HISTORICAL SKETCH OF VALLEY VIEW
By Norman L. Newton, November, 2008
In October, 1869 two families would leave Missouri together and first stopped in Texas at Sherman with winter
coming on. These were the families of (1)Captain L. W. Lee and (2)William Obuch.
The men left their families there (Sherman) to go in search of a place to settle. They came to the southern
part of Cooke County and built cabins to bring their families later.
Then the Lee family left their party and came on ahead to this location by ox cart arriving on February 1, 1870.
Captain and Mrs. Lee are considered the founders of Valley View being the first family to settle here. In
describing the scene and recalling the time Mrs. Lee remarked there was not even a path and the grass was as
high as a man’s head. Mr. Lee had said we were coming to the frontier. I remarked that it looked very much like
a backtier to me. No neighbors, no schools, no churches, no sustenance for soul or body. A veritable wilderness.
On April 6, 1870 the families of (3)D. A. Jones, (4)Gilbert French, (5)Richard McCubbin, (6)Andrew Hill and (7)
Joseph Reavis arrived from Missouri and camped on Spring Creek. The Lee family was glad to see them to
finally have some neighbors. Then a short time later the William Obuch family who have traveled with them initial
from Missouri and had remained at Sherman would arrive. Most of these seven families were not only friends but
also family related with having ties to Cooper & Johnson Counties in Missouri.
Some of the men of the party concluded to get back to Missouri and take cattle, there being such a good
prospect of making money on them, and in July while these men were away, the report was circulated that the
Indians were in the country killing men, women and children. These new settlers did not waste time in getting to
some place of safety which would be over in the cross timbers. There they received a hearty welcome and felt
more at ease. It was not entirely satisfactory because the weather was so hot, blistering the babies faces. Mrs.
Lee made the proposal to the others that we get some guns and shoot the rascals if they bothered us. The
remaining men went to Pilot Point and purchased guns and ammunition and they came home and put out guards
at night. One night they put a boy to watch. Mrs. Lee had her doubts about him being a good one and got up
and went where she could see him. She found him sitting with his head thrown back and his mouth wide open,
fast asleep. She did not sleep much that night and watched for the Indians herself.
At this time these families had to travel to Gainesville for provisions, mail and plows sharpened, and
sometimes it would be quite a long time before they could get there. It would rain and Elm Creek would rise and
they could not cross. The families that had children would take them to Gainesville to school which was at least a
10 mile distance and if the creek rose during the day they could not even retrieve their children. Mrs. Lee
complained to her husband about this and he stated we would have to build a town of our own. Mrs. Lee told him
alright and she would do all she could do to help. Captain Lee asked his friend William Obuch who was an
excellent penman to draw up the blue print for laying out and naming the streets. They chose street names for
the men living in or near the area at the time and had taken an interest in building a town. Some of the street
names taken and still in existence today are Lee, McCubbin, Hill, Reavis and Obuch. Other street names were
added later as the town enlarged.
The town name of Valley View was selected by Mrs. Lee because of the pretty view looking west.
Captain Lee made the offer to give every family a lot that would build a house on it and paint it white.
The next thing was to obtain a Post Office. Captain Lee got up a petition and some refused to sign it saying,
one post office was plenty for this county and others would say, who would get mail in this sparsely settled, God-
forsaken country? They wrote to congressmen Throckmorton and sent him the petition. After investigating the
chances he wrote back saying the post office department was in bad condition financially and would not establish
any new offices at that time. Captain Lee wrote to him that he would give good and sufficient bond to carry the
mail free of charge. The reply was soon sent and with authority to establish the office. Richard McCubbin was
the first postmaster with Captain Lee as mail carrier. Then Valley View officially became a town on March 26,
1872 with the establishment of a Post Office.
When the town was about 10 years old Mrs. Lee would recount this little town was the prettiest, whitest little
town I ever saw. There were eleven houses built on whole blocks and seven on lots.
The Newton brothers, (8)Charles S. and (9)William F. who came to the new town of Valley View in late 1872
built a mill and cotton gin. Mill Street in Valley View is named because of it going to the mill.
The effort to build a school was a special project of the Lee’s. The first school was located in what was
formerly a blacksmith shop with a dirt floor. In order to obtain a teacher there needed to be a certain number of
pupils. Captain Lee subscribed four children even though they only had 2 children of school age. Mrs. Lee
asked her husband who else were they going to send to school, Ring and Whitenose, the dog and cat? Her
husband replied, yes, anything to get the school. Mrs. Lee would later recount that Ring did sometimes attend
but the cat never did.
