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Potter County Texas
In 1876 the Texas legislature formed Potter County from the Bexar District, and ranchers soon found their way into the area. Most of the first Caucasian residents were employees of cattlemen who took their herds into the county. In 1877 David T. Beals and W. H. Bates established their LX Ranch headquarters on Ranch Creek, near the north bank of the Canadian. The range of George W. Littlefield's LIT Ranch extended into the western portion of the county. In 1880 the census found twenty-eight people, two of whom were black, living on the three ranches that had been established in the county by that time.
Settlement of Potter County increased dramatically with the construction of the Fort Worth and Denver City Railway across the Panhandle in 1887. A construction camp grew overnight into a tent and buffalo-hut settlement known as Ragtown. When Oldham County officials ordered an election held on August 30 for the purpose of organizing Potter County, several townsites vied to be county seat.
The election returns favored Berry's townsite, which was renamed Amarillo. The railroad was completed into the town in October 1887, soon after the elections, and a post office was established there the next month. People from surrounding townsites began to move to the new county seat. The county's first newspaper, the Amarillo Champion, began publication in May 1888, and that same year a school was established in the town.
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Nov 2015: 1888 County OfficersOct 2015: Death News: FRANCIS, TAFTAug 2015: 1903 - 1908 BirthsMay 2015: Newspapers of Potter CountyFeb 2015: Sick List News: WOLFIN; Visiting News: SHERIFF, HUTSON, HALL, EAKLE, STORM, BENTLEY, NOBLES, CANODE, Marriage News: GREER, FARMER, VICKERS, RICHBOURG, EDWARDS, HARDWICK, BOYCE, HUGHES, ARMSTRONG, MILLER, BROWN, BARTLETT, FERGUSON, WALLACE, MONTFORT, WHITENACK
Nov 2014: Mil: Vietnam War Casualties, Korean War Casualties
Aug 2014: WW2 Army Casualty Honor Roll; 1914 County History; Obit: WEBER - Transcribed by Gene Phillips; Obit: HENDLEY, O'SULLIVAN, POTTER, ROBINSON, - Transcribed by Glenda Stevens; Obit: - AGUILAR, BRIGGS, COBB, FRANSLER, LENUARD, - Transcribed by Mary Saggio; Obit: CROCKETT, DOLINSKY, GERLACH, PARKER, ROMERO, - Transcribed by Susan Stutzman; Obit: ABRAHAMSON, CALDWELL, FINLEY, GRANT, HUCKABEE, MURRAY, RICHARDSON, RUNYON, SCOTT, SMITH, WILLIAMS - Transcribed by FoFGmz; Obit: DENTON, O'DANIEL, ODOM, ORNELAS, REYNOSA, RODDY, ROLLINS, ROMERO, SHUEY, OVERLANDER, WHITTEN - Transcribed by Nancy Overlander; Obit: CHAMBERS, CRAFTON, GEORGE, HATCHER, REED,, HIMES, JACKSON, NAYLOR, PLUNKETT, SNOW, WALLACE, WARREN - Transcribed by Bobby Dobbins Title; Obit: DELOE, HENSLEY, HUFFINES, JONES, MASTERSON, McCLURE, McCRAW, McKNIGHT, OWENS, PANICK, REED, WILDER, THROCKMORTON, WILLMERING - Transcribed by Kristine Metoyer; Obit: BALLOWE, BRADISH, CLEMENT, DUKE, HALFORD, KERSTEN, MAXWELL, McGEE, MILLER, NEIDIG, NOLAND, RHODES, ROBERSON, SALMON, SAVAGE, TAYLOR, TRIMBLE, - Transcribed by Susan Geist; Obit: