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fifteen years old. Loaders used a lift to load
it. They used a wheel Jenny. It was wound up,
turned around, and let down onto the wagon.
Three bales were all that could be hauled.
The cotton was hauled to Morgan. Groceries
and different items were brought back on the
As an example of how unsettled the area
was around Eulogy at one time, a three year
old girl got lost in some tall grass and sage
brush. She was found about three or four days
later with a herd of cattle. The only way the
people could figure out how she was still alive
is that she nursed the cows at night when they
The cotton gin at Eulogy was first owned
and operated by Tex Stanford. Later it was
owned and operated by Claude Pane. His
brother, Shelton (Red) Pane and his wife,
Lizzie, worked at the gin. Still later, Bruce
Walton ran this gin.
There was a switch board and telephone
office operated by Mrs. Woody for years.
Then Charlie Pace and his wife operated it
for several years before it was closed.
Other early settlers in the Eulogy area
included the following: the P.W. Williams
family, who purchased a Brazos Valley farm
in 1869; William J. Morris, who settled along
the river in the mid 1870's; A.J. Walker, who
was reared on his father's Mesquite Creek
farm, then moved north to Eulogy; also
Andrew J. Walton; W.C. Robinson; William
A. Trowbridge; a Confederate veteran who
ran a store at Eulogy. Others were Fred
Schmitt, G.A. Yost, William Heffner, S.E.
Mickey, G.E. Mickey, Dr. T.J. Murray, John
Sheppard, and W.E. Sheppard.
W.E. Sheppard, a Baptist preacher, led a
wagon train from Covington, Kentucky to
Navarro County, Texas, in 1874. He came to
Brazos Point a short time later.
In 1946, Sallie Smith Mickey, daughter of
William Burly Smith, wrote her recollections
of her childhood spent on the Bosque County
frontier. She writes:
"Sometime that fall of 1817, my mother's
father and mother, John Sessions Sheppard,
Rachel Sconyers Sheppard, and three sisters,
Mollie Sheppard Nixon, Laura Sheppard
Murray, and Clara Sheppard Jarnigan, came
from Louisiana. That winter Grandpa and
my father rented a farm in Bosque County
from a man by the name of Alsalom (Sod)
Lott. There was only a double log house with
a hall between us and Grandpa's folks. Five
of them lived in one of the rooms. Father and
us children, seven of us in all, lived in the
other room. After Grandpa moved out, the
landlord moved in with three children and his
wife. I won't try to tell the hardships we had
then. But I am skipping an important thing
that happened before Grandpa's folks
moved. There was a young man by the name
of Daniel Boone that came with Grandpa
from Louisiana. He drove a wagon for
Grandpa had a son, William J. Sheppard.
He didn't come to Texas with the family. We
didn't get letters telling of things like that
then. We didn't know William wasn't coming
until they got here. When they drove up, we
were all running around kissing and greeting
them. Sister Flora ran up to Daniel thinking
he was Uncle Willie and started to throw her
arms around his neck before she saw he was
a stranger. I think that was when they fell in
love. They were married in less than a year.
My grandfather was a Baptist preacher, and
he married them in their side of the house.
We children didn't get to see the wedding
because we had no proper clothes to wear. I
suspect we didn't have a dress that didn't
have a hole in it. We were very poor in those
We were glad to get away from that place,
the rented farm. We had to move into a
schoolhouse before they could build our
house. It was a post oak log house with a green
cottonwood board side room. How those
boards did warp and twist. We had only a
fireplace to cook on. We didn't have a
cookstove for about four years. How that old
fire place did smoke! I have run out of the
house many times to get my breath, but we
were happy there."
At one time Eulogy had twenty-five or
more dwelling houses. It was a booming little
town, but most of the people moved away and
it has become a ghost town. The cotton gin,
where bales of cotton would set waiting their
turn to be ginned in the fall of the year, has
been torn down.
Even though most of the dwelling houses
are gone from Eulogy in 1983, I'm glad to say
we have some good friends and neighbors who
still live there. I am sure that each family still
has that same love for their community and
for their fellow man as they did one hundred
by Mrs. Ella Osborne
Hunton School (also called Bodine or Cracker
Box); now used as a barn.
New Lakeside Village in old Bodine area.
In 1894, Charles C. Hunton bought prop-
erty from J.M. Robinson in the Susannah
McKilvy Survey near the present Lakeside
Village. In 1901, the land was sold to W.H.
Bodine. A school was established on the
northwest corner of the intersection of what
is now Highways 927 and 56. Then it was the
intersection of the Morgan to Fort Graham
and Fowler to Kimball roads. It must have
been established while in the possession of
Mr. Hunton, because it officially was named
the Hunton School though few people
seemed to realize that, and it and the
community were called Bodine. Because of its
small one-room building, the school was also
known as Cracker Box. The pupils came to
school, as they did everywhere in those days,
by horseback or in buggies. A few, of course,
were close enough to walk.
Mrs. Lillian Bradshaw remembers going to
school for the short term at Fowler, then
going to Bodine in order to attend school
longer. She and her sister went in a buggy
pulled by a horse that balked in a certain
place on the way home each day. It was
customary on the last day of school to have
an all-day family picnic. Usually there was a
ball game and a spelling bee and "dinner on
the ground." Vernon and Allan Allen remem-
ber on one such school closing it rained all
day, and all activities had to be inside.
Lemonade was made in a wash tub in which
there was a block of ice. All day the children
were allowed to drink lemonade. In 1914 and
1915, the school trustees were S.C. Barnes,
R.B. Spurlin, and T.J. Hughes. The teacher
was Fred Owens. In 1916, an intermediate
graduate was Margurite Clardy.
By 1917, the location of the school was
changed. It was moved about a half mile west.
It was on property owned by a Mr. Phipps.
That school building is still standing and is
used as a barn on the Jim and Willie Mae Hall
Teachers from 1919 to 1927 were Irene
Walker, Modelle Slavin, Minnie McClendon,
Patsy Ann Gardner, Ola Roberts, Eula
Hughes, W.L. Johnson, Elvira McKissick,
and Ben Rhodes.
Some early residents of the community
were John M. Robinson, C.C. Hunton, W.H.
Bodine, William and E.W. Thomas, Mike
Shaughnessy, P.M. and J.P. Randall, Will B.
Allen, T.J. Hall, J.M. Newsome, J.C. Rich,
T.J. Bellew, C.C. Kelley, J.R. Carter, Mrs.
Sarah Mathes, J.F. Benson, J.W. Younger,
Bud Clardy, T.A. Mooney, Jack Barnes, Sam
and Jeff Barnes, W.E. Jones, Mr. Phipps,
A.W. McClendon, A.W. Price, and L.M.
In 1922 a Sunday School was organized by
Ernest Guthrie and Mrs. Myrtle Jones.
Preachers were of different denominations,
and one was available once a month from
nearby towns. All these services were held on
In 1928, the school was consolidated with
the Kopperl School. The first school bus that
carried the children to Kopperl was nicknam-
ed the "Chicken Coop," because it was a cab
built on a truck and did resemble a box or
coop. The bus was driven by H.C. Carlisle, Sr.
After the school consolidation,.all social
activities were centered around Kopperl until
the building of Lakeside Village on Lake
Whitney. The Village has become the center
for most activities except those related to
by Willie Mae Jones Hall
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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/m1/78/?q=campbell: accessed January 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.