Vol 8, No 170
June 18, 1924
Miriam A (Ma) Ferguson Announces Run for Governor
Ma Ferguson Runs
In an effort to clear her husbands name, who was impeached while Governor, Mrs Miriam A Ferguson (Ma Ferguson) opened her campaign to run for governor herself, on this date in 1924.
Farm and Ranch Desk
First Ranch in the Texas Panhandle is formed
On this date in 1877, shortly after the Indians had been moved to reservations in Oklahoma and New Mexico, Charles Goodnight and John Adair form the J.A. Ranch, the first ranch in the Panhandle. In the months that preceded, Goodnight moved his 1,600 head of cattle from New Mexico to the Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle, thinking that the canyon would form a natural shelter and help contain the cattle. Goodnight would help to establish several of the cattle trails between Texas and the railheads in Kansas. Over the next few years, windmills, rodeos and eventually barbed wire would become a regular part of life in West Texas.