Sam Fox was born in Tompkinsville, Kentucky, in 1886. His childhood and young adult years were spent there, and soon he began to notice that Lula Rich, a young neighbor girl, was becoming a very pretty young lady. He began to court her, and she agreed to become his bride. They were married August 25, 1907 in Mudlick, Kentucky.
Sam and Lula lived on the Fox Farm in a log cabin and that is where their children were born. After the death of their firstborn, Carl Leon, Lula was very depressed and was having a hard time coping with the fact. Even more so after Buel was born. Her mother-in-law had to step in and take care of the baby and told Lula she had to snap out of it. Lula resented this and became bitter toward her mother-in-law, Mary Jane. Sam and Lula moved to Texas in 1913, with three boys in tow under the age of 5. They settled first in the community of Afton.
When McAdoo school district decided to build a new schoolhouse, Sam bought the old one and had it moved to the farm and they began to improve it. In 1918, they moved to the farm they had purchased just southwest of McAdoo. It was one large room with no partition and the ceiling was eleven feet high. Heating it was a problem. They had an old bachelor heater with an attachment called a drum for cooking. There was only one house between them and Crosbyton, and not too many in the McAdoo area. Buel, Lawrence and Curley attended Leatherwood Schools. Later they would attend McAdoo Schools.
Buel ran away and joined the army of which he made his career for the next 30 years before retiring with the rank of Lt. Col. Lawrence married Marie Eldredge right before he graduated and they moved to Dallas. Curley finished school in Crosbyton graduating in 1938.
Sam was a quiet man and very loving toward his grandchildren. He was a country preacher and preached at the Midway Church of Christ in Elton, also known as Amity at one time. Lula was a very determined woman, some would say stubborn, and she was very outspoken. She let no one tell her what to do, if anything she was determined to do just the opposite.
Lawrence moved back from Dallas to help with the farming of the land due to Sam's health. Sam had too much damage to his heart and died in July 1952.
Lula continued to live on the farm and rent out the acreage. She bought a new ready built house and had it moved to the farm to replace the old school building. She also had an old 1949 Chevrolet and one day she called Lawrence and said that a man had wrecked her car. Had run right into her and the whole front end was damaged beyond repair. The man had told her it was his fault. When Lawrence asked her what it did to the other car, she said "he only got a small dent in the rear-end." Lawrence knew that she had rear-ended him then. He went with her to buy a new car and she bought a 1961 Chevrolet in Ralls. Later he found out that maybe she shouldn't be driving at all. She would speed down those dirt roads like they were a freeway, dust just a flying. When he talked with the man about the wreck on the insurance he told him that his Mom had said it was his fault. He told Lawrence that is part of what he said, he actually told her "It was all my fault Mrs. Fox, I saw you coming and had plenty of time to get out of your way!"
After Buel's death, Curley and Lawrence finally convinced her it was time to move into Crosbyton and give up driving. She moved 3 doors down from her church and so that put an end to "Hotrod Mama"
I don't think Lula ever got over the death of her firstborn, some say she went a little crazy, others say she just turned mean. Those were hard times, shoes I am thankful I have not had to walk in and thankful the turn of events which lead to the gift of life for me.
Submitted by Linda Fox Hughes
Old Settlers Reunion Program honoring Mrs. S.P. Fox
Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Fox received the severest kind of initiation when they moved into their new home, a former school building, located just 1 1/2 miles east of Broadway, in February of 1918. The following day one of the worst snow storms in recorded history struck the Plains.
The family had bought the land from Coonley-Bassett Land Company two years before, in 1916. Glen McKee was agent for the C.B. Livestock Co. when the land was purchased. They hired the farm broken in 1917 and moved to the place in February of 1918.
Mr. and Mrs. Fox and three small sons landed in Roaring Springs in 1914 where they stayed until ready to move to their new farm.
For a home they found an old school building built at McAdoo in 1908, the first school for that community. They had it moved down the road to their recently purchased farm.
"Because of the drought we couldn´t fix it up much," Mrs. Fox pointed out. "It was one big room, no partitions, with 11-foot ceilings. Charley McLaughlin taught the first term of school in it", she said. "We called it Crazy Flat."
"We just did get the window panes in before the storm hit. We had no coal, just some old mesquite roots and a bachelor heater and drum for heating and cooking."
Mrs. Fox said they didn´t have a shed or even a windbreak for their mules, the only stock they had at the time. Mr. Fox set out with the mules for a windbreak belonging to John Webb about two miles south of the house.
"Before he got them there ice had frozen over their eyes and they couldn´t see." Mrs. Fox stated. "There was only one fence between our house and the windbreak. I was so scared he would lose his way back and freeze to death I would go out south of the house and holler as loud as I could. He made it to the fence and followed it north."
Mrs. Fox said that when they moved to their farm there was only one house between them and Crosbyton, occupied by Sam Starrett. To the south was the Crausbay home. The Andy Wootens were to the north.
"My husband died in 1952 of a heart attack, and I lived on the farm for 18 long years". She moved to Crosbyton in 1970.
Sammie Proctor FOX Birth: January 11, 1887, Mudlick, Monroe County, KY Death: July 2, 1952, Crosby County, Texas Death Certificate: Page 6 Vo. 381A, Crosby County, Crosbyton, Texas. Father: Daniel L. Fox - buried in Emberton, KY Mother: Mary Jane Fults - buried in Emberton, KY Married: August 25, 1907 Spouse: Lula Jane RICH Birth: November 3, 1890, Mudlick, Monroe County, KY Death: February 26, 1980, Crosbyton, Crosby County, TX Father: John Rich - buried in Emberton, KY Mother: Marietta Turner - buried McAdoo, TX Children: Carl Leon Fox buried on Fox Farm, Monroe County, KY Buel Kermit Fox buried McAdoo, Texas Lawrence Bailey Fox buried McAdoo, Texas Ausborn Glen "Curley" Fox buried McAdoo, Texas
Funeral services for Sam P. Fox, 65, were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the McAdoo school auditorium, with George Calvert, a Church of Christ minister of Lubbock, officiating. Burial was in the Dickens Cemetery, under direction of King Funeral Home.
Mr. Fox died at his home on the East Plains following a heart attack Wednesday, July 2. He had been a resident of Crosby county since 1914.
Survivors include the widow; three sons, Lt. Col. Buel K. Fox of Battle Creek, Mich., Lawrence Fox of McAdoo and Ausborn Fox of Glenn; a brother Jairrett Fox of KY; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
© The Crosbyton Review, Thursday, July 10, 1952
Mrs. Lula J. Fox, a resident of McAdoo and Crosbyton for 66 years, was claimed by death about 1 p.m. Tuesday in Crosbyton Clinic Hospital following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Fox was 89.
Memorial services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today (Thursday) in the East Side Church of Christ. James Couch will officiate.
Interment is to be made in Dickens Cemetery, under direction of Adams Funeral Home.
Mrs. Fox and her husband brought their family to this area in 1914 from Kentucky. She moved into Crosbyton in 1970 from McAdoo.
Born Nov. 3, 1890 in Tompkinsville, Kentucky, the former Lula Rich was married to samp O. Fox on Aug. 25 1907 in Tompkinsville. Mr. Fox preceded his wife in death July 2, 1952.
Mrs. Fox was a housewife and a member of the East Side Church of Christ.
She is survived by two sons, Lawrence Fox of Clovis, N.M., and A.G. (Curley) Fox of McAdoo; one brother, Ezra Rich of McAdoo; one sister, Delphia Howard of Tompkinsville, Ky.; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
©Crosbyton Review, February 28, 1980
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