and text by Melva D. Russell Lucas
Pictures of Mr. Looney's
adjoining ours on the east, on Hwy 120 east of Pottsboro, April 2009. I took this picture in April
and was enjoying all the
bluebonnets & paint brushes that were blooming.
Mr. Looney was born, grew
up, married, raised
his family, and died there. He told me stories of times when he was a
(1) Belle Starr and her gang
across the road in front of his house two or three times.
(2) He told me he'd seen cattle
through, on their way to Kansas City, that would take ALL day to travel
the (little) valley (where my house was). And that a person
could walk on
the backs of cattle from his hill to the other hill on the west side.
(3) When he was a teen, Mr.
on his last "cattle drive" through there, asked for "Early"
to go with him. Mr. Chisum had to talk his mother into it; she did let
I have lots of fond memories
of being there at
that "home." Mr. Looney's grandchildren would come in the summer from
Oklahoma City to visit, and I always looked forward to their visit and
time. Always looked forward to going swimming at the lake; now a large
marina is there. Mr. Looney taught us how to "float on our backs."
My dad died at Mr. Looney's
42 years ago. Dad had stopped to visit and check on Mr. Looney
on his way
home from work. Mr. Looney was in his late eighties or early
The cement plant (or
whatever it is) is on his property's
west side and along the fence line to where my house was, but certainly
brick house that is there now. Clay Burns and his wife bought
our home and
property and built the brick house.
Early Looney's House Discussed on Facebook
wrote: Before the cattle drives, huge herds of buffalo traveled
the same path.
Anne Bryant wrote: Check out this
website about the old cattle trails that went through North Texas: http://www.thechisholmtrail.com/begin5.htm
Anne Bryant wrote: In
the Georgetown Cemetery near Pottsboro, I located ISAAC EARLY LOONEY (December 2,
1882 – May 2, 1972) and his wife ORLENA
LOONEY (May 5, 1883 – August 3, 1962). He was the son of ISAAC
EARLY LOONEY SR.
1849 – January 4. 1881) and EMMA
HAYNES LOONEY (November 2, 1850 –
January 8, 1941; born in Mississippi).
Picture of Early Sr.'s
Pat Brogdon, in a 1977
recalls an encounter with Early Looney.
Anne Bryant wrote: The only Looney with
an "E" that I found in the Fairview
Cemetery list was HARRY E LOONEY (September 6, 1915 - January 16,
1980). The 1979 City
Directory has him and wife Roxie living at 1809 South Bluebonnet in
were several Looneys in the medical field. Roxie Looney was director of
housekeeping at TMC. Sherry Looney, vocational nurse. Dr. W. F. and
he was a physician.
wrote: Harry worked at Perrin Field as a civil servant.
wrote: I knew Sally Looney, and she lived in Pottsboro. She was
a friend of my grandmother. Her son's name was Dan.
D. Russell Lucas wrote:
Harry E. Looney is Mr. E. Looney's son (I think
"youngest"?). And one of his (Harry's) sons "Gary" lives
near Loy Lake. Sally Looney (the one Lisa Arnold knew) I don't remember
know, although she lived at Pottsboro.
Elaine Nall Bay