Charles A. Tignor – Early Day Employee of White Deer Lands

Charles A. Tignor, born March 7, 1875, rode into the city of Panhandle, Texas, in March 1894. He worked at different places in Gray County until about 1899 when he was employed by George Tyng, manager of the White Deer Lands. In 1902 Tyng released him from his job because he refused to vote in an election according to Tyng’s wishes.

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Tignor was rehired when T. D. Hobart became manager of the White Deer Land Company in 1903. Tignor’s duties included showing the land to prospective buyers and keeping the fences in good condition. Each spring he took a group of men out on the land to build and repair fences and windmills. He bought the supplies for the group and employed the camp cook who for several years was Fred Sloan. Charles A. Tignor and Mittie Farrington were married on November 15, 1911. Mittie, born November 22, 1879, was the daughter of James Clark Farrington and Margaret Poindexter Farrington who came to Gray County in 1901 and settled east of Pampa. J. C. “Pap” Farrington had a great interest in raising wheat which he did successfully.

He was proud of the beautiful flowers and shrubs in his yard. He was interested in others and made frequent calls to help his neighbors. Farrington School (1912-1943) was named in his honor. In 1917 Tignor resigned from the White Deer Land Company and moved onto his own ranch and farm where he raised cattle and wheat. He owned Section 21 of Block 3, I. & G. N. Survey. Tignor continued his close relationship with Hobart and regarded him as though Hobart was his own father. Just before his last illness in 1935, Hobart told Mittie to “keep the telephone line in order because I like to talk to Tignor.”

Charles and Mittie Tignor were good citizens and came regularly to help with the elections held at Baker Elementary for Precinct 2. Mittie, who had been a history teacher in the Pampa schools before her marriage, taught the Tignor daughters, Margaret and Beryl, at home until they were ready for high school. When the superintendent expressed doubt that the girls could do the required work, Mittie requested that they take entrance tests. Not only did the girls pass the tests with high scores but they did better work than most of the other students while they attended Pampa High School. Margaret Tignor married Ray Robbins, who at the time was a band director in the Pampa school system.

Beryl Tignor married Lt. Col. Walter L. Carrs, Air Attache’ Embassy of the U. S., The Hague, Netherlands. Mittie Tignor, who was a charter member of Pampa Genealogical Society and a member of First Church of Christ Scientists, died on January 15, 1965, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ray Robbins, in Borger. Charles A. Tignor, a life member of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society, died on January 31, 1970, at the Four Seasons Nursing Home in Amarillo.

Over 200 Articles, written by Eloise Lane, were published in the Pampa News. These articles may be accessed by clicking on each section below. A list of articles will be revealed that are linked to a page containing the text of the article.

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