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Wilbarger County is in northern Texas, along
the Oklahoma border. The county was organized in 1881, and the
town of Vernon was designated the county seat; there were only
fifty-six voters in the county at that time. The county grew quickly
during the 1880s, despite droughts in 1886 and 1887, the prevalence
of prairie dogs, and occasional rampages of stampeding cattle from
the seasonal cattle drives that traveled through the
Vernon, the county's seat of
government and largest city, is thirty-five miles northwest of
Wichita Falls. The area that is now Wilbarger County was part
of the buffalo
hunting ground of the Wanderers Band
of Comanches until the 1870s, when great buffalo hunts by whites
destroyed the herds and United States Army campaigns removed the
Indians. Wilbarger County was established in 1858 from lands
formerly assigned to the Bexar District. It was named for settlers
Josiah P. and Mathias Wilbarger. Though the area was within the
boundary of the Peters colony, because of Indian hostilities it
attracted no settlers until 1878, when the first settlement was made
and the county was attached to Clay County for judicial purposes. C.
F. and J. Doan, the first settlers in the area, established Doan's
Crossing and Store where the Western Trail crossed the Red River; C.
F. Doan became the county's first postmaster in 1880 after buffalo
hunters, cattlemen, and Indians settled near the store, and mail
lines to Wichita Falls, Mobeetie, and Seymour were soon opened. Mrs.
A. T. Boger held classes for schoolchildren in a dugout east of
Vernon in 1879, and by the next year a school had been built; L. N.
Perkins taught the first classes there. W. B. Worsham established
the R2 Ranch with headquarters at Big Spring in 1879. Settlers who
lacked livestock made a living poisoning coyotes for their hides;
gathering buffalo bones for eastern fertilizer plants was another
source of income. Bone gatherers hauled their take to Gainesville,
where bones sold for twenty to twenty-two dollars per ton.
from Source: John Leffler, "WILBARGER
COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online; Published by the Texas
State Historical Association.]
Other Communities Include:
Doans, Elliott, Farmers Valley, Fargo,
Grayback, Harrold, Odell, Parsley Hill, Tolbert, and White
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- Website Updates:
- August 2014: Obit: KITCHENS -
Transcribed by MKK
- July 2014: Obit: MALIN -
Transcribed by Susan Geist; Obit: CARTHEL -
Transcribed by Vicki Bryan;
- Obit: JACKSON - Transcribed by Sandra
Stutzman; Obit: ROWLAND - Transcribed by Kristine
Metoyer; Obit: CARTHEL, JACKSON - Transcribed by
Camellia; Obit: MITCHELL - Transcribed by Bobby
- June 2014: Bio: HIGGINS - Transcribed
by Linda McDonald
Jan 2014: World War 1
Soldiers; Hundreds of new
Oct 2013: bio
for BROWN; Crime news for SNEAD/SNEED, MCKINNEY,
ODELL; obits for TELL, RATCLIFF, ARMSTRONG,
PARLEY & REDMAN, THRUSTON, CLECKNER; Birth
Announcement for HAGLER; Gossip news for EVANS,
GOODPASTURE, NIXON, KESLER, VANVALKENBURG, SINGLETON
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