Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Homer C. Givens Collection

Collection Summary

Creator Homer C. Givens
Title: Homer C. Givens Collection
Dates: 1907-1988
Abstract: Homer C. Givens was a mechanical engineer and instrumentation man who worked as a Superintendent for the La Gloria gas plant outside of Falfurrias, Texas for most of his career. The collection consists of one hundred and forty-two slides of the La Gloria gas plant, papers, and an autobiographical account of Homer C Givens. Givens had a long career working with and designing equipment used at the plant and was awarded recognition and esteem by his colleagues in the petroleum industry
Identification A2010-008
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/collections/ead.php?xml=Givens%20EAD
Quantity: .20 linear feet
Location: STAD Box 1298
Language: English

Historical Note

Homer C. Givens was a mechanical engineer and instrumentation man who worked as a Superintendent for the La Gloria gas plant outside of Falfurrias, Texas for most of his career. Givens was born in Iowa in 1907. He obtained a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Oklahoma A&M College (now Oklahoma State University) in 1929. Givens first position was in the natural gas gasoline industry and he remained in this field during his working career. He married Dorothy Millicent Meade and they had two daughters, Patricia Ann and Donna Jean. Givens began his career at Shell Oil Company in April of 1930 as the Meter and Control Instrument man where he created a new throttling device out of a twenty gallon LPG cylinder filled with water. This improvement was brought to the attention of the company that had built the controller and then redesigned the equipment. He was awarded a raise at Shell and recognition from the industry at the International Petroleum Exposition in Tulsa in 1934. He next became a Traveling Engineer for Shell, his territory was the Panhandle of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. In 1936 Homer C. Givens resigned from Shell, worked a brief time with Gulf Oil Corporation, then moved to Michigan to help build a gasoline plant. Not liking the cold winters Givens returned to Texas in 1940 to work for the La Gloria Gas and Oil Plant near Falfurrias, Texas. He became Superintend of the La Gloria Plant in 1949. For technical accomplishments Givens is best noted for his pioneering work in running pumps backwards to utilize pressure drops through a gas plant. He solved many mechanical problems, was innovative in his approaches with controllers, using them in ways not dreamed of by their manufacturers.

Scope and Contents

This collection illustrates the beginning of the gas and oil industry in South Texas from the 1930s to the 1960s. Included are letters from Congressman John Young thanking Givens for his presentation, other letters offering congratulations, published articles by Givens, and copies of presentations he made to professional organizations. One hundred and forty-two slides of the La Gloria plant includes slides of the outside and inside machinery within the plant, diagrams of individual pieces of equipment, work flow schematics, and cost analysis reports. His granddaughter, Christy M. Schweikhardt, wrote, "Although it may sound odd, Homer truly loved the plant, it was part of him and he knew it better than any person that ever set foot on the site. He knew what every gage should read how every valve should be placed and every hiss, whistle and rumble the plant should make, and those it should not."



rranged in Folders: Autobiographical Account - Homer C. Givens Correspondence Articles Published Presentations Awards Slides

Index Terms

Givens, Homer C. (1907-1988)
Givens, Dorothy Millicent Meade (wife) (1912- )
Oklahoma A&M University
Shell Oil Company
Gulf Oil Corporation
La Gloria Oil and Gas Company
Natural Gasoline Association of America
Falfurrias Rotary Club
Geographical Names
Falfurrias, (Tex.)
Petroleum engineering
Voltage regulators
Diesel electric power plants
Vapor pressure
Natural gas