Rider Livery Stable Opened In 1903

James C. “Jim” Rider of Parker County and Issadore (I-sa-dore) Frances Crawford of Palo Pinto County were married in 1888. About the time their son, Larry, was lborn in 1890, Rider bought a ranch near present Lefors and stocked it with cattle.

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He lived in a dugout until a house, consisting of a central hall with two rooms on each side, could be built. When the house was finally finished in 1893, Rider sent for his wife and son. He met them at Clarendon and they rode in a hack to their new home.

Their nearest neighbors were the Henry Thuts who lived in the only house near the newly built courthouse at Lefors. Postmaster Henry Thut had the Lefors post office, established October 12, 1892, in his home.

When Larry attended the Lefors school, begun in 1896, he rode a little pony across the North Fork of Red River. He looked forward to the springtime when the rains made the river rise and he could spend the night with the Thut boys – George, Henry, Jr., and Charles.

Anna Kathleen Rider, born in 1901, was named for Mrs. Henry (Anna) Thut,Sr., who assisted at Kathleen’s birth.

In 1903, the Rider family moved to Pampa to live in a new four-room house built by J.L. “Jim” Stroope at 303 East Foster. That year Rider opened a livery stable business between 100 South Gillespie and 101 South Ballard (location of present White House Lumber Company). Sometime later Rider left Pampa and died in 1939 at Big Lake , Texas .

Mrs. Rider kept boarders and taught piano at home and in the school for about twenty years. She took a correspondence course in music and also studied with Mr. Cranker, a piano teacher who rode the train from Canadian to give lessons in Pampa . Mrs. Rider, died in 1941 at Lubbock .

Larry Rider and Jeff Lard (brother of Elsie Hall) made a white deer for the town of White Deer . The deer had to be replaced because of vandalism, but the original stand is still located at the intersection of Main and Third Streets in White Deer. Later Larry, a game warden, and his wife, Grace, lived at Jayton , Texas .

M.K. Brown was very fond of “de-ah little Kathleen.” She graduated from Pampa High School in 1921, the year the first volume of The Harvest was published. This statement appears below her senior class picture:” ‘Least but not last,’ and this refers to size only. Kathleen was easily voted the most popular girl in school — an honor she well deserves.”

The stable furnished horse and buggy transportation for visiting lawyers and others who needed to go to Lefors for business in the new Gray County Courthouse.

Kathleen married J.B. Logan and moved to Lubbock where she was still living in 1985. J.B.’s brother, Howard Logan, married Ruby Henry, daughter of W.B. Henry, and they also moved to Lubbock.

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