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Among the teachers there were Otto Shelley,
and Miss Emma Petty (later Mrs. Carl Rose).
Some of the families whose children attended
school there were the Etchisons, Smiths,
Pinnells, Ivys, Lorells, Townleys, Scotts,
Woods, Browns, Timmons, Stephensons and
In about 1933 the New Home School
consolidated with Kopperl School, and a bus
began to transport students. Church was held
at the school building, but after the school
moved, people began to attend church at
by Lenore Stephenson Steen
AUBURN BRANCH COMMUNITY
As remembered by Mrs. Jessie Ar-
Mrs. Jessie Tilley Archer came from
Johnson County with her parents to the
Auburn Branch community in the northeast-
ern part of Bosque County in 1914. Mrs.
Archer started to school in the seventh grade
in a building located on a plot of ground
donated for that purpose in 1900 by Mr.
Richard Archer. It was a rectangular building
of one room which had a door in each end and
several windows on each side. All the neigh-
borhood people bought lumber and helped
build the school house under the supervision
of Mr. Archer, a carpenter.
As was the custom in those days, many
activities of the community were held at the
schoolhouse. The building was used by the
Church of Christ as a meeting place each
Sunday afternoon with preaching each fourth
Sunday. During the summer the Methodist
or some other church held a protracted
meeting (one to three weeks) on the north
side of the building.
A spring on the branch on the south side
of the schoolhouse helped the flow of water
in the branch. During some of the meetings,
the frogs hollered loud enough to be a
distraction from the preaching. For that
reason, the place was commonly called "Frog
Mrs. Archer married Fred Archer in 1917.
At that time, it was a custom for the young
people of the community to have occassional
parties in various homes at which they played
swing games. Some one sang "Old Joe Clark"
or whatever song to which they were swin-
ging. Most Sunday nights they met at a home,
most often the Archers, for a singing of
church hymns. Mr. Archer often played his
violin for added entertainment.
Another source of entertainment was the
lake on the Houston Ranch. A water wheel
was especially enjoyed.
Families who lived in the community were
Jones, Polk, Wren, Moore, Kimball, Archer,
Houston, two families of Deasons, Zimmer-
man, and others. The Zimmerman and
Archer families came from England with a
colony of thirteen families.
Some of the teachers of the Auburn School
were Susie Looney, Lois Hudgins, Eula
Rucker, Oma Conger, Charles Danby, Eddie
Linnstaedt, and a Mrs. Carpenter. Virgil
McClintock went to Union Hill when the two
schools consolidated in 1926.
To transport the children from the Auburn
School District to Union Hill, Dick Archer
built the first, or at least one of the first,
school buses, in the county. The bus was a
truck with an enclosed box-like construction
on the back, all of which was painted blue.
Mr. Archer built benches along the sides and
front. Mrs. Fred Archer padded the benches
with quilts from her bedroom. She also made
curtains with isinglass windows that broke
often when a hand went throught it, accident-
ly or otherwise. Mrs. Archer nearly ruined her
sewing machine keeping them mended. For
ten years Mr. Archer drove the bus. The cab
was separated from the body, and often Mr.
Archer was kept company by any pupil that
would otherwise not behave himself. After his
ten years of service, Mr. Archer was followed
by Burl Johnson as bus driver.
After the consolidation of the schools,
Union Hill became the center of social
activity. The Auburn Branch School building
stayed unused for several years and deterio-
rated as such buildings will, until Fred Archer
bought it for seventy-five dollars as highest
bidder, and moved it to his home not far
by Lucille A. Hughes
A post office was built in 1873, and
Jefferson A. (Jeff) Day was named the first
postmaster. Old Brazos Point was originally
located on the Brazos River bank just below
or around Powell Springs. George Powell had
a general store there, and later his son, L.O.
(Ophas) Powell, put in a store also. Near the
Powell store was the ferry crossing, owned by
Bill McIntyre. He transported supplies and
people across the river.
The first school near Brazos Point was a
little school called Flat Rock. It was two miles
from where Brazos Point now stands, and was
located on Flat Rock Creek. The first school
at Brazos Point was built by Andrew Chapel
around 1860 and was called Chapel School;
later the school was named Dry Branch.
There were two teachers at this school. In
1947, the schoolhouse burned, and the chil-
dren started to Kopperl School.
The Brazos Point Community Church is
located on the same plot where the old
schoolhouse burned. Billy Don Huggins and
wife, Doris Jean Vaughan Huggins, pastored
the church until he died in 1979. Doris
continues to serve as pastor and is assisted by
Phil and Pamela Vaughan.
Ophas Powell built a store on the highway
south of old Chapel School where the Brazos
Point Community Church now stands. He
called this new location Brazos Point also.
Bridge over Brazos River near Brazos Point, connecting Bosque and Johnson Counties. Built 1914.
(From the book, In Remembrance of
Brazos Point, established near the con-
fluence of Hill Creek and the Brazos River,
was founded by Charles Walker Smith and
Tom Willingham when these two men built
a store, two cotton gins, and a mill on the site
of the future community. William Burley
Smith, father of Charles Walker Smith,
moved his family from Louisiana to the
Buchanan community in Johnson County in
1871 following the death of his wife, Sarah
Ann Sheppard Smith. Later in the same year,
the elder Smith moved his family west of the
Soon all of the people moved to the new
Brazos Point because of better business and
other reasons. My grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. George Powell, also had a store at the
new location. Everyone called the Powells
"Uncle George" and "Aunt Sally." Edd
Moore ran a store there for a while, then
moved it to his homeplace and later to
In the new Brazos Point there was a
blacksmith shop run by Tom Mantooth, and
a syrup mill owned and operated by Ike
Cheek. The boiler where the syrup was boiled
is preserved in Brazos Point today. Quince
Phillips also operated a syrup mill on Flat
Once a Jew peddler came to Uncle George's
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