Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas) Page: 47
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farm during this period. Mr. Nelson was a
fine carpenter. He enlisted other young men
to help him build many of these fine old
homes. A house cost about $1,500-$2,000.
Hans Rierson was a close neighbor of Jim
Nelson. Perhaps he helped Mr. Nelson. It is
known that August Rierson, a son of Hans
was a fine carpenter years later. John Peder-
son was also known to be a carpenter.
Windmills began to replace the wells with
the oaken buckets. The dusty roads in
summer began to get topped with gravel,
because a few families were buying cars. The
horse drawn carriages and buggies would stop
and hold the horses when one of these big
Maxwells or Star cars came down the road.
In 1909 Henry Ford came out with a shiny
black Model T. It cost $495. Soon the
automobile was a common means of trans-
Another happy time was the good news
that telephone poles and wire would extend
into the community. Now people could talk
to each other, call for help or a doctor. Many
social functions, parties and romances start-
ed by telephone.
The Schultz Brothers loved to fish. Each
summer the community had a big fish fry.
The men would wade out into the water with
a seine, catching a large number of fish. They
would clean and fry them in a wash pot filled
with homemade lard. The ladies brought
home baked bread, cakes, tea cakes, pickles
and other goodies.
Small children napped in the shade on
quilts while older children waded in shallow
water. Some of the ladies had a wool knit
skirted suit they were anxious to show off, so
they would go swimming.
The ladies caught up on all the latest news
while the men played dominos. Usually one
or two of the fellows brought his fiddle or
French harp. The outing would end with
music and a sing-song. Families would pack
their belongings in the wagon and head home.
Regardless of the day of the week, cows were
waiting to be milked, the chickens and horses
had to be fed and watered, eggs gathered. So
a few hours of work was always waiting to be
done even after a big picnic.
Social functions centered around the
school. A big event was the Christmas party
around a huge tree with candles. Someone
stood near with a wet rag on a stick in case
of fire. There was always a program and
singing, Santa Claus, and stockings filled
with ribbon, candy, nuts, apples and oranges.
The biggest project was the "Bull Dog
Thresher" Association. P.A. Dahl was the
engineer. Later his sons - Ira, Aubry and P.O.,
Jr., took their father's job. Charlie Johnson
ran the separator. The thresher with its
separator and water tank and cook shack
moved from farm to farm. This was a time for
the young men to get a summer job. Some
were pitchers. They used a pitch fork to pitch
the shocks of grain to the wagons. Their
salary was about $1.50 to $2.00 per day. The
drivers of the wagons got about $3, because
they had to furnish a wagon with a team. The
wagon hauled the grain to the thresher where
it was separated from the stalks. When the
job was finished, the farmer had a huge new
haystack and his grain bins full of grain. The
ladies in charge of the cook shack were kept
busy with three full meals plus a lunch
morning and afternoon. This lunch consisted
of summer sausage, cheese, homemade cook-
ies, coffee, and lemonade. They took the
lunch to the workers in the fields by buggy.
P.O. Dahl had moved his family from
Norse to his new land which was part of the
Pierson farm. This was about 1915. The
family lived in a tent for a year before they
built their new home.
Other families were the McCoys who lived
on the mountain above the Fort place. Mr.
Fort sold part of his farm to the Wallum
family. Matt Reesing family moved in on the
old Turner farm joining the Yarbrough place.
The Ras Gastons made their home above
the Larson place. Their children went to
school at Boggy.
In about 1921 a new school was built across
the road from the Fort pasture. Mr. Lund
gave the land for a brick and stucco two room
building with stage, cloak rooms and a
library. This was a well furnished school
except electricity was non existent - so was
running water. Water for drinking was
carried by buckets from the Lunds or Forts.
Buckets were emptied into a large barrel with
a spigot. Students brought lunches in a pail
or syrup bucket. In pretty weather little
groups gathered under trees or in the shade
of the building and sat on the ground to eat
lunch. Around 1936-37 this school was con-
solidated with Cranfills Gap. In later years
this building was used as a home by the John
Lund family. The old school is still being used
as a home today (1984).
In 1984 the Boggy community is a lovely
place and is proud of its history. The old Fort
farm is now the Penny Woods Ranch where
they raise fine quarter horses.
The original Carl Mangus Bakke farm was
occupied by a son, Johnnie, for years. Their
place is now owned by Edgar E. Davis.
The old Hansen place which was the home
of Carl and Margaret Bakke and their
daughter, Corinne Hoff, is now owned by
John Hollingsworth. "Burton Ranch" is over
the archway entrance to the land formerly
owned by the Peter Piersons.
Mr. Edmondson bought the Pendleton and
Hoff farms to create his ranch.
Some of the children live on the Casper
A grandaughter lives on the old Larson
From the humble beginning of the 1800's
for people who had never seen an automobile
or an electric light or telephone, never had a
monthly bill, wore half-soled shoes, and had
only one good dress, and one suit lasted a man
for life, they left a history for the progressive
present day modern community.
by Norine Fort Gillespie
depending on school finances. The term did
not start until after cotton picking because all
members of the family were needed to
harvest the cotton crop. Cove Springs had
Teachers usually boarded with area fami-
lies. Several of the single female teachers
married local men while teaching at Cove
Springs. Even though each teacher had 30 to
40 students in a room, discipline was strict.
Sherman Nystel tells that he was expelled
from school for reading western magazines
during class. To be reinstated, his father had
to contact all trustees and receive their
Drinking water and wood for heat were
provided by men of the community. Water
was placed in a concrete tank adjacent to the
schoolhouse. Most of the drinking water,
however, was obtained from a permanent
spring located on the school ground. Dorothy
Moore Nystel remembers making paper
drinking cups from her writing tablet to aid
in obtaining water from the spring.
Every pupil brought his lunch, either in
syrup buckets or wrapped in newspaper or in
paper sacks. Swapping of items during lunch
was common. The Mack Cosper children's
lunches would always contain prized fried
pies. A complete lunch would sometimes be
traded for a fried pie.
The last day of school was a community
social event that lasted all day. There was a
dinner at noon after which everyone visited
or played games. Supper was served in the
early evening followed by a play presented
just after dark. Plank seats were set up on the
school ground for the audience with the play
being acted out on a newly constructed stage.
Cove Springs School consolidated with
Cranfills Gap School District after the 1937-
38 school year. Some students went to the
Cove Springs School is still remembered by
former students as a progressive school for its
time. Courtesy and discipline were stressed
as well as the three R's.
by James Moore
(See photo next page)
The Cove Springs School was located ten
miles west of Meridian on the west bank of
Spring Creek. Established 1878, the original
school was a one-room structure. This build-
ing was replaced in 1904 by a larger two-room
building at the same location. The late L.G.
Carlson stated that lumber from the original
building was used to construct part of the new
The school term was about six months long,
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