Served Milam 56 years on special commission
My health has caused me to not take any more condemnation cases as a special commissioner for Milam County.
I believe I heard every condemnation case on highway right of way, water lines, electric lines and pipelines for 56 years.
I was appointed each year from 1955 to 2011, serving under the past five district judges.
Ed Magre was the last judge to appoint me. I don’t remember the first.
The special commission is composed of three people, appointed by the district judge and conducted just the same as a real court without a jury.
The court hears the case and sets the awards.
The first board I served on was with Joe Moore of Gause, also known as the Gray Ghost or the Gause Ghost from his Major League Baseball career with the New York Giants.
W. T. Pearson was also on that board.
The most interesting case that I recall from those 56 years was the Great American Pipeline from the northwest states.
If I remember right, it was going to have come from the Cameron area through the Minerva, Rockdale and Forest Grove areas, then on south into Lee County.
It died soon after that, as the company went broke.
The largest award was made for this company, $100,000 for taking on a large ranch near Cameron.
I conducted most all of the hearings.
When I stopped we were doing the takings for Oncor Electrical Delivery Company LLC for a transmission line coming out of Bell and Robertson Counties.