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The Brent Lemons Collection

The Brent Lemons Collection is one of the most amazing collections of historical photos from West Texas I've ever seen. Most of the images are from original negatives all are huge and incredibly detailed. His family's pioneer history is just as amazing.

Woman in Car 1920s in Chillicothe TexasWoman in Car 1920s in Chillicothe Texas

Sometime in the 1920s a woman posed behind the wheel of an early car in Chillicothe Texas

Cultivating Cotton at Juvenile Training CenterCultivating Cotton at Juvenile Training Center

In 1931 students were cultivating cotton on the state's 1,800 acre prison farm in Gatesville Texas when this photo was captured for the school yearbook. Student prisoners are working behind the plows while guards watch on horseback.

Quanah High School Senior Class 1906Quanah High School Senior Class 1906

Five young women and one young man in the Quanah Texas High School class in 1906. The two young women on the left are identified as Blanche and Beulah Greene

Jayton's Band in 1925Jayton's Band in 1925

In 1925 the Jayton Concert Band competed in a contest of bands at the West Texas Chamber of Commerce convention held in Plainview Texas. The 31 members of the band are named in this photo titled JAYTON'S LAST BAND announcing their second place win.

Smart Motor Company in JaytonSmart Motor Company in Jayton

Rare photo of the Smart Motor Company service department in Jayton Texas in 1917. Boyce Kenady is on the left in this photo

Old Time RevivalOld Time Revival

While serving as the Chaplain for the Gatesville School School for Boys, Vergil Lemons also traveled to provide revival services outside the school. Here's a poster on one he did in 1933

Lockney School Children in 1912Lockney School Children in 1912

From the youngest to the oldest, these were the children attending school in Lockney Texas in 1912 with their teacher. Ruby Jewell Harper is identified in the top row sixth from

Playing in a Creek Near Oakalla in 1911Playing in a Creek Near Oakalla in 1911

Precious photo of Mary Frances Dycus Forbes Booth and her grandson Othel Smith playing in a creek near Oakalla, Texas in 1911

Ruby, Carl and Claude HutchersonRuby, Carl and Claude Hutcherson

The Hutcherson Family in Fluvana Texas in 1913

"Almost faded away, my grandmother, her dad and my Uncle ...the Hutcherson family...I knew them all," Brent Lemons.

Young Athletes in Farwell TexasYoung Athletes in Farwell Texas

Ten young athletes including Ruby Forbes (2nd from left) climbed on to a wagon and posed for this photo in 1910 near Farwell Texas. Ready for anything they came with a softball, a basketball and a bat.

Lumber Yard in Colorado City in 1904Lumber Yard in Colorado City in 1904

Busy day at the lumber yard in Colorado Texas in 1904 as wagons line up to load and unload building products in front of the A. J. Roe Lumber Company

Wayland Baptist College 1922 YearbookWayland Baptist College 1922 Yearbook

The cover of Wayland Baptist College yearbook featured notable buildings and machines unique to Plainview Texas

Gathering at Miles Turner Hutcherson RanchGathering at the Miles Turner Hutcherson Ranch

In 1900 a a large group of family and friends gathered for an event on the Miles Turner Hutcherson Ranch in Hall County Texas, Mr. Hutcherson can be seen in the center of the photo

Joe Botelier plowing fields Floydada in 1905Joe Botelier plowing fields in 1905

In 1905 Joe Botelier was plowing a field with his two-horse team near Floydada Texas when someone captured this huge highly-detailed photo

Cowboys Working Cattle in Hart TX in 1917Cowboys Working Cattle in Hart TX 1917

In 1917 three members of the Hutcherson family were working cattle near Hart Texas when this huge amazingly-detailed photo was captured

Edward Wykes on his porch in 1914Edward Wykes on his porch in 1914

In 1914 Edward Wykes, age 20, relaxes on his porch in Oakalla Texas smoking a very long stemmed pipe.

Watermelon Days in Scurry CountyWatermelon Days in Scurry County

Life was hard in Scurry County Texas in 1912 but after a hard day's work on the farm, cutting a ripe watermelon was an occasion that called for a photo. Cutting two was a special treat. In this photo, Claude Hutcherson stands with knife in hand ready to open the delicious treat while his son Carl and daughter Ruby wait patiently.

