in a Pecan Shell
Ridge at first had been known as Holly
Springs. In the late 1850s the town materialized to furnish the areas cotton
farmers with their supplies and equipment.
prices took a nosedive, Holly Springers were forced to diversify. Sadder, but
wiser, they desided to grow things they could eat or build with. They started
making bricks, sawing lumber and raising watermelons and turkeys.
railroad installed a switch
in 1916. For reasons known only to the railroad - the switch was named Ridge.
In 1926 the town got their first post office and the submitted name was Ridge.
The town has
been a pretty quiet place over the years with no disasters or calamities to report.
The population has never broken 100. The closest it came was in the 40s when eighty
people called Ridge home.
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Ridge, Texas ForumSubject:
I was up at the cemetery today. Could you please pass on
to the 2 contributors that I would like to be able to ask about the school house
he spoke of as my father-in-law went there also. This cemetery has many many of
my husband's family there. I would appreciate if I could contact them. Thanks
- Belinda Carr, email@example.com, March 05, 2012
Dear TE, My family also helped settle Ridge. There are a lot of Johnstons in Holly
Cemetery. Like Jason, I remember spending weeks there during the summer, walking
down that red dusty road to Mr. Hagar's store to get a root beer out of the coke
box to the right of the front door. We also used to go "explore" the old school
which was right behind my grandparents house. Back in the early 70's, my grandmother
still had no running water, so my grandfather used to go to the "good well" for
drinking water every day. The outhouse was always full of daddy long legs and
taking a bath in a wash tub was an experience. Up until right before his death,
my grandfather Henry E. Johnston was the caretaker at Holly Cemetery. - Mike
Johnston, Lake Charles, Louisiana, September 21, 2007
Dear TE, My family helped settle Ridge, Texas in the mid
1800's. My great grandparents, great uncle and other members of my family are
buried at the Holly cemetery just down the road from Ridge. If you go there you
will also find graves of Confederate soldiers. We still have lots of land there.
The gas station you have pictured was owned by a man with the last name of Hagar.
Me and my grandfather used to go there quite often. The church you have pictured
and the old school is where my grandpa went when he was young. If you go inside,
there is still, or used to be, a chalkboard on the wall. I pretty much grew up
there on the weekends all my life. - Jason Elledge, Pearland, Texas, February
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