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Books and Articles About Hale County Texas People and Places

Favorite Books, Authors and Articles about Hale County People, Places and Events. What's your Favorite? Here's our list of favorite books about people and places in Plainview, Hale Center, Petersburg and Abernathy.

 

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Things I Have Saw and DidThings I Have Saw and Did: 50 Years of Thinking Out Loud

by Danny Andrews

Danny Andrews was born in San Antonio but has been a resident of Plainview, Texas, since the age of nine months. "Things I have Saw and Did"  is a compilation of some 250 stories gleaned from Danny Andrew's diverse life experiences. He has been a journalist, including 39 years of column, news, feature and sports writing for the Plainview, Texas, Daily Herald. The stories include his family; growing-up in Plainview; experiences in school and Wayland . . . Read more Look inside

The Christmas Book: 31 Family Devotions for December

Christmas! The best time of the year for family devotions. Author Gene Meacham invites us to establish a family tradition as we sit down together in the living room to share the amazing, miraculous events of our Saviors birth. "Dr. Meacham has served as director of missions for the Caprock Plains Baptist Area and as an adjunct instructor in missions for Wayland Baptist University and Logsdon Theological Seminary. He currently lives in Plainview, Texas, with his wife, Lavonne..." Read more Look inside . . .  for more like this please see Christmas in Texas

Spirits of the Border V: The History and Mystery of the Lone Star State

According to this book of haunted places in Texas, Plainview is home to seven haunted places including the Old Hilton Hotel, Wayland Baptist University, Coronado Jr. High, Masso's Department Store, Plainview High School . . .  Check it out . . . See Also Mysterious Texas

Why: Discovering Your Essence Is Important for a Life of Meaning

In this latest book by Carl Nafzger, he shares the results of his lifelong quest to understand the true meaning of success and how to achieve it. Author of the popular book on training racehorses, Traits of a Winner, Carl was raised on a ranch near Olton Texas. He spent his early life on the rodeo circuit, quickly becoming one of America's leading bull riders in the 1960s before retiring in the early 1970s and launching a new career as a Thoroughbred racehorse trainer. Carl's success in both careers earned him... read more

Traits of a Winner: The Formula for Developing Thoroughbred Racehorses

Thoroughbred trainer Carl Nafzger took 84 year-old Frances Genter's gawky yearling, Unbridled, and turned him into a Kentucky Derby winner and Breeders' Cup Champion. Millions of television viewers were touched as Nafzger hugged the frail first lady of the turf and declared, “You've won the Kentucky Derby! I love you!” Now Nafzger gives you his methods for developing champion Thoroughbreds in his book, Traits of a Winner: The Formula for Developing Thoroughbred Racehorses. In it he explains ... Read more

Medicine and Cowboys Sixty Years Ago and Today's Politics

These disconnected notes were written after office hours, about cowboys, and medical practice sixty years ago, for the amusement of some of my older patients, who lived during that period here in West Texas area. Most of the old-timers are riding herd (now up in the sky). At a recent reunion that is held cacti summer, Colonel Goodnight suggested that a petition be presented to St. Peter requesting him to designate the sky over the West Texas Panhandle as the permanent home of the cowboys. It was pointed out that bow-legged cowboys . . . Read more

Kicking Against The Pricks

by Elizabeth Kizer

"Moving interrupted my years in Plainview several times, but on my return each time life and friendships resumed as before. In 1946 I was back, happily attending Plainview Junior High once again. Although I didn't know it at the time, this would end my experiences in the town. I had never known her to be sick before, but my grandmother's long life of toil and worry cascaded into an illness. On winter evening Mamma and I were in the living room listening to the radio as usual. She was snacking on a slice of onion and cold cornbread muffin when ..." Read more Look inside

The Mark Inside: A Perfect Swindle, a Cunning Revenge, and a Small History of the Big Con

In 1919, Hale County Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet lost everything he had in a stock market swindle—twice. But instead of slinking home in shame, he turned the tables on the confidence men. Armed with a revolver and a suitcase full of disguises, Norfleet set out to capture the five men who had conned him, allowing himself to be ensnared in the con again and again to gather evidence on his enemies. Through the story of Norfleet’s ingenious reverse-swindle, Amy Reading reveals the fascinating mechanics behind the big con . . . Read more Look inside

Lela and Joe

Lela Belle's Christian beliefs supported Prohibition. Joe Callaway's ambivalence toward faith shocks his family. But when Lela and Joe meet, their love is instantaneous.

