The city of Wichita Falls observed its fiftieth anniversary upon
September 26th to the 28th, inclusive. Two notable features of
this well-ordered celebration were (1) the large exhibit of in-
digenous' historical materials under the supervision of Mr. Lester
Jones, and (2) the registration of some fifteen hundred to two
thousand pioneer settlers under the direction of Mr. T. J.
Waggoner, Jr. The preparation of the exhibit resulted in the dis-
covery of the preservation of much hitherto unknown source
material. Mr. Jones, incidentally, has made what is probably the
finest collection of local pictorial history of anyone in the state.
Mr. Waggoner's energetic workers set down the names, dates of
birth, periods of residence, and many memoirs of early settlers.
On November 5, 1932, the corner stone of the museum building
for The Panhandle-Plains Historical Society was laid at Canyon,
Texas. In large part Mr. L. F. Sheffy, Secretary of the Society,
and Mr. T. D. Hobart, its President, organized and directed the
movement which resulted in the erection of the building. The
State matched the funds raised by the Plains people. The archives
of this organization contain the finest collection of ranch records
Beginning with September 28, 1932, the Clayton News of Clay-
ton, New Mexico, has carried a series of articles by Mr. A. W.
Thompson, of Denver, entitled "The Story of Early Clayton."
This serial history, prepared by a pioneer of northeastern New
Mexico, is more than a personal memoir and of broader geographical
and wider historical significance than the title indicates. Mr. Jack
Potter, another old-timer of the same section, has been writing
occasional articles for the Union County Leader, published at the
same place, which depict in his inimitable style many phases of the
broad life he has lived.
Mr. Frank P. Hill, co-editor of the Lynn County News, Tahoka,
Texas, has just completed the life of Jack Alley, a local pioneer,
called "Fifty-five Years of Pioneering on the Plains." The story,
of particular interest to the South Plains country and the cattle
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101093/. Accessed February 14, 2016.