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Donley County is named for Stockton
P. Donley, skilled criminal lawyer and elected Texas Supreme Court
Judge. He didn't live in the Panhandle, but he's said to have been
as clever an attorney as Patrick "give me liberty, or give me death"
Henry. Donley County, created in 1876, was also cattle country,with
the JA Ranch (established that year by Goodnight and John Adair),
the RO Ranch, and Carhart's Quarter CircleHeart Ranch covering most
of the area. Donley County is one of the squared counties
located in the Panhandle. Formerly thedomain of Plains Apaches and
later the Comanches and Kiowas, this region was once overrun with
buffalo until Whitemen settled in the latter 1870s. Many battles
ensued between the tribes and the Whites, including the decisiveRed
River War of 1874-75. Thereafter, the Indians were put on
reservations in Indian Territory, and the buffalowere slaughtered.
With the buffalo gone, vast cattle ranches could be
county remained largely unchanged until the arrival of the Fort
Worth and DenverCity Railway in 1887 as it built westward from Fort
Worth to Colorado. As the railroad crossed the county, it passedfive
miles south of Clarendon, prompting that settlement's residents to
move the town to a new site on the tracksin October 1887. By 1888
little remained of the old Clarendon; the site was later inundated
by Greenbelt Reservoir.The relocated Clarendon was a division point
on the railroad until 1902. Shops and offices were built there
in1887-88, and in 1887 Clarendon College, a Methodist School, was
Excerpted from Donald R. Abbe and
H. Allen Anderson, "DONLEY COUNTY," Handbook of Texas
Online ; Published by the Texas State Historical Association
TX in 1890
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Bibles and Records
- August 2014: Mil: WW2 Army
Casualty Honor Roll; 1914 County History
- Obit: CORBIN - Transcribed
- July 2014: 1890 Veterans
Schedule; Obit: BOLES -
Transcribed by Glenda Stevens; Obit: HOLLAND - Transcribed by Debby
Cavalcante; Obit: LAWSON,
MAYO - Transcribed by Vicki Bryan; Obit: HEMELSTRAND - Transcribed by Sandra
Stutzman; Obit: ALTEPRIER, COOPER, JACOBS,
LAIR, REED, RHOADES, - Transcribed by Camellia;
Obit: CRAWFORD, HARTZOG, JACOBS,
TANKERSLEY - Transcribed by Kristine Metoyer;
Obit: BRANBLETT, CRAWFORD, HEMELSTRAND,
HUNT - Transcribed by Bobby Dobbins
- June 2014: Crime News: CHALK; Obit: ALTEPETER,
REYNOLDS - Transcribed by Camellia; Obit:
SULLIVAN - Transcribed by Bobby Dobbins Title;
History and Biographical - Transcribed by Susan
Geist; Agricultural History -
Transcribed by Kelli Stachurski; History of County Name - Transcribed
by Sandi King
Oct 2013: obits for
SKINNER, RIGDON; news stories of train wreck and
a house fire; gossip news gleanings for LETTS,
MORRIS, PORTER, SIMS, CONDRAN; sick list news
for DALE; Crime news for AUTREY, GARRETT;
Community news item for GOODNIGHT
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