- Category: Opinion
- Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 19:23
- Written by Jim Bardwell
This weather has proven to be bad as of late with sleet, snow, and ice. It will get better.
Our condolences go to the family of my sister, Emma Warren, who is survived by her four sons and their wives, Maurice and Tricia, Tom and Lil, Bill and Brenda, and Jerry and Darlene. Emma’s husband, Earl Warren, passed away January 29, 1998 . She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as a brother, Buck Denton, and two sisters, Carol Pate and Brenda Johnson, and a sister-in-law, Ruby Denton. Emma was the matriarch of her family and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
There was no quilting this week due to the bad weather.
WORDS OF WISDOM: Though we may feel we are “like a broken vessel,”...we must remember, that vessel is in the hands of the divine potter.
Friday, all of my family went to a play in Longview that Gillian was in, put on by home school children by the Artsview Theater. They had 24 hours to put it together and did a very good job. They are collecting bears for the Truman Smith home and for firemen and policemen to give to children.
Please have your pets spayed and neutered and have them a warm place to stay when cold.
Thought for the day: If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what then is an empty desk a sign of? Albert Einstein
Other businesses in Pritchett from the records of Myra Watts: The Gilmer Mirror had an article titled the “Big Pritchett Fire” of 1908. The business listed that burned were; The McIntosh & Carlisle Drug Store, W.A. Bouknight Store, Eastman and Walker Store, Mings & White Store and the Woodmens Hall.
While searching the deeds at the court house I found that McIntosh & Carlisle sold their lot to W. S Bouknight in 3-15-09. Other businesses I found are: The Eye Opener Printing Shop; Pritchett Lumber Co., 1898; Cox & Gaston, 3-21-1901; Albert Maberry, 10-8-13; John E. Hail Blacksmith Shop 1904; E. B. West horse lott. He was a drayman (sort of like a taxi today) and would carry people who came in on the train to their destination and he rented horses.
My step great-grandfather, H. H. Bauman, who married Barbara Steelman Parsons, sold his blacksmith shop to D. Webb Gage on 8-16-1907.
Mrs. Annie and F. N. Buie deeded a lot to the deacons of the Methodist Church, T. M. Mathis in 1908. It was located just north of the Pritchett Community Center.
In the 1910 census the general merchandise stores listed were: William and Kate Maberry; Garfield Murrey, groceries; William H. Bouknight; William & Fannie Blackstone; James & Mattie Humphreys; William Walker, merchant - drugstore; George McIntosh and John Nelson, artist & photographer.
Pritchett had a Farmers Union Warehouse beside the railroad tracks. In the 1930’s it was used as a tomato packing shed. After packing the crates they were loaded on box cars on the switch and the Blue Streak freight train would stop and pick the cars and take them to market in larger cities. They also packed strawberries the same way. Congressman Lindley Beckworth, who went to school at Pritchett when his father taught here said, “During the depression, there was nothing more discouraging to people than loading strawberries on the train to Dallas and having them returned because they did not sell.”
Pritchett had a newspaper called “The Enterprise” owned and operated by W. M. Satterwhite & Sons. Subscription cost per year - 50 cents. Joe Dell Snow has a copy that had an article re: his great-great—great uncle Col. Oran M. Roberts, once governor of Texas. The 1910 census lists J.R. Nalls -– Publisher - weekly paper. This was before the Pritchett Enterprise Newspaper.
On May 23, 1914 J.L. Mathis sold a lot to the Smith Bros. Bob and Quince were partners. Another brother, Sid Smith, ran a barber shop in Pritchett. Guy may have worked there, he later operated a service station in Gilmer. Lizzie Smith, bob’s wife, ran the switch board for the Pritchett Telephone System in her home.
Dorothy Cowan and Cleo Snow remember some of the business in Pritchett in the 1930’s. They are: J.L. McClain grocery & restaurant; Carl Reed Drug Store; Lee Mings, General Merchandise; Pritchett State Bank; Post Office; Tweet Richardson’s Boot Shop.
Cleo remembers the drug store, McClain grocery store and the barber shop were connected and the bank was a separate building west of those stores. They were located near where Etta’s Cafe is now, before Highway 155 was built, on the south side of the rail road tracks.
Edgar Gaston’s merchandise store and filling station was located north of the tracks on the east side of what is now Holly Lane. Further north on the south west side of Holly and Aspen was a grocery store owned by Henry Davis. He later moved to Gilmer. Going west on Aspen on the north east side of Aspen and Lemon was the “Jot-em-down” store owned by Alvin Robertson. My grandparents, Leon and Jettye Johnson, ran this store when I was a child in the 1940’s. I have a picture of it.
James C. Humphreys is listed in the 1930 census as a Farmer & Private Loan business. My daddy, Joel Johnson, told me that his grandfather, Lannes Johnson, and Frank Mitchell wrote a bogus check for one million dollars and asked Jim Humphreys if he could cash it. He said he could cash it, but that he would have to go back to the house to cash one that large. They told him that was alright, they were going to Gilmer later and would cash it there. He called their bluff. It was told that he carried a suitcase full of money with him for his loan business.
Joe Roberts also had a grocery and feed store and in 1940, he built a new brick store just west of the rock school. He later went to work at the Gilmer National Bank and sold the store to Bob Davis, father of Tom Davis of Gilmer.
Loyd Crabtree of Gladewater said Pritchett had a cotton yard at one time. It was located where Monaque and Doris Gage built houses. John Plant operated the yard. Don Plant told Loyd about loading bales of cotton into the box cars. He would fix a gang plank and take two cotton hooks and squat down and pick the bale of cotton up on his back and carry it up the gang plank and put it inside the box car. (continued next week)