The Junior Historian, Volume 12, Number 3, December 1951 Page: 1
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k THE JUNIOR HISTORIAN *
VOL. XII, No. 3 AUSTIN, TEXAS DECEMBER, 1951
COURAGE LAID THIS CORNERSTONE
by TOMMY V. THOMPSON
Arlington Heights High School, Fort Worth
IT did not take the members of the
Granbury Rotary Club long to light
their cigars, settle back in the
straw-backed chairs, and comfortably
await the toastmaster's tap on his water
glass for attention. There was a dash
of excitement in the air today because
the program contained a special treat.
Ashley W. Crockett, the only living
grandson of David Crockett, and the
town's oldest and best known citizen,
was to recount some of the history of
Granbury. Of course, this day the intro-
duction was cut short. Everyone was
used to seeing Mr. Crockett stroll on
the square or to watching him take a
part in community affairs. As he rose to
speak, a big ovation greeted him. When
he began to speak, the pages of dark-
ness and time were rolled back.
And who would know better? Who
would be more fit to tell the Granbury
story than this Ashley Crockett, who
had lived eighty of his ninety-three
years in Granbury and who had known
of the details of numerous incidents
which had blended themselves to share
in the growth of a community. Ashley
Crockett was indeed well fitted to tell
the Granbury story. He had lived it.
In 1866 a county was established oni
the grand prairie of North Central
Texas on land broken by majestic, roll-
ing hills threaded by the winding
movements of the lazy Brazos. It was
called Hood County, after General John
B. Hood, a courageous battler for the
Confederacy during the Civil War.
The sandy loam soil was rich for crops,
and the many cedars, post oak, pecan,
and mesquite that dotted the land added
to its picturesque beauty.
Jake and Jesse Nutt stood silhouetted
against the blazing rays of a setting
sun. Mysterious Comanche Peak was
etched faintly in the distance, but the
two brothers could not see the glory of
the day's end. Their eyes had no sight.
This handicap did not dim their out-
look on life. If ever a pioneer had
courage coupled with fortitude and the
qualities necessary to build, they had it.
They possessed another trait too. Hope,
it is called, and this hope was the ce-
ment in the foundation of Granbury.
Life was good in Hood County. Corn
and cotton crops were excellent; more
and more neighbors arrived daily; the
soil could not be more fertile. In gen-
eral the Indian problem was not a seri-
ous one. Only an occasional ruckus was
stirred up by a drunk Apache or some
thieving Comanche who lived to the
West. Yes, the life was good.
Soon news came from Austin that a
committee had been appointed to name
a site for the county seat for Hood
County. The Nutt brothers realized that
the many families that lived near their
farm needed the protection that a coun-
ty seat could offer. Therefore, they
gave the committee forty acres of their
rich land for the site of the new town,
which was named in honor of Confed-
erate General Hiram Bronson Gran-
berry. The spelling of the town's name
was changed to Granbury to follow com-
mon custom. During the period follow-
ing the turbulent battle between the
states, Texas cities and counties were
often named after Confederate heroes.
Thus Granbury, seat of the county
named for General Hood, was christened
without much fanfare in 1871.
In Granbury was the same type of
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