Depot in the early 1900s
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in a Pecan Shell
First settlers moved into the area prior to the Civil War and later
a small community named Brewer sprang up. Things got going
in 1906 when the Trinity
and Brazos Valley Railway arrived. The railroad built a machine
shop here and did repairs on their cars here. Railroad magnate B.
F. Yoakum renamed the town to Teague in honor of his mother Narcissus
Teague. (See "renaming"
in forum below.)
The railroad influence is still felt today with a notable presence
of BNSF and the old railroad depot museum - including the nearby Hotel
Teague - a vacant ruin with some nice brickwork.
As a shipping center for local cotton
farmers, Teague prospered. By 1914 it had population of 3,300 - which
rivaled many county seats in Texas at that time. Teague had electric
lights, a waterworks, an ice factory, three banks, two gins, a cottonseed
oil mill, three newspapers -a daily and two weeklies. Teague, like
most of Texas, prospered through the 20's - right up until the Great
Cotton bottomed out and the population
melted away. From 140 businesses in 1931, there were only 100 five
With the increased mobility after WWII
more people left and more businesses went under. In 1975 the population
was still a respectable 2,800. By 1990 the population was back to
1914 figures of over 3,200 and it has inceased further to over 4,
|City Drug Store
& Davis Building on 4th Avenue, early 1900s
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
Boll Weevil" by Mike Cox
One of many long and short lines serving Texas was the Trinity and
Brazos Valley Railway, better known in the early 1900s as "The Boll
of Brewer, TX to Teague, TX in 1906
In researching the family history of the Teague family for many
years, I have found once a mistake is made, it continues until a
researcher provides the right documentation.
The sentence "The town was renamed after Betty Teague, a niece of
railroad magnate, B F Yoakum." is in error.
B F Yoakum renamed the town Teague in honor of his mother Narcissus
Teague Yoakum (and not after Betty Teague, the daughter of John
Fowler Teague, brother to B F Yoakum's mother).
Reference: Volume 1 History of Freestone County, TX published
by Freestone County Historical Commission in 1978.
Page 171 provides transcriptions of the Teague Chronicles during
the early days of Freestone County. The following detailing the
renaming of Brewer, TX to Teague, TX:
"The name of the new town site was soon changed from Brewer to Teague
by B F Yoakum, one of the officials of the T &B . V. Railway, and
the son of Narcissus (Teague) and Franklin L Yoakum. His father
was a minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian faith who, at one
time, served as President of the pioneer Trinity University when
it was located at Tehuacana, Limestone County, Texas. He had hoped
that his son would follow in his footsteps and also become a minister,
but the boy's hopes and dreams were fixed entirely on railroading.
Yoakum honored his mother by giving this new town site her maiden
name of Teague."
I appreciate what you do. - Richard Teague, Plano, TX, November
Jack Ellis Scott
My name is Sam Scott. My father lived in Teague and I assume went
to Teague High School. He passed away when I was 11. I never had
the opportunity to talk to my father about his childhood and growing
up in Teague. He always worked out of town and we lived in Jonesville,
Virginia. I have tried, through the school to get information about
high school annuals but because he probably attended school in the
1920s It's hard to find those years. If you have any information
about a place where I could get or look at an annual I would really
appreciate an e-mail from you. If It helps My grandfather was Samuel
J Scott, my grandmother was Mary Ethel Scott. I was told as a child
that my grandfather was the road commissioner for the county. Thanks.
Sam Scott, June 19, 2006, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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