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Life in Motley County Tx 1800 to 1950


Motley County, Texas from 1800's to 1950 as pictured in archived government photographs, vintage postcards, old school yearbooks and newspapers in Flomot, Matador and Roaring Springs.

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Roaring Springs School in 1927Roaring Springs School in 1927

In 1927 all the students and their teachers in Roaring Springs Texas turned out for this huge photo

Roaring Springs Graduating Class in 1927Roaring Springs Graduating Class in 1927

Fourteen graduates of Roaring Springs High School posed for this wonderful photo in 1927

The Matador Texas High School football built a tower of athletes for this amazing photo in 19181918 Matador HS Football Team

The Matador Texas High School football built a tower of athletes for this amazing photo in 1918

Matador Cowboys EatingMatador Cowboys Eating

Sometime between 1905 and 1910 twenty cowboys from the Matador Ranch were eating when this photo was captured. It includes Murdo Mackenzie (center with beard and suit) at the time he took over management of the ranch. At the extreme right is Henry H. "Paint" Campbell who established the ranch in 1879 with a half-dugout headquarters.

Cowboys Rest at Roaring SpringsCowboys Rest at Roaring Springs

In 1909 a group of cowboys from the Matador ranched stopped for a rest at Roaring Springs

Climbing a Steep TrailClimbing a Steep Trail

A cowboy follows his horses up a steep trail on the Matador Ranch in 1908

Cowboys Washing ClothesCowboys Washing Clothes

Cowboys washing clothes on the Matador in 1905

Drinking from Brim of His HatDrinking from Brim of His Hat

In 1905 Matador Ranch Cowboy Tom King used the brim of his hat to dip water out of a spring in the Dutchman pasture

Chief Quanah Parker at Matador RanchChief Quanah Parker at Matador Ranch

Quanah Parker and three of his eight wives (in wagon) say goodbye to Matador cowboys after a visit in 1910

Matador Ranch Cowboys at NightMatador Ranch Cowboys at Night

Cowboys of the Matador Ranch just before turning in for the night in 1907. John Jackson, wagon boss is identified as appearing in the back row, second from the left

Chuck and Outlaw Wagons on the MoveChuck and Hoodlum Wagons on the Move

In 1908 Harry Stewart was driving a chuck wagon followed by a hoodlum wagon to a new location on the Matador Ranch

Rough Trail to Spur RangeRough Trail to Spur Range

Cowboy with pack horses takes a rough trail to the Spur Range in 1908 to claim any stray mavericks and return them to the Matador Ranch

Cowboy Weighing a BullCowboy Weighing a Bull

A cowboy weighs a bull named Domino at the Matador Ranch headquarters in Matador Texas in 1905

Working an Outlaw HorseWorking an Outlaw Horse

In 1905 Claud Jeffers was captured working with an outlaw horse in the Matador Ranch corrals.

Spur and Matador Chuck Wagons Pitch CampSpur and Matador Chuck Wagons Pitch Camp

For the 1908 Roundup the Matador and Spur Ranches teamed up and pitched their chuck wagons side by side in this Erwin E. Smith photo.

Matt Walker Washes His Horse BlanketMatt Walker Washes His Horse Blanket

Long time wagon boss for the Matador Ranch, Matt Walker, washes his horse blanket in Roaring Springs in 1908

Wagon Cook Making CobblerWagon Cook Making Cobbler

A Wagon Cook on the Matador Ranch in 1908 prepares a cobbler for the cow hands in this crystal clear photo by Erwin E. Smith

Harry Campbell Branding a CalfHarry Campbell Branding a Calf

Harry Campbell was the first child born in Motley County Texas. Years later, in 1908, famed photographer, Erwin E. Smith captured him branding a calf on the Matador Ranch

A Christmas Memory from Matador Texas

A heart warming story of a little girl in Matador Texas at Christmas during the depression. "When I was growing up, Christmas at our house was a happy time, with family and friends, and lots of delicious food to enjoy. But it was during the Great Depression, and Santa Claus didn't deliver a lot of toys to our house..." Read more

Breaking Muchachee the MuleBreaking Muchachee the Mule

Marvin Stephens was hired to break horses on the Matador Ranch in the late 1930s when he was asked to saddle-break a mule named Muchachee he took on the task that resulted in this amazing and humorous photo series.