(Note: I believe the first students would have been Ewald Obuch and Ella Lee. An earlier writing says this was
Ewald Obuch and Zoe Lee, but from research that I have done I know that Ella Lee was born in Missouri about
1860 and Zoe Lee was born in Texas in 1876 after the time of effort to begin this first school.)
An election was held on June 7, 1902 to see if the Valley View citizens of the Valley View Common School
district No 42 were in favor of incorporating. When the ballots were counted 61 were for incorporating and one
was against. Therefore the County Judge of Cooke County declared the newly formed school district be named
“Valley View Independent District.” An election was held the same day voting $10,000 of bonds to build a new
school building which was completed in 1903. This school building which was located north of the town square
served the community until it was razed in 1938 when another school was built at the south part of town where
the school campus is still located today.
The first school graduating class was in 1907. Prior to that time the students just quit when they had
completed the work that the school offered.
In recent years the Valley View School System has been rated EXEMPLARY. This is the highest rating given
by the Texas Education Agency. In athletics the highlight would probably be the Class A, State Championship in
football in 1980.
The Valley View public square was built in 1919. A group of civic minded citizens led by (10)Clay Newton
started the movement. Up until that time the plot of ground was private property and several business
establishments were located upon it. It officially became public property on September 15, 1919.
From the very beginning worship has been a key element in the lives of the townspeople. The early
denominations to be organized were the Christian, Presbyterian, Baptist, and the Methodist. Prior to building
any individual church building they met in what was called the Union Church a wooden structure. There the
denominations would meet taking turns on Sundays. The town kept growing and more people kept coming and
the Presbyterians thought it expedient to have more church room. They commenced raising money and went to
Mr. Lee and wanted a lot to build on. Mr. Lee gave the property to the church which is where the (11)E. F.
Carson Senior Center is now located at the southwest corner of the square. They collected all the money they
could but were still short on means. They made a trade with the Masons to build the upper story to serve as a
lodge meeting place and then were able to build a respectable house on the same lot. After awhile though the
church building proved to be insufficient, so they built a larger and more beautiful which again made of wood
which burned down. Not to be undone they built another church which was even better and larger and not made
of wood this time but of brick. This beautiful building which was erected in 1910 many people living in Valley View
today can still recall. The Presbyterian membership declined through the1940’s and early 50’s and finally
disbanded in 1955. Most of the membership transferred to the Valley View United Methodist Church. The old
Presbyterian Church building served as a community center for many years until it was torn down because of
disrepair. Today the Senior Center already mentioned above is built there. Each of the other churches erected
their own church building. Today the churches in Valley View are the United Methodist, First Baptist, Church of
Christ, St. Johns Catholic and Christian Gathering.
It would be the Presbyterian Church dedication ceremony in 1910 where Mrs. Mary Lee, age 70 years, gave the
speech on the History of Valley View of which I have borrowed heavily in writing much of the contents in writing
this brief historical sketch
In the 1870’s cattlemen of North Texas were plagued by cattle thieves. The first Cattlemen’s Organization to
combat the rustlers was started in Valley View about 1875 by (12)Harvey Hulen, L. W. Lee, William Obuch,
(13)Captain A. T. Ball, Charles S. Newton and others. This organization was the forerunner of the Texas Cattle
Raisers Association, which was formed in Graham, February 15, 1887.
Valley View’s Masonic Lodge No. 507 was chartered on December 13, 1879. At one time they used the top floor
of the Presbyterian building as mention already. In addition after this building burned they had other locations in
Valley View. This lodge was later disbanded about 1934. Many of its members transferred to the Burns City
Lodge No. 600, which was chartered on December 12, 1884, and met in the Burn’s City school building until it
was torn down in 1947. Then it moved to Valley View and is currently located on the east side of our town square.
At various times, Valley View, also had J. S. Ramsey Lodge No. 395, I. O. O. F.; Valley View Camp No. 377,
Woodmen of the World; Sudie Holland Grove No. 488, Woodmen Circle; and Valley View Lodge No. 2027, F. E.
and C. U. of A. I have often viewed gravestones in our local Valley View Cemetery that are marked with the
emblem of Mason, Eastern Star, W.O.W. (Woodmen of the World), and S. F. W. C. (Supreme Forest Woodmen
Circle), among others.
In 1884, Valley View’s first newspaper, The Vindicator, was established. Then it was followed by The Valley View
News, in 1904. There have been several other newspapers in town. The Valley View Sun was started in
September 12, 1906, and was published for 10 years. It was said this was the most successful of all the
newspaper that have been in Valley View. It operated through 1923 when it was sold and replaced with still
another. The Valley View Voice was the next newspaper and then in May, 1930, the Valley View Beacon started
their publications. To my knowledge the Valley View Beacon was the last newspaper to operate in Valley View.
