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Posted on February 28, 2017 at 10:04 AM by Katie Stamy
Webster Resident Esther Galbreath was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but she has spent the past 50 years in Webster.
Her story started in North Carolina when she was just 15 years old. She was visiting her sister and brother-in-law, who were in the U.S. Navy when they introduced her to a Texan named Buck.
She and Buck immediately clicked, however, he was in the Navy and was always traveling. They spent a year writing to each other, but he soon began visiting her in Pennsylvania every weekend. After she had graduated high school, the pair got married.
“Buck was in the service for twenty years, and the only thing that man ever said to me was that he wanted to live in Texas,” said Esther.
The pair made 14 moves in 16 years before Buck’s dream finally became a reality when he was offered a position at Ellington Field working on a NASA Aircraft.
When they came to Webster, the couple had four children, and they were looking for a place to settle down.
Webster was so small at the time that Esther did not need a drivers license or car until she was 40 years old. She would ride her bike around town while her youngest daughter rode in the basket.
Her fondest memories were at the city pool, where the Webster families would hang out in the summer for swim meets, and potluck dinners.
“Every family had two to four kids, and they were all close to the same age,” Esther said. “There was a lot of open space back then. Kids rode their bikes, flew kites, and played baseball and football.”
The Medical Center now stands where the children used to run around, and that has been the most notable change for Esther.
“There was no hospital when we got here, she said. “We had to drive to Texas City for a doctor, and to Dickinson for a dentist.”
As the City began to grow, Esther decided she wanted to find a job. Her very first job was at the Baskin Robbins, working the 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. shift before the kids got out of school.
When Esther decided she wanted a full-time career, she visited a temp agency where she learned of an administrative position in Bayport. She loved the job and stayed with the company until she retired after 13 years of service.
Esther now spends a majority of her time with her youngest daughter who still lives in Webster. She has nine grandkids and nine great-grandkids who she enjoys spending time with as well.
She attends the City’s Senior Game Night twice a month, and once a week plays dominos with friends at the Webster Civic Center. She also attends the Fourth of July Celebration every year at Texas Avenue Park and is in charge of Bingo at the popular event.
“It’s home to me,” Esther said with a smile. “Webster was a good place for my kids to grow up, and as long as I can stay in my home, I will.”