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Today’s My World Tuesday features photos from Hamilton most taken prior to 1950.

Rice Street, West side of Courthouse Square, Hamilton

Rice Street, West side of Courthouse Square, Hamilton. The picture is from a postcard supplied by H. L. Griffith, Griffith is a descendant of Jesse Jones Griffith, First Treasurer of Hamilton County, TX.

Southside of Hamilton Square prior to 1930.

South side of Hamilton Square prior to 1930. The Wm. Connolly & Co. Groceries & Dry Goods store can be seen on the left. Notice that the street has both cars and horse drawn wagons. Contributed by H.L. Griffith.

Hope you enjoyed this little jaunt back in time.

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St. Mary’s Episcopal Church began in 1868 in the home of Mrs. E. D. Bell. Among the first itinerant Episcopal Clergymen who came to Hamilton was Bishop Gregg in 1873. In 1874 The Right Reverend Alexander C. Garrett of the Missionary District of North Texas scheduled regular visits to Hamilton several times each year. Services were later held in the Presbyterian Church–the first church in Hamilton to build a church building.

In 1888 a Ladies Guild was formed. The first project of the guild was to raise money to build a church. Major C. W. Cotton gave the land on which the church was built in 1891 using the Carpenter Gothic style of architecture. E. R. Williams, John L. Spurlin, and S. D. Felt comprised the building committee. By 1896 the finishing touches on the building were completed and Bishop Garrett came from Dallas. St. Mary’s is the oldest church to remain on its original location in Hamilton. Rev. Father Ronald Baker, Vicar, rebuilt and installed an antique Estey pipe organ and presented the organ as a gift to the church at his ordination service about 1985. to consecrate the building. In 1950 an Austin stone Parish House with an auditorium, kitchenette, Sunday School rooms, and pastor’s study was added at the east end of the original church building.

Ernest Robert Williams was Sunday School superintendent for more than twenty years. Mrs. S. D. Felt was organist and choir director for twenty-seven years. Mrs. J. T. James was president of the Ladies Guild for twenty-four years. Some other members have been Cecil B. James, Dr. Charles C. Baker, Jr., M. Brents Witty, Mrs. Katherine (Baker) Witty, Mrs. Nora Katherine (Henderson) Teague, Robert Miller, Malcolm G. James, John C. Latham, Calvin Thomas, and Mrs. Flora Emma (Briggs) Blitz — ECW

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Baptist work in Hamilton began in the fall of 1873. Hamilton Missionary Baptist Church was admitted to the Leon River Association the following year. The church met in a school until 1882 when it begin meeting in the Presbyterian Church building. FBC’s current property on S. Bell Street was purchased in 1888. In 1896 FBC began constructing its first building. — DEH

Origninal FBC Hamilton Building

Origninal FBC Hamilton Building

Built in 1896-1897

Built in 1896-1897

Constructed of native stone by James Malcolm “Jim” Tomlinson. When this building was destroyed by fire  on 6 February, 1924, the Baptists met in the courthouse until a brick building could be completed in 1925. — ECW

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Donated by George Morrow Carlton after the eath of his wife Fronia in 1921. Mr. Carlton’s second wife, Mrs. Marcie Wysong was organist for many years.

South side of building. Auditorium was on the second floor.

Building was completed in February, 1925 and burned 27 May, 1970. South side of building. Auditorium was on the second floor.

Southwest Corner of building.

Southwest Corner of building.

The current FBC Building was dedicated August 1971

The current FBC Building was dedicated August 1971

The  Seth & Mabell Moore and  John Crea McCaleb  Youth and Family Life Center

The Seth & Mabell Moore and John Crea McCaleb Youth and Family Life Center was decicated March 31, 1996.

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Note: Today’s entry is includes lots of photos.

On 14 November, 1987, Pecan Creek Park was dedicated. A seven-year project of the Woman’s Council, Pecan Creek Park extends for 10 blocks –12 acres– along Pecan Creek. The park included trails, six clear span arch bridges, three cameo recreational areas, multi-purpose pavilions, playground equipment, and picnic areas. Included in the project were Schadler Meadow–featuring playground equipment, picnic areas, and restrooms, north of the municipal swimming pool; Park Plaza–pavilion, specially-designed lighting for night-time use, south of park headquarters; and Schrank Park–pavilion, restrooms, hillside slide, swings, and picnic area. — ECW

Recently, the newest addition to Pecan Creek Park was built.  The park facilities run along Pecan Creek as it meanders through Hamilton. It is a project that has taken several years to complete and is a work in progress. — DH

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New entry to Pecan Creek Park.

Pecan tree near entry of park.

Looking out the front entry of the park.

New playground.

New playground.

Baseball/Softball fields.

Baseball/Softball fields.

The new park even includes a skate park.

The new park even includes a skate park.

One of several old bridges in the park waiting to be restored or used somehow.

One of several old bridges in the park waiting to be restored or used somehow.

Pecan Creek Headquarters Building.

Pecan Creek Headquarters Building.

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The park headquarters was located in the oldest commercial building in Hamilton, a restored stone building which originally was a grist mill on Pecan Creek. For many years this building was used as an office and warehouse by Robert Bernard “R. B.” Miller,Sr. Distributor of Gulf Oil Products and Firestone Tires and Batteries. — ECW

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Built in 1942 by the WPA

Built in 1942 by the WPA

Mural inside the Hamilton post office.

Mural inside the Hamilton Post Office.

The first post office was the Hampton Post Office. The Hampton post operated from 1859-until 19866. All southern post offices were closed during the Reconstruction.  It reopened in 1871.  In 1874 the name was changed to Hamilton.   The current building was built in 1942 as a project by the WPA. — DH

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Grave marker for William “Brushy Bill” Henry Roberts AKA Billy the Kid. According to local legend that is the marker for the real Billy the Kid.  Nearby Hico, Texas has made a big deal out of the Billy the Kid Legend. I’m not really convinced Brushy Bill was the real Billy the Kid but my mom does remember running into him on the square (downtown) in Hamilton when she was a child. Roberts delighted in telling stories of being Billy the Kid.

Grave marker for William Henry "Brushy Bill" Roberts.

Grave marker for William Henry "Brushy Bill" Roberts in the Oakwood Cemetery, Hamilton, Texas.

Billy the Kid Statue in downtown Hico

Billy the Kid Statue in downtown Hico, Texas.

Life size cutout of Brushy Bill attached to the bank building in Hico accross the street from the Billy the Kid statue.

Life size cutout of Brushy Bill attached to the bank building in Hico across the street from the Billy the Kid statue.

Thank you visiting Hamilton County Texas. — Dee

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