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Howard County Texas
Howard County was formed from Bexar County on August 21, 1876, and named for Volney Erskine Howard, a United States congressman from Texas in the 1840s and 1850s. It was attached to Mitchell County in 1881 for legal administration, then organized in 1882. Big Spring was designated as county seat.
Construction of the Texas and Pacific Railway in 1881 benefited Howard County and particularly Big Spring, where a railroad-maintenance shop provided a stable payroll. The arrival of the railroad also spurred the growth of Big Spring into a major trading center.
During the 1880s and 1890s the population grew rapidly. In 1880 the entire county had a population of only fifty; by 1900 the number of residents had increased to 2,525. Among the county's notable residents in its early years was Harvey Wallace Caylor, who in 1893 moved to Big Spring, where he painted portraits and western scenes and wrote for western magazines.
CITIES, TOWNS, AND POPULATED PLACES
* Big Spring * Coahoma * Elbow * Forsan * Knott * Lomax * Luther * Sand Springs * Vealmoor * Vincent *
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Dec 2015: Bios: SANDERSON; County Records: 1888 County OfficersSept 2015: 1910 Births; Gossip News: SPARENBERG, WARNOCK, AKIN, CRAWFORD, SHOLTE, WEDGE, MORRIS, KENNEDY, MILLSPAUGH, MOORE, STAMPS, BROWN, LACKEY, HATCH, BARRETT, ISAACKS, NOTESTINE, KISHNER, FISHER, DOUTHIT, BOYETT, HELFRITSH, GEHRING, DAILY, MCCAMANT, HATTON, ROGERS, CHISM, DELL, RHOTAN, PRICHARD, SNELL, HATHAWAY, MEYMay 2015: News: Newspapers of Howard County;Obits: DUNIVAN, MAYFIELD, ROWE - Submitted by Maurene Richard MillerMar 2015: Marriage News; PATTON, STEWART, POTTS, STOUT, SMITH, MERRICK; Fire News: FISHER Department store; Crime News; ECHOLS, BLACK; Death News; BROWN, KUYKENDALL, MCKEE, BLACK; Sick List News: PATTERSON, STRIPLING, VENTERS, ROBICHEAUX; Visiting News; WRIGHT, SIMS, STOVALL, EZELL, FULLER, EVANS, LEES, POOL, BARNES, MCDOWELL, SMOTHERS, GRAFKA, HULL, JACKSON, MCCAMANT, HENDERSON, FISHER, MITCHELL, LUSK, MANN, WADE, EDWARDS, KENT, WHITE, SPARENBERG, ALDERMAN, GARY, WINTERS, ELLINGTON
Dec 2014: Bio: SMITH
Nov 2014: Mil: Vietnam War Casualties
Aug 2014: History of Howard County; Mil: WW2 Army Casualty Honor Roll; Korean War Casualties
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