In 1955, the Green Gables
Cafe was located at
304 North Houston Avenue at the northeast corner of Gandy Street. This
newspaper photo came courtesy of Steve Armstrong.
This site has an interesting
Here Edward Perry, a pioneer
erected his first home. It was a commodious two-story house set on five
and had a large cellar, cistern, wells, and stables. (He later built a
duplicate for his family at 521 East Main Street.)
In 1875, the Sisters of St.
Mary of Namur
purchased the Houston Avenue home from the Perrys, and, on January 24,
became the first location of St. Francis Xavier Academy, a girls'
day school. In 1879 the sisters realized the need for larger quarters
a substantial frame structure in the 300 block of Sears Street, near
Avenue. After they had moved, the original Perry house burned in July
In the late 1920s, as
increasing in popularity, Marion "Mack" McGlothlin opened a service
station called "Mack's Golden Gas" at the site; it was in operation
until 1935, when he moved to a new location at Houston Avenue and East
Winston Strinhorn then
established the Green
Gables Cafe at the location. Joe Fawcett purchased the cafe in the
and continued operations for more than a decade. One favorite dish at
Green Gables was breaded veal cutlets. Two women who worked there were
Bains and Bessie Isom. The last owner was Art
father of Mel McGirk. Next, in 1958, he opened "The Rib"
on Highway 69 with the help of Mel and her son Cactus McGirk.
The cafe on Houston Avenue
was renamed Hall’s
for a couple of months in the late 1950s, but when Bessie Campbell took
the Green Gables name was back until it ceased operating in 1974. A
people ran the Green Gables in the 1960s, including Emma Merrell,
Louise Green, Grace Watts, Edna Franklin, and Gertrude Platt. In 1974,
Richardson took over the site and operated it for five years as Tommy’s
Restaurant. In 1979, the building was vacated and abandoned. It was
in the early 1990s. The site then was used as a fenced-in salvage
yard; Johnson-Burks was behind it to the east.
information include Tom B. Anderson, Billy Holcomb, and Doug Hoover. A
article is Bess Murphy Drew Jr., "St. Xavier Pioneered Cultural and
Educational Trail to City," Denison
Herald, April 29, 1951.
Facebook, Dr. Joe
Fawcett posted on May 16, 2013: "Joe 'Big Joe'
Fawcett was my granddad. His daughter Barbara is my aunt. His son,
dad, graduated from Denison High and Austin College. He married my
Joiner of Sherman. Big Joe and his wife, Lois, sold the restaurant and
Corpus Christi, where they owned two A&W Root Beer stands. I
there often when we lived there. They had carhops and some on roller
They also served fried pies that I've never been able to compare to.
burgers were crazy delicious!"