J. Frank Norfleet - Hale Center, Hale County, Texas
Address: 702 Main Street
Directions: City Park, 702 Main Street, Hale Center
Marker #: 5189002663
Year Dedicated: 1978
Size, type: 27" x 42"
Last reported condition: Faded; Refinish
J. Frank Norfleet - 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. 1978
Decimal degrees:  N 34.064413   W -101.844690
Degrees, minutes: N 34 03.865   W 0101 50.681
UTM: Zone 14, Easting 237457, Northing 3772950
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