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
- 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:
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
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..."