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LOTTA, TEXAS

Harrison County, East Texas
(Just off) FM 9
3 miles from Louisiana
15 miles E of Marshall
Population: 10 (1990)

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History in Pecan Shell

Lotta is said to be named after the wife of a man named J. E. McLemore, although no mention is made in our source of the man's authority to name the town.

Lotta was a community with a post office - for only six months - in 1915.

Never a thriving community, Lotta's population was a mere ten people in 1936 - the same as reported in 1990. Perhaps they are the same people.

The community did have a school at one time - and a railroad (The Louisiana and Arkansas Railway) until it was re-routed in the 1950s.

Lotta, Texas Forum

  • J. E. Mclemore was my great grandfather and he indeed named the community after his beloved wife. They were third cousins and had 12 children. He bought 10 thousand acres of peach orchards. (That is what I was told). His oldest daughter was Mozelle and when she was 18 he appointed her as postmistress to the post office at the train station. There was a huge house built with only four rooms [including] a dormitory for the girls and one for the boys. The dining room table always had 25 or more to eat and was in the hall. There was a teacher and a German couple that ran the smoke house and helped with the cooking. The family was from Dallas and was very wealthy. Mr. McLemore was not skilled to run a large peach plantation and the family lost the largest part of their money on this venture. Mr. McLemores secretary was Mr. Martin Luther. He was a salesman, an honorary Colonel, a great spokesman and author of at least one book on salesmanship. He was also the fastest telegrapher in Texas at the age of 21. - Holly Swanson, Saginaw, Texas, October 15, 2004

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