‘The Grove’ remembered in book
By Deanna Plemons
History has a way of slipping through the cracks between each
generation, if someone doesn’t take the initiative to preserve it.
Days gone by from Blooming Grove have now been preserved, and are
available to share with all Blooming Grove residents. The members of
New Beginnings Family Fellowship have compiled a book of 131 pages
full of old photographs, stories, and advertisements from old
Blooming Grove newspapers.
Members of New Beginnings first put together a cookbook, as a
fund-raiser while building their new church facility on State
Highway 22. Along with the mouth-watering recipes they collected,
about 75 old photos were also included. Over 1,000 copies have been
sold thus far.
“It was popular demand that made us do the second book,” said Diane
Richards of New Beginnings. “We were asked to do more pictures and
history, and we worked on it about two years. It is finally
completed, but it took a lot longer to put together than the first
The church sent out letters asking people to contribute photos or
historical information. Photos were sent from all over the United
States, from as far away as California, and one 90-year-old
gentleman drove to Blooming Grove from Dallas to offer copies of his
original bank certificates from the old banks, now closed, in the
area. The pictorial history covers the years between 1889 and 2005,
with sections broken down into decades.
“We focused mainly on earlier years, because so much of that history
is being lost,” she said. “We tried to get as much information as
possible on the early years.”
The pictorial history book is available for purchase at $20 per
book, and would make an ideal Christmas gift for current or former
Blooming Grovers. The sales from this book will also benefit the
“We included the photos in the cookbooks to help sell the cookbook,
and so many people loved the pictures and wanted more of that,” she
said. “When we first did the cookbook, we thought we might sell 300.
We’ve had to keep re-printing the cookbook (to keep up with demand).
The pictorial history just came out, and we’ve already sold 200.”
Along with the photos are included ads from three former Blooming
Grove newspapers, including The Rustler.
“I think 90 percent of those ads had to do with cleaning out your
bowels,” Richards laughed. “I’d just get so tickled going through
there reading those ads about little kids and their bowels — it was
One ad from D’s Cafe proclaimed, “If your wifey can’t cook — Don’t
divorce her! Eat here and keep her for a pet.”
There is one section devoted to Blooming Grovers who lived to be 100
and over, another section on Blooming Grove mayors, and yet another
dedicated to people who won state competitions in sports, acting and
For more information, or to purchase a book, contact Diane Richards
at (903) 695-2330 or email her at
“We didn’t duplicate photos,” Richards said. “You’ll still want to
buy the first one because it has photos in it that aren’t in the
second book. If you want the real history, you’ll want both.”
Deanna Plemons is a Daily Sun staff writer. She may be contacted via
e-mail at email@example.com.
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