In September of 1900, Hugh and Carrie Herrington were blessed with not only one bundle of joy but also two. Ollie and Dollie Herrington were born in Hill County, TX. This was the 9th and 10th addition to the farming family, who would later expand to include 14 children
At the age of 7, Dollie and her family moved to a farm near Bluff Creek in Taylor County. She recalls the journey being especially rough since they had to traveled several days by horse and buggy. Once the family settled in, Dollie started school.
Her school days provided many of Dollie’s most treasured memories. Unfortunately, she was not able to continue her education beyond the 7th grade because her father felt that girls did not need to go to high school. Years later, his beliefs about education changed and his younger daughters were able to complete high school and become teachers.
Dollies days on the farm were very busy. She states “When I was 6 I made the beds, swept the floor, and washed the dishes. There was no running water in the house, so when I was 10 I carried in water and wood from outside.” She also states “When I turned 12 I would help milk the cows. Even with all the hard work, there were many treasured childhood memories. Dollie states “I loved Christmas, my mother always made me the prettiest dolls.”
One of her worst memories of that time was the famous Flu Epidemic of 1918. This epidemic took thousands of lives all over the country. Dollie’s own family was not spared the ravages of this epidemic. She said, “ I remember it well…our family lost my oldest sister and her twin babies.”
Church activities played a major roll in Herrington family’s life. Therefore it only seemed natural that Dollie and Walter Hurt would begin seeing each other. Walter was a farmer and the son of a local minister. In 1919 Walter asked Mr. Herrington for Dollie’s hand in marriage. The happy couple was married in April of 1919.
Soon this happy couple became a family of six. All 4 children were girls. Dollie was the perfect housewife and mother. She was a good cook, sewed and crocheted. She was very talented in music too. Music played a big part of her life She loved to sing and play the piano and was always the pianist at the church.
In 1923 the family moved to Hale County where they farmed several years northeast of Plainview. In 1948 they moved near halfway where they farmed until deciding to move to Plainview in 1955. Once moved to Plainview, they became active in the College Heights Baptist Church where Walter served as a deacon. According to her daughters, the church has always been a vital part of Dollie’s life. She was involved in several organizations in the Baptist church and can still “quote a lot of scripture” says her daughters.
There is no lack of family support and love for Dollie. Her daughters state “she’s a trophy of God’s grace” for being able to live these many years. Dollie is the proud matriarch of 4 daughters, 13 grand children, 25 great grand children and 4 great great grand children.