a Pecan Shell
Ranchers W. F.
and George Scarborough are credited as being the town founders in
the late 1870s. The community has always made education a priority
– proven by the establishment of the school (1878) thirty years before
the community’s first store (1908).
Without a railroad, from major roads, and close to the
county seat, growth was not an option for the community and the
1940 census showed on 56 residents. By the late 1960s it had declined
to 26 where it has remained through the 2000 census.
Still, the remaining residents have erected a stone tribute to their
school – which served for many years as a community center.
Photo courtesy Gerald
Massey, June 2010
8.66 miles S of Anson
via US 83/277 and FM 707
Site of Truby
efforts in this area date to the 1870s, prior to the organization
of Jones County in
1881. The rural community of Truby encompassed School District No.
14 until consolidating with Bitter Creek Schools in 1916 to become
District No. 56. There were three earlier locations for Truby schools
until this site was selected in 1916 and a new building was constructed.
Truby School educated children through grade nine, with students traveling
for high school. After World
War II, as the rural population declined, Truby consolidated with
schools, But the schoolhouse remained in use as a community center
until the close of the 20th century.
FM 707 S, W on CR 474, north of rocky hill
at this site attest to its use as a burial ground by nearby settlers
before members of the Daughtrey family, early area ranchers, formally
deeded these three acres for cemetery use on December 4, 1906. The
oldest marked grave is that of infant Madge S. McCargo (1897-1898),
granddaughter of pioneer Baptist minister George W. Scarborough and
his wife Martha, who settled on this land in 1877. Caring descendants
erected a fence in the 1950s and a flagpole in 1998 out of respect
for the pioneers, veterans, and citizens laid to rest here; their
gravestones remain a chronicle of the heritage of Jones
Historic Texas Cemetery – 2000
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