My turn: Old hermit’s treasure was hidden

Robbery was immediately suspected as the motive for the 1951 slaying of Old Josh Blocher. The hermit who started the community of Progress, located between Muleshoe and Farwell, had long been rumored to have money hidden away somewhere. He owned the land where he lived and for decades peddled the lots in hopes Progress could [...]

My turn: Hermit killed for $.13

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Old Josh Blocher’s supposed wealth got him killed in 1951. Lester Stevens heard rumors the Bailey County hermit was rich in 1947, when he was working on a Bailey County road project. By 1951, Stevens was working at an Amarillo lead smelter, where he became acquainted with co-worker Thomas Livesay, the Amarillo Daily News reported. [...]

My turn: Progress hermit was a character

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Old Josh Blocher had a problem with Muleshoe. He said its residents were thieves, stealing the Bailey County seat that belonged to the community Blocher created seven miles to the west, called Progress. Blocher had no love for Farwell residents either. He called them devils. He said they claimed Lariat was the only stop between [...]