in a Pecan Shell
Mary (Fitch) Corn
and her husband Richard arrived here after the Civil War. A post office
opened in 1873 and stayed open until its closing in the 1940s.
It may have been named after Marysville, California, the hometown
of Mary’s brother, but it’s likely that Mary Corn is the namesake.
Richard Corn was eager for his town to grow and so for each person
who bought a lot for a residence, Corn threw in a commercial lot downtown.
The 1900 census for Marysville showed a respectable 250 residents
served by every essential business.
From the 1920s through 1942 the population was reported at 160. The
opening of a military base near a community was sometimes a benefit
and sometimes a destroying factor. Sadly for Marysville, the construction
of Camp Howze during the
war took much of the land (reportedly three quarters) Marysville
was looking to grow into.
The loss of the small farms around Marysville sealed its fate. The
population was down to a mere 70 in the late 1980s and all of the
businesses had gone under or had moved.
Daniel Montague, the namesake of neighboring Montague
County is buried in Marysville’s cemetery. The 2000 census reported
a mere 15 residents – making Marysville a virtual ghost town.
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, April 2015
County map showing Marysville
(Above "CO" in "COOKE")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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