Old Gin at Noodle, Texas
Photo courtesy Jack Williams
in a Pecan shell|
The town took its name from Noodle Creek. According to folk tradition
the name meant "nothing" or signified a dry creek bed. Settlement in the region
began in 1882 with the arrival of Anderson Criswell, a shepherd. Later settlers
came for the land that was priced at a mere $5 per acre.
In 1898 Noodle
had a store and in 1900 a post office opened which operated until 1924.
In 1883 the first school, Willow Creek, was established at Criswell's ranch. Local
residents built a school building in Noodle six years later and named it Cross
By 1920 the town had added a gin, a blacksmith shop, and a garage.
In 1929, after consolidating with the Horn school district, Noodle used bonds
to build another school, the Noodle-Horn school. The first church services in
Noodle were held in the original schoolhouse.
In the mid-1980s Noodle
had one store, a gin, and two churches.
Noodle's population did not exceed
forty between 1950 and 1986. It was still reported as forty in 1990.
by David Knape
I was actually raised in Noodle and went to school there as
were my brothers. I was married in the Noodle Church of Christ and actually lived
in the house next door on the south side of the church. The house was purchased
by Mr. & Mrs. Tony and was torn down.
We were taught in school that the
word Noodle came from an Indian scout that was in search of water and he came
across the creek just north of Noodle and it was dry. In his language noodle meant
dry. - Melissa Nichols Beasley, Wichita Falls, Texas, August 04, 2008
I just read the article on Noodle, TX and thought it might
be of interest to you to know that the one of the first if not the first postmaster
of Noodle TX was actually a postmistress, Julia Mitchell Vaughan. She was first
the postmistress of Funston, TX following the
death of her husband, Wiley Vaughan and then became the postmistress of Noodle---this
would be between 1900 and 1905. Julia Mitchell Vaughan Bray was my great grandmother.
Thank you. - Kathryn Smith Martin North Chili, NY, March 05, 2006
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