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Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Mary Margaret Gussett Ewert Collection



Collection Summary

Creator Mary Margaret Gussett Ewert and family
Title Mary Margaret Gussett Ewert Collection
Dates: 1911-2004
Abstract: The collection tells the story of Mary Margaret Gussett Ewert's life in South Texas. Her family was involved in building the communities of Live Oak and Corpus Christi and her letters describe their activities. Mary Margaret worked as the secretary for the President of Texas A&I University. She later married Dr. William Arthur Ewert and raised a family. She was active in garden and women's clubs, her church and the Red Cross. She met and developed a good friendship with Lyndon Baines Johnson and his family.
Identification A2003-003
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/ead.php?xml=Ewert%20EAD
Quantity: 3 Linear Feet
Location: STAD Boxes H-12-4 and 5, Boxes #1-5
Language: English

Historical Note

Mary Margaret Gussett Ewert was born March 15, 1911 in Corpus Christi, TX to Horatio D. Columbus Gussett and Mary Henrietta Barnard Gussett. Norwich Bernard was her brother. Mary Margaret's father, Horatio, was the son of properous rancher and businessman Norwich Gussett. His family settled west of what is now Corpus Christi and the Gussettville Cemetary still exists on the Nueces River in Live Oak / San Patricio County. Horatio's father, Norwich, had challenged vested interests in 1800's Corpus Christi by opening port facilities on what is now called North Beach of Corpus Christi Beach. Mary Margaret served as secretary of the President of Texas A&I University in the 1930's, enjoyed a long-time friendship with Lyndon B. Johnson, working for the Democrat Party. She married Dr. Ewert in 1940. They had two sons, William Arthur and Henry Bernard. Mary Margaret was active in her community and served as Chairperson of City Zoning and Planning, President of the local Red Cross, was an officier in the Zonta Club, and a sponsor of Delta Theta Sorority (later ZTA). She was a member of the Epiphany Church and served on the committee to build the new Epiphany Church in Kingsville. Mary Margaret was active in the Garden Club, St. Anne's Guild, and the Women's Club. She was 93 when she died in 2004. Her brother Norwich lived to be 103.

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Scope and Contents

Genealogical materials, personal and business letters and legal documents are included that tell of the projects, activities and concerns which Mary Margaret was involved. Scrapbooks and photographs highlight the celebrations and family times. Printed materials and newspapers were saved that chronicle the big events of the times during her life. Artifacts such as silverware, candelabras, a sword, and a walking cane were transferred to the John E. Conner Museum.

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Arrangement

Series I: Genealogical Materials Series II: Personal Series III: Correspondence Series IV: Legal Documents Series V: Financial Documents Series VI: Scrapbooks Series VII: Printed Materials and Newspapers Series VIII: Photographs Series IX: Memorabilia

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Index Terms

Persons
Ewert, Mary Margaret Gussett, 03-15-1911-02-20-2004
Ewert, William Arthur, d-1985 (husband)
Gussett, Horatio D.C., 01-15-1876 - 02-14-1951 (father)
Ewert, William A. (son), 04-06-1941- (son)
Ewert, Henry Bernard, 12-17-1951- (son)
Gussett, Norwick Bernard, 1900-2003 (brother of Mary Margaret)
Johnson, Lyndon Baines, 1908-1973
Organizations
Texas A&I University
First Presbyterian Church of Corpus Christi
Kingsville Garden Club
Kiwanis Club of Kingsville
Westminster Magazine, Inc.
Epiphany Episcopal Church
St. Anne's Guild
Zonta Club
Delta Theta Sorority
Geographical Names
Kingsville (Tex.)
Corpus Christi (Tex.)
Live Oak (Tex.)
Subjects
Community development
Regional planning
Garden design
Church work

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