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The Texas Spur, Aug. 9, 1913


D. A. Moore was in Spur Wednesday from his farm home in the Steel Hill community. While in the city Mr. Moore called at the Texas Spur office and subscribed for the paper for which he has our thanks.
From the records of Lillian Grace Nay

Sept. 18, 1914 Texas Spur in Dickens Co.


The Texas Spur and Dickens Item, November 15, 1918


Mr. Jim Crump and Mrs. Huddleston were married Thursday afternoon in Spur, leaving immediately for Plainview where they will spend several days on their honeymoon.

Mrs. Huddleston is a sister of Mrs. Hamilson of the Spur Produce Co.

Jim has been cooking for the Allied Bakery and Restaurant and will resume his place there upon his return.

The Texas Spur wishes Mr. and Mrs. Crump much happiness and prosperity.
Transcribed by Kay Laster


The Texas Spur June 3, 1921


"Drives" have been in order during the past seveal years on many and varied occassions, but the latest drive in Spur was a "rat drive" last Friday morning at the experiment station, and in which it is estimated that more than 300 rats were killed.

Rat dogs were used in catching the rats and as stacks of feed stuff were moved the dogs were stationed at points where the rats came out to make their escape. The dogs caught rats, it is said, until they became exhausted, and the drive was suspended. It is said that hundreds more rats remain at the station, and another drive will be had at a later date.

Rats throughout the whole country are becoming so numerous as to become real damaging pests. In this immediate territory we have heard of the rats catching chickens. One farmer lost more than thirty chickens in a single night, they being found later in rat dens. In an adjoining county we heard of the rats eating the hoofs off a young calf. Recently T.G. Harkey lost fifty fine, thoroughbred chickens one night - but he is not sure whether it was a "two-Legged rat" that got away with them. The fact is that rats are becoming so numerous, and doing so much damage, that cooperative and relentless warefare will have to be declared to rid the country of the pests.


The Texas Spur, July 29, 1921

For some time we have noticed that Dave Taylor had a superior bearing, stepping around as if he had become a multi-millionaire. Upon investigation we learned that girl baby was born July 2nd in their home.

The Texas Spur, August 5, 1921

Last week we reported Dave Taylor stepping high as the result of a new girl at his home. When he read the announcement he bounced up and down, threatened us with a shot gun and would have pulled our hair in a minute - - because it was a boy, his anger justifiable, because when a man has a son and heir thrust upon him he is entitled to credit and proper consideration. May Master Dave Jr. live long, always prosper and upon reaching manhood's state become recognized as a great factor in the progress of this Western Empire.

The Texas Spur, June 5, 1922


H.C. Eldredge and S.M. Bailey, were down from McAdoo Wednesday of this week. They say there is an epidemic of severe colds prevailing at McAdoo with the possibility of pneumonia to follow in a number of instances. It is alleged that the epidemic is resulting from persistent wading of the lakes of water surrounding the picnic grounds, searching for brewed and bottled corn which was disposed of in the quickest possible way when Sheriff Barber and his deputies made a raid on bootleggers attending the barbecue. They go further and state that much concern is felt and expressed with reference to Messrs. George Harris and Brownlow, both of whom it is said are becoming seriously effected with colds.

The Texas Spur, November 28, 1924


We note from the state press that influenza is again prevalent throughout the state. During the past week state health officer reporting 336 cases of flu, 94 of typhoid fever, 90 of scarlet fever, 63 of tuberculosis, 62 diphtheria, 60 of small pox, 50 of dengue fever, 50 pneumonia and 35 of pellagra.

It will be remembered that Spur and the Spur country suffered a most disastrous and lamentable epidemic of influenza when the disease first made its appearance in the country, there being some twenty five or thirty deaths occuring in this immediate territory within a very few weeks, many of whom were among our leading citizens and business men.


The Texas Spur, December 26, 1924


The Stamford Inn was destroyed Wednesday night by fire, the origin of which is unknown.

