Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas) Page: 194
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Front: A.J., Harry, Vinson, Miss Katie, Doyle, Billy. Back: Jeffie, Fannie, Naughty, and Betty Jo.
Immediately she was called to the front of the
Once she rolled a quilt, which she put in her
bed under the cover, and climbed out a
window to join other young people crossing
the river in the ferry boat on their way to
Greenbrier to a dance.
Aaron Calahan, the son of Samuel Aaron
Calahan, was born in the Freeland commu-
nity of Johnson County. While he was young,
his parents died, and he began to work on the
Poindexter Ranch. In 1913 he came to
Bosque County. In 1914 he married Katie
Blackwell. Mr. Calahan, a rancher, and his
family lived at Kimball until 1927 when he
moved them to Kopperl. He died 1952 and is
buried in the Kopperl Cemetery.
To Aaron and Katie Calahan were born
Benjamin Ernest Callaham and Family
When a tall, skinny, almost starved C.S.A.
soldier received news that the Civil War was
over, his first thought was of his home in
thirteen children. A.J. married Maurice
McNatt. Duwain was killed in a car wreck at
the age of sixteen. Flournay (Naughty)
married Rosell Hunt. Edith married James
Hendrix. Vinson married Mildred Gillispe.
Doyle married Erma Klinedinst. Judy
married Gene Sites. Harry married Reva
Marshall. Jeffie married Bob Nokes. Sammy
married Doris Hughes. Fannie married Olan
Rainey. Billy married Bobby Hair. Betty Jo
married J.W. Hackler. Aaron and Katie also
raised a granddaughter.
A.J., Duwain, and Naughty went to school
at Kimball before that school was consoli-
dated with the Kopperl School. Then they
and the other children all attended school at
Miss Katie, who is a resident at the
Geriatric Center in Meridian, celebrated her
eighty-eighth birthday 1983. She now has
forty-nine grandchildren, thirty-seven great
grandchildren, and four great great grand-
by Mrs. Katie Calahan
Georgia. There awaited him a warm bed and
food other than horse meat and bread filled
with weevils, which was the standard diet
among the beaten southern forces at Vicks-
burg, Mississippi. So, without waiting for a
discharge, he began his long journey home
where he arrived much later having worn his
shoes completely out on his walk. When he
was an old man living on Cedron Creek in
Bosque Co. he loved to tell of his experiences
in the Civil War.
Benjamin Griffin Callaham was born in
South Carolina (1837-1922) and married
Mary Elizabeth Clement (1841-1914). After
two daughters, Louisa Elizabeth (1866-1945)
and Frances Nancy (1869-1931) were born,
they decided to head west for Texas and a
new frontier. They arrived near Fort Graham
in Hill County, then moved near Steiner in
Bosque County. Here was born another
daughter, Ellen Jane (1876-1962). In 1880 he
purchased land on Cedron Creek and built a
log smokehouse to live in until a house could
be built. Here, in the smokehouse was born
a son, Benjamin Ernest (1883-1960). Later,
after the new house was finished, a daught-
er,Ada, (1886-1976) was born.
The family grew up in the Cedron commu-
nity. The children married and established
homes. Louisa married Richard Steen; Fran-
ces married John Payne; Ellen married Frank
McGeehee; Ernest married Ann Jenkins
Griffin, and Ada married William Bryant.
When Benjamin Ernest Callaham married
Ann Griffin in 1908, he became stepfather to
Edna Mae and Luther Griffin and they made
their home in the Cedron community. Here
a son, Cecil Clement (1910) was born. Later
the family moved to the Steiner community
where Ernest worked for the M K T railroad-
.There were born three daughters: Lillie
Ellen (b. 1914); Juanita (b. 1916); and
At this time the school near Steiner was
called Fowler and the children went to school
there. A railroad track ran close to their
home. Many a ride was taken on a slow freight
train on the way to school. In 1924 the
mother, Ann, died and Ernest and family
were left alone. In 1929 the M K T moved
Ernest to Albany, Texas. for a short time and
the girls went to live with their aunt, Mrs.
Ada Bryant, and went to school in Morgan.
After leaving the employment of the railroad,
Ernest began doing ranch work in the
Morgan area. In 1933 the family moved to the
Davis ranch near Kopperl and during this
time the children married and left home.
At the present time Lillie Ellen and her
husband Dennis Hendrix and daughter Fran-
ces Gay live in Morgan. They also have a son,
Dennis Carl, who lives in Cleburne with his
wife and twin children, Tammy and Mike.
Juanita Loper and Cecil Callaham live in Fort
by Frances Voiles Hill
SEE STORY F767
CAMPBELL, ELMER F.
Elmer F. Campbell was born to John
Wesley and Cora Belle Moore Campbell in
1901 in Rockwall County, Texas. He was the
youngest of eight children. He grew up in
Balmorhea in the foothills of the Davis
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