Kingsmills Visit Pampa In 1902

In 1902 Lord Rosebery, principal bondholder of White Deer Lands, sent Andrew Kingsmill, his London banker, to Texas. Kingsmill was instructed to find out whether there was any possibility of making land sales and also to expend money as he deemed fit in connection with buildings in the town of Pampa.

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Eloise Lane

During their visit, Kingsmill and his wife joined a group for a picnic somewhere on White Deer Creek. Pictures made of the group were taken to England to be developed and then returned to Pampa .

The group included George Tyng, manager of White Deer Lands; Charles A. Tignor and Will T. Wilks, who worked for the land company, and J.T. “Tom” Crawford, Jr., the first sheriff of Gray County.

Tyng’s good friend, Jesse Wynne, with his wife, the former Minna Davies, and their daughters, Mary Alice and Minna Beryl, were also at the picnic. Wynne was the first man to buy land from the White Deer Land Company, in 1900, before it was divided, and at this time the Wynne family was living on their ranch four miles southeast of the town of White Deer.

In later years Alice Wynne married James Riley Crawford, younger brother of the sheriff, and Beryl Wynne married De Lea Vicars, at one time president of Pampa ‘s First National Bank.

In October Kingsmill went to Fort Worth to begin negotiations with S.B. (Burk) Burnett, owner of the 6666 (Four Sixes) ranch in Motley County . Burnett was interested in purchasing the Dixon Creek Pasture from White Deer Lands.

At Fort Worth Burnett signed a contract to purchase the pasture which consisted of all of Block 5 and three westerly tiers of Block 4, I & G N Survey. The area of 168 square miles, or 107,520 acres, was sold for $2.65 an acre — a total of $284,928.00.

This sale, completed in 1903, was the first big sale made by White Deer Lands. The money was paid to the New York and Texas Land Company, Ltd., holders of the first lien on the land. If the land had been retained by the White Deer Land Company, it would have brought a fortune to the bondholders.

On returning to Pampa from Fort Worth , Kingsmill bought for Lord Rosebery, at $5.00 an acre, a section of land on which he had a water well drilled. The land, about seven miles southwest of Pampa , was to be held in trust by Foster & Cuyler of New York . The town of Kingsmill , named for the Kingsmill family, was later located on this land.

While the Kingsmills were in Pampa , Mrs. Kingsmill turned the first shovel of sod preparatory to the construction of a school building on land reserved by the White Deer Land Company for that purpose. Subsequently a one-room building was constructed at present 513 East Francis.

From New York, on the return trip to England, Mrs. Kingsmill sent an American flag to be flown from the flagpole on top of the belfrey.

Over 200 Articles, written by Eloise Lane, were published in the Pampa News. These articles may be accessed by clicking on each section below. A list of articles will be revealed that are linked to a page containing the text of the article.

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Articles 61-80
  • Pampa News Begins
  • First Denominational Church
  • 2nd Office Of WD Lands
  • J.N. Duncan Arrives
  • Nels Walberg Sells…
  • Dormer Simms
  • Fourth Of July Celebrations
  • Pampa's First Cars
  • Pampa In 1907-08
  • J.S. Wynne Family Arrives
  • Gray Count State Bank
  • Baptist Church Organized
  • Joe & Lizzie Bowers
  • Threatened By Prairie Fire
  • Library Began In 1907
  • J.R. Henry
  • Sir Gordan & Lady Cunard
  • Three Vicars Brothers
  • Dodd Grain And Produce
  • December 29, 1991
Articles 81-100
  • D.C. Davis Family
  • Long Christmas Celebration
  • First Christian Church
  • Facts About Pampa
  • Buster Brown
  • The Last Hanging
  • Bones Hooks
  • The "Red Brick" Is No More
  • The Purviances Family
  • The Dr. E. von Brunow Park
  • Boards Of 1rst Headquarters.
  • Mary Jane Purvis
  • Cook - Adams Addition
  • Nativity Scenes
  • Clyde Carruth
  • The Mine Tragedies
  • Additions To Pampa
  • Third Family In Pampa
  • Frank Dittmeyer
  • Bricklayer Indian Jim
Articles 101-120
  • A.A. Tiemann
  • First Movies And Lights
  • Pampa Incorporated
  • Mark And Sara Fletcher
  • Annie Baker Daniels
  • Pampa's Business District
  • Birthday Tea Of 1919
  • Former Pampa Minister
  • John Mack Patton
  • The First Brass Band
  • Early Graduating Class
  • "How We Met"
  • F.P. Greever Is Assassinated
  • George Tyng's Father
  • L.H. & Lula Greene
  • John & Lena McKamy
  • Robert & Mary Yeager
  • "Dear Old PHS"
  • Supt. Believed In People
  • William A. & Ruth Green
Articles 121-140
  • Origin Of The "White Deer" Name
  • The Log House On White Deer Creek
  • Obtaining The Land
  • The Lands Organized
  • Cattle Brands Tell Story
  • Ghosts And All
  • Southern Kansas Railroad
  • Fire Guard Dam
  • When The Railroad Came
  • The Sutton RR Station
  • Post Office At Pampa
  • The Bell Family
  • J.C. Short
  • Pampa 1892-1902
  • Pampa Laid Out In 1902
  • Crystal Palace Founded
  • Gray County Organization
  • Organization - Continued
Articles 141-160
  • Origin Of The "White Deer" Name
  • The Log House On White Deer Creek
  • Obtaining The Land
  • The Lands Organized
  • Cattle Brands Tell Story
  • Ghosts And All
  • Southern Kansas Railroad
  • Fire Guard Dam
  • When The Railroad Came
  • The Sutton RR Station
  • Post Office At Pampa
  • The Bell Family
  • J.C. Short
  • Pampa 1892-1902
  • Pampa Laid Out In 1902
  • Crystal Palace Founded
  • Gray County Organization
  • Organization - Continued
Articles 161-180
  • Origin Of The "White Deer" Name
  • The Log House On White Deer Creek
  • Obtaining The Land
  • The Lands Organized
  • Cattle Brands Tell Story
  • Ghosts And All
  • Southern Kansas Railroad
  • Fire Guard Dam
  • When The Railroad Came
  • The Sutton RR Station
  • Post Office At Pampa
  • The Bell Family
  • J.C. Short
  • Pampa 1892-1902
  • Pampa Laid Out In 1902
  • Crystal Palace Founded
  • Gray County Organization
  • Organization - Continued
Articles 181-200
  • Origin Of The "White Deer" Name
  • The Log House On White Deer Creek
  • Obtaining The Land
  • The Lands Organized
  • Cattle Brands Tell Story
  • Ghosts And All
  • Southern Kansas Railroad
  • Fire Guard Dam
  • When The Railroad Came
  • The Sutton RR Station
  • Post Office At Pampa
  • The Bell Family
  • J.C. Short
  • Pampa 1892-1902
  • Pampa Laid Out In 1902
  • Crystal Palace Founded
  • Gray County Organization
  • Organization - Continued