Clarendon History 1922. [Donley] county has five towns and cities on the railroad. They are: Clarendon, Hedley, Lelia Lake, Ashtola, Giles and Jerico.
The county has six banks, with a total deposit of more than three million dollars (November 15, 1920). The county has practically every industry that is necessary to the welfare of mankind and has a fine public school system. The school buildings and equipment in Clarendon alone are well worth over $600,000. Besides the only Junior College in the Panhandle is located here—Clarendon College, which has an equipment worth about $500,000. The church property in Clarendon is worth approximately $250,000, which shows that the people are church loving people.
Donley County has one of the best County Fairs in the entire Panhandle -and takes premiums at all of the State Fairs. In 1920 the county won second prize at the State Fair of Texas in the County Exhibits.
The Famous J-A Ranch, which was founded in 1884 by Mr. John Adair, is partly in Donley County. This ranch has more than 600 sections in it.
Clarendon has paved streets, White Way, which lights up the streets. good water system, etc. - History of Texas, 1922, by W. Barrett Travis.