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True Stories of Amazing People and Places in Texas

 
Life in Hall County Tx 1850 to 1950

 

Hall County, Texas in 1937 to 1939 as pictured in archived government photographs, vintage postcards, old school yearbooks and newspapers.

You can browse and view more than a thousand images of early life in Texas in eBay's Historical Texas Collection. . .

Jim Bob Wills and Cousin Picking Cotton in Mid-1920sJim Bob Wills and Cousin Picking Cotton in Mid-1920s

Very rare photo of famous musician Bob Wills picking cotton with his cousin in the mid 1920s

Memphis Texas Volleyball Team in 1925Memphis Texas Volleyball Team in 1925

 

First Train Arrives in Turkey Texas in 1928First Train Arrives in Turkey Texas in 1928

Hundreds of people gathered at the First National Bank to celebrate the first train into Turkey Texas in 1928

Drugstore in Turkey Texas in 1928Drugstore in Turkey Texas in 1928

Very clear photo of a drug store in Turkey Texas shows two soda jerks, a man with his two sons and two men raising their drinks in a toast in 1928. The image is so clear that even the man reflected in the bar back mirror is recognizable

Three Cowboys on Horseback in Hall County Texas 1895Cowboys on Horseback in Hall County Texas in 1895

Three well dressed cowboys on their horses in this photo from 1895 in Hall County Texas. One horse appears to have bolted at flash . . . take a look

Farmer and Son on Horse Drawn Planter c1930sFarmer and Son on Horse Drawn Planter 1930s

Sometime in the 1930s a father and son stopped their work in Hall County Texas to pose for this photo by famed photographer Dorothea Lange with their horse-drawn planter . . . see it full size

Downtown Memphis Texas in 1908Downtown Memphis Texas in 1908

Horse drawn carriages, wagons and shoppers filled the dirt street in this photo of downtown Memphis Texas the way it was in 1908 . . . Look closer

Refugee family near Memphis, Tx 1937

Refugee family of five on the Texas Panhandle near Memphis Texas carrying everything they own in a hand cart and baby buggy in 1937.

 

Famrmers on Bank Steps in Memphis TexasFarmers Sitting on Bank Steps in Memphis Texas in 1939

 

Sharecropper in Hall County Tx 1939Sharecropper in Hall County Tx 1939

 

Three Miles to Memphis Tx 1939Three Miles to Memphis Tx 1939

In 1937 a motel in Memphis Texas painted an ad on the roof of a tractor driver's house to let travelers know the motel was just 3 miles away and had reasonable rates.

Musicians Bob Wills and Buck Holligan mid-1920sBob Wills and Buck Holligan on Farm 1920s

Musicians Bob Wills and Buck Holligan at the John Wills farm near Turkey Texas in the mid-1920s. Photo from San Antonio Rose: The Life And Music Of Bob Wills ... see full size

Bob Wills and His Texas PlayboysBob Wills and His Texas Playboys

On August 11 1943 Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys posed in front of their bus as young girls leans forward to get into the picture . . . See it full size

Town square Memphis, Texas in 1937Town square Memphis, Texas in 1937

 

Tractor driver on farm near Memphis Texas 1937Tractor driver on farm near Memphis Texas 1937

 

Worried Woman in Hall County Tx 1939Worried Woman in Hall County Texas in 1939

 

Women Memphis, Tx 1937Women on Porch in Memphis Texas in 1937

 

Farm owner near Memphis Texas in 1937Farm owner near Memphis Texas in 1937

 

Girl Drawing Water from Well In Hall County Texas in 1939Girl Drawing Water from Well In Hall County Texas in 1939

Barefoot girl struggles to draw water from well in Hall County in 1939 in this large highly-detailed photo.

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)

Vintage Texas Photos (eBay)

Postcards from the Panhandle (Facebook)

Books about Hall County People and Places

Books about Hall County People and PlacesBooks about Estelline, Memphis, Turkey, Lakeview, Newlin, Hulver, Elmore and Plaska Texas

Hall County Estates with Unclaimed Money

Hall County Unclaimed EstatesThese Deceased Residents of Hall County Left a total $2,007 in Unclaimed Money for their heirs. Please share this with your family and friends from Memphis, Lakeview and Turkey Texas to let them know how to claim their inheritance from the Texas Comptroller's Office. . . see the list

 

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

 

Texas Estates with Unclaimed Assets Waiting to be ClaimedTrue Stories of Amazing People and Places in Texcas
 Loneliest, Least Populated Counties in Texas
Famous Actors from West TexasBooks about Texas People County by County
 

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