The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway built a rail line from Fort Worth to Gainesville via Valley View in
1886. The first train stopped at Valley View on January 2, 1887. There was a train depot located in Valley View
which was customary for many years until it was closed in the late 1950’s when passenger travel diminished.
In 1903 the arrival of telephone service with the People’s Home Telephone being the first. The telephone
ownership in Valley View would change several times to be what it is today.
In 1903 would see the opening of the first bank in Valley View by (13A)R. P. Head and it was known as the
Citizens bank, and was chartered as First National in 1905. The second bank was known as the First Guaranty
State bank, started in 1914, by (13B)A. J. Hudspeth and others, and nationalized in 1924 as the Valley View
National which most of us old timers can easily recall today. The First National began voluntary liquidation on
April 19, 1948, and Valley View National took over the deposits and bought the First National building and moved
into it at the southeast corner of the square. Then the Valley View National bank sold to the Gainesville National
bank which then changed its name to Guarantee National bank and operated at the north end of town for a
number of years. This bank finally closed all ties to Valley View. Today we have the First State Bank in Valley
In 1903 Clay and (14)Frank Newton operated a Hardware, Furniture Store which also housed a funeral parlor
which was typical of the time. They later sold the business to the Leazer family in 1915. This was a father and
son business, (14A)J. W. Leazer and his son (14B)J. L. Leazer. This business continued to operate in Valley
View until 1938.
The town would suffer several devastating fires throughout its history. In 1924 alone there were 2 fires the
first one was in September where the entire east side of the square was burned and then on December 19th
bank robbers started a fire as they robbed the First National Bank of $5,000 which destroyed two city blocks.
Perhaps Valley View’s greatest bid for distinction is the success of native son (15)Judge John Marvin Jones
who was born in Valley View on February 26, 1882. He was the son of (16)Horace and (17)Theodocia HAWKINS
Jones. He attended Elm Grove School and a public school in Miami, Texas, before graduating from
Southwestern University with a B. A. in 1905 and the University of Texas with an LL.B. in 1908. He then practiced
law in Amarillo with (18)Leonidas Barrett and (19)Ernest Miller until defeating (20)John Hall Stephens in the
election of 1916 for a United States congressional seat. He represented the Thirteenth District as a Democrat.
As a protégé of (21)John Nance Garner and close friend of (22)Samuel T. Rayburn and (23)Hatton W. Sumners,
Jones became a member of the House Agriculture Committee in 1921. He became chairman in 1930 and
remained in that post until he resigned ten years later to become an associate justice of the United States Court
of Claims. In agricultural legislation Jones generally specialized in farm finance that cut across commodity
interests. He wanted low interest loans and mortgages, soil conservation, farm subsidies, agricultural research,
and new markets for farm products. As a result he helped found the Farm Credit Administration and the Federal
Farm Mortgage Corporation. Additionally, he played important roles in the Jones-Connally Act; the Soil
Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act; Section 32 of the Agricultural Adjustments Act of 1935, the first
guaranteed annual appropriation for agriculture in United States history; the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenancy Act;
and the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938. During the Great Depression Jones ardently supported the
construction of public buildings and urged the location of federal agencies in Amarillo. As a practical politician he
supervised the passage of more significant agricultural legislation than any previous House agriculture chairman.
After 1940 Jones served on the United States Court of Claims. He took leave of absence (request of
(24)President Roosevelt) from June 29, 1943 to June 30, 1945, and during these two years he brought stability
to the strife-torn War Food Administration by leadership that was principled and centered on public service rather
than bureaucratic. He championed increased production of food and fibers, and the WFA, aided by favorable
weather, was reasonably successful in meeting its production goals during World War II. He returned to the
court, became chief judge in 1947, and served until 1964. In his opinions he refrained from judicial activism and
tried to balance law, congressional intent, and his own concept of quality, which was deeply rooted in his Texas
heritage. As a judicial administrator he helped reestablish the Court of Claims as a constitutional court and
supervised the construction of a new courthouse. From 1964 until his death he served as senior judge. Jones
was a devout Methodist who contributed generously to religious causes and provided scholarships at many
Texas universities. He died in Amarillo on March 4, 1976.
Judge Jones made many contributions over his lifetime to the Valley View United Methodist Church of which
his parents were founding members. Fluorescent lights were installed in the church in 1941 because of a
generous gift from Marvin Jones that was in honor of his mother. Then in 1942 he gave the beautiful pulpit and
chairs that are still in use today.
