in a Pecan Shell
towns weren't noted for being 19th Century beehives of activity.
There was plenty of work in the German communities, to be sure,
but in this town with the Anglo-sounding name - things appear to
have always been quiet.
It was settled by someone named Henly about 1880 since it was conveniently
on the Austin - Johnson
City road. They got a post office in 1881 which was discontinued
in the 1960s.
It was said to have been an agricultural community - with cotton
as a main crop. At one time it had a justice of the peace, a doctor,
and a school. Population estimates were for a mere twenty-five people
from 1884 to 1965. A population boom occurred in the 1960s and it
shot up to fifty-five where it has remained.
Currently there are only a small cluster of buildings, a sign saying
Henley and not much more.