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Northfield, TX

William R. Hunt General Entry

Northfield, on Farm roads 94 and 656 two miles east of the North Pease River and twenty-seven miles northeast of Matador in northeast Motley County, was originally called Bitter Lake. It was renamed by D. Cook for his Minnesota hometown, famed for a bank robbery by Jesse James and Cole Younger. Cook started a store in Northfield and became postmaster in 1890. The community has remained small with a few businesses, including a gin. Pioneers before 1900 included Ed McCoy, George Elmore, John Thomas, J. R. Williams, and W. L. Moore. In 1946 Northfield had two stores, a post office, a school, and twenty-five people. The population was the same in 1980. In 1990 it was listed as fifteen, where it remained in 2000.

Eleanor Traweek, Of Such as These: A History of Motley County and Its Families (Quanah, Texas: Nortex, 1973).

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

William R. Hunt, “Northfield, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 28, 2020, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/northfield-tx.

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