Chapter 34 - Plainview

"Life moved on beautifully. Daddy had plenty of time to read. The one milk cow, three horses (two for plowing one for the buggy), and the couple of dozen white Leghorn chickens took very little of his time . . . ". . . Read more

Dynasty on the Texas Plains:

Short Stories of Life and Customs on the Plains of Texas

by Bonnie Faye James Gaston

Bonnie Gaston grew up during the Depression six miles south of Littlefield Texas. As an adult she was an award-winning elementary school teacher in Plainview. This is her joyful story of growing up on the Texas Plains . . . Read more

The Limbe House: An African Dream

by Gene Meacham from Plainview Texas

"The Montgomery family, David, Katherine, and their three daughters, Brittany, Alicia, and Megan, ages six, four, and two, arrive in Malawi as first-term missionaries with the keen anticipation of learning the language and beginning a fruitful ministrya long-awaited African dream. Instead, the unexplained absence of a work permit changes their lives dramatically. Just when they have found a wonderful home in the Limbe House, they are forced to leave two days before Christmas, with no expectation of returning. Traveling a thousand miles by car to Kenya, they settle temporarily in The Cave..." Read more Look inside . . . for more Christmas stories please see Christmas in Texas

Murder Book: A Texas Murder Trilogy

By true crime writer Lana Payne Barnett features another trilogy of homicides from the Texas Panhandle. The case of cocaine addicted Robert Blake who murders Fred Conner and dumps the body on a lonely Texas highway is a fascinating read. The hunt for the fugitive is an exciting one as J. Frank Norfleet pulls out all the stops to find the person who murdered his friend. Blake is eventually arrested, tried, convicted and executed. While on death row he pens an account of his exploits that become the basis for the most popular Broadway Play of 1930 . . . Read more Look Inside

West Texas Middleweight: The Story of LaVern Roach

LaVern Roach, a skinny kid from the small town of Plainview, Texas, rose from obscurity to become one of boxing's most popular figures during the 1940s. Roach's rise to prominence occurred during an era when boxing shared the spotlight with baseball as the nation's top two professional sports. As a result of Roach's death--which marked the first nationally televised fight during which a boxer died . . . Read more

Haunted Homeland: A Definitive Collection of North American Ghost Stories

"Gates Hall, on the campus of Wayland Baptist University, in Plainview, Texas, the home of the music department until 1973, has one of the more well-known campus ghost legends in the American Southwest. The young woman, in life a music major at the college, haunts the third floor of Gates Hall rehearsing over and over and over again a musical score that she did not perform correctly at her senior juries. Distraught at the thought of failure, she flung herself from a third floor balcony. But then again she may have jumped from the roof ..." Read more Look inside  . . . See also Mysterious Texas

Hiding Behind My Horses

by Kerry Kuhn

"About a year after we got married, which was in 1999, I got the chance to put on my first clinic in Hale Center, Texas. The people that invited me to come down and host a clinic at their place were actually friends of my wife's family..." Read more Look inside

High School Football in Texas: Amazing Football Stories From the Greatest Players of Texas

Plainview, Texas, wasn't the biggest town in the Lone Star State in the '60s, with a little less than 20,000 residents. However, the Plainview Bulldogs football team put the West Texas town on the map by placing three former players in ... Read more Look inside

The Flying Prostitute

by Lawrence J. Hunter

"Just before I left for Texas, my brother Robert had come back to the farm on a brand new Harley Davidson Motorcycle. What tales he told of adventure and stories of traveling great distances with very little fuel. His motorcycle only held 2 gallons of gasoline in its tank. He could afford this for he was working as the manager of a store for Uncle Jim in Plainview, Texas. He showed me a picture of a dark-eyed, dark-haired beauty, his girl friend who was also working in Plainview. her Last name was Fuqua ... Robert nudged and assured me she had many sisters ..." Read more Look inside

My Sister’s Secret

Linda Garza was born on July 19, 1967 in Olton Texas but she grew up in Plainview Texas. "At age sixteen Alexis Wilson's beauty belied her innocent and trusting nature. As she got ready for the biggest party of the year, nothing could have prepared her for the worst betrayal of her young life. Abandoned and afraid, she's forced to reach out to her only brother, Danny who's only passion in life is to be an artist. When he finds her he's shocked at her condition and Alexis begs him to keep her secret. Danny agrees, but only if she tells him what happened. Her brother vows vengeance and as the course of events are set into motion... Read more Look inside

A Perilous Journey: Final Dawn: Book 17

Frank and Josie are on the move after breaking away from her family's refuge in the tiny town of Plainview, Texas. They know the odds of making it to Junction are against them. But staying in Plainview was no longer an option, for life there had become untenable. They’re forty miles away before they realize they’ve brought a stowaway with them... Read more look inside