Mrs. W.B. Winters and two children of Ralls, Texas were burned to death and W.B. Winters was seriously injured in jumping from a second story window to escape the flames. Mr. Winters is secretary of the Chamber of Commerce in Ralls. He and his family were spending the night in Stamford in route futher east to spend Christmas with relatives.

Ed Loispeich, a Stamford cotton buyer, was also burned to death. L.E. Fox, a traveing man out of Waco was also seriously burned.

The Stamford Inn was owned by the Swenson interests, being built in the early history of Stamford. The loss is estimated at approximately seventy five thousand dollars.

The Texas Spur, January 2, 1925


- In reporting the recent destruction of the Stamford Inn by fire, The Texas Spur erred in stating that it was owned by the Swenson interests. However, Mr. C.B. Jones manager for S.M. Swenson & Sons, of Spur informed us that the Swensons sold the Stamford Inn may ears ago, and that one fire a year is one too many. In the Stamford fire five deaths have resulted, W.B. Winters, Secretary of the Ralls Chamber of Commerce who jumped or fell from a second story window having died last week in a hospital. Wife, two kids together with cotton buyer died.

Oct. 23, 1925 Texas Spur at Spur, Dickens Co.


The Texas Spur, January 29, 1927

Mrs. Anna Black and Mr. Druer Married in Dickens Thursday

Mrs. Anna Black and Mr. Druer, of Spur, stole a march on friends and acquaintances Thursday afternoon by eloping and getting married. They drove over to Dickens where the license was secured and the ceremony performed, friends and even members of her family being surprised and not knowing of the marriage until their return home.

The Texas Spur wishes them any years of happiness and much prosperity in their journey over the matrimonial seas.

From the records of Lillian Grace Nay

The Texas Spur, June 29, 1939

Ray Dickson, Jr., Is Elected Snyder CC Secretary

At a meeting of the board of directors of the Snyder Chamber of Commerce Monday night, Ray Dickson, Jr., was chosen to head that city´s promotional body as acting secretary, election calling for his stepping into the place for duty on July 1st. Ray is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.E. (Ray)) Dickson of Spur Experiment Station.

For the past several months the younger Dickson has been connected with the West Texas Chamber of Commerce with headquarters in Abilene. The WTCC archives present a commendable record of his work with that body, and was perhaps instrumental in his being chosen for active service with the Snyder organization

From the records of Lillian Grace Nay

The Texas Spur, March 12, 1942

Following are some poems written by pupils of the third grade of the Red Mud School. Mrs. Ross English is the teacher.


I love the Spring months best of all.
Better than the months of fall.
When pastures of grass are green,
And the birds begin to sing.
And we hear no school bell ring
We know that it is the sign of spring.

	-------Billie Tom Wyatt
	(transcribed by Becky Hodges)

The Texas Spur, Thursday, March 4, 1943

Boy Scouts

Troop 36
Members of Troop 36, Boy Scouts, met at the high school gymnasium Monday night at 7:30 for their regular meeting.

Those present in the Rattlesnake patrol were Alvin Causey, Hardy Dement, Clifford McDonald, Milton Reynolds, Thural Garner, and Thurman Wright.

Present in the Panther patrol were Mac Brannen, Johnny Dan Wright, Dicky Walthal, and one new member, J.D. Williams.

Presnet in the Bob White patrol were Homer Wilcox, Bill Dyess, Tommy Towels, an a new member; David McAteer.

Present in the flying Eagle patrol were William Gollihar, Ernest Roberts, Howard Wilson, Billy Murrell Randell, Bob Stelle, Dewey Walthal, Eldon Aiken , Bob Lae, and Johnny Cox.

Visitors were Neal A. Chastain, Bunky Adcock, and Scoutmaster Cecil Fox and Senior Patrol Leader Pete Adcock.

Refreshments were served.

The Texas Spur, Thursday, April 14, 1948

Dickens Senior Class Play Friday Night

The Senior Class of Dickens High school will give their annual class play in their High School Auditorium Friday evening, April 15. This will be tomorrow night, and the program will begin about 8:00 o'clock. The title of the play is "Crashing Society", a three act comedy with 12 characters all home people.

