Walter G. Lindsey Memories

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PAGE Some More Early History of Cuonty Editor San Saba News: As historical sketches seem to be in demand and after reading some o; them in your columns and cagitatirig and going back into the sweet mem ories of the passed in my somewha befoged and beclouded mind I recal some of the earliest events of my childhood in what is now the Fail- view school community. As these reminessences might bo of some interest to the readers o; your columns one think it would not be amiss to hand you a few lines about the early settlement and development of the Fariview school, and community. My father, the late C. W. Lindsey, came to San Saba county from Parker county in the early spring of 1883. We camped on land belonging to H. H. Smith, the photographer, in the west part of San Saba town about where Joe Smith now lives, and lived there in a tent till father could find and buy a home. He found for sale a claim to 160 acres now the 160 acres on which the old house on the Gray ranch stands. TJbis 160 acres was owned by one Jim Smith and father bought it for $150.00. There were two Jim Smith's out the Colorado river way then, this was "Lazy Jim Smith," the other of Spring Creek, the father of Tom "Turkey Jim Smith" near the mouth and Will Smith and a brother to H. H. Smith on whose's place we were camped. We moved to the 160 acres about April 1, 1883, and started clearing and enlarging a patch he had shrub- bed off and making our future home. Father and we older boys worked and improved until we had one of the then leading prosperous little ranches of the county. There were n the community beside our famf- ly, Charley Lyn on the 160 acres joining us on the west. W. H. Yeoman's 1-2 mile south (an old bache- or and a very excellent educated man), Marion Rushing on the 160 acres joining Lyn on the south. Mr. "amen on the place now owned by S. T. Taylor. We were in the China school district which was 4 1-2 to 5 miles distant. After a few years the community! ;rew till we could support and maintain a small school. Dad had bought Charley Lyn out, also Jno. Godsey, vho had bought the Marion Rushing >lace. On the Godsey place was a 2-roomed house, one room 14x14, with an 8x14 foot shed room. Dad gave the Fail-view community this house for its first school house and I did my first carpenter work by taking out the petition and converting it into one room and fixing a blackboard. We moved it to an open glade just about north of where Roy Crockett's place now is, it was about 100 yards north of the Brownwood road. This house was an all purpose community house used for church, Sunday school and the seat of learning for the present Fail-view community. We had our picnics, all kinds of community affairs with skiptima-lu parties ,ind all worked together in peace and harmony. Were we better off then than now 1 Say yes a thousand times. We lived simple, frugal, contented, happy lives, everybody went to church and all the community doings and enjoyed it, tho they went horseback, in wagons or walked, there were no buggies, autos, no telephones, no doctors, no hospitals. If one got dangerously sick some one made a flying trip on horse to town happy. Oh, would I were a. boy "fej when life seemed filled ^wlth s years. And all our hearts then , of pain was swept away in tral ient tears. , Of course all was not decorum and dignity at these public gatherings. Occassionally the boys would go into the church house with their.spurs on or cut somebody's saddle or cut somebody's horse's tail but that was all part of the program. We boys, brothers, on ^he ranch 8 of us did our <,v/n work. .Dad never hired anything done. We "shod our own horses, built our own houses, fences and tanks, broke our own own horses aand courted our own girls. Guess I'd better qu% and if I see this in print, may come again when the spirit moves. Walter G. Lindsey. ROUGH COMMUNITY BUYS PIANO A piano was purchased last week by the people of the Rough Creek community. The instrument has been needed for some time in the Sunday school and church work. Bough Creek is on the Chappel charge of the M. E. church, South. Rev. E. C. Young is the pastor. Every one contributing funds to purchase this piano are cordially thanked by the committee in charge, and it is an appreciation expressed ay the whole community. Mrs. L. H. Bruce and children of Pollock, Mo., arrived Monday to be at the bedside of their mother, Mrs. Tom Edmondson, who is very ill. FOR SALE Case Farm Implements of al! ;inds. I have every kind of farm im- ment from Tractors down. J. M. lunter. Bill Arch Woods of Austin spent the week end with his father, Arch iVoods, and other relatives, in San Saba. NOTICE Mrs. Sug Golly will be at Mrs. Dean Munsell's all next week giving permanents. Call 192 for appointments. Mrs. C. W. Hinyard of Hamilton /isited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Burleson and Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Hinyard Tuesday. after Dr. George or Bill Sandreson. He came horseback with his drug store in his pill bags. But we were DR. HENDERSON Optometrist and Optician CALL Home Dining Room Phone 261 What IING Silver —the Hortl "Slock" mean* to property insurance. It tigui. fie* quality—yet li is chcnpnt in the long nin IKTOUM: Ce firti con! is tin- UM co«l. And renieinlier—after a fire (ihe only time von rvrr ccrii fire insurance) nothing but tht 6<5t will linlp ynu. Let u» explain Dean & Horton

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  1. The San Saba News and Star,
  2. 28 Feb 1935, Thu,
  3. Page 3

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