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Deaf Smith County
Services were held in the homes, then lunch was spread
and the day was spent in visiting. She is a member of
"the Overstreet Class" which holds regular reunions.
Kye Higgins, Wildorado, Tex., likes to recall melon
crops raised on their place. There were pie melons for
the hogs and watermelons for the family. The boys enjoyed
Watching people in wagons or hacks ease over to the fence
and load up with what they thought were watermelons,
but it was the pie melons that were planted next to the
Claude Higgins was born in Deaf Smith County on June
24, 1893, He saw the early days of Hereford through the
eyes of a very small boy. He once recalled sitting in front
Of the D.R. Gass Store when he saw his first train come
Puffing in to town. Frightened, he tore out for home as fast
as his bare feet would carry him.
He also likes to tell an oft-repeated story of Sam T.
Dunn, a cattle inspector, and his tent, which was set up
in Hereford about the middle of September, 1898.
When Dunn returned to his tent one evening, the story
goes, he saw only the rear end of a mule protruding through
the door of the tent. Assuming the uninvited "guest" was
helping himself to oats he kept for his own horse, Dunn
Picked up a fence board and gave the mule a wallop. Off
Went mule and tent toward the creek, leaving a stove, cot,
and table on the ground which Dunn had called home a
few minutes before.
Claude Higgins, who lives in Amarillo, recalls the asSassination
of two presidents. When McKinley was killed,
School turned out, and Hereford residents gathered at the
Christian Church building on West Third. Judge L. Gough
and Judge C. G. Witherspoon made talks.
CHARLIE HODGES, 1898
Ayre Is Now Ghost Town
.Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Hodges spent a year at Gordonville,
Tex., after their marriage there on Jan. 19, 1897.
She had spent a few years in Deaf Smith County when her
father, "Uncle Summie" Higgins had filed on land here
in 1890. He returned to Gordonville so that the children
could attend school but came back to the plains in 1896.
Miss Ollie Higgins stayed to visit with an uncle there.
She met Charlie Hodges and became his wife.
In 1898 they loaded their possessions in a covered
Wagon and spent nine days on the road to Deaf Smith
County. On their arrival, they filed on a section 12 miles
north of town and made their home there until they moved
to town in 1906 to send their children to school.
The Hodges' first home was a 10 by 12 shack which
he Plled with a team of horses across the prairie from
Ayre, one of Deaf Smith County's "ghost towns", which
had made a bid to be county seat in 1890 elections following
the organization of the county. Later he brought anOther
shack in the same way from Ayre to enlarge their
The Hodges often told of a hail storm on May 2, 1901,
which they said was the worst they ever saw. Stones as
ig as goose eggs pelted their makeshift home until they
had to Push the dining table back and forth across the
Iro to Prevent their dishes being broken.
Cecil Hodges, their oldest son, was born in Gordonile.
While they were living on their farm, a daughter,
ezt, and another son, LeRoy, were born. C.L., the
V ngest son, was born in Hereford, Cecil married
hist Caldwell; he died of a World War I injury, and
e, fereared their three children here. C.L., who
recT married, and Inez (Mrs. Dick Norton) both died
gently. LeRoy lives in Kansas City, Mo.
B. T. HINTON, 1894
Was Early Day Rancher
B. T. Hinton brought his family to the plains from
Seymour, Tex., in 1894. Their first home was near Dimmitt,
but they later lived in the Dawn Community east of
Mary Hinton Jones remembers attending school in the
old Dawn school house with Fred Johnson as teacher. As
a five-year-old she was thrilled when her brother and the
Carter boys had to carry the girls across Tierra Blanca
Creek after a rain which caused the stepping stones to
Families then looked forward to the big Christmas
dinner and tree and to the annual picnic and fish fry at the
Because of poor health, Hinton sold his ranch to L. R.
Bradly and moved to Hereford, where he ran the livery
stable, was in the furniture business with M. M. McGlothlin,
and finally went into partnership with Charlie Orr in
a confection store. Their business was wiped out by fire,
along with several others on Dewey Avenue, in 1903, He
moved his family to California, where he died in 1914. Mrs.
Hinton lived to be 82.
The Hinton children are: Earl Hinton, Lemon Grove,
Calif.; Charlie Hinton, Homet, Calif.; Mary Hinton Jones,
San Diego, Calif.; Katherine Hinton, Long Beach, Calif.;
and Carrie Hinton Sones, El Centro, Calif.
J. T. INMON, 1898
Elected Sheriff In 1901
J. T. Inmon seved as sheriff and tax collector for Deaf
Smith County from Jan. 1, 1901, to Dec. 31, 1906. He had
been born near Little Rock, Ark., on Oct. 14, 1860, and
brought his family to Hereford by train from Mansfield.
Tex., on Nov. 30, 1898, when the town was a scant two
months old. He was a member of the Board of Stewards
of the First Methodist Church.
W, E, (Edgar) Inmon recalls a self-service meat market
in a tent which stood near where the passenger depot now
is. Customers cut and weighed their purchases and put
the money in an empty cigar box onthe pine board counter.
Two of his never-to-be forgotten friends of that day of
"the old swimmin' hole" were John Patton and Louis
Hubbard who pulled him out when he was unable to reach
the creek bank.
Mrs. J, T, Inmon, early in 1964 was 96 years old and
still maintained her home at 2216 Seventh St., Lubbock.
A daughter, Mrs. Mamie Inmon Neal, lives with her and is
a Lubbock music teacher.
Other members of the Inmon family are Dr. H.E.
(Homer) Inmon, Lt.-Col. U.S. Army Medical Corps, retired,
218 Oak Glen Drive, San Antonio; and W.E. Inmon,
retired, 2524--20th., Lubbock.,
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