Courthouse Living

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Roger Maynard last known living person to have lived in county’s iconic building

  • Tex and Smoky, his saddle horse, relax on a summer afternoon in 2019. Courtesy/Enola Gay Mathews
    Tex and Smoky, his saddle horse, relax on a summer afternoon in 2019. Courtesy/Enola Gay Mathews
  • Tex (third from left, front row) stands with others in this 1965 Texas Department of Public Safety headquarters in Mount Pleasant. Of the 10 DPS District 1-B7 officers serving Northeast Texas in 1965, five are still living.
    Tex (third from left, front row) stands with others in this 1965 Texas Department of Public Safety headquarters in Mount Pleasant. Of the 10 DPS District 1-B7 officers serving Northeast Texas in 1965, five are still living.
  • Tex carries the United States flag with his granddaughter, Gracie, on back of Smokey, his horse, in the 2019 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Parade with others in the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Posse.
    Tex carries the United States flag with his granddaughter, Gracie, on back of Smokey, his horse, in the 2019 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Parade with others in the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Posse.
  • Tex stands in front of his cabin on his property in this 2019 photo. Courtesy/Enola Gay Mathews
    Tex stands in front of his cabin on his property in this 2019 photo. Courtesy/Enola Gay Mathews
This is a story about the only living person to have resided inside the Hopkins County Courthouse. I have this on good authority, because that person told me the story himself recently. Roger "Tex" Maynard, Special Texas Ranger, charter member of the Hopkins County Sherrif's Posse's mounted patrol and former Hopkins County Constable Precinct 1, began his law enforcement career with the Texas…

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