The Hooten family was a large rural Texas family. All we have is the name of the family and the fact that they lived near Lockney, Texas. Lockney is a small town town in Floyd County, in west Texas near the base of the panhandle. It was a town where farmers and ranchers would buy supplies. It was the subject of a PBS POV program, 'Larry v. Lockney' about a school district's mandatory drug testing program (2002). (Typically for POV and PBS the program is a criticism of the local community and America. That is fair enough in a free society, but why does the POV serices in particular and PBS in general never have programs about the strengths of America?) The Hootens almost certainly were a farm/ranch family if they lived near Lockney. The family consisted of 19 people in three generations. We see the grandparents, adult children, and thge grandchildren. Grandfather looks to be about 60 years old. That would mean that he was born about 1850. We do not know just when he or his parents cane to Texas. The boys wear a variety of blouses, knee pants and knickers. The younger boys are all bareffoot which was common in Texas at the time. The girls wear plain dresses. The portrait is undated, but looks like the eaerly 1910s to us because we still see some of the younger boys wearing knee pants. The older boys are no longer wearing blouses with Fauntleroy collars, but the younger boy on dad's lap is wearing one. An older boy at the left wears white shirt and bowtie with knickers and black long stockings. One boy has a small floppy bow. The girls wear plain dresses with long white stockings.
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