a Pecan Shell
Settlement began around the late 1850s in this predominately German/
Polish region of Texas. The local landmark
of the “Old Rock Church” was once the site of vigilante trials, headed
by Charles Westermann and Drake Gilliland.
A post office was granted by 1868, and with this anchor, the town
started growing. In the early 1890s, the population was still a modest
100, but the residents were serviced by no less than three general
stores and essential businesses.
By the mid 1890s, the community had built a school. Sixty-seven students
were taught by two teachers. In 1908 mail was routed through Floresville
and the Fairview post office closed. The town entered into a decline
even before the Great Depression and shortly after WWII
there were only 50 residents to give their names to the census enumerator.
Fairview’s decline has been reversed in recent years and by 900 it
had increased to 322 people, served by several businesses and two
churches. The same number of people appear on the 2006 state map.
The Gilliland ranch was about 2 miles down the road from Fairview
Rangers Herf Carnes and Pat Craighead