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HISTORY OF TRINITY
By G. H. Ramey, Jr.
Trinity was named after the
The I. & G. N. Railroad was established in 1872 and thus
encouraged many settlers. Mr. Boggan was the first
railroad express agent in Trinity. In the middle of the year, Mr. Boggan went to
The first sawmill in Trinity was owned by Mr. W. T. Carter. The mill was located on a little ravine near Turner farm about a mile and a half west of the city on the Kitrell road. Frank Hall also owned and operated a small mill in 1860, a few years after Mr. Carter. The McQuerry’s owned a sawmill on Salt Creek near White Rock Creek.
The first families in Trinity were: Barnes, Clegg, Gibson, William G. Martin; Dr. Arnold, Dick Herndon,
This particular location was settled chiefly for the purpose of
cattle raising. Also, the
Mr. William G. Martin, Mrs. Maud McGarr’s
father, first began shipping on the
Mr. A. J. Frisby owned the first store in Trinity. The farmers came to town once a week and traded their vegetables and farm products for groceries and clothing. Most of the early farmers were very good managers and their crops lasted the entire year. Mr. Frisby’s store was located where the Texaco Station stands near the -Gibson Gin Co. Mr. Frisby sold his store to Mr. Clegg and Mr. Clegg moved the store to the place where the Texaco store house is. This was near the railroad and the produce was much easier to carry from the train. Barnes and Lister owned a larger store and it was located where the I. & G. N. loading pen for cattle is. One of the first church services was held in the back of their store. Barnes and Lister also owned a saloon where Cochran’s Pharmacy is located.
Mr. Brown owned Trinity’s first hotel. The hotel was called I X L. The letters suggest the name Excel. This was only a wood frame building but it served as a first class hotel. Shortly after Mr. Gibson purchased the hotel the building burned, and then the brick building was erected.
The school was located in the right corner of the present
Something about the early churches: In the year 1863 or 1862
many people from Kitrell and the surrounding
territory came to Milligan Chapel once a month for church. The
people bad to ride mules or ride in ox carts, buggies or walk. The
Chapel is marked by a little
Some Historical Ruins in and around Trinity are: Sulphur
Springs, an old health resort project which collapsed after a few years of
operation. This is a natural sulphur spring and many
people came and lived in tents and also there was a hotel and a swimming pool.
This spring served as a meeting place for all of the citizens on holidays and
on Sunday afternoons. Mr. Jessup of
Trinity was a gay little city and had many amusement halls after a few years growth. Mr. Martin had a dance hall and saloon. He had a stage and many actors came and gave their performance on the little stage. Vaudeville was coming into being, around 1886 and the people would naturally go to see and hear something funny. Trinity was also honored by Irene Castle when she gave several dancing revues at the Old Opera House. This was a treat to the early residents, or was it a help to Irene Castle? At any rate she became more famous after she left Trinity.
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