in a Pecan Shell|
The town of Remlig was one of many set up as a lumbermill by Alexander
Gilmer in 1905. The company opened in 1905 and so did the post office. The
Upshur County seat of Gilmer had already
been named for another Gilmer, so postal authorities nixed the application for
one with the same name in Jasper County. But they readily accepted Remlig - a
simple reversal. (See Bob Boman's article: Town
Gilmer, born in Ireland, transmigrated to Texas via Georgia.
First making ship's masts from Georgia pines, he ventured into shipbuilding with
his brother. He branched into shingle-making and building sawmills, becoming a
millionaire lumber magnate in the process. Gilmer died in 1906 and was buried
in Orange, where he had married
and (with his brother) ran one of his most successful businesses. Gilmer's operation
at "Remlig" was vast, with extensive tram roads built to exploit the timber reserves.
But with the demise of the forest, the town too, disappeared. The company operation
closed in 1926 and so did the post office.
Jasper County map showing Remlig N of Jasper|
(Above "R" in "JASPER" near JASPER/SABINE County line )
Texas General Land Office
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