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Iatan Cemetery

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Photos by Becky Hudgins

History of Iatan: By Jim Baum, April 1, 1993.
IATAN - Once called " 'Satan's Flat' because of the hot summer days, and low flat land," never grew to more than 300 people. But the town was a shipping point for cattle in 1881, and had four stops on the Texas and Pacific Railroad. When the town submitted an application for a post office, the clerk misread the name Satan, or for what ever reason listed the town as "Iatan." The low flat area the residents had settled in turned into a lake of mud whenever it rained, and for this reason, the town was moved several times, once two miles west upon a hillside, and then back down on the flat again. In 1891 there was a building that served as a one-room school-house, and as a Methodist Church. When motorized vehicles came into existence at Iatan, and the rain would commence, motorists would get stuck, and only a team of mules could be used to drag them out of it. Odis Wise used to make extra money that way. "When it rained, I'd ride a mule and lead a couple of others and get over there with my log chains, roll up my britches legs and get with it." Later the town would grow to include a filling station, post office, grocery store, café and depot. Most of the residents built there homes north of the railroad tracks, and all of the streets were dirt, even the highway back then. Eventually Interstate 20 would replace the old highway. Wise once said that he used to trap prairie dogs for Mr. Dupree's store to sell to tourists, and rattlesnakes were kept in "tin tanks for them to look at." In 1909, a developer named I. E. Lasseter began a new town site two miles east of Iatan, and called it "New Iatan." For several days, lots were sold and given away through various enticements. Lasseter advertised that "New Iatan was in the heart of the red prairie lands of West Texas and no better land can be found anywhere in the state." Red soil or not, Iatan never really made it, and in 1924 when the Postmaster John Hence died, the post office was closed and the town began to die. Oil booms would give the small town hope, but were never enough to sustain the towns growth. In 1938 the town was forced to consolidate it's school with Westbrook, and by 1942, the town was officially dead. Two miles north of "New Iatan", the town's cemetery remains. The only remaining remnant of Iatan.

Location: Highway 29 East to RR 2241, then turn left on Highway 29. Go through Lone Grove Community.

Transcriptions by Pat Hudgins & Pearl Smith

Name (Last, First) Birth Death Comments
ADAMS, Clarence N. 1891 1957  
ADAMS, Nella D. 1896 1996  
ADAMS, Merrello February 12, 1915 May 19, 1960  
ADAMS, Ocie M. August 20, 1896 April 24, 1927  
ADAMS, R. L. 1886 1935  
ADAMS, Jessie Ann 1881 1948  
ANDERSON, Filemon S. 1891 1892  
ANDERSON, Jim 1894 1894 Infant
ANDERSON, William E. May 9, 1832 August 12, 1891  
ANDERSON, Margarete A. June 5, 1840 June 3, 1925  
BARKER, John H. April 24, 1864 August 21, 1924  
BARKER, Lala April 25, 1875 March 10, 1934  
Bonilla, Bernabe Orona 1925 1927  
BRANDENBURG, Eric November 12, 1987 November 12, 1987  
BROWN, Dora Jackson August 16, 1953 January 7, 1996  
BURROW, J. D. August 27, 1861 May 22, 1914  
BURROW, Mary Jane August 3, 1867 July 17, 1941  
BURROW, Nettie Mae October 13, 1901 June 7, 1914  
BURROWS, Jess H. 1889 1944  
BURROWS, Gertie A. 1894 1977  
DANIEL, Alexander A. 1860 1936  
DANIEL, Myra Eva 1860 1947  
DANIEL, Arnett May 23, 1893 November 17, 1918 Son of A.A. & Iva Daniel
DANIEL, Clarence July 15, 1898 October 11, 1918 Son of A. A. & Eva Daniel
DANIEL, Hugh O. 1885 1939  
FIELDS, Donald Ray May 30, 1938 August 17, 1939  
FIELDS, Clara Murl July 15, 1927 June 17, 1938 Twin
FIELDS, Clarence Earl July 15, 1927 May 20, 1928 Twin
FOUCH, Walter S. 1854 1912  
FRANKLIN, Ben April 22, 1912 June 16, 1914  
FRANKLIN, Lloyd February 1, 1920 April 15, 1920  
GREGSON, Belle 1899 1920 Daughter of E.B. & M. L. Gregson
GREGSON, Edward B. January 21, 1872 November 6, 1951  
GREGSON, Minnie L. 1878 1920  
GREGSON, Guy Olen October 22, 1904 April 11, 1915  
HAWKINS, Rev. John W. October 20, 1883 September 9, 1961  
HAWKINS, Alberta Daniel September 3, 1894 January 28, 1973  
HAYS, Dois Sept 26 1926 Jan 12 2007  
HAYS, Jane Williams   Sep 12 2006  
HAYS, Russell Wayne July 27, 1954 September 27, 1954 Son of C.D. Hays
HINES, Moses M. December 24, 18450 November 13, 1923  
HINES, Margaret E. November 19, 1842 April 24, 1930  
HINES, David Colman December 16, 1963 May 29, 1999  
HOLLAWAY, Vira No Dates    
HOLLIDAY, Baby Boy No Dates    
JACKSON, Tom 1900 1974  
JACKSON, Theresa 1896 1987  
JACKSON, Tommie Lee December 1, 1927 October 7, 1984 U.S.Navy
JACKSON, Emma Theresa November 8, 1949 September 25, 1951  
JOHNSON, Barbara J. January 15, 1923 June 4, 1998  
JONES, R. M. "Rufe" March 22, 1867 November 20, 1938  
JONES, Dora Lee February 17, 1877 August 17, 1955  
JONES, Sera A. 1893 1952  
JONES, Fannie May 1897 1945  
JONES, Sidney January 13, 1921 December 24, 1997  
JONES, June I. November 24, 1921 January 31, 1994 Married 5/19/1940
JONES, Lewis Jack January 3, 1917 March 28, 1991 U.S. Army, WW II
JONES, Wanda June April 12, 1923 March 20, 1978  
JENKINS, W. J. August 11, 1857 June 22, 1916  
JENKINS, Gertrude 1867 1949  
JENKINS, Jessie K. August 18, 1885 December 8, 1918  
JULIAN, Sarah M. December 29, 1839