Corn Harvest in Hall County TexasCorn Harvest in Hall County

In 1900 Lora and Irene Hutcherson sat on a horse-drawn harvesting machine to pose with two unknown men during the corn harvest in Hall County Texas. Lora is sitting on the machine holding the reins and Irene is standing holding a shock of corn.

Daring Girls of Scurry CountyDaring Girls of Scurry County

In 1899 eight daring young women and a boy climbed to a precarious perch on a rock formation overlooking the caprock in Scurry County Texas to pose for this interesting photo.

Hutcherson's of Hall County on HorsebackHutcherson's of Hall County on Horseback

Sometime in the late 1800s siblings Demmie (died 15 years) Richard and Ellen Hutcherson posed for this photo on their ranch in Hall County Texas.The Hutcherson family were early pioneers of Hall County.

Liberty Hill School in 1902Liberty Hill School in 1902

In 1902 twenty four boys, and twenty three girls posed with their teacher at the Liberty Hill School in Williamson County Texas. 1902 twenty four boys, and twenty three girls posed with their teacher at the Liberty Hill School in Williamson County Texas.

Claude & Ruby Hutcherson in 1913 Fluvanna TexasClaude & Ruby Hutcherson in 1913 Fluvanna Texas

Sometime in 1913 Claude Hutcherson and Ruby Hutcherson posed for this great old photo in Fluvanna, Scurry County, Texas.

Reed and Mae Dean Harper 1916Reed and Mae Dean Harper 1916

In 1916 a reluctant Reed Harper posed with his sister, Mae Dean Harper, for  this remarkable portrait in Floyd County Texas

After a Tennis Game at Wayland College in 1922After a Tennis Game at Wayland College in 1922

In 1922 Virgil Lemons, Ruth Kiser and Van Foster posed after a tennis game at Wayland College in  Plainview Texas. Tennis outfits were a little different in those days!

Working Cattle in Castro County in 1920Working Cattle in Castro County in 1920

In 1920 brothers, Turner and Carl Hutcherson, were working cattle on a ranch in Castro County Texas. Turner is wearing chaps and Carl is to his right. Both men became ranchers, Carl in Castro County and Turner went to Arizona.

Hutcherson Sisters of Hall County TexasHutcherson Sisters of Hall County Texas

In 1908 Three sisters posed for a graduation photograph  L-R Irene Hutcherson, Ella Hollifield, Julia Hutcherson. Irene and Julia were sisters and Ella was Julia's sister because: Irene's and Julia's mother died shortly after Julia's birth. She asked her friend Missouri Hollifield to raise the baby as she had too many other children to for her husband to manage. She raised Julia and this was Julia's graduation day

1911 Post Card of Snyder Texas1911 Post Card of Snyder

This post card from 1911 provided two views of Snyder Texas, a steam locomotive beside the Snyder Lumber Co and a birds-eye view of the city.

Gatesville Reform School ClassroomGatesville Reform School Classroom

In this rare photo of the class room of the State Juvenile Training School in Gatesville  Texas in 1931 twenty seven boys study at their desk while six work math problems on the chalk board

Gatesville School For Boys DrillGatesville School For Boys Drill

In 1936 the boys in the Gatesville Texas School for Boys (reform school) was marching in formation when this photograph was taken.

Margaret and Eddie Miller at PlayMargaret and Eddie Miller at Play

Sometime in the 1920s Margaret and Eddie Miller were playing in their yard with their cat in Plainview Texas when an unknown photographer captured this photo.

Carl and Pearl Hutcherson at Home in 1920Carl and Pearl Hutcherson at Home in 1920

In 1920 Carl and Pearl Hutcherson stood on the porch of the new home they built southwest of  Hart Texas.

Tailor Shop at Gatesville School for BoysTailor Shop at Gatesville School for Boys

In 1931 these boys from the Gatesville School for Boys were working hard and learning a trade in the Tailor Shop when this photo was captured for the school's pictorial yearbook.

All Dressed Up for ChapelAll Dressed Up for Chapel

These young men  from the Gatesville School for Boys (reform school) were all dressed up in their finest suits to attend chapel in 1936. For many of them the suits were probably the only ones they had ever owned and probably made at the school's Tailor Shop.

