Katherine Jane Moore

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Katherine Jane Moore, second of four daughters of Mozelle and John Moore, was born November 9, 1927, in Marfa, Texas. On September 25, 1954, in Marfa, Texas, she married Lynn Hampton Crittendon (born July 10, 1928, in Rush Springs, Oklahoma). Jane and Critt had two sons: Bryan Keith Crittendon, born November 4, 1956, in Houston, Texas, and Arthur Ned Crittendon, born September 7, 1962, in Marfa, Texas.

Note: Story from 1996 Arthur Jones Family Scrapbook.

Critt was born and raised in Rush Springs, Oklahoma, and graduated from Rush Springs High School. He attended Oklahoma State University where he majored in Geology. Following graduation in 1952, he went into the Army as a Lieutenant. He was stationed in Aberdeen, Maryland, and then at White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico.

Jane was born in Marfa, Texas, and lived at the Moore ranch and in Valentine, where she attended school. After one year in Alpine, the family moved to Austin. Jane graduated from Austin High School in 1944 and the University of Texas in 1949. She taught school in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and at White Sands Proving Ground.

Critt and Jane met at White Sands Proving Ground in the fall of 1953. Critt was in the army, assigned to the Missile Recovery Unit, and Jane taught at the Post School. Critt was sent to Germany for a year. After his discharge, they were married in September of 1954.

Critt went to work for Halliburton Oil Well Service Company in Duncan, Oklahoma, and was later transferred to Houston. Bryan was born in Houston in November of 1956. In January of 1958, the family moved to the Moore ranch in Jeff Davis County, Texas. They have lived there ever since. Arthur was born in Marfa in September of 1962. Both boys attended school in Valentine, and graduated.

Critt spent many years on the school board in Valentine. Jane taught for five years and has substituted often since. She also served on the school board and as tax assessor-collector. Most of their time and energy has been devoted to the ranch and the cattle, through good years and bad. It is a demanding life, but rewarding.

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