February 5, 1917

 
KENDRICK, Olsimus H. August 6, 1877 February 28, 1937  
LATTY, John F. November 16, 1900 July 16, 1962  
LATTY, Sudie B. July 28, 1900 February 15, 1970 Married December 23, 1936
LEWIS, John December 2, 1851 February 2, 1929  
LEWIS, Mary March 16, 1865 February 16, 1950  
LEWIS, Maggie February, 1885 July, 1968  
McCLAIN, Mrs. No Dates    
McMAHON, Howard Chester November 4, 1899 February 12, 1951  
McMAHON, Willie Marion Sneed April 15, 1901 March 29, 1986 Married 8-30-1925
MARTIN, Dr. G. D. July 3, 1886 June 28, 1914  
MARTIN, Texas V. January 4, 1853 August 10, 1936  
MAY, Durwood-Edward-Clarence   August 31, 1932  
MORRISON, Will (Infant) 1914 1914  
MITCHELL, H. D. 1931 1931 (Infant)
MURPHY, Earl Thurman July 1, 1922 January 21, 1935  
MURPHY, Earnest Edwin June 1, 1921 February 8, 1922 Son of L.H. & M.A.
MURPHY, Lavelle Houston March 17, 1891 February 27, 1972  
MURPHY, Mary Alice July 14, 1892 October 31, 1966 Married 3/14/1911
MURPHY, Thelma K. November 3, 1922 July 7, 1993  
MURPHY, Leland Edwin January 30, 1919 June 6, 2000  
MURPHY, Franklin Pierce February 9, 1853 April 7, 1929  
MURPHY, Mary Louisa November 18, 1858 March 1, 1941  
OLIVER, James Arthur 1931 1931  
Orona, Hinio 1927 1927  
PAIGE, Melvin Ray 1939 1939  
PHILLIPS, Ada Sweatt May 20, 1869 September 21, 1949  
PUETT, Myrtle Gregson September 15, 1907 No Death Date  
REVIS, Melba Ruth 1924 1958  
RICKARDS, Mrs. E. J. No Dates    
SMITH, William Henry December 1, 1877 July 3, 1953  
SMITH, Daniel Webster January 22, 1909 July 18, 1938  
SMITH, Minnie Mae May 3, 1888 October 11, 1993  
SMITHERMAN, George M. January 9, 1886 May 17, 1948  
ST. JOHN, George E. December 23, 1919 Jun 1 2009  
ST. JOHN, Paula M. August 13, 1925 No Death Date Married 11/18/1942
SUTPHEN , Emma Fay October 17, 1905 February 14, 1915 Daughter of G.E.
SUTPHEN, Infant of G.E. No Dates    
SUTPHEN, Sarah W. June 21, 1829 April4, 1916  
SWEATT, Ed 1851 1918  
SWEATT, Mrs. E. A. May 22, 1826 May 26, 1897  
SWEATT, LaRue   January 9, 1942 (twin)
SWEATT, LaRay   January 9, 1942 (twin)
SWEATT, Tildon F. November 1, 1876 September 2, 1968  
SWEATT, George W. July 8, 1874 June 19, 1948  
SWEATT, Toone G. 1887 1972  
SWEATT, Eva Sutphen 1890 1983 Married 10/23/1907
SWEATT, William Green November 27, 1853 February 12, 1934  
SWEATT, Mary Cindy January 25, 1856 March 18, 1941  
SWEATT, Roy E. January 29, 1919 December 10, 1991  
SWEATT, Dora N. August 11, 1926 January 18, 1992 Married 9/8/1945
TAYLOR, Frances No Dates    
TAYLOR, Jimmie S. March 19, 1936 March 22, 1937  
TAYLOR , Richard No Dates    
UNKNOWN No Dates    
UNKNOWN No Dates    
WATSON, Arlie 1926 1926 Infant
YOUNG, Leonard Joe August 22, 1909 June 5, 1974  
YOUNG, Lena Mae December 17, 1911 April 7, 1992  
 
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