a Pecan Shell
was originally named Middletown since it was halfway between
Middletown had its own post office as early as 1855, however,
as with many towns named after equidistant geography, someone had
used the name before them. To avoid confusion they went with the
anglicized spelling of the Huisache tree.
local legend, the name stuck in the craw of many Middletowners and
the town's main street was called Weesatche to the South and Middletown
on the North.
former Weesatche Post Office Building
During the Civil
War the post office was closed and during reconstruction Weesatche
served as a base for a group of vigilantes known as "Regulators".
The town only had 100 people in the 1880s; but it had a full complement
of tradesmen, merchants and of course, a saloon.
The Reverend Theodore Ander of Ander,
Texas became pastor of the Lutheran Church in 1891.
Dance Hall is still open for occasional dances as posted by the
sign out front.
Downtown Weesatche consists of many vacant buildings that resemble
a movie set. Only upon close examination can one tell that they
really are aged structures and not simply props made to resemble
consolidation with the Goliad
ISD resulted in the several area schools being closed and the population
has rebounded somewhat from it's low of 140 people in the 1940s.
| Weesatche School,
Dist. No. 12
1930s or 40s
courtesy Stacey Golenski
Weesatche School photo
The two teachers in this photo are Chester A. Braun on the far left
and Dorothy Arnold on the right. This photo is not dated, but C.A.
Braun is my grandfather. He was born in 1916 so my best guess would
be late 1930s or early 1940s. - Stacey Golenski, July 16, 2020
former grocery store in Weesatche
lived in Weesatche until age 15. We then moved to Houston. I remember
the Meyer house in downtown Weesatche across the street from the Weesatche
Cafe and Saloon. ... I really hated to watch the house go to ruins,
and then finally be torn down. ... . I think that would be the house
that is of most interest to the people who knew Weesatche from years
back. Thanks, Barbara Boehl Bryson, Hockley, Texas - 28/Jan/2002
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