Hi, I thought you might be interested in this if you have Erath Roots
reaching into Hico in Hamilton County.
Charles A. Wyly
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From: "Charles A. Wyly" <wyly1(a)juno.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 15:23:27 -0500
Subject: Re: [Southern-Trails] Billy the Kid
Hi, and thanks,
For the Hico Tourism Committee - 1-800-361-HICO or E mail to
If I wrote it down right. The Hico Old Setlers Reunion is July 24-29. On
Friday and Satur=day nights they will have live music in the city park
across the Bosque from the old American Beauth Cream Meal (Corn meal)
elevator and processing plant. Once had Old Fiddlers contests there,,and
a Schaeffer's Just For Fun carnival in 1940-50's . The owner was a West
Texas oil Millionaire who kept new or look like new Farmall powerred
generators and rides and games. A full time man kept the engines and
equipment wiped , shined and polished. Just watching him polish the
chrome and red paint was a fascination to the local farmers who farmed
with Farmalls and many sat outside. A few had tractor sheds back then.
Anyone caught cheating running various games was fired.
In the 1930's Grandad Henry Wyly, partially deaf from scarlet fever,
would take a wagon load of fresh watermellons through Millerville to the
Hico Reunion and sell them all in a day or so. Families came in pickups,
and campped out or stayed with friends if home was not close.
Tell your kids to not wade in the river or drink there unless they like
lumpy dairy waste water.
The Billy the Kid festival is the first weekend in April. They set up
arts and crafts booths, book booths, have live music on the main street
which runs across the Hwy 6 to Iredell.
Some years actors and a float was present for the parade from Lincoln,
They have at least 6 or 8 outstanding antique stores. one block of
Relics and privately run flea market, and a restored pharmacy and one
building of unusual restored old cars. Classic car shows are hemd during
A friend, a Meyers, goes to their Motorcycle rally. It is well liked and
peaceful. Each entry gets a book of clues to find a match in a store. In
the afternoon, they assign groups a destimnation to find and return. Mr.
Meyers said he went by dirt roads from Duffau or Black Stump \Valley to
Paluxy and Tolar, and returned before sundwn. As you know, many club
members today are Doctors and Lawyers, like the Branch Davidian attorney
from Houston. Alvin Casey of Hico sold me an Indian Chief and I bought a
1936 Harley at Hico in 1948. Club members say Hico is as friendly and
well planned as any rally they attend.
I was drafted with a Littleton from the area in 1950. One Littleton, a
city marshall, moved to south of Denver, Colo. in 1950's and returned
about 10 years ago and now runs as good a Mexican food restaurant as any
I know of, at the corner of the old main Street and Hwy 6. It is better
and nicer than some in Waco.
Hope this helps.
Charles A. Wyly