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Come Home to Fredonia
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 • Posted April 4, 2012

Excitement is growing in Fredonia. We are anticipating a joyful reunion of old friends and acquaintances from our past. All who love Fredonia will not want to miss our celebration on April 21st. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m., you will receive your name tag and ticket for lunch if you have prepaid. Time will transcend the years as we reminisce over the pictures and history displayed in the building. If you have any to share please bring them. While you are in the building, take a look at our paperback book collection available for sale. Our bargain books are only one dollar.Our generous community has provided more items to our auction. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Goff have donated a white lone star cut 7 carat topaz, Mrs. Gene Goff Alexander has donated one of her paintings, Mrs. Joan Williams has donated an antique embroidered tablecloth, Mrs. Carolyn Copeland has given one of her hand made necklaces from her shop “The Shooting Star” in Mason. Mrs. Carla Polk has given an Avon pin for the silent auction. Mr. Joe Remini and Mrs. Ella Sue Holloway have each donated a necklace from the “Texas Silver Rush” in Fredericksburg. Gay Baxter Stevens and Peggy Kuykendall Lohn have each donated an old desk chair. Ramona Kelso has donated a crochet afghan. Our thanks to these supporters and their donations. You may donate to our auction by contacting Peggy Lohn in Fredonia. Let’s give Gene Edmiston plenty of auctioneer practice.Under the covered pavilion, will be our booth venue. We have two jewelry booths and a wooden utensil booth. Six other booths featuring art, sweet treats , soft drinks and water, BBQ accessories, soaps and oils, and a dulcimer booth. Many more booths to come soon. Our BBQ lunch will be served tasty and warm, price per plate is $12. Reserve your lunch plate or booth space by sending $12 per plate or $20 per booth. You may send your payment to Fredonia Community Association, PO Box 3, Fredonia, TX 76842. For more information contact Peggy Lohn or Mario Arteaga in Fredonia. Our last story provided the early settlement years of Fredonia. During the second decade of Fredonia, some of the merchants were Owen Slaughter and Will Ellison who owned a general mercantile store on one side of the street and Hofmann Mercantile was on the opposite side. Willard Baker had a tailor shop, Mr. Camp owned a jewelry shop and Mr. Lynn had a boot shop. Tobe and Alex Williams, E.B. Landrum, Barrett and Brown, Mrs. Sellman, Dennis Armour, W.C. Ellison, S.R. Hayes, Arch Batton, Robert Sanders, and H.M. Harman were also early day merchants. H.M. Herman had a grocery store and a wagon yard. People could eat pork and beans at the counter in the store and spend the night in the wagon yard. The Fredonia Methodist Church met first at Lost Creek School. This was before 1893. The Methodist congregation met for about three years in a small school house just west of town. On October 19, 1893 ground was given by S.J. Thorn for a new Church building. The deed shows that the land was given for the “consideration of love we bear for the cause of Christ and from an earnest desire to promote His heritage on earth.” This is where the present day Methodist Church building still stands. Lumber for the church was hauled from Brownwood, a distance of about eighty miles by wagons by men of the church. The building was erected by John L. Latham, Burl Ellison, Arch Brown and others. The first trustees were R.M. Harmon, T.J. Wood, and S.J.l thorn. Reverand Cash was the first pastor. Sons of the pioneer families of the Fredonia community include: Ingram, Sudberry, Harmon, Brown, Latham, Woods, Leach, Hayes, Reid, Evans, Jennings, Taylor, Lay, Kitchens, King, Bratton, Simons, McMilian, Barrett, and Ellison. The historical information came from the “Mason County Communities” copyright 1986.

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