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Turnersville History 1936

The Methodist, Baptist and Presbyterian denominations have well organized churches, with excellent buildings. All auxiliary units of these churches are working for the more complete unification of church interests.

Mrs. Plezna Garren is postmistress.

Mr. Basham carries a full line of druggists supplies; however, the country is so healthful, that at present there is no resident doctor.

Cleve Basham owns and operates a blacksmith shop, while E. O. Harrell is the cotton gin owner and operator. The spiritual life of the people of this rural town is unexcelled by that of any town.

Although far from a railway, there is no agricultural commodity that cannot find a ready market in this town.

Near Turnersville the first settlers were Saunders, Mayfield, W. E. Young, Bill Bobb, W E. Johnston. (in Cave Creek, M. A. Britian, Judge McCutchen, Andy Graves. Mrs. W. K. Sadler, who was born there in 1856, John I. Lam. Davy and Alex Pinkerton, John Beene, who was killed by Indians, Jack Carter and others settled.

Nearly all families used a tin plate with a twisted rag with tallow on it for a lamp. The end hung above the edge of the plate, lighted. Bread was cooked in an oven. Meat was cooked by hanging it in the fire place. Most people went to church in ox wagons. The church was some neighbor's house or an arbor. We had no farms of large acreage. Our cattle drifted south with the northers in winter, and we had to hunt them in spring.

The songs we sang were "Jesus Lover of My Soul," "Hark From the Tomb the Doleful Sound," "Happy Days When Jesus Washed My Sins Away," "By the Grace of God I'll Meet You," and "O Happy are They Who their Savior Obey."

The Primitive Baptists used to come many miles to worship in ox wagons, or to see their sick. The first settlers were fine people, as a rule. They stood for right and taught their children to be courteous to all.

From 1865-1872 one was rarely out of sight of droves of cattle on the trail to Kansas City, at that time the greatest cattle market in the world. This information is from Mr. Billie Sadler, who was born in this county about 80 years ago.

History of Coryell County, 1936, by Frank E. Simmons


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