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Deaf Smith County
Dr. W. A. Price
worked to see his dream fulfilled after his death. Deaf
Smith County Hospital was built in 1924 and has been
expanded as the area has grown.
W. A. Price was born in Kentucky in 1867. After the
death of his first wife, he was marriedto Hattie Louemma
(Nettie) Adams on May 13, 1894. She, and two children,
Otho Homer Price (1891-1919) and Annie Juanita (Mrs.
J. E.) Ferguson, Wenatchee, Wash., and their daughter,
Jewel Bernadine (1897, (Mrs. Leon E.) Grist, SanGabriel,
Calif.) came to Hereford in 1904. Another daughter,
Gwendolyn Cozine, 1907-1960, (Mrs. R.R.) Baymiller was
born in Hereford.
After Dr. Price's death in 1922, Mrs. Price was married
to Judge J. P. Slaton (deceased) in 1925. She resides at
601 25 Mile Ave., Hereford, and has continued to be active
in the Methodist Church, Bayview Club, and other cultural
activities in Hereford.
P. R. PURCELL, Early 1900's
Ran Livery Stable
P. R. Purcell and his son, Charlie, ran a livery stable
in Hereford for several years.... "until cars came and put
them out of business," according to informationfromMrs.
She was the former Jennie Elkins, daughter of Bill
Elkins, pioneer resident of the Endee, N.M., area, moving
there in 1888. She was married to John Purcell on Sept.
4, 1907, and they came to make theirhome with his people
in Hereford until 1911, when John Purcell filed on a halfsection
of land in New Mexico. They moved back to Hereford
in 1914 and he worked for Jowell and Jowell for a
part of two years before another four months in New
Mexico. They moved back to Hereford in 1916 and lived
near here until 1930, when they went back to Endee. They
now live in Floyd, N.M.
Mrs. Purcell recalls that ranchers in the Endee area
had to go to LaPlata for their mail, with each bringing his
neighbor's until finally they got a mail carrier. They
hauled lumber and supplies from Amarillo until Hereford
was established and they began trading here in 1899.
Charlie Purcell remained in Hereford and served as
sheriff for a number of years.
W. H. RAYZOR, 1900
Ox Cart To Jet Age
Mrs. W, H. Rayzor took her first airplane ride at the
age of 89 when she flew from Corpus Christi to visit relatives
and friends in Hereford. Later she flew to Los
Angeles and returned by jet, four hours from Los Angeles
. "I felt like I was sitting in my living room nothing to
it," she commented...."Ox cart to jet age, isn't that
Ida Jarvis was born in Mississippi in 1870 and came to
Texas as a child. On a return visit to her native state
when she was 17, an uncle encouraged her to further her
education. She entered North Texas State Normal College
in Denton and at the end of two and a half years secured
her teacher's certificate. She was married to W. H. Rayzor
in Denton County on Dec. 3, 1893. He was born in Collin
County, Tex., on April 23, 1868. They came to the Panhandle
when Rayzor, also a teacher, accepted the superintendency
of the Canyon Public Schools.
Finding it hard to make a living for his wife and growing
family as a teacher, Rayzor came on to Hereford in 1900
and went into the real estate business. At 93, Mrs. Rayzor
wrote, "Our grand-son, Pat Newell, who has been a successful
teacher, has recently come to the same decision;
he is establishing real estate offices in Hereford."
In selling others on Deaf Smith County land, Rayzor
apparently sold himself. As a sideline, he produced vegetables
new to the area as well as staples. In 1904 the
local paper ran a story on his 9 by 20-yard celery patch,
which produced 1,200 bunches of celery under irrigation.
"Place it at 10 cents, and the owner has $120....which
would amount to about $3,600 per acre--a pretty good
dividend from $5 land," the editor commented.
In 1906 he marketed 500 pounds of Chinese bullnose
sweet peppers at 11 cents per pound and produced 2,000
stalks of celery.
His gardening hobby led indirectly to Rayzor's accidental
death in 1911. He wazs constructing a fish pond at
their home on Twenty-Five Mile Avenue and went with
his brother, George Rayzor, to the local gravel pit for
sand. George was the first rural mail carrier here and
worked part-time at the pit. W.H. Rayzor relieved him of
the shoveling and had lifted only a few spadefulls when the
sand bank crumbled, crushing him against the wagon
Mrs. Rayzor attempted to make a living for their seven
children by raising fancy bell peppers and tomatoes, as
she had seen him do. She developed a market in Amarillo
for them. During the winter months, she did sewing to
supplement her income. Finally she decided to go back
to teaching. After a period of review, she passed the state
examination and secured her teaching certificate. She
taught at Dimmitt and in the Progressive Community before
she moved her family to Canyon so that the children
might attend college.
During her teaching career, Mrs. Newell taught in Castro,
Deaf Smith, Hutchinson, Ochiltree, and Galveston Counties.
Her last teaching was at Hitchcock in Galveston County
during World War II. She took up painting and with very
little instruction became recognized as an artist, although
she pursued painting only as a hobby. When she was 89,
she hung a painting of the last supper in memory of her
parents in the Boliver, Tex., First Baptist Church, where
she was a charter member.
A daughter, Edith Rayzor Conant, has been an art teacher
at Blocker Junior High School in Texas City for 36
years. She is alternate poet laureate of Texas for 1964
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