1913 - Yoakum County, Texas Photo courtesy Yoakum Co Historical Comm. © 2004 Yoakum County Memories
Collection of Funny and Sweet Remembrances
from Yoakum County residents
as told to the Yoakum County Historical Commission and
published in the 2004 Yoakum County Calendar.
Submitted by Linda Grau Powell, Editor
Copyright © 2004
Yoakum County Historical Commission
Kaye Murphey Chandler:
"Voting Day was great. We would go in to town to vote and visit with friends and neighbors, and stay until late that night for the votes to be counted and see who won."
We were nine miles from Plains and two miles from the nearest neighbors, the Beans and the Clevelands. There were plains, a rather rugged canyon, and sandhills; there was red earth and shinery. There were wolves, coyotes, antelope, hundreds of prairie dogs, badgers, skunks, and even a remuda of wild horses. It was rattlesnake heaven. Every night at the supper table by the light of the Coleman lantern, all the men would report the number of rattlesnakes they had killed that day, and a total arrived at. Rain was a rarity, but the grass held out.
Fitzgerald (24 yr Yoakum Co Commissioner Pct 4)
During the closing days of one of my re-election campaigns, I was conversing with a pretty young lady at the PHS Concession stand about my experience and seeking to win her vote. She listened intently and then so seriously and truthfully said, “Yes, but Larry Murphree (my opponent) is so good looking”!
Campaign on hold - day ruined!
Fitzgerald (in memory of Dillie in 1979)
Melba was discussing miracles in the Methodist Church SS Class. Johnnye Conner spoke of the miracle of healing and God saving the life of her son Russell. Dwayne Canada talked about the miracle of the seed and how it feeds the world. But, I said that one of the greatest miracles is the gift of Motherhood. Tell your Mom she is God’s greatest miracle. This is my first Mother’s Day without mine.
Before they got trucks to haul cattle, there was a cattle shipping place at Seagraves, and the cattle were driven from
Clyde "Arkie" Hartwick
When a new female extension agent came to town, Commissioner Clyde Hartwick or “Arkie” as he was known, would tell the “home demmer” “Everyone that has come to
One commissioner came into the
In 1971 we thought our son was lost. The neighbors and police looked for hours. He crawled out from behind his Grandma Gladys’ sofa after sleeping there for several hours
George Washington Lackey and Mary Frances Lackey and their children…moved to section 503, where they were able to get water. The well was dug with a rotary drill powered by a mule walking in a circle. The well was 165 feet deep. Unknown to them, most of the five sections had water sufficient to provide irrigation in later years at a depth of 185 feet
We would sit in our living room on Ave F and read the newspaper by the light of the flare (15th &
When Wesley Alexander was in high school, he came to J.T. (Mitchell) to get pliers to de-fang a rattlesnake he had! You can imagine what J.T.’s reaction was!
In 1959-60, Sue Ann and Dennis Harrison, Willie and Wayne Edwards, J.T. and I went to all the football games. They say I had on so many clothes when we sat in the ice in the playoffs that all they could see were my eyes!
Boulter, who moved from Wasson to
Overton (to Dairy Queen customers)
Yes, we have two water towers in Plains. One is for hot and one is for cold.
Powell (story retold by Dallas)
County Judge P.G. Stanford (who donated
Wilma Luna Powell
When we went visiting my Aunt Ara at Bledsoe, Mother put heated rocks in blankets to keep our feet warm because it took several hours to go thirty or forty miles in a 1919 Chevy.
Instead of iceboxes in the early days, we had a milk trough in the house with fresh water running through it as the windmill pumped. We had lots of fresh cream, butter, sweet milk, clabber and buttermilk to drink. The running water kept them cool on the hottest days.
We kept weevils out of our corn meal and flour by putting 2 or 3 bay leaves in the air tight containers. It still works!
cowboys and cowgirls traveled and arrived at their destination, they would put
hobbles on the horses’ front legs, close to their hooves.
The horses could graze on grass, but could not run off and were easy to
Plains boasted of a “Beef Club”, consisting of Roy Fitzgerald, Fred Cox, Murphy Luna and Sam Dixon. On a rotating basis, each month of the summer period, one of the men would kill a steer, and the meat would be split among the families
My father, Blackie Hamilton, would go clear the rattlesnakes out of the yard before he would let us kids go out and play
lived five miles west of what would become
the depression, our mother raised a garden and canned all summer so we would
have food to eat during the winter. She stored the jars of canned food under the
bed. When we were called to
Augusta Dupier Richey
We (the Jake Dupree family) moved to
We had no electricity (in the Texas Pacific Camp), so we had to use kerosene lamps. The men finally rigged up a generator, but everyone had to burn all their lights at the same time, or it would become too hot—it even melted Lillie Gibson’s iron when it had a power surge.
World War II, tires and gasoline were rationed. Since we lived 12 miles from
My Granddad and I would walk 1/2 mile to highway 380 to get the mail. A car might pass going west. Most people carried white canvas water bags on the bumper of the cars. My Granddad would say, "Kid, those folks are probably going through the desert on the way to
Dad ranched, but times were hard and at that time the Government sponsored a
program for ranchers to get help building dirt tanks.
The tanks had to be dug or made by certain specifications.
My Dad inspected tanks. I
remember going with him sometimes and one time we went to a Dugout where a
family lived. I told my Mother when
we got home that those people
don't have to sweep or mop the floor! Mother didn't seem as impressed as I was!
was often late for school because Bill Harris Powell drove the bus and chased
coyotes across the pasture when they crossed our paths...Of course he carried a
gun. One time he put a frozen eagle in the pickup bus to warm up...It really
flopped around as it thawed.
Ruth Davis Shoemaker
We cut paper dolls out of the Sears Catalog. Then, we had funerals for the old dolls when the new catalog came out and we were able to cut out new paper dolls.
1918, it was so cold that the chickens’ feet froze off and cattle died.
would heat irons and put them in the beds to keep warm at night.
During the period of time (early 50s) when many hours were spent at the (Denver City) airport, which still had dirt runways with no lights, I recall that when a plane came in for a landing after dark, it would buzz over town and those who knew there were no lights would drive to the airport and shine their headlights on the runway in order for the pilot to see how to land safely
1980, the (
When we moved to
were no yards planted when we moved to
Jo St. Romain
Our dolls were made of small ears of corn. They had beautiful wavy corn silk hair and often were served mud pies by the children.
“A whistling woman and a crowing hen will always come to some bad end.” Opal Perkins used to tell me this when I was working in the beauty shop.
Tingle (as told to Lee)
When we gathered cow chips for fuel, we had to use a toe sack….and had to be careful not to get the fresh ones. People with more money used washtubs to gather them.
Beth Anderson Ward
Re: dating…”You don’t shop for t-bones at the dog food counter!”
In 1958 we had a small tornado (in Plains). It moved the Neil Parks home off of its foundation, took some shingles from the Elementary School, tore up the Travis Bean Laundry and dissipated in
I remember the first time we saw Sputnik. The announcement came over the black and white television that
When we lived east of the light plant in the 50s, we would wet down sheets in the bathtub and hang them over the windows to help keep the sand out.”
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