in a Pecan Shell
Weesatche was originally named Middletown
since it was halfway between Clinton and Goliad.
Middletown had its own post office as early as 1855, however, as with
many towns named after equidistant geography, someone had used the name before
them. To avoid confusion they went with the anglicized spelling of the Huisache
to local legend, the name stuck in the craw of many Middletowners and the town's
main street was called Weesatche to the South and Middletown on the North.
former Weesatche Post Office Building |
the Civil War the post office was closed and during reconstruction Weesatche served
as a base for a group of vigilantes known as "Regulators".
only had 100 people in the 1880s; but it had a full complement of tradesmen, merchants
and of course, a saloon.
The Reverend Theodore Ander of Ander,
Texas became pastor of the Lutheran Church in 1891.
Weesatche Dance Hall c.1913|
Weesatche Dance Hall is still open for occasional dances as posted by the sign
Downtown Weesatche consists of many vacant buildings that resemble
a movie set. Only upon close examination can one tell that they really are aged
structures and not simply props made to resemble old buildings.
School consolidation with the Goliad
ISD resulted in the several area schools being closed and the population has rebounded
somewhat from it's low of 140 people in the 1940s.
former grocery store in Weesatche|
I lived in Weesatche until age 15. We then moved to Houston. I remember the Meyer
house in downtown Weesatche across the street from the Weesatche Cafe and Saloon.
... I really hated to watch the house go to ruins, and then finally be torn down.
... . I think that would be the house that is of most interest to the people who
knew Weesatche from years back. Thanks, Barbara Boehl Bryson, Hockley, Texas
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