Photo courtesy Ernie
in a Pecan Shell
Named for George Eaton Cranfill, one of earliest settlers
in the area - the Gap refers to a break in a mountain separating
Settlement dates to Cranfill's arrival around 1851 but the town
didn't get started until 1879, when a post office that had been
in Hamilton County
was moved across the county line into Cranfills Gap.
By 1890 the town was thriving with two doctors, stores, a blacksmith's
forge, and saloon. St. Olaf's - a Norwegian Lutheran church was
built nearby in 1886 and remains standing today.
The town never got a railroad, despite a slight move in 1913 to
insure a connection with the outside world. The high water mark
for population occurred in 1940 when 600 people called the Gap home.
In 1980, the census reported 341 citizens and it has since declined
to less than 300.
Louise Cranfill, Daughter of George Eaton Cranfill
My husband's greatgrandmother, Louise Cranfill, was born in Cranfill's
Gap, daughter of George Eaton Cranfill. Do you have any pictures
of George Eaton Cranfill's family? Louise married James Henry Woodman.
My husband's grandmother was Ida May Woodman Roberts. She died at
age 28. We know of no existing pictures of her. If you have any
of the early pictures of Cranfill's Gap, we would be so appreciative
to have copies. Thanks for any pictures, stories, history, articles
from old newspapers or a source for these items. - Barbara A.
Roberts, February 17, 2006
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