letter from former Cooke Countian L.
D. Clark, prompted this entry for Hemming. His letter:
"I was looking over what you have about ghost towns in Cooke County.
There is another one whose traces may almost have disappeared by now:
Hemming. It lay about 15 miles SSE of Gainesville,
almost in Denton County.
There can't be much left of it. I was last there in 1950 or '51, and
found only a few foundations standing. The whole town was blown away
by a tornado around 1900 and was never rebuilt. I grew up a few miles
north of the site. My father always called that storm "the Hemming
cyclone." - L.
D. Clark, Smithville,
History in a Pecan Shell
From facts contained in the Handbook of Texas:
Hemming was named in 1890 to honor Gainesville
banker C. C. Hemming who donated land for the fledgling community's
1894 was a landmark year for Hemming with the establishment of a store
/ post office and a cotton gin. After 1905 mail was rerouted from
Pilot Point and the post office
closed. Two additional stores were opened between 1900 and 1905.
At its zenith, Hemming's population was 125 - a healthy figure for
the times. Hemming became the cotton-processing
center for its region and it reportedly shipped between 1,000 to 1,500
In 1907 a tornado hit Hemming, killing seven and demolishing nearly
the entire town. An attempt was made to rebuild, but the damage was
too severe. The gin closed in the early 20s and in 1929 the school
consolidated with other small schools. Material from the Hemming school
was recycled into a Union Grove School District building.
Hemming was reduced to only a church and a few residences by the mid-1930s.
After WWII the
population was reportedly reduced to ten.
It suffered the cruelest blow any small town can receive when it was
removed from county maps in the 1980s.
County 1907 postal map showing the circle denoting Hemming (near
Denton County line)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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