Charles W. Machemehl

Charles W. Machemehl

Charles W. Machemehl (1922-2005) was a German Texan civic leader, rancher, businessman, and oilman. [ [
] Associated Press
] [ [ Charles Walter Machemehl] "Bellville Times"] Machemehl was born into the German Texan community of Bellville, Texas, and raised in the L. A. and Adelheid Machemehl House. [ [ L.A. and Adelheid Machemehl House] Texas Settlement Region] [ [ Charles Walter Machemehl] Bellville Times]

Machemehl was a member of the Texas A&M class of 1944 that was transferred to Army Officer Candidate School in 1943 during World War II. Machemehl received several medals for gallantry in combat including two Bronze Stars and a Silver Star. At the end of the war he had attained the rank of captain and was a member of the staff of General Matthew B. Ridgeway, 1st Allied Airborne Army. [ [ Charles Walter Machemehl] "Bellville Times"]

After the war, he became superintendent of the Central Prison Farm Packing and Canning plant in Sugarland, Texas until January 1, 1948. [ [
] Valley Morning Star
] Later in his life he became a noted Texas oilman. [ [
] Associated Press
] In 1972, Machemehl made headlines through the Associated Press, which reported on his bid to buy out his son's baseball contract. [ [
] Associated Press
] Machemehl's son, Chuck Machemehl, a Central Texas rancher and businessman, was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1967 and played for them until 1971. [ [ Chuck Machemehl, Director] Bluebonnet] [ [ Chuck Machemehl] "Sports Illustrated"]

Aside from being a rancher and businessman, Machemehl was also a Texas civic leader. [ [ William P. Clements, Jr. Papers] Texas A&M University Library] Machemehl served on the boards of the Soil Conservation Service, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association. [ [ Charles Walter Machemehl] "Bellville Times"]


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