Dialville in 1910-1911"|
| History in a Pecan
other towns in Cherokee County, settlers were living in the area prior to the
Civil War. In the early 1880s, the Kansas and Gulf Short Line Railroad arrived
and storekeeper John Dial opened his business here. The community was known as
Dial, Texas but when a post office was applied for - it was dicovered there
was a Dial in Fannin County. In1885 the name Dialville was submitted and accepted.
Although the store and post office went out of business the following year, it
was reopened in 1897.
In 1899 a school was opened and a year later the
town was developed as a shipping point for tomatoes. The town had a thriving population
of 400 by 1915.
The town already had the Dialville News and a short
time later a second paper (the Reporter) was published by theater owner L. E.
The population declined to only 200 by 1930s, and the Depression
doomed many of Dialville's businesses. In recent years only two churches remain
to mark what was once Dialville.
1866, Confederate John J. Dial (d.1928) joined a group of 60 wagons headed
for Texas. He arrived in this area the same year
and soon began farming the land. With the 1882 arrival of the Kansas and Gulf
Short Line Railroad, Dial opened a general store near the rail line. The following
year, Dial and his wife, Ida Mae (Jones), deeded eight acres of land to the railroad
for a flag stop station. The town site he platted at the site of the station was
named Dialville when the post office was established in 1885. There was little
growth in Dialville until 1897, when the flourishing tomato and peach production
and shipping business revitalized the area. In that year, John T. Bailey opened
a store and reactivated the post office. Dialville's first school was established
in 1899. C. D. Jarratt, a leading East
Texas fruit and vegetable sales agent, arrived about 1900 and helped develop
the town into a leading shipping point for tomatoes and peaches. Dialville was
the scene of much commercial activity during the early years of the 20th century,
but by the mid 1920s had begun to decline. It remains an important part of the
regional and agricultural history of Cherokee County.
Texas Forum & Old Photos
Dial and his family (founder of Dialville)"|
Dialville two story brick elementary school in the 1950's." |
Dialville Old Photos & Update|
(shown above) are four old photos of Dialville.
One single and out of print
40 page book exists in the Jacksonville, Texas public library, published in 1979
by Jack Moore, titled "The History of Dialville, Texas."
current Dialville community is no longer an incorporated city, but only a historical
landmark. However, it is no longer a ghost town. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Barker now
own and operate the Dialville General Store out of one of the remaining brick
structures of the old town. - Dennis Dickerson, August 31, 2011
The Dialville Plung and Dancehall
great aunt and great uncle, Elizabeth "Bess" Sewell and Frank Sewell founded and
owned the Dialville Plung. It was located in front of their farm on the Old Dialville
Cutoff Road near the outskirts of Dialville. As a young boy I spent every summer
visiting there where I learned to swim. It was, in its day, an amusement park,
complete with a large dancehall and a jukebox. I remember "The Beer Barrel Polka"
was a crowd pleaser that was very popular. During the Fall of the year, a carnival
would set up outside the dancehall. People from all over Cherokee County and beyond
would come to swim, dance, and amuse themselves. Unfortunately the grounds and
pool have all grown over and there is no sign that such a wonderful place ever
existed. - Charles Callaway, April 10, 2013
Aren't you glad you went to Dialville?
Don't you wish everyone did?
As a child, I grew up in Jacksonville. We enjoyed going to Diaville to go swimming,
in what we thought then, was a great swimming pool. As I look back I believe it
was a lake the owners had enclosed with a wooden entrance where we paid admission.
There was a tall tower with a trolley we held on to & "flew" through the air the
distance of the pool to deep water. It was quite exciting! Then we had to pull
the handlebar back with a rope! There was also a cabin up in the woods close to
the swimming pool that the Girl Scouts would go to spend several days on a camping
adventure! These are my memories of Diaville. - Adelaide Brewer Bennett, April
County Texas 1907 Postal Map showing Dialville|
"R" in "CHEROKEE")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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