Gatesville School for Boys Baseball TeamGatesville School for Boys Baseball Team

In 1928, the Baseball Team of the Gatesville School for Boys posed for this huge highly-detailed photo of baseball teams in Texas.

Edward & Leslie Wykes in 1920Edward & Leslie Wykes

Brothers Leslie (far left in vest) and Edward Wykes (second from left) owned the Chevrolet Dealership in Quanah Texas in 1920. Here they are pictured in their storage room with safe and two employees or managers.

Chevrolet Dealership Mechanics in Quanah in 1920Chevrolet Dealership Mechanics in Quanah in 1920

In this rare image of the Chevrolet Dealership in Quanah Texas in 1920 mechanics are doing repairs including an engine overhaul. Co-owner of the dealership Edward Wykes is on the far left.

Quanah Texas 1st Grade Class 1948-1949Quanah Texas 1st Grade 1948-1949

In 1949 thirty-two students and their teacher posed for their class photo at Travis Elementary in Quanah Texas

Shoe Shop in Gatesville Reformatory in 1931Shoe Shop in Gatesville Reformatory in 1931

1931 at the shoe-shop at the Gatesville School for Boys (reformatory) three boys and their instructor posed for this huge highly detailed photo of life in the reformatory in the 1930s.

Mr. and Mrs. V. F. Lemons in Gainesville in 1930sMr. and Mrs. V. F. Lemons in Gainesville in 1930s

Virgil Lemons was the Chaplain at the Gainesville School for Boys and his wife Ruby was head of the music department at the school for eight years in Gainesville Texas in the early 1930s.

Early Settlers of Cedar Hill in Floyd County TexasEarly Settlers of Cedar Hill

In 1922 some of the early settlers of Cedar Hill in Floyd County Texas sat on the grass behind the Cedar Hill Baptist church for this photo. Their names are included below the photo.

Cedar Hill Texas Pioneers in 1922Cedar Hill Pioneers in 1922

Sometime around 1922 fourteen early pioneers of the Cedar Hill community in Floyd County Texas were gathered at the Baptist church when this huge photo was captured

Virgil Lemons and Germany Ferguson in Cedar Hill in 1921Virgil Lemons and Germany Ferguson in Cedar Hill in 1921

In 1921 Virgil Lemons and Germany Ferguson posed in front of the Cedar Hill Baptist Church in Floyd County Texas

Lockney Longhorns in 1935Lockney Longhorns in 1935

In 1935 the Lockney Longhorn football team posed for their team photo in Lockney Texas. The players names and even nicknames are attached to this rare find

9-Year-Old Cowboy in Memphis Tx9-Year-Old Cowboy in Memphis Tx

Sometime around 1917 Edwin Hutcherson was a young cowboy in Hall County when he posed for this wonderful photo. Edwin grew up to attend college in Wichita Falls and Texas Tech, playing football for both. He was a longtime farmer and served as a leader in just about everything from Fire Dept to Hospital board in Hall county...

Primitive Baptist Preachers Gather in 1900Primitive Baptist Preachers Gather in 1900

This scary bunch of guys is the first gathering of the Primitive Baptist formation in West Texas at my great Great Grandfather Miles Turner Hutcherson ranch in Hall County c1900. The gathering of these preachers from Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana and elsewhere were the 'rock' of the Primitive Baptist in the South and so it began. The meeting drew over a hundred people to the brush arbor put up for this occasion.

Grocery Store in Olton 1930sGrocery Store in Olton 1930s

Sometime in the 1930s Mae Harper (Bley) and C. E. Bley posed with staff and family in their grocery store in Olton Texas. Mae is pictured in middle at the counter and Clarence Bley on the far right.

Leaving Liberty Hill Texas in 1913Leaving Liberty Hill Texas in 1913

In 1913 Ruby Forbes Wykes left Liberty Hill Texas for New Mexico at age 17 to homestead land and teach school. She did both and lived in a dugout for six years alone to homestead the ranch which is still in the family. In this photo she is shown with her brother Ed in a wagon carrying her cistern pulled by two donkeys as she prepares to begin her journey . . . Read more See full size.

