|Birth: ||Nov. 21, 1867|
|Death: ||Feb. 7, 1946|
Lubbock's Most Influential
(34) O.L. Slaton was a member of the core group of founding fathers who gave Lubbock the framework for sound development as a young city.
He wore many hats: lawyer, rancher, banker and surveyor.
He saw the need for a water supply, sewage systems and paved streets if Lubbock was to grow. At his urging the city passed approximately $750,000 worth of bond issues in successive elections to build for the future.
With the town buzzing about being in the running for a new college, he and H.T. Kimbro suggested the city do $3,000 of street improvements to the area before the college locating committee arrived.
He was also a part of the group seeking railroad service to the city. His earliest effort was to establish the Altus, Lubbock and Roswell Railway Co. Construction began in 1909 but the railway was never completed.
Slaton ultimately helped bring Denver and Burlington connections to Lubbock as well as Santa Fe. Routes were available to the north, east and west.
Though he never lived there, the city of Slaton was named for him as is O.L. Slaton Junior High.
Sallye Wilkinson Slaton (1885 - 1929)*
Ruth Slaton Fowler (1906 - 1972)*
City of Lubbock Cemetery
Plot: Block 1
Created by: David Sifford
Record added: Feb 09, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7172497