a Pecan Shell|
1891 was the year Crowell was founded and the county was organized the following
year. By 1900 the town had 500 citizens and they all awaited the coming of the
railroad (the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient) which arrived in 1908. Oil was discovered
and kept the town reasonably immune from the Great Depression.
of 1942 killed 10, and left 1,500 homeless. 90% of the town's buildings were destroyed.
Pease River BattlefieldNine
miles East of Crowell on FM 98 is a marker commemorating the recapture of Cynthia
Ann Parker, Texas' most famous Indian captive. Captured in 1836 near Groesbeck,
she was "rescued" 24 years later in 1860 and died shortly thereafter - after attempting
to escape back to the Comanches. She was the mother of Quanah
Parker who grew up to be go on wolf hunts with President Theodore Roosevelt
and have Quanah, Texas (30 miles North)
named after him.
1860, at the Battle of Pease River, Indian captive Cynthia
Ann Parker and her daughter, Prairie Flower, were rescued by Texas Rangers
under Captain L. S. Ross (later Governor of Texas). Cynthia Ann, most celebrated
of all Comanche captives, had been taken at age 9 in a raid on Fort
Parker, May 19, 1836. Traders who saw her later said she had taken the name
"Naduah" and wished to remain among her adopted people. She married Chief Peta
Nocona, by whom she had 2 sons, Pecos and Quanah
Parker. Although she was returned to her uncle's family, she was never completely
happy and tried to escape several times. She died 1864.
Crowell and Paducah
My name is Kristi Norman Brown and I am working on my family tree. Does anyone
know of any books or articles on family histories from Crowell or Paducah that
would help me in my research? My ancestors are A.Y. Norman (lots of Norman's there)
Cotners, McCormicks, Knox, Wanda Moore, and Eula "Cricket" Norman. Any help anyone
can provide would be greatly appreciated. - Kristi Norman Brown, February 27,