Freestone County Texas history

Wed
05
Dec

Now and Then

December 9, 1943

Wed
14
Nov

Now and Then

November 18, 1943

Ira’s – Banjo on my Knee starring Joel McCrea and Barbara Stanwyck; Law of the Northwest starring Charles Starrett and Shirley Patterson; It’s a Great Life starring Arthur Lake and Penny Singleton; Let’s Face It starring Bob Hope and Betty Hutton

Book Review – Mrs. Bowlen Bond will give a book review on “More Than Conquerors” at the First Baptist Church, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. Members of all churches of Fairfield are invited to come and be with us.

Thu
25
Oct

Ghost stories to welcome Halloween

The following stories were found on the Texas Genealogy website for Freestone County. Written by former sheriff Sonny Sessions, the spooky stories are based on tales from residents in Fairfield, Teague, Kirvin, and Donie.

Fairfield ghost tales

Thu
20
Sep

1943-44 Term of Dew-Lanely School Opened Sept. 13

In October, almost seventy-three years ago, the first school opened at the present site of Dew, in a little hewn, log house, with split log benches and no desks. Among the first teachers were Miss Molly Ruff and Mr. Thyman, with a teacher load of twenty-five pupils this being the largest number of pupils attending school at this time. The opening of the Dew School this year was quite different. With a faculty of six teachers and an enrollment of one hundred and sixty pupils. Dew has one of the most modern schools in Freestone County. A beautiful main building of rock equipped with all modern equipment Science room, library, six class rooms, and an auditorium with a seating capacity of three hundred. On the school campus we have a teacherage and a lunch room equipped to serve hot lunches to the children in cold weather. Our faculty consists of Mr. Gibson, superintendent; Mrs. B.B.

Wed
05
Sep

Historic house coming to Freestone County Historical Museum

Pictured is the current state of an 1800's house slated to be moved to the Freestone County Historical Museum where it will be restored.
Facebook photo

A new exhibit is slated to be delivered to Freestone County Historical Museum in the next six months. The museum is working with Mark Thacker, AIA, a commercial and preservation architect in Tyler. The house will serve as an example of an early 1900s farmhouse and Thacker plans to also relocate and restore a log smokehouse and a detached kitchen. The house will be partially disassembled and then moved to the museum where it will undergo a restoration. The overall floor plan, according to a Facebook post from Thacker, is almost a square. “The house has some of the most amazing geometry I have ever seen in a “farmhouse,” said Thacker in an email to owner Sherry Matthews. “Whoever designed the house knew a lot about cross-ventilation and prevailing winds.” Over the next six months Thacker and his crew will be rebuilding the house.

Wed
29
Aug

Now and Then

September 2, 1943

Ira’s – “Alaska Highway” starring Richard Arlen and Jean Parker; The Constant Nymph starring Charles Boyer and Joan Fontaine; Assignment In Brittany starring Pierre Aumont and Susan Peters; Pilot No. 5 starring Franchot Tone and Marsha Hunt

Hill Cash Store Sale Sept. 4

Wed
29
Aug

New book mentions 2 historic churches

Of the 186 churches in a new book written by William and Mary Pamela Schaefer, Harmony Church in Steward's Mill (pictured) and Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church of Kirvin were both mentioned.

Two local historic churches were mentioned in a newly published book by Houston residents William and Mary Pamela Schaefer. Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church of Kirvin and Harmony Church of Stewards Mill each got their own page in the book featuring 186 historic churches throughout Texas.

According to the synopsis, the Schaefer’s have visited and photographed approximately 1,000 historic churches in Texas over the past 10 years.

Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church

Wed
15
Aug

Now and Then

August 19, 1943

Negro Children Burned To Death – It is reported that two Negro children, one about three months old, the other about three years, were burned to death in a tenant house on the Williams place in the Winkler community a few days ago. It is reported the parents had left three children in the house alone, and that the oldest got out when the house caught fire from matches they were playing with.

Wed
01
Aug

Now and Then

August 5, 1943

Life Citizen Of County Found Dead – Coleman Hill, 72 year old blacksmith of Streetman, was found dead Monday morning on a work bench in his shop, having died sometime during the night. An inquest was held by Justice Willis Young, and his death was declared to have been from natural causes. Burial was in the Hill burying ground half a mile east of Streetman, Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Hill was a native of Freestone County and was born near Streetman, his parents being pioneer settlers. The only near surviving relative is a sister, Mrs. Caddie Smith, of Claude, Texas.

Wed
02
May

Capt. F.B. Lancaster reported dead by War Dept.

F.B. Lancaster

Published in the May 6, 1943 edition of the Recorder.

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