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Gum Springs Families

Source:  Horn, et al, Vertical File, Herman Brown Free Library
Transcribed by JoAnn Myers

Correspondence in reply to a query about the Hall family in Briggs dated 1959 and from Mary Moore.

"My father and mother were both born and reared in Henderson Co. Tenn. They were married in Lexington in 1877 -- lived there several years before coming to Texas, first settled in Corsicana, then moved to Hoovers Valley. In 1889 they moved to Gum Springs and lived there until the time of their death--Dad in 1933 and Mother in 1942.

My father owned the first blacksmith in that community, it was built in 1890 beside the store and post office owned by Mr. J.W. Edgar. Father and mother bought land from Mr. Steve Taylor on which they built our home in which we children grew to maturity. ...three boys and three girls. Minnie L, William, Jack, Mary, Elizabeth, and Harry.

...My brother Jack married Fannie Yancey, later divorced. Harry married Vera Woodbury. Harry and Vera had been married fifty years when she died in 1960. My husband was Albert B. Moore, who died in 1936; my sister Minnie and brother Jack attended school at the old Gum Springs school; they and the rest of us children went to school in Briggs. Minnie went to San Marcus teachers college; also to girls college at Belton. She taught school at Mill Creek, Adams School, and Red Bird, Briggs; she also taught Miss Rose McGuire in their home, on the Ranch.

Elizabeth went to Belton girls college from 1906 until 1910 when she graduated. She died in Dec 1910 only a few months after she returned as a bookkeeper for the Cottage Home. My father and Mr. Edgar were the first business houses to locate where Briggs now is located. They moved their store and shop there around the year of 1897 or 1898. Several years later Mr. Bob Patterson worked with my dad for a while. Later, father sold his shop to Mr. Patterson and took up carpenter work."
In another letter she states:

"I remember just how my dad's shop and Mr. Edgar's store looked when they were all there at that time. Then it was Taylor's Gin, the shop and the store were side by side on the left hand side of the road, going into Briggs, between the Pulliam house and Mr. Nichols house which at that time Mr. Steve Taylor lived there. Mr. Edgar lived in a little house on the same side of the road beside Dad's shop when they decided to change the location. Mr. Edgar and Dad's shop were the first business places in Briggs. Mr. Butler's family lived in a little house where Richard Pulliams house now stands. Mrs. Haney and her three children lived where Roberts Dellinghaus's house now stands and Dr. Eden lived about where the Baptist Church is at the present. The Sid Dillinghaus farm was owned by the Washburn family. My first night to spend away from (home) was at their home, soon after their daughter was killed by lightening while in the cotton field. She had her hoe across her shoulder, leaving the field because of the rain comming up..."


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