HOBART, TIMOTHY DWIGHT
HOBART, TIMOTHY DWIGHT (1855–1935). Timothy Dwight Hobart, Panhandle businessman and civic leader, was born in Berlin, Vermont, on October 6, 1855. He was superintendent of the Berlin schools for several years before he moved to Texas in 1882 to work for the New York and Texas Land Company, which owned five million acres scattered from Brazoria to the Panhandle. During his four-year apprenticeship with the company, Hobart worked with a surveying crew under E. A. Giraud in Southwest Texas and learned much about the soils, climate, vegetation, and wildlife of the state. In 1886 he was put in charge of a million acres of the company's lands in the Texas Panhandle, then a part of the open range. He established headquarters at Mobeetie, from which he surveyed, fenced, and improved lands for leasing and subdividing among cattle companies. In 1888 he married Minnie Wood Warren of Vermont. They had four children; a son died in 1910.
In 1903, after disposing of most of the company's lands, Hobart was employed by the White Deer Lands Trust Company (see FRANCKLYN LAND AND CATTLE COMPANY), which had bought 1,000 square miles of land from him in Carson, Gray, Roberts, and Hutchinson counties. From his Gray County headquarters he surveyed, fenced, improved, and sold the White Deer lands until 1924, when he resigned to give more time to his private affairs and to manage the JA Ranch. He became an executor of the estate of Cornelia Adair in 1921 and sole administrator of the JA Ranch in 1932.
Throughout his later years, Hobart devoted himself to civic improvements in Pampa, which he had helped found in 1902. He was elected mayor in 1927. He was also president of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society for six years in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He assisted the board of directors in securing funds to build the first unit of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, which was dedicated on April 14, 1933. He also was a banker and twice president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Hobart died of pneumonia in Pampa on May 19, 1935, leaving a wife and three children.
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