Buying land, building homes, farming and ranching were common place in and around Fredonia in the early 1900’s. Hard work and routine were the usual at this time. There was an event that dirsrupted the smooth ritual of country living. In 1906 during the time T.P. Wood was postmaster, the post office was robbed! The robbers were eventually caught on the bank of the San Saba River. The thieves led their captors to the site where they had buried there booty, a bag full of pennies!
Mr. Ted Simon bought the blacksmith shop in 1911 from Bob Evans. He then married Miss Annie Wood in 1912. They built a store adjoining the blacksmith shop. They spent many years in Fredonia working and rearing their family. Mary Ann was their daughter and as an adult worked in a bank long after her mom and dad died. Lawrence was their son and begat Larry, my friend. In one of the pieces I wrote, I said he was Ted’s son but I meant grandson.
At this time Fredonia was a flourishing little town. On Saturdays, it was impossible to find a parking place, as this was the main day that everyone came to town to shop and visit.
Vernon Miller married Ora Evelyn Pankey in 1911. He hauled freight by wagon from Brady to Llano to the general mercantile store in Fredonia. He hauled things from sugar to piece goods and ready to wear garments to caskets. He drove cattle by horseback to Brady to be shipped to the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Harrell B. Gibbs became postmaster at Wagram in 1913. The Wagram school was established in 1914 and Dan Jordan was a teacher. There were eight grades and they had forty to fifty pupils. Era Behrens was postmaster in Wagram from 1915 through 1919.
W.C. Ellison bought the Fredonia Drug Store in 1915 and had it for a number of years. They sold candles, drugs, cut glass, and women’s fur neck pieces. Dr. Robert George had his office in the back of the store in 1918 until he retired due to ill health. Dr. George delivered many babies over the years. I remember in my dad’s writings to his children about Dr. George coming to the house and delivering Wanda and Ginger. He was very prould that he had the money to pay the usual price of fifty dollars to the doctor for delivering his children. The historical information in the past weeks in the paper of Fredonia was researched and compiled by Joyce Capps, deceased, Wilda Fay Jennings, and Loma Schooley and recorded in “Mason County Communities” copyright 1986.
Do not forget April 21st our Fredonia Homecoming! The BBQ meal is $12.00 a plate. Prepay by sending your check to Fredonia Community Association, Box 3, Fredonia, Texas 76842. This will ensure everyone getting a BBQ lunch. Bring a pocket full of money for our booths and silent auctions and topper of the the day will be Gene Edmiston auctioning our wonderful donations from the community and friends of Fredonia. We are looking forward to seeing you. Don’t forget your lawn chair.