Clipped From Corsicana Daily Sun
1910, IS RECALLED BY MRS. SIMMONS WHO IS 87 Efghty-aeven-year-old Mrs. E. H. Simmons, a life-long resident of Henderson County until she moved to Navarro County thirty-six years ago, has been reminiscing about winter weather that has occurred in April. She recalls that In April of 1910, her late husband, Jim K. Simmons, was mail carrier on Route 1, Athens, and that the family resided in the old Henderson County jail as Mr. Simmons was also jailer. She says that a cold wind blew up late Friday evening and that the next morning, as the mail carrier was hitching up his team to a two- horse buggy, it was hitter cold. That night great damage was done by the cold. On Monday morning, when the mall route run was made, farmers were at the mall boxes all along the route and they were pictures of despair. Corn all over the county had knee-high, they had been good stand of cotton, and gardens were doing fine, but the cold weather had done its work and the crops were a total loss. While In a reminiscing mood, Mrs. Simmons recalled recently the first horseless carriage tha't came to Athens from Dallas and created quite a commotion. Owners of the livery stable disliked the idea of the horseless carriage and resented It coming to Athens and scaring their horses to death as it chugged along. Another recollection of early days in Athens concerned Mrs. Simmons' mother, the late Mrs. John A. Goodgame, who came to Athens In 1857. There was no courthouse—court was held under the shade of a big mulberry tree, and the average fee for an attorney at that time was fifty cents or a dollar. Mall was dispensed from the stump of an old china-berry tree which served as post office. Sand was almost knee-deep around what is now the Athens Public Square. Few old-timers are still around to tell of Texas of long ago, but Mrs. Simmons recalls many changes that have taken place, but some, she says, are not for the best.