McAdoo, Texas

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I consider McAdoo, Texas to be my hometown. I lived there on a farm until we moved away in 1958, but I returned there many times working on my Uncle Nath's farm as a young man. My grandparents on both sides lived there at one time, but my Dad's parents lived there until they died. My first memories were from here and they frequently return. The following pictures just represent some memories of times past. Almost all of these pictures were taken in October 2009 in the old school building that I was allowed to have access to.

Linda Stephenson, my sister, 1st grade
Barney Stephenson, my cousin, 2nd grade
1954-1955 School Year

Jenk Stephenson (William)
Grade 3 McAdoo School
1954-1955 School Year

Jenk Stephenson (William Stevenson)
Grade 4 McAdoo School
James & Barney Stephenson are brothers and 1st cousins to me
1955-1956 School Year
Jenk Stephenson (William Stephenson)
6th Grade
1957-1958 School Year
Advertising for Farmer's Gin
(Cotton farming)
Butane for our tractors and homes from Crosbyton, Texas
My father, Jim Stephenson, did a lot of banking with Spur Security Bank - McAdoo had no bank
Chairs from the McAdoo School Auditorium
Chairs from the McAdoo School Auditorium
Fabian Lemley, McAdoo School Basketball Coach
Basketball - McAdoo - Aspermont
In 1963 I was attending Aspermont High School and knew members of both teams.
McAdoo Basketball - 1920
John Formby was a close neighbor of my fathers's when he was growing up and later Formby ran for Texas Governor, barely losing.
McAdoo Basketball
Basketball - Larry Morris
I saw Larry again for the first in many years in April 2010. We were elementary school classmates riding the same school bus.
McAdoo Basketball State Champs
Most were my classmates in elementary school
Scoreboard from the McAdoo School gym. In 2010 they gym is falling apart.
McAdoo State Champs - 1960
McAdoo State Champs - 1964
My elementary school classmates
McAdoo Eagles Basketball travel Trunk

Carolyn Stephenson (middle), my sister
as a student in McAdoo, mid 1950s

Jenk Stephenson (William) and McAdoo classmates
Jenk Stephenson - lower right
James Stephenson - left
Jenk Stephenson - right
cousins and classmates at McAdoo
Jenk Stephenson - middle left
McAdoo School
My teacher at McAdoo, Texas
McAdoo school drinking fountain
In the hallway just outside the classroom.
Picture taken on a visit in 2009
McAdoo school drinking fountain
In the hallway just outside the classroom.
Picture taken on a visit in 2009
Emma Bass - McAdoo telephone operator - My first telephone call was to Emma on my grandparents old crank phone, party line.
Fabian Lemley, my bus driver and my elementary school principal, and McAdoo basketball coach.
McAdoo farm map - too blurry to read.
Picture of George Washington hung in the Supertendant's office of McAdoo school. Picture taken in October 2009
Jenk Stephenson (William) in a 5th period Geography class
It appears that by now I have moved to another school for the rest of the year.
Jenk Stephenson (William) and classmates
An example of handwriting on top of the classroom chalkboard at McAdoo school.
An example of handwriting on top of the classroom chalkboard at McAdoo school.
An example of handwriting on top of the classroom chalkboard at McAdoo school.
McAdoo School Superintendant when I was in elementry school.
Fabian Lemley, basketball coach, teacher, principal, supertendant and my bus driver.
Over the door in the school building.
Probably went with the newspaper article above.
My first grade teacher - 1952 -1953
Lucille Stephenson - 1938 graduate of
McAdoo School - my aunt
Lucille Stephenson - 1938 graduate of
McAdoo School - my aunt
My second grade teacher
McAdoo, Texas - 2004
McAdoo, Texas 1971 & 1982
McAdoo School Auditorium
Picture taken October 2009
McAdoo School Auditorium
Picture taken October 2009
McAdoo School Auditorium
Picture taken October 2009
McAdoo School Auditorium
Picture taken October 2009
Jenk Stephenson
McAdoo School Census
#10 Robena McCoy
#21 William (Jenk) Stephenson
Cousins - 1950s
McAdoo dirt road - my grandparents farm is on the left - immediate left is where the old house used to set -- I lived about a mile continuing down that road
McAdoo dirt road - my grandparents farm is on the left - immediate left is where the old house used to set -- I lived about a mile continuing down that road
McAdoo School symbol
McAdoo High School - MHS
on all the auditorium chairs
Hardy Grocery & Station on the highway about 4 miles from McAdoo - my second grade teachers's family: Mrs. Hardy
Old McAdoo during my Dad's day
Old McAdoo during my Dad's day
McAdoo School History
McAdoo History
Donations in 2000 to preserve the school - My aunt Lucille (Stephenson) Stanley made a donation.
McAdoo School - 1909
McAdoo School - 1937
McAdoo School Bell that is now on a pole, and pulled by a rope - it used to be on top of the building at the front of the school - picture October 2009
McAdoo School Desk
Maybe the same desk I sat in as a young boy.
McAdoo School Desk
Maybe the same desk I sat in as a young boy.
McAdoo School - Old
McAdoo School Trophy Case
McAdoo School Trophy Case
McAdoo, Texas - 1915 - History
Fabian Lemley and probably his wife
My grandparent's second farm house that has been abandoned for many years and is now falling down. In the background you see some of the children that were raised there.
My grandparent's second farm house that has been abandoned for many years and is now falling down.
In October 2009 the only thing remaining at my grandparent's farm is the old windmill.
In October 2009 the only thing remaining at my grandparent's farm is the old windmill. I remember as a young boy my Dad setting up this windmill - it had a wooden frame before, probably around 1950
Dollie Robena Stephenson
McAdoo graduate 1943
My Aunt
Robert Louis Stephenson
McAdoo School
My Dad's 1st cousin
Local Busineses
McAdoo school ceiling, Principal's Office
McAdoo School chalkboard
McAdoo School chalkboard
McAdoo school classsroom heater
McAdoo school classsroom heater
McAdoo School classroom coat rack
McAdoo School coke machine
McAdoo School coke machine
School Concession Stand costs
Teacher's Desk
Teacher's Desk
Hallway Classroom Door
School Electricity
School Floor
McAdoo School Hallway
School Lights
School pencil sharpner
School Plumbing
School Popcorn Machine
School room chalkboard - notice the popcorn machine covered in the corner
Jenk Stephenson on the steps leading into the auditorium at the back of the school
Jenk Stephenson on the steps leading into the auditorium at the back of the school
Metal Trash Can
Superintendant's Rolltop Desk
Superintendant's Rolltop Desk
Superintendant's Rolltop Desk
Teacher and Postmaster,
McAdoo, Texas
Wade Waldrop (Roland's brother) lived with Uncle Charlie Stephenson Wade is 9 years younger than Roland. Wade is middle left. Wade left to live with another family and was eventually adopted - now know as E. W. Graves and lives in Springfield, Missouri