in a Pecan Shell|
Originally named Bolen Switch, local
fruit growers petitioned for a change of name in 1901. The post office took the
new name when it was granted in 1903. The first fruit nursery took root in the
region back in the 1870s and 1880s.
By 1914 the town was served by two
general stores and besides selling fruit trees, the town also shipped lumber.
It wasnít until the 1930s when the town reached 160 residents and it didnít incorporate
until the mid 1960s when its population was still just 150. By 1988 the population
had reached 395, declining to 349 by 1990.
The old Williams General
Not a lot here. The old
building was marked as a feed store but doesn't show up in the picture. - Mike
Price, October 25, 2007
Photo shown in Fruitvale Texas
photo shows the old Williams General Store in Fruitvale. Run By Hallie and Jane
Randall when I was a child. I believe Mrs. Hallie inherited the store from her
husband. Mrs. Jane was there in the store in '05. This picture shows the store
empty and painted. It held many pieces of the town's history, including P.O. boxes
from the old post office and the largest old juke box I'd ever seen. I used to
walk from the elementary school (across hwy 80 and the train tracks) to wait for
my father to pick me up, every day. I'd sit on the old Coca-Cola top-loader and
watch tv until he arrived. I left town for N.Y. at the age of 12. Great memories.
Thanks, Christopher L. Evans, February 05, 2013
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