Noonan was founded in 1907 and named after a family that had business, farm, and coal interests in the area. It was once known as “The White City” because of an ordinance requiring all buildings to be painted white.
Glenn Strange (August 16, 1899 – September 20, 1973) was an American actor who mostly appeared in Western films. He is best remembered for playing Frankenstein’s monster in three Universal films during the 1940s and for his role as Sam Noonan, the popular bartender on CBS’s Gunsmoke television series. Strange was of Irish and Cherokee descent and was a cousin of the Western film star and narrator Rex Allen.
Life and career
Strange was born near Alamogordo in tiny Weed in Otero County, northeast of El Paso, Texas, some thirteen years prior to New Mexico gaining statehood. He was born as George Glenn Strange, the fourth child of William Russell Strange and the former Sarah Eliza Byrd. He was an eighth generation grandson of Pocahontas and John Rolfe of Jamestown, Virginia.
Strange grew up in tiny Cross Cut (formerly known as Cross Out) in Brown County (county seat: Brownwood), some fifty miles east of Abilene in West Texas.
Strange played the Monster a third time in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), with Chaney, Jr. and Bela Lugosi.
Noonan near Devine in Medina County, Texas. The only other US Devine, in Colorado, is just below Vineland, and Devine itself is listed with a lone variant name of Vineland. My thinking in respect to WH X-ing: Devine is a central place in The Crossing’s Vineland. Below Vineland is Weed — that was already predetermined. Now I know that our Strang or Strange is from Weed as well through Glenn Strange from Weed, NM, famous for his portrayals of Frankenstein’s monster and also the bartender Noonan from Gunsmoke.
Only other *Noonan* beside the one in Texas is in Divide Co., ND near a *Strange* Siding. How odd; how strange if I may be allowed.