Early Businesses in Parker County
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I have attempted to list businesses by
the date they were founded in Parker County, however I have
not discovered when some were first established. This is by
no means a complete
list of early businesses. If you can add to this information,
please contact me at the email address below.
City of Weatherford Organized
Frontier News was published in Weatherford
from 1858 until the old press and all the materials at the
office were destroyed during the Civil War. R.A. Vanhorn
with D.O. Norton and C.L. Jordan established the Frontier
News. VanHorn and Jordan sold their interest in it to R.W.
Duke of the firm of McDonald, Duke and Mosly, proprietors
of the Lynchburg, VA., Daily Courier, and J.W. Hendrick,
who edited and published it til March, 1859 when Jude Norton
became the sole owner. In 1860, Col Duke leased the
plant and published the paper for about a year.
R.E. Bell Hardware Company founded in
1866 at the corner of York Ave and Spring St. in Weatherford
Citizen's National Bank, organized 1868.
The first three Presidents were J.R. Couts, G.A. Holland,
and Fred Smith.
Weatherford Masonic Institute had it's
cornerstone set on July 5th, 1869. It was the forerunner
of Weatherford College. In 1869, it was a 2 story building.
The first floor and northern half of the second floor was
used for the school. The southern half of the second floor
was used as the lodge room for Phoenix Lodge, F.A.M.
W.R. Turner's Livery and Feed Stable established
Weatherford Marble Works was located
at 109 to 113 Palo Pinto Street in Weatherford. Mr. Alex
Rawlins opened this business in about 1874. He carried
a large stock of all kinds of granite, American and Italian
Marble and did all kinds of cemetery work especially monumental
A.J. Stanger located at 203 N. Main
St. founded by A.J. Stanger about 1878. This dry goods store
was sold to John Sandefer and J.H. Endicott around 1906. They
changed the name to Sandefer, Endicott & Co. but continued
to do business in the same location.
First National Bank of Weatherford,
organized 1880. Sam H. Milliken was one of the founders.
Texas and Pacific Railroad pulled into Weatherford
for the first time on June 4, 1880. It was a gala event celebrated
by the whole town.
John Leiper, Pianos founded about 1881.
Mr. Leiper handled pianos, organs, small musical instruments
and supplies, sheet music, sewing machines, Victor Talking
Machines and Columbia Graphophones and Supplies.
Doughty General Store established in
Springtown in 1882 by J.D. Doughty. He later had a dry goods
business in Weatherford. He was the son of Pleasant Doughty,
veteran of the United States, Mexican and Civil Wars.
Porter-Grant-Sawtelle Co. started about
1885, located on the south side of square in Weatherford.
A general dry goods store selling men's and boys' clothing,
ladies furnishing goods and millinery, men's furnishings,
hats and caps, boots and shoes, etc
Alex Rawlins & Sons. Alex
Rawlins, pioneer monument manufacturer, came to Weatherford
and Parker County in 1882 and after working for two years
at various occupations, he was engaged in the marble works
business with Chas. Robinson on south Main Street. After
three years there, he disposed of his interest and established
the Weatherford Marbal Works at 109 Palo Pinto Street on
February 8, 1887. Starting the business, Mr. Rawlins
did all the work himself, sanding by hand, lettering the
slabs with chisel and mallet, and also making contact with
prospective customers. When his sons, Frank and Bert
Rawlins completed school, they continued with their father
in the business, handling the office work and traveling
as firm representatives and salesmen. At this time
the firm name was changed to Alex Rawlins and Sons. Alex
Rawlins was born in England, near Liverpool, in the town
of Cheshire. He came to the United States with his parents
when 7 years old. When grown he came into the southwest,
working for a time in Eastland County before coming to Weatherford
in 1882. His death occurred in 1951, at the age of
Racket Store started about 1890 and
located on North Main St. in Weatherford. The Racket Store
was a general dry goods store owned by Mr. Wm. Haas who
came to Weatherford from Temple.
Randall's Studio founded about 1891. Assisted
by Mrs. Randall, Mr. R.A. Randall operated this photography
studio on North Main Street.
Weatherford Bottling Company located at 312
North Main Street was founded about 1891 and bottles all flavors
of soda water, flavoring extracts, syrups, cider, mineral waters,
wash bluing, etc. Mr. R. J. Norton became the proprietor about 1902. Mr.
Norton was the first white person to be born in Weatherford.
Harry Snoddy Drug Store located on the
north side of the square in Weatherford founded about 1896. Coming
here from Gordon, TX Mr. Harry Snoddy carries a complete
line of drugs and chemicals, stationery, perfumery, toilet
articles, paints, oils and glass.
W. E. Richards located on the west side
of Weatherford square founded about 1899. Sold bicycles,
Cadillac automobiles, sporting goods, photographic supplies,
phonographs, music and sewing machines.
C.E. Frazier, M.D., D.Ds - Dentist over the
Postoffice in Weatherford
The New Candy Kitchen located on the
west side of Weatherford Square was founded about 1900 by
Mr. George Poppa Corcanges. Mr. Corcanges makes all
the candies and ice creams served on the premises. He
also handles cigars and tobaccos and serves all the popular
drinks, having had a soda fountain on the premises.
Southwestern Bell Telephone Company established
service in Weatherford in 1903 with a board equipped to
hold 40 lines. In 1919, they consolidated with the Home
Telephone Company providing Weatherford with 800 phones.
J. Fischer, a dry goods store opened
July 1905 by Mr. J. Fischer on North Main Street. Mr. Fischer
came to Weatherford from Shreveport, La where he also had
a dry goods store.
Dutton's Jewelry Store located on North Main
Street featured clocks. Mr. Dutton owned the store and clerks were
J.R. Jones and Joe Barnett in 1905. Known to have existed in 1905
but establishment date is unknown to me.
Sandefer, Endicott & Co. bought
the business of A.J. Stanger in the dry goods, shoes, clothing
and millinery business in 1906. Owned by John Sandefer and
S.R. Williams on north side of Weatherford Square
was a popular ice cream and soda fountain in 1906.
Hughey & Turner School, a college preparatory
school, was known to have existed in 1906. Mr. John P. Turner
was the principal at that time. It was located in Weatherford.
Roberts Business College was known to have existed
in Weatherford in 1906.
Aledo Feed Mill, Inc. started in 1929
Known to have existed but dates unknown to
Kelly's Midget Drug
Parker County Roller Mill was a flour mill located
on North Main Street, just north of the Texas and Pacific
Railroad track, on the east side of the street.
Merritt Stable on Palo Pinto Street
Chinese Laundry on Palo Pinto Street next to Merritt Stable
M & M
Furniture Store - 303 N. Main St. Weatherford,
Weatherford Public Market