Sheriff William "Willie" Moore Harryman


Entered office: January 01, 1951 | Left office: December 31, 1952
Date of birth: September 06, 1891 in Yorktown, Dewitt County, Texas
Date of death: October 06, 1977 in Yorktown, Dewitt County, Texas
Place of burial: City of Lubbock Cemetery, Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas

Sheriff William Moore Harryman was born September 06, 1891 in Yorktown, DeWitt County, Texas. Harryman, his wife Minnie, and their two daughters moved to Morton in 1939 from Ropesville. For several years they farmed north of town before moving six miles west to raw farm land where they improved the land and built a home. Around the time they purchased the land west of Morton, Harryman organized and managed the first women 's outsiders baseball team in Morton. Players included Mary Evans, Dottie Vernon, Molly Dewbre, Ellie Barnard, Bessie Tilger, and Marie Scott.
Harryman was elected Cochran County Sheriff, Tax Assessor-Collector and entered office on January 01, 1951. He served one term in office, retiring to take care of his wife. Harryman 's wife, Minnie, passed away on February 26, 1956.
In 1951 Sheriff Harryman helped organized and served as treasurer of the Cochran County Sheriff 's Posse. The posse won many trophies, several of which are on display at the Cochran County Activity Building. In 1956 Harryman began to work at the Piggly Wiggly which was owned by his son-in-law Orville Tilger and his daughter Bessie. In 1958 he moved back Yorktown to take care of his 90 year old mother, Sarah, who passed away on January 17, 1964.
Sheriff William Moore Harryman passed away on October 06, 1977 in Yorktown at the age of 86.




        Left - Right: Bill Ed Rice, Sheriff Harryman, &                     Sheriff Harryman's Badge
                       Jimmy Porter taken in 1951



Source: Texas Sesquicentennial Texas' Last Frontier Cochran County 1836-1986 Volume 1. Copyright Cochran County Historical Commission; written by Bessie Tilger (daughter) circa 1985. Adapted by Mary Helen McKnight 2016
Photos of Sheriff Harryman courtesy Cochran County Historical Commission
Photo of Sheriff Harryman's badge: Mary Helen McKnight 2016



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