Wheat Harvest in Castro County in 1929Wheat Harvest in Castro County in 1929

Sometime around 1929 four combines were harvesting wheat on the Hutcherson farm near Hart in Castro County Texas when the event was captured on film in this huge image. S.C Hutcherson and Claude Hutcherson and three other men who were helping with the harvest appear in the photo.

Vacuum Cools Man in Body CastVacuum Cools Man in Body Cast

In 1946 Warren Lemons dove into a shallow creek near Hart Texas and broke his neck. He was put in the body cast and the heat was 'killing' him! The only relief he could get was reversing the Electrolux vacuum and used it for months to keep himself cool. When the vacuum company learned of his clever use of their machine, they featured him in their magazine . . . read more and see full size

Barnstorming Floyd County TexasBarnstorming Floyd County

In 1916 a barnstormer landed on the Harper farm near the Lone Star community in Floyd County. In this photo, Ruby Jewell Harper, (standing tallest) with her Lockney friends for their first plane experience . . . read more and see full size

First Dial Phone in Lockney

On July 13, 1951 Lockney Texas got their first access to dial phone service. "These New fangled machines, like Lockney's new dial telephone system, doesn't bother Mrs. J. B. Harper or Mother Harper, as she is known. Just turned 95 years of age, ..."

Baptism in Floyd County in 1921Baptism in Floyd County in 1921

In 1921 Virgil Lemons, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Lockney officiated at  Baptism of  Germany Ferguson somewhere in Floyd County. Germany stood 6'9 and Pastor Lemons was 5'5 so this is no optical illusion. Many thanks to Brent Lemons for providing this photo of his grandfather performing a baptism.

Bound for Texas in 1878Bound for Texas in 1878

In 1878 the Hutcherson family were on their way to Texas when this wonderful photograph of Julia Ann Oliver Hutcherson holding Samuel Carl Hutcherson. They settled first in Wilbarger County where Julia started the Post office with her name (Julia) as the town. By 1881 the family had the bank, store and post office in Julia, Texas. Next they moved to Floyd County, then Scurry and Borden county near Fluvanna. They then traded two acres for every 'one' in Castro county where they still ranch and farm to this day.

Possum Trot School in 1907Possum Trot School in 1907

This 1907 photo of 21 students at the rural Possum Trot School which is believed to have been in either Borden or Scurry County Texas includes the names of three of the students identified  by Irene Hutcherson. Photo from the  Brent Lemons Collection

Fishing Bottomless Hole Near Fluvanna TexasFishing Bottomless Hole Near Fluvanna

In 1912 Ruby Hutcherson (Lemons) and Claude Hutcherson were fishing at a place they called Bottomless Hole near Fluvanna Texas in Scurry County when someone captured this beautiful image. Bent Lemons contributed this photo of his grandmother and Uncle Claude

Fluvanna Texas in 1914Fluvanna Texas in 1914

In 1914 Carl Hucherson (in the driver' seat), Ruby Hutcherson (standing on the running board and Claude Hutcherson on his horse posed for this very nice old image of early life in Scurry County Texas . . . photo courtesy of Brent Lemons

Five Children on MuleFive Children on Mule

In 1913 five children from the Hutcherson family climbed aboard their grandfather's patient mule in Fluvanna Texas while three more children wait for their turn.

Pearl Hucherson with grandsons in 1935Pearl Hucherson with grandsons 1935

In 1935 Pearl Hutcherson posed with with two of her grandsons in Plainview Texas
Pearl graduated from Texas Tech in 1928. She began her married life in a dugout in Scurry County in 1900 and worked in her role as a rancher's wife.
. . . Photo courtesy Brent Lemons

Ruby Hutcherson Lemons and SonsRuby Hutcherson Lemons and Sons

In 1933 Ruby Hutcherson Lemons sat on the bumper of a car in Plainview with her sons, Carl (Sonny) and Warren. Ruby taught music at the Gatesville Reform School for Boys for 8 years. Her first son, pictured on left, was born with severe cerebral palsy. Carl Norman (Sonny) Lemons never spoke, walked or used his hands. She refused to institutionalize him and took care of him from 1929 until her death in 1973. He lived until the age of 64 after being told he wouldn't live six months.

