Cornelia Adair - although a naturalized British citizen, she became a notable Texan. In 1877, her husband and Charles Goodnight formed a partnership to found the JA Ranch with Goodnight as its manager. By 1888, after her husband died, Cornelia became partners with Goodnight from whom she shrewdly gained ownership of the JA and it's brand. By 1917 she kept a home in Clarendon and her ranch covered half a million acres of the Texas panhandle.
THE INSPIRATION FOR CHARACTER WOODROW CALL, OF "LONESOME DOVE". Charles Goodnight, also known as Charlie Goodnight (March 5, 1836 – December 12, 1929), was a cattle rancher in the American West, perhaps the best known rancher in Texas. He is known as the "father of the Texas Panhandle." Essayist and historian J. Frank Dobie said that Goodnight "approached greatness more nearly than any other cowman of history." He also invented the chuck wagon and helped preserve the buffalo from…
There is no other canvas like a West Texas sky.... My Grandpa Swenson was a Windmiller & Jack Of All Trades for SMS Ranches that occupy 300,000 acres in twelve counties in the lower plains area of West Texas.(Spur Ranch, Tongue River Ranch, Swenson Ranch, Throckmorton Ranch, Flat Top Ranch, Ericsdahl ranches & A Few Others)
Charles Goodnight, the book and movie "Lonesome Dove" is based on his life, March 5,1836 - Dec. 12,1929. Goodnight moved to Texas in 1846 when he was 10 years old. By the time he was 12 he was working as a cowboy and served with the local militia in the many fights against Comanche raiders. In 1857 he joined the Texas Rangers,
Oliver Loving, Texas rancher and trailblazer. The character of Gus McCrae, in LONESOME DOVE, was based on Loving, including his death from gangrene caused by arrow wounds and his subsequent burial in Texas after an arduous journey by his partner, Charles Goodnight.
Charles Goodnight, also known as Charlie Goodnight (March 5, 1836 – December 12, 1929), was a cattle rancher in the American West, perhaps the best known rancher in Texas. He is sometimes known as the "father of the Texas Panhandle." Essayist and historian J. Frank Dobie said that Goodnight "approached greatness more nearly than any other cowman of history."
When her husband Governor Jim Ferguson was impeached, his bank failed and they were penniless. Miriam held things together with butter and egg money. In 1924 Jim tried to run again but the counts barred him. So Miriam entered the race as “Ma” Ferguson and was elected governor, defeating Republican George Butte. She was Texas’ first woman governor and nearly the first woman governor in the US – Nellie Ross of Wyoming was inaugurated 2 weeks before Ma was.
Jane Wilkinson Long ... orphaned at age 14 and widowed at 24, Jane led a long and hard life in Texas. However, her independent and determined character earned for her the title "MOTHER OF TEXAS." Although widowed shortly after arriving in Texas in 1820, still young and beautiful in a country with few women, Jane had many suitors including several well-to-do, notable Texans such as William Travis, Stephen Austin, Sam Houston and Mirabeau Lamar. She died, still a widow, in 1880.
Sam Houston, 1848 One of the most colorful and controversial figures in Texas history, Sam Houston was born in Virginia on March 2, 1793. He spent much of his youth, however, in the mountains of Tennessee. There, young Houston became acquainted with the Cherokee Indians, and he spent much time with them, an activity which he much preferred over studies or working on the farm.
Sam Houston - the only man in American History to be elected governor of two states, Tennessee and Texas; he was a citizen of four nations (United States, Cherokee, Mexico, Texas). He was General of the Texas revolutionary army; President of the Republic of Texas; and US Senator for Texas. A man of convictions, with his cane, he publicly beat the US Representative of Ohio on Pennsylvania Avenue for publicly maligning his reputation.
COWBOYS of the old LS ranch - "settling the dust" ... drinking at the Equity Bar in Old Tascosa, 1907. Tascosa was called the cowboy capital of the Texas Panhandle and the hardest place on the frontier. As well as being the center of ranching activity in the Panhandle, Tascosa became the last best hiding place in Texas for killers on the run, horse thieves, tinhorn gamblers, hair-trigger shootists or anyone else with a past he wanted to get away from.
Charles Goodnight's dugout (restored) ... in Palo Duro Canyon in Texas panhandle. Coming on the heels of the Comanche and Kiowa as they were forced onto reservations, Goodnight established a huge cattle ranch from this location and eventually became a multi-millionaire.