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NOCONA, TEXAS

Montague County, North Central Texas
Highway 82
12 Miles N of Montague
20 Miles N of Bowie
13 Miles E of Ringgold
14 Miles W of St. Jo
Population: 3,044 (2010) 3,198 (2000)

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Nocona TX - Nocona School Old Class Photo
Nocona School Class Photo
"Far right in the back row is my grandfather, Grover C Weiss, as a school boy." - JL Weiss Truitt

History in a Pecan Shell

William Broaddus and D. C. Jordan started a ranch near present-day Nocona in the 1870s. When the Gainesville, Henrietta and Western Railroad was building across Montague County, Jordan offered land for a right-of-way. The town was to be named after Jordan (Jordanville) but instead it was named after the Comanche Chief Peta Nocona. A post office was opened under that name in 1887 and bootmaker Herman Justin moved his operations here.

Nocona's first newspaper was published two years later and the town received a bank in 1890. The town entered the 20th Century with a population of 900.

In 1925, the sons of the late Herman Justin moved their factory to Fort Worth, but their sister remained - opening a boot company of her own.

The population increased to 2,000 Noconans by 1930, falling during the Great Depression, but growing steadily thereafter until it reached 3,300 in the 1960s.

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Nocona, Texas Today:

Downtown Nocona Texas
Downtown Nocona
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
Nocona Tx Central Christian Church
Central Christian Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
Nocona Methodist Church, Texas
Nocona Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
Nocona Tx St.Joseph Catholic Church
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
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Church of The Brethren - Montague County, TX, NW of Nocona

Church of The Brethren 3 miles NW of Nocona
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007

Molsbee Cemetery -   Montague County, TX, NW of Nocona
The Molsbee Church and Cemetery
On FM 3394, 3 miles NW of Nocona
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007
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Coca-Cola Ghost Sign in Nocona Texas
"The Ghost Coke Sign took on a strange hue due to its exposure to the rising sun." - Barclay Gibson
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Nocona, Texas Old Photos

"My Great Grandparents, Lorenzo D and Nancy Jane Smith (Castilaw) and their 3 daughters.
From left to right: Rosa E Smith (Hodges)
Lorenzo Dow Smith (Castilaw was his family name...he lived under the alias 'Smith'...his family are from Mississippi.
Serentha Smith (Holt)
Nancy Jane Dean Smith (Choctaw)
On Nancy's lap is my grandmother, Pearl Lillian Smith (Weiss) who was probably 1 or 2 years old.
The photo was taken around 1894/5 in Nocona, Texas."
- JL Weiss Truitt, July 29, 2011

"My Grandparents, Grover C and Pearl Lillian Smith Weiss. Myself, Janice Lee Weiss Truitt, and my brother, George W Weiss are sitting on their laps. Taken in the early 1950's at our ranch house in Bill, Wyoming."
- JL Weiss Truitt, July 29, 2011

Nocona Texas York or Painter Family Late 1800s by  photographer George Anthony Addison
Addison in Nocona
I was going through my grandfather's pictures that came from his mother's old trunk. His mother was Margaret Evaline Painter Ellis. One photograph that caught my attention was sent to her either in the late 1800's or early 1900's.

At the bottom was the name "Addison, Fort Sills" Unfortunately, this photograph was not labelled. Researching further I found that this was photo taken by the famous photographer, George A. Addison who had a studio in the Nocona area during the time period that this photo was probably taken.

My greatgrandmother had a brother and sister who settled in the area around Nocona, Texas. so I'm fairly certain these are either York or Painter descendants.

The photographer George Anthony Addison was a well-known photographer in the area around Fort Sill, Oklahoma Territory and took photos displaying the life during this time. - Alfred Ellis, Fort Payne, Alabama, May 28, 2007
Cotton Scenes - Byers-Nacona TX area, ca 1908
Cotton scene somewere in the Byers or Nocona area.
Postcard ca 1908 courtesy William Beauchamp
Nocona Mill & Gin Co. Nocona, Texas
Nocona Mill & Gin Co. in Nocona
Postcard courtesy William Beauchamp
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Nocona, Texas Forum:

  • I remember my grandmother, Pearl, talking about Cynthia Ann Parker, the wife of Peta Nocona; and Enid Justin, who started the Nocona boot company....each Nocona boot customer had a pattern of his/her foot on file at the Nocona boot company so that custom made boots could be done without the customer travelling to Nocona...My dad and grampa had boots made that way for years when I was a kid in Wyoming... - JL Weiss Truitt, July 31, 2011
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