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    In 1904 James Henry Dishman donated acreage for the railroad right-of-way that would two decades later lead to the creation of the town of Combes. On Nov. 4, 1924, he donated 1-1/2 acres to the Combes Community as a site for a Baptist church, the community’s first permanent one. It became the Combes Missionary Baptist Church which later became the Sardis Primitive Baptist Church and today’s Baptist Church of Combes. Four and a half acres were given for a cemetery. In 1926 he sold a 40-acre block to a Harlingen consortium to lay out a town. He gave lots in it to deserving friends. Later he was to serve it as a city commissioner, Democratic committeeman, and deputy sheriff as needed. During World War I, Dishman served on many wartime committees.
     
    In 1926 Combes voted to go into the Harlingen School District and the original section of a school was constructed with the promise of additional rooms to be built. “Uncle Jim” donated money and the 300 by 600-foot site for the school and presented it a $1,000 gift for books. Despite his reluctance, the school was named in his honor. By 1928 an extension had been constructed and dedicated by Thomas S. Pickens, Superintendent of Instruction of Harlingen Schools. A new elementary school was completed in 1950. When, on Jan. 27, 1964, its new wing became operable, H.C.I.S.D. Superintendent John H. Morgan gave the dedication speech.