An interesting event that happened in Valley View was the marriage of Sam Rayburn “Mr. Sam”, the long time
speaker of the United States House of Representatives to (25)Metze Jones, the sister of his good friend Marvin
Jones. The marriage took place in the United Methodist Church in Valley View in 1927. The marriage lasted less
than three months. He remained unmarried thereafter.
Valley View voted to incorporate in 1979. The town is served by a mayor and 5 alderpersons.
Now for a word about our Cemeteries;
The Old Valley View Cemetery is located on private property just north of town a short distance and to the
west. There is not a great deal of people that even know it exists being that it cannot be seen from any public
road and no sign or marker to acknowledge where it is, etc. The last burial was in the 1890’s. There is no
access to it without permission. It is in pasture land with cattle running on the grounds at will. Most of the people
buried there have their identities known but to God. The remaining stones are broken and overall in very bad
condition. Each of the times that I have been there I have left with sadness in my heart.
The current Valley View Cemetery which is located a short distance north of Valley View on North Lee Street
has had burials in that location since the 1870’s. It officially became a cemetery on September 1, 1890 when the
Valley View Masonic Lodge No. 507, purchased four acres of land for $60.00 for the establishment of a public
cemetery. The property was purchased from (26)J. S. Fletcher. The Trustees of the Valley View Masonic Lodge
were (27)G. L. Spurlock. (28)S. I. Burks and C. S. Newton. Over the years additional acreage has been
acquired. In 1942 the Valley View Cemetery Association was organized and has looked after the burial grounds
of the public cemetery. The Valley View Cemetery is sustained by contributions and a trust fund was established
in the early years which helps provide perpetual care. It has often been said that the only thing getting bigger in
Valley View is the grave yard.
Today Valley View has a beautiful city park thanks to the generous donation of property in 1996 by (29)Don &
(30)Linda Hudspeth and (31)Alan & (32)Charlene Ritchey. The park is named,
David’s Park, and is dedicated to the memory of (33)David Alan Ritchey. The establishment of the park was a
dream of then Valley View Mayor, (34)Cecil Neu, who desired a place for families to enjoy now and for future
Valley View is home to Alan Ritchey Incorporated, “ARI”. The business began its roots in Valley View during
1963. Starting with the Gin business and then going into the transportation arena with transporting mail for the
United States Postal Service. The company has grown and expanded into many different venues including the
Martindale Feed Mill in Valley View. ARI is the largest employer in Valley View.
The Valley View Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1997 to promote the attributes this area offers.
The Keep Valley View Beautiful Committee was organized in February, 2005. This group has been very active in
offering programs of interests to the community and local school. This group was recently awarded the
Governors Award being one of only six communities in Texas so honored. The town has been awarded a
$60,000.00 grant. A recent activity has been the creation of a yard of the month contest and the pursuit of
obtaining a historical marker for the town which started as a project of several local high school senior’s.
Today with a population of 737 (2000 census) Valley View is a quite town with its townspeople offering a
friendly welcome to all who come to live or visit. We are proud of the foundation our forefathers laid before us, as
well as our contribution to Cooke County’s interesting history.
We are proud to call Valley View HOME.
1)Lawrence Washington and his wife Mary Ann (FRYER) Lee came to Texas with 2 children. L. W. Lee was born
in Howard County, Missouri, October 27, 1831, the son of Noah G. & Sarah (HARVEY) Lee. He married Mary
Ann FRYER on November 1, 1859 at Prairie Home, Cooper County, Missouri. After marriage they removed to
Johnson County, Missouri and only returned to Cooper County during the War Between the States to be with
family. At the conclusion of the war they returned to Johnson County until leaving for Texas in late 1869.
Mary Ann FRYER is the daughter of James H. and Margaret Fryer. She was born January 16, 1840, Cooper
L. W. Lee died at his home in Valley View on February 12, 1916 and Mary Ann (FRYER) Lee died in Gainesville
on November 7, 1934. (Personal note: Her gravestone has the incorrect date as November 17, 1934. and his
obituary has the incorrect initials of his name.) Both are buried in Fairview Cemetery, Gainesville, Texas. The
primary street in Valley View is Lee Street.
