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Making Fredonia History
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • Posted March 21, 2012

Food, family, and friends, what a great way to spend your Saturday. April 21st will be an exciting time to be in Fredonia. The covered pavilion will have booths of arts and crafts for you to peruse or purchase. Our catered BBQ meal will satisfy your hunger. If you are an artist, carpenter, or a seamstress and have made things you desire to sell, $20.00 will reserve a spot for you. Please send your check for the reservation or the BBQ meal to Fredonia Community Association, Box 3, Fredonia, Texas, 76842.Enjoy our photograph and history exhibit. Please consider making copies and bringing your favorite old pictures to share. Some say the community of Fredonia was originally called Barton Springs and was located in the northern part of the county midway “as the crow flies” between Pontotoc and Katemcy. The community was settled within the 1860’s and 1870’s. Fredonia didn’t exist before or during the Civil War. Early settlers had to travel to Mason for their supplies and mail. John “Jack” Latham and Chaney Couch came to this area looking for an ideal place to settle and make a permanent home when they discovered Deer Creek. It had plenty of running water, good soil, tall grass and plenty of game. Descendents of these two families still own and make their home on this same land. W.L. Hayes’, son-in-law to Chaney Couch operated the first post office called Deerton. It later was operated by W.L.’s brother, S.P Hayes in his home about three miles from the present day Fredonia. After Ms. S.P. Hayes’ death, J.C Calhoun became the postmaster changing it’s name to the Fredonia Post Office and built a store on Lost Creek. Some say it was located where the old Ted Simmon store and blacksmith shop once stood. Now it is gone but the property is owned by his son Larry Simmon. The Ted Simmon home is still standing today.J. A. Williams and sons owned and operated the first mill and gin. Early merchants were Lobe and Alex Williams, E.B. Landrum, and Tom Woods. The Grange Co-operative store was operated by B.F. Gamel. Early doctors were Dr. Vaughn and Dr. Burleson. One of the first teachers was Donnie Redmond. The first shcool was very small and was soon replaced by a two story framed building in Fredonia. Later, Lost Creek, Lone Grove and Fredonia Communities consolidated and built a two story rock building to accomodate the three communities. In the early days the school was the gathering place for many events of the communiy. Other merchants and places of business were C.M. Slaughter’s general store, Hayes and Hayes Racket Store, R.E.L. Clark’s Cold Drink Stand, Hofmann Dry Goods and the Fredonia Kicker News Office. Editor of the Fredonia Kicker was Roberson. The paper was first published in his home. About three miles northwest of Fredonia. He walked around gathering the news and delivering the paper. It was absorbed by the Mason County News on November 21, 1910.In the late 1880’s land around Fredonia was fifty cents per acre, encouraging those who had the money to invest in the fertile land. (The historical information came from the “Mason County Historical Book” copyright 1976 and the “Mason County Communities” copyright 1986.)

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