Touring Texoma - Crowell

It was right at 150- years ago, December 19th 1860 that Cynthia Ann Parker was recaptured here on the Pease River.

Kidnapped in the Waco area 24- years before that at the age of 8, and raised by Comanche Indians, Parker's story is known 'round the world.

But, as Darrell Franklin shows us in part 2- of his 4- part series, Touring Texoma, her story is just part of the proud heritage found in the Foard County town of Crowell.

  "It will be a dollar and a half."

       Marion Gentry opened up his store in Crowell way back in 1954.

Marion Gentry:  "I stay in business, and they say when are you going to retire?  And, if I was to retire, my customers wouldn't come up to the house and see me and come in."

          Starting around 7- every morning until about 5:30,  Marion offers his customers a little bit of everything...
          ...including the kind of friendship found in Crowell since it was established in 1891 as the Foard County seat.

 George Allen/Firehall Museum Curator:  "People in town have donated hundreds of items from their old ranches and their old farms.  And, you can see the old stoves, and utensils and tools they used to settle this part of the country."

       Allen's the curator of Crowell's Firehall Museum, one of many like Duane Johnson who appreciate its founders who understood the value of what they were saving and passing onto future generations.

Duane Johnson/Chairman Foard Co. Historical Commission:  "This is my favorite room right here where everything is reproduced as businesses and the city of Crowell, and artifacts like the saddles we have here, and the windmill, just have a lot of artifacts that are interesting." 

And, you'll even find the front panel of the old post office.  You truly can get lost in this museum for hours, learning about Foard County history.   A huge part of that history is the tornado of '42.

Donna Baize/Treasurer Foard Co. Historical Commission:   "It moved the house off the foundation, and we were under the bed at the time." 

        And, Baize remembers it well.

  "It hit twice, and the first time we were in the house.  So, the second time we jumped in the car and went next door to my grandpa's house.  And, mother was picking me up and putting me out of the car into the seller.  And, my grandpa hollered duck, and when she pulled me back in, a 2- by- 4 took the car door."

  Johnson:   "It damaged the courthouse and all the buildings in town, blew away a lot of residences.  And, it just caused a tremendous amount of damage." 

        But, while Crowell's had very tough times, t's also rebuilt.
        From converting the old hospital into Rolling Plains Management Corporation, that serves 25- counties, to the old lumber yard into Crazy Lady Trading Post.

Melinda Moore/Crazy Lady Trading Post:  "Rustic pine furniture.  We've got gifts.  Home decor.  We've got some junk.  In the back we've got kind of a restaurant area where we feed hunters and do special functions.  The ladies here in town who play 42 meet up here twice a month, and the ladies who play bridge meet up here twice a month." 

Johnson:   "A lot of people who grew up here who thought they'd never be interested in coming back.. now they want to come back."

           And, the reason for that's simple.  Crowell is where  good neighbors can still  enjoy a simpler, and many like Marion Gentry would argue, a better way of life.

          10- people were killed and 15- hundred left homeless in that tornado.
          It destroyed 90- percent of the town's buildings.

          As far as Quanah Parker's mother, if you'd like to see the marker that commemorates the recapture of Cynthia Ann Parker, it sits about 10- miles northeast of Crowell on FM 98.

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