I received this from a reader who tells me the story of the old buildings near Jetmore.
Hi Amy, your assumption was correct in that the old buildings south of Jetmore
were moved into the pasture. The old depots were formerly located in Hanston
and Jetmore and perhaps even one from Dighton, I think that for some
reason--maybe that's the one sitting behind the larger one you couldn't see.
The old country school house used to sit on a corner of US 283 and was attended
until about 1971 when the area country schools all finally closed down.
Jack Warner moved the buildings onto the Warner Ranch and for a time he
lived in one of the old depots. He was the Libertarian congressional
candidate from Ford County who threw his hat into the ring every few years but
never was elected, he passed away in 2011. He was rather eccentric and after
the depot he was residing in caught fire, he kind of let everything go to
disarray. The country school has been kept up better than the old depots. It
was exciting to see the Warners utilize the old buildings at first and try to
save them on their land, but the task must of been a bit daunting and whatever
great ideas Mr. Warner had for the buildings never seemed to pan out.
One of Jack Warner's aunts, Kate Warner Krumrey, wrote two
pretty interesting books years ago that were published and told the story of
settling in Ford and Hodgeman County . "Saga of Sawlog" and a sequel aptly
titled "Sequel to Saga." They are scarce & sell for a pretty penny online,
but we have copies in our library and I'm sure there are others around.
photo you took of Backtrail Road and the bridge running north and south on 283
goes over the "Sawlog Creek." The Warner's Ranch is sometimes called the Black
and White Ranch because they only raised Morgan horses and Black Angus cattle,
and painted the farm buildings and fence white.The Warners often rode in parades
and such and were quite a handsome presentation in their black jeans and white
shirts on their black mounts. Up until a few years ago they hosted a successful
bluegrass festival in the "Warner Grove," an heavily wooded and lush area down
the road from the home place. Down inside 'the grove' it was easy to forget you
were in the flatlands surrounded by trees and shade and cool breezes along the