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OATMEAL, TEXAS

Burnet County, Texas Hill Country
Farm Road 243
8 miles SE of Burnet
56 miles NW of Austin

Population: (est) 20

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Oatmeal Texas Community Center
The community center where the Oatmeal Festival is held.
This was the third school. Photo Courtesy Jack Williams, 2002
History in a cylindrical cardboard box:
The name is perhaps a corruption of Othneil who was an early businessman in the area.

A timeline of significant historic events in Oatmeal:

1849: The first settlers were German families
1853: A post office was granted under the name Oatmeal
1854: The first people are buried in what will eventually become the Oatmeal Cemetery (see photographer's note below)
1858: the first schoolhouse was built
1869: a second school was constructed
1871: The cemetery is deeded
The old stone school/church
Photo Courtesy Jack Williams, 2002
Barn in Oatmeal Texas
Photo Courtesy Jack Williams, 2002
Oatmeal Texas highway sign
Photo courtesy Stephen Danesi
Oatmeal water tower, standpipe
The Oatmeal water tower (standpipe)

Photo courtesy Stephen Danesi, 2005
An all-black cemetery was set up in eastern Oatmeal in a Black community called Stringtown. Formed of Freedmen (and women) after the Civil War, the town melted away during the 1920s. The same fate nearly befell Oatmeal, but there were enough people to maintain the town until they came up with the annual Oatmeal Festival - a tongue-in-cheek celebration of the once mandatory hot breakfast food.
Mary Smith headstone, Oatmeal  Cemetery, Texas
The headstone of Mary Smith,
the first documented burial in the Oatmeal Cemetery

Photo Courtesy Jack Williams
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Photographer's Note:
While staying at my sister's lake house in Burnet, I made it a point to go over and take pictures of Oatmeal for your site. While there, I poked around and found some interesting facts.

From an excellent history posted at the Cemetery by Maxine Glimp I found that the first postmaster of Oatmeal was Judge John R. Scott, who was also the first Chief Justice of Burnet county. He was murdered around May of 1863 and his remains were discovered some time later - identified by a deformed jawbone.

Oatmeal was also the site of the first orchard in the state and the 1st and only cheese press.

... The Cemetery has many of the early pioneers interred there, the oldest recorded graves are those of Mary Smith and her year old daughter, buried there on September 16, 1854. They were killed when a horse threw them. Veterans of the Civil war, WWI and WWII are also buried here. ... Thanks for letting me contribute, it's fun! - Jack Williams, October 01, 2002
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