B. Frank Haag, Remembered

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Mr. Haag's law office safe.
Mr. Haag's law office safe.

My father-in-law, B. Frank Haag, was a well-respected and involved member of the Midland community. His passing elicited a strong response: ".  .  .  the Midland Chamber of Commerce reported that every business establishment in Midland, Texas, closed its doors during the memorial service for B. Frank Haag." 

He passed away before I had the opportunity to meet him, but I have learned much about him from the memories of my husband, his family, and members of our community. Mr. Haag's varied and active involvement in Midland began in 1916, when he began to practice as an attorney. Soon thereafter, Haag began a partnership with Frank Stubbeman. A reminder from these times still exists in Midland. The Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy, Laughlin and Browder law firm continues to house the safe Mr. Haag used during his time practicing law.

Mr. Haag not only had a successful law practice, but he was also very active in the community.  He was a county attorney as well as a member of the First Methodist Church, Midland Independent School Board, and the Rotary Club. He was also president of the Midland Chamber of Commerce, and helped others to organize chambers of commerce in several west Texas towns. Mr. Haag was elected to the Texas House of Representatives for District 88. He was one of the forward-thinking members and served with distinction. Mr. Haag was instrumental in mapping the area to create and improve the necessary roads for the booming oil and gas business. He also supported and signed H.B. #771, an act providing for the creation of the Texas Canyons State Park, preparing the way for the creation of the Big Bend State Park.

Mr. Haag died in 1933, while returning from his duties as representative in Austin, but he continues to be remembered for his numerous contributions to Midland.

Merle Caffey Haag is the wife of Merwin H. Haag (deceased) and daughter-in-law to B. Frank Haag.

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