Gone to New Mexico
The following is a note that was written by Roy Harman about my great-aunts, Annice Oleana Fewell Lacey and Ollie Belle Fewell Harman and their trek from Lampasas, Texas to New Mexico IN A covered wagon.
“Annice O. Lacey was born at Copperas Cove, Texas on October 28, 1885. Her maiden name was Annice Oleana Fewell. She attended school in Lampasas, Tx. There were two sisters-Ollie Belle Fewell and Florence. Both have passed on. About 1897 or 1898 the family left Lampasas in a covered wagon and driving about 50 head of cattle on their way to New Mexico. They spent one winter in Floydada, Tx where Annice and Ollie went to school. The following winter they were at Portales and went to school there in a tent but a frame building school house was built there that winter. What a far cry that is from the modern college now located there. There was one store there at that time. Leaving Portales they crossed the Pecos near Ft. Sumner and went on to an area near White Oakes known as Texas Park and acquired some land. The country was all open with no fences then so with a little land they could run the cattle there.
Annice married Erastus Lacey at Carrizozo about 1913. They had no children, but when Mr. Lacey’s brothers wife passed away leaving a two year old boy they were happy to have him. His name is Ray Lacey and he now lives in Montgomery Creek Calif and is retired.
Annice attended a “Normal School" in White Oaks in 1902 and 1903 and was the first teacher in the Ancho NM school. She also taught at Rabenton, NM and a school near where they lived in Texas Park. For a period of time after her marriage they lived in White Oaks, La Luz, Valmont and Tularosa NM. Also in Cotton wood Calif. For a time they had a ranch and a farm down the valley and has made her home in Ft. Sumner ever since the late 1940’s.”
Ollie Bell Fewell Harman died in Carizozo, New Mexico 24 May 1935
Annice Oleana Fewell Lacey died in Ft. Sumner 22 Sep 1985 just short of her 100th birtday.
Roy Harman died in 2002.