From the June 24, 2005 issue of the Terrell County News-Leader, page 5:
Last week the names of 24 founding families were revealed at a meeting of the committee planning Terrell County's Centennial Celebration next week. The Lopez family was not mentioned in that list.
Elizabeth Lopez Flores of El Paso wrote to say her father, Simon Lopez, Jr., was born in Sanderson in 1900 and several descendants of her uncle, Francisco Lopez still live in Sanderson.
"While working for the railroad, my grandfather, Simon Lopez, Sr., stayed at the bunk house provided by the railroad until he could bring his wife, Maria del Refugio and three children, Rosa, Teodoro and Guadalupe who lived in Langtry, Texas at the time," Flores wrote. "This was in the early 1890s."
She said the family lived in tents in 1897 and 1898 until they could save enough money to buy some land and build a house on Oak Street, now the main highway through town.
"That was the Lopez house where my dad, Simon Lopez, Jr., was born in 1900," she wrote. Francisco and Elivira Lopez were born later, also in Sanderson, she said.
Flores also provided a letter signed by Joe Kerr in 1929 introducing her grandmother, Maria del Refugio M. Lopez, who was traveling to Mexico. Also included was an invitation to the 1936 Sanderson High School graduation. "Olivia Gutierrez was a trailblazer as the first Mexican American who graduated from Sanderson High School," Flores wrote.
Also provided by Elizabeth Lopez Flores was a photo taken in San Antonio about 1908. From left, top row, they were Francisco Lopez, Simon Lopez, Jr., unknown, and family friend Enriqueta Nelson. Front row were Gilberto Lopez and Elvira Lopez. Francisco, Gilberto and Elvira were all born in Sanderson.