does anyone know if the records on the Johnson Ranch are now in the
Tarleton State University library there now? What is on line from
there?? A few years ago someone sent me a note saying that all records of
immigrants recruited from Europe by TP Coal and Oil
to mine coal to get coal burning locomotives to California. The coal was
also used by the brick yard which made bricks for streets, homes, and
fireplaces from Austin to Dallas and Fort Worth . Bricks had Thurber on
them. They also had a mine in Newcastle, near Graham, Texas. Some of my
Wyly kin lived in Graham and other kin, , including Dad's Uncle Oliver
Cromwell Wyly were working at Thurber when the strike for one dollar a
day raise priced them out , due to Ranger and Desdemona oil being cheaper
These kin included some Morings, Tacketts, and others. Cage and Crow
bank in Stephenville had an Italian Opera house upstairs One Catholic
Church was for Italian and Czech connected immigrants. another Catholic
Church had a priest for the Irish immigrants, and several other churches.
The town was vacated in 30 days and buildings were sold for salvage. Dad
an d Uncle lewis Wyly haulded bricks from the old Baptist Church in
Thurber to build foundations for dairy barn and sheds. I was in first
grade, and a warm day turned into a cold Blue norther with snow. Our
pickup broke down on Hanibal Hill, near Moring Ranch.
Were the Cage and Crow Bank families connected to Trammel and Crow who
contracted to Ben Wyly of Atlanta for 3000 head of sheep to be delivered
to them in San Angelo, for pastures towards Colorado City, Balmoreah,
and El Dorado??This Wyly family Branch were paid for the sheep with a
store in Stephenville, a lumber yard for Rawhide ( hardwood paneling )
and building framework. Ben Sr. also got some homes in Stephenville,
including one on Bosque Street ( Now Tarleton Ave.) He was a Methodist
Elder in Box Methodist Church- school near Pony Creek Baptist Church and
Pony Creek- Box cemetery. Other kin were buried in the Evans cemetery on
hill dividing Pony Creek and Duff au Creek, running opposite directions.
and he was a member of the lodge upstairs. He moved to Fort Worth to run
a lumber yard which washed away, and is buried in Comanche , Area.
Some of his sons were involved with East Texas oil fields where Dad
Joiner brought in a gusher, and one ran the Cotton Export press and
warehouse in Galveston. Two of Ben's cousins were buried in Liverpool,
England during Civil War. Their dad, Augustan Clayton Wryly and Ben
closed the 4 story warehouse in Atlanta- still there at Peach tree and
Pry or. Now, did he go to England for personal business or to get
ships and supplies for the Confederacy?? The girls died of Diphtheria.
Johnson Ranch and mine records were kept in a climate Control building
- possibly not tight enough to keep out small rattlesnakes.
Any input appreciated,
Charles Augustine Wyly
I would like to know more about your Tacketts, if it is convenient.
Dortha McElroy Greenlee