T.G. Reeves Collection, MC 411
Theo Grady (T.G.) Reeves was born in Vaughn, Spaulding County, Georgia on April 8, 1892. He married Mae Holland Roberts on May 4, 1921 in Columbus, Georgia and they had one daughter named Francis. Francis married Courtlen Hamlet and had two boys, Sonny and Courtlen Jr. Family Members and organizations mentioned in this collection includes the following:
T.G. Reeves served in the United States Army during World War I and served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Columbus in 1925. In the late 1930s through 1951, T.G. Reeves was general manager of the local minor league baseball team, the Columbus Reds, affiliated team with the St. Louis Cardinals. He also served as president of United Oil Corporation, which sold Shell petroleum products and Goodyear Tires throughout the region. He was a member of several service organizations in Columbus including the American Legions and Chamber of Commerce. He served as president of the Fort Benning Chapter of the Association of United States Army and was the first Field Marshall to Fort Benning. Theo Grady Reeves passed away in Columbus on March 23, 1974 and is buried at Parkhill Cemetery.
Mae Holland Roberts Reeves was born November 1, 1895 in Columbus, Georgia to Columbus Roberts, Sr. and Fannie Cobb Roberts. Mae had one brother, Columbus Roberts, Jr.
Francis Reeves Hamlett was the only child of T.G. and Mae Reeves. She was born on March 9, 1930 in Columbus, Georgia. She married Major General Courtlen P. Hamlett and they had two sons, Samuel (Sonny) Whitsett Coney Hamlett and Courtlen P. Hamlett, Jr.
United Oil Corporation - founded sometime around 1929, served as a Goodyear Tire dealer as well as Shell Gasoline, Motor Oils, and Willard Batteries. The business was located on First Avenue until June 1955 when the building burned to the ground. The business relocated to 13th Avenue. A newspaper clipping included in this collection says United Oil Corp. was the state's largest supplier of Shell Gasoline. United Oil Corporation closed in the 1990's.
Columbus Red Birds Baseball Team - The Columbus Red Birds was an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, which played in Class A Farm Club of the South Atlantic League. The Red Birds played at Golden Park in Columbus from 1936-1955 and won the Sally League Regular Season in 1946-1947. In 1956, the team switched to the Major League affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles and rebranded the Columbus Foxes. T.G. Reeves resigned from the Red Birds in the fall
1927-1980's 3 Boxes
Scope and Content
This collection is split into four distinct categories - Army, Baseball, Business, and Personal. Each category consists of correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia associated with T.G Reeves' business and family life.
Permission to Publish
Permission to publish material from the Title Collection/Papers/Records must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:
T.G. Reeves Collection (MC 411) Columbus State University Archives Columbus, Georgia
Donated by Christy Cooke in 2019
Note to Researchers
Box and Folder List
Folder 1 - Army - Correspondence regarding the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), 1957-1963
Folder 2 - Army - Discharge and Enlistment records for T.G. Reeves, 1918-1919
Folder 3 - Army - Letters to T.G. Reeves in honor of Civil Service Award, 1966
Folder 4 - Army - Official Publications by AUSA, Photographs, and newspaper clippings
Folder 5 - Army - Photograph of T.G. Reeves in various Army related activities Photograph include T.G. Reeves with General John Wright of Fort Benning in 1969
Folder 6 - Army - T.G. Reeves named Field Marshal at Fort Benning, 2 May 1972
Folder 7 - Baseball - Correspondence and Business related materials, 1930-1939
Folder 8 - Baseball - Correspondence and Business related materials, 1940-1946
Folder 9 - Baseball - Correspondence and Business related materials, 1947-1949
Folder 10 - Baseball - Correspondence and Business related materials, 1951-1959
Folder 11 - Baseball - Correspondence and Business related materials, 1960-1969
Folder 12 - Baseball - Correspondence regarding updating of Golden Park, 1947-1949
Folder 13 - Baseball - New Stadium Dedication Correspondence, July - August 1951
Folder 14 - Baseball - Newspaper Clippings and Newsletters from Cardinals and the Yankees
Folder 15 - Baseball - Resolution and Agreements to Rights of Use for City Baseball Park, 1933-1935
Folder 16 - Business - Fire Destroys United Oil Corporation building, photographs and newspaper clippings, 1 June 1957
Folder 17 - Business - Henry Y. Reeves articles and photographs at Shell Corporation Convention
Folder 18 - Business - History of United Oil Corporation, 1929-1987
Folder 19 - Business - Letters of Congratulations to T.G. Reeves for Article in Go Magazine, 1972
Folder 20 - Business - Miscellaneous Correspondence and Drawings from United Oil Corp.
