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Lubbock land baroness; a Tech builder




46
Mollie Abernathy
1866-1960



 

Mollie D. Wylie Jarrott Abernathy, businesswoman and rancher, was born in Hood County to a prominent ranching family.

She married James William Jarrott and they filed for themselves and 23 other families under the Four-Section Act on a mile-wide strip of vacant land extending from the western boundary of Lubbock County to New Mexico. The tent that they pitched on their claim was the only human habitation within a 30-mile radius.

The influx of small landowners aroused the hostility of the area ranchers, and on Aug. 28, 1902, Jarrott was shot and killed.

In 1905, she married Monroe G. Abernathy, a real estate developer. They helped establish railroad service to Lubbock.

During the same period, Mollie Abernathy was investing in business property. In 1916 she financed the construction of the J.C. Penney building, for years one of the largest downtown commercial structures.

She and her husband acquired more than a 1,000 acres of land northeast of town. A portion of that area later was developed into what is now Mackenzie State Park.






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Grover Murray
1916-2003

 

 

 

Grover Murray, Tech’s eighth president, led the university through one of its greatest periods of growth.

He was president during the transition from Texas Technological College to Texas Tech University and was the first president of the Tech School of Medicine. He retired in 1987.

When Murray arrived, Tech had 17,768 students and a physical plant valued at $64.1 million. It had received $395,000 in federal and private grants.

Those numbers were significantly higher when he resigned. Tech had 22,580 students on campus, its facilities were valued at $187.9 million, it had received $2.1 million in grants for research.

The university system included the main university, the medical school, the Ranching Heritage Center and extension facilities in Amarillo and Junction. Murray helped develop the medical school in 1972 and the law school in 1967.

Murray also created the International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies.

Previous City's Most Influential:

#47 - Ernesto Barton #48 - Adolph Hanslik
#49 - The Maines Family #50 - Alan and Sandy Henry
#51 - Ray and Lou Diekemper #52 - Murphee and Sherrod families
#53 - Polk Robinson, Huffman family #54 - Marciano Morales
#55 - Robert Duncan #56 - Roy B. Davis
#57 - F. W. Mattox #58 - George Simmons
#59 - Bobby Moegle #60 - Larry Combest
#61 - Charles C. Crenshaw #62 - George Singer
#63 - Judge W. D. Crump #64 - M. M. Dupre
#65 - George E. Green #66 - Marjorie Cone Kastman
#67 - Dudley Strain #68 - Maxey family
#69 - Caldwell, Hancock, Stubblefield
#70 - Elmer Tarbox
#71 - H. I. Robinson #72 - Paul Milosevich
#73 - Father Halfmann #74 - John A. Logan
#75 - Roscoe and Smylie Wilson #76 - Jim Courtney
#77 - Carolyn Lanier #78 - Waggoner Carr
#79 - "Rip" and Mark Griffin #80 - The Hometown Boys
#81 - Theodore Phea #82 - Dr. Bricker, Dr. Selby
#83 - Sam Medina #84 - Alan White
#85 - Joan Ervin #86 - Sister Maureen Van der Zee
#87 - S. E. Cone #88 - Clent Breedlove
#89 - Paul Horn #90 - Dudley Faver
#91 - Lee Lewis #92 - William Harrod
#93 - James H. Milam #94 - Jane Anne Stinnett
#95 - B. O. McWhorter #96 - Windy Sitton
#97 - James Granbury #98 - David Gutierrez
#99 - Delwin Jones #100 - Retha Martin
They built this city with a lot of work
Lubbock's 'builders' to be featured

 


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