History on a PinheadThe
area was settled as early as 1846 when a man named Charles Bradley moved his family
here. Growth was generally slow in this area for communities not fortunate enough
to have a railroad, and it wasn’t until 1878 that a school was constructed. The
school took the name of Tonqua for the friendly Tonkawa Indians. The school also
served as the Baptist Church and community center. Proximity to Yoakum
prevented growth and by 1944 the school was closed. By the early 1960s only the
cemetery was left.
Class of 1904-1905
- Class of 1904-1905|
1. Charlie Hollis, 2. Forest Wade, 3. Grover Harrell, 4. Everett Wade, 5. Grover
Garrett, 6. Leonard Wade 7. Hugh Garrett, 8. ____ Singer, 9. Ollie Singer, 10.
_____ Jurema, 11. _____ Simek, 12. Amy Singer, 13. blank 14. blank, 15. Doak Carroll,
probably the teacher, 16. Dora Dickerson, 17. Winnie Garrett, 18. ____ Clark 19.
blank, 20. Mary Hollis, 21. blank, 22. Mary Hollis, but name is lined out, as
if it's a mistake 23. Viola Garrett, 24. blank, 25. blank, 26. Joe Simek, 27.
blank, 28. Oscar Manning, 29. Joe Harrell 30. Aubrey Wade, 31. ______ Jurema,
32. ______ Jurema, 33. ______ Simek, 34. Rutler Wade Unidentified Dogs
of my mother's uncles are included in the picture. I personally own the picture.
I found it among my great grandmother's things. I contributed a copy of the photo
to the Lavaca County genweb site, but the town was later determined to be in DeWitt
County. In a google search, Tonqua Creek appears to be very near Terryville.
PS Please keep up the good work on Texas Escapes. It's one of my favorites."
- Deborah Smith (Who also suggested Tonqua for inclusion), San
I ran across a newspaper article recently:
October 10, 1903
County Line Cullings
L. Wade, who has disposed of his place here, has commenced moving to his new home
near Terryville, DeWitt County."
This is my great grandfather and the article would seem to prove that the Tonqua
School was near the Tonqua Creek, and very near Terryville,
as we thought. - Deborah Smith, June 24, 2011
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