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|In 1876 the Texas legislature
established Ochiltree County from lands formerly assigned to
the Bexar District. Ranching arrived a little later in
Ochiltree County than it did farther south in the Panhandle.
By 1885 Henry W. Cresswell had purchased or leased most of the
county and established the Cresswell Ranch (Bar CC) on Wolf
Creek in the eastern part of the county and moved its
headquarters from Roberts County to the new site on Wolf
|His company, the Cresswell Land
and Cattle Company of Colorado, was syndicated as the
Cresswell Ranch and Cattle Company by 1885. The Cresswell
Ranch controlled most of the land in the county. Dee Eubank
and Tom Connell, who arrived on Wolf Creek in 1879, controlled
much smaller acreages in the eastern part of Ochiltree and the
western part of Lipscomb counties. After the blizzards of
1886-87 county lands were opened to settlement by stock
farmers who operated on a much smaller scale.
|The availability of land in
Ochiltree County coincided with the proximity of a new
railroad. In 1887 the Southern Kansas Railway Company of
Texas, a Santa Fe subsidiary, built a line from Kansas through
Oklahoma into the Panhandle via Canadian and Panhandle. This
line passed through Lipscomb County, thirty to forty miles
east of Ochiltree. Thus the county was only one or two days'
travel from the railroad.|
William Beck Ochiltree was born in Fayetteville,
Cumberland County, N.C., October 18, 1811. Father of Thomas
Peck Ochiltree. Judge of Texas Republic, 1842; Texas Republic
Secretary of the Treasury, 1844-45; Attorney General of the
Texas Republic, 1845-46; delegate to Texas state
constitutional convention, 1845; member of Texas state house
of representatives, 1855; candidate for U.S. Representative
from Texas, 1859, 1866; delegate to Texas secession
convention, 1861; Delegate from Texas to the Confederate
Provisional Congress, 1861-62. Died in Jefferson, Marion
County, Tex., December 27, 1867. Interment at Oakwood
Cemetery, Jefferson, Tex. Ochiltree County, Tex. is named for
Towns and Populated Areas
Booker * Perryton * Ochiltree *
Farnsworth * Waka
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- July 2014: Obit: TRACY - Transcribed
- Obit: PALMER - Transcribed by Vicki
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