J. Frank Norfleet

J. Frank Norfleet (HM1PUC)

Location: Hale Center, TX 79041 Hale County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 3.87', W 101° 50.711'

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1865 - 1967)

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 ring members, he wrote "Norfleet", a book about his adventures.
Marker Number2663
Year Placed1978
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, December 7th, 2015 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 237411 N 3772961
Decimal Degrees34.06450000, -101.84518333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 3.87', W 101° 50.711'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 3' 52.2" N, 101° 50' 42.66" W
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Area Code(s)806
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 702 I-27 Business, Hale Center TX 79041, US
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