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Lavaca County, Central Texas South

29 15' 20" N, 96 42' 1" W (29.255556, -96.700278)
FM 530
23 Miles SE of Hallettsville the county seat
Population: 76 est. (2010) 60 (2000)

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Speaks Texas US post office
"U.S. Post Office - Speaks, TX 77985"
Photo Courtesy Cheryl Thompson-Draper, June 2006

History in a Pecan Shell

Speaks dates from 1828 when Jesse H. Cartwright received a land grant from the Mexican government. The grant was near the crossing of the Atascosito road at the Navidad River. A few years later Archibald White received a grant that surrounded Cartwright's grant and it was part of White's land that became Speaks.

By 1866 the time had come for the community to apply for a post office. The submitted name was Speaksville. It was granted and the post office operated under that name until it closed in 1876. The community was thereafter called Boxville. The Boxville post office stays open until 1882 when the store / post office closed.

J. W. Koonce reopened the store in 1928 and the post office was renamed Speaks. Population figures for the thirties and forties aren't available but in 1950 Speaks had fifty people living there, served by two stores. Oil was discovered nearby on two new fields, but with the days of boomtowns long gone, the oil merely increased property values.
Speaks, Texas - Bradbury store and Post Office
Bradbury Store and former Post Office
Photo Courtesy Cheryl Thompson-Draper, June 2006
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Speaks Texas Today

Photographer's Note:
"My husband and I have a ranch near Speaks, Texas...which lies between Lavaca County Road 18 and Lavaca County Road 14 on FM 530 ( which runs from Edna to Hallettsville). I did not see anything about Speaks so on our way out to the ranch today I photographed the only structures in Speaks. I have attached them to this email. Speaks "city" sign, Speaks Community Center building, Speaks Cemetery and Mrs. Bradbury's store and (former) Post Office." - Cheryl Thompson-Draper, June 10, 2006
Speaks Texas former schoolhouse, now community center
Speaks Community Center, former schoolhouse
Photo Courtesy Cheryl Thompson-Draper, June 2006
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Speaks Cemetery & Tombstones

TX Lavaca County 1868 Speaks Cemetery gate
The 1868 Speaks Cemetery
Photo Courtesy Cheryl Thompson-Draper, February 2015

"My Dad was a WW II Vet, a member of the "Greatest Generation." He was already in the National Guard when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. His young life drastically changed and he was in the army for five years. I was born in 1943 and he only got to see me one time before he shipped out. He fought in Belgium and Germany. Like most combat vets, he was very reluctant to talk about the war. He was in charge of five tank retrievers which were large flatbed trucks with armored cabs and a .50 machine gun on top. Their job was to chase Gen. Patton's 3rd Army, bringing him new tanks and picking up damage ones, the ones that could be repaired. He was just behind the battle lines and was shot at and bombed by German planes.

I found the Civil War stone also in the Speaks Cemetery where Dad is buried. I'm going to try to do some research on that Confederate soldier. If my math is correct, he was 16 when that war started and was 89 when he passed away.

My Dad was just two months short of his 88th birthday when he passed. Also, my brother is a veteran of Vietnam - a door gunner on a helicopter, he was shot down three times and nearly captured once. He has the Purple Heart and numerous other medals - he won't talk about it much either. He was in the 101st Airborne Div." - Murray Montgomery, 2012
Murray V Montgomery Sr
World War II

Photo courtesy Murray Montgomery, 2012
TX - Speaks  Cemetery Confederate soldier Richard J. Clark Headstone
Richard J. Clark
Confederate States Army

Photo courtesy Murray Montgomery, 2012
The Story of Richard J. Clark - Lavaca County Cattleman By Murray Montgomery
Speaks Texas - Speaks Cemetery
Speaks Cemetery
Photo Courtesy Cheryl Thompson-Draper, June 2006
Speaks Texas - Lavaca County Speaks Cemetery
Speaks Cemetery
Photo Courtesy Cheryl Thompson-Draper, June 2006
Speaks Texas - Speaks Cemetery
Speaks Cemetery
Photo Courtesy Cheryl Thompson-Draper, 2006
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Speaks Texas sign
Speaks city sign
Photo Courtesy Cheryl Thompson-Draper, June 2006
Speaks TX Lavaca Co 1958 Postmark
Cover canceled with Speaks TX 1958 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
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