Celeste Graves was born in
Magnolia, Texas August 30, 1919. She graduated from high school in 1935 at the
age of 15. There were only eight in her
graduating class. After leaving Magnolia
for short periods of time for college and then during World War II and the
Korean War to join her husband, a radio operator, at several military bases in
California, she always returned to Magnolia.
They finally settled there and raised two children.
Celeste is a believer in
preserving history for future generations.
In 1993 she published a 600 page book called “Magnolia Memories.” Her dad was a photography buff and had many
photos of early Magnolia. Many of these
are in the book, which also recorded biographies of early settlers. She is secretary-treasurer of the Historical
Committee in Magnolia. As their main
project, an old depot that was built in 1902 was purchased and renovated and has a small museum in its freight room. A historical marker was obtained and the
building was dedicated this year.
During World War II she was a
dispatcher for the Civilian Pilot Training Program for Aviation Enterprises at Municipal
Airport. A contract was awarded the company to train
women pilots and Celeste stayed on as dispatcher.