TEMPIE REEVES COX Old Timer's Reunion 2000
On Saturday, May 13, 2000, four people who at least 84 years old and have spent the greatest part of their lives in the Sacramento Mountains will be honored at the 23rd Annual Old Timers Reunion - The four honorees this year are Tempie Reeves Cox, Gladys Posey Hadley, Zella Meador Hill and Orpha Miller Wingfield.
Tempie was the seventh of eleven children born to Austin and Eula (Woodson) Reeves near Elk, New Mexico. She was the first Reeves child born on the Penasco Stock Farm where she lived until May 22, 1932, when she married Ervin Lincoln Cox at the Forty-Five Ranch home. Lincoln and Tempie had three daughters, Eva Marie, Ruthann, and Shirley Lacrecia, and a son, J.W., all born in Artesia, Lincoln County, New Mexico.
Eula Marie married Glenn Harrison of Hope, and they have two daughters. Ruthann married Edward Carner of Cloudcroft, and they have three daughters and a son. J.W. (Dub) married Betty Davis, and they had three sons. After Betty's death in 1984, Dub married Jenny Lattauzio. They live on the family ranch. Shirley Lacrecia married Phil White of Moriarty and they have two children and adopted two more. There are now twelve grandchildren, four step-grandsons, thirty-three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Tempie stayed very involved in all her children's activities and spent countless hours transporting them to anything from ball games to rodeos.
Tempie has many treasured memories of her life growing up on the Penasco. She remembers one trip in particular when she was about three, when the family traveled to Roswell in a wagon, camping out along the way. She also recalls sleeping in the back seat of her papa's Dodge touring car, again on the way to Roswell. The Reeves family often kept other children and their families so the children could go to school.
Tempie attended high school in Roswell. She was active in the Methodist Church in Hope, where she was superintendent of the Sunday School and also treasurer/chairman of the Family Life Committee. She was a member and board steward of the Women's Society of Christian Service, and belonged to the Order of Eastern Star, Worthy Matron 1952. She belonged to the Mayhill Extension Club and served as its president in 1960-62, as well as the quilting club. She served on the Otero County Extension Council, serving as delegate in 1960-61.
Tempie helped organize PTA groups in Mayhill and Hope, and was a PTA member in Cloudcroft. She was active in the Farm Bureau, and served as secretary in 1955-57 and 1959-61. Tempie served on the Hope Village water board for a time and was treasurer of the Mayhill Recreation Center in 1960-61. In 1961, she served as director of District 8 Make It Yourself With Wool. She is a Democrat, and was a member of the "Petticoat" government and a council person in 1950-54. She won 21 ribbons at the Otero County Fair in 1961. Her hobbies include cooking for her family, canning, sewing and quilting, as well as being an avid rodeo and sports fan for kids.
She served on the Penasco Valley Telephone board of directors for two terms in the late 50's and early 60's as representative of the Mayhill District. She attended the fiftieth reunion of the Penasco Valley Telephone Company, and received a working old-time telephone in recognition of her years of service. Tempie belonged to the Otero CowBelles for several years, and then joined the Yucca CowBelles of Hope, and was quilt chairman most of that time. They made quilts each year with all the currently-used livestock brands, and sold chances on them to raise money for the Boys and Girls Ranch and other children's organizations.
No biography of Tempie and Lincoln would be complete without special recognition of their dancing. They have received awards for their outstanding style on the dance floor, especially the waltz. They still enjoy dancing almost every Friday night at the senior center.
Tempie holds many wonderful memories growing up on the Penasco River and living the good life of a rancher's wife, raising a family and participating in all the school and community activities. On December 29, 1996, Tempie and Lincoln moved to Alamogordo where she continues to do her own cooking for the family, keeps her own house, and does some sewing, quilting, gardening, canning and reading.