(NOTE: It has been written the title of Captain came from that rank in the Confederate service. I believe that is
incorrect. L. W. Lee (called Captain or Larry by his friends) made two trips to California which the first was in
1850 at the young age of 19. The second trip he made was in 1857 when he was asked to serve as Captain of
the group of men from Cooper County that drove a herd of cattle to California for the profit. Perhaps he also
served as Captain of the group on the travel from Missouri to Texas in 1869 but I have no evidence of fact about
this. His service during the War Between the States I am still researching. )
2)William and Augustine (KAHLE) Obuch came to Texas with 6 children. William Ewald Alfred Obuch was born
December 17, 1832, in Saalfeld, East Prussia, Germany, to Carl Wilhelm & Louise (GOERKE) Obuch. He came
to the United States in 1854. He was married in Missouri, March, 1860, to Johanna Augustine Lucie Elisabeth
(KAHLE). William Obuch served the Union in the Missouri Militia during the War Between the States. He was a
Carpenter, Farmer and Inventor. A very well educated man. He drew up the original blueprint for the layout of
streets to build the town of Valley View. There is a Obuch street in Valley View. He died January 20, 1901 and is
buried in the Valley View Cemetery.
Johanna Augustine Lucie Elisabeth KAHLE was born on January 21, 1842, in Hoheneggelsen, Hannover,
Germany. She emigrated to the United States in 1856. She died on May 7, 1907 and is buried in the Valley View
3)David Allie and his wife Melvina (LEE) Jones came to Texas with 5 children. (NOTE: Most previous writings will
have his initials reversed as “A. D. Jones”.) David Allie Jones was born December 10, 1826, in Cooper County,
Missouri, to David William & Tabitha (NANNY) Jones. He married Melvina LEE on January 31, 1846, in Howard
County, Missouri. David Allie Jones died on June 25, 1891, Lebanon, Marshall County, Oklahoma. Buried in
Melvina LEE was born September 21, 1827, in Howard County, Missouri. She was the daughter of Richard
Washington & Nancy (HARVEY) Lee. Melvina Jones died October 12, 1914, in Madill, Marshall County,
Oklahoma. She is buried in Woodbury Forest Cemetery, Madill, Oklahoma. (NOTE: She is a double first cousin
to L. W. Lee. Their fathers are brothers and mothers are sisters.)
4)Aaron Gilbert and his wife Sara Ann “Sallie” (JONES) French came to Texas with 1 child. Aaron Gilbert French
was born on March 3, 1846, in Johnson County, Missouri. He married Sara Ann “Sallie” JONES on October 24,
1868, in Pisgah, Cooper County, Missouri. He died August 18, 1929. Place of burial unknown.
He went by “Gilbert” and his mother was Martha REAVIS French. Martha was a sister to Joseph Clayton Reavis.
So Aaron Gilbert is a nephew of Joseph Clayton Reavis.
Sara Ann “Sallie” JONES was born January 14, 1849, in Cooper County, Missouri. Date of Death unknown. Her
parents were John Logan Jones & Mary GEORGE Jones. John Logan Jones is a brother of David Allie Jones.
Another brother, David Barton Jones married the sister of L.W. Lee.
(NOTE: Sara Ann “Sallie” Jones is a niece of David Allie Jones. Another relation is Sara Ann “Sallie” Jones
mother Mary GEORGE Jones is a sister of Calvin GEORGE, who is the father of Mary Jane GEORGE McCubbin.
5)Richard and Mary Jane McCubbin came to Texas without any children born to their family yet. Richard was
born in Cooper County, MO, in 1840 to George & Ellen McCubbin. He married Mary Jane George on October 3,
1865 in Cooper County, MO. He died in 1886 and is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Gainesville, Texas.
Mary Jane George was born in Cooper County, MO. in 1844 to Calvin and Janie (SCOTT) George. She died in
1913 and is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Gainesville, Texas.
There is a McCubbin Street in Valley View. Richard served as the first postmaster in Valley View.
6)Andrew Hill (Believe this to be Aaron Hill but it is not proven.) This family did not stay in Valley View.
There is a Hill Street in Valley View.
7)Joseph Clayton Reavis and his wife Emily came to Texas with 4 children. Both of these people were born in
Missouri. This family did not stay in Texas. There is a Reavis Street in Valley View.
8)Charles Samuel Newton was born August 11, 1838, in Tahlequah, the capital of the Cherokee Nation to
Charles Gordon and Mary H. (BRISTOL) Newton. He married Kentucky Ann (THOMAS) in Dallas on April 22,
1866. She died on November 12, 1867. He then married Mary Elizabeth (JONES) on August 9, 1869. He
moved to the new town of Valley View in late 1872 with his brother William F. Newton, built a mill and cotton gin
which ran successfully for many years. Mr. Newton served in the Confederacy at the onset of war serving in the
Good-Douglas Battery from Texas. He was a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church and a master mason. He
died in Valley View, January 25, 1903, and is buried in the Valley View Cemetery.
