Meeting Minutes: April 2013

July 29, 2014


Spring Meeting

27 April 2013

The Spring Meeting of the Permian Historical Society was held at the Petroleum Museum in Midland. There were 34 registered members and guests.

Registration began at 9:00 a.m. Prior to the start of the day’s presentations, attendees were able to enjoy a light breakfast, buy books from several authors, and visit with one another.

President Peggy Kelton welcomed all and turned the meeting over to vice president Betty Cash who introduced the speakers.

Darrell Ward, KOSA-TV weatherman, and Crane rancher Gordon Hooper presented The Big Drift Weather Story. The big drift occurred in the mid 1880s when the area received eighteen inches of snow and it was cold enough long enough for the Pecos to freeze. As there were no fences at the time, thousands of cattle drifted with the storm up to one hundred miles away. In 1918, Gordon’s father was living in Loving, New Mexico when a blizzard lasting four or five days happened. Mules froze in the corral, cattle’s ears and tails froze off and stock that drifted with the storm bunched up at the fences and died. Other weather events through the years were reported by Mr. Ward, such as the 1949 ice storm in Jenkins, Texas that left an inch of ice on everything.  The wet years that West Texas received from 1882 to 1885 together with the newly constructed T & P railroad induced hundreds of farmers to believe the land promoters’ spiels about the farming opportunities in usually dry West Texas.

Jim Collett, PHS’s yearbook editor, gave a power point presentation on We Almost Weren’t Here. This well documented history of the origins and early history of McCamey was enhanced by the wonderful photographs displayed. Jim told how chance and stupidity involving several eccentric individuals led to McCamey’s continued existence, while Sherwood, Stiles and Upland became ghost towns as the railroads changed paths through the years.

Door prizes were won by Dorothy Jones, Jim Sears, Nancy Koger, Guy McCrary, Beth Hoover, Murray Sauders, Sherry Phillips, Gordon Hooper, Sue Ann Damron and Betty Damron.

As the Best Presentation ballots were being turned in, President Kelton announced that Joe Specht had won Best Presentation at the October 2012 meeting in Monahans for Sneaky Pete:The West Tenor Sax Stylings of Jimmy Seals of Rankin, Texas.

After a wonderful lunch catered by the Shacklefords, the business session began.

Reports on events and historical happenings in various counties were given by the following: Betty Damron – Crane, Nancy Koger – Howard, Beth Hoover – Crockett, Carolyn Hodge – Reagan, Sherry Phillips – Upton, Diantha Dawkins and Burr Williams – Midland.

Patrick Dearen suggested PHS promote the digitization of the Midland newspaper and other papers in the area. Information in old newspapers is very important and digitization is a tremendous help to historians.

Lane Bond invited everyone to the Fall Meeting which will be held in Big Spring on the 26 October 2013 at the historic and newly restored Settles Hotel.

The meeting adjourned.


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Peggy Kelton, President                           Sue Ann Damron, Secretary

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