Subject: First House in Tarrant County?
I was born in an old house where Jellico, Texas used to be. The house was called
the old Thompson place, because my mother said it was built by the Sal Thompson
family, before my grandmother Nellie Page, bought it. One room of the house was
an original log cabin. My mother said that someone had come out before I was born
(1934) to take a stone from the old house to be put in the cornerstone of the
new post office being built in Ft.
Worth. They said it was the first house built in Tarrant County, though I
cannot confirm that with the historical society. I can not trace this story, and
I once visited the post office but the historical people there said they had no
record of that.
I wish they had taken a picture of the old log house,
but I guess it wasn't considered very fancy at the time. All I have is a photo
[above] of me soon after I was born. I am being held by my mother, Florence Page
McCarty, next to what must have been the chimney of the old house. I was born
in November of 1934. I was always sorry I wasn't born in the log room, instead
of the "better" one next to it. I remember being in the house but not much about
it. My grandmother later tore the old house down and built another.
seems to be part of a park now, and the sign there says "Big Bear Creek Greenbelt".
I was born right across the street from that park area, where the creek crosses
the road. If anyone has any information about the post office cornerstone, the
house, or other residents of Jellico, I would appreciate them contacting me at:
firstname.lastname@example.org (This address should be good for the rest of my life.
- Anelle Kloski, September 17, 2011)
Thank you. - Anelle McCarty Kloski, Forest
Ranch, California, March 21, 2006
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