Clarence Scharbauer III, recently elected Chairman of the Board of trustees at Texas Christian University, and one of four descendants of Clarence Scharbauer, Jr., told a story last month about the giving spirit of the members of the First National Bank board of directors. The bank was a treasured institution in the community in those days before it was closed in 1983.
"John Butler was one of the four or five men I've had the pleasure of knowing in this community that are good men from the heart. C.J. Kelly is one, Moose Trobaugh, Joe Pevehouse. They all put their money where their mouth is and if they didn’t have the money, they'd go get someone else to do it.
" Kelly was unbelievable. The stories I hear ... he’d sit down, and say, 'OK, the baseball stadium, we've got to do something about that. Or, the YMCA, we've got to fix it.' And he'd go around the table and say, 'Can you do twenty grand? Can you do thirty? Can you do 50? And he’d raise the money that had to be raised in, like, 20 or 30 minutes.
"Butler was a kinder, nicer, sweeter gentleman. C.J. was, 'Charge, let’s go.' They raised more money around that board table."
Scharbauer said his dad would grumble on board meeting days, saying, 'We’ve got another board meeting and it’s probably gonna cost me twenty grand.' But that’s how it worked."
Read more stories like this one in "The History of Character: The Story of Midland, Texas," a book about Midland, Texas to be published in 2012.