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MURRAY MARVIN JULIAN
Murray Julian’s great grandfather was Jubal Anderson Early, a famous general in the war of 1863, who won fame at Antietam, Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, and was Major General, commanding a division at Gettysburg, and in Vicksburg. Murray’s paternal grandparents, John Hennegar and Elizabeth Gammill Julian came to Capps, Texas from Tennessee, and the house in which they retired, is still standing in Tye, Texas. Murray’s maternal grandparents, W. K. and Mary Frances Early, lived in Abilene, and wanting to come west to live, they traveled to Floyd County in 1906, where they bought a section of land from J.A. T. Pearson and one school section from the state 5&1/2 miles from southeast of what is now South Plains. This land was premium land, near the canyon with running water, and wood there for fuel. Paying $7 an acre for the good land, they built a house with lumber hauled by 4-horse team and 2 wagons from Amarillo. Estelline was the nearest railroad at that time. Kendis and Janis Julian now live on this farm. Murray was born in Iberis, Texas where his parents Charles Preston and Sula Agnes Julian ran a cotton gin, in 1916. When Murray was small, the Julians with children-Elbert, Vera, Ruth, Clifford and Murray-moved here to the Floyd County farm, and Early built a new house where the Grigsby Miltons now reside. All the children attended school at Sunset with post office at Curlew. Elbert died in the terrible flu epidemic of 1918 and in 1921 the Julian Family moved to Trinidad, Colorado where Murray finished high school, and in a salesmanship class he met a girl, Bonnie Everist, who was destined to be his wife. Both graduated from Trinidad High School together. Murray went on to finish college at Barnes Business College in Denver, and Bonnie finished college at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She taught schools at Las Animas, Crock, and then summer schools in the mountains near Trinidad.
Murray worked as a car salesman and butcher, and in 1933 on June 26, Bonnie and Murray were married in Denver at the home of her sister, Bernice and Otis Sandusky. They spent a wonderful honeymoon at Estes Park, where not long ago the terrible Thompson Canyon was flooded and nothing of their camp remains. Their first home was in Trinidad, but the depresssion was on, and work hard to find. In November 1933 they went to Hallandale, Florida, to visit Clifford and Caria Julian, and stayed with them until Murray found work in Miami. They moved there and in 1935 their first son, Terry, was born. Later moving to Hollywood, where their second son, Kendis, was born in 1939. The 2nd World War was on at this time, so when Terry was 6 and Kendis 2, they moved to Denver, Colorado and bought a home. Murray worked downtown Denver, but was never happy there, always wanting to get back to Texas. When word came that the old home place where now the Bill Harpers lived, and the Charles Joiners adjoined them, that help was needed, Murray and Bonnie sold their Denver home and on March 15, 1943, they came to live and to help their beloved “Uncle Charlie”.
On October 9,1944, two wonderful things happened; their youngest son, Bruce was born and Murray bought farm implements and cattle from Uncle Charlie and started farming for himself.
August, 1945, the Bill Harpers moved to New Mexico and the Murray Julians moved to the old farm place, and “Mother “Julian lived with them. Terry, Kendis and Bruce attended South Plains School and all graduated from Floydada High School and all three graduated from West Texas State University at Canyon, with all being 2nd Lieutenants in the Armed Forces when graduating. Bruce later went to University of Texas where he was graduated from law school and passed the bar there.
Terry married Leona Althof of Roscoe, and now farms there with his brother-in-law, Harold Althof, on the A. & J. Farms. Two children. Dee and Dickie grace their home. Kendis married Janis Roberts of Floydada, and their three children-Kristi, Mitzi, and Tim- grew up and loved the old farm. Bruce married Janet Moore of Floydada, and he is a lawyer living in Perryton with their two fine boys, Clay and Wade. The families are together often for gatherings and holidays, and all love to travel. The Murray Julians built a home in South Plains near the Baptist Church where attendance there is as much a part of family life as eating and sleeping. Theirs is a happy, healthy family and all love to be together. The Murray Julians spend much of then- time now traveling over the United States, having seen Old Mexico, Canada and Alaska, by car, camper, and plane.
When they first married, Bonnie remarked ” I hope I never have to live in dry, dusty Texas!” Now, that is where they live and think it is the finest place in the whole world.