The gist of the playis that of a country family who inherit a million dollars from the estate of a rich uncle. The mother and elder daughter of the home become society minded and the family moved to a large city against the will and judgment of the father. The foolishness of the mother, the idiotic ideas of the daughter, and the mannerisms of the butler become disgusting to both the father and the son in the hom.

A disagreement in any family usually calls for a family truce. Be at Dickens Friday night and see the results. The play is a scream from the first curtain on through.


The Texas Spur, Thursday, April 14, 1948

Texan Cafe Is Air Conditioned

The Texan Cafe is completing the installation of an air condition system for the comfort of their patrons. The West Texas Utilities Company are making the installation which is expected to keep the temperatures of hot July and August down to about 80 degrees. It will be washed air operated by an automatic pump which causes water to circulate through air as it is driven into the building. This is the first cafe in Spur to install an air condition system.

The Texas Apur, Thursday April 14, 1948

Whittacre-Milam's Store Well Pleased

T.E. Milam, manager of the Whittacre-Milam 5-Cent to $1-Dollar Store, expressed his satisfaction for the business the store is making during its first year of business and said he thanked the people for their patronage. They are making a nice Easter display this week especially candies and Easter baskets for the little people. In addition they have a very complete line of variety store stock. In addition to Mr. Milam, Mrs. Milam and Mrs. Cecil Scott are on the regular sales force and during busy days they have a number of extra sales people.

Front Page of The Texas Spur, Thursday, July 26, 1951


The third Dickens county bootlegger was fined and sentenced by the Dickens county court this week, bringing the totals to 300 days in jail and $1700 fines. Monday´s jury found Cecil Brunson guilty of selling alcoholic beverages in a dry area and sentenced him to 120 days in jail along with a $500 fine. Brunson entered a plea of not guilty to the charge.

According to Judge W.H. Hindman, court will open again Friday morning with two more alleged bootleggers on the docker. County Attorney Alfred Walker secured his third conviction in as many trials Monday in the absence of his colorful opponent, H.A.C. Brummett. Brummett unsuccessfully defended the first two bootleggers convicted but was not in court for Brunson´s trial. Defense attorney in Monday´s trial was Clover Engledow of Kent county.

Just hours before the deadline, both Herbert Love and W.G. "Red" Causey appealed their cases last weekend. Brunson has allegedly appealed his, also. Walker states that it will be possibly three months or more before any of the cases can be brought before the Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin. All three men have posted bond until that time.

In spite of a hot, sultry court room and threatening clouds, the Dickens county court room was again packed Monday with standing room only for late comers. Several prominent church workers, pastors and ladies were among the spectators.

Transcribed by Kay Laster

Front Page of The Texas Spur, Thursday, October 11, 1951


The Sykes Gospel Quartet from Hollywood, California, sang at the First Methodist Church Sunday evening.

The Negro singers, two women and two men, were brought to Spur by Rev. H.L. Rollison of Lubbock, who is part-time pastor of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church of Spur.

The group sand "Just Jesus", "I Was There When the Spirit Came", "Peace in the Valley," "I´ll Search Heaven for You," "Search Me Lord" and "Down on My Knees When Trouble Rise." By special request they concluded with "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot". The pianist for the quartet was one of the male singers. For "Swing Low" he played the organ.

During an intermission, Rev. Cal Wright, pastor of the First Methodist Church, talked briefly on the background of the Negro spiritual.

Transcribed by Kay Laster

Front Page of The Texas Spur, Thursday, July 5, 1951


(Editor´s Note: This article is taken from the files of the Stamford Tribune, June 4, 1909. It was reprinted recently in an issue of the Stamford Leader.) "F.S. Hastings, local manager for the firm of Swenson and Sons, and R.V. Colbert, president of the First National Bank, have returned from Plainview where they had been to accompany Daniel Willard, vice president of the Burlington and other officials of this road from Stamford. The party went by private car up to Brandenburg, a new town 21 miles from Stamford via the Stamford and Northwestern, and then took automobiles and went on to Plainview, going by Aspermont, Jayton and the Spur Ranch. One of the objects was to decide on the extension of the Stamford and Northwestern Railway to some point where the terminals are to be located.

