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Haywood, A.B. Watley, Mrs. Leslie Moore
Lee, J.D. Willis, and Frank Hall.
During Clifton's earlier years all black
children attended a segregated school located
near the Bosque River not far from the north
In later years the eight grades of the
Elementary School were taught there, and
the High School children were taken by bus
to and from the Peabody School in Hillsboro.
Prominent Clifton black teachers were
William Kimball, Earl Lockett, and Mrs.
On September 1, 1964, black children were
admitted for the first time to the first, second,
eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth
grades in the Clifton Public Schools. When
on September 1, 1965, black students were
allowed to enter the third, fourth, fifth, sixth,
and seventh grades, Clifton's schools fully
P.E. Schow, Sr. and his brother, John
Schow, both natives of Norway, opened a
mercantile establishment, P.E. Show and
Brother, in Clifton in September, 1889.
Later they were joined in the operation of
that business by a younger brother, O.E.
Schow, Sr., and the name of the firm was
changed to P.E. Show and Brothers.
That store, which sold everything from
groceries to clothing to furniture to hardware
to buggies to caskets, played an integral role
in Clifton's business community for many
In 1907 John Schow and his family moved
to Oklahoma; in 1915 P.E. Schow and
Brothers went into receivership, and P.E.
Schow Sr. died here several years later; G.E.
Schow Sr. continued to operate a lumber
company in Clifton for many years but
divided his time between Clifton and Dallas
where he and a part of his family resided. In
later years, O.E. Schow Sr. again lived in
Clifton, and his death occurred here.
Later in 1915 Otto C. Orbeck, a former
Schow employee, reorganized and incorpora-
ted the former P.E. Schow and Brothers as
the Clifton Mercantile Company and became
the company president.
Following Mr. Orbeck's death in 1929, C.G.
Bronstad served as president of the company
until 1942, at which time Mr. Orbeck's
children were old enough to assume company
From 1942 until 1979 Mr. Orbeck's daugh-
ter, Mrs. G.E. Jackson, and one of his sons,
Dan E. Orbeck, operated the Clifton Mercan-
tile Company of which they were joint
owners. Mrs. Jackson was president of the
company during those early years, but she
later turned over the reins of that office to her
brother. She, however, continued to remain
active in the business operation.
It was in March, 1979, that the Clifton
Mercantile Company was sold to Al Herzog,
who has headed it since that time. This long-
time Clifton mercantile institution was gut-
ted by fire Sunday night, November 1984.
For nearly 28 years Mr. and Mrs. E.R.
Keeling, owned a family clothing store, E.R.
Keeling Co., in downtown Clifton. That firm
was sold in 1973 to the W.B. Bertelsen Jrs.,
who still operate it in the same location as
W.B. Bertelsen Co.
For many years local farmers and ranchers
and their wives could make good livings from
small acreages. When that no longer proved
to be true, the advent of small industrial
plants in Clifton made it possible for them to
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Clifton Trade's Day, circa 1929
Clifton School (1893-1915)
Clifton Elementary School, built 1939-1940
Geyser Ice Co., circa 1925
Clifton High School, built 1972-1973
Old Rock School (1870-1893)
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