Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas) Page: 25
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Martin's Tailor Shop and continued to
operate it as Kincheloe Cleaners until De-
cember, 1978, a period of more than 34 years.
On the latter date it was sold to Mr. and Mrs.
Don Harris, who combined it with their
laundry. Their firm name now is Don and
Pat's Laundry and Cleaners.
When this article was written, the Clifton
Chamber of Commerce listed more than 150
local commercial enterprises. That list could
not be included, as originally planned, be-
cause of limited space.
So much more Clifton business history
should have been recorded here, but space
curtailment has made it impossible.
GVS Properties, of Lufkin, started the
construction of Clifton's first shopping center
late in 1984. Property upon which that
shopping center will be located on North
Highway 6, across the farm-to-market road
south of Schmidt Chevrolet-Chrysler, just
recently was annexed into the Clifton city
During Clifton's earlier days those persons
who were interested in camping and swim-
ming enjoyed the nearby Bosque River.
Favorite spots for those pasttimes were the
former Shefstead and then Henry Gray place
north of town and at the present City Park.
C.E. Wiederaenders came to Clifton in
1904 and operated a truck farm for more than
40 years upon his acreage located east of the
river and south of the river bridge on Farm-
To-Market Road 219. It was in 1941 that his
youngest son, Erwin Wiederaenders, joined
him in that operation.
Upon the Wiederaenders land there was a
flowing artesian well, with its water being
used to irrigate the truck farm. As there was
an abundance of water, Gerhardt Wiederaen-
ders, another son, in 1928 built and opened
to the public the Mermaid Swimming Pool on
the banks of the river.
After a few years Erwin Wiederaenders
took over the pool's operation and continued
to keep it open until 1979. During the pool's
last years water from the well had to be
pumped into the pool. A lowered under-
ground water level had stopped the well from
Private citizens rented the pool facilities
and kept them open during the 1980 summer
season, after which the pool permanently was
Offering religious teaching and entertain-
ment, respectively, to Clifton folks during the
summer months of the city's earlier years
were revival meetings, held on the lawns of
the local churches and under a tabernacle
where the Texaco Service Station now is
located, and traveling circuses, tent shows,
and carnivals, headquartered upon the camp
grounds near the Bosque River and upon the
present Schnorrenberg Ford and Mercury
Dances were held for many years in
upstairs Reeder Hall (also then used as the
National Guard Armory) situated in down-
town Clifton. Other entertainment features
included itinerant skating rinks until one
near the City Park was built, pilots offering
airplane rides, and town and country baseball
Also well-patronized was the Cliftex The-
ater, especially before the advent of tele-
Presently owned by Ross Morgan, the
Cliftex was operated for nearly 25 years by
D.C. Caraway and for 30 years by Mr. and
Mrs. Joe W. Enochs, with a few other short-
term owners interspersed.
Clifton's first nine-hole golf course was
built in the early 1920's on land west of
Clifton now owned by David Tyssen but at
that time by Hendrick Nelson.
A few years later that course was abando-
ned and another nine-hole course construct-
ed north and south of Farm-to-Market Road
219 west of the Bosque River.
That second course was played for many
years but for only a short while after the
Bosque Valley Golf Club was organized and
its course completed in the early 1970's on the
old highway between Clifton and Meridian.
Clifton now has only one stopping place for
the wayfarer-the Clifton Motel with 26
units on North Highway 6. It also has a
swimming pool for its guests.
No longer does Clifton have its two hotels
near the Santa Fe depot or its famous
boarding houses-Mrs. Fritz Bertrand's; the
Profitt Inn (former J.W. Butler home),
operated by Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Profitt; and
the Snider House, which was run for many
years in several locations by three sisters,
Misses Mary and Sue Snider and Mrs. Eula
People drove to Clifton from long distances
to enjoy the delicious, bountiful food served
family style from their dining tables.
