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View Plat Map , 1908, Martin Springs is shown (incomplete) on bottom images.

"There was once a community/town west of Pottsboro called Martin Springs, where a natural spring is.  This spring is connected to Spout Springs, Brogdon Springs, etc.   I think it was near the present intersection of Kyker Lane and 120 west of Pottsboro.  It had a post office and a cotton gin at least.  
I have a postcard postmarked Martin Springs, TX and cotton gin receipts to my great great great grandfather Robert Daniel who was one of the early settlers, coming here in 1866 from Missouri to west of Pottsboro." 

Postcard with Martin Springs, Tex.
Postmark made out to Blomingdale Bros. in New York.


The Holland family lived in Middle Tennessee near White River.   All of the nine Holland boys married the nine Upchurch daughters, who were their neighbors.  One of the sons was Thomas Holland who married Rachel Upchurch.  Before Rachel died, she had five sons; after her death Thomas took the small boys from Tennessee to Illinois and down to Texas.  Realizing he couldn't care for the boys, Thomas found homes for them : Will and Enoch were left near Sherman with C.W. Thomas; James and Joseph B. were left with the Cook family near Collinsville; baby Harrison was left in Fannin Co.  Thomas married again and had five other sons.

William Holland married Isabelle Parks, a 3/4 Cherokee Indian, from southeast Texas, Anderson County, daughter of W. Parks and June Reynolds, whose grandfather John Ross lead the Trail of Tears.   The couple lived in Indian Territory, Hughes Co., until after their baby was born and then they moved to Grayson Co., 
homesteading 160 acres near Martin Springs after the Civil War and lived their until their deaths.   William and his brother Enoch Holland settled as farmer/ranchers near Pottsboro, Texas.    The family hauled water from the Springs.  Women would take their washing to the springs and hang the scrubbed garments on nearby tree limbs to dry.  Tubs and pots were left at the springs for the weekly chore.

William Wyatt Holland (1891 - 1986), s/o William Holland and Isabelle Parks, married Lucy Elizabeth Wilson.  Lucy's parents, Agustis Balio Wilson and Mary Francis Manley came to Grayson Co., settling near Hagerman.  Lucy's brother's son was John Walter Wilson, 28th President of the United States.  W.W. and Lucy settled on the homestead of his parents and was a storekeeper.
Georgetown Cemetery

Records of the Post Office Department in the National Archives show that a post office was established at Martin Springs on June 5, 1876 and was discontinued November 8, 1895.
David W. Odell, June 5, 1876
J.M. Goolsbey, July 19, 1877
Herman Thoma, October 15, 1877

Martin Springs was a thriving rural, agricultural community between Pottsboro and Willow Springs.  Herman Thoma owned the store and his oldest daughter, Ada, assisted him.  There was also a cotton gin owned by a Mr. Thomas and it was located across the present highway south from Mr. Thoma's store.  There was a blacksmith shop and two or three houses in addition to the school and store.

The school was a small frame building, which had one teacher.  Two teachers of the Martin Springs school were Miss Katie Leslie and Mrs. Daisy (Leslie) McGUire, both aunts of Mrs. Edithe Heiromimus of Denison.  Classes ceased to be held in 1908 and in 1911 the school building was torn down and moved away.  The students were sent to Pottsboro School.

When the county road gang worked through the area, they would dam up the spring and form a large pool to water their stock and setting up headquarters at Martin Springs while they worked in that part of the county.

All the building in Martin Springs have been gone since the 1920s.  The community in 1979 was part of Tommy Gattis' pasture whose cattle drink from the springs that still flow, just as they did when the pioneers first came to the area.

(Source : History of Grayson County, vol. 1.  c1979, pg.75)

Denison Daily News
May 16, 1878

"Our Traveling Correspondent"
On the Willis Ferry road, 10 miles from Denison, is noted for the several varieties of water to be found in the vicinity.  A large and never failing spring of chalybeate water runs through the place.
Mr. H. Tomas, the proprietor of the store, and postmaster there, was made happy on the eve of the 4th inst. by leading to the hymenial altar the beautiful and accomplished Miss Mollie J. Sawyers.
Col. James Chiles, father of our townsman, E.G. Chiles, has a large plantation about one mile from the springs.  The Colonel, though advanced in years, is possessed of vigor and mental faculties which would do credit to one many years his junrio.

