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DONIE, TEXAS

Freestone County, North Central Texas
Highway 164 and FM 80
11 miles S of Teague
104 miles S of Dallas
10 miles W of Buffalo
19 miles E of Groesbeck
56 miles E of Waco

Population: 206

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Donie Texas main street 1940s
"This photo was taken from the railroad water tower looking west down main street. It would have been taken about the mid 1940s as we didn't have electricity until then." - Patsy Carter, October 2006

History in a Pecan Shell

Settlers began arriving in the 1880s with the Dewey Prairie Baptist Church organizing about three miles west of the present town in 1886.

Donie joins a long list of towns in Texas that were named in error, jest, revenge or after a female relative of the founder. In this case it was an error.

The town was meant to be called Douie, which was perhaps a misspelling of Dewey (for Dewey Prairie) but the postal authorities misread the name and approved the name Donie in 1898. Almost everyone has adjusted to the name by now.

In 1907 the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railway came through on the way to Teague and Donie’s businesses moved to the tracks.

In 1909 the Baptist church changed its name from the poetic Dewey Prairie Baptist Church to the First Baptist Church of Donie.

The church physically moved in 1913 and by 1914 Donie had a thriving population of 600.

The most noteworthy business and largest employer in town was the Donie Chair Company, that built traditional seating shipped all over Texas.

Donie’s population declined to 400 in the late 20s and after reaching 200 – it has remained at that level for the last four decades.

Donie Texas Forum

  • Donie, Texas Chair Factory Photo Sought
    Dear TE, I just ran across your [magazine] and enjoyed the page on Donie, Texas. I am in the process of gathering material for the Freestone Genealogy Soc.'s county history book that will be published next year. I have been searching for a picture of the Donie Chair Company which you mention in your article. Does anyone by chance have a picture that they would share with us? As important as it was to our area, I am surprised that I am unable to find a picture of the factory when it was located in Donie. - Patsy Carter, October 2006
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