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DEWEYVILLE, TEXAS

Newton County, East Texas
State Highway 12 on the West Bank of the Sabine River
About 35 Miles NE of Beaumont

Population: 1,190 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

In 1898 the site was either known as Princeton or Possum Bluff. It had been a ferry crossing but the new construction of a sawmill by the Sabine Tram Company required a break with the past.

That same year the Texarkana and Fort Smith Railway built a line into Beaumont, creating a direct market for freshly sawn lumber. Clearly, a new name was needed.

The National newspapers were still celebrating Admiral Dewey’s victory at Manilla Bay and the town was thus renamed – like several hundred others across the country who took the names of places or heroes of that conflict.
Admiral George Dewey
Admiral George Dewey
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A post office was granted in 1900 as Deweyville and after a strike in 1910, Deweyville was transformed into a “company town” (1919) with the sawmill company (Peavy-Moore Lumber) owning every business here – including the hotel and employee housing.

A. J. Peavy also built a short fifteen-mile line (the Sabine and Neches Valley) from Deweyville to Gist. This formed a connection with the Orange and Beaumont Railroad.

Deweyville basked in its success and became the largest town in Newton County. Things looked as if they would continue until the town was hit by a double-whammy. The sawmill was destroyed by fire in 1943 and the railroad discontinued service just after that calamity. The drop in population was immediate. An estimated 1,500 people lived in Deweyville in 1936 and by 1949 it had dropped to 800.

Without a strong economy, growth was extremely slow and it took years to reach 850 – the number given for the mid 1970s-1980s.

Some residents commute to Orange and Beaumont. The population hit a high of 1,218 for the 1990 census and the 2000 census counted slightly less at 1,190.
Deweyville TX - Newton County  1910 Postmark
Deweyville TX - Newton County  1910 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with 1910 Deweyville postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Jasper Newton Counties TX 1907 Postal Map
Jasper / Newton County 1907 postal map showing Deweyville
(S of Newton, far south corner of Newton County)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Deweyville, Texas
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