a Pecan Shell
One of the few
towns in Texas named after a mule, Topsey made its appearance around
The post office was granted in 1901 but closed by 1918.
Forty people called Topsey home in 1914 and it reached its peak in
the 30s with a population of 100. The population dropped to twenty
in the 1980s, where it remains today.
116: In The Shadow of Fort Hood
by Clay Coppedge
Driving north from Copperas Cove
to Gatesville on FM 116 you're never
far from Fort Hood. ... Copperas
Cove is ringed by five hills, a pattern drivers will see repeated
on the way to Gatesville. A few
miles out of town you come to FM 580, and if you just feel like it
you can detour to the town of Topsey...
If, instead of heading to Topsey you
get on 116 you will drive up on a green, bowl-shaped valley cut by
scenic creeks. more
I grew up in the Cove, and attended the Topsey school for 1st grade
in 1971, probably. Mr. Erskine was the teacher, accompanied by his
blind brother (also Mr. Erskine). They picked the school children
up in their dusty old car. He taught me to read--I'll never forget
that moment, turning the final page and realizing that I had read
an entire book myself! We were both delighted and laughed out loud!
Sweet memories. - Tracy Seffers, August 03, 2016
|The newly wedded
Knox Eddie (K.E.) Reed & Lillie Belle Lykins Reed
courtesy Jimmy Reed
Wed in Topsey
My name is Jimmy Reed and I live in Pflugerville.
My parents, Knox Eddie (K.E.) Reed and Lillie Belle Lykins Reed, were
married in Topsey on May, 9, 1923. The ceremony was performed by Elder
Solon Saunders Vardiman in the Baptist Church where he preached. The
attached photo is of my parents in front of the church on their wedding
day. - Jimmy Reed, May 18, 2016
My name is Mary Gail Cowan Leming. My twin brother and I were born
in Topsey in 1936 (at home). We attended the old school there and
also attended the Baptist Church. My grandfather, Solon Saunders Vardiman,
preached there and their home was on the same road with the church.
I remember Mr. Jeffrey's old store. Daddy would take us to get a cold
soda packed down in a tub of ice. - Mary Gail Cowan Leming, January
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