Branding on the Matador RanchBranding on the Matador Ranch

In the late 1930s or early 1940s Marvin Stephens was holding the branding iron as 4 cowboys held the calf and tended to the business of turning young bulls into steers

Matador Ranch Bunkhouse in 1908Matador Ranch Bunkhouse in 1908

At the Matador Ranch Bunkhouse in 1908 four cowboys and a lady posed with the ranch hounds

Main Street Matador in 1950sMain Street Matador in 1950s

Matador Texas as it appeared in the 1950s near the Matador Auto Co Ford Dealership

Cowboys Washing Clothes in 1905Cowboys Washing Clothes in 1905

In 1905 three cowboys wash their clothes and hang them to dry wherever they can on the open prairie of the Matador Ranch in Motley County Texas

Cowhands and Cattle Near Matador in 1900Cowhands and Cattle in Matador in 1900

It was a Peaceful day on the Matador Ranch when this image was captured of two cowhands tending cattle in Motley County Texas in 1900

Chuck Wagon Crossing Dry River in 1908Chuck Wagon Crossing Dry River in 1908

In 1908 an unknown photographer captured this great old photo of a chuck and bedroll wagon crossing a dry river on the Matador Ranch

Line Camp & Headquarters Matador Ranch in 1908Line Camp & Headquarters Matador Ranch in 1908

In 1908 George Pattullo, writer and cowboy from Boston, waits for Harry Campbell, Matador cowboy, to finish saddling up in front of the line camp that served as original headquarters for the Matador ranch in the 1880's.

Roaring Springs Texas Railroad Depot in 1914Roaring Springs Texas Railroad Depot in 1914

Sometime around 1914 the Matador Land & Cattle Company truck, loaded with six men sitting on feed sacks, parked in front of Roaring Springs railroad depot for this amazing, crystal clear image. Note the truck appears to be chain driven . . .

Matador Ranch Chuckwagon in 1906Matador Ranch Chuckwagon in 1906

Cook on the Matador Ranch in 1906 stirs a boiling pot under a tarp attached to the chuck wagon while a cowboy in the background is either eating something with both hands or playing his harmonica.

Family with Chickens at Turtle Hole in 1879Family with Chickens at Turtle Hole in 1879

Family poses at Turtle Hole in northeastern Motley County while their chickens run from photographer in 1879. A post office stop between Childress and Matador operated there for a short time . . . Read more view full size

Quanah Parker and his Wives in 1905Quanah Parker and his Wives 1905

Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief, and and three of his wives relax by the pond at Ballard Springs on the Matador Ranch in 1905

Cowboy Gets a Haircut on the Matador Ranch in 1908Cowboy Gets a Haircut on the Matador Ranch in 1908

Photo by famed cowboy photographer Erwin Smith . . . See full size photo

Motley County Railroad Opens in 1914Motley County Railroad Opens in 1914

Birdseye view of Celebration of the opening of Motley County Railroad in Matador Texas . . . look closer

Jim & Byrd Wideman Jackson Wedding Stephenville 1900

Wedding Photo of Jim and Byrd Jackson in 1900

From an article by Janelle Jackson Shirley from Matador Texas.

"Today was the day, the year 1922. All good-byes had been said and now it was time to walk out the door of their Erath County home for the last time. Ever since the decision was made to move to West Texas, Byrd had tried to reassure her children about leaving their childhood home for a new home in the west" . . . read more


Family Makes Camp Outside Matador Texas  in 1890'sFamily Makes Camp Outside Matador in 1890's

In the 1890's a family made camp outside Matador. Photo shows the Motley County Jail in background

Carouth Family Traveling to Terry County through Roaring Springs 1922Carouth Family Traveling to Terry County through Roaring Springs 1922

Carouth Family Stops in Roaring Springs in covered wagons on their way to settle in Terry County in 1922 . . . Take a closer look

Jeff Davis BooneJeff Davis Boon

Former Matador Ranch cowboy and owner of the Dew Drop Saloon Jeff Davis Boone was fatally wounded in the Motley County courthouse in 1892 when he picked a fight with newly elected Motley county Sheriff Joe Beckham . On September 21, 1892, a grand jury indicted Beckham for assault to commit the murder of Jeff Boon. The district judge moved the case to Floyd County (Floydada) . . . Read more

Cleaning Rifle at a Matador Ranch Line CampCleaning Rifle on Matador Ranch

In 1908 Harry Campbell cleans his Marlin rifle at a dugout line camp on the Matador Ranch in Texas

Matador Ranch Cowboys in 1940sMatador Ranch Cowboys in 1940s

Matador ranch hands pictured left to right have been identified as Unknown, Robert Thornton, Bill Hemphill, Wildhorse Melvin Warren (Wagon Boss), Rosie Deaton, Wishie Derickson, Alfred Irwin, Johnnie Cavitt, Cliff Stevens, Polecat Vinson (Cook), Unknown, and Ellis Key. Photo is from E.D. Smith Collection . . . see full size

Matador Girls Basketball Team 1941Matador HS Girls Basketball Team 1941

Pictured from left to right, Jaunita Mize (manager), Mary Ruth Muse, Frances Carpenter, Eugenia Tilson, Mary Ellen Barton, Wandean Garrison and Coach Hugh Grey. Second Row: Ruby Burton, Janell Jackson, Ruth Jameson, Lucille Plumlea and Grace Lavern Tilson ... See full size


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