Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas) Page: 40
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nearer the raod, opened in 1929. It had three
classrooms and a stage. The largest enroll-
ment was about 60 and the top grade was 8th
to 10th at various times. There were two
teachers and a teaching principal. After the
1946-47 school year, Womack School consoli-
dated with Clifton ISD. The last teachers
were Jesse Bronstad and Elnora (Mrs. Wil-
The Garnersville School, in the Henry
Lammert pasture about 2-1/2 miles north-
west of Chase, was built sometime before
1880. It started as a one-room school having
as many as 65 pupils. An early teacher was
Bertha Hays. A mission church of Clifton
Immanuel Lutheran led by Pastor Bewie met
in the school.for many years. In 1929 a new
school owned by Governors Jim and Miriam
Ferguson and used as their summer home was
in the Garnersville School District. In 1946
the school closed with the students going to
Clifton or Meridian.
Center Hill Community adjoins Cayote
and Womack. The school, sometimes called
"Boxie", was across the road from the A.G.
Ott place. The one-room school had grades
1-8 and as many as 40 students.
Pleasant Hill School was down the road
east of the William Manske place. It was a
one-room, one teacher school, grades 1-8.
Womack Lodge No. 135 of the Order of the
Sons of Hermann was organized in 1913. A
meeting hall was built in 1916 on two acres
of land bought from Andreas Braune, a
charter member. The Women's Zukumpft
(Future) Lodge No. 158 was organized in
1917. In 1962 the men's and women's organi-
zations were merged into a family lodge
which meets in the original building which
has been enlarged and remodeled.
William Johle had one of the first cars, a
Maxwell he ordered from Sears around 1903.
Maintaining the road was often done by a
man on a drag, a wooden slide with blades on
front and back pulled by a four-mule team.
Will C. Hafer served as county commissioner
of Precinct 3 for ten years beginning in the
early 30's. He was known as "the man who got
the people out of the mud." He purchased a
front-end loader and the road crew began to
spread rock and gravel over the dirt roads
making it possible for doctors, school buses
and mailmen to travel in all weather. FM219
came through in 1947.
In 1919 test wells were dug on the Ferguson
and White Ranches. A derrick was erected on
the Prather Ranch but a well was never
drilled. It stood there for years until it blew
This futile search for "black gold" was
short-lived and soon forgotten, but the black
gold of the fertile prairie soil remains as it was
when industrious and hardy souls settled
near the Childress.
by Kathleen Kruse
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