in downtown Marion, early 1900s|
Photo Courtesy Sarah
in a Pecan Shell
Originally a camp for railroad
workers, a townsite was laid out with the arrival of the Galveston, Harrisburg
and San Antonio Railway in 1877.
It was named after Marion Dove, whose
grandfather, Joshua W. Young, owned a plantation that they passed through in 1877.
German settlers moved to Marion and the town was off to a running start by
the mid 1880s, with 250 people and most essential businesses, including two cotton
gins, church, school and four general stores.
Prior to WWII,
Marion had a population of 373, rising to 835 by the late 1980s. The 1990 census
was 984, growing to 1,099 for 2000.
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is on FM 78, about 10 miles west of Seguin
. Marion was founded in 1877
by Thomas W. Pierce, of Boston in honor of his daughter, Miss Marion Pierce. Pierce
was president of the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railroad, and Marion
was a major railway stop to get Texas ready for exports
being brought in from ports in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1878 it was the largest
and busiest depot in Texas." - Sarah
pondering the arrival of the "Iron Horse" and it's ecological effects
on his lifestyle. |
posing in front of the Marion State Bank|
was able to name all of the people in the bank photo for me."|
of the Krueger Store
"The gentleman behind the counter with the long
tie is my grandfather Reno Klein."
Entertainment Venue in Marion|
Party attendees on porch of the Millinery shop (see photo below) c. 1920. "Mamma
lived in this house until about 1925 when her parents moved to their own house.
Auntie then lived there until her death in 1975. Uncle Ralph is in the sailor
suit and Mamma is on his right. Aunt Amy is behind him. Mamma was born in 1911
so I guess this was around 1920." - Sarah
pastel blue house is the millinery shop built for my great grandmother, Tina Kailer."
feed store started out as the John Hicks & Co. (my grandfather was the & Co) on
the main street and got moved to the other location. There's a book about Marion
that tells all of that. I've done my Klein family history and the book was a big
help." - Sarah
feedstore was originally a part of the grocery store my grandfather worked at.
They moved it back when they remodeled. Here's a 1900s photo of the store before
they moved it " - Sarah
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