9)William F. Newton was born in Cane Hill, Arkansas, December 11, 1842. The son of Charles Gordon and Mary
H. (BRISTOL) Newton. He married Rufinah King who died a few years later.. He then married June 10, 1877, to
Lizzie (KENDALL). Mr. Newton served in the Confederacy in Company A, Harp’s regiment, Thirty-first dismounted
cavalry. He along with his brother, C. S. Newton, built a mill and cotton gin which ran successfully for many
years. He moved to Gainesville where he was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a mason. He died, April
15, 1915, and is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Gainesville, Texas.
10) Clay Newton was born in Valley View, December 23, 1879, the son of Charles Samuel and Mary Elizabeth
(JONES) Newton. He married Addye (PETTIT) in Dallas, May 23, 1910. Clay Newton operated a Hardware,
Furniture and Funeral Parlor in Valley View in 1903, with his brother Frank. He later moved to Gainesville and
served as Cooke County Auditor for a long period of time. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and a
mason. He died September 30, 1946, and is buried in the Valley View Cemetery.
11)Edward Floyd “Kit” Carson was born in Valley View, June 24, 1916, to Thomas A. and Eva Lou (FRYER)
Carson. He married Regina (MITCHELL) on June 28, 1959. He served as a long time Cooke County School
Superintend. He lent himself to all worthwhile projects in Valley View especially the school system and involved
with the senior citizen welfare in latter years. He died March 20, 2000, and is buried in the Valley View Cemetery.
12)Harvey Hulen was born in 1845. He was a early day educator in the Valley View school system. He moved to
Gainesville and was a political/civic minded person of county affairs. He loved to write and did a series of articles
about the early history in Cooke County. He died in October, 1932, and is buried in Fairview Cemetery,
13)Andrew T. Ball was born, September 4, 1842, near Versailles, Kentucky . His wife, Elizabeth, also shows to be
from Kentucky. According to the 1880 Census records it shows he was a neighbor to William Obuch which
means his farm was southeast of Valley View. His occupation is listed as Trader. On the 1900 Census he was a
neighbor to the Lee family and Andrew Jackson Hudspeth family which makes him living on the north edge of
Valley View. He enlisted in the Confederate Army in May, 1861, at Windsor, MO., as Sergeant in Windsor’s
Guards, Trans-Mississippi Department. Fought under General Price and saw many engagements, was captured
and then exchanged the same year. He was with General Price until close of war. Returned to Missouri and in
1867 came to Texas. He moved from Collin County to Cooke County in 1875. (This family does not show up on
census records after 1900.)
(NOTE: It is unclear why he has the title of Captain. According to his own account of service in the Confederate
Army he began as a Sergeant and after release as prisoner he was a private which he remained till close of war.)
13A )Robert Pascal Head was born June 22, 1852 to James and Mattie Elizabeth (KING) Head. He and his 3
siblings were orphaned at a young age. The children went to various relatives and young Robert, age 6,went to
live with Dr. Richard King, brother to his mother. The Dr. pressed upon Robert to receive a good education and
at the age of 16 entered Trinity University. Failing health caused Robert to not finish his course and he went
before the court to be declared of age and it was granted. He received a part of his fathers estate which was
$250.00 With the money he purchased some cattle and was a cowboy in early adulthood. He suffered through
many difficult times. (Space does not permit me to tell the whole story.) About 1875 he started a store in the
town of Valley View and also served as the postmaster of Valley View dispensing mail from inside his store. On
July 13, 1876 he married Elenora (HUTCHENS). In 1903, R. P. Head, had controlling interest in the first bank in
Valley View, the Citizens Bank, which later became First National Bank. His son Richard Head worked as a
cashier in his fathers bank. This bank ran successfully for many years. Robert and Elenora built a beautiful
home in Valley View which still stands today at 605 South Lee Street. The Heads moved from Valley View in
1920 and located to San Bernardino. California. There they lived happily the remainder of their lives. Robert
died on September 30, 1929 and Elenora died January 16, 1945. They are both buried in California.
13B) Andrew Jackson Hudspeth was born June 26, 1839, in Jackson County, Tennessee to John and Jane
(LOVELL) Hudspeth. He married Ann Rebecca (HILL) on March 16, 1879 in Monroe County, Kentucky. He
fought for southern independence during the War Between the States. Company C, King’s Battalion, Kentucky
Mounted Cavalry. He was a farmer and businessman and was the president of the First Guarantee State Bank at
the time of his death. He died on May 8, 1917 in Valley View and is buried in the Valley View Cemetery.
