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Scharbauer, Clarence (1879–1942)

Seymour V. Connor Biography Entry

Clarence Scharbauer, cattle rancher, was born in Albany County, New York, on August 18, 1879, the son of Christian and Jennie (McCarthy) Scharbauer. In 1889 the family movedto Midland, Texas, to join John Scharbauer, Christian's brother, who had moved to Texas in 1880 and prospered first as a sheep rancher, then as a cattleman. Clarence Scharbauer attended public school in Midland and worked for his uncle in the summers. When he was sixteen, he acquired his own herd of cattle and his own VXL brand. He attended a business school in Waco in 1898 and Baylor University in 1899, but he turned his full energies to the cattle business in 1900. In 1901 he joined his father and uncle in the organization of the Scharbauer Cattle Company, becoming manager of the company and its ranches at the age of twenty-two. Under his guidance the company flourished until it was dissolved in 1912 into separate ranches. In 1914 the Scharbauer Cattle Company was reestablished, again with Clarence Scharbauer as manager. He also owned and operated separately three other ranches and was a leader in the raising of registered cattle. Oil was discovered on some of his property in 1935. In addition to ranching and other business interests, he built the Scharbauer Hotel in Midland in 1927. Scharbauer was active in numerous civic organizations. He married Ruth Cowden on December 1, 1908. They had two sons. He died on October 2, 1942.

Seymour V. Connor, ed., Builders of the Southwest (Lubbock: Southwest Collection, Texas Technological College, 1959).


  • Ranching and Cowboys
  • Ranchers and Cattlemen

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

Seymour V. Connor, “Scharbauer, Clarence,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 08, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

July 1, 1995