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Deaf Smith County
Lloyd Howton Manjeot of West Point.
Of the 14 children born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hannibal
Owen, 13 lived to adulthood. Those still living are: G.P.
Owen, a long-time Hereford businessman, Mrs. J. B.
Harlin, Mrs. Jack Roberson, all of Hereford, Dot (Mrs.
George) Hunter, Shawnee, Okla.; A. Hope Owen, Lubbock;
Ruth (Mrs. O.R.) Tlpps, Wichita Falls; and T. Dee Owen,
Six of their children live in Hereford. Owen married
Miss Lillie Clark and has been a rural mail carrier here
for many years. Miss Della Stagner, who was graduated
from West Texas State College, has been a teacher in the
Hereford Public Schools for 18 years, serving forthe past
several years as elementary coordinator.
Also living here and a part of the city's church, civic,
and social life are: Earl, who married Joy Farmer;
Donnie (Mrs, G.P.) Owen; Lottie (Mrs. Earl) Clark; and
Olive (Mrs. Wayne) Lawrence.
Fred Stagner lives at San Francisco, and Price Stagner,
who married Margaret Mussler, resides in Phoenix, Ariz.
H. R. PATTERSON, 1916
'Dust Bowl' Farmer
Among the farmers in the Progressive Community
who saw their fields green one day and brown the next
during the dust bowl days was H. R. Patterson, whose
family moved to Hereford from Southmayd, Tex., in 1916.
They farmed from 1931 to 1936, when they returned to
town and later built a home on Park Avenue.
Mrs. Patterson assisted Mrs. Nettie Slaton with washing
and other maintenance at Hereford's first hospital. They
were early-day members of the Central Church of Christ
Herbert Ray Patterson was born on June 3, 1873, at
Shelbyville, Tenn., and came to Texas from there in
1892. He was married to Miss Ruthie Sawyer on July 14,
1901, in Grayson County, Tex. She was a native Texan,
born in Bell. County on Sept. 3, 1877. He died on Feb. 7,
1959, in Hereford, and she continues to make her home
Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Patterson were parents of: Elmer
(Bessie Chambers), Hereford; Paul B. (Hattie Rickle),
Fort Worth; Ezell (Muriel Hatherly), Amarillo; and John,
who died as a child.
C. C. ROCKWELL, 1913
Pioneer Lumber Firm
C. C. Rockwell is a member of the family which established
one of the first lumber companies here, and
that firm is one of the three businesses which has been
serving this community continuously for more than 60
years. Rockwell's father, J. M. Rockwell, and his brother,
Alvia A. Rockwell, had established Rockwell Brothers
Lumber Company in Sherman in 1895.
J. M. Rockwell and G. A. F. Parker were sent by the
company to establish a lumber business in Amarillo.
They worked with the M.T. Jones Lumber company there,
and C. C. Rockweli was born in Amarillo on Oct. 21, 1892.
His parents moved back to Houston, where Rockwell
Brothers' headquarters had been moved, and young Cecil
attended school and grew up there.
Cecil C. Rockwell came to'Hereford in 1913 and was
manager of Rockwell Lumber Company here for a time.
He recalls that the lumber -yard here was established
in 1898 and was known first as Eagle Lumber Company,
then as Hereford Lumber Company, and finally the
name was changed to Rockwell Lumber Company, when
the corporation was dissolved and the company bought
out Dyer Brothers Lumber and moved to the present
location. Many houses in this county and area were
constructed from lumber furnished by Rockwells, even
when they had to freight lumber by wagon from Waco
to Amarillo before the railroad came through.
Among the early-day managers of Rockwells here
were: Will Bratton, first manager, J.C. Newman, J. F.
Baker, J. W. Hood, C.C. Rockwell, and John H. Olson.
C. C. Rockwell was married to Victoria Wilson here
on Aug. 12, 1934. She has one son, Tom Wilson, Eastland;
his children are Cecil Rockwell, Jr., Austin, and Sylvia
Rockwell, San Antonio.
Mr. and Mrs. George E. Shepard
GEORGE E. SHEPARD, 1910
On Same Farm 50 Years
Members of the George E. Shepard family have lived
on the same farm 20 miles south-east of Herefordin
Castro County for 54 years. They moved there when they
came by immigrant train from Franklin County, Nebraska,
on March 5, 1910.
George E. Shepard was born May 31, 1856, in Henepin,
Ill. He and Mrs. Shepard lived on Jackson Street in Hereford
after leaving the farm. He died in 1950 and she in
1933. Their sons, Percy G. Shepard and David W. Shepard,
still operate the farm.
In the early days all grain andlivestockwere brought by
wagon to Hereford for marketing.
C. A. SKELTON, 1911
Combines In "5 Catherine (Mrs. Tom)
Parker, San Bernadino, Calif.; and Charles Skelton (Sally
They were members of the Methodist Church, and
Skelton was a Mason. He died here on Feb. 14,1939, and
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