Little Trailer by the Road

After serving as missionaries in Africa, the Montgomery family plans an unusual getaway: they decide to tow a small, homely recreational vehicle throughout the Southwest United States. David, Katherine, and their three daughters are a close family, but can the five of them survive weeks in such close quarters?..."The author, Gene Meacham, now lives in Plainview, Texas, with his wife, Lavonne, where he enjoys teaching, writing, and keeping up with seven grandchildren. " Read more Look inside

Unspoken Words: (of Unheard of Thoughts)

Devlynn E. Javon was born in Plainview, Texas, and raised in Lubbock. He started writing poetry at the age of fourteen and got his idea for this book while enlisted in the U.S. Army. "There are no more lies, just the honest truth. Author Devlynn E. Javon is exposed—there are no more secrets to hide. In his poetry collection, Unspoken Words (Unheard-of Thoughts), readers can take away a feeling of hope and understanding, through the words of the life of a young man." Read more Look inside

Land of the Underground Rain: Irrigation on the Texas High Plains, 1910-1970

by Donald E Green

The scarcity of surface water which has so marked the Great Plains is even more characteristic of its subdivision, the Texas High Plains. Settlers on the plateau were forced to use pump technology to tap the vast ground water resources—the underground rain—beneath its flat surface . . . Read more

An Adventurous Life

Life is never easy but specially so when your born in a boxcar in the center of a railroad siding in the Great Depression.

"I went to Plainview, Texas because it was not far from Amarillo and Wichita Falls, Pampa, Borger, Memphis, Quanah, Shamrock, Wellington and Paducah teams that had been on our schedule for all four years of high school. I met a girl from Petersburg, Texas, and started dating her. During the second semester, we decided to get married and continue college. A guy I'd been in . . . Read more Look inside (page 86)

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

In the winter of 1901, James W. Jarrott led a band of twenty-five homesteader families toward the Llano Estacado in far West Texas, newly opened for settlement by a populist Texas legislature.

Found Inside: " In early 1900, he made his first excursion to  the South Plains. He visited family friends, Lewis and Blanch Faulkner, who had relocated to Plainview, Texas. There he first became intrigued by stories of that vast unfenced and unpopulated Llano Estacado Frontier ..." Read more Look inside

Norfleet: The Manhunter's Own True Story - The Amazing Experiences of an Intrepid Texas Rancher with An International Swindling Ring

The true story of a Hale County Rancher and Farmer who at age 55 became a famous manhunter and captured a gang of conmen who had swindled him out of $45,000 in 1919 . . .

Buffalo Days: Stories from J. Wright Mooar

J. Wright Mooar tells the story of the buffalo hunter, from the hunter's perspective, in this first-person account published more than seventy years ago.

"James Winford Hunt moved with his parents to the Texas Panhandle in 1881. He worked on a ranch until he could save enough money to purchase printing equipment. When he did, he started the Press Leader in Lubbock. He then moved his publishing venture to Plainview, establishing the Texan Press . . . " Read more Look inside

The Texas Land and Development Company: A Panhandle Promotion, 1912-1956

Agricultural and urban development came late to the Texas South Plains, and frontier life lingered well into the twentieth century. In the decade preceding World War I numerous land companies flourished in the area and acted as catalysts for settlement and economic expansion. Prominent among these companies was the Plainview-based Texas Land and Development Company, founded in 1912 . . . Read more Look inside

Hale County Facts and Folklore - Volume II

Historical and genealogical information on Hale County, Texas, including photos of people, buildings and biographical info of the original settlers in this area . . . Read more

Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s

In the mid 1930s, North America's Great Plains faced one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in world history.

"... encouraged farmers in the 1930s to invest thousands of dollars to tap the aquifer, at first in the most southerly portion of the Bowl around Lubbock and Plainview, Texas, where water-bearing strata are not so deep. Then, in the late fifties and the sixties, following another drought, underground water became the newest bonanza resource . . .  Read more Look inside

Nineteen Jumps and a Prayer

In the summer of 1970, 18-year-old Travis Monday joined the U.S. Army and volunteered for Airborne School and for Vietnam. Thirty-five years later he wrote his own story -- Nineteen Jumps and a Prayer. His adventures as an Army paratrooper and as a Vietnam veteran also serve as a platform for telling the stories of others . . . Read more

American Windmills: An Album of Historic Photographs

From the earliest days of European settlement, Americans have cherished the sight of a windmill—an instantly recognizable feature of the American landscape. Boasting nearly two hundred striking images, this book is the first devoted to photographs illustrating historic wind machines throughout North America. Found inside: "A windmill pumped water into this earthen stock-watering tank where a Church of Christ minister administered baptism to Robert Hall at Petersburg Texas at the turn of the century "  . . . Read more

Land of Bright Promise: Advertising the Texas Panhandle and South Plains, 1870-1917

