a Pecan Shell
was born with the arrival of the Texas and Pacific Railroad in 1881.
The station was equidistant between El
Paso and Texarkana,
the lines two anchor cities. I. R. Trent is the townís namesake.
When the railroad
named its various stations and delivered the signage, Eskota
received Trentís sign by mistake (and vice versa).
A post office was granted two years after the railroadís arrival.
From a population of 1,200 in 1928, Trent dropped to a mere 300 residents
during the Great Depression Ė and remained at the level for decades.
It had only increased to 318 by the 2000 census.
Terry and Johnson Family in Trent, Texas
Hi, I was just cursing the web and thought I would check out any information
about Trent, TX.. I do have some valuable history about Trent that
I would like to share . I need to do some research for dates, but
I thought the current information would be of interest.
My father (John Wesley Terry) and mother (Sarah Julia Johnson-Terry)
grew up in Trent and they are buried in the Trent grave yard. My Dadís
father (Aurby C. Terry) and mother (Rebecca Estelle Terry) had six
children. A baby girl who (died at birth and I canít remember her
name.) Allen the oldest son, Estelle (Pert) the only girl, Johnny,
Bo and Sam Terry. My Grandfather was the Postmaster and the Barber
for many years. I believe he was also the Mayor for Trent at one time.
Their home was in town just south of the railroad tracks (I think
it is still located there).
My motherís father (Grover Cleveland Johnson, he went by Cleve) was
a cattle rancher and a farmer. My grandmother (Zora Johnson) had two
daughters Fame Maud and Sarah Julia (what silly names). They lived
two miles south of Trent and an eighth of a mile west ( the farm house
is no longer there). My grandfather lost all of his cattle during
the depression. Grandmother Johnson said she picked cotton so the
girls could buy a school sweater . Mother said she rode a pony to
My daddy (Johnny) was quite the athlete. He scored the first touchdown
for Trent. He was a tennis Champion (I think it was State champion,
but I am not sure). I donít think Trent had a baseball team which
was my dadís best and favorite sport. He was asked to play baseball
for the White Socks and did not sign because my sister (Julia Terry
Wakeley) was two years old and they were still struggling from the
depression. He had an opportunity to go to work for an oil company
(Stanland Oil and Gas) and my mother encourage him to take the job.
They moved to Odessa,
TX and lived in the oil camp called North Cauden until I was born
ten years later . We were transferred to Levelland,
TX where I grew up.
Daddy and mother were a grade apart, but in the same classroom. My
dad named the Trent Gorillas. Their class also picked the school colors
Purple and Gold. I donít know the year that they graduated, but it
had to be around 1930 or 1931.
I hope this information is helpful. I would like to round up some
pictures and more stories. Sorry for the poor spelling an education
does not guarantee you to be a good speller. Besides in school (Levelland,
TX) I was taught to spell it like you hear it. I discovered that
in Texas aís sound like oís. and when I move to Tulsa, OK. In 1971.
I mention that I grew up in the All fields and they said what is All?
I in turned said ď Do you mean I moved to the All Capitals of the
World and you donít know how to pronounce it! I donít mind if you
print this, but please edit my spelling and grammar. I am very dyslexic
plus I grew up in Texas where we spell
it like we hear it !
After living in Oklahoma for 40 years I say I am an Okie , but I am
a Texan at heart !
- Sarah Gladden, Stillwater, OK., November 18, 2011
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