13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
November 23, 2008
WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott
We received copies of the Salute, the 1967 edition for the 75th anniversary of Follett, Tx. This is the second history of Follett families. The first, Pioneers of the Prairie, is also available in our gift shop. The Salute gives us the history of Follett from 1967 to 1992, from its governments, churches, schools, businesses, and families. If you weren't able to get one in 1992, it is now available in our gift shop.
Booker has two history volumes also available at the Booker City Hall and Bank. It is wonderful that we have so many books that record our heritage.
We represented the county and museum at two meetings in Littlefield and Lubbock last week. I must tell you that we have some of the best landscapes in our northeast corner of the Panhandle than any where else. At this time of year, the meetings were business in nature with goal setting for the next year. It is at these meetings that we are able to tell people about our county so if you have a business or event that you want to advertise, please send me the information.
When you are reading this, it is Thanksgiving. We hope you are enjoying the food, family, and football. These are the three F's of Fall. Some add a fourth, frost, but it sometimes doesn't appear.
The Salute has an update of the people not in their first volume. One of which is Eugene Crump. Eugene Elroy Crump, son of Oscar and Mina Crump, was the first baby born in the new town of Follett on April 18, 1919. His brother Willis was born at Longdale, OK., in 1911; Marvin in 1912 at Oakwood, OK., and their sister, Evelyn, at South Ivanhoe in 1916.
Gene graduated from Follett High School as class vice-president in 1937. After graduation he co-managed family businesses, Crump's Best Way Grocery and O.A. Crump's Dry Goods Store, with his cousin Allan Crump.
In 1939, he moved to San Diego where he served with the 251st Coast Artillery of the National Guard while attending San Diego State College. He had returned home in 1941 to help with the family businesses and to go to West Texas State College. However, on December 8, 1941, after Pearl Harbor, he dropped out of school and enlisted in the Navy. He served on eight different merchant ships in the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Mediterranean.
After discharge from the service in late 1945, he returned to Follett to resume his position in the family businesses. On April 7, 1946 he married June Cotney. Their first born was Timothy Allan followed four years later by a second son, Stanley Gene.
In 1960, he moved further west working in Nevada and Arizona. Eugene Crump died in 1999 and is buried in the Fairmont Cemetery of Follett.
The Crump family businesses were one of many that made Follett thrive.
Next week will begin the twelfth month of 2008.
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