Ozona History

by compiled by Amanda Deats-Coello

June 21, 1934

Early hard-surfacing of the 45-mile stretch of Highway 27 from Ozona west to the Pecos County line is seen as a possibility with the designation of Crockett County in the drought relief area of Texas by the federal department of agriculture this week and the allotment of more than $12,000,000 by the federal government for highway construction work in Texas.

June 22, 1944

Churches of Christ at Ozona, Sheffield, Iraan, Sanderson and Fort Stockton, have combined to create a new permanent camp meeting site on the Pecos River about halfway between Sheffield and Iraan on Highway 51 according to an announcement this week by James F. Black, minister of the Church of Christ at Sheffield. The encampment site has plenty of shade trees, good water and is available for fishing and bathing in the Pecos River. Rev. Black wrote Grounds for camp houses and a new tabernacle are available this year, the announcement said.

June 17, 1954

A petition asking that an election be called for the purpose of deciding whether or not sale of beer shall be legalized in Crockett County was presented to the Commissioners Court at its June meeting Monday but the court returned the petition when it found that the legal requirements to the number of qualified voter signers had not been met.

June 18, 1964

This Crockett County team walked off with first place in the Grass Judging Contest of the 1964 Texas 4-H Roundup held at Texas A&M University, June 2-4. Team members are (from left) David Jacoby, Larry Williams, Lellee Michell and Hugh Coates, all of Ozona.

June 20, 1974

Giant dozer razes the old Mt. Zion Baptist Church building in the path of IS 10 after filling in Lockett Pool here Tuesday morning. The right of way for the super highway through Ozona is being cleared with amazing speed. Officials expected the huge piece of equipment Monday afternoon, but it didn’t arrive until Tuesday morning. However, it made up for lost time.

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