Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas) Page: 44
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HISTORY OF BOGGY
1914 School Picture. R-L: Jewel Reesing, Jennie Christenson, Ada Grimland, Vivian Gardner, Agnes
Arnerson, Minnie Cox, Nadine Spensor, Thelma Perry, Orelia Grimland, Lorene Bronstad, Maggie Perry,
Willie Mae Hanson, Veta Cox, Beatrice Bertelsen, Leona Parsons, Gladys Tindall and Addie Cox
Pioneer Home, circa 1862
This is the story of a small community - the
beauty of the landscape and the pioneers,
their personal strength and struggles, family
sorrows and joys they endured to make this
scenic Neils Creek Valley their home.
When you drive west on Highway 219 past
the Norse community, you will pass stately
old homes freshly painted, some new modern
brick homes, land and pastures well fenced
and many archways across entrances to
ranches. The lush pastures are full of fat
cattle and horses. Everywhere you look you
see hills and creeks. The scenery in this
section is pretty at every season of the year.
Soon you pass a low concrete culvert
crossing a branch-you would never guess this
now covers the "Boggy Branch" from which
this community got its name. The spring that
made this branch still flows in the pasture of
the old Larson Farm. The branch had a mud
bottom where the road crossed. Many stories
have been told about wagons and buggies
getting stuck in the mud. Regardless of how
you were dressed, it was necessary for
everyone to get out of the wagon and help
push. At times one of the men would have to
walk to a distant neighbor's home to get
another team of horses to pull the wagon out
of the mud. Because of this branch they chose
"Boggy" for their community name.
Over the next hill on a flat plot of land you
approach a well kept cemetery with the name
"Boggy" on the iron archway entrance.
Within lie some of the pioneer families who
settled this valley. If only they could tell their
stories of life when they first settled here.
The information this writer has is from
family records, dates from Bibles, and infor-
mation from citizens who now live at the
Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home.
The settlers found rolling hills, a pan-
oramic view of the valley, lush grass land for
grazing the cattle and horses, good timber
and rocks for building their homes. There was
good clean water for household purposes.
This was the ideal place to settle, build cabins
and start families.
The first settlers could well be the El-
lington family. William Rice was born in
Georgia in 1798. He married Martha Ann
Street scene during Septemberfest
in December to eat lutefisk, melted butter,
cream sauce, boiled potatoes, homemade
bread and pie.
A friendly little town and community
located on the west side of Bosque County,
with picturesque hills and valleys made up of
people with love for traditions, a pride in
their heritage and a cooperative spirit---this
is Cranfills Gap, Bosque County, Texas, in
by Charlene Tergerson and LaVerne
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Bosque County History Book Committee. Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas), book, 1985; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth91038/m1/60/?q=campbell: accessed January 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.