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Life in Texas from the 1800's to 1950

Life in Crosby County Tx in 1939



Life on the Farm in Crosby County Texas 1939Life on the Farm in Crosby County Texas 1939


Migrant Camp in Crosby County FarmMigrant Camp in Crosby County Farm

On a large farm in Crosby County Texas the farm owner provided housing for his farm workers in 1939. Not all migrants had cars but in this photo three early cars can be seen.

Large Farm House Near RallsLarge Farm House Near Ralls

The owner of a 4900 acre farm near Ralls Texas built this elaborate home in 1939 in this photo by famous photographer Russell Lee

Hand Cranking Early Tractor Hand Cranking Early Tractor

A farm worker hand cranks an early tractor on a large farm near Ralls Texas in 1939

Young Farmer In Ralls TexasYoung Farmer In Ralls Texas

In 1939 a young farm worker posed for this very nice photo near Ralls Texas

Ralls Texas in 1916Ralls Texas in 1916

Five years after John Robinson Ralls laid out a town site and began moving a number of businesses and houses from Emma Texas to Ralls a photographer captured this photo of the thriving town.

Original Estacada FarmsteadQuaker Farmstead in Crosby County 1890s

The A. R. Michaels family at the original Paris Cox Farmstead in Estacado Texas

Ring Race in Emma Texas in 1905Ring Race in Emma Texas  in 1905

John Wheeler is pictured competing in a ring race in Emma Texas in 1905. The ring race is one of several horseback games played in the Southwest. Cowboys tried to skewer tiny dangling rings with a short lance.

1928 Model E Cotton Picker Near Ralls1928 Model E Cotton Picker Near Ralls

In 1928 a salesman demonstrated his Model E Cotton Stripper on a farm near Ralls Texas in Crosby County

Downtown Ralls Texas in 1917Downtown Ralls Texas in 1917

It was a mighty muddy day in downtown Ralls Texas when an unknown photographer captured this amazing photo . . . see it full size

Boy Drinks from Burlap Covered Jug

Drinking water from jar covered in wet burlap on farm near Ralls, Texas in 1939

Rapping a glass jug in wet burlap would keep the contents slightly cooler than if it was left uncovered . . .


Thirsty Farmer Drinks from Canvas Bag

Thirsty Farmer Drinks from Canvas Bag

On a hot summer morning on a farm near Ralls Texas in 1939, a farmer pauses for a cold drink of water from a canvas bag. Hung from tractor fenders, car hood ornaments and side view mirrors, military vehicles or from a cowboy's saddle horn . . . read more and view large image

Making the Final Adjustments to Planter in 1939Setting Up a Four Row Lister / Planter in 1939

Farmer in Crosby County Texas changes plow points and makes final adjustments to his 4-row lister planter in 1939.


Sitting on Dad's tractor 1939Sitting on Dad's Tractor Near Ralls, Texas in 1939


Changing plow points 1939Changing plow points on four-row planter Crosby County Tx 1939


Laundry Day in 1939Laundry Day on the farm in Crosby County Texas in 1939

Farmer's wife hangs laundry on clothes line to dry on farm near Ralls Texas in 1939.

Crosby County Farmer 1939Crosby County Farmer 1939

Farmer sits on his new tractor in 1939 on a farm near Ralls Texas.

1939 Allis-Chalmers Tractor

Allis-Chalmers Tractor with planter and go-devil attached Ralls Tx 1939

The "Go Devil" was a popular attachment for tractors in the 1930's through the 1960's.



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

Famous Actors from West TexasFamous Celebrities from West Texas
Books about Crosby County People and Places

Books about Crosby County TexasBooks about Crosbyton, Ralls and Estacada Texas

Crosby County Estates with Unclaimed Money

Crosby County Unclaimed Estates

These Deceased Residents of Crosby County left a total $11,362 in Unclaimed Money for their heirs. Please share this with your family and friends from Ralls, Crosbyton and Lorenzo Texas to let them know how to claim their inheritance from the Texas Comptroller's Office . . .  See the full list


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

Crosby County Treasures

Rare Artifacts, Memorabilia, Ancestry and History Records from Crosbyton, Lorenzo, Ralls, Cone and Kalgary, Texas

See All Crosby County Treasures (eBay)


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