Upton County, Texas


Sheriff & Tax Collector
Upton County
1910 - 2008

May 19, 1910 December 31, 1914 A. F. Schnaubert
January 1, 1915 October 13, 1917  J. D. Shoemake
October 13, 1917 December 31, 1922 J. W. Garner
January 1, 1923 June 25, 1926 R. N. "Bob" Stephenson
June 25, 1926 December 31, 1930  J. O. "Bud" Barfield
January 1, 1931 December 31, 1934 W. C. Fowler
January 1, 1935 December 31, 1938 W. C. Fowler
January 1, 1939 August 31, 1945 J. E. Simco
August 31, 1945 December 31, 1946 Geo. Maley
January 1, 1947 September 30, 1972 H. E. "Gene" Eckols
October 1, 1972 December 31, 1984 S. O. "Sid" Langford
January 1, 1985 April 6, 1987 Glenn Willeford
April 6, 1987 August 20, 1987 Danny Wayne Brown, Interim Sheriff
August 20, 1987 August 24, 1987 Glenn P. Willeford
 August 24, 1987 November 9, 1987 Danny Wayne Brown, Interim Sheriff
November 9, 1987 December 31, 1988 Danny Wayne Brown, Unexpired Term
January 1, 1989 Present Danny Wayne Brown

Rankin Man Seeks Sheriff's Office
RANKIN, March 10.—E. A. Fletcher, former secretary of the Rankin Chamber of Commerce, local booster and business man, has "thrown his hat in the ring" as a candidate for the office of sheriff of Upton county. His opponent thus far in the campaign is present Sheriff Bud Barfield. Mr. Fletcher has been in West Texas the past two or three years, and during that time, has formed a wide acquaintance. Abilene Morning Reporter News 3/11/1928

Rankin Tex., Aug. 20.—W. C Fowler defeated candidate for sheriff of Upton County, today obtained delay in his two suits growing out of the primary election. Judge C. E. Sutton, sitting in special session of the eight third district court, set over the cases until the regular term of district court Sept. 25. Fowler is seeking writ of mandamus to force the Upton County executive committee to hold a runoff primary. He also is contesting the election because of purported casting of  illegal ballots. Galveston Daily News August 21, 1928

Funeral Rites Set In Alpine-Funeral services will be conducted here Saturday for Robert N. (Bob) Stephenson. 65, former Upton County sheriff who died Wednesday in Las Cruces. N. M. Born April 14, 1896, in Rankin. He was collector and sheriff of Upton County during the oil boom. He later operated a tourist court in Lampasas and moved to Las Cruces a year ago. Survivors include his wife; two daughters. Mrs. John English, Kermit, and Mrs. J. V. Young. Las Cruces; one son. Ray Stephenson, Wichita Falls; one brother, T. L. Stephenson, Kennedy, and seven grandchildren. Odessa American May 5th 1961 Friday



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