13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
January 11, 2015
WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott
We are nice and warm at the museum and preparing the school exhibit. It is always fun to see the talent of our county students. Stay tuned for the date of their reception. Our meeting room is being used for county meetings and luncheons and is receiving great reviews on its function. This is great to hear and we hope other groups will start using it for their meetings and social events.
We have most of our exhibits scheduled. Jan/Feb will be the student art exhibit, Mar/Apr will be the art of Jo Le Ginter, May/June will be Wayne Paul with an exhibit of his spurs. We still need people who have programs: talent(singing, reading, storytellers) / speeches/ slide shows to call and sign up for a program. School talent groups are welcome.
Our board meeting is scheduled for the Thursday, 22nd of January. We will be setting our goals for the year. We still have vacancies for board members from Booker and Higgins. The board meets quarterly. If interested call the museum or the county judge or Anna Lee Barton our chairperson.
One of the early settlers in Lipscomb County was Isaiah Gigger, from Columbia county, Pennsylvania, moved his family to Iowa in 1881 where they lived for a short time. He finally heeded the call of the great open spaces, and in the late summer of 1886 entered Lipscomb county and camped on the banks of the Kiowa. Mr. Gigger engaged in the cattle business and established a ranch home northeast of follett in 1887, which he maintained for the rest of his life. In 1896, due to blizzards and drought, he lost 1500 head of cattle. He bought and operated a hotel in Higgins, Texas. After five years he traded the hotel to Mr. Goddard of Kansas for 500 head of cattle and moved back to the ranch. Provisions were brought from distant towns which required several days journey over trackless plains. His home was always open to the gathering and gaiety of the young people and a haven of rest and food to travelers and strangers. He was a charter member of the Follett Masonic Lodge. ( taken from the Pioneers of the Prairie, page 86, written by Devona Gadberry.
We have the register for the Gigger House on display in the museum. Some well known people stayed there.
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