Judge Mike Campbell: A Serving Hand

As of Jan. 1, 2019,Clay County will be represented by Judge Mike Campbell. (Photo by Jessica Crabtree)

By Jessica Crabtree

“I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands
to larger service, my health to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world. I believe in 4-H work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.”

That is the 4-H creed hundreds of thousands of present 4-H members and past members can recite word-for-word today. One individual it stuck with and somewhat shaped his life is Clay County resident, born and raised, Mike Campbell.

Campbell is soon to go by a new title starting January 2019. That esteemed title will be Judge Mike Campbell. To understand how Campbell got to where he is today, we first have to step back and assess where he came from— Clay County.

Clay County was founded in 1857 and organized in 1860. It was built on the outlook of multiple railways that connected it to Wichita Falls, oil and large scale ranches. The Campbell family, formerly of Arkansas, made their way
to Texas in 1889, settling in Buffalo Springs, in south central Clay County. Campbell’s mother’s side, the Foremans, came to Texas much earlier.

To say his heritage in the county runs deep means multiple generations. Raised in the rural Buffalo Springs/Vashti area on family land, Campbell attended school at Bellevue. There, with 10 in his class, Campbell
graduated third.

“As a kid, I was the first on the bus and the last off. It was a good 45-miute ride. I started riding in 1960, as a first grader,” Campbell recalled. Campbell had one brother, Don. Although 18 years older, Don was a huge source of love and support for Campbell, even after his passing in 2015.

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