in a Pecan Shell
The man who surveyed
the area, named the town after his home county in Virginia.
It was touted as a metropolis-in-the-making, by promoters who knew
that the Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railroad had plans - big plans
- for the town.
Things don't always turn out as planned. Road building cancelled out
the railroad's importance. Then the railroad closed their presence
in Fluvanna in 1941, even removing the rails in '42.
Fluvanna was also home to the Fluvanna Mercantile Company.
This store joins the ranks of a handfull of other famous Texas general
merchandise stores around the state which are a type of functioning
museum. Started in 1915, by two partners named Stavely and Jones,
the store operated for profit, but also with a strong sense of community.
It bartered it's goods for eggs and cream during the depression and
continued operations even after the railroad pulled out.
The 1980 census showed Fluvanna with 180 people as did the 1990 census.
1994 Photo Courtesy Dorothy Melton Knight
Baptism in Fluvanna, 1916
My grandparents were Fred W. and Josie Park. They moved to Fluvanna
from their ranch in Borden County about 1923. Fred owned the Fluvanna
garage picured on your webpage. He and/or his son-in-law and daughter,
T.C. and Ola Hoy, also had investment and/or employment at the old
Fluvanna Mercantile. Fred and Josephine are buried there with their
daughters, Lorena Park and Sophronia Hamilton. I visited there as
a child in the 1940's. My mother was Jo (Trixie) Park, their youngest
child. I have tried to contact Mary, the submitter to your forum.
Her mother, Alice Haynes Cain, was my mother's best friend for years.
I would appreciate a current address for Mary. - Thank you, Dorothy
Melton Knight, LLknight@Q.com , September 05, 2012
Tornado in Fluvanna
My mother, Alice Haynes Cain, grew up in Fluvanna. My grandfather,
H. H. Haynes was Station Master for the RS&P. My mother told us
the story of a cyclone/tornado that hit their house in Fluvanna
when she was a young girl. I would like to find out the exact date
of this cyclone. It must have occurred between 1910 and 1920, probably
around 1915. Thank you. - Mary, Camary46@cs.com, El Paso, July
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