in a Pecan Shell
The community was named after Bloomington, Illinois. The St. Louis,
Brownsville and Mexico Railroad built a depot here in 1906 and a post
office was opened the following year. By 1925 the population was a
healthy 600 people. By 1960 it reached 1,756 before dropping in the
1970s. By 1980 it was back up to 1,840 citizens and today it stands
at a record of 2,562.
The following two vintage photos were contributed by Sherrill Pool
Elizondo: "These pictures were taken in front of The Pool Land
company in Bloomington, Texas, in 1912 when northerners were coming
in by train to buy land."
Pool (grandfather of Sherrill Pool Elizondo) in front of the Pool
Land Company Office. "Sherrel Andrew POOL was born November 1883
in Buckholts, Milam Co. TX. He died in Boerne, Kendall Co. TX., on
January 29, 1934. He married Ida Belle ANDERSON of Hallettsville,
Lavaca Co., TX. They had a daughter, Jewel, born in Abilene, Taylor
County, Texas in 1907. His son, Sherrel Andrew POOL Jr. (aka S.A.
or Jack) was born in Bloomington TX on January 5, 1913. The family
later moved to Abilene, Taylor Co. TX., where Sherrel Andrew Pool
Sr.'s father and mother, Andrew Manson POOL and Margaret Francis Mowdy
Pool, owned the Adams Hotel. My grandfather Sherrel and grandmother
Ida worked in the hotel. In the Victoria Tx. census of 1910, the entry
states his occupation was restaurant proprietor." - Sherrill
Pool Elizondo, February 27, 2014
|The three men
on horses are (left to right): the Bank President, Sherrel Andrew
Pool, and the Bank Cashier.
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