A History of Crosby County 1876-1977 Page: 348
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years of his youth in Wichita Co. and Till-
man Co. He and Fyloma Thursh were mar-
ried in Oklahoma Mar. 26,1917.
Rufus' parents, Frank and Annie, lived in
Owens community several years before
moving to Rails where Frank and his
youngest son, Casey, had a meat market.
Annie did "hemstitching" for their living.
Their sons, Frank and Mark Jordan, came
to Rails with their families in 1927 before
our family arrived in Crosby Co. Mark and
Frank were horsetraders and cattle buyers.
Our many cousins, including W. W.
Anthony and Sam Boyd Anthony, added to
the great joys of our lives. After the death
of Frank in 1943, Annie moved close to the
Methodist church where she was a mem-
ber. She was also a long standing member
of Eastern Star. Annie Jordan lived an
active life up until her death at the age of
In the winter of 1929 the Rufus Jordan
family moved from Groom along with their
four children, Ondal, Jeanne, Wilma, and
Wanda to Owens community, south of
The farm had formerly belonged to
Frank Norris and was barren of any
improvements. With the need of housing,
they purchased an old store building and
partitioned it off for the family dwelling. In
1931 another daughter was born, Jo Ann.
In 1933 with an $800 government check
that Rufus gave Fyloma she had a six-room
white bungalow built by Mr. Storey of Rails.
Jordan took the old house, did some
remodeling, added on, and out of this
came a nice, big, red barn where many
cows were milked. Ondal and the girls
would bring the cows in from the pasture
each day for milking and ran the cream
Donna, born Apr. 17, 1934 weighing
only four pounds was delivered by Dr. W.
C. Snow. She was kept alive and warm in a
shoe box by a black woman, Ruthie Hol-
man. She and her husband, John, worked
for the Jordans.
The children went to school at Owen in a
buggy, pulled by a one-eyed horse named
Tottsie. Ondal was the pilot, Jeanne the
navigator and Wilma and Wanda the fright-
Through the years many improvements
were made on the farm with all members of
the family participating in both work and
Ondal married Ollie Kate Butner, who
was a beauty operator in Rails Inn Hotel, in
1938. In 1944 the farm was sold to the
Evatt family and the Jordans moved to
Smyer, Hockley Co. Rufus and Fyloma
were active in community affairs, Rufus
serving on the school board for several
years. Rufus retired and moved to Lubbock
where he died Mar. 30, 1969. Fyloma suf-
fered a stroke in 1975 and became bed-
fast. She still lives with her son, Ondal, and
his wife, Kate, at Smyer.
Truly our lives have been enriched by liv-
ing in Crosby County.
RILEY EDMOND KARR FAMILY
Riley Edmond Karr was born Nov. 27,
1882, 34 miles north of Atlanta, Ga., sec-
ond son from a family of five boys and
three girls, children of the J. R. Karrs. In
1897 when he was 15 years old, the family
R. E. and Alice Karr, 1909.
moved to Hunt Co. settling near Wolfe City.
In 1907 he moved to Hardeman County
settling near Chillicothe.
Alice Caroline Mabe was born in Moody
the youngest of six children. She moved
with her family to Hardeman County in
On Nov. 28, 1909, Riley Edmond Karr
married Alice Caroline Mabe in Medicine
Mound, Hardeman Co. While living there
Karr was engaged in farming and was a
rural mail carrier. Three of the children of
R. E. and Alice Karr were born while living
at Medicine Mound: Roy Weldon, born
Sept. 10, 1910; Olin Edmond, born Apr.
19,1912; and Edith Rowena, born Feb. 21,
1915. The other two boys born in Crosby-
ton are Teddy Mabe, born May 31, 1922,
and James Travis, born Oct. 13, 1925.
The Karr family moved to Crosbyton in
October, 1915, just seven years after the
city was founded. Karr and a brother-in-
law, J. M. Mabe, entered the grocery and
drygood business known as Mabe-Karr
Company. He operated this business for
19 years, dissolving the partnership in
1934. He then entered the grocery busi-
ness with other associates for eight years.
After selling the grocery business he was
engaged in cotton buying, insurance and
Karr served on Crosbyton School Board
15 years, being elected soon after his
arrival in Crosbyton. He also served several
terms on the City Commission and was
elected to four years to the office of Justice
of Peace, Precinct 2.
Roy Weldon Karr married Effie Pauline
Miller Dec. 11, 1934. Their children were
Roy Weldon, Jr. and Rowena Yvonne Karr.
Olin Edmond Karr married Jetty Francis
Carter June 18, 1932. Their children were
Carter Edmond, Robert Stanley, John
David, Teddy Jim, Francis Carolyn and
Edith Louise Karr.
Edith Rowena Karr married Jim Blagg Jr.
on Oct. 18,1966.
Teddy Mabe Karr married Beatrice Aza-
lea Brixey Aug. 1,1946. They had one son,
James Travis Karr married Wanda Gayle
Brixey Jan. 28, 1951. Their children are
James Ricky, Robert Timothy, and Roger
Roy, Ted and Jim served in the armed
forces during World War II. Riley Edmond
died Nov. 8, 1953 and Roy Weldon died
Mar. 3, 1969. Olin Edmond died Mar. 21,
1962, Edith Rowena Blagg died Dec. 21,
1976, Beatrice Azalea Karr died Dec. 27,
1975, and Effie Pauline Karr died June 26,
Alice Caroline Mabe Karr married
Claude Higginbotham Mar. 8, 1964.
Claude died July 23,1966.
Ted and Jim Karr along with their
mother, Alice Higginbotham, still reside in
the Crosbyton area.
W. L. "BILL" KEITH FAMILY
W. L. "Bill" Keith, born in 1901, was the
sixth child of John Oliver and Sally James
Keith in Abilene, Taylor Co. He married
Ruth McKinney, second daughter of Rob-
ert L. and Ethel McKinney of View, Tex.,
Taylor Co., Nov. 22, 1922. Bill and Ruth
Keith and their three small children, and
Bob McKinney moved to Wake community
in September, 1929, to farm land belong-
ing to Harley Sadler, a relative of "Uncle
Billy Mack Keith, Bill Keith, Janice K. Fewell,
Ruth Keith, Gwen K. Haverstock, 1963.
Bill and Ruth Keith's children are Janice,
Billy Mack, and Gwendolyn "Gwen". All
attended schools in Crosby Co. Janice
married Ross Fewell of Wake community
and now resides in Lubbock. They are par-
ents of three sons and three daughters and
have one grandson. Billy Mack married
Mary Ruth McClellan of Bowie. They reside
in Dallas and have a son and a daughter.
Gwen married Guy Haverstock of Mt.
Blanco community. They reside in Fort
Worth and have two daughters and one
granddaughter. Bill and Ruth lived in Wake
community until January, 1949, when they
moved to Hockley Co. In June, 1977 they
moved to Lubbock, where they now reside.
(Mrs. Guy H. Haverstock)
MOYNE L. KELLY FAMILY
The Kelly story began at Corsicana,
where Moyne L. Kelly and Helen Jones
were high school sweethearts. Upon grad-
uation in the spring of 1919, Helen went to
her brother's Rufus Jones, in Eastland, to
become a Gulf Production Co. employee;
and Moyne, afraid of losing her, soon
became an oil field worker for the same
company. On Dec. 18, 1919, the couple
were married in a simple ceremony at the
home of the Eastland Baptist pastor and
began the great adventure.
A short train trip took them from the mud
of Eastland oil fields to Fort Worth where
they visited friends, then to Hot Springs,
Ark., where they spent the winter and
spring months with Moyne's mother and
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