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I WAS BORN IN 1941. WE LIVED ON A FARM AT IDALOU. MY FOLKS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN FARMERS. I WAS BORN IN ST. MARY'S HOSPITAL IN LUBBOCK. THE SAME DOCTOR WHO DELIVERED ME DELIVERED MY HALF SISTER, MY SECOND SON AND BECKY IN THE SAME HOSPITAL.

WHEN I WAS BORN MY DADDY WAS FARMING FOR MY GRANDMOTHER. MY MOTHER DIED WHEN I WAS 9 DAYS OLD. WE MOVED IN WITH MY GRANDMOTHER, BUT SHE WAS PRETTY CRIPPLED UP WITH ARTHRITIS AND TAKING CARE OF A BABY WAS JUST TOO MUCH FOR HER.

SO MY DADDY'S BROTHER AND WIFE TOOK ME TO LIVE WITH THEM. MY GRANDMOTHER WENT TO WARM SPRINGS GEORGIA FOR THE WARM SPRINGS. I STAYED WITH MY AUNT AND UNCLE UNTIL I WAS ABOUT 5 YEARS OLD. THEY LIVED AT LEVELLAND AND FARMED. I THEN WENT BACK TO DADDY AND GRANDMA. NOT SURE HOW LONG AFTER THAT GRANDMA SOLD THE IDALOU FARM AND BOUGHT A HOUSE IN LUBBOCK AND THE NEW FARM. I WENT TO THE 1ST GRADE IN LUBBOCK WHILE A HOUSE, BARN, ETC WERE BEING BUILT AT THE FARM.

THE RANCH WAS THE SPADE RANCH. WE MOVED OUT THERE AND I WENT TO SCHOOL IN ROPESVILLE. IT IS IN HOCKLEY COUNTY AND IF I REMEMBER RIGHT IT IS ABOUT 18-20 MILES SW OF LUBBOCK. IN THE SUMMERS I SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN LUBBOCK WITH RELATIVES.

NOW BACK TO THE RANCH. I LOOKED THE SPADE RANCH UP ON THE COMPUTER. THERE WAS A LOT I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT IT. I GUESS THERE WAS SPADE RANCH # ONE AND # TWO. WE LIVED ON #2 TWO. HERE IS A SITE THAT TELLS ABOUT THE RANCH WHEN IT WAS BROKE UP INTO FARM LAND.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spade_Ranch_

THERE WERE OIL WELLS ABOUT 5 MILES NORTH OF US. I STILL OWN THE MINERAL RIGHTS TO MY GRANDMOTHERS FARM FOR WHAT EVER GOOD THEY ARE.

CAN'T THINK OF ANY OTHER INFORMATION RIGHT NOW THAT YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN. MY SISTER WAS MURDERED IN 1982. I HAVEN'T BEEN BACK SINCE I GOT ALL OF HER AFFAIRS TAKEN CARE OF.