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Life in Motley County Tx 1800 to 1950

 

Motley County, Texas from 1800's to 1950 as pictured in archived government photographs, vintage postcards, old school yearbooks and newspapers. Click on photos to view larger.

 

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Family with Chickens at Turtle Hole in 1879Family with Chickens at Turtle Hole in 1879

Family poses at Turtle Hole in northeastern Motley County while their chickens run from photographer in 1879

Quanah Parker and his Wives in 1905Quanah Parker and his Wives 1905

Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief, and his wives relax by the pond at Ballard Springs on the Matador Ranch in 1905

Cowboy Gets a Haircut on the Matador Ranch in 1908Cowboy Gets a Haircut on the Matador Ranch in 1908

Photo by famed cowboy photographer Erwin Smith . . . See full size photo

Motley County Railroad Opens in 1914Motley County Railroad Opens in 1914

Birdseye view of Celebration of the opening of Motley County Railroad in Matador Texas . . . look closer

Jim & Byrd Wideman Jackson Wedding Stephenville 1900

Wedding Photo of Jim and Byrd Jackson in 1900

From an article by Janelle Jackson Shirley from Matador Texas.

"Today was the day, the year 1922. All good-byes had been said and now it was time to walk out the door of their Erath County home for the last time. Ever since the decision was made to move to West Texas, Byrd had tried to reassure her children about leaving their childhood home for a new home in the west" . . . read more

 

Family Makes Camp Outside Matador Texas  in 1890'sFamily Makes Camp Outside Matador in 1890's

In the 1890's a family made camp outside Matador. Photo shows the Motley County Jail in background

Carouth Family Traveling to Terry County through Roaring Springs 1922Carouth Family Traveling to Terry County through Roaring Springs 1922

Carouth Family Stops in Roaring Springs in covered wagons on their way to settle in Terry County in 1922 . . . Take a closer look

Matador Ranch Cowboys in 1940sMatador Ranch Cowboys in 1940s

Matador ranch hands pictured left to right have been identified as Unknown, Robert Thornton, Bill Hemphill, Wildhorse Melvin Warren (Wagon Boss), Rosie Deaton, Wishie Derickson, Alfred Irwin, Johnnie Cavitt, Cliff Stevens, Polecat Vinson (Cook), Unknown, and Ellis Key. Photo is from E.D. Smith Collection . . . see full size

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