Ross Sterling Collection

Ross Sterling was the 31st Governor of Texas from 1931-1933. He was born in Chambers County’s Anahuac, Texas on a farm and moved to Sour Lake in 1903. Sterling married Maud Abbie Gage in 1898; they were the parents of five children - Walter, Mildred, Ruth, Ross Jr., and Norma. At the age of 36, Sterling developed his two oil wells into Humble Oil and Refining Company, which later became part of Exxon-Mobil. He was also involved in banking and owner of the Dayton-Goose Creek Railway Company. After moving to Houston in 1925, he began working in real estate and bought two newspapers, the Houston Dispatch and the Houston Post. He was elected to office in 1931. During his term as governor, he made several controversial decisions, including declaring martial law in 4 East Texas counties, in an effort to save the oil industry from self-destruction during the Depression. He was defeated for a second term by Miriam “Ma” Ferguson and returned to Houston where he continued to work in several industries, including serving as president of the Sterling Oil and Refining Company from 1933 to 1946. Sterling died in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1949. 

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The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 9 - Banquet at the Ross Sterling Mansion
Home movies scenes of a candlelight banquet at the Ross Sterling Mansion
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 8 - Native American Dances
Home movie scenes of a Native American tribal dance
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 6 - Gardens at Morgan’s Point
Home movie scenes of Sterling’s daughter in the gardens with their husbands at Morgan’s Point
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 5 - Family in La Porte
Home movie footage of the Sterling family at their beach home and in downtown La Porte
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 4 - Swimming at Morgan’s Point
Home movie scenes of the Sterling family spending leisure time at their vacation home
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 7 - The 1928 Democratic Convention
Home movie scenes of the 1928 Democratic Nation Convention in Houston
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 3 - Family at Morgan’s Point
Home movie scenes of the Sterlings with their grandchild in Morgan’s Point
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 22 - Boardwalk and Dressy Party
Home movie scenes of the Sterlings on a road trip
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 21 - Community BBQ
Home movie scenes of the Sterlings attending a community BBQ
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 18 - The Sterling Sisters at the Mansion
Home movie scenes of the Sterling girls with a newborn and dancing on the porch
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 2 - Cowboys at Work
Home movie scenes of cowboys working with cattle at stockyards
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 20 - Fondren and Farrish at Chupadera
Scenes of Walter Fondren and William Stamps Farrish II visiting Chupadera Ranch
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 13 - Family Reunion
Home movie scenes of a large group gathering at the Sterling Mansion
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 19 - Hunting at Chupadera Ranch
Home movie scenes of Sterling and Dolph Briscoe, Sr. hosting a hunting trip at Chupadera Ranch
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 12 - Family and Mansion Staff at Morgan’s Point
Home movie scenes of the Sterling family at their vacation home in Morgan’s Point
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 15 - Houston Train Station
Home movie scenes of the Sterlings seeing off friends at the Houston train station
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 14 - Houston and Sailing on Galveston Bay
Home movie scenes of downtown Houston and the Sterlings sailing on Galveston Bay
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 17 - Morgan’s Point Dancing, Fishing, and Boating
Home movie scenes of Ross Sterling’s daughters enjoying the family vacation home
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 16 - Livestock and Wildlife at Chupadera
Home movie scenes of Ross Sterling feeding animals and chasing a Brahman bull in a car
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 11 - Prominent Texans at Morgan’s Point
Home movie scenes of prominent Texas men posing for a photograph in Morgan’s Point
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 10 - Chupadera Ranch
Home movie scenes of Ross Sterling and Dolph Briscoe, Sr. on their cattle ranch in Southwest Texas
The Ross S. Sterling Collection, no. 1 - The 1928 Democratic Convention
Home movie scenes of the 1928 Democratic Nation Convention in Houston
The Ross S. Sterling Collection - Governor Sterling’s Inauguration (1931)
Home movie scenes of Governor Ross S. Sterling’s gubernatorial inauguration on January 20, 1931