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Hale Center in Hale County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

J. Frank Norfleet

(1865 - 1967)

J. Frank Norfleet Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 17, 2015
1. J. Frank Norfleet Marker
Inscription.  Son of a rancher and Texas Ranger, J. Frank Norfleet was born in Lampasas County. With little schooling, he grew up working on ranches. He served as foreman for 20 years on the Spade Ranch.

Norfleet married Mattie Eliza Hudgins (1871-1972) in 1894 and they had four children. In 1905 after years of frugality, the Norfleets moved to their own land located on the east boundary of Spade Ranch. In time their holdings grew to 20,000 acres.

In 1905 the Panhandle Short Line Railroad from Vega to Lubbock was begun through the new town named for Norfleet. The site lay 10 miles west of Hale Center. Soon a school called Norfleet was moved in and houses and stores appeared. Due to competition and lack of funds, the railroad was abandoned and the town died soon after.

In 1919, while in Dallas, Norfleet was swindled out of $45,000 by a bunco gang. Enraged at losing his savings, he spent almost five years searching the United States, Mexico, Canada and Havana, Cuba, for the five thieves. His determination won him the nickname of "Little Tiger". After the capture which reportedly netted about 75 other confidence
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ring members, he wrote "Norfleet", a book about his adventures.
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2663.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArts, Letters, MusicRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1894.
Location. 34° 3.87′ N, 101° 50.711′ W. Marker is in Hale Center, Texas, in Hale County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and East Clevland Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Marker is on the northeast corner. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 702 Main Street, Hale Center TX 79041, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Epworth (here, next to this marker); Nils Akeson (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church of Hale Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ranching and Farming in Hale County (approx. 1.2 miles away); Stant Rhea Stage Stand (approx. 6.4 miles away); Center Plains Community (approx. 8˝ miles away); Happy Union (approx. 8.7 miles away); Snyder Community (approx. 9.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hale Center.
J. Frank Norfleet Marker <i>on right</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 17, 2015
2. J. Frank Norfleet Marker on right
Site of Epworth Marker is on the left.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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Sep. 24, 2023