Circuit Riding Preacher of the PanhandleCircuit Riding Preacher of the Panhandle

Sometime in the 1870s a circuit riding preacher named Sinclair posed for this rare photo with his horse team that carried him on a 250 mile circle across the windswept Texas Panhandle and Eastern New Mexico preaching, providing baptisms, weddings and funerals for pioneers in the area. Mr. Sinclair died in 1900

Baptism Near Plainview TexasBaptism Near Plainview

In the late 1880s after a rain near Plainview Texas created a natural Baptism trough,  wagons lined up and pioneers clamored to take advantage of the opportunity and witness the event ...

10 Cowboys Cut Watermelon10 Cowboys Cut Watermelon

In 1910 ten cowboys were about to cut a watermelon when an unknown photographer convinced them to pose for this photo before cutting the melon. Brent Lemons' great uncle Frank J. Smith is in the top right of the photo.

J.B. Harper in front of home in Hall County 1890'sJ.B. Harper in front of home

Sometime in the 1890s J.B. Harper posed for this photo standing beside the hand-dug well at his home in Hall County

Hall County Chorus in 1899Hall County Chorus in 1899

There was a Hall County Chorus group in Hall County Texas in 1899. This photo shows 23 members of that group including Brent Lemons great uncle, George Harper who appears second from top right.

Jim Harper with his prize JackJim Harper with his prize Jack

Sometime in the 1890s, Jim Harper proudly posed with his prize Jack for this wonderful old photo of early life in Hall County Texas

Billie Hutcherson in Lincolnshire EnglandBillie Hutcherson in Lincolnshire England

In 1912 Billie Hutcherson was looking forward to joining his family in Hall County when he posed for this photo in Lincolnshire England shortly before boarding the Titanic

Jim and Reed Harper with their datesJim and Reed Harper with their dates

Sometime in the 1890s Jim and Reed Harper were courting two women when they paused their buggies and posed for this wonderful old photo of life in Hall County Texas

The Short Life of Demmie HutchersonDemmie Hutcherson

Full of life and a grass burr on the Plains of Hall County ended her short life. Demmie Hutcherson was pulling a grass burr from her finger with her teeth when she inhaled the burr and it became infected... see full size and read more

Fun in The Snow in Hall County in 1895Fun in The Snow in Hall County 1895

Turner, Richard and Ellen Hutcherson (my great Aunt) in Hall County 1895 having fun in the snow. Things changed soon afterwards when their mother died and Ellen stood up in her mother's place to help with the eleven children... Read more See full size

Cowboys Set Out on 700 Mile JourneyCowboys Set Out on 700 Mile Journey

In 1896 Carl Hutcherson (second from right) and the Crump brothers saddled up and set off on a 700 mile trip from Memphis Texas to Arizona to find work. Family records say they quickly returned. Photo courtesy Brent Lemons

Salisbury School in Hall County in 1905Salisbury School Hall County Texas in 1905

In 1905 twenty students at the Salisbury  School in Hall County Texas posed with their teacher for this great old photo of a classroom in 1905. Julia Hutcherson is the girl pictured on the back row far right. Photo courtesy Brent Lemons. Salisbury was the first settlement in Hall County. By 1898 the townsite was abandoned. The rural school survived and prospered... read more

Hulver School in Hall County in 1895Hulver School in Hall County in 1895

On January 03, 1895 twenty four students and their teachers posed for this great old photo of the Hulver School in Hall County Texas. This photo contributed by Brent Lemons shows his great grandmother Pearl Harper and three of her siblings. Pearl is the tallest girl on the back row and the smallest boy on the front row in the dress is Homer Harper

Resources:

West Texas History & Memories

Early Life in Texas County by County

Books about Texas People and Places

Amazing People from Texas County by County

Texas History in the 19th Century (Amazon)

Texas History by Category and Event

 

What's your Favorite Book about a Texas County, Town, Person or Place? Here's our best reads list County by County

 

Mysterious TexasTrue Stories of Amazing People and Places in Texcas
 Loneliest, Least Populated Counties in Texas
Texas Cowboy HistoryBooks about Texas People County by County

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