A FEW OF OUR CITIZENS SPEAK
"I grew up in a small Oklahoma panhandle town just 50 miles from Spearman.
For two years prior to moving to Spearman I traveled regularly to fourteen
towns in seven counties located in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. When you
visit as many towns as I did, you learn to judge the character of a town
real quick and I was always impressed with the appearance of the community
and the warmth of the people in Spearman. So when a job opportunity came
up 10 years ago, we took it. Now that I live here I know that the people
are genuine and they take pride in their community. I am indeed lucky to
be able to raise my family in Spearman."
SHERI BENTON, HANSFORD COUNTY LIBRARIAN
"Back in 1978, my family had the opportunity to leave Atlanta, Georgia
and move to Spearman. Since I had grown up in Abilene, Texas and had, by
this time, decided that I was not a 'big city' person, this seemed like
a good idea. Little did I know then what a wonderful little town I was
going to be calling home! My oldest daughter, who was only nine, quickly
adapted to small-town life and was absolutely amazed at the freedom she
had suddenly acquired. She could ride her bicycle over to a friend's house
or downtown to the drugstore for a Coke. She could even go to the movies
without having to take one of her parents along. I remember vividly when
we had only lived in Spearman about a month, she loudly proclaimed that
if we moved again, it would be without her because she was going to stay
here to grow up!
GINA GILLISPIE, EVP CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
"There are some things that I love about this town. I love that you can
stand on 7th and Barkley and look to the left and see all the way to the
end of town, and look to the right, and see all the way to the end of town.
I love that I could walk out of my office with a great big box of trash
and interrupt two magicians sharing tricks and have them both hop up and
take my load from me...with one saying, "Do you need some help?" and the
other..."Can I give you a hand...I only have one."
I love that we have a First Grade Graduation that would make a grown
man cry. (Many of them did). And during that graduation, along with a diploma,
each and every child received an award that signified their own unique
quality...that they learned a song with sign language to go with it about
the joy in "My Father's House," that a beautiful song could be sung about
their small bodies being "temples," and that when the teachers read a poem
at the end, they couldn't make it to the next period without their voice
cracking. And that I could walk into a classroom when it was over and see
a little girl with her head on her desk crying because she didn't WANT
to go to 2nd grade!
This community is so very blessed with teachers who love what they do,
school board and faculty members that take time out to make themselves
part of things, and parents who love and support the children that our
indeed our most precious gifts.
Carla, Jennifer, and Kristi...your impact is incredible and Spearman
is so lucky to have you!"
DR. SCOTT MARTIN, VETERINARIAN AT HANSFORD VET CLINIC
"I'm a fifth generation Texan and Spearmanite. My great, great grandfather
was sheriff here and all of the men in my family since him have grown up
on these same streets where my three children are growing up. We lived
in Littleton, Colorado for three years when I was aggressively pursuing
my career. As the children began to come along, my wife and I decided that
nowhere has a better quality of life than Spearman. So we came back."
KATHY BRYANT, DIRECTOR OF THE O'LOUGHLIN CENTER
"Having been approached concerning the position at The O'Loughlin Center,
I took a day and drove to Spearman. The day was spent visiting the various
retail businesses, driving though the residential areas, looking at the
schools, parks, churches, public library, everything. "
"I was impressed with Spearman in so many ways. It was such a neat, clean
town with wide streets and parks in excellent shape. It was obvious people
took lots of pride in their town because it showed everywhere, the Courthouse
Square, the schools, the nursing home and hospital, the banks, and especially
the residential areas. AND THE PEOPLE, oh so friendly, so helpful, none
of whom knew who I was or why I was there."
"If I was going to leave my Oklahoma home of 27 years, Spearman was the
place I wanted to live. After 19 months here, my feelings are still the
same as that first impression. It's a great place to live!"