manhattan In the city and In the state of New York, and Frederic de Peyster Foster of Orange County, New York owned all the land In Gray County, Carson County, Roberts County and Hutchinson County. Land payments were made to them.
On October 15, 1915, Cornelius C. Cuyler made his will In which he willed all the real property, lands, tenements situated In the counties of Carson, Gray, Roberts and Hutchinson to Frederic de Peyster Foster. So from then on, yearly land payments were made to Frederic de Peyster Foster.
Pampa named Its two main streets "Cuyler" and "Foster" for these two men.
By this time, Tom's parents had bought a section of land in the Laketon area, built a home, dug a well and were farming there.
While living In Laketon, Texas, Tom met Ethel Benton, whose parents had also bought a farm and moved there. They had come to Laketon about the same time as the Ellers.
Tom helped his father by building fences and breaking out the sod. He said many years later, In a recording made by his nephew, George William Eller, about all he did the first ten years he was In the Panhandle was build fences and break out sod.
Tom's father bought several lots In Pampa at 621 East Frances and built a new home there. So the three of them moved Into their new home In the summer of 1908.
Tom played both a horn and a violin. He became a member of Pampa's first band. He and his close friend, Caril Sloan, and Caril's sister, Vera Sloan (Later Mrs. Mel Davis) played regularly for dances. It a piano was needed, they called the men who drove the "Dray Wagon" who would come, load and deliver the Sloan's piano to the place where the dance was held. This piano had a guitar attachment. Vera was the pianist and Caril played both the guitar and the violin.
During this time, Ethel Benton had been attending West Texas Normal College (now West Texas State University) and had taught school five months near Groom, Texas. Then she taught at Pampa High School when It was downtown In the red brick building. She was teaching there when she and Tom married on October 21, 1918. They moved Into a house on Section 200 where Tom had bought his land. Later, they built a new home on their farm and lived there many years.
Ethel was a pianist. She and Tom enjoyed the many duets they played. So did everyone else who heard them.
Tom and Ethel became interested In becoming Ham Radio Operators. They studied radio together. Tom got his Ham Radio License In November, 1939. His call number was I.Z.W. (ICY ZERO WEATHER). Ethel received hers In January, 1940. Her call number was J.A.D. (JUST A DOLL). They made contacts with other hams all over the United States and In many foreign countries. They spent many hours enjoying their hobby as long as they lived.
When the disastrous tornado of April 9, 1947, struck both the towns of Higgins, Texas and Woodward, Oklahoma, many people lost their lives. Tom Immediately volunteered at the Red Cross Office in Pampa to go to the stricken area to help get messages to relatives trying to find out if their relations were safe. Mr. Aaron Meek, "'Principal of Sam Houston School, went with Tom. they, with others, set up a temporary radio station in the part of the woodward HighSchool Building which had not been destroyed. Mr. Meek helped with food and coffee. They worked many hours without any rest, day and night, before finally returning home.
Tom and Ethel loved to play bridge with their friends. Ethel also belonged to a ladies' bridge club which they started In the early forties. They had their parties regularly In each other's homes. Some of the other ladies who played bridge together for so many years were: Verna Via, Juette Parker, Gertie Foster, Edna Davis, Augusta Yealy, Hortense King, Maude Schulkey, Dorothy Hampton, Clovia Lutz, Alta Carlock and Juanita Suttle.
In 1951. Tom and Ethel built a new home at 1316 Williston Street and moved Into town.
Ethel took several courses In oil painting. She painted beautiful paintings, which adorned their home. When the first nativity scene with life size figures was made, Ethel was chosen to paint the face and hands of the Madonna. This nativity scene was created to be placed In the downtown City Park during each Christmas Season. Now It has been enlarged and Is displayed each Christmas season In a beautiful location In the park just south of M.K. Brown Auditorium.
Thomas Eller died October 3, 1973.
Ethel Benton Eller-died September 12, 1981.
ELLER, TIM AND DONNA
Larry Timothy Eller was born June 22, 1946, Kansas City, Missouri. He was adopted by Walter and Lois Eller of Pampa. When he was a small boy, Tim enjoyed working with his father on the farm. He was an active Cub Scout. Every summer Tim attended the Church of Christ summer camp. Blue Haven, near Las Vegas, New Mexico.
L-R: Tim, Julie, Steven, Bradley, Donna.
Tim graduated from Pampa High School In 1964. He was active In Key Club, Spanish Club, football (two years) and was a member of the National Honor Society. He attended Abilene Christian University two years and graduated from Texas Tech In 1969 with a degree In chemical engineering. He was a Tau Beta Pi, and did graduate work at A&I College while living in Kingsville.
Tim married Donna Conner In 1966 In Pampa. Donna was born In Pampa on September 7, 1946, at the old Pampa Hospital on Gillespie Street. The doctor was Dr. Joe Pieratt. Donna's parents are Mary and Frank Conner, who live In Pampa. Mary Phillips Conner was born July 29, 1919, near Cooksville, Tennessee. Her father was a minister with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Phillips came to Texas when Mary was three years old. Frank Conner was born July 30, 1918, In Avant, Oklahoma. Mary and Frank married In Lubbock, April 19, 1937.
Donna has three brothers; Joe, Jimmy and Richard. Donna graduated from Pampa High School In 1965. She was band sweetheart, a twirler with the Pride of Pampa Band, and a member of National Honor Society. Donna was a Girl Scout in grade school and started band In fourth grade. She attended Abilene Christian University one year and graduated from Texas Tech In 1969 with a degree in elementary education.
Tim and Donna have three children. Bradley born November 5, 1969; Kingsville, Texas; Steven born May 31, 1974, Pampa; Julie born January 20, 1976, Pampa.