The James Isaac Hobbs family arrived in the area that is presently named after them in March of 1907, constructing a dugout near where First and Texas Streets are now located. They did this with the help of W. D. Marshall, an established resident.
By 1909, the community had grown to nearly 50 families, and covered wagons still arrived at a rapid rate. When the need for a school was established, a 16’ x 20’ building was constructed on the Hobbs property, which doubled as a church.
The first general store was built in 1909 by James Berry Hobbs (James Hobbs’ son) and Johnny Jones. In January of 1910, a post office was added with George W. Rogers as the first postmaster.
There was a consideration for the community to be named Hobbs, Taft, or Prairie View.
The search for oil began in 1927, but none was discovered until June 13, 1928. Today, a commemorative marker can be seen near the intersection of Grimes Street and Stanolind Road, where oil was first struck at 4,065 feet.
In January 1930, the area had a second oil boom just 3 miles northwest of Hobbs at a well belonging to the Humble Oil company.
By October, it was estimated that the area had increased to 12,000–15,000 residents.
By the mid-1930s, Hobbs had become a booming town. There were two post offices and two movie theaters, 53 barber shops, 50 oil field supply houses, 34 drug stores, 19 pool halls, as well as several dance halls, roller rinks, and taverns.
In 1932, the communities of Hobbs and New Hobbs combined schools, starting off the new school year with over 600 students. The communities were not formally combined until May 30, 1937. Then, on June 8, it was upgraded to the status of city, with Ross Walker as the first mayor.
The staff at Saturday’s Grill & Ice Cream welcomes you to Hobbs and hopes you enjoy your stay.