I would like to comment on the subject of "Ice".
About 62 years ago, when I was a babe in arms, my daddy, Everett Jones,
would get up at 3 A.M., my mom would get me up and dress me, and would all
go to Ranger, Texas, to pick up a truck load of ice. My daddy worked for
Cora Perretti[pardon the spelling if it is incorrect] This truck load of
ice was delivered to the beer joints in Mingus. As this is where my mom and
dad and I were living at the time. My daddy drove an old Chevrolet truck,
according to my dad it had a clutch, brake and reverse.
According to my parents Mingus was a wild and woolly place. During
prohibition it had the reputation of being the wettest place between Fort
Worth and El Passo.
Thank you for allowing me to share a bit of my family history. I realize
that Mingus is not in Erath Co.,[although my birth certificate says so] I
know that it is not that far from Stephenville.
----- Original Message -----
From: Charles A. Wyly <wyly1(a)juno.com>
Sent: Friday, July 04, 2003 10:55 PM
Subject: Re: [ERATH] Stephenville Ice house and "Thirsty- Just whistle" for
Whistle Vess Soda Pop
Hi,I forgot, the ice house was on the Railroad and had once supplied
to the Railroad for shipping fresh meat and vegetables and for Pullman
Also, Great Aunt Susie Moxley graduated from Tarleton and Mary- Hardin -
Baylor- she taught in Box School, near Pony Creek Church, Selden,Indian
Creek, Lingleville, Pea Ridge, Huckaby, Bloomington and others- was hired
by A&M Consolidated schools but cannot find record that she went through
with the contract. Bloomington offerred her a Principal's position and a
hefty raise. She refused as she did not believe that women should have
positions of authority . her boy friend attended ed Baylor and
Southwestern Seminary and became a Principal in Amarillo, and married
She returned home to Indian Creek to take care of her Civil War veteran
dad, who had moved the family from Calloway County, Missouri to the
Selden- Indian Creek area on Hico- Stephenville highway. She lived
1890-1976 and never drove a car. She rode the bus to Stephenville some
and worked some for the family of Dean J. Thomas Davis of Tarleton.
her house never had electricity or running water- they owned the land and
payed the taxes and sent a few through Tarleton or SHS her hand pump
failed and she carried the water from a nearby pond. The family had a
weaving loom for carpet and a spinning wheel to earn extra money by
daylight or lamp.
FOOD COOLER- She built a frame for a burlap coverred box outside the
Kitchen Window and wet it down with pumped or carried water 3 to 5 times
a day, and it kept her milk and butter cool. They always had Red cling
seed Indian Peach pickles for dinner. She drove her horse and Buggy to
Selden Church until her last horse died, then rode with kin and
neighbors to church. and dressed like Amish- she said they had Puritain
roots from Plymouth Colony, but I have not been able to prove it. After I
left home she often ate Sunday dinner with my mom and dad- Always jovial
and telling us kids about the healthy Bible foods and other frontier or
She was related to Darnell, Higdon. Higbee- Arendell-Fleming- Ogan and
other Indian Creek folk and Fort Worth Shannons- her niece married
attorney Marvin Shannon of Shannon Funeral home- the Blind Golfer who had
played with Bob Hope for a Colonial Country Club Charity tournament.
Outside the Indian Creek Cemetery from the Moxley and Wyly graves, is a
flat rock. There I am told is buried a Missouri Indian who led a wagon
train from Missouri to Texas and he lived in the area and kept a lookout
for possible Indian Raiders, appx. 1900. Great Great Grand George Milton
Moxley had fought in Civil War as one who drew a bounty for taking a rich
man's place in Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's fierce fighters. I remember
him drawing Civil War Vet checks from the State of Texas, with a
Confederate Flag stampped on the State mailed envelopes.
Charles A. Wyly
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