The Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library & J. Evetts Haley Research Center - Midland, Texas

1805 W. Indiana Avenue
Midland, Texas 79701
432.682.5785

2017 Foy Proctor Awards Honorees John Anderson And Candi Cowden

John Anderson 2017 Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman’s Award of Honor Recipient

What is now the Muleshoe Ranch was originally open grazing and was used by the Magnolia Land and Cattle Co. prior to 1894.  W. K. Johnson, Sr. started using the Muleshoe brand about 1900 on the Blackwater draw of the XIT Ranch near Texico, New Mexico on the Texas line.  The Santa Fe Railroad built…
2017 Foy Proctor Awards Honorees John Anderson And Candi Cowden

Candi Cowden 2017 Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman’s Award of Honor Recipient

Candi B. Cowden was born to William Thomas Cowden and Freda Walker Cowden in 1952 in Midland, TX.  Billy Tom Cowden, as he was known, was the son of Gilbert Hamby Cowden and was born in El Paso, TX.  Freda Walker Cowden was born in Meadow, TX where she grew up on her father Leo…
Along the Rio Grande a recent acquisitions for the Haley Collection

Permanent Collection Acquisitions

Shown above are Joanie Holt, left and Carolyn Roden, right at the 2016 Annual Art Show and sale with the beautiful flowers they provided for the event. Also shown are two recent acquisitions for the Haley Collection.  “Along the Rio Grande” by Wayne Baize (24×36, oil on canvas) is an outstanding piece of Texas themed…
Jimmie Powell 2016 Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman’s Award of Honor Recipients

Jimmie Powell – 2016 Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman’s Award of Honor Recipient

James. L “Jimmie” Powell was born February 22, 1930 to Virgil James Powell and Johnnie Dell White Powell.  He was a brother to twin sisters Marilyn Powell Dean and Madolyn Powell Mertz.  These third generation Texans were the descendants of Leonidus Polk “L.P.” Powell and Essie Dora Vaughn.  L. P. Powell came to Texas from…
The Big Drift - Gus O'Keefe

The Big Drift – Rounding Up in the Haley Library

By Patrick Dearen The search for an event 132 years in the past and for a man dead 87 years demands much of a writer.  He must be equal parts journalist, historian, detective, and bloodhound.  Above all, he must be determined, for a trail so cold can be so frustrating. Fortunately in the case of…
membership 2017

Membership 2017

RIDING PROUDLY Eloise and Bob Davenport Myra Best Glass Mary Nell Haley Karen J. Scharbauer Kelly and Billy Williams CHARLES GOODNIGHT TRAILDRIVER Nancy and Barry Beal Ellen and Larry Bell Ann and Matthew Bell Cheryl Shull Cotner Linda Cowden Emily Fernandes Anne and Bert Johnson Ann and Ted Johnson Skeet Lee Jones William Holt Jowell…
pete bonds 2016 Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman’s Award of Honor Recipients

Pete Bonds – 2016 Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman’s Award of Honor Recipient

  Pete Bonds Pete Bonds was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1952 to parents P. R. “Bob” and Betty Hollaway Bonds.  Bob Bonds had been born in Nocona, Texas in 1891 and was raised on his family’s farm.  Betty Bonds was born in Mannsville, Oklahoma Territory in 1907.  Pete’s grandfather on his dad’s side…
Carl Lane Johnson booksigning at the 2016 Fall Gathering at the Haley Library

Carl Lane Johnson Booksigning

“WAY BEFORE DAYLIGHT, LONG AFTER DARK” book signing by Carl Lane Johnson One of the highlights of the 2016 Fall Gather was having rancher Carl Lane Johnson from Tatum, NM be on hand for both the Ranch Storytelling panel and his availability to sign copies of his then just released biography.  His book reads like…

Memorials January – March 2017

In Memory of Roy D. Cooper John Campbell In Memory of Leslie Fort Covington Barbara and Carl L. Johnson In Memory of Carol Crain Myra Best Glass William Holt Jowel In Memory of Joyce Fields Anderson Ranch and Mike Harrison In Memory of Jean Marie Gratton Barbara and Carl L. Johnson In Memory of Phyllis…
Jim Nicholson 2016 Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman’s Award of Honor Recipients

Jim Nicholson – 2016 Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman’s Award of Honor Recipient

  Jim Nicholson Jim Nicholson was born in Elk City, Oklahoma in June of 1950 of parents Lester and Ida Bell Nicholson, neighbors and childhood friends who were raised in Sayre, Oklahoma.  Jim has one brother and one sister.  Jim is a first generation cowman who was motivated to get into the business by/from Jim…