R.H. JORDAN was elected November 7, 1950;
Sheriff Jordan was born October 8, 1912 and
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When the Sheriff caught them he lined them up in front of him. He told one boy, that was really into trouble often, that he was going to prison. He told the other that he was going to call his father and have him pick him up at the jail. He told my Daddy that he was going to go home and get written permission from my grandfather to join the military. He said, "You meet me here with that permission paper in the morning." My Daddy did that, and the Sheriff drove him 90 miles to Amarillo that morning to enlist. He even drove him back for the physical exam and the test.
My Daddy joined the Air Force and Served for twenty-two years. The kid whose parents came to get him at the jail went on to invent something called "White Oil" or something like that, I don't know the exact word for it but I'm sure they do in Pampa. I don't know what happened to the kid that the Sheriff thought was a real troublemaker :)
Anyway, that's a story worth repeating. I guess those were simpler times or something. I'm not even sure I agree with it, but it is part of Pampa history.
BTW: My Dad's name is Jack Campbell. You can quote me.
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From: Hellfire <email@example.com>
My father said you can use the information
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He grew up with Sheriff Jordan. I don't know when Sheriff Jordan took office, but my daddy was born in Pampa in 1936 and I think he knows a great deal of the history of Pampa. If you want to contact him I'm sure he would be happy to answer any questions.
I first met Sheriff Jordan in June of 1982. I was 19 and in the Army stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. I had never met my real father because my mother and he divorced when I was just born. My mother and stepfather threatened my daddy, so that he wouldn't come around to see me. My stepfather was a policeman, and he seemed to think he could trump up some charges on my daddy and through intimidation he kept my real father away.
One day while I was stationed at Fort Sam and looking at a map of Texas I remembered that my mother once said my real father was from Pampa, TX. I was young and, of course, thought was invincible so one Friday I stuck out my thumb on the highway going west and hitched rides across Texas to Pampa.
I showed up at the Sheriff's office and asked him if he would help me find my real father. He did just that! He called a neighbor of my father's and the neighbor went over to tell my father that Sheriff Jordan wanted to talk to him and to come to the sheriff's office right away. My daddy and my 17 year old half sister were working on the car. When they got this message from their neighbor my daddy looked up at my sister and said "It's Sheila."
You see, even though I never knew anything about him, he always kept pictures of me displayed in his house and told my little half sisters that they had a older sister. He told them I would show up someday, he just knew it. When my daddy got the news he didn't even go back to the house to get his cigarettes or anything, they just got in the other car and "flew" to Pampa.
All of this created a lot of hoopla in Pampa and the Sheriff, never wanting to miss a photo-op, had the local paper there before my father even arrived. As I understand it, the story made the Pampa newspaper. I still have the pictures of daddy, Sheriff Jordan, his wife Viola, her poodle and myself posing for the cameras.
So, I guess you can add that information to the research to. I don't know how I thought I would find my real father when I got to Pampa. I was very surprised that the Sheriff knew who I was talking about without even looking it up. I think Sheriff Jordan must have known the names of everyone in a 40 mile radius.
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