Concerned Martin County residents launch Save the Connell House campaign

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STANTON - Extreme weather conditions can make life in west Texas a challenge at times. This is true today and was especially true for the old settlers who came to the area in the late 1800’s. Shortly after the town of Marienfeld (later to become Stanton) was established in 1882, a severe drought began. Crops failed and most folks did not have the resources to feed their families. In 1886, a very harsh winter followed the drought. Many of the early settlers left the area and sought a fresh start elsewhere. The hardy souls that were able to stay saw additional droughts over the next two decades that caused many families to leave.

The periods of drought also combined with strong winds to create huge dust storms. Most of us who have been here a while know how disruptive a dust storm can be but we can only imagine what it was like for the early settlers. When a wall of dirt was seen on the horizon, farmers would rush in from the fields and schools would close early so children could get home while they could still see the way. The homes where they took refuge were usually small wood-frame houses, cabins or dug-outs. Afterwards, folks spent a lot of time shoveling sand out of their homes.

 

 

 

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