"Her Four-Room House was So Big That It Became Lockney's First Hotel"
"By special correspondent Lockney, January 19, because her four-room residence was the largest in Lockley, or in miles around as to that matter, Mrs. G.W. (George Washington) Brewster (ne Martha Ellen DuPuy)was practically forced in 1894 to go into the hotel business, an engagement in which she has been active for the past 42 years.
'We had more room in our four-room house than any family in Lockney and the drummers and other travelers just naturally expected us to take them in,' said Mrs. Brewster recently in speaking of the start of the first lodging house in the now thriving plains town.
Most meals for quests were cooked on stoves that used cow chips for fuel, as all wood was hauled from the breaks along the Cap Rock. A trip for a load of wood required 4 days, Mrs. Brewster said. A trip to Amarillo, almost a hundred miles as a crow flies across the plains, required 5 days to a week, depending upon whether the traveler rode horseback or made the trip by wagon.
'Lockney was nothing but a few dug outs and a few windmills when we came here in 1890,' Mrs. Brewster said. Coming from Stephenville by prairie schooner (covered wagon) and driving a herd of cattle and horses, the Brewster family with J.M. Shaffer, now a resident of Plainview were on the road a month to a day. The Brewster family lived for three years near Plainview where prairie fires and Indian scares provided enough adventure and excitement for a lifetime. There was no Indian attack, Mrs. Brewster said. But one occasion residents of this situation congregated to ward off an expected attack by Indians.
The men could stand in the dugouts and shoot antelopes that came up to graze. I saw the country almost depopulated more than once by drought and grasshoppers, but as soon as those troubles would pass more settlers would come and a few always stayed. We stayed because the climate and the plains just somehow got into our blood. This was great ranch country to begin with and it was not long until we learned it was a great farming country,' Mrs. Brewster said.
Other Lockney residents here at the time of the Brewsters' arrival were Mr. & Mrs. R.C. Bennett, Mrs. C.F. Merrick and Mrs. Allen Baker who is still active here in operation of the oldest mercantile business on the North Plains.
Children of Mrs. Brewster are Mrs. V N Dillard (Alma Brewster), Lubbock, Mrs. Dodson (Daisy Brewster), Oilton, Grady Brewster, Dalhart, and Miss Ethel Brewster, Lockney, who now assists her mother in operation of an apartment house that was formerly the Brewster Hotel."
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