Roscoe Pafford and Frances Smart

Frances's Childhood

At the age of 14 or so, Frances Folsom "Frankie" Smart had tuberculosis and was in the hospital in the Oklahoma City area for a while. One of the people in charge or who worked there was Elmer Darnall, a relative of Mary Ann's.

Randy Smart has the original picture.

Roscoe "RR" Pafford of Del Rio, Texas

Frances Smart married Roscoe (Ross or RR) Pafford in 1911.

They settled in the Range area of the Oklahoma Panhandle and had three children, Marion, Clinton, and Leona.

Roscoe's father, James Marion Pafford, had come from Tennessee in covered wagons pulled by oxen. His mother was from Zaragoza, Mexico.

Roscoe first came to southwestern Oklahoma in 1882 as a young cowboy on a cattle drive with Will Rogers and others. They drove the heard from near San Antonio to Big Pasture country Northwest of Wichita Falls, Texas. Will could tell tall tales and spin a rope as a young cowboy even then. He worked on railroads, in mines, and other construction projects in southwest Texas, New Mexico & Arizona. He first went to the Panhandle with the Rock Island Railroad about 1900, working on the Guymon to Liberal line.

Roscoe's grandfather

Roscoe Moves the Family to the Panhandle

In 1920, Francis and Grover sold the original homestead in Clinton, inherited from their mother. The Paffords bought the old Ballard and part of the Mitchell homesteaded from Harley Grimm east of Range. Frances and the children went on the Katy Railroad. Roscoe and Frances's brother, CC, picked them up at Forgan in an old Model T. Other men drove the cattle and hauled the machinery and furniture to the farm in Range while Frances and the children rode in the Ford.

They moved into an old white rock house on the south side of the road. It was built of white soft stones quarried about three miles north of Range. The earth was removed and the soft rock was sawed with a crosscut saw into building stones. There are several of these house still standing.

Range Valley Gardens

In 1921, the old Range Dam was rebuilt by RR, Ed Smith, Price Grubbs and Sam Snyder. The dam was first constructed by the Mitchell brothers and ran an old mill for years as well as being the first irrigation in the Panhandle. RR, Frances, Grover and Bill began irrigating crops in what became the Range Valley Garden. They raised all kinds of garden vegetables, They hauled them to all the surrounding towns in the old model cars, trucks and pick-ups.

People from miles around would drive there and load their cars, trucks and wagons with melons, cantaloupes , tomatoes, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, cabbage and most everything you could think of.

The Paffords Go To School

Marion and Clinton were quite a bit older than Leona. The two boys went to school first at Woodman Hall. This school was inconveniently located across the Palo Duro east of the Range store. When the rivers were up, kids were unable to get to school, even on horseback.

A new school called Hominy (later Range) School was built near the Range Dam which provided ice skating in winter. Later the building became a church.

They return to Clinton in 1923 or 1924 where Marion and Clinton finished high school in 1931.

Back to the Panhandle

During the depression the Paffords moved back to Range and operated the farm through the war. In 1948, they sold their farm in Range and moved to Guymon, the biggest community in the Panhandle.

Roscoe passed away on April 27th, 1969 in Guymon, Oklahoma. Frankie died in Guymon also on July 11th, 1975.

Roscoe, Frances and now Marion are buried in Hartville, Cemetery in Hardesty.

Trails

The Paffords had three children:
  • Marion Edison Pafford died in Hardesty January 8, 2006. His wife, Dorothy ( ) Pafford died in Guymon, OK just hours before her sister-in-law, Leona.
  • Clinton Randolph Pafford died in Guymon in 1980.
  • Leona Margaret (Pafford) Combs lived in Turpin, Oklahoma. She died in Liberal, KS April 8, 2012.

Sources

Glen Pafford paffordglen@yahoo.com
800 Amherst Drive
Waxahachie, TX 75165
972 921-9976