Messrs. Randell and Person returned from Georgetown Wednesday, where they had been attending Justice's Court.  Only one criminal case was tried, viz : J.C. Gardner for malicious mischief, in which the jury brought in a verdict of not guilty.
The crops around Martin Springs are said by them to look splendid.  Mr. Person informs us that a large number of mowers and reapers have been brought in to that country.  He counted fourteen reapers engaged in cutting wheat betweem this city and Martin Springs.

Dallas Daily Herald
April 17, 1880
Fall election matters are beginning to loom up, especially in regard to the Sheriffality of the county.  John M. Wilson of Whitesboro and Hardy Thomas of Martin Springs are both out as candidates, and Dension, Sherman, Bells, Georgetown, Dripping Springs, Jack Martin and the "old Alcalde" to hear from yet.

Dallas Weekly Herald
May 12, 1881

(Special to the Herald)
Sherman, May 10 - News came in late this evening that the murders of Constable Hodges had been recognized, as a man named Stephenson, who killed a man at Martin Springs three years ago.  His companion is named Henderson, about whom nothing is known.  Overton Hodges, brother of the murdered man, with a posse struck their trail at Max Dexter's, where they stole a horse, leaving one of their own.  The pursurers were not far behind.  

Dallas Daily Herald
May 20, 1882
pg. 4
A vein of coal has recently been discovered at Martin Springs' neighborhood, but a short west of Denison.  A wagon load of the choppings was used by a blacksmith in that neighborhood, who pronounced it equal to any stone coal he had ever used.  Several specimens were brought to town and examined by competent critics who are of opinion it will turn out a valuable discovery.  Mr. Munson says the same vein of coal is found at McAlister and Savanna, in the B.I.T. extending southwest and passing under Red River, not far from Denison; that in his opinion it extends as far southwest as Laredo, and probably into the gulf.  

Ft. Worth Daily Gazette
September 28, 1884
Capt. J.D. Woods, who went out to Martin Springs Saturday night to make a prohibition speech, failed to obtain an audience and continued his appointment until next Saturday night, when if anybody comes to hear he will mount the hobby and give it a furious ride.

Ft. Worth Daily Gazette
January 26, 1886
Capt. Nat Smith of Martin's Springs is down on a business trip, pertaining to good roads from Shermann to his section of the county.

Dallas Daily Herald

October 8, 1886
United States Prisoners
United States Deputy Marshall Ben E. Cabell left for Kansas this morning with two Federal prisoners named Blue and Willingham.  The former is indicted in the United States district court of Kansas for horse theft in the Nation, and the latter for introducing whisky in the Territory.  Five men - Jim Cave, for stealing horses in the Pottowatomie country, and F.P. Varley for stealing a registered letter; John Hammond, for stealing horses in the Territory; Gardner Reed and W.R. Brannon, for burglarizing the post office at Martin Springs, Grayson county - Marhsall Cabell was notified this morning had all been arrested.

Ft. Worth Gazette
June 14, 1895
pg. 2
Pottsboro, June 12 - Yesterday evening between 4 and 5 o'clock a terrific wind and hail storm passed through the Martin Springs neighborhood, laying houses, barns, fences, and trees to the ground.  The storm started on the south bluff of Red River, traveling in a southward direction four miles.  The path was three and a half miles wide and all vegetation is utterly destroyed.  Your correspondent visited a part of the country this morning and counted five houses and barns; the postoffice at Martin Springs was blown from the foundation and a house just west of that was completely demolished.  The north porch of Mrs. Thomas' handsome residence was blown away and the roof of the main building torn in holes by the hall.  Cotton, oats and corn are all gone, nothing being left in the cotton fields to tell what had once been a flattering prospect.  Oats are beat into the ground and the blades of corn are all off, nothing standing in the fields but stubs.  Not a person was hurt save a few slight injuries by the hail.

Ft. Worth Gazette

June 23, 1895

"Martin Springs and Georgetown Society"
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Greer chaperoned a crowd to Martin Springs Monday Sunday evening.  They had supper and returned by the star light.  Those present were : Misses Clara Beeman, Hattie Fields, Bell Key, Mattie Chambers and Lizzie Mae Moodie; Messrs. John Clayton, L.B. Thomas, J.B. Hoff, George Morrow and H.K. Rea.


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