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Hale County Tx 1850-1950
Hale County, Texas 1850-1950 as pictured in archived government photographs, vintage postcards, old school yearbooks,
family albums, and newspapers from Abernathy, Edmonson, Hale Center, and Plainview
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Powered Road Grader
Keeping the ruts out of the dirt streets of Plainview Texas in 1909 required two men, six mules and an umbrella supplied by the local hardware store.
Church Plainview in 1925
In 1925 a photographer captured this huge photo of the Presbyterian Church in Plainview Texas and inadvertently caught a man stumbling on the stairs about to take a bad fall
Stores in Plainview Late 1800s
In the late 1800s Plainview Texas had two grocery stores standing side-by-side under a huge windmill and they were covered up with customers who came in horse-drawn carriages, horses and on foot
Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Depot Plainview
In the early 1900s passengers gathered around the Plainview railroad depot to await the arrival of the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe train
Street in Plainview in 1929
Busy day on Main Street in Plainview Texas on August 28, 1929 with period cars and trucks lining the street
Baptist College 1922 Yearbook
The cover of Wayland Baptist College yearbook featured notable buildings and machines unique to Plainview Texas
The Murder of W.B. “Bill” Munger
For nine long months, mystery swirled around the disappearance of Plainview farmer W.B. “Bill” Munger until a former employee confessed to killing him and dumping his body in an abandoned well. Helping solve the mystery was future Wayland Flying Queens sponsor Claude Hutcherson, who volunteered to be lowered 50 feet into the abandoned irrigation well where he found the decayed remains of the 52-year-old victim . . . read more
Wheat near Petersburg Texas in 1890
Sometime around 1890 every member of the Arthur Barton Cheves family and four horses were needed to harvest wheat near Petersburg in Hale County Texas.
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!
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.
E.M. and Mrs. Harp homestead 1890s
In the 1890s Dr. E.M. and Mrs. Harp at their panhandle homestead in Hale Co., Texas with their children, dog, cow, and chickens. Dr. Harp was one of the first physicians on the high plains. Since there were no roads at that time, he plowed furrows radiating from his house so patients could find their way to his home office on his ranch. The lumber for the house was hauled by wagon from the rail terminal in Amarillo. . . .
Hucherson with grandsons 1935
In 1935 Pearl Hutcherson posed with with two of her
grandsons in Plainview Texas
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.
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
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 ...
Joe Phillips on His Farmall Tractor in 1950s
Very nice image of Joe Phillips on his Farmall Tractor in Hale County Texas in 1950s
Family Near Plainview in 1930s
House in Hale County 1937
Frank Norfleet, Deputy Sheriff, of Hale Center
This amazing photo of J. Frank Norfleet (on left) was taken between 1921 and 1924. At age 55 Norfleet became a famous international manhunter when he single-handedly captured a gang of criminals who had swindled him out of $45,000 in 1919. The man on the right is W.H. Mercer, Secy. to Senator Mayfield.
City Hall and Fire Station in 1920s
Some time in the 1920s fire fighters and local officials climbed aboard the fire truck and posed for this old photo postcard to promote Plainview
Plainview Texas in 1897
Mules, Horses and Wagons from two freight teams line Plainview's dirt street in front of early stores including Mrs. M. B. Fowle Dry Goods, Irick and Dyer Groceries, City Drug Store, Williams Bro's. Cheap Cash Store, Donohoo and Ware Dry Goods . . . Huge photo see full size
Plainview Texas in 1890
Photo of Plainview Texas in 1890 showing wide dirt street with cattle, horse-drawn freight wagons and Melton Leach Mercantile store. The idea of founding a town here began in 1886 when Z. T. Maxwell moved with his family and 2,000 sheep from Floyd County and established a farm . . . Read more and view photo full size
Hotel Moved to Plainview in 1893
In 1893 a two-story hotel was moved 45 miles from Dimmitt Texas to Plainview Texas. This remarkable photo is believed to have been taken when it arrived . . . see full size
Train to Plainview
As late as 1904, immigrants were still making their way to the Texas Panhandle by wagon train. This photo, believed to have been taken near Littlefield, shows horses pulling covered wagons on their way to a new life in the Plainview Texas area . . . zoom in
Side of Square in Plainview in Early 1900s
Sometime in the early 1900s an unknown photographer took this large detailed photo of the north side of the courthouse square in Plainview Texas showing horse-drawn carriages and one early car with white tires parked on the dirt street . . . Tap the photo to see full size
Baptist College 1910
Staff and students appear in this photo of Wayland
Baptist College in September 1910. Boys on the right dressed in black
and girls on the left dressed in white.
Carriers Deliver Mail on Harley Davidson in 1915
Mr. and Mrs. Bishop paused for this photo in front of the Santé Fe Rail Station in Plainview before making their RR 1 mail route on a Harley Davidson in Hale County Texas in 1915 . . . see this amazing photo full size
& Lubbock Stagecoach in 1907
Plainview & Lubbock stagecoach being pulled by mules with four passengers seated inside the stagecoach on a Sunday in Lubbock Texas in 1907. The driver is W. M. Crawford who owned the stage. The time to make the trip . . . Read more See full size
Street Before 1916
Was there ever a street named Restriction in Plainview Texas? Yes, until 1916 when the city council renamed it 11th street. The inscription on this photo shows 1842 as the date. Not likely, as Plainview wasn't founded until 1888. Before that there just wasn't much around here except flat open Prairie. Take a closer look
High School Under Construction in 1916
With two stories up and one to go, construction workers, students, teachers and parents posed for this large highly detailed photo of the Plainview High School in 1916 . . . see full size
Powered Silo in Hale County in 1912
Steam Engine powers a silo on a farm near Plainview Texas in 1912 as men on horseback and farmer's wife look on . . . take a closer look
in Stock Tank in Petersburg
In the early 1900s a crowd gathered around an earthen stock tank near Petersburg Texas to witness Robert Hall being baptized by a Church of Christ minister . . See full size image
in the 1950s
Did you ever pump an aluminum tube to siphon water from an open ditch? Here's how it was done in Hale County Texas in the 1950s. Some farmers were so good at it they could set a tube with one hand and from the far side of the ditch ... See full size
|Duck Hunt Plainview Texas December 1931
|Plainview Texas Wheat Market in 1910
Corner of North Pacific Street, Plainview TX 1914
In 1914 a large crowd gathered in front of the First National Bank on Pacific Street in this huge photo of Plainview residents, early cars, carriage and a man on horseback . . . see full size
|Schick Opera House Plainview TX 1916
Ware Hotel Plainview Texas
Ware Hotel Plainview Texas in 1925 with South Plains Drug and Stubbs Men's Store
Trip from Tahoka to Floydada in a Buick Named Callie
In 1907 the Lynn County News documented a family's journey from Tahoka to Floydada via Lubbock, Plainview and Lockney in a Buick named Callie. It's a fascinating story of the people they traveled with and the people From Tahoka, Lubbock, Plainview, Lockney and Floydada . . . see the article
Snyder Strawberry Farm Plainview Tx in 1910
Picking strawberries on the P B Snyder farm six miles south of Plainview in 1910.
Lake in 1913
In 1913 Plainview Lake was filled by an irrigation pump with fourteen million gallons of water after 158 hours and was the largest body of water in Texas supplied by a well. It covered thirty acres and had a depth of five to six feet. The lake was a popular . . . Read more
County Farm Scene 1940s
Landowner Joe Phillips, Mr. T.A. Knight and son Marvin whose family lived on the 360 acre half-section of land near Plainview, Texas for over 30 years.
|Bob Burnett of Hale Center Texas Advertises for Texaco in 1939
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