The Story of Bert and Annie Lard
Albert Lee "Bert" Lard, the youngest child of William Thomas and Katherine (Chittum) Lard, was related to the Ledricks and Walstads because his oldest sister, Amanda Jane "Jenny" was married to Henry Ledrick. Annie Zeporia Newby was the daughter of the John Henry Newbys who came from Graham, Texas and bought land in Roberts County. When the Newbys decided to return to Graham, Bert and Annie, who had married in Roberts County in 1891, bought the Newby ranch on Tallehone Creek 24 miles north of Pampa. Like the Ledricks and Walstads, Bert and Annie moved to Pampa about 1906. They brought six children: Jennie Katherine, Frank Lowe, Jeff David, Elida Ellen, John Newby and Roy Lee. (A still-born daughter had been buried on the Ledrick ranch in Roberts County,) Three younger children, Elsie May, Albert Thomas and Amy, were born at At first the Bert Lard family lived at the Meers house in the 200 block of East Francis-- just across the street from Your Laundry and Dry Cleaners. ~ While they lived in the Meers house, the Lard boys had wonderful times in a little wagon to which goats were attached and driven for some distance. On return trips the goats would run at full speed and go through the yard fence while the boys hung frantically to the wagon. The boys were never hurt, but the fence often needed repairs. Later the family moved to 201 East Francis and lived in a house that was sold to Mr. Pipkins in 1909 when Bert built a larger house. In 1929 Annie and her sons, Albert, Jeff and Roy, lived at 215 North Wynne. Soon after coming to Pampa, Bert with J. S. Wynne started a business known as the Lard and Wynne Land Company at 123 South Ballard (Post Office Service for many years). In 1907 a Miami newspaper reported that the A. L. Lard Real Estate Co. was having an office building erected in the rear room of the Crony Printing Office. (The Crony later became The Pampa Daily News.) Bert traveled extensively for several years promoting, buying and selling land and cattle. He was ~ne of the signers of the petition, dated February 17, 1912, for the incorporation of the town of Pampa. When Annie expected Bert to return from his trips, she left a lamp burning in a window so that he could find, his way home after he got of f the train. The light was especially needed in the winter months because of the snows and blizzards. During the winters there were chickens to dig from under several feet of snow .. and wood and coal to bring inside for fuel in the stores. The family had wonderful times at the "draw" (Red Deer Creek that runs through Central Park). After the spring and summer rains, the water would freeze over and provide skating for miles. M. K. Brown and Jennie Katherine "Kate", who could not kate, had a smooth place where they could run and slide. When skaters came up to their smooth place, Brown would say to the skaters in his British accent, "Skaters! Skaters! Get. of f of our slide!