photo found in belongings of Essie Royal (daughter of William Phillip)|
History in a Pecan shellIn
the late 1850s two settlers named Ward Keeler and Ranse Walker settled in the
area. The community grew up around Walker's house, but it was named after Ire,
Keeler who was Ward's son. Dell (as in "Farmer in the…") was added to make the
name more pleasing.
A post office opened in 1870.
In 1880 the
Texas Central Railroad came through and the town moved from its original location
to be near the tracks. The paint was hardly dry when a flood of the Bosque River
washed the town away. They rebuilt on higher ground - the way most towns do if
they're given the chance.
In 1884 the population was estimated to be
thirty, but it reached 600 by 1892.
In 1931 it had 570 residents, but
it slowly declined to 366 by 1960.
Courtesy Jack Williams, 2002
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G.M. Gordon Drug Company of Iredell, Texas
I was on-line attempting to research an old business in Iredell, I happened upon
your website. I must have sat here for three hours reading about all the little
or forgotten Texas towns, none of which I had ever heard of before. It was fascinating
reading, and I'm sure I'll go back to it.
It's really nice that someone
is trying to salvage some of the old knowledge. I myself work for a couple of
historical societies out here east of San Diego, and I am amazed at not only what
has survived the years, but at how quickly it is all disappearing. Sadly, the
new generations seem to generally have little interest or regard for the past.
The reason I am writing is to see if you have any information on the G.M.
Gordon Drug Company of Iredell, Texas. I have a very old Lynn's Baking Powder
tin that has "Sold by" the preceeding stamped on the lid. I would love to learn
anything about Mr. Gordon, his business (what years open, possibly a photo, etc.),
and if he had a relative named Lynn. If you have no related info, perhaps you
could steer me towards someone within the community who might. Thank you, and
keep up the good work! - Mike Kaszuba, Lakeside, CA, July 24, 2011, firstname.lastname@example.org
family was among the original pioneers to Iredell. I have several pictures of
homes and families. I will get these submitted. - Stan Royal, June 29, 2011
family lived in Iredell in the late 1800's. The family name is Royal and my grandfather
was Wm Phillip Royal married to Mary Rebecca Pye. The Pye family also lived in
Iredell at the same time. Attached is a photo
of the family home found in belongings of Essie Royal, daughter of Wm Phillip.
We believe the home was "down by the river." My father Mack Hobart Royal and his
brother Chandler Renfro Royal were born in Iredell. - Kay Krausman nee Royal,
Anaheim Ca, June 29, 2011
A Visit to Iredell
had driven through Iredell several times wondering why such a town had sprung
up in the middle of nowhere, and why it died. Finally on one trip a friend of
mine and I stopped to look around. It is really quite a picturesque town with
a river at one end. Most of the buildings are falling in except for a few. I looked
in the window of one of about three buildings that had not succumbed to the ravages
of time and saw two completely restored steam locomotives. They weren't full size
locomotives but the size you would find running around a zoo. There was also one
diesel locomotive. We walked on down the sidewalk to the river and upon returning
saw a man walking his dog up the street. When we approached I casually asked if
those were his steam locomotives and he said, "Yes, you want to look at them"?
He withdrew some keys from his pocket and opened up for us to take a look. They
were amazing to say the least. He told us that he had restored one to put in the
Waco Zoo, but their insurance was going to be so high because of them that they
nixed the idea. I also asked him about the town. He said that in its heyday, there
was a rail line and three cotton gins there. But as the cotton market fell, the
rail line pulled out and most of the town had died. If you ever get a chance to
stop, you should get out and walk around. ... I enjoy your website, Thanks, Jack
Williams, September 08, 2002
lived in Iredell for eight years now and it is still at a population of 369 and
is a great little town. Our sports have gone wonderful and the people are great.
Iredell is a wonderful place you should visit. - Breanna, 18/Sep/2002
on the back of the photo: |
From left to right—
Louis A. Foster &
Eva Royal Foster – with Tee as a tiny baby-they were just married
(1873-) Eva (1882-1969) Tee (1901-1953)
Charlie Foster and Eula
Royal with their first born – Mamie -married couple
Charles D (1870-1959)
Eula (1881-1957) Mamie (1898-)
Emma, Essie & Effie Royal with Mary
Rebecca Royal, wife of Wm Phillip Royal
mother of all Royal children in
Emma (1886-1976) Essie(1888-1974) Effie (1889-1917) Mary Rebecca
Mack Hobart Royal. Wm Phillip Royal, father of Royal
children, Chandler Royal
Mack Hobart (1896-1961) William Phillip (1853-1937)
Chandler Royal (1892-1937)
Edna Mae Royal first born of Alva and
Ola Royal – Ethel Royal married couple
Edna Mae (1898=) James Alva (1877-)
Leola “Ola” nee Lott (Ethel 1902-)
Italics show birth and death dates;
dates not written on the photo
faded image (feet only)
of young girl standing in front of the chimney is Edna Mae Royal.-
taken in Iredell, Bosque Co, Texas based Mack Hobart’s age (6 yrs) and physical
size in the photo as seen in photo. Family was living in Iredell TX in 1901.
The photo is 8”x6” and mounted on stiff cardboard measuring 10”x12”.
and Charles Foster, brothers, married Eva and Eula Royal, sisters.
by Kay Krausman nee Royal, daughter of Mack Hobart Royal, June 2011
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