The road will go across the famous Duck Creek two miles and the terminal town will be located in the Dockum Creek valley , a little to the north of the Spade Branch and in one of the finest sections in all that region. ...The terminal town will be called Spur, having been given this name to perpetuate the Spur Pasture. Well machinery has been placed on the ground and the Townsite Company will begin work at once on boring artesian wells...The trip from the end of Stamford and Northwestern to Plainview was made by automobile and was without incident and without a hitch, being a trip of something like 150 miles. The party of officials spent one night on the ranch and they were greatly pleased with the novelty of so long a trip by automobile."

Transcribed by Kay Laster

Front Page, The Texas Spur, Thursday, January 15, 1953


Influenze among Spur school students seems to have passed the climax Monday, states C.F. Cook, superintendent. Of the approximately 800 students enrolled in Spur Schools, 175 were absent Monday, 150 Tuesday and 134 Wednesday.

Although school officials seriously considered closing the Spur schools until the epidemic let up, this action was not taken. Cook stated late Wednesday that this decision came following a discussion with Dr. Bob Alexander about the effect of closing schools during such an epidemic. Dr. Alexander, said Cook, said that he thought closing schools would do very little good in checking the disease because if the well students weren´t in school they would probably convene elsewhere and thus equalize the possibilities for contacting the disease.

Weldon Skinner, principal of the Spur High School, reports that absences in high school have been minimized because it is now final time in his school. He adds that several students have come to school too sick to remain just because they didn´t want to miss their finals. "Every well student is expected to attend school even during an epidemic," stated Skinner, "But we do not expect or want a student who is ill to come to school." Some schools in Texas have closed when the epidemic reached the 10 per cent mark. However, the Spur Schools reached the 22 per cent mark Monday. Wednesday´s percentage was nearly 17 percent. EPIDEMIC HITS 20%; LOCAL HOSPITAL FULL Have a headache? Throat sore? Do your bones ache? Are you rundown? If you have any, all, or some of these symptoms you should go to bed and call your doctor, according to City Health Officer, Dr. J.F. Hughes.

The epidemic of influenza which is sweeping Texas and the Southwest has hit this area as severely as most anywhere and is still claiming new victims daily, according to Dr. Hughes. Reports from Dr. Hughes and from Dr. Bob Alexander indicate that the flu epidemic has possibly passed its peak in the community and that is now on the downward trend. Both the doctors state that the peak was probably reached this weekend. Dr. Hughes states there is very little that one can do to prevent being exposed to the disease which is highly contagious. About all that can be done to prevent it is to avoid crowded places, do not over exercise and get plenty of rest. The most important thing, adds Dr. Hughes, is to go to bed as soon as you think you have the flu. So far there have been no fatalities in the county and fortunately very few serious complications connected with the large number of cases.

Both doctors warned against the dangers of going back to school or back to work too soon after having the flu. Often the more serious cases develop after a patient thinks he is cured and returns to his normal activities too soon. The average patient in the city has been bed-ridden for from three to four days with some of the milder cases requiring only 12 to 24 hours in bed. Some of the more severe cases have necessitated from a week to ten days in bed, and in several cases, hospitalization.

Dr. P.C. Nichols states that at present the Nichols hospital has ten patients with either influenza or pneumonia. He states that the hospital has been full since the epidemic started but that so far they have not had to turn anyone away who needed hospitalization. He added, however, that he has treated several cases in the home where the patient desired to go to the hospital.

Late Wednesday Dr. Nichols reported that the hospital patients in general were improving.

Dr. Cox, state Health Officer, has reported that his office has not yet been able to estimate when the peak of the epidemic in the entire state will be reached, but local doctors are of the opinion that the peak here has passed. Dr. Hughes reports that a very limited number of persons here took inoculations in the fall and winter of last year to prevent catching the flu. This same method of control is being used extensively by the armed forces. As far as can be told, states Dr. Hughes, the shots have been effective as a preventative.

