Ashwood Information & Links
Ashwood Depot Replica
James Reeves pictured
Photo courtesy of the Matagorda County Museum
Ashwood, situated on FM 1728 and on a branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad, received its name from the large quantities of ash logs shipped by the local mill. The sawmill was operated by a Mr. Hubbard and a Mr. Collins.
A post office was established at Ashwood in 1910 with Mittie D. Hanson as the first postmaster. Annie M. Smith succeeded Hanson in 1916. She operated the post office, express office, and J. Fisher Smith Mercantile Store until her retirement in 1952. The Ashwood post office was discontinued in 1952, and the mail service moved to Sweeny.
A ten-room residence and an artesian well were also situated at Ashwood Station. The railroad siding at the station had a capacity of thirty cars. A nearby plantation was equipped with modern farm equipment, tool barns, sixteen tenant houses with windmills, and a large syrup mill. John Fisher Smith, Sr., operated the Ashwood plantation until his death in 1936.
In 1917, Ashwood, which was in School District No. 3, had a one-room schoolhouse in which four grades were taught.
Mt. Olivet and Rockwest Baptist Church, African-American churches, were located at Ashwood. Both churches had cemeteries near the buildings. The churches merged and became one congregation, Union Baptist Church.
Ashwood had a population of one hundred
Ashwood For KidsChastun-Hanson CemeteryUnion Baptist Church CemeteryAnton Hansen Family
C. L. Smith paid Ashwood a business call this week.
Ashwood postoffice was opened on Monday, December 19th.
All the land is being ploughed and put in readiness for the coming season.
F. Johnson is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Hanson.
Harvesting potatoes is the order of the day, but the spud crop looks blue.
Mr. Bagby and mother and father are going to spend Christmas with relatives.
Matagorda County Tribune, December 23, 1910
Miss Mamie Chambless of El Scott spent last Wednesday night with Miss Eva Smith.
Mr. Thompson, our principal, made a trip out on the Ashwood truck Tuesday afternoon. He was looking over the roads on the route and found them very rough and almost impassable in places.
Mr. Kelsey Walker left Tuesday for Beaumont where he will take a course in barbering. We are very sorry that he did not take up his school work again this year.
Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Walker were business visitors to Bay City and Gulf two days this week.
Mr. Laton Davis has returned from Colorado where he has been in the army training camp.
Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Swan of Rosenberg visited Mr. W. Brown this week.
Mr. Anderson is having some grading done on our road, which will help a lot.
Mrs. G. M. Puryear is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Smith this week.
Mr. Orrell shipped a carload of corn to Austin Wednesday.
Mr. J. Fisher Smith was in Bay City Monday and
Tuesday on business.
Mr. C. L. Smith has been having a hard time getting to Bay City to school over these muddy roads.
The farmers are getting the fall crops planted since the rain.
Mr. A. S. Walker visited his son in Beaumont this week.
Daily Tribune, October 14, 1927
Miss Helen Smith, who has been visiting in Austin for the past two months, returned home Thursday, accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Grady Puryear, and little son, and Mr. Garland Puryear and Mr. Wiley.
This nice sunshine looks fine after so many weeks of rain, and our roads which have been impassable are getting dry again. Here's hoping our road will be finished before school opens.
Mr. Dick Paulk, of Palacios, was visiting friends here Saturday.
Mr. C. L. Smith returned home Friday from Chicago, where he has been attending Coyne Electrical school from which he graduated and finished up other work in the prescribed time.
Mrs. Fred Gernand was a business visitor to Bay City Thursday.
Miss Melba Ewing, of Van Vleck, was visiting here Sunday.
Mrs. Grady Puryear returned to her home in Austin Friday, accompanied by her sister, Miss Eva Smith.
Mr. Cecil Harrison, of Bay City, was calling on friends here Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brown and children of Sugar Valley spent Sunday with friends here.
The troop trains passing through Saturday and Sunday looked like war times.
Some of the farmers have begun to gather their corn and if this good weather holds up, cotton will soon be ready to pick.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Walker were in Newgulf on business this week.
Mrs. Hanson was a visitor to Bay City last week.
Miss Cassie Hanson, who has been visiting her aunt, Mrs. C. E. DeRoch, in Newgulf, returned home Wednesday.
Minnie Cain, of Bay City, visited her aunt, Mrs. Jess Walker, here
The Daily Tribune, Thursday, August 8, 1929
Ashwood School 1923
Photo courtesy of the Matagorda County Museum
Pictures courtesy of Charlene Meyerdirk, Patricia Massey, Henry Hanson and Matagorda County Museum.
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Present by Carol Sue Gibbs
Apr. 27, 2005
Sep. 5, 2013