Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas) Page: 67
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A new railroad had to be built. A new longer
bridge was built over the 'to be' lake in 1949.
In 1961 the railroad company ceased to
function, and the new bridge was converted
into a crossing on F.M. 1713.
Villages just outside the flood area are
Camelot, Best View, Vinson, and Mooney.
by Lucille A. Hughes
60th Wedding Anniversary-Mr. and Mrs. James C.
Frazier, Frazier Ranch near Morgan-1915
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Union Hill School-circa 1919
Home in Union Hill Community,
Ella Cheeks Billings of Cleburne and J.M. Gardner
of Florida, oldest ex-students at annual Union Hill
J.C. Frazier was one of the earliest land
owners in the Union Hill community. His son,
Frank Frazier, who grew up and reared his
own family there, tells that his father came
through Bosque County in 1851 with a herd
of horses from Austin to Fort Graham for the
Army. He had arrived in Texas only a few
weeks before he made the trip with the
horses. He had walked all the way from
Jacksonville to Austin, where he had sore feet
and only twenty-five cents in money. He
immediately got a job at a dollar per day, and
in a few weeks had enough money to buy for
himself some badly needed clothes. Then he
came to the area with the horses.
After delivering the horses, Mr. Frazier
went to work for Colonel Jacob de Cordova,
one of the greatest land developers who ever
lived in Texas. Mr. Frazier and Col. de
Cordova became partners in the land busi-
ness. In order to encourage the building of
railroads through the state, the state gave
sixteen sections of land to a railroad company
for every one mile of rail line completed.
Much of Mr. Frazier's occupation was in
locating good land for the railroad companies
and for others who were entitled to it.
Soon after Bosque County was organized,
Mr. Frazier, who was a surveyor, was em-
ployed by the county to lay out a road from
Meridian to Kimball. He did this by plowing
a furrow with a yoke of oxen and bull-tongue
Mr. Frazier acquired land on the Brazos
River below Kimball and built a home for his
family and also the first schoolhouse in the
area. The school building was of logs with a
dirt floor. It had split logs for benches. There
was a question among the early settlers as to
whether the earth was flat or round. One
applicant for the teacher's position said he
could teach it either way.
Mr. Frazier also acquired land between
Kimball and Morgan. On this property he
gave land for a school near Mesquite Creek,
called Mesquite School, that was in operation
in 1879, but like many early community
schools, apparently ceased to be after the
change to school districts. This school appar-
ently was located on the land that was later
acquired by the Harry Duvall family.
On the section of land on which his family
lived in 1914, J.C. Frazier and his wife, Emily
A. Frazier, sold land to be used as a school site
for the Union Hill School. In 1888 J.A.
Blackmore had sold for one dollar to the
trustees of the Union Hill School a plot of
land for an earlier school site. This two-room
house sat directly across the road from the
one on the Frazier property. The first one had
become too small to accommodate the num-
ber of pupils that had moved into the
community, making a larger building neces-
sary. The Blackmore plot was kept for stables
for the horses of the school children, and was
the scene of many a cob fight. After this plot
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