Joseph Duke Pickle (1910-2005)

April 13, 2011

Joseph Duke [Joe] Pickle was born in Roscoe, Texas, and moved with his family to Big Spring in 1920. He graduated from Big Spring High School in 1928 and Baylor University in 1932. He started a career with the Big Spring Herald after college graduation and remained there forty-three years until his retirement in 1975.

Joe was recognized throughout the state for his journalistic work and his advocacy for a stable water source for West Texas communities. He was secretary-treasurer and spokesman for the Colorado River Municipal Water District from 1948 to 1995. As a strong supporter of PHS for decades, he was named to the Academy of History in 1993, and served a term as its president. He was a man who made a difference in the world he lived in.

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