Old Family Photo Collections Van Zandt County Genealogical Society
The photos on these pages are generously contributed by Milda Mason of Alto, New Mexico. Her ancestors were early settlers in Van Zandt County and these wonderful old photos are much appreciated. In addition, there is a very interesting story on this family and the Bottoms family on our "Old Tales, Stories Page" that you don't want to miss. If you would like to share your old family photos by placing them on this web site, please contact Sibyl Creasey for instructions.
The caption reads:
"The first Texas Central train rolling into Rotan Texas from Waco.
George Nolen, Roundhouse foreman, receives the train for sevicing before it's return trip to Waco."
George Washington Nolen (1866-1945) the son of Stephen Jerome Nolen and Eliza Catherine Gillis, married Georgia Ann Simpson 19 December 1889.
Together they had 4 known surviving children:
Condy Earnest born 1894
Robert Troy born 1896
Romilda Margaret born 1897
Vera Fern, the youngest, was born 17 January 1909 when they first moved to Rotan, Fisher County, Texas.
She was born before they had a permanent home, in a boxcar, on the railroad roundhouse grounds.
George Washington Nolen was my grandfather's brother.
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