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     L. W. "Bob" Roberts' family traveled from where they had homesteaded land in New Mexico, and first settled on the Oklahoma land, in 1907 (called "Sooners"). Their first home was a "half-dugout", and was at the same site as the (now passed from family) old "home place". These folks were Grandparents to "Bob".
     Bob's parents returned to the family lands in 1947-8, when Bob was beginning the 5th grade in Blair School. He later graduated from high-school in Blair, and went on to attend the University of Oklahoma in Norman and the University of California in Los Angeles. He currently resides in California.

  • Jackson County, Oklahoma —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 10, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of land gained from Greer County - then Greer County Texas.
    Established:  16-Nov-1907
    County Seat:  Altus, Oklahoma

    County history - Jackson County is named in honor of Andrew Jackson, 7th US President (1829-1837) or Stonewall Jackson (1824-1863), Confederate general during the American Civil War.

    Jackson Courthouse
    GHLL Jackson County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Jackson County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Jackson County, OK Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Museum of the Western Prairie Historical Society/ Altus, OK)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Museum of the Western Prairie Museum Site / Altus, OK)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society / Lawton, OK)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (Western Trails Genealogical Society / Altus, OK)
    9. US/OKGenWeb site - Jackson County Archives
    10. US/OKGenWeb - Jackson County Genealogy & History
    11. Vital Records - Jackson County Clerk, Jackson County Courthouse, Altus, OK 73521.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Greer County (north), Kiowa County (northeast), Tillman County (east),
             Wilbarger County, Texas (south), Hardeman County, Texas (southwest),
             Harmon County (west).

        Altus Times-Democrat - (now) The Altus Times (newspaper).
        Altus township - Oklahoma Historical Sociey (History & Culture).
        Blair township - Oklahoma Historical Sociey (History & Culture).
        Google Maps - Township of Altus and surrounding Jackson County.
        Jackson County Government - Located in Altus, the County Seat.

    Historic Jackson County:
    Important dates:
          xx-xxx-1819 -- Adams-On"s Treaty signed, and both the governments of the United States and the
               state [Republic] of Texas claimed ownership.
          16-Mar-1896 -- Old Greer County, Texas became part of the USA (not Texas territory)
          04-May-1896 -- Assigned to Oklahoma Territory
          16-Nov-1907 -- Removed from Greer County and Organized as a County.

          Jackson county was a part of Greer County, Texas. When the Republic of Texas was formed the US Congress did not watch proceedings in this rapidly opening landscape too closely, so "The Republic" claimed a vast acreage, of southwestern Oklahoma as it's own. When authorities became aware, the US Government ruled that this area would become a part of then "Oklahoma Territory" until Statehood, at which time, the County would be organized as a separate county.
            A scant, few years before statehood, Southwest Oklahoma only consisted of three entities:  a vast ocean of grassland that came to be called, The Great Plains; buffalo herds that flowed from horizon to horizon, and Native American Indian tribes, consisting largely of the

    Jackson County Townships:
    Altus  —  (former names: Frazer and Leger)

            Founded in 1886, the name Altus, means high-place in Latin. This came about due to the fact that the original town (Frazer) was founded some 2½ miles west of the present town, and in the middle of a river/creek bed (see map - State Hgwy 62, just north of where the red, Jackson County dot, is located). Upon the advent of the first "flood" (1891) the local settlers were "flooded-out" and removed their scant remaining belongings to the town's present location, a higher place.

    Blair  —  (former name: "Dot")
          When the Zinn family first settled in the area, they named the town "Dot" after one of their daughters (possibly a nick-name for Dorothy).
          The community was renamed for John A. Blair, a railroad official, instrumental in securing a small railroad line (locals termed it "The Doodlebug"). The Doodlebugs ran daily except on Saturdays and Sundays, carrying passengers and mail and were always "on time". They passed my Grandmother's house (one mile north of Blair) at 11:15 A.M. and 3:30 P.M.. In 1925 The Orient railway offered daily passenger train service between Wichita, Kansas and Alpine in two days and one night with sleepers added between San Angelo and Altus, Oklahoma (Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway [KCM&O].
          This Railroad prompted several businesses in Blair to begin operation (The Orient Drug Store). The Orient drug store finally closed for business sometime in the early 1960s, when it's sole proprietor, Mr. Floyd Lollar, passed away.
          From 1952, Blair had it's own newspaper, The Blair Enterprise, owned and published by Mr. Virgil Guy. The newpaper too, went the way of the drugstore and the railroad and stopped publishing and has gone out of business.
          In the 1930s and 40s, Blair had a post office, a bank, two grocery stores, a movie theater (The Quartz Theater), The Orient drugstore (owners Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Lollar), a "fix-it" store, Knox Hardware (owned by the Roy Knox family), two grain-feed stores, two cotton gins and a railroad depot. There was also a small "repair shop" owned by Frank and Ruby Hawkins, and there were two laundries (before the time of laundromats), where women gathered and used "wringer-washers" to clean clothes, then hurried home to hang the clothing "on the line" (no dryers then). Blair even had "the pool-hall" where men met, played pool and cards (or, so it was said). There was a lumber yard, several gas stations, four churches and a dry-goods store (Venable Dry Goods).
    - L. W. "Bob" Roberts

    Blair School  —  Provided by the Blair Public Schools (Home of the Broncs):
          Photos of Blair, OK, and have been collected by Gary McLaughlin. The BHS Library Media Center also houses old yearbooks and past editions of the Blair Enterprise.

    Duke  —  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
          (East) Duke was named in honor of (territorial) Judge F. B. Duke who was the federal judge in Mangum, Oklahoma (Old Greer County).

    Eldorado  —  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
          Google Map of Eldorado (interactive)

    Elmer  —  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
          Elmer township - South of Altus

    Friendship  —  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
          Historic Information - Origionally known as "Alfalfa", changed it's name to Friendship in 1908. Currently a portion of "Navajo" School District.

    Hedrick  —  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Martha  —  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
          Google Map of Martha (interactive)

    Olustee  —  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Warren  —  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
          What is left of the township lies 7 miles east of Blair, on State highway 19. The Warren School (grades 1 through 12) was disbanded after the "Friendship" school burned. The two communities together, formed another school district (Navajoe), in 1962.

    Miscellaneous Items:
    The history of the Haverstock Tent Show  —  "the show with a million friends"
        When my family moved to Blair, Oklahoma, the year was 1949 and I was in the 5th grade. Every autumn, in October, many of the schools in the area would recess for "bowl pulling" (cotton harvesting done by pulling the mature, dried cotton bowls off the now dying cotton stalks). This was accomplished by almost everyone in the area, as it was a great way to make a bit of money for the coming Christmas season.
        This was the time of year when the Haverstock Players would travel through the area with their "tent show" as it was termed. They would give plays, have prizes and travel with a group of folks who would also set-up a small carnival atmosphere to complete the show. Little did I know I was attending the last of what might be considered "Vaudeville". It was a time that I looked forward to, as there was a chance to see a "real live" play with a small band providing a bit of music, even though all I remember was a piano, an accordion and perhaps a base fiddle.
        The players (Toby, Susie, Rolland and his wife, Peggy) were very friendly and it was great for a 5th grader to actually meet "real celebrities". I actually recognize the players in some of the photos represented in this web link and it actually makes me a bit sad to think that this too has faded away into memories.
        The Haverstock Players stopped touring (circa 1952-3) when Susie Haverstock (Lotta) passed away. - L. W. "Bob" Roberts

    Traveling Shows  —  Oklahoma Historical Society's Encyclopedia of History and Culture.

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