|History in a Pecan
L. Jones and Benjamin H. Williamson (and families) are accepted as the first settlers
here, dating the community to the early 1870s. The two men donated 20 acres each
with sixteen acres reserved for school and church. The remainder of the land was
made available to people who agreed to settle the site.
Jones is said
to have named the town. A post office was granted in 1879 and the year 1900 showed
a modest population of 75 residents served by the most basic of businesses.
Although it was bypassed by the railroad, Bono throve until the onset of the Great
Depression. The population remained under 100 through the 30s but by 1940 the
post office closed and the population decreased.
The early 1970s showed
a community building, Baptist Church and cemetery. Further information is not
Editor, I found your site while "surfing the web" tonight.
I have a strong
family tie to Bono. My great-grandfather, Benjamin H. Williamson, was one
of the "founding fathers" of Bono. He donated 20 acres along with another 20 acres
that was donated by Calvin L. Jones, in order to found Bono. My grandfather, Collin
J. Williamson, was raised in Bono. I remember being told stories about when
he and my great-grandfather would go to town (Cleburne)
and take their cotton to market. My grandmother had a picture of my grandfather
(Collin) and my great-grandfather in a wagon full of cotton, sitting in front
of the Cleburne
Courthouse. My grandparents, Collin & Cora (Homan) Williamson lived in Bono
and raised their 4 children (my mother being one of them). If I remember correctly,
they moved to Cleburne in the late
1950's or early 1960's. I remember when I was a kid, we would go to Cleburne
to visit and we would always drive out to Bono and look at the "old homestead"
where my mother grew up. Today, the house is gone, but I can still find where
the house used to be. My maternal great-grandparents are buried in the Bono cemetery
(Edward & Ollie Homan) as well.
Stumbling upon your site has enabled me
to remember some of the stories I remember being told when I was a kid. I have
even taken my son out to Bono and told him the history behind Bono and why it
is important to our family. Thank you for my "much needed" escape! - Sincerely,
Debbie Miracle, October 03, 2006
Johnson County map showing Bono below Cresson
"JO" in "JOHNSON")
Texas General Land Office