Ann Rebecca (HILL) Hudspeth was born October 6, 1849, in Monroe County, Kentucky to William Wright and
Martha Caroline (BEDFORD) Hill. She died on April 30, 1947 and is buried in the Valley View Cemetery.
14) Frank King Newton was born in Valley View, October 20, 1884, to Charles Samuel and Mary Elizabeth
(JONES) Newton. He married Besse (KEEL) in Valley View on November 11, 1908. He operated a Hardware,
Furniture and Funeral Parlor with his brother, Clay, in Valley View. He later operated a Furniture store in
Gainesville. He was a rancher and farmer toward the latter part of his life. He was a mason and died on
February 12, 1960, and is buried in the Valley View Cemetery.
14A )Jacob W. Leazer was born in 1862 in Georgia. At a young age his family moved to Arkansas. His wife Della
was born in 1863. She died 3/2/1926. He died on 7/23/1930 from complications of gall bladder trouble. He
moved from Arkansas to Texas in 1892. He was engaged in the hardware, implement and funeral business for
15 years in Valley View. They are both buried in the Valley View Cemetery.
14B) Jesse Lee Leazer was born 9/12/1884 at Clarksville, Arkansas. His family moved to Jolly, Texas by covered
wagon in 1892. In1907 he moved to Vernon and was engaged in the mercantile business. He married Miss
Edna (REED) in Vernon. She was born in 1885. He came to Valley View in 1915 where he was engaged in a
hardware, furniture and undertaking business until 1938 when he moved to Gainesville and purchased Brooks
Powell Mortuary. He had graduated from the school of embalming in 1933. Mrs. Edna Lou Leazer died
8/1/1938. Mr. Leazer formed a partnership with Vernie Keel in 1941 under then name Leazer-Keel Funeral Home
in Gainesville. He retired in 1950. He married Miss Annie (BAIN) of Gainesville, 8/5/1941. Both J. L. and his first
wife, Edna Lou Leazer are both buried in the Valley View Cemetery.
15) Marvin Jones was born in Valley View on February 26, 1882. He was the son of Horace King and Theodocia
(HAWKINS) Jones. U.S. Representative from Texas, 1917-41 (13th District 1917-19, 18th District 1919-41);
Judge of U.S. Court of Claims, 1940-43, 1945-64. Methodist. Member, American Legion; Freemasons; Elks;
Woodmen. Died March 4, 1976. Interment at Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Tex.
16)Horace King Jones was born at Athens, Tennessee, October 4, 1849, to Robert Degge & Martha Eliza (KING)
Jones. He married Theodocia “Docia” (HAWKINS) on November 17, 1875. He was a mason and died on June
28, 1926 and buried in the Valley View Cemetery.
17)Theodocia “Docia” (HAWKINS) Jones was born June 6, 1856, to John Hawkins. Mother is unknown (GASTON)
Jones. She married Horace King Jones on November 17, 1875. She died December 28, 1958, and is buried in
the Valley View Cemetery.
18)Not related to Valley View History.
19)Not related to Valley View History.
20)Not related to Valley View History.
21)Not related to Valley View History.
22)Samuel Taliaferro Rayburn was born near the Clinch River in Roane County, eastern Tennessee, on January
6, 1882, the son of William Marion and Martha (WALLER) Rayburn. His long time political career may be viewed
at the Rayburn Library at Bonham, Texas. “Mr. Sam” died November 16, 1961 and is buried at Bonham, Texas.
23)Not related to Valley View History.
24)Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born January 30, 1882, Hyde Park, New York. He became the 32nd President
of the United States, 1933-1945. He married Anna Eleanor Roosevelt in 1905. He died while serving his fourth
term as President on April 12, 1945, Warm Springs, Georgia.
25)Metze Jones was born in Valley View on May 22, 1897. Her parents were Horace King and Theodocia
(HAWKINS) Jones. She first married Sam Rayburn in the Valley View Methodist Church in 1827 which ended in
divorce. She then married Jeff Monroe Neely Jr. on July 11, 1933. She died on October 10, 1982, in Amarillo,
Potter County, Texas. Her first name was pronounced as “Meets” per conversation I have had with my father,
Charles Frank Newton, (1912-1980). My father always spoke fondly of Metze when talking of his cousin.
26)J. S. Fletcher Note: I have the records of this property transaction but have no further information. Norman
27)Dr. G. L. Spurlock is shown as being the third doctor in Valley View. He does not show up on the census until
1900 which shows both he and his wife were born in Kentucky. He was born approx. 1852. He is buried in the
Valley View Cemetery without any date of birth or death given.
