a Pecan Shell
Once known by the
colorfull name of Terrapin Neck, the town was later named after
William Paul, the man who owned the store, gin and sawmill. A post
office was opened in 1886 and continued in operation until 1906.
Early history is hard to come by outside of the county but after WWII
there remained a school, store and gin with a population of around
fifty. Postwar prosperity took a toll on the community and although
the population remained the same through the 1960s, the businesses
at Paulís Store (including Paulís store) closed.
The remaining population has since been added to that of Huxley,
|William A Paul
with Eva Pauline Whitlock, John E. Whitlock
Photo courtesy John Paul Kenno
Paul, Paul's Store Texas
William Paul was my Great Grand Father, his daughter, from his second
family was born in 1903, Eva Paul. William was about 65 years old
and a Confederate Veteran soldier. The census of 1900 lists all Eva's
siblings. I found that while visiting Austin,
Texas prior to 2000. Sounds like I need to plan a road trip to
visit the area.
William Paul is buried in Glendale, California at Forest Lawn Cemetary.
Eva (Paul) Whitlock is buried at Oakdale Cemetery, Glendora, California.
She died in the year 2000. I did know one of Eva's (aka Doc) brother,
Earl Paul. He worked at a Richfield gas station in Lake Arrowhead,
California, died in Hemet, California. - John Paul Kenno, July 26,
courtesy John Paul Kenno
County 1907 postal map showing Paul's Store
(Above "BY" in "SHELBY")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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