Original portrait of Abraham Groesbeeck is found in storage in the city vault
Upon investigating the box it was found that an original sketch of Groesbeck’s namesake, Abraham Groesbeeck, was found in the box.
The sketch of Abraham Groesbeeck was by Mary Woodsworth. The sketch was believed to have been done circa 1880.
For safe-keeping, the late Joseph J. Cotton, Jr. placed the sketch in the large box and had city officials to place it in the vault. He placed the sketch in the box and vault in January of 1978. A reproduction of the sketch now hangs in the City Hall.
By the way Joseph J. Cotton, Jr. was a noted Groesbeck and Limestone County historian. He was also a star running back on the 1942 Groesbeck Goat football team. Cotton served in the United States Navy during World War II.
Cotton was a native of Groesbeck having been born here on March 29, 1924, one block west of the City Hall.
City Administrator Cox states that he plans to have the historic sketch and accompanying frame repaired and placed in a place of honor in the City Hall.
It should be noted that Abraham Groesbeeck’s name was originally spelled with two e’s in the “beeck”. The postal department later dropped one of the e’s. Groesbeeck was a director of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad.