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Books About Collingsworth County Texas People and Places
What's Your Favorite Book about a Collingsworth County Texas Person, Place or Event? Here are some of our favorites stories about people and places in Wellington, Dodson, Quail, Samnorwood, Aberdeen, Dozier and Lutie.


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The Tin CupThe Tin Cup

by Eunice Johnson Halbert

You will laugh and you will cry at some of the incidents that take place during the authors lifetime. While it was not written to be entertaining persay, it has it's entertaining moments.

Found inside: "If you call Quail, Texas anything but 'country' you do it wrong. True, there was a General Merchandise store owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Tom Crabtree. It was stocked and stacked with practically everything from A to Z. You could buy ... Read more

Go Down TogetherGo Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde

Found inside: "They probably spent the night of June 8, 1933 at a motor court in Vernon, Texas, and June 9 found them in the small West Texas town of Wellington. The cotton-farming community had been hit hard by the Depression and the arrival of three well-dressed strangers in a flashy Ford V-8 caused a stir. Clyde and Bonnie surely didn't mind . . . Read more Look inside

Death on the Lonely Llano Estacado: The Assassination of J. W. Jarrott, a Forgotten Hero

Found inside: "on January 16, 1898, a prominent Collingsworth County rancher named William Janes had been murdered -- ambushed and shot dead with a shotgun blast a few miles from his ranch headquarters in the Texas Panhandle ... The grand jury responded by returning murder indictments against the Collingsworth County Tax Assessor-Collector, John R. Beasley, and a cowboy named Will Holmes ... Read more Look inside

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music

The Encyclopedia Of Popular Music is universally recognized as the most comprehensive and authoritative reference work on popular music.

Found inside: November 1962, Dodson, Texas The country singer Linda Davis made her debut at the age of six at a local jamboree and recorded her first album before winning the Louisiana Hayride Star Search when she was 15 ... Read more Look inside

Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34

Found inside: "Into the night air stepped the Collingsworth County Sheriff, George Corry. With him was Tom Hardy, the ... They drove through the Texas darkness in silence, the only sounds Bonnie's moans from the backseat. Clyde glanced in the rearview ... Read more Look inside

Sand in My Eyes

By Seigniora Russell Laune

Found inside: "It had been the hope of the titled owners to colonize a Little England in the Texas Panhandle , with lordly estates and ... over the prairies of Collingsworth County , but the dream of vast prosperity and a sanctuary for “younger sons,” as well as ... read more

Great Plains

With his unique blend of intrepidity, tongue-in-cheek humor, and wide-eyed wonder, Ian Frazier takes us on a journey of more than 25,000 miles up and down and across the vast and myth-inspiring Great Plains. Found inside: On June 10, 1933, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Pritchard and family saw from their home north of Wellington, Texas the plunge of an auto into Red River. Rescuing the victims unrecocognized as Bonnie Parker and Clyde and Buck Barrow . . . Read more Look inside

The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend

Found inside: One night in 1891 a group of ranch hands in Collingsworth County, Texas, fired off several shots to kill a steer, which rampaged blindly through their encampment and toppled the campfire. A woman in . . .  Read more Look inside

Twelve Years in the Saddle with the Texas Rangers

Riding straight out of the pages of Western history, W. J. L. Sullivan arrives, hat firmly planted on his head, to tell in his own plain way about his time as a sergeant of the Texas Rangers.

Found inside: "I was summoned from San Saba, where I was at work putting down a a mob, to Wellington, Collingsworth County, to appear against some cattle thieves. While in Wellington I was  presented with a large dog, which weighed a hundred and ten or fifteen pounds. He was a hound, and looked to be very ferocious ... " Read more

The Cake and the Rain: A Memoir

Jimmy Webb’s words have been sung to his music by a rich and deep roster of pop artists, including Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer and Linda Ronstadt.

