Page 1

Historian 86th Annual Old Settlers Reunion Special Edition

2010 Howard County Pioneer of the Year Walker Family Mack (Sam) Walker arrived in Howard County in 1898 from Mississippi. He had been involved in a dispute with a crooked landowner. After a heated argument, Mack shot the landowner with his double barrel shotgun. Thinking he had killed the landowner and afraid the law wouldn’t understand, Mack changed his name to Sam and left for Texas. Sam continued to worry about his wrong doing and spoke with the sheriff. The Sheriff could not find where any charges had ever been filed. Several years later, Sam heard the landowner had survived. The Walkers homesteaded land eight miles northeast of Big Spring and they paid $1 per acre. They had to pay a down payment of $16 for the $640.00 section of property, live on the land for three to four years to make their “claim,” and had 40 years to pay the remaining balance. Eventually, Sam Walker accumulated five sections of land. He gave each of his sons a quarter of a section. The Walker’s continued to cultivate more farmland each year. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker had seven children: Henry, John, Nancy, Alexander, Georgia Ann, and the twins, M.W. (Bud) and Queenie. “They hauled cotton, by mule, or horse-drawn wagon forty miles to Colorado City to get it ginned. They had to carry the cotton up a ladder in huge baskets to gin stands. It took another day to get home.” Bud married Georgia Mae Patton on December 28, 1903. The couple had 12 children: Veda, Willis, Johnie, Noble, Leslie, Shirley, Lillie, Deward, Dillard, Stella, Carrol and Jerrold. “All of the trials and hardships that we as early timers went through were only accomplished by complete trust, dependence, and faith in the Lord. The verse that sustained me all of my life is “if any men lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.” James 1:5.” (Stella Walker 1981)

2010 Glasscock County Pioneer of The Year Royce “ Booger” Pruit family Royce “Booger” Pruit was one of 11 children of Gulf Oil pipline gauger Chester Pruit and his wife Annie. Pruit married Beverly Cox after his high school graduation and the couple moved to Garden City. He worked at a gas station across the street from the Sheriff’s office when Sheriff Buster Cox (no relation) asked Pruit to go to work for him. “With 11 kids, if you wanted anything, you had to work,” Pruit said, “Daddy was more like a brother than a daddy. He played with us a lot. He roped mostly and rode broncs and saddle broncs. We had Sunday roping and bullriding and the girls barrel raced. Glasscock County Sheriff Royce “Booger” Pruit began his career as Sheriff of Glasscock County on January 22, 1962. Pruitt is the longest tenured sheriff in the nation, according to references – just ahead of 75 year old Dwight Radcliff of Pickaway County in south central Ohio. Pruitt loves his job and said “It was the people. You know them and they all know you. You know the kids from the time they’re born and with a lot of them even the names of their dogs.” Sheriff “Booger” received his nickname after his twin, Joyce McFarland of Arlington, called him that when they were around two years old. Pruitt is well known for “protecting” his people. For example, he suspected driveway pavers of taking advantage of citizens. The pavers had promised to pave a widow’s drive three inches thick for $7000.00. Upon inspection, Pruitt realized the pavement was only one inch thick. “I wouldn’t let her pay. I told them, ‘You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here (Glasscock County.) Glasscock County has 1,700 citizens, with 250 in Garden City and 1,000 in St. Lawrence. Most of the ranches are in the north and southeast and its principal crops are cotton and grain. Sheriff Pruit has cleared a number of murders, most stemming from fights. The biggest case was the December 2, 1970, slaying of rancher Steve Currie. Glasscock County is one of a dozen counties in Texas whose sheriffs also serve as tax assessors, but the duties are now being separated with assessor’s clerks. The Pruits had two sons, Lonnie (now deceased) and Van of Stanton. They have three grandchildren, including twin granddaughters. When asked what he taught his deputies, Pruit said, “Mostly to treat people like they’d want to be treated. We’re public servants and we work for them.”




5th Annual Fish Fry & Raffle ~ Western Art Exhibit Opening Featuring Artists From The Caboose Watercolor Society June 15, 2010 ~ 6:30 p.m. At The Heritage Museum Rodeo Cowboys II by Sue Bagwell for Western Art Show

Rodeo Kings By Adam Hernandez Grand Prize for Raffle

The grand prize for this year's raffle is “Big Spring -Rodeo Kings� painted in recognition of local legends: Wacey Cathey, Quail Dobbs, Toots Mansfield, Jody Nix & Hoyle Nix. The painting is by local artist Adam Hernandez. Second prize is a framed, limited and numbered print of the Rodeo Kings. Third prize is a $250.00 Visa card and fourth prize is a $100.00 gift certificate in the museum gift shop. For those that are bothered by the heat we are offering inside gallery seating. Please let us know if you would like to sit in the Inside Gallery or the Outside Pavilion Please R.S.V.P. By June 10, 2010 ~ $30.00 Per Person or $55.00 Per Couple Price Includes Fish Fry ~ Beer & Margaritas~ 1 Raffle Ticket (2 Raffle Tickets For A Couple)


86th Annual Howard-Glasscock Old Settlers Reunion Saturday, June 19th ~ 9am to 2pm ~ Heritage Museum ~ 510 Scurry St. Dessert Auction Hamburgers, Chips & Cobblers Everybody Eats for Free ~ Drinks $1.00

MEMORIALS Ben Boadle Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Wise Morgan Wise Marion & Sherry Newton Quail & Judy Dobbs Mr. & Mrs. Robert Carter, Jr. Autov & Mary Shanks Robert & Charlene Ragan Howard Co. Historical Comm. Sid Hanslik Marion & Sherry Newton Robert & Charlene Ragan Ross Roberts Wade & Toni Choate Jo Ann Turner Sue Tindol Dorothy Coleman Bill & Lora Mae Pollard

Richard R. Burrow Rayford & Janie Harrison Robert & Charlene Ragan Mr. & Mrs. Robert Moore III Mr. & Mrs. James Little Jerry & Katie Grimes Howard Co. Historical Comm. Jack & Katie Cathey Ted Groebl, Jr. Jerry Worthy Evans, Eckert & Peterson PC Tom South Wade & Toni Choate Cecil Allred Wade & Toni Choate Velma Reid A.G. & Dorothy Rogers Voy Eason John & Sue Ann Damron

Marguerite Schwarzenbach Mary Ellis Tom & Nancy George Jerry Worthy David & Katie DeLao & Family Kellye Weaver Dr. & Mrs. James E. Mathews Mrs. Myra Robinson Jane Jones Steve McCormick Marilyn Eisenwine Kelly Hauner Dean & Della Simpson Bedwell Bob Read Quail & Judy Dobbs Daphne Womack Bill & Lora Mae Pollard B. Michael Claudia McCreary

Be Sure To Visit Our Gift Shop This Summer For All Your Local Favorites: Harold Davis “Still Singing” CD’s ~ Marj Carpenter’s “Get Your Foot Out of The Durn Petunias” Limited Quantities Hurry Before They Are Sold Out! HERITAGE MUSEUM 510 SCURRY ST. BIG SPRING, TX 79720

If you are a member of the Walker or Pruit family and plan on attending the Old Settlers Reunion on June 19, 2010, please RSVP to 432-267-8255.

Heritage Museum News Letter  
Heritage Museum News Letter  

News Letter from the Big Spring Museum