Ranger Exes Memorial - The Faculty RJC

Henry Baskin HENRY LEROY BASKIN, SR., 63, died Sept. 22, 1956, with burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa, TX. He was born near Gorman on Jan. 19, 1893 to James Willis & Sarah Jeanette Bennett Baskin. He was principal and math teacher at Cooper Elementary School in the 30s at Ranger, TX. He later moved to Dean of Ranger Jr. College. He married Myrtle Louise Clements (1895-1936) who was killed in a tragic train accident at Prairie Crossing in Ranger on Jan. 26, 1936. They had a daughter, Vashti Baskin (RHS-1930) & twin sons; H.L. Baskin, Jr. & M.L. Baskin (both RHS-1939). Mr. Baskin and four other educators started Odessa College. The original building there, since then demolished, was named Baskin Hall. After leaving Ranger, he married the librarian of the Odessa Junior College, Mattie V. McCuistion. They had a son, Roy V. Baskin. He resides in Honaunau on the Big Island of Hawaii and in Thailand, with his wife Wan Phen and daughter Metavee Baskin. Their first daughter, Veta Maurice Baskin only lived a year (19171918) and is buried in Elm Cemetery, southwest of Gorman, TX. Mattie V. Baskin was born in Jones County on Dec. 4, 1910 and passed away June 10, 2000 in Keauhou, Hawaii, where she lived with her son on his farm in Honaunau the last 6 years of her life. She was buried beside her husband. She was a teacher and librarian and she retired in Odessa in 1976. Both she and her husband had taught for 43 years. WIFE: MYRTLE LOUISE BASKIN, 40, wife of H.L. Baskin, Principal of the Cooper School, were held in Ranger, TX, with burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger. The church was packed to capacity with one of the largest crowds to attend a funeral there in many years, people coming from all over the county to attend. The floral arrangements which were banked in profusion around the casket came from friends not only in this county but from neighboring counties, attesting to the popularity of the woman who passed away on Jan. 26, 1936. The decedent was born in DeLeon on Oct. 31, 1895, and had lived in DeLeon and Gorman before coming to Ranger, TX several years ago to make her home. She had been active in all school and civic work.