Transcribed by Kay Laster

Front Page of The Texas Spur, Thursday, April 30, 1953


Clear skies and mild breezes greeted the area this morning following the windiest, dustiest week since 1933. Low barometer readings during the last few days have enabled the winds to kick up dust comparable to the dust storms of the early 30´s and left citizens with red eyes and despondent hearts as precious moisture was literally sucked from the soil.

The Texas Experiment station reports that the low barometer reading for the siege was 28.9, recorded Tuesday afternoon. The high for the last few days has been around 30. Gusts of wind were estimated up to 50 mph during the big duster Tuesday and the average for the week has been around 20 mph This is about twice the average wind velocity.

Temperatures during the past week have also gone to extremes with a high of 94 being recorded Tuesday and a low of 40 at the other extreme. The U.S. Weather Bureau, however, reports the moving on of the low pressure area over the state and predicts clear skies with no dust in the immediate future.

Transcribed by Kay Laster


The Texas Spur, November 12, 1953


J.H. Parish came out from Callhan County in 1870 and opened up a store at old Dickens for the purpose of catering to the needs of the buffalo hunters. It would be impossible to even guess where he bought lumber and other supplies at such an early date, but is known that it came by express which was drawn by four yolk of oxen.

I met Mr. Parish in 1886, in fact, I slept in his front yard, which was a vast area, marred only of five acres of cotton.

On that very night, the first white child was born in Dickens County. That was June 29, 1885 and Butler Manning was the child. The nearest paper was 105 miles away, but Butler did not rate a line...the newspaper man was asleep.

By H.B. Martin

Excerpted from newspaper column "Way Back When"
taken from The Texas Spur, written by Pauline Bateman (as related to her by someone else), July 25, 1957

"Memories Lane often leads me back down through all but forgotten things. I recall one of the largest caravans I ever saw passing through Stonewall County, headed west, with no particular destination in view.

Some ten or twelve loaded wagons. I later learned they located at Dickens in 1880 in amply time to vote in the county´s organization election. [1880 is a typo; should read 1890]. There was Old Man Piddlesimer, George, Dolf, Andrew, and likely Red Buck Piddlesimer, also called Picklesimer, two or three Davies families related to the Picklesimers by marriage, George Allen and family, Will Duke, a son-in-law of Mrs. George Allen by a former marriage. There may have been others that faded out of my recollection in the past sixty-odd years. That bunch came from Thurber, Texas, and lived in Dickens while the courthouse and jail were being constructed.

George Allen worked in the stone quarry getting the stone for the buildings and had the misfortune of a thousand pound stone falling on his leg that crushed most of the bone from his ankle to his knee.

The result was that he was in bed for months and Mrs. Allen and I cared for George day and night for four months before he walked again. I learned to know them well and felt like I was one of the Allen family. In a year or two all those people moved into the Indian Territory, leaving the Allen´s behind, and they soon moved to the Tom Dodson place near the Lone Hackberry tree mentioned above.

I chanced to be working with the Matador wagons, when two of them were camped in a few hundred yards of the Allen home, and was told in confidence Frank Johnson and Dora Allen meant to elope that night, and I was invited to aid in the eloping, by awaiting future instructions, which I did by staying at the wagon, while some of the Matador boys went after supper to visit the Allen girls. No one came with instructions to me, when all of a sudden pandemonium broke loose at the Allen home, and the Matador boys that went visiting rushed back to the wagons with the tidings Dora Allen had slipped away in the darkness of the night to marry Frank Johnson, and leaving me to guess that had happened to throw the timing out of kilter. Then I did learn that Frank Johnson went to Dickens and the county clerk of Dickens refused to issue the license so Frank did not have any time left to notify me or any one else of the situation.

That was the nearest I ever came to stealing a woman, either for myself or for any one else, but as far as I know, they made an ideal match, but as little as I had to do with, it, I sort of felt degraded, treating my old friends as I did, for I was something more than just fond of the Allen household. I saw little of them after that, for they soon moved away, going to some where near Bracketsville, Texas."

Submitted by: Tricia (Allen) Duyfhuizen

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