in a Pecan Shell|
Near the Salt Fork of the Red River in northwestern Collingsworth County.
The site was on the Rocking Chair Ranch until the ranch ceased to exist.
Post office was granted in 1904 with the Dozier school district being organized
five years later when a schoolhouse was built.
The school's location
changed several times until a larger building was constructed in 1913. This school
lasted until 1929, when a brick school was built.
By 1930 the population
of Dozier was 60 and it somehow increased during the Great Depression to 100 by
Collingsworth County Postal map showing Dozier |
Courtesy Texas General Land
Texas Forum Dear
TE, My maiden name is Lynda Gardner. I am the oldest daughter, and child of Buster
And Eileen (Wilson) Gardner,who were married in Dozier, in 1946, although I was
born later in Hemet,CA.(1947). We returned a short time later to live on a farm
close to Dozier, where the Gardner family were share croppers.
cotton, and when the big trailer got full of cotton, (they called the trailer
of cotten a bale) Daddy (Buster Gardner) would pull the trailer to the Gin in
Dozier, and if I was lucky (and had been good) I got to ride to the Gin with him.
Kinda catie-corner across from the gin was a Mercentile Store, that had everything
in the world almost, in it. That's where Daddy would buy me a chocholate milk
that was bottled like a soda pop, then we would ride back to the cotton patch.
What a happy childhood memory.
My family that I remember living there
was Dolph, Flora, Ben, Clifford, Buster and Eileen Gardner, and Vergil, Cleta,
VirgilKeath, Laverda (Babe), and Billy Wigley,and Jim, Myrtle, Eileen, John, Cecil,
Francis, and Ruby Wilson.
My Grandpa passed away there when I was 5 years
old, but was buried in Oklahoma. My cousin Virgil Keath Wigley lived there, and
graduated from high school in Samnorwood. I remember going to school part of both
the 1st and 2nd grade in Samnorwood. One of my teachers was Ms. Blue. I am also
related to some of the Tates in that area, because my Aunt Fris, Freda (Gardner)
Tate, married my Uncle Apple, Lloyd Cecil Tate.- Lynda Gardner Haislip, December