“Uncle Bill” Oden Talks About the Old Days

Transcribed from the Pecos Enterprise (Pecos, Texas) - August 19, 1938 B. A. "Uncle Bill" Oden, Authentic Old-Timer, Gives Historical Sketch of Monument Landmark B. A. "Uncle Bill" Oden, Who's been in the trans-Pecos country since time began, was asked recently by the Hobbs Chamber of Commerce, to give a historical sketch of the famed … Continue reading “Uncle Bill” Oden Talks About the Old Days

Wacker’s Five and Dime

Wacker's stores could be found in most of the larger towns in Lea County, usually in the central business district. The stores were named for G. F. Wacker of Oklahoma. He had been working at a dry goods store in Ballinger, Texas and had the vision to start his own store selling low priced goods. … Continue reading Wacker’s Five and Dime


The settlement called Pearl was named for Pearl Stark Roberts, wife of Nathan Cornelius Roberts who settled about five miles west of Monument in what was then Eddy County. Pearl Roberts was named postmistress in 1908 and the post office was housed in a room of their small pioneer home on the Roberts Ranch. The … Continue reading Pearl