Torrence's Cafe, Hanna's Cafe, Fricke's
Cafe, Johnny Denton's Cafe, Charlie's Cafe,
the Cozy Corner Cafe, and many others which
served patrons in Clifton during the years are
remembered with notalgia. Clifton now has
a number of good restaurants of which it also
Housing Authority of the City of Clifton,
under the United States Department of
Housing and Urban Development, operates
First group of 32 aparements, designed for
low-rent dwellers, was built on North Avenue
D, E, and I in 1972, with the first apartment
being rented in October of that year. Another
30 apartments, constructed under the gov-
ernment's newer Section 8 policy, were
completed in December, 1978, on North
Avenues J and K.
Mrs. Marilyn Malott is acting as executive
director of the Housing Authority, and Mrs.
J.C. Kincheloe, chairman, Clarence Fields,
Jr., Mrs. Jess G. Hammock, Jr., Don Harris,
and Elizabeth Torrence are serving on the
Board of Directors.
Also in the 1970's the Statewide Invest-
ment Company, of Fort Worth, financed by
the Farmers Home Administration, erected
53 apartments in Clifton.
Forty of those apartments, under the name
of Clifton Manor, Inc., are located on South
Avenues F, P, and Q, and the remaining 13,
known as the Clifton Industrial Apartments,
were built on South Avenues H and I.
All of those apartments are managed by
Mrs. A.A. Moody.
A number of other apartments have been
constructed in Clifton during recent years
and are privately owned and operated.
Early in the 1950's Santa Fee Railway
passenger trains ceased stopping in Clifton
for passengers to debark or embark. After
that time Clifton people could board a Santa
Fe train no closer than Cleburne or McGre-
It was in October, 1983, that the Santa Fe
Railway, after more than 100 years, closed its
depot in Clifton. However, through its
Temple offices the Santa Fe still handles a
large number of in-coming and out-going box
or hopper carloads of materials and cattle
yearly for Clifton.
For years the Central Texas Bus Lines had
several buses stopping daily in Clifton, but in
the early 1980's the company discontinued
So it is that Clifton has retrogressed to the
point that it now is impossible to leave or to
enter the city by means of public transporta-
Central Freight Lines, headquartered in
Waco, has served Clifton for more than 20
years during which time it has had a freight
depot located here.
Just recently a new building for Central
Freight to house its office and garages for
three trucks was erected along Highway 6 one
and one-half miles south of Clifton. Terminal
manager is James Perry.
Two inbound Central Freight trucks, one
from Dallas and one from Waco, bring freight
daily into Clifton, and one outbound truck
leaves here each day for Dallas.
Although not the first airport constructed
near Clifton, the city built a new and much
more up-to-date airport northeast of Clifton
in 1966. It was during the July 4 weekend of
that year that planes for the first time were
able to land on that new airstrip. Shortly
afterward an adequate hangar also was
In July, 1984, Clifton's airport was com-
posed of two hangars, each containing units
for six airplanes, with one completely fin-
ished and the second almost completed. It
also has a larger hangar which houses Schafer
The airport has a 3,000-foot paved runway,
a 3,000-foot taxi-way, and a warranted
indebtedness of $162,425.26.
Clifton's present City Park area just west
of the Bosque River always has been used for
recreational activities. Numerous picnic fa-
cilities, as well as an amphitheater and
clubhouse, were built by the Civilian Conser-
vation Corps when it was housed there in the
Currently the City Park is the home of the
American Legion Clubhouse and a Texas
National Guard Armory, as well as lighted
football and baseball fields, a football field
house, an outstanding track for track and
field events, picnic tables, tennis courts, and
a children's playground.
Smaller Dahl Park, located on North
Avenue K, was donated to Clifton through a
bequest by the late Hendrick C. Dahl. It has
playground equipment, picnic facilities, and
Throughout the years many organizations
have contributed to the positive development
of the City of Clifton. Among the most
noteworthy of those groups have been Clif-
ton's Lions Club and Rotary Club, the
Chamber of Commerce (its duties handled
for many years by the Lions Club Chamber
of Commerce Committee), Central Texas
Fair Association, Clifton Horse Show, and
Civic Improvement Society.
Clifton's Civic Society initiated the Nellie
Pederson Civic Library, which now is housed
in the Civic Center. Along with contributing
toward other worthy civic projects, the Civic
Society, which was organized in 1907, is the
primary monetary supporter of the library. It
is aided in that effort by the Lions Club, and
housing and utilities are furnished by the
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