Found Inside: "1952 I was six years old and standing in front of our house in Lutie, Texas, which was little more than a four-way stop with a blacksmith shop on one corner and a Baptist church directly across. The church was a double shotgun shack that had ... Read more Look inside

My Life with Bonnie and Clyde

by Blanche Caldwell Barrow

Found inside: "All I knew was they were hurt and needed help," said Sam Pritchard. Later they all assumed Jones was Buck. Alonzo Cartwright managed to slip away and alert Collingsworth County Sherriff George Corry. When Cory and Wellington City Marshal Paul Hardy arrived at the Pritchard house they found Bonnie Parker in bed, badly burned ... Read more Look inside

Running With Bonnie and Clyde: The Ten Fast Years of Ralph Fults

Found inside: "Collingsworth County Sheriff George Corry and Wellington City Marshall Paul Hardy emerged from their car. At first the officers thought they had a trio of drunk kinds cornered on the front lawn. Before either man knew it, though, they were looking at a pair of rifles. "Raise your hands, " Clyde shouted. Corry and Hardy were quickly disarmed and bound together with their own handcuffs ...  " Read more Look inside

From the High Plains by John Fischer

An Account of The Hard Men, High-Spirited Women And A Few Rascals Who Settled The Last Frontier Of The Old West.

Found Inside: "My grandfather Caperton's family homesteaded the first ranch at Dozier,Texas, on the Salt Fork of the Red River, and my mother grew up there in a sod shanty , known locally as a “ dugout ” because it was half underground . Nearly all my ... " Learn more

Cowboy Fiddler

A cowboy, a ranch manager, an alumnus of Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys, and the leader of a western-swing band, Frankie McWhorter’s stories are endlessly entertaining.

Found inside: "I was drafted in the Army in '52. I'd been playing in a little band there at Samnorwood, Texas, between Shamrock and Memphis. Roger Miller took my place in that band . He'd grown up in Erick, Oklahoma, not too far from there, and he was a young blade then , learning ... " Read more Look inside

Collingsworth County 1890-1984

by Collingsworth County Book Committee

As you read these pages, the Collingsworth County Book Committee hopes you will find pleasure in reliving the lives of settlers and in learning the background of others who have lived in this county. The Loco-Arlie area is included as those friends have traded, supported, and attended school and church activities here, although situated in a neighboring county. Histories were written in 1983-1984, and as many pictures as possible were used . . . Read more

The Samnorwood Saga

by Lois Simpson

The story of the Texas town site called Samnorwood. Also includes Histories of Aberdeen, Abra, China Grove, Dozier, Ella, Elm Valley, Enterprise, Hackberry, Indian Creek, Lone Mound, Lutie, Needwood, Nicholson, Pleasant Mount, Plymouth, Prairie View and Roundup . . . Learn more

Historic Texas Gyms: A Tribute to Vanishing Traditions

For generations of small-town Texans, the school gymnasium was the hub of the community.

Found Inside: "The Oldham family of Samnorwood, Texas, was involved in the school almost from the beginning and was certainly there until the end. Pretty Helen Lang was one of the first students enrolled when the school doors were thrown open in 1934 ... " Read more Look inside

Katy Northwest: The story of a branch line railroad

More than just a history of a branch line railroad, this is a premiere book, with not only facts and figures, but also excellent historical writing. It details Katy Northwest's birth, maturation, and decline as well as the devastating effect of its death on the communities it served.

Found inside: "The Wellington Branch reached the Texas border on a route which pointed almost straight west from Altus , then headed northwestward into Wellington ... Read more

Voices from the Heartland: Volume II

Found inside: They married and set up housekeeping at Dodson, Texas, which was just across the Red River from Hollis, Oklahoma. Mother tells of sitting alone in their little house and watching tumbleweeds hour after hour. She said it was the loneliest time of her life. My birth in February of 1940 was legendary in family tales for it came in a blinding snowstorm . . .Read more Look inside

Prairie Nights to Neon Lights: The Story of Country Music in West Texas

Winner of the Belmont University Prize for Best Book on Country Western Music.

Found inside: "Fiddle contest, Wellington, Texas in the 1960s. Left to right: Joe Teagarten Band, Barnhart, Texas, circa 1 930; Shorty Teagarten on guitar and Joe Teagarten on fiddle. ... Read more Look inside

God Did It! We Experienced It!: The Adventure the Courseys Experienced Following God from Texas to Idaho to the Coast of Kenya

Found inside: Back at Panfork Camp near Wellington, Texas God had touched me about being on mission with Him. This was missions. It was more than missions. It was preparation for the future ... Read more Look inside

The Tragedy of Lynching

Found inside: "When the accused had been taken into custody, the sheriff of Collingsworth County drove off toward Oklahoma with the prisoner and three of those reported as most determined to lynch him ... " Read more Look inside


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