Texas history

Wed
05
Dec

Now and Then

December 9, 1943

Wed
28
Nov

Traveling exhibit boasts county history

The four-panel exhibit can be seen in the lobby of the Freestone County courthouse through the month of December.
Photo by April Walker

A traveling “museum” has been installed in the lobby of the Freestone County courthouse for visitors to enjoy for the month of December featuring photos from days past of Fairfield, Teague, Wortham, and Streetman. Freestone County Historical Museum Curator Patty Pratt and Board President Linda Mullen created the four-panel exhibit, showing the history of the county since its inception in 1851.

Over the years, the county has had five jails and four courthouses – the first of which was built in 1851 and described as an “old shanty.” There is a short history and photos of each courthouse in the exhibit, as well as a cost estimate of the construction.

Wed
14
Nov

Sheriff Sessions' book on sale Dec. 1

Pictured with the hardbound book, Freestone County Past and Present, are Museum Board President Linda Mullen and Peggy Sessions.
Courtesy photo

Freestone County Historical Museum proudly announces the publication of former Sheriff J. R. “Sonny” Sessions, Jr’s book, Freestone Past and Present. The book was compiled by Museum Board President Linda Mullen. Book sales officially open Saturday, Dec. 1, at the museum with a book signing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hot cocoa and Christmas cookies will be served while you wait. On hand for signatures will be Linda Mullen, transcriber Eric Wood, and possibly Peggy Sessions. Admission is free for the day. Freestone Past and Present contains seven and a half years of Sonny Sessions’ weekly historical newspaper columns written after he retired from office in 2003 until just before his death in 2010. Eric Wood, of the Freestone County Archives website, transcribed the majority of the articles, as Sonny had previously given permission to Eric to post them on the website.

Wed
31
Oct

Now and Then

November 4, 1943

Weldon Bonner Prisoner In Italy – It is reported here that Mr. and Mrs. Wirt Bonner of Stewards Mill have been informed that their son, Weldon, is a German prisoner in Italy. Weldon, who has a wife and child, was living at Hillsboro when he joined the Army.

Winston Oliver Reported Missing In Italy – Ed Oliver, longtime resident of the Campbell’s Branch community north of Cotton Gin, has been notified by the War Department that his son, Winston Oliver, is missing in action in Italy. Oliver was a member of General Clark’s fifth army, which is seeing active and continuous service against the Germans in Western Italy.

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
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
08
Aug

Now and Then

August 12, 1943

Ira’s – Bataan Patrol starring Robert Taylor and Lloyd Nolan; Dixie starring Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour; Gildersleeve’s Bad Day starring Freddy Mercer and Harold Peary; Coney Island starring Betty Grable and George Montgomery

Lee Judson Davis Reports For Army Service – Lee Judson Davis, who has been employed by the Mexia Production Credit Association in Mexia for several months, reported the first of the week for Army service. He was registered in Travis County, and was drafted by the Limestone County Board. His wife and baby will make their home in Fairfield during the duration.

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.

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