28)Silas I. Burks was born January 7, 1840. He was married to Mary A. Burks. He was a mason and died on July
27, 1909. He is buried in the Valley View Cemetery.
33)David Alan Ritchey was born August 5, 1965 to Alan and Charlene (STROUP) Ritchey. He died in a
automobile accident on June 27, 1982. David’s Park is named in his memory.
34)Cecil Anthony Neu was born in Lindsay, November 18, 1934, to Frank and Veronica Trubenbach Neu. He
married Kay L. (TERRY) on May 25, 1954. He was a former school board member and was serving as the mayor
of Valley View at the time of his death.
1870 Cooke County Census Records, Series 593, Roll 1580, Page 197, 198, 199. (Used Extensively for the
purpose of this material)
1880, 1900, 1910 Cooke County Census Records
1850 Cooper, Johnson, County Census Records (Missouri)
1860 Cooper, Johnson, County Census Records (Missouri)
Autobiography of a Pioneer, by L. W. Lee, August 10, 1914
Biographical Souvenir of Texas, published in 1889.
L. W. Lee Historical Sketch
C. S. Newton Historical Sketch
W. F. Newton Historical Sketch
Correspondence with granddaughter of L. W. & Mary Lee, Mildred Lee MANN Betteridge, (1903-2003), of San
Diego, CA. I personally met with her in San Diego just one month prior to her death in 2003. Correspondence
started in 1998 and she was sharp as a tack in mind and spirit. She had fond memories of coming to Valley View
by train with her mother, Zoe, from Denver Colorado. Her grandfathers middle name being Washington came
Valley View History Website: http://www.valleyview1872.com
Research in Missouri by Norman L. Newton, September 2001, September 2002 and September 2006,
September 2007, September 2008 and September 2009.
Howard County Courthouse records (Fayette, MO.)
Howard County Library
(Town of Armstrong, Prairie Township)
Cooper County Courthouse records. (Booneville, MO.)
Booneville Library records (Cooper County Seat)
(Towns of Prairie Home, Bunceton)
Henry County Library (Clinton, MO.)
(Towns of Leesville, Calhoun)
Johnson County Courthouse records (Warrensburg, MO.)
(Town of Holden)
Correspondence between Norman L. Newton and Jerry Smith and Ken Jones, 2005-06. (D.A. Jones & Lee Family
Ken Jones Family History on Rootsweb. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~kenjonesfamhistory/
Political Graveyard http://politicalgraveyard.com/index.html
John Marvin Jones
Samuel T. Rayburn
United States Gen Web. http://www.usgenweb.com/
Texas – Counties, Cooke, Potter
Missouri – Counties, Howard, Cooper, Johnson, Henry
Correspondence between Norman L. Newton and Gregg B. Obuch, Tucson, AZ.
Obuch Family Genealogy: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/o/b/u/Gregg-B-Obuch/index.html
Speech given by Mrs. Mary Ann (FRYER) Lee in 1910 for the dedication of the Presbyterian Church. The former
church building had burned. Her talk was on the history of Valley View. Mrs. Lee was 70 years of age at the
time. I have used references from this speech extensively on the material submitted. Norman L.Newton
Valley View Beacon newspaper, April 25, 1941.
The First 100 Years in Cooke County by A. Morton Smith.
The Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/
Valley View, Texas
John Marvin Jones
Samuel T. Rayburn
Collection of material from various sources that it was Mrs. Lee that gave the town the name of Valley View.
From the location of her home just north of town is a very pretty view of the Spring Creek Valley.
Contributed: Norman L. Newton
Texas School Rankings
Marvin Jones: The Public Life of a Agrarian Advocate, Texas A&M Press 1980, Irvin M. May Jr.
History of the Valley View United Methodist Church.
Memories of Early Days in Cooke County by Harvey Hulen. Harvey was a early day educator in Valley View and
did a series of historical articles which appeared in the Gainesville Daily Register in the 1920’s. Harvey Hulen is
buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Gainesville, Texas.
Fairview Cemetery, Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas Compiled by the Cross Timbers Genealogical
Cross Timbers Post - Cooke County, Texas, Volume I, II, III (1977 – 2000) Collection of newsletters of the Cross
Timbers Genealogical Society, Gainesville, Texas.
Cross Timbers Post – Cooke County, Texas (2001 – Current Date) Newsletters of the Cross Timbers
Genealogical Society, Gainesville, Texas.
Gainesville Daily Register Newspaper 1948
Gainesville Daily Register Newspaper 1976