The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003 Page: 627
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A history of Beckville, Texas, has recently been privately published
under the auspices of the Miss Jane Library and Museum of Beckville.
Located nine miles northwest of Carthage in Panola County, the town
was named for Matthew W. Beck, who settled the area about 1850.
Originally located about one mile north of the present site, the town
was moved in 1887 to accommodate the railroad. In this book the
daughters of Mrs. Sarah Jane Metcalf have reprinted and updated their
mother's original book, Pictorial History of Beckville Schools, 1888-z978.
In addition to old school pictures from 1887 through the present
day, kindergartners through seniors, the book includes histories of the
town government, organizations, and businesses. There are old city
maps and reproductions of pages from Beckville newspapers through
the years. There's a list of Confederate soldiers from the Beckville area,
a list of World War I soldiers, and histories and photographs of soldiers
from World War II. There are histories and photographs of all the
churches in Beckville. There are stories-like that of Gulf Colorado
and Santa Fe agent Bill Havens who came to relieve Clifford White in
the winter of 1950 when Clifford took sick; Bill's 1937 Chevrolet is pic-
tured, icicled with that December's sleet. J. A. "Bill" Tompkins, shown
with his 1931 Model A, tells the story of his family, who farmed cotton
during the Depression, his father using the same twenty-dollar bill to
get in all the school ballgames because the cashier never had change
for a twenty. There's Sara Jane Metcalf's story. She joined the WACS in
1943 and in 1944 married Roy Metcalf, a soldier in the U.S. Army Air
Corps and also from Beckville. Jane was in the first graduating class at
Panola Junior College and later taught at Beckville High School. Al-
ways interested in heritage and tradition she began collecting old
school pictures and in 1978 published the pictorial school history on
which this book, Beckville, Texas: History of the Town and Its Schools, now
It's a wonderful book, the size and design of a yearbook, the photo-
graphs reproducing beautifully on the slick paper. You can see the old
Hewitt Institute; the first car owned in Beckville; Four Boys with Bikes,
1910-1911; laughing high school girls in bonnets, 1913-1914; homes,
churches, schools, grocery stores. For anyone who loves old photo-
graphs the book is a treat; for those with roots in the Beckville area
Beckville, Texas is a priceless treasure. The 448-page hardbound book,
six years in the making, will be on sale for $75.00, plus $5.oo shipping,
from the Miss Jane Library and Museum, Beckville, TX 75631.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003, periodical, 2003; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101223/m1/705/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.