Founding of Jal

[Transcribed from the 60th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of the Lea County Fair and Rodeo program for the event held August 5-12, 1995] The Cowden Brothers had operated the vast JAL Ranch since 1886 coming from Palo Pinto County, Texas. The lure of shallow water and good grass led to their coming to the Monument Draw … Continue reading Founding of Jal

Hobbs’ First Teacher

Mrs. Harold P. Collier, formerly Miss Olive Manning, was hired to teach in Hobbs in 1915. She recounted her early memories in a newspaper article in the Hobbs Daily News back in 1936. The first school building was also completed in 1915, but in stages. Only the basement had been dug by October of that … Continue reading Hobbs’ First Teacher