BECHTELHEIMER, BIVINS, BROOM, CARNEY, CARTER, CHAMBERS, COOK, EBERSTADT, FAGAN, FANSLER, JOHNSON, JOLLEY, KING, MCCARLEY, MUNCY, O'SULLIVAN, PATTON, PRESTON, ROBERSON, SODERS, TAYLOR, ULM, VILLAREAL, WEBSTER, WORD, WILLIAMS, WHITFIELD - Transcribed by Camellia; Obit: BALLOWE, BARTLETT, BEATTY, BRADFORD, CHAMBERS, CHILDRESS, CONE, CRAFTON, FAGAN, FAIRCHILD, FANSLER, FLEMING, FORD, GAITHER, GRIFFIN, HARDING, HARRIS, HENDLEY, HIMES, HOUGHTON, HUCKABEE, HUTCHISON, KING, LUTEN, MARTIN, McDONALD, MILLER, MUNCY, ORNELAS, PARKER, PLUNKETT, RED, REYNOSA, ROBERSON, SAWYER, SMITH, SNOW, STOCKER, TAULBEE, TAYLOR, VANSWERINGEN, WARREN, WAY, WHITAKER, WILLIAMS - Transcribed by Vicki Bryan; Obits: BAILEY, BALL, BARRETT, BIGGS, BRADFORD, BRECKENRIDGE, BROUILLETTE, CLINE, CLOSE, COLLINS, CULWELL, DRISKILL, FINLEY, FLOYD, GALE, GENTRY, GRIGGS, HARRIS, HARRISON, HERMESMEYER, HUGHES, JACKSON, JOHNSON, JONES, KEMP, LACY, LAX, MOORE, MURRAY, NICKLES, OLVER, PARR, ROBERTS, ROOK, ROZELL, RUNYON, SCOTT, SMITH, SNYDER, TAYLOR, VELEZ, WALDRON, WHITESIDE, WILLIS- Transcribed by MKK
Jul 2014: Obit: CLOYD, FORKER - Transcribed by Camellia; Obit: GIBSON, JOLLY - Transcribed by Vicki Bryan; Obit: DUNN - Transcribed by Kristine Metoyer; Obit: SUMMERS - Transcribed by Sue P. Carpenter
Obit: BECK, BRANBLETT - Transcribed by Bobby Dobbins Title; 1890 Veterans Schedule - Transcribed by Vicki Bryan; History of Potter County - Transcribed by FoFGmz, Camellia, Sandra Stutzman, Vicki Bryan, Jackie McCarty
Jun 2014: Cemeteries; Ag History of Potter County - Transcribed by Cheryl; History of County Name Transcribed by Sandi King; History and Bio - Transcribed by Susan Geist; Obit: WILSON, FRANKLIN;
Obit: BAKER, BEAN, BROWN, CANADA, CUNNINGHAM, KNIGHTON, KUKENDALL, MAYES, McKINNEY, McAVOY, McMAHON, MICHIELS, MORGAN, LOVERN, PITTMAN, SOLOMON, TYLER, WILLIAMS, ACUFF, ADKISSON, BAILEY, BAIRD, BALLARD, BISHOP, BROWN, CAPLAN, COATES, CUDD, DARNALL, DEVINE, DONALDSON, FRANCIS, GARDNER, HAMBLEN, HAVRON, HAYS, HIETT, HOLCOMB, HOLLAND, HOLZKAMPER, HOUGH, JOHNSON, KENDRICK, LUNA, McCARLEY, McLEAN, McCLURE, McCUTCHEN, McKINNEY, MISENER, MONTAGUE, MONTGOMERY, MOORE, OSCAR, PATTON, PHELPS, PIERCE, REED, REYNOLDS, RICE, RICHARDS, ROBERTS, ROBINSON, ROSS, SALAS, SHAW, SNEED, STRATTON, SWAN, THROCKMORTON, TINKLE, WEBB, WIDNER, WILLSON, YOKE, - Transcribed by Camellia; Obit: ADAMS, BERNARD, CLARK, CLEGHORN, EDWARDS, FISK, GIDDENS, HESS, HOLMES, KLINE, LEOS, McGREGOR, McGREW, PAYNE, PERKINS, POPE, POTTS, ROBERTSON, ROGERS, STOBER, STORM, TIMS, TRIMBLE, WEBSTER, WORD, - Transcribed by Sue Carpenter; Obit: BOYD, COFIELD, MERRIMAN, PALMATIER, SMITH, WALKER, WILLIAMS, - Transcribed by Kristine Metoyer; Obit: ALSTON, AUTRY, AVERITT, BIBLE, BOONE, BOWEN, BULLARD, COLE, COOK, DANIEL, FRENCH, KYSER, LAMBERT, MEEK, MINOR, MISENER, O'DANIEL, PATRICK, PIPER, RODRIGUEZ, SCOTT, SIMMS, STOOPS, SULLIVAN, SWAN, TURNER, WARREN, ZIMMERMAN, - Transcribed by Bobby Dobbins Title; Obit: ADAMS, CASEY, DANIELS, DUNN, HARVEY, RIDINGS, THOMPSON, - Transcribed by AFoFGmz; Obit: ADAMS, CAFFEY, RIDINGS - Transcribed by Debby Cavalcante; Bio: McDONALD - Transcribed by Vicki Bryan; Bio: GAUNT - Transcribed by Mary Saggio; Bio: BARBER - Transcribed by Linda Natale; Bio: PLEMONS - Transcribed by Terry Duffy;
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