Vega in Oldham County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Doctor Oscar H. Loyd
—Home County of —
Despite opposition from ranchers, he introduced farming to the area; broke sod with county's first steam tractor; exhibited best produce in the county -- first at the Tri-State Fair (which he helped to organize) in Amarillo, and then at state fairs in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Texas.
A volunteer weather observer for over 30 years, he telephoned daily reports at his own expense to the Amarillo Weather Bureau. His weather notes are now in Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon.
To make sick calls, Doctor Loyd bought a Maxwell, the first automobile in the county. During the 1918 flu epidemic he not only cared for the sick day and night but also dispensed food and buried the dead.
As a civic leader, he organized the county's first Chamber of Commerce and a baseball team which he transported to its games. He actively sponsored the original Highway 66 Association. His estate was left to religious and charitable groups in the county.
Erected 1966 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 2518.)
Location. Touch for map. Marker is on the southeast corner. Marker is in this post office area: Vega TX 79092, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Senator W. S. Oldham (here, next to this marker); Site of Old Tascosa (here, next to this marker); Fort Smith-Santa Fe Trail (approx. 3½ miles away).
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