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MOTLEY COUNTY RAILWAY. The Motley County Railway Company was incorporated by citizens of Matador and chartered on June 20, 1913, to build an eight-mile road from Matador to a connection with the Quanah, Acme, and Pacific, three miles east of Roaring Spring. Bylaws provided for capital stock of $100,000 to be divided into shares at $100 each. The Matador Land and Cattle Company, which had declined to bear the burden of the line when petitioned by citizens of Matador, provided a bonus of $10,000 for construction, and one investor bought stock worth $50,000. With cattleman A. B. Echols serving as president, the board of directors included I. E. Martin, J. D. Morriss, J. N. Gaines, R. P. Moore, J. C. Burleson, J. E. Russell, T. E. Leckie, and A. C. Traweek, all of Matador. The business office was located at Matador. The road was completed by June 16, 1914, at a cost of $12,500. R. L. Hamilton, A. B. Echols, and W. A. Newman were among the leading incorporators who made arrangements for trackage rights into Roaring Springs over the Quanah, Acme, and Pacific route for which they paid $100 a month. The branch line had a depot and roundhouse, a locomotive, four cars, and "the Jigger," a passenger carrier built by engineer Tom Cudd. The Jigger was a Model T Ford truck rigged to run on the rails. Conductors, whose duties varied from taking fares, loading cotton and cattle, and carrying money home at night, were Marvin Patton and Henry Pipkin. The line depended on cattle sweepers to clear the tracks, as it traveled through unfenced ranches. In 1926 the road owned two locomotives and earnings included $2,631 in passenger revenue, $38,902 in freight revenue, and $686 in other revenue. The Motley County Railway operated until July 1926, when by an act of the legislature it was sold to and consolidated with the Quanah, Acme, and Pacific, which continued to run it until its abandonment in 1936.

Marisue Potts

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