Thursday, January 13, 2005

Seagraves Texas--was it settled by a Seagraves?


Ever since I found out about Seagraves Texas, I had been wondering if one of our forbearer had settled the town. One of my cousin even thought it had been. Well if you too were wondering, and probably wondering were I'm going with this too.....Well wonder no more!
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Seagraves Texas was originally called Blythe, because it had a post office on the Blythe ranch about 1911. Then the Santa Fe railroad, decided to make Blythe the end of the spur running from Lubbock, and that was around 1917. But because there was already a Blythe, on the Santa Fe line(Yeah, all the way in California) they just had to change the name, to advoid confusion--don't you know(maybe for them). So they decided to change the name to a certain Santa Fe Railroad Official by the name of C.L. Seagraves.
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Who C.L. Seagraves was beside an Railroad official I still haven't determined, nor have I found what why they had selected him for this honor. But there you have it! Seagraves Texas wasn't settled by a Seagraves, but it was named after a Seagraves.

2 comments:

Helen Seagraves said...

C.L. Seagraves was Charles Lewis Seagraves, b.29 oct 1860. d. 26 Nov 1934 in Los Angeles. He was appointed general colonization agent for Santa Fe RR in 1886, and supervised hunderds of train loads of new settlers along rrs. Then he became chairman of the RR (Santa Fe) Agricultural committee, and played an active role in the sending of educational trains with agricultural specialists sent to inform farmers along the routes. June 22-23 1967 Miss Mary Louise Seagraves of Los Angeles,, dau of Chas and Mary Seagraves, was honored at Seagraves Tx golden anniversary.

infor from Faye S. Seagraves Genealogy of ... and from web sources.

Hope that this gives you enough information to tie the family in with your California Seagraves. Jim Seagraves, father of my children, descended from Harry Seagraves of Idaho.

Helen Seagraves Hcgraves@gorge.net

Janice said...

Hi Helen,

Thank you, thank you! That is the exact infromation I was looking for!

Janice~