Land of Bright Promise is a fascinating exploration of the multitude of land promotions and types of advertising that attracted more than 175,000 settlers to the Panhandle–South Plains area of Texas from the late years of the nineteenth century to the early years of the twentieth. Shunned by settlers for decades because of its popular but forbidding image as a desert filled with desperados, savage Indians, and solitary ranchers, the region was seen as an agricultural and cultural wasteland. The territory, consequently, was among the last to be settled in the . . . Read more

Thirty Years of Sausage...Fifty Years of Ham

A memoir from the country singer and entrepreneur Jimmy Dean covers his life from his childhood in West Texas through success as a country and western entertainer to fulfillment as a sausage superstar . . . Read more

The Queens Fly High

by Harley J. Redin, Wayland College Plainview, Texas

The coach of the Wayland Flying Queens, winner of five National Basketball Championships wrote The Queens Fly High in 1958 for coaches, players, and spectators interested in women's' basketball . . .

Phoenix Regeneration

by Freddie Perez, Roseann Perez

A Mysterious Killer is targeting retired CIA agents. John and Evelyn Lowrance are exposed to a mystifying purple fog and began to grow younger... "Freddie Perez grew up on a farm in the 1950's in Plainview, Texas, listening to programs on a large floor model console radio with his family. Later, when the family got TV, he loved sci-fi, fantasy, mythology movies and later reading the same... He worked as a Police Officer in Amarillo, Texas, for 27 years and was a Randall County Deputy for 8 years..." Read more Look inside

Victim of CircumstancesVictim of Circumstances

by Dee C. Dodson

Dee- Tales of the Past

Memoirs of Dee C. Dodson from settling of the Texas Panhandle through World War II

 

 

To the Ends of the Earth: High Plains to Patagonia

On the road to seek work in the cotton fields of Texas, an old Ford Model T truck breaks down and forces a change of destination that ultimately leads the protagonists to the Argentine Patagonia. Follow the anecdote-driven story of a devoted couple who spent their childhood in the U.S. Southwest during the Great Depression.

"It was only seventy-five miles to Plainview, and a quick calculation told him that they should arrive in time for an early lunch . . . Read more Look inside

Tall Enough to Coach: Elements of Leadership of Coaching and Life

Marsha Sharp was the coach of the Texas Tech Lady Raiders basketball team for over twenty years. This book traces Sharp's basketball journey from her beginnings in Tulia, Plainview, Lockney and Canyon Texas through her twenty-third season with the Lady Raiders. A 2003 inductee into the national Women's Basketball Hall of Fame . . . Read more

The Movie Lover's Tour of Texas: Reel-Life Rambles Through the Lone Star State

by Veva Vonter

Texas movies are as vast as the Lone Star State. This book offers readers the chance to visit Texas vicariously by viewing movies filmed in and about the state that reflect Texas history, cultures, and landscapes. Found inside: "Leap of Faith (1992) ... offers a cinematic tour of the Texas High Plains countryside and down town Plainview, where several scenes were shot in the Quick Lunch Diner and and on the surrounding streets of Seventh and Broadway. Memories of the filming linger in photos on the diner walls and in the still visible Rustwater Bengals logo pained by the film crew on the nearby water tower.    . . . " Read more Look inside

Tejano West Texas

Featuring a side of Tejano history too often neglected, author Arnoldo De León shows that people of Spanish-Mexican descent were not passive players in or, worse, absent from West Texas history but instead were active agents at the center of it . . . Read more Look inside

History of Hale County Texas

by Mary L. Cox

A Pictorial History of Hale County Texas
Napoleon and Marigold

by Peg Davis

Come to west Texas and meet Napoleon, a fine handsome rooster and Marigold, a pretty golden colored hen as they raise their family on a small farm near Abernathy, Texas. The interactions of the chicks, with different animals on the farm, are serious, sometimes comical and maybe even dangerous . . . Read more

Spirits of the Border: School Spirits

In this newest installment of this award winning series, the authors look at what they like to call School Spirits! Find Haunted Texas schools in Alpine. . . Levelland, Lindale, Littlefield, Lubbock, Luther, Mcallen, Mesquite, Mission, Monahans, Moody, Nacogdoches, Odessa, Pasadena, Pearsall, Plainview, Rio Hondo, San Angelo, San Antonio, San Benito, San Juan, San Marcos, Santa Ana, Sealy, Seguin, Shafter, Sweetwater, Tyler, Uvalde, Waco, Weslaco, White Oak, and Zapata, Texas . . . Read more

West Texas: A Portrait of Its People and Their Raw and Wondrous Land

Found inside: "But did you know know Plainview's most famous high school dropout is the founder of Netscape?". . . Read more Look Inside

 
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