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Founded in 1891
White hunters cleared
the land of buffalo and wild horses in the 1870s, while Colonel
Ranald S. MacKenzie's Fourth United States Cavalry subdued the
Comanches in 1874 and 1875. MacKenzie's base of operations against
the Indians was located at Anderson's Fort, also called Soldiers
Mound, an army supply camp located near the site of present-day
Spur. In 1876 the Texas state legislature formed Dickens County from
land previously assigned to Bexar County.
In 1890 Hagins planted the first cotton
in Dickens County on school land obtained from the state for fifteen
cents an acre and 5 percent of the valuation. To avoid the 100-mile
haul he had to make to Jones County for ginning of his first crop,
Hagins built a gin in 1891. That same year, the county was
politically organized, with the town of Espuela. Dickens was
subsequently chosen as the county seat, and by 1893 the town had a
courthouse, a hotel, two stores, and a wagonyard. By 1900, 197 farms
and ranches had been established in the county, and the population
had increased to 1,151.
[Excerpted from: John J. Leffler, "DICKENS
COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online; Published by the Texas State
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2014: Death Notice: HIGGINS
2014: Mil: Vietnam War Casualties; Bio:
2014: History of Dickens County;
Obit: MEADOR - Submitted by Ernie Long;
Korean War Casualties
2014: Obit: STEWART; Obit: NEWMAN - Transcribed by Glenda
Stevens; Obit: NEWMAN, NORTH -
Transcribed by Vicki Bryan
2014: Crime News: GREEN, DEW, BENSON,
DICKINSON; Community News: Woman Sheriff; Obits:
ADAMS, MCHAM, HANEY, SPANGLER; Marriage News: JONES,
CARRAWAY, MARTIN, LEINENWEBER, Advertisers from
Newspapers: BACHELOR, POWERS, ARINGTON, SHACKLETT,
MORGAN, DIXIE STORE, SPUR SHEET METAL, RITER HARDWARE;
Bio: HALL ; Bio: STOVALL - Transcribed by
- Jan 2014:
WW2 Casualties; 1890 Veterans Census; List
of Cemeteries; obits for FLOOK, BENNETT, METCALFE,
WALKER, SPEE, JONES, STEGALL,
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