Folder 21 - Business - Photographs of Corporate/Trade Meetings and Award Ceremonies
Folder 22 - Business - Photographs of Shell Stations and its General Managers operated by United Oil Corp.
Folder 23 - Personal - Birth Certificates of Mae and Francis Reeves and College Diploma
Folder 24 - Personal - Correspondence between Sonny Hamlett and T.G. Reeves, 1961-1962
Folder 25 - Personal - Correspondence between Sonny Hamlett and T.G. Reeves, 1963-1968
Folder 26 - Personal - Correspondence between Sonny Hamlett and T.G. Reeves, 1970-1973
Folder 27 - Personal - Correspondence and Newspaper clippings regarding Sonny's school trip to Europe and Russia, 1970
Folder 28 - Personal - D.A. Turner YMCA Dedication and Fundraising Correspondence, 1980
Folder 29 - Personal - Family Photograph Album, 1930-1939
Folder 30 - Personal - Memorial Resolution by CB&T Bancshares, Inc for Columbus Roberts, Jr. dated 14 February 1975
Folder 31 - Personal - Newspaper Clippings about Reeves Family and Correspondence
Folder 32 - Personal - Photographs of Francis Reeves Hamlet and T.G. Reeves Family
Folder 33 - Personal - Photograph of T.G. Reeves and Mrs. Mae Reeves, n.d.
Folder 34 - Personal - Stock in Hardaway Contracting Company sold by T.G. Reeves, April 1940
Folder 35 - Personal - T.G. Reeves Board of County Commission Certificate, 1932 & 1939
Folder 36 - Personal - T.G. Reeves Condolence Letters and Newspaper Memorials, March 1974
Folder 37 - Personal - Unknown Photo of three children, c. 1900-1915
Box 2 - Framed/Large Materials
Folder 1 - Business - United Oil Corporation/ Shell Corporation Scrapbook pages
Folder 2 - Personal - Columbus Roberts, Jr. paperwork regarding sale of Coca-Cola Bottling Plant stocks, November 1969
Folder 3 - Personal - Photograph of T.G. Reeves, n.d.
Folder 4 - Wedding Photo album of Francis Reeves and C. Hamlett, May 1952
Item 1 - Plaque, commemorative - T.G. Reeves President of Columbus-Phenix City Fort Benning Chapter Association of the United States Army, 1957
Item 2 - Ledger, United Oil Corporation Common Stock Transfer Ledger thru #112, 1940's
Item 3 - Ledger, United Oil Corporation Common Stock Transfer Ledger, 1927
Item 4 - Medals, two Paul Harris Fellow medals presented to T.G. Reeves
Item 5 - Journal, Stock Holders meeting minuet book, 1927-1939 This journal consists of the very first meeting of the United Oil Corporation and itsfounding. It also lists investors and the amount they contributed.
Item 6 - Ledger, Account Book, 1957
Item 7 - Certificate of appreciation presented to T.G. Reeves from the YMCA, February 1960
Item 8 - Certificate of appreciation presented to T.G. Reeves from Post No. 5 of the American Legion
Item 9 - Framed photograph of T.G. Reeves
Item 10 - Framed letter to T.G. Reeves from members of the Chamber of Commerce, January 1944
Item 11 - Framed photograph of T.G. Reeves taken by Garrett's Photography studio
Item 12 - Scrapbook of the Columbus Red Birds baseball team associated with the St. Louis Cardinals, 1940's-1960's This scrapbook contains original photographs and their associated news articles relating to the various team members and those in the league.
Box 3 - Over Sized Items
Item 1 - Testimonial of Appreciation presented to T.G. Reeves by the Rotary Club of Columbus, 1939-1940
Item 2 - Merit of Appreciation presented to T.G. Reeves from the Rotary Club of Columbus, 1954
Item 3 - Certificate Appointment presented to T.G. Reeves to Lieutenant Colonel, Aide De Camp, Governor's Staff under Governor Griffin, 1955
Item 4 - Certificate of Appreciation to Mae H. Reeves to an honorary military position, 1969
Item 5 - Letter to T.G. Reeves from Judge T. Hicks Fort, presented on December 27, 1950