Jack Danglade

Frank Jack Danglade was born November 4, 1898 in Jasper County, Missouri to Frank Henderson Danglade and the former Bertha Mabel McKittrick. He married Jessie June Price in 1920 and the couple had one daughter.

Danglade and his wife had first moved to Texas in 1924 due to his wife’s poor health. The couple lived in Amarillo, Rising Star and Midland before coming to New Mexico. By about 1930, they had moved to Lea County upon the suggestion of an acquaintance who knew of the oil boom in the area. Jack recounted that a friend had remarked that Hobbs was booming and that Lovington had good possibilities, although at the time it had no paved roads, banks or rail service. He first took a room at the old Commercial Hotel, planning to stay for a short while, and lived in Lovington for the rest of his life. And he did see rail service, banks and paved roads reach Lovington, in time.

Danglade came first and began to buy oil leases and royalties for others. He then decided to move his wife and young daughter with him. They built a home on South 5th Street in 1931. His wife passed away in 1941. During World War II, he was a civilian employee of the Navy Department in Washington, D.C. Afterward, he returned to the oil business, almost exclusively in Lea County, and was successful at it.

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He was elected to the New Mexico state senate in in 1952 and won a second term in 1956. He was generally aligned with the Republican Party, but ran as a Democrat to be able to participate in the New Mexico primary elections. During his time in the state senate, he served on a number of committees and sponsored legislation, primarily having to do with state finances.

Danglade succumbed to cancer on May 24, 1959 while hospitalized in New York and is interred at New Hope Cemetery located in Webb City, Jasper County, Missouri. He was succeeded by Harold Runnels in the state senate after Runnels was appointed to fill Danglade’s unexpired term.

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