|Mount Olive Primitive
"I found this photo postcard in my grandmother's photos. It was
mailed to my great-grandparents in Lubbock." - Vance Bass
Marker (on CR 237):
Primitive Baptist Church and Cemetery
Primitive Baptist Church was organized in July 1899 with nineteen
charter members in the community of North Bennett. The new church
adopted the articles of faith of the Old Harmony Baptist Association
and called Elder W. W. Fowler as first pastor. The church purchased
15 acres of land in 1901 for a house of worship and cemetery. The
church building also was used as a school-house and was shared with
Area population declined during World
War ll, and by 1999 the church had four members. In addition
to several of the church's charter members, many of the early settlers
of the community are interred here, as are veterans of the U. S.
With more than
150 graves in 1999, the cemetery continues to serve the entire community.
was at the site of the mountain from which its gets its name, ten
miles northeast of Goldthwaite
in eastern Mills County.
The community was established in 1877; early settlers included John
Neal, J. J. Wilcox, and Thomas Huckabee, Sr. At its height, the Mount
Olive community had a store, a school, and several churches. The community
declined rapidly in the first part of the 1900s, but its school remained
until 1947, when it was consolidated with those of Goldthwaite.
By the 1980s Mount Olive had been abandoned."
A. Amin, “Mount Olive, TX (Mills County),” Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed May 03, 2023, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/mount-olive-tx-mills-county.
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
| Just down the
road from Mount Olive is Caradan
1940s Mills County
map showing Caradan
From Texas state map #4335
Texas General Land Office
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