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April 19, 2020

by Virginia Scott


Even though we are still on lockdown, I thought I would check in with the community and let you know we are still here and I am checking our emails and mail each Monday so we are still here checking our email and submitting our column. I might not write every week but will stay in touch ever so often.


In the March, 1918 issue of the LimeLight reported the death of one of the original citizen of Lipscomb County: "John F. DeLong, it reported that he died at the Soldier's Home at Los Angeles, California (not the spelling) at the age of 79, the cause of his demise being diabetes and old age. Mr. DeLong first come to Texas in the year of 1873 and landed in Lipscomb county in year of 1883. For many years Mr. DeLong lived on what for some length of time has be known as the Bates ranch about six mile southwest of town. He was an old civil war veteran and was an honored member of the 9th Kansas Calvary in which he served through the war with many deeds of bravery to his credit... Among the many things in the early days of the Panhandle wherein Mr. DeLong is much remembered by the old timers is in the organization of Hansford county of which he was one of the organizers and one of its first commissioners. He was a member of the Masonic order in good standing." He was buried in the I.O.O.F. cemetery by the Masonic lodge of Lipscomb and Higgins.

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