Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas) Page: 79
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Hanshew Hotel (1910), one of Morgan s seven
Students at Dyersville School (Raines,
KuyKendall, Cummings), 1934.
Main Street, Morgan, circa r IU
Early Morgan Public School
(McMillan) Attaway, of Waco: Mrs.
grew up in Morgan, a daughter
"Merchants of a small agricultural
nity had a different method of operat
that known today. Most of the incor
people was from agricultural produc
cotton was the principal crop. i
people with regular monthly inco
cash or charged for thirty days, mo
people who lived on farms charg
purchases throughout the year, ever
ies, and paid in full when they sold th
in the fall. There was no contract, no
charged. Their word was their boi
worked well until the Great Depressi
1920's. At that time prices of agr
products dropped drastically and m
unable to pay their bills. This, in t
those owning business in difficult
stances and many businesses fail
method of handling business ha
by Jo Ann Bro
My husband and I moved to the Dyersville
community as a young married couple in the
spring of 1921. There were a lot of people in
the community then and also a lot of farms.
I guess we were the only ones living on a
ranch. There were no tractors, cotton pickers
or any kind of machinery. People worked
their places with horses and mules. In our
homes we had no electricity or gas; we had
fireplaces and wood stoves. We raised our
own meat and vegetables and produced milk,
cream, butter, and eggs. We ground our meal
from the corn we raised, so we didn't buy
much at the grocery store (and prices were
a cheap then).
In Dyersville there was a large schoolhouse
with one teacher. There was no church
building, but we had church and Sunday
School every Sunday. More and more people
came and the house was always full. Some-
times it was a Methodist preacher, sometimes
a Baptist. It made no difference. We all
worked together and didn't know what
Attaway denomination anyone was.
of J.T. Houses were all quite close together. We,
Lee and I, were the farthest away. When they
commu- consolidated the Dyersville School with
ion from Morgan, they took the building. There was
me of the then no place to have church and most of the
tion and older people never went to church any more.
Although We moved to Morgan and our children went
me paid to the Morgan School. They never went to
st of the Dyersville.
ed their Names of families who lived in the Dyer-
n grocer- sville community in 1921 included Webb,
eir crops Thompson, Ascue, Weehunt, Woods, Stew-
interest art, Harris, Doss, Cole, Scott, Higgins, Rains,
rd. This Ferrell, Hudgens, Smith, Parker, McCul-
on in the lough, Goff, Lane, Sanders, Burney, and
any were Most of these people were older than we.
urn, put Lee and I were more the age of these people's
circum- children, but we were a household. I am the
ed. This only resident left of all these people that
d to be made up the Dyersville community.
by Thelma McCullough
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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/m1/95/?q=campbell: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.