a Pecan ShellThe
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.
Old Mercantile building|
1994 Photo Courtesy Dorothy Melton Knight
Mass Baptism in Fluvanna